Mike Schloff, Founder
Mike Schloff founded Maplewoodshop in 2016 to help children develop life skills such as creativity, grit, teamwork, and problem solving by doing woodworking with hand tools. Mike has been woodworking for 15 years since he moved into his home and needed to tackle repairs. He invented the workstation that Maplewoodshop uses after building several generations of woodworking tables and fixtures for teaching children and adults. He is a lifelong tinkerer and still teaches locally to try out new lesson plans. Prior to Maplewoodshop, Mike was a pioneer in the Internet space, helping people and companies take advantage of this new medium since 1995. In his spare time, Mike likes to work with local wind fall trees making tables, benches, and all sorts of creations that let the natural grain and forms determine the design of the finished project.
Erin came to Maplewoodshop as a maker, an educator and a fan of hands-on learning. After years in the classroom, Erin worked in educational outreach at thirteen/WNET New York, where she wrote and facilitated train-the-trainer programs with the New York City Department of Education and Administration for Children’s Services, creating ongoing curriculum and support services for teachers and families. A content producer at heart, Erin moved into creative development for children's television where she developed engaging worlds for the preschool set. Erin is the mother of three children who consistently test her creativity and ability to put child development theory into practice.
Lindsay is an art teacher of fifteen years. Her career began at a public school in her home state of Alabama where she established the school's first art program. Her professional pursuits brought her to New York City for graduate studies at Teachers College at Columbia University where she earned her M.A. and Ed. M. in Art and Art Education. Lindsay continued her career at Columbia by joining the faculty at The School where she developed a child-centered and interdisciplinary visual art curriculum for elementary and middle school students. Lindsay’s passion for woodworking began as a young child helping her father in the family’s basement workshop. She enjoys exploring the parks, playgrounds, and museums with her husband and three year old son.
Craig joined Maplewoodshop in 2018 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He brings a wide range of experiences to the team from being a camp counselor to fundraising to public affairs. Although, his high school didn’t offer shop classes, he has been working with his hands most of his life. Craig has been working for his mother’s landscape design business for 10 years and learned woodworking from his father in their home workshop. Craig was drawn to Maplewoodshop by the opportunity to help introduce kids to woodworking, because he recognizes how lucky he was to learn woodworking at home.
Anthony Desiderioscioli AKA Papa Tony is a veteran of the US Army he served with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and also the 7th Cavalry in Korea. He was honorably discharged as a Sgt. Papa Tony has been a woodworker for over 60 years. He and his lovely wife Dolly recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary; they have two boys and four grand kids. Because of the grand kids he started to make wooden toys and wants to share his knowledge and love of toy making with others. Papa Tony has made hundred of toys in the past 10 years with the help of many published plans in books and the Internet. He also designs and handcrafts his own ideas. Some of his toys and handcrafts can be seen at: http:/www.flickr.com/vaivia/
He is also a member of the NJWWA.