PRINCIPAL RESEARCH DESIGNER, MICROSOFT RESEARCH
Asta is a Principal Research Designer at Microsoft Research. Her focus lies primarily around the intersection of art, technology, and science and how this combination could help generate the next generation of emerging solutions for the environment, emotional health, social consciousness, and sustainability. As an advocate for a diverse and inclusive culture, she helped to establish Microsoft’s first ever Artist in Residence program that enables artists to work collectively with researchers, and she co-founded DigiGirlz, one of Microsoft’s longest running diversity programs that aims to educate and inspire high school girls about the Tech Industry.
Head of School, Lake Washington Girls Middle School
Lake Washington Girls Middle School hired Ms. Hearn as its first Head Teacher in 1998. She worked with the parent board to plan the opening of the school and wrote and taught the humanities, math, and enrichment curriculum for all three grades. As the school grew and changed, so did its administrative structure. In 2005, the LWGMS Board appointed Ms. Hearn Head of School, and she has led the evolution of the school every step of the way. A hands-on leader, Ms. Hearn directs the eighth grade play each year. A frequent speaker on the value of secular, middle school education, Ms. Hearn is also a member of the boards of NWAIS and The Bush School.
Lake Washington Girls Middle School (LWGMS) empowers girls to be strong in mind, body, and voice. Committed to shaping a community that fosters creative confidence, LWGMS opened its doors in 1998 as the first secular girls middle school (grades 6-8) in Seattle. We encourage girls to take risks, explore leadership, solve problems, collaborate, and stand up for themselves and others. Our innovative curriculum is designed to educate the whole girl—intellectually, socially, and emotionally—with a focus on integrating social justice and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum.
LWGMS is one of the most diverse independent schools in Seattle—diverse in terms of students’ race, ethnicity, economic status, and family configurations. Our staff of 22 currently serves 110 girls annually -- approximately 54% of students identify as students of color (compared to 26.5% across Washington independent schools). Almost 30% of our families receive financial assistance (compared to 21% at Washington independent schools).
For more information, please contact Becky O’Boyle, Director of Institutional Advancement, Lake Washington Girls Middle School, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.550.5068.