September 14, 2020

Photo Start 2.0

By Elizabeth

When the door to classrooms closed, we opened a window to online programs.

Earlier this year, we completed the four segments of our curricula and finalized some of our newest modules from Beginner, Advanced, Life Skills, and our Gap Year offerings. We then took our proven in-person model that had successfully served 600+ students, and converted it into a fully online experience. 

This quick adaptation was made possible with the guidance of Miriam Ruiz Duran (pictured below left), a nonprofit executive and educational design specialist, and Maggie Andresen (pictured below right), a Fulbright-award-winning photojournalist who has lived in and traveled all over Africa. Photo Start thanks them for their vital contributions!


We are continually integrating activities that boost creativity, reinforce Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) concepts, and support emotional well-being. From our years of working with students with diverse needs, we are making sure we can offer our students a fun and enriching virtual experience.

If you are teacher who would like to offer your students a highly engaging and educational activity, please contact Abby Lehman at to get started.

A Photo Start class is science, art, technology, and business all rolled into fun!

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