"THE GOAL OF EDUCATION IS TO CREATE POSSIBILITIES TO EXPLORE AND DISCOVER
~ Jean Piaget
Meet the dynamic and robust team of scientists, engineers, educators, and community leaders who make our STEM education programs possible.
Founder // Science + Engineering Facilitator
A New Orleans, Louisiana native, Ge holds a B.S. in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University and an M.S. in Engineering from Tulane University. Ge was an engineering project manager for over 10 years before developing and facilitating STEM education programs in Charlotte, N.C. Ge enjoys painting and spending time outdoors with her husband and 3 homeschooled children.
Yanira is a communications, public relations and marketing powerhouse who has worked with numerous brands, social justice organizations and non-profits across the U.S. An avid traveler and advocate for self-directed education, Yanira has been a long-time supporter of STEM Skool and our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Mathematics and Computer Science Facilitator
Michael holds a degree in Computer Science & Programming and is currently working on a Masters of Business Administration from Purdue University. He has over 10 years of combined experience in computer science ranging from IT security and networking to web and software development.
Spanish Immersion Facilitator
Whitney holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Administration. She is a bilingual mother of 3 who is passionate about teaching children through interactive lessons and hands-on experiences.
Science + Engineering Facilitator
Daniel is a chemical engineer and plant operations superintendent living in Charlotte, NC. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Daniel earned his bachelor's degree from Penn State and master's degree from Florida Institute of Technology. A dedicated STEM Skool parent and volunteer, you may catch Mr. Daniel leading cool chemistry experiments in his Nittany Lions t-shirt any given day!
Software Engineering Facilitator
Matthew previously worked at Microsoft for 17 years in various roles, from debugging the Windows kernel to developing web applications. He’s a hobbyist musician who enjoys playing saxophone and arranging music. Matthew has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee. Matthew grew up in Kingsport, TN, where he met his lovely wife, Suzy. They now have four children and live in Charlotte, NC.
Brett Q. Tempest, Ph.D., P.E.
Brett Tempest is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNC Charlotte. His research is related to the development and performance evaluation of concrete and masonry construction materials, particularly from the standpoint of sustainability. He is also active in engineering education research related to building student diversity and integrating service learning into the engineering curriculum.
Christine H. Tran
Global Studies Facilitator
Christine holds a B.A. in History, M.A. in Political Science/International Relations and M.L.I.S., Library & Information Science. She discovered her love of instruction while teaching information literacy at a local university. For the past 5 years, she’s shared her passion for geography, history, and reading with groups of delightfully curious homeschoolers. In her spare time, she works as a book reviewer for Booklist magazine.