Our People

Lauren Maples, Director

Back in 2005, while teaching yoga and dance in public and independent schools, Lauren became interested in why there was such disparity between successful, happy learning environments and those that struggled. Through inquiry and observation, she developed the Bija approach, which strives to create a fulfilling and engaging educational experience that’s grounded in the real […]  read more

Mitch Epeneter, Director of Operations

Mitch has always been interested in educating kids. From teaching his younger sister how to explore in their backyard to running improv comedy classes, he’s enjoyed sharing knowledge and experiences from a young age. Mitch graduated from Cal Poly with a BS in Liberal Arts with a focus in Elementary Education and Mathematics. Before joining Bija, […]  read more