Our Stewards

Charles Kouns
Founding Steward


Charles Kouns is an educator and visionary with over 20 years of secondary and tertiary school experience guiding and empowering young people to discover their wisdom and believe in themselves. His passion for giving young people voice, led him to found Imagining Learning in order to explore new frontiers in education. He now leads Imagining Learning's Listening Sessions, asking teens across America for their input on how education could be transformed.

David Loitz
Seed Steward


David Loitz, Seed Steward, is our newest visionary partner. David is an educator, a learner, a passionate lover of education, film, basketball, food and life. As Seed Steward, he is actively growing Imagining Learning’s connections to young people, education pioneers and others around the country; bringing water, air and nourishment to the new seed we are developing. His creativity, energy and innovative ideas are also leading us in new directions with young people around the country.

He is currently working towards his Masters in Holistic Elementary Education at Goddard College. He lives in Eugene, Oregon with his beautiful fiance, Marta. His goal is to open a human scale school in the near future and help others do the same.

Dr. Stella Humphries

Learning Steward


Stella brings a rare gift and a unique range of skills to the design and facilitation of learning experiences - from the practical to the transpersonal.  From the time she was an undergraduate Stella has been designing experiential learning programs in different capacities.

As the Listening Sessions unfold, she is taking the lead on analyzing the data of what young people seek in their education, defining the emergent themes and bringing together their collective story.  The aspirations of the young people who participate is leading our formulation of a new learning system that defines the approach to teaching, the qualities of the learning community, the nature of teacher-learner relationships and the life-capacities young people seek to learn.


Creative Core Stewards

Imagining Learning has an inter-generational team of people from around the country who are working to bring forward student voice and make a difference in education. They are writing, researching and contacting communities around the country to arrange for Listening Sessions.

Their wisdom, energy and passion for change are evident in the choices they are making for their own lives and for the future lives of young people in this country. We are excited they have such a commitment to change and invite you to meet them here.