Meet ADE Award Finalists: Lina Rose, Lindsey Own Colin Monaghan

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
February 1, 2016

This energetic team integrates computer science, engineering and entrepreneurship at The Evergreen School in Shoreline, WA. Their Build Imagine Grow program incorporates hands-on projects and activities for Kindergarten through 8th graders.They work together in their various capacities to develop and coordinate student learning experiences that incorporate tinkering and prototyping, cross-age collaboration, STEM, and serious school-wide fun at all grade levels and in all subject areas. They can often be seen together and with other colleagues, laughing and creating.


Linsdey-Own-_-Allen-Distinguished-Educators-(ADE)-Award-Finalist.jpgLindsey Own has been a middle school science and health teacher during her first 8 years at Evergreen. This year, l she transitioned to her new role as the coordinator of the The Evergreen School BIG Lab, a 3,000 square foot makerspace that was unveiled this fall. Lindsey is also a mom of two who, in her spare time, is a force in the maker movement in education. She has been a co-organizer of the Seattle EdTech Meetup and is currently on the advisory board for the SXSWedu conference. You can read some of her writing at and


Lina-Rose-_-Allen-Distinguished-Educators-(ADE)-Award-Finalist.jpgLina Rose has many roles at Evergreen, including 5th grade teacher, student council advisor, buddy program coordinator, and school-wide student activities coordinator. Lina is a big idea generator--the first to say yes, and the last to say no. She is always excited to try out a big new project and is lucky to be surrounded with enthusiastic team members who have the ability to turn wild ideas into manageable student projects. Lina is a mom of two and a passionate advocate for fun and community building in both work and family life. She’s most recently obsessed with laser engraving/cutting in the BIG Lab.


Colin-_-Allen-Distinguished-Educators-(ADE)-Award-Finalist.jpgColin Monaghan joined The Evergreen School three years ago as the upper division technology teacher and tech integration specialist. Previously a product manager at an educational technology company, he developed expertise in UX/product design, design thinking, instructional design, e-learning, and evaluation. He became particularly interested in applying design and lean startup methodology to education and training programs. Colin loves being part of an academic community that encourages tinkering, risk-taking, and exploration. He has one child, another on the way, and can often be found applying his engineering skills towards family projects, like a set of family-crest-engraved drink coasters for his grandma.

Meet the other finalists for the $25,000 Allen Distinguished Educators Award.

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