Allison Oropallo

Teaching students the fundamentals of project-based learning while providing a hands-on opportunity to fail and get right back up…

Allison Oropallo

With her DIY attitude and the handywoman skills to back it up, Allison Oropallo is a do-it-yourself’er living in the SF Bay Area.


Allison appeared on Season 2 of HGTV All American Handyman and was voted fan favorite. Additionally, Allison has also worked with HGTV designer, Shelly Lynch-Sparks, on “No Mans Land” on DIGS Network and has appeared as guest speaker at the Marin Home & Garden Expo in Marin.


A STEM education instructor in Marin County, Allison Oropallo also teaches Technology, Engineering, Woodworking and Construction. Her curriculum is taught with an emphasis on project-based learning.

Hands-on Childhood

Allison was actually deaf until she was five years old, then had multiple surgeries to restore hearing. This made hands-on learning necessary. She figured everything out by doing. She was born doing it herself.

“As an educator, my purpose is to highlight the power and importance of hands-on project based learning, and to bolster creative thinking and practical problem solving.”


Allison is a former UCONN Division-I ice hockey player. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in k-12 Applied Technology Education from the College of Saint Rose and her Master Degree in Curriculum Development from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Most recently, Allison worked with the ROP Construction Technology Class in Marin County to restore a shipping container into a living space. The container was auctioned off last year as a studio living space.

MarinSEL Engineering

Allison Oropallo joined MarinSEL as the Environmental Engineering Educator. Her project based curriculum for the 2013-2014 Environmental Engineering class included building a redwood fence around the school’s organic garden that was made possible by the generous redwood donation and help of Clough Construction, a wind turbine with the help of Energy Recovery, and a class trip to the Humboldt Redwood Company Lumber Mill. For the upcoming year, her curriculum will begin with chicken coop designs with the new MarinSEL engineering class.

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