Danielle got her start in STEAM education at age ten while she was being homeschooled in her hometown of Troy, Michigan.
There not being many STEAM educational opportunities through her homeschool group and seeing how her little sister wouldn't be able to access key learning opportunities, she sought for a solution. Not knowing where to start, she eventually saw animal puppets at Costco and wanted to teach an Animal Science class where each student received their own puppet at the end of the class. The opportunity was an unlikely one, but Danielle was fortunate to teach this semester-long class.
This was the first class of many and opened her eyes to the world of how inaccessible STEAM education truly is, and how well-funded communities could access key learning opportunities whereas her own Indigenous community could not.
Danielle has grown up amidst great abuse and tragedy, and found that being able to help her community and create helped keep her sane. Living with C-PTSD, Depression, and Mood Dysregulation Disorder has been difficult, but she uses her struggles to move onward and protect and help the child she once was.