About the Classroom
Meet Our Pop Culture Classroom Education Leadership Team
Dr. Katie Monnin
Dr. Katie Monnin joined the Pop Culture Classroom (PCC) team in 2018 and is the Director of Education. In 2008, Dr. Monnin earned her PhD (with a concentration on education with graphic novels and other pop culture literacies) from Kent State University. After that, Dr. Monnin spent 10 years as an Associate Professor of Literacy in Florida and wrote 8 books, dozens of articles, lesson plans, teaching guides, reviews and more focused on teaching popular culture in the classroom. In her free time, Dr. Monnin enjoys hanging out with her family and her miniature Dachshund who she taught to play soccer and is, therefore, logically named “Alex Morgan Monnin.”
Adam Kullberg is the Education Program Manager at Pop Culture Classroom. He joined the team in 2015, after serving as an outreach teacher and volunteer for the organization throughout 2014. Before that, he earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and MA in English Literature from the University of North Texas. Since joining PCC, he has helped develop PCC’s outreach programming, pop culture-based workshops, and curricula, including a range of educational programs at Denver Pop Culture Con offered each year to teachers and students of all ages. In his free time, he enjoys playing lacrosse and binging corny action movies.
Matt Slayter joined the Pop Culture Classroom team in 2018. After earning a BFA in Theatre Studies from Texas Christian University, Matt joined Teach for America and completed his corps teaching First Grade in Harlem, NYC. While in New York, Matt also earned his Master’s in Teaching from RELAY Graduate School of Education. After spending four more years teaching gifted and talented enrichment in Fort Worth, Texas, Matt decided to apply his teaching expertise to the mission at Pop Culture Classroom. Matt manages PCC’s onsite classroom, and helps develop meaningful, innovative, and exciting curriculum for those within our community. In his spare time, Matt enjoys being immersed in video game worlds, and exploring the immense variety of experiences that his favorite pop culture medium has to offer.
The Classroom program at Pop Culture Classroom delivers high quality, all-inclusive educational resources to school districts, teachers, and community organizations using comics, graphic novels and related pop culture media.
All across Colorado, high percentages of elementary and middle school-aged children do not have or cannot afford after-school care. Additionally, several studies show that children who receive arts education often outperform children who do not in most educational areas. With this in mind, the Classroom program was created in 2012 to promote literacy through the medium of sequential art and storytelling, and has since expanded to include a wide range of offerings in support of this mission.
Here are some of the ways we accomplish our ideals:
- Curriculum – Our debut curriculum, Storytelling Through Comics (STC), is an exciting literacy and arts program that introduces students to comic book culture and promotes their artistic and literacy skills using comics. So far STC has been taught in schools, after-school programs, summer programs and public libraries throughout the Front Range. In a little over three years, over 3,000 students have completed STC and created their own comics!
- Community Outreach – Pop Culture Classroom conducts fun, educational activities at community events like PBS Kids Fest, the Denver Maker Faire and Hauntings at the Hangar (Wings over the Rockies), among many others. We also work with community organizations across Colorado to provide educational resources to students and educators.
- Denver Pop Culture Con – Each year, we provide opportunities for students, parents and educators to engage in the pop culture community at Denver Pop Culture Con through the Pop Culture Classroom Kids’ Lab, Experience the CoMix program, and more than 600 hours of educational sessions offered over the con weekend.
- Professional Development – We instruct and support educators on the use of pop culture in the classroom as a tool for engaging, educational enrichment. Pop Culture Classroom’s professional development opportunities include Denver Pop Culture Con’s Educator’s Day, the Page 23 Literary Conference, graduate courses, plus many more.
- Workshops – Pop Culture Classroom is dedicated to providing high-quality, all-inclusive and custom-designed workshops for schools, districts and outside conferences throughout the year. Find out more about upcoming workshops here.