Category Archives: Leaders

Dojo Summer Vacation/Mentor Planning Event

Hello Dojers,

We hope your last summer hurrahs are going well! We’re going to take August off to plan for the fall. There are a lot of good ideas floating around and we want to figure out the best way to present them all.

If you have mentored in the past or would like to mentor in the future, consider coming to our Mentor Planning Event Aug 24 at the Mary Washington Stafford Campus. Check the Event details and sign up here:

Who am I?

Devon, a maker of things, teacher of students, leader of self.

I am a father to an 8 year old member of this dojo. We started this dojo effort to try and find other people that share common interests in making things, coding, Minecraft (probably should be listed 1st), etc..

Professionally, I am an entrepreneur. Along with my wife Melora, we have been doing educational toy development for the past 8 years, marketing and selling through specialty and mass-market retail partners globally. Additionally, we run a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that develops both entrepreneurial and ed-tech (STEAM) learning opportunities, products, and services called This organization is sponsoring this dojo, and helping to secure resources and relationships to get it growing.

My goal here is simple; I want to find students and parents that are motivated to learn about coding and making things driven by their own interests, and I want to find mentors and teachers that would benefit from the opportunity to practice delivering advanced instruction in a cutting-edge way.

We are all about failure in this dojo; we want to fail fast, fail often, and most importantly, fail forward.