We are educators and parents who believe there's a better way to do school. These podcasts reflect our ongoing dialogue about the purpose and best practices of school. We hope to stimulate conversation and provide resources to people who are ready to take education to the next level.



AJ Webster


Lesley Wake Webster

Educator, Curious Explorer, Revolutionary

Over fifteen years, AJ has taught Science, Latin, Math and English to ages ranging from kindergarten to high school. He is a co-founder the Sycamore School, a project- and play-based elementary school in Malibu, CA.


AJ Is a sought-after speaker and has conducted workshops at conferences including  Games in Education, The Institute for the Future and the Playful Learning Summit


AJ has a BA in History from Rice University and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Cal State Northridge.


Christy Durham

Educator, Revolutionary, Lifelong Learner


Christy has over twenty years of elementary and middle school teaching experience. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.


Christy is co-founder of the Sycamore School in Malibu, which is focused on revolutionizing education for the Twenty-First Century..

She frequently presents to other educators at events such as the Archer School for Girls STEM Conference, IndieCade, and the Intentional Play Summit.

Christy lives in Los Angeles with her husband. They have a daughter in college and a son in high school.

Writer, Producer, Recovering Middle School Teacher

Before she became a sitcom writer, Lesley taught middle school at the Buckley School in Los Angeles. She graduated from Princeton University's Teacher Preparation Program with an English degree and a credential to teach High School English.

Lesley's credits as a writer include American Dad, New Girl, and Speechless.  She created Perfect Harmony, which aired on NBC in 2019.

Lesley and AJ are married and live in LA with their two sons, ages twelve and fourteen.

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Pieter Schlosser

Composer, Producer, Father, He-man

Pieter is an award winning film and television composer with credits to his name such as Destiny 2, NBC's You, Me And The Apocalypse and Freeform's The Lying Game, as well as additional music on the Transformers franchise, Resurrection and Desperate Housewives.

Pieter spent a great deal of his childhood traveling and living in Guatemala, Austria, Panama and Costa Rica enriching his musical vocabulary significantly.

He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and worked in Hans Zimmer’s studio for 5 years alongside Steve Jablonsky on many projects.

Based in Los Angeles, Pieter spends his free time with his wife and 2 daughters. He is passionate about road cycling and fitness.