Founders and Sandy Owners
Tom has been a high school Math teacher for the last nine years and when it comes to teaching and life, Tom believes that everyone should, as Gandhi said,
“Live as if you would die tomorrow and learn as if you would live forever.”
Learning and growing, whether with Math or anything else, should be done by experimenting and “getting your hands dirty.” Tom loves escape rooms because it is an opportunity for people to get together, work as a team, and learn about each other in a fun and challenging environment.
Benjamin “Pete” Allred teaches science and he feels strongly about education and community. Pete enjoys the outdoors (and he’s not just saying that; he actually gets out and does stuff in the mountains year-round), ping pong, soccer, and being a fan of pretty much anything nerdy (especially Lord of the Rings and Avatar the Last Airbender). He loves discussing literature and ideas with people. Lately, he has been learning to understand and appreciate “artsy things” and is very proud of his recently painted “Bob Ross”-style painting of a mountain. Pete would like to learn how to weld if he can find a mentor that is willing to teach him for free.
Our ENIGMA TEAM in Albany, Oregon
Brendon was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah and met his wife, Mary. Brendon has a passion for education, working in the Albany School District in a substitute capacity for the last year. He believes, as Martin Luther King Jr. said: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education”. He has also worked extensively in the hospitality industry and is politically engaged, with aspirations to eventually run for political office or serve under someone in a political leadership role. He also enjoys hiking, camping, boating, and spending time on the beach with his wife and son.
Mary spent most of her life in the Salt Lake valley of Utah, where she graduated from college and met her husband, Brendon, several years ago when they both worked in the hospitality industry. Mary takes an active role in the education of her son, believing that “education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”, as Albert Einstein said. Mary also enjoys the outdoors, which is part of what drew Mary and her family to Oregon. Since moving to Oregon she has found that one of her favorite activities is to take her son and dog to a local swimming hole near Jefferson. Mary also likes to take the family to explore the local hot springs in the area during the colder times of year, an activity that the family enjoyed in Utah, as well.