About Us

We are a team of educators and industry professionals eager to become part of your team serving students, educators, and the community.

Meet the Garner Holt Education Through Imagination Team
The People Behind the Magic
A Message from Garner Holt
``For me, it's a dream come true.``

I wholeheartedly believe that much of my company’s success is attributed to my shop classes in high school and the teachers who recognized my interests, talents and passions. These teachers who provided me with the freedom and flexibility to learn in the way that I learned best, and allowed me to learn through real-world problems and projects that interested me; projects that fostered my creativity and imagination. This is the reason we’ve created Education through Imagination, an education company working to support the STEAM education and career exploration initiatives of districts, schools and classrooms.
I know we’ll continue to bring smiles, thrills, scares, and wonder to theme park guests worldwide. Now, we’re excited to work alongside educators with a goal of helping students discover their own interests, talents and passions through hands-on, real-world learning experiences. For me, it’s a dream come true.

Garner Holt's Signature
Garner Holt
President of Garner Holt Productions
Garner Holt with Animatronic

“Imagination, not just in the sense of creativity, but that students will be able to imagine a future brighter than the one they currently envision” – Garner L. Holt

Ryan Rainbolt - President of Garner Holt Education Through Imagination
Ryan Rainbolt
Ryan Rainbolt is the President of Garner Holt Education through Imagination. A public school educator for more than 20 years before cofounding Education through Imagination, Ryan spent the last 8 years of his career as an elementary school principal where he transformed his campus into a network of career academies that aligned with the CTE pathways his students would most likely encounter when they reached high school. Believing that students benefit most when given the opportunity to explore interests, pursue passions and discover unknown talents, Ryan pioneered the development of two makerspace environments on his elementary school campus, which have today become the inspiration for the Garner Holt AniMakerpsace. The proud recipient of the Inland Empire’s Entrepreneur of the year award in 2019, Ryan is deeply inspired by research that points to the invaluable role increased levels of hope and engagement play for students’ college and career success, and believes partnerships between education and industry present some of the best potential we have to maximize these critical areas.
Bill Tynan
Bill Tynan is Director of Higher Education and Workforce Development for Garner Holt Education through Imagination. A former public charter school principal, Bill worked for more than 10 years serving a largely at-risk population of students across a network of 5 small school campuses. Prior to that, Bill worked as a school counselor helping to mentor, coach and guide students toward post-secondary goals that aligned with their interests and strengths. Bill’s passion for helping students identify in themselves the agency and capacity to pursue higher education and achieve gainful employment is at the heart of the work he does at Education through Imagination. Focusing now on supporting schools and school districts to achieve their goals of preparing students for the workplaces of the 21st century, Bill works closely with educators and educational leaders to implement programs that inspire students to stretch beyond the limits of their comfort zone and begin to practice technical skills and develop professional competencies that will help him be successful across a wide range of creative industries.
Sarah Alfonso
Sarah Alfonso is Director of Creative Learning for Garner Holt Education through Imagination. A highly regarded teacher with more than 15 years’ experience, Sarah was instrumental in the development of her elementary school’s makerspace and makerspace curriculum, which emphasized constructivist pedogogy, hands-on learning and technical skill application, and significant practice with a wide array of 21st Century professional learning skills. Sarah is a G.A.T.E. certified, Stanford Fab Fellow with an expert ability to coach and mentor makerspace teachers to become leaders of learning on their campuses, and to help other teachers understand how opportunities within the makerspace can lead to high levels of student achievement aligned with grade level and content learning standards. Sarah leads Education through Imagination’s professional development department, which include courses that teach educators of all levels how coding, robotics, engineering and art can be incorporated into daily lesson and thematic unit planning, and across all subject areas.
Joanna Nelson
Joanna Nelson
Joanna Nelson is the Director of Marketing and Development at Garner Holt Education through Imagination. A former business owner, she has a diverse background in business, marketing, writing, and funding development. Joanna’s goal is to support and promote the mission of the organization through a variety of platforms, while at the same time engaging with the community in creative ways that improve educational and career outcomes for students and families. A former technical college instructor, Joanna is passionate about math and science. In her spare time Joanna enjoys tutoring students, which allows her the opportunity to share her optimistic belief that STEM subjects can become fun for anyone. Joanna has extensive experience in non-profit management, fundraising, and grant writing, which is of value as the Garner Holt Foundation grows in its service and role throughout the community.
Stevan Briceno
Stevan Briceno is Creative Technologies Specialist for Garner Holt Education through Imagination. A natural teacher with over 5 years’ experience as a Makerspace Instructional Assistant, Stevan’s expertise includes educator training on all equipment included in the Garner Holt AniMakerspace. In addition, Stevan designs and facilitates classes for students that introduce concepts related to additive, subtractive and transformative manufacturing, and include hands-on, technical skill development with several different pieces of advanced technologies. Stevan oversees the e-commerce department of Garner Holt Education through Imagination and is responsible for much of the digital design work included in our brochures and literature.
Yuliana Gonzalez
Yuliana Gonzalez is Instructional Materials Specialist for Garner Holt Education through Imagination. With a keen and expert ability to manage a vast system of products and parts, Yuliana ensures our customers receive the correct products, on time, and in the highest quality condition. Moreover, extensive organization and materials management is necessary for our field trip and offsite assembly programs, which Yuliana directly supports in her role as well. Yuliana is also a critical member of the Garner Holt AniMakerspace installation team and is responsible for the acquisition, preparation and quality control of materials included in the physical construction and aesthetics of each environment we create.
Janeen Hobbs
Janeen Hobbs is Field Trip and Youth Programs Coordinator for Garner Holt Education through Imagination. With more than 10 years’ experience working in public school settings, Janeen possesses a wealth of coordination and logistical skills necessary to ensure that every school coming to Garner Holt Productions for a field trip or other experiential learning opportunity has all of the information and tools necessary for a safe and meaningful time. Janeen’s public school experience gives her great insight into all of the factors involved in coordinating field trips and other off-campus events, which makes her a wonderful partner for educators who are navigating this oftentimes complicated process. Moreover, Janeen’s certification as a school health aid allows her to be the main point of contact for every event facilitated at our location should a student or chaperone need medical attention or evaluation.
Chandler Grino
Chandler Grino is After School Program Specialist for Garner Holt Education through Imagination. Working in close collaboration with our Director of After School Programs and Partnerships, Chandler facilitates after school opportunities for students at our facility and on school campuses. With more than 5 years’ experience leading students in high quality expanded learning, Chandler is a natural teacher who combines high expectations with support, care, and sincere appreciation for each and every student she serves. Chandler is a leader and role model for all students she encounters, and she brings this into every lesson and activity she coordinates and presents.
Jordan Greenstein
Jordan Greenstein is Creative Technologies Specialist for Garner Holt Education through Imagination. Specializing in complex production designs, including lighting, sound and physical construction, Jordan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience for how to create dynamic environments in any setting, and for any occasion. Adding to our program offerings, Jordan facilitates courses in production design for educators as well, which educates and empowers teachers to become their school’s technical expert for all audio/visual necessities. In addition, Jordan serves as lead technician overseeing our animatronics for education and is responsible for ensuring each figure we create is functioning at an optimal level before arriving on a school campus.
Teamwork turns dreams into reality
Let's inspire the new generation and shape the future of learning
together
Meaningful Support

We are committed to helping you reach your goals with high quality professional learning and capacity building strategies that make STEAM learning a centerpiece of your school culture.

Individualized Professional Learning

We utilize coaching, modeling and co-teaching to help educators develop and integrate constructionist pedagogy into their lesson planning and instruction.

Incredible Impact

We know how to help you inspire your students to imagine and innovate through design-based, hands-on learning experiences that celebrate curiosity, creativity, and intuition, and that help your school reach higher levels of academic achievement.

The PUSD Pathways Department is proud and honored to work in partnership with Garner Holt Education through Imagination. We believe there is no better way to empower students’ futures then to put real world experiences in their hands and allow them to be innovative and inspired.

Cynthia G Brown, PUSD Director of Pathways
We Work with Educators and Administrators to Inspire a New Generation of Innovators
Teamwork brings ideas to life.

We embrace a philosophy of coaching, mentoring, observation, and co-teaching in our professional learning programs with educators. As a result, we are able to work collaboratively with educators to identify the goals, objectives and instructional strategies that are most important for the students being served. Our commitment is to helping you maximize the learning for your students and to inspire creativity, invention and entrepreneurship for the future.

Get in Touch

Contact us to learn more about how we work with educators of all kinds and at all levels to create standards-aligned, rigorous lessons that lead to increases in both math and language arts achievement by focusing on hope for the future and engagement with their learning!

A Message from our President
``We are thrilled to be part of the solution for these challenges``

There has never been a better or more exciting time to reimagine the possibilities in education. As we move deeper into the 21st Century, the reality of our changing global economy and its increased reliance on robotics and automation has never been more clear. What we do now to help ensure our students are prepared to enter the world of work as creative, caring and contributing members of society is what will define our success and the impact we’ve had on our students.

At Garner Holt Education through Imagination we are thrilled to be part of the solution for the challenges and opportunities educators face today and those that lie ahead. We are honored to be building products, programs and services around the inspiring story and work of Garner Holt and Garner Holt Productions and the magic they have been creating for over 40 years.

Ryan Rainbolt Signature
Ryan Rainbolt
President of Garner Holt Education Through Imagination

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