History

Sunset Spark unofficially started in the Summer of 2008 when Yadira and Gaelen taught 3rd and 4th graders soldering and robotics at P.S. 24 in Brooklyn. In 2013, they began pursuing Sunset Spark's mission full-time by partnering with neighborhood schools to provide in-class creative technology instruction.


Yadira & Gaelen Hadlett

Gaelen and Yadira Hadlett

Yadira has a B.A. in International Studies from Seattle University and an M.Ed. in Social & Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. She served in Peace Corp as a primary and secondary English teacher in Bulgaria. After graduate school, she ran a large, highly regarded K-5 bilingual after school program focusing on social emotional learning. She co-founded Sunset Spark to bring more fun and creative science classes to immigrant families.

Gaelen holds a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from the University of Central Florida. In his 10 years as a professional software engineer, he built useful things like medical language learning software, playful things like mobile games, and destructive things like weapon training systems. He started teaching experimental tech classes to K-8 students early on in his coding career. When he isn't teaching or coding, he's finishing his research at Teachers College, Columbia University for an M.S. in Neuroscience and Education.