Our story

What is MANA?

To have MANA is to have influence, authority and efficacy the power to perform in any given situation.

a MANA Project seeks to nurture the MANA in teachers so they have the power to perform with great efficacy in any given situation, with any curriculum, and in any district.

About a Mana Project

a Mana Project is about empowering teachers to stimulate discovery and curiosity in real-world play through STEM activities. We’re building a community of educators who care deeply about 21st century learning and want the very best for our children. We believe that kids learn best when they are actively engaged in authentic challenges, connected with each other and encouraged to question the world around them. Preschool teachers guide young learners toward new and deeper understandings of each other, becoming compassionate leaders of tomorrow and creating a future where they inspire global innovation.

Meet the team

Gina Morales

Gina Morales

Founder & CEO

A passionate educator and entrepreneur, Gina Morales is the visionary behind a Mana Project.

Driven by her extensive classroom experience and as the founder of Austin STEM Academy, Gina has worked relentlessly to empower preschool teachers with quality STEM lesson plans that drive student engagement and curiosity of the real world.

By developing a Mana Project, Gina has combined her love of all things STEM, her extensive portfolio of engaging preschool STEM curriculum, and her desire to empower her peers.

Rashel Burton

Rashel Burton

Co-Founder & Chief Academic Officer

Rashel brings STEM curriculum expertise to the a Mana Project team. With a strong background in Science education and real-world experience in the classroom, she rounds out the team by bringing science learning to life for teachers and their students.

Lucas Horton

Lucas Horton

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Lucas is excited by the potential of technology to continually transform how teaching and learning happens in the STEM classroom. With a strong academic background in educational technology and experience developing innovative solutions across all levels of education, he helps to bring a Mana Project’s powerful and useful tools to teachers and students alike.
Andy Hart

Andy Hart

Advisor

Andy has energetically mentored and guided the a Mana team down the path to success. His remarkable ability to identify and unlock the potential of his colleagues has been pivotal to a Mana Project becoming a reality. A highly qualified technical leader, Andy is a crucial component of the leadership team.

Andrew Raupp

Andrew Raupp

Advisor

An invaluable advisor to a Mana Project, Andrew is the powerhouse founder of STEM.org. Providing insights and a wealth of STEM associated knowledge to the team, Andrew’s impressive career and commitment to a Mana Project has helped guide the project’s trajectory and success.

Michael Shewmake

Michael Shewmake

Advisor

With an undeniable skill for seeing the big picture, Michael is an innovative and motivated thought leader. He effortlessly deciphers the data behind a Mana Project’s consumer behavior and decision-making process, and truly understands what it takes to succeed.