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Azi Jamalian, PhD

Hi! I’m Azi, A GIANT dreamer. Founder of The GIANT Room

5 years ago, I got my PhD in Cognitive Science in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. I then co-founded Tiggly, an early learning company that pioneered the integration of physical play with digital applications, to provide a rich and interactive learning experience for children. Next, I joined littleBits as their head of education strategy. Millions of children got to love learning math and writing their first words with Tiggly. Millions more are inventing the world they want to live in with littleBits.

I’m a TED speaker, former TED resident, have published journal articles and book chapters on a broad range of topics such as designing learning platforms for children, emerging educational tech, game design, mathematical education, and cognition. I’m honored to have received numerous awards including “IES Prize for Excellence in Research on Cognition and Student Learning” and “The Cooney Center’s certificate of innovation in Children’s Learning”.

Today, I’m the CEO at The GIANT Room, giving every child the opportunity and community support they need to act on their most ambitious dreams.

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Jessica Mezei, PhD

Hi! I’m Jess. A GIANT curiosity catalyst. Co-founder of The GIANT Room

I completed my PhD in Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. A former teacher and informal educator, from camps to classrooms, I bring curiosity and care to set the stage for learning. I have a passion for play and believe that creativity takes courage and mistakes are portals to discovery!

I am joining The GIANT Room to celebrate the dreamers and help children’s imagination flourish. GIANTs are within us all.

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Juliet Menz, EdM

Hi! I'm Juliet! Learning Strategist at The GIANT Room.

I recently graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education.

Through my studies there, I spent hours in the maker-space designing, building, and prototyping educational toys and completed my capstone on blended making at the MIT Media Lab.

Before Harvard, I worked at Sesame Workshop, creating educational content for platforms including YouTube, HBO and Apple. I'm excited to join The GIANT Room and create a space where kids can innovate, create, and explore their own GIANT ideas!

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