Underwater Dreams

Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 PM at the Michigan – Virtual Screening!

Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.

2015. 85 min. Documentary. NR. 

With special guests for a post-film discussion.

Dr. R. Charles Dershimer really enjoys engaging middle school and high school students in science and engineering activities to help them become interested in learning more about the natural and designed world that they inhabit. Charles holds a B.S. in Biology & Chemistry, and an MS and PhD in Science Education. At Greenhills, Charles is an 8th grade science teacher, organizing the class around science and engineering practices so that students can learn science and engineering by doing science and engineering! He is excited to be involved with the middle school and upper school Robotics teams at Greenhills- an experience which allows him to collaborate with some gifted and dedicated students and incredibly talented mentors. He has been involved with science and engineering education for over twenty years, including running robotics summer camps for rising 6th graders or teaching project based engineering classes for high schoolers and teachers.

Alex Monte-Sano has been a math and economics teacher at Greenhills School for the past seven years. He is also the lead mentor for Greenhills’ high school and middle school robotics teams. He holds an M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and a B.A. in Economics. He and his family have lived in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Ann Arbor.

This is a free virtual screening! Thank you Ann Arbor area independent schools
Register below to receive a link to watch Underwater Dreams and to join our virtual post-film discussion on April 15.

6:30 PM – movie
8:00 pm – discussion
(Link to movie will be provided in an email on April 14)

Past Screenings

Beyond Measure

Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 PM at the Michigan

Beyond Measure follows a new vanguard of educators across the country who are pioneering a fresh vision for American schools. Pulling from expert research in education, child development, and cognitive and neuroscience, these leaders are creating a new type of classroom. They’re leading schools that redirect our focus away from homework, prizes, top grades and test scores. And they’re making room for curiosity, engagement, creativity, collaboration and independent thinking. By putting innovative models into practice, they’re finding inspiration in doing things differently – and changing how and what we teach. Interweaving the expert voices of Sir Ken Robinson, Linda Darling-Hammond and Daniel Pink with the stories of real communities, Beyond Measure proves that classrooms can indeed unleash – rather than quash – our students’ potential.

2014. Documentary. 80 min.

Dr. Siân Owen-Cruise, School Administrator for Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, will lead the post-film discussion on the purpose of education, the measure of success and how our children are affected by today’s academic climate.

About the Speaker
Siân Owen-Cruise has a BS in Technical Communication, and a MA and Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Argumentation.  She comes to her position as School Administrator at Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor with over 25 years of experience in Education, both teaching and administration.  Prior to her work in Waldorf Education, Siân was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, and she also has experience in the public side of education, working for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District as an Early Childhood Program administrator.

No Small Matter

Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 PM at the Michigan

No Small Matter confronts America’s most pressing problems with an unlikely but powerful weapon: babies and young children. From home to childcare to preschool, high-quality early care and education has far-reaching impacts, and groundbreaking science to back it up. With a healthy dose of humor and a surprising edge, No Small Matter reveals the tragic cost of getting this wrong, and the huge payoff—for our kids, our families, and our country—of getting it right.

2019. 75 min. Documentary.

Tim Wilson, Co-founder and Executive Director of Washtenaw Promise, former Teacher and Head of School at Emerson School will lead the post-film discussion.


Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 PM at the Michigan

bias is a film that challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. Through exposing her own biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser highlights the nature of implicit bias, the grip it holds on our social and professional lives, and what it will take to induce change.

2018. 128 min. Documentary. NR. 

With special guest Nadine Hall, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Greenhills School, for a post-film discussion.

Nadine has served as the chair of the Department of History and Social Sciences and has taught a variety of classes to both middle and high school students. Nadine holds a master’s degree in American Culture and Social Science. In her role as Director of Diversity and Inclusion, she has spoken on topics such as interrupting bias at the Independent Schools Association of the Central States conference, and on Frederick Douglass in Ireland for the U.S. State Department. Recently, Nadine was a keynote speaker at the American Reading Forum conference, where her presentation was entitled “Unlearning Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia: Increasing Equity Literacy in the Classroom and Beyond.” She is the newest board member of the Michigan Council of History Education and was recently accepted into the Leader of Color Fellowship which is a program dedicated to advancing racial equity, to champion change in the county.

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 PM at the Michigan

CODE exposes the dearth of female and minority software engineers, explores the reasons for this gap and highlights breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers while showing how this critical gap can be closed.

2015. 80 min. Documentary. NR. 

Join us for a post-film discussion with panelists Brooke Wolford, Becky Reamy, Tatianna Duggan and Lisa Flohr for a post-film discussion.

About our speakers:

Brooke Wolford is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan’s Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics with a B.S. in Quantitative Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies the genetics causes of human diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes, using computational methods. Alongside her success in academics she has been recognized by Michigan Medicine for Excellence in Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In this space, she co-founded a Girls Who Code club at U of M. The club, affiliated with the national organization, aims to provide opportunities for high-school-age girls to learn the Python programming language and data science skills.

Becky Reamy has a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University and has been working as a software engineer for over 20 years. She has worked in a variety of industries, but has been focusing the last 10 or so years in the biomedical industry working to help visualize bioinformatics data for researchers. As a mother of a son interested in programming she started and coached a First Lego League (FLL) team that allowed her son to build and compete robots made from Lego Mindstorms. As her son moved onto the high school robotics team, so did she. Becky is a programming mentor in the Dexter High School robotics team. She also still mentors the FLL teams in Dexter.

Tatianna Duggan’s interest and aptitude in technology and mathematics have grown profusely over the past few years as she has always sought logical solutions to complex problems and enjoyed taking up new challenges. She studied mathematics at Georgia Southern University and proceeded to work in the challenging and knowledge rich field of software development. Tatiana is currently a software engineer at Integral, where she is responsible for delivering high quality software to clients by leveraging various tech stacks and software practices. Tatiana is also a full-time graduate student at Oakland University, where she is studying Systems Engineering. After completing her Master’s degree, Tatiana plans to enter the field of Operations Research and Analytics, where she can leverage her mathematics and software engineering backgrounds. 

Lisa Flohr has devoted her life to helping students learn mathematics and computer science. After majoring in math and minoring in computer science, she earned her masters and has spent the past 17 years as a teacher. Since 2015 she has taught math and computer science at Greenhills School, where she is also the coding club advisor. Lisa loves that computer science education is always changing, and it encourages students to get involved with technology affecting the world and their futures. She has won the College Board’s AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award the past two years by attaining female student representation in AP computer science—an honor only given to 818 schools out of 20,000 that offer AP courses.