Cameron is curious about how people learn things. With a background in education, you could say he likes to learn about learning. He is from New Mexico and graduated with an MA in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico’s College of Education. For years, he worked as a strategic planning consultant helping organization’s identify their intentions. This happened through a practice of visibility, un-filing paperwork and putting it up on the wall in an analogy less than literal. Similarly, He keeps his Washburn banjo out ready for the appropriate moment. The exposure of things, whether paperwork or banjo, is what he believes helps people and the organizations they compose follow “the crumbs of inspiration,” otherwise known as informal learning. His appreciation of each person’s individual learning method is put into practice at the STEM Collaborative Center.
Cameron’s hope is that his hope work with the STEM Collaborative Center contributes to a world of bright, brilliant geniuses. The Center’s role, he states, is “the gift of greater context.” He describes STEM as a methodology that involves asking good questions, doing things that expand our physical capabilities, figuring out how to do those things and trusting the laws that hold it all together. He sees Art as a foundational aspect of the STEM initiative, asking questions that don’t have answers. Cameron believes divergent methods of inquiry enhance human perception and their subsequent outcomes, which STEAM holds the ability to connect. He is grateful for the education grants that fund these initiatives; with an expiration date as the only guideline, the road is open to experimentation. Cameron admires Frank Zappa for the commitment the composer demonstrates to his personal process of discovery. Whatever form the learning takes, Cameron holds a sensitivity to its needs and an appreciation of its process.