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Kasandra VerBrugghen is a creative educator—she once helped teens and adults earn their GEDs, dabbled in alternative curriculum for the maritime industry and ran The Austin Foundation, a youth fitness and nutrition program.

So it’s no surprise she found her way to Spy Hop, an after-school media arts program for kids ages 7–19. After two years managing curriculum and finances for the nonprofit, she was promoted to executive director in 2010. 

Spy Hop teaches non-technical skills like communication and responsibility through music, audio, film and design. Though Spy Hop potentially launches kids on a career path, VanBrugghen says it’s not really about producing media makers. “It’s about creating engaged 21st century citizens.” 

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