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Ann Aliberti

Ann Aliberti is a fifth grade teacher at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School in Sunnyside, WA. She earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Teaching English Language Leaners from Central Washington University in 2013. Recently, she earned her M. Ed. in Elementary Mathematics from Western Governors University.

Aubrey Ashenbrenner

Aubrey Ashenbrenner currently teaches at Kimball Elementary school in south Seattle. Since graduating from Seattle Pacific University in 2001 she has taught grades 3, 4 and 5. In that time Aubrey has learned a great deal from her students and community. She has worked collaboratively with her team, community members and families to support her students.

Nancy Becker

Nancy Becker is a fifth grade science and writing teacher at North Hill Elementary in the Highline School District. This is her fifteenth year teaching and her 11th year in fifth grade. She has received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Washington, a master's degree from Pacific Oaks College, and is National Board-certified.

Megan Beckstrand

Megan Beckstrand is a fifth grade teacher at Nob Hill Elementary in the Yakima School District. She earned her Masters in Teaching through Heritage University, prior to this she received her Bachelors in Science Degree through Central Washington University with a minor in Athletic Training.

Brian Buehler

Brian Buehler is a Teacher at Harrah Elementary School with Mt. Adams School District. He teaches 6th grade intervention classes as well at 5th grade through 21st Century afterschool programs. He is going into his third year of teaching.

Chris Brase

Chris Brase is a fifth grade teacher at Marvista Elementary in the Highline School District. Each day he strives to bring creativity, technology, music and fun into his lessons in order to connect with all of his students in the most meaningful way.

Holly Bruner

Holly Brunner is a second year graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research is presently focused on printed optical materials with applications in renewable energy and 2-D photonics.

Kristen Bucknell

Kristen Bucknell is a fifth grade science and social studies teacher at Union Gap School, an award winning K-8 school receiving the Washington State School of Distinction Award for the past four years.

Tom Corcoran

Tom Corcoran is a Principal in charge of Structural Engineering at Integrus Architecture in Seattle, WA. He has over thirty years of experience in structural design and engineering management for a broad range of multidisciplinary projects.

Samantha Egelhoff

Samantha Egelhoff is a fifth grade teacher at Thurgood Marshall Elementary in Seattle Public Schools. Samantha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in Education from Grand Canyon University.

Indi Ekanayake

Indi Ekanayake is a Founding Science Teacher and Assessment Coordinator at Rainier Prep Public Charter School. Pacific Northwest. His previous teaching and instructional coaching experience was primarily in North Philadelphia.

Doug Ferguson

Doug Ferguson teaches in the Kent School District. He's been an intermediate elementary classroom teacher for 10+ years and truly enjoy the unique challenges that each day brings.

Ronna Garcia

Ronna Garcia is a fifth grade science teacher at Selah Intermediate school. Ronna earned her degree in Speech Pathology at Abilene Christian University in Texas. She has taught fifth grade for the past 17 years.

Hillary Fought

Hillary is a 5th grade teacher at Hiawatha Elementary in Othello, WA. She has been teaching 5th grade for four years and am pursuing her MS in Curriculum and Instruction.

Michael Frank

Michael Frank is the Director of Engineering at McKinstry. In this role, he is responsible for everything from sales and estimating to engineering production, community outreach, training and marketing. He has spent his entire career designing, modeling and managing high performance new construction and deep retrofit projects from inception through occupancy.

Laura Grignon

Laura Grignon is a Senior Civil Project Manager at Coughlin Porter Lundeen. She is responsible for overseeing projects and supporting the firm’s growing number of K-12 and educational facility clients. Laura is an active mentor of young civil engineers and was a featured panelist at the Women in Science & Engineering conference this year

Kenji Goodson

Kenjiro Goodson is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington. He is currently pursuing degrees in Human Centered Design and Engineering and Comparative Religion. In the past, Kenji has worked within the FIRST Robotics program.

Julie Hagen

Julie Hagen is a fifth grade teacher at Covington Elementary in the Kent School District. Julie has been teaching intermediate elementary students for over 20 years, and enjoys working with them in all areas, but particularly in the area of science.

Amanda Henry

Amanda Henry is an educator in the Kent School District. She has been teaching fifth grade at Meridian Elementary for the past three years. Amanda grew up in South Seattle where she attended school within the Highline School District.

Scott Hicke

Scott Hicke is the Scientist in Residence and Founding Teacher with Rainier Prep Public Charter School. He teaches fifth and sixth grade Inquiry – a design-thinking and problem-based class for students to explore robotics, engineering challenges, neuroscience, the International Space Station mission, and self-directed project work.

Visala Hohlbein

Visala Hohlbein is a fifth grade teacher at Bailey Gatzert Elementary. She has worked in Seattle Public Schools for over 20 years. She loves teaching, especially Science!

Ruth Kupp

Ruth Kupp has been a fifth grade teacher at Washington Elementary School in the Sunnyside School District for the past 13 years. Ruth is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Heritage University.

Catie Larsen

Catie Larsen is a fifth grade teacher at Covington Elementary, in the Kent School District. In her 11 years of teaching, Catie has taught 3rd – 5th grades but has been at 5th for the past several years, because she loves that age and the emphasis on Science!

Gino Mazzotti

Gino Mazzotti is a Structural Engineer at Brown and Caldwell, an environmental engineering consulting firm. Prior to joining the Brown and Caldwell office in Seattle, Gino graduated from Stanford University with a BS and MS in Civil/Structural Engineering.

Barbara Medina

Barbara Griscelda Medina Prieto is a current student at Seattle University and is pursuing degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Humanities for Teaching. Barbara has always enjoyed helping others through service work including tutoring under represented students.

Ray Merkel

Ray Merkel is a fifth grade math and science teacher at Washington Elementary in the Sunnyside School District. Ray earned his Bachelors in Computer Science and Business Management, as well as a Masters in Teaching from Whitworth University.

Farah Nadeem

Farah Nadeem is a graduate student with the department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington. Prior to starting her PhD, Farah worked as a student teacher, primarily working with college students in engineering. She has also worked on a development project in Pakistan for institutional strengthening of elementary schools.

Angie Nall

Angie Nall is a fifth grade teacher at Arbor Heights Elementary in West Seattle. She has been teaching 9 years with Seattle Public Schools, all at Arbor Heights Elementary. She is originally from South Louisiana. Her background is in Cultural Anthropology.

Matt Nielsen

Matt Nielsen is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at McKinstry Co. His role is to manage the mechanical design for various building types, including highrise, office, restaurants, retail, residential, and data center. Matt has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Harrison Pasion

Harrison Pasion is a 5th grade teacher at McMicken Elementary School in the Highline School District. He has been teaching for two years focusing on Math and Science. In his teaching career, he has been focusing on student-led learning which includes: student/classroom discourse and inquiry

Donna Pearson

Donna Pearson has been an intermediate teacher for sixteen years. She makes sure that her students explore how science impacts their lives as well as the world around them. Donna has taught fifth/sixth grades at for East Hill Elementary for 15 years.

Jennifer Quigley

Jennifer is a fifth grade science teacher at Selah Intermediate School. In addition to reaching in the classroom she also works as a kit trainer at ESD 105 where she is an active member of their Science Leadership Network.

Samira Rezaei

Samira Rezaei is a graduate student in department of electrical engineering at University of Washington. Prior to joining Washington STEM, Samira was mentor in Oregon MESA for two years.

Ron Richter

Ron Richter is a Science Specialist with Mt. Adams School District on the Yakama Indian Reservation. He works at Harrah Elementary teaching science and technology to all students, Kindergarten through sixth grade.

Diana Ryan

Diana Ryan works in the Highline School District at McMicken Heights Elementary School as a fifth grade teacher. She joined theBlended Technology Team this year to help pilot, test, and launch more technology into our schools and enhance learning in all areas as well as help teachers become more computer savvy.

Armand Shabazian

Armand is currently a Network Services Engineering Intern at Seattle City Light where he works with engineers who manage downtown Seattle’s energy delivery. He is pursuing his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Seattle University.

Angie Steiner

Angie has taught elementary/intermediate school for the past 28 years. All of her experience has been in the Selah School District. More recently, she has put her B.S. in Biology to work teaching fifth grade science at Selah Intermediate School.

Kristina Stern

Kristina Stern is a Boeing engineer pursuing a master’s degree in computer science at Seattle University. She graduated in the summer of 2004 from Michigan Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering and started at Boeing in early 2005.

Kelemua Tesfaye

Kelemua Tesfaye is a rising junior at Seattle University studying civil engineering. She is drawn and contributes to the EFP as it aligns with her passion for increasing accessibility of STEM fields and learning more about how the skills of those disciplines can center liberation.

Nicole Trudeau

Nicole Trudeau is a fifth grade teacher at Kimball Elementary School in Seattle. Nicole has been teaching at this richly diverse school for twenty-one years. She is excited to be involved in this program not having attended an intensive science course since the Physics by Inquiry program at the University of Washington over 10 years ago.

Wendi Warren

Wendi Warren is a fifth grade teacher at Carriage Crest Elementary in the Kent School District. Teaching is a second career for her, but she feels it is what she was meant to do. Wendi is in her fifth year of teaching and has also taught fourth and sixth grades.

Marcia Ventura

Marcia Ventura is a fifth grade teacher at Maple Elementary School in the Seattle School District. She teaches all subject areas, but takes a keen interest in the areas of science and social studies and confluence between the two areas of study.

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