Kevin has an undergrad in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and a graduate degree in Education from Harvard University. He built and taught a 7-12 Computer Science curriculum for three years at a San Francisco Bay Area high school and additional years part time at a local Seattle area school, robotics summer camp, after school at the Community Charter School of Cambridge, and online at UMass Boston. He was a member of the MIT Teacher Education Program‘s StarLogo programming language team, where he published a paper on kids programming games using a block programming language. Kevin was also an engineering fellow specializing in knowledge transfer at Lockheed Martin and Toyota. Kevin was a software engineer in the Microsoft Office 365 group when he founded TEALS in 2009. He now runs TEALS full time generously supported by Microsoft Philanthropies. Kevin spends what little of his free time trying to not be outsmarted by his dog while watching British panel quiz shows.
Kip Fern (TEALS 2012)
Sr. Operations Program Manager
Kip graduated from MIT with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science. While at Microsoft, Kip was the very first program manager on the Microsoft Live@EDU program (now known as Office 365 Education), and he has also been a TEALS volunteer since 2012 teaching the Intro to CS course. A couple of other highlights in Kip’s career were being the Development Director on the very first Wii game (Madden ’07) while at EA Sports, and being the 4th employee at Concur, the worldwide leader in travel and expense management. When not teaching or helping to spread the word about TEALS, Kip can usually be found watching his Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins or Patriots winning a world championship.
Nathaniel Granor (TEALS 2010)
Regional Manager Lead, East
Nathaniel attended Yale University where he tried to major in a cappella singing, but was told it didn’t count. Instead, Nathaniel picked up a B.S. in Computer Science and graduated in 2009. He spent 3 years as a program manager at Microsoft helping to create gorgeous and engaging experiences for SharePoint. During that time, he volunteered with TEALS as an Intro CS teacher at Cleveland High School in South Seattle. Nathaniel believes computer science teaches critical thinking and problem solving skills that are essential to understanding and participating in the modern world. All students deserve the opportunity to learn these skills.
Regional Manager Lead, West
Anu graduated from Wharton with an MBA and has an undergraduate degree in Information Systems Management from Singapore Management University. Anu brings her experience as Program Head for Vocational Training at Pratham Education Foundation, reaching over 70,000 young adults annually, in areas including Digital Literacy, Hospitality and Construction. Anu has also worked at Microsoft in Enterprise Sales and at Citibank as Product Manager. When she’s not working, Anu loves to travel, hike and sing (Jazz and Broadway are her favorite styles) – don’t be surprised if you see her burst into song at unexpected times.
Regional Manager Lead, South Central
Christal has a heart for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. And working to develop our next generation of computer scientists is her passion. She received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of North Dakota and an M.Ed. from Grand Canyon University. She taught computer science, math, and science spanning grades 7 – 12. Most recently she has supported STEM AP teachers in a suburban Houston school district through their Advanced Academics department. Prior to education, Christal worked in the Oil and Gas Industry as a computer programmer working her way up to a project manager and Sr. IT Consultant. She has been on international teams, award winning corporate teams, coordinated science fairs, coached computer programming teams, and presented at state and national conferences. In her free time when she isn’t reading, she enjoys spending time with her family and cooking wonderfully bland food from her rural roots.
Anthony brings over ten years of experience with education administration and nonprofit volunteer management. He received a B.A. from Western Washington University and M.A. from Bowling Green State University. Anthony helped scale and grow volunteer programs across five states while at Pride Foundation and increased volunteer and community engagement while at Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. He also worked with student leadership programs at University of Washington. He believes that it is vital for young people to understand the foundations of computer science in order to be thriving participants in a global economy and to promote social change and educational equality. When not thinking about TEALS volunteer retention or recruitment, Anthony enjoys theatre, cooking, and travel.
Kenney has a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University. He worked in industry for 17 years as a software engineer for a variety of companies ranging from startups to large multinational corporations. Kenney left industry to pursue a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After graduation, he taught computer science at Phillips Exeter Academy, an independent secondary boarding school. Kenney has worn a variety of hats at the Academy including academic scheduler, yoga instructor, and dormitory head, to name a few. Kenney joins TEALS as the Curriculum Manager to inspire the next generation of computer science teachers.
Student Success & Engagement Manager
Becky Howsmon has a BS in molecular biology from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in infectious disease and immunity from UC Berkeley. She has led science outreach activities with students of all ages in schools, in after-school and summer programs, and has built and implemented a high school internship program at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Over the years she has developed an appreciation for the similarities between biology and computer science and is passionate about helping students use computer science as a launching point to understanding the world around them. In order for students to realize their potential, Becky believes that students need opportunities to experience STEM careers first-hand. She is excited to work with the TEALS students to help them find their passion and connect them with the opportunities they need to realize their academic and career goals. When she’s not helping students, Becky enjoys baking and spending time with her family.
Rural and Distance Program Manager
Miriam was previously a TEALS volunteer and master mentor down in LA. She worked as a CS teacher and administrator at an independent school for 10 years, and most recently an engineer at Blackboard working with rural schools. Supporting students in their exposure to STEM has been a passion of hers from the beginning of her career and she is excited to be a part of the TEALS team to bring computer science education to as many students as possible.
She has an MBA from Western Governors University and a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems.
Sr. Regional Manager, South Central
John graduated from the University of Scranton in 2009 with his B.S. in Neuroscience. Throughout his undergraduate work, John focused his elective credits in computer science and technology. In 2007 John became involved with iD Tech Camps as a summer instructor, teaching Java, C++, robotics engineering, and game design. Over the next 6 years John grew into a full time Regional Manager role with iD, planning, staffing, and managing STEM summer programs for teens at universities across the nation including Yale, MIT, and UNC. While at iD, John remembers multiple students wanting computer science education in their high schools, and is thrilled to be a part of an organization dedicated to making that happen. When not tirelessly promoting technology education, John can be found computer gaming with friends across the country or on a golf course looking for his lost ball.
Lori Whippler Hollasch (TEALS 2013)
Sr. Regional Manager, Pacific Northwest
Lori has a B.Sc. Computer Science degree from Portland State University and worked as a developer and then programmer/writer in Portland, Silicon Valley, and Microsoft Redmond before taking several years off to pursue volunteer endeavors. She has a long history of working in partnership with schools at the elementary, middle, high school, and district levels through PTA. While PTA president at Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie WA), Lori was active in bringing the TEALS program to the school. She recruited her husband to teach the first AP CS class there, and was a TEALS volunteer herself, teaching Intro CS. She is passionate about providing opportunities for students, and can’t believe she is being paid to help make computer science accessible in every high school.
Sr. Regional Manager, Pacific Northwest
Patrick graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics-Physics from Whitman College in 2006. The following year, he was a team lead and service member with AmeriCorps in Walla Walla, WA where he volunteered in a local elementary school. After moving to Washington, DC for a Master’s degree in Secondary Science Education from the George Washington University, Patrick began working in DC Public Schools at Woodrow Wilson High School as a physics and engineering teacher. Through his experiences teaching and working with the school’s FIRST Robotics team, he learned that his true passion is working to ensure that students everywhere have equal access to high-quality STEM education and teachers. Patrick is inspired and motivated by the TEALS mission and excited to bring his background and experience to help the program grow.
Ada Ibe (TEALS 2013)
Regional Manager, NY/NJ
Ada taught history with a graduate degree in education for 12 years. When she moved to New York in 2012, she became a sponsor for the school’s Girls Who Code club. Then the school joined forces with TEALS and Ada became the partner teacher. She helped grow the CS program at her last school from one class of 6 students to multiple filled-to-capacity Intro and AP Comp Sci A classes. Ada sought to join TEALS because she really enjoys computer science and believes all students should have access to trying computer science. She believes that while there are potential economic benefits to students who pursue computer science, the biggest benefits the skills and confidence students gain that will help them throughout their lives.
Regional Manager, NY/NJ
Allison has a BA in Physics and Math from William Jewell College. Afterwards, she obtained a MA in Math and a PhD in Physics and Math from University of Missouri – Kansas City. Allison has classroom experience in teaching physics, math and engineering classes mostly at the college level, but also for middle school and high school. She has also organized STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) experiences for high school students in collaboration with a colleges and community partners. Allison firmly believes that the future will require every person to understand computer science, if not specific languages, then the principles behind them. She is proud to be part of an organization that is helping to prepare students for that future.
Regional Manager, AL
Amber Pope is a Birmingham, Alabama native who is very active in her community, especially in the areas of public education and tech innovation. She is a career social studies teacher with a passion for empowering her students. She earned a B.S. in Secondary Education and Social Science from UAB in 2008, an M.Ed from the University of Montevallo in 2011, and a post masters certificate in Instructional Leadership from Jacksonville State University in 2016. As a teacher, she lobbied for her school to be the first in Alabama to be a part of the TEALS program and ran her school’s first coding club. She saw the impact that these initiatives had on students’ abilities to create and problem-solve and was hooked. Since then, she has been an advocate for TEALS and the expansion of computer science education in Birmingham by working with community partners and school systems to support the program. In her new role as a regional manager with TEALS, her ultimate goal is to expand and diversify the tech pipeline in Birmingham, k-12 and beyond.
Regional Manager, Rhode Island
Andrea Russo is an experienced educator for the past 15 years in both the formal and informal settings. She comes to TEALS from the National Council of Technological Literacy. Before that she taught grades 6-12 in the largest school district in the country, NYC. During that time, she received grants from the NYAS to implement best practices in STEAM. She participated in the Scientist in Residence Program. She has worked on curriculum development projects through the American Museum of Natural History and the NY Hall of Science in Queens, NY. She participated in teacher educator training in Huntsville, Alabama in the Honeywell sponsored NASA educator camp. Prior to her teaching career, Andrea worked at the New York Botanical Garden in the continuing education department. Andrea holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in STEM and an M.S. in Science Education.
Regional Manager, Michigan
Andrew comes to TEALS with a variety of experience and education. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Michigan. He also received his Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University. As a face to face teacher, he taught STEM curriculum for 8 years at the Brandon School District and then was one of the first full time online teachers to be hired in Michigan as an instructor of Mathematics and Computer Science for Michigan Virtual. In his spare time, he ran a FIRST Robotics team and led them to great success both in Michigan and Internationally. In 2012, he was inducted into the Educator Hall of Fame for the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association and in 2016 was the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award winner for the State of Michigan. Andrew is excited to be a part of TEALS to help bring Computer Science to Every High School.
Caitlin Derr (TEALS 2013)
Regional Manager, Southwest and Mountain West
Caitlin has an undergrad in Computer Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology and graduated in 2012. She then joined Amazon’s Fulfillment Technologies org and worked on the software that ensures your Amazon purchase is picked off the shelves both as efficiently as possible, and in time to get to you. While at Amazon, she volunteered with TEALS as a teaching assistant for the AP Computer Science class at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. She would’ve loved the opportunity to take computer science at her high school and is thrilled to help make that a reality for others. When she’s not promoting CS education, Caitlin can usually be found playing video games or taking her dog on adventures.
Regional Manager, Wisconsin
Caroline has a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is currently completing her Ph.D. in Computer Science Education. She has worked in a variety of software engineering and system administration roles before she joined the Peace Corps Ghana, where she taught computer science and trained CS teachers. Having fallen in love with teaching, she has continued to teach and run CS outreach workshops ever since. Her research interests include maker/hacker spaces, e-textiles, hackathons, and how to increase diversity in tech.
Regional Manager, Virginia/DC
Courtney has a B.S. in Mathematics from North Carolina State University. In her sophomore year she began working with a summer program designed to expose elementary school students to the joys of math and science through experiential learning. Upon graduating she decided her efforts would be best spent at her former high school, teaching Geometry in the very classroom were she studied Geometry years before. Prior to joining TEALS, Courtney was a high school math teacher in Washington, DC and used Computer Programming in her math classes to help her students develop their critical thinking and problem solving abilities. Courtney is excited to be apart of TEALS and furthering the mission of having Computer Science in Every High School.
Helen Henry (TEALS 2014)
Regional Manager, Pacific Northwest
Helen started her computer science education at the age of 8 when her father installed the first-ever, computer classroom in her family’s garage in the 1970s. After graduating from UC at Davis in Computer Science and Mathematics, she became the youngest Systems Engineer every hired by Hewlett Packard. Helen’s obvious love for education and computer science shows up in her educational background (Master in Teaching with endorsements in both high school math and elementary education), her volunteer experience (PTA President, Mountains to Sound Greenway, Future Business Leaders of America), and her professional experience (System Engineer, math teacher, and AP Computer Science TEALS teacher). After 11 years of teaching, Helen is excited to reach a much larger student audience and share her love of computer science!
Regional Manager, Ohio
Jake has a B.S. in Finance from Penn State University and a M.A. in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. After college, Jake spent two years working at Morgan Stanley and then transitioned to a career in education. Since leaving Morgan Stanley, Jake has spent five years teaching middle school math in Spanish Harlem and Cleveland. Jake has also spent several summers working for the Ohio Department of Education as well as the Office of Urban Planning in the City of Detroit. Jake loves education and all things Cleveland. He joined TEALS to increase students’ access to computer science in the state he calls home. He is looking forward to working with schools, the Cleveland Foundation, and local governments in bringing more computer science to classrooms in Ohio.
Regional Manager, Pittsburgh, PA
Jenda has a B.A. in Art & Technology from Seton Hill University. She was a web developer and graphic designer for over a decade before deciding to pursue a path with greater community impact: training and education. After earning her M.Ed. in instructional design and eLearning, she joined Carnegie Mellon University’s Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. She leveraged her lab’s published research and microphysiological simulations to teach critical STEM concepts and bioinformatics in secondary and undergraduate classrooms. Prior to joining TEALS, she developed online curricula to empower learners and build their skills in preventing cybersecurity threats in the workplace. Jenda believes firmly that computer science education is for all people because it teaches practical problem solving and reaches every aspect of our lives. She’s excited to expand TEALS in her region. In her limited free time, Jenda can be found hiking, reading about linguistics, or performing as a session drummer and mandolinist.
Regional Manager, Northern California
Kathlynn has a B.S. in Mathematics from UC Los Angeles and M.A. in Education from Harvard University. Prior to joining TEALS, she spent time teaching math in urban schools, tutoring and mentoring first generation students in after school programs, and volunteering with non-profit organizations to create access to educational opportunities for minority groups. Kathlynn is also a strong advocate for the S.T.E.M. fields, and believes that promoting interest in those areas is essential for the upcoming generations. She is excited to join TEALS and work with an inspiring, driven team to continue her passion in creating access to C.S. education.
Regional Manager, Pacific Northwest
Keithe graduated from Kennesaw State University with an MBA. He also holds B.S. degrees in Computer Information Systems and in Management from Park University. Keithe served honorably in the United States Air Force, completing tours of duty in the US, Japan and Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield. During his professional career in technology with Interland Inc. (now a division of Web.com) and Microsoft, Keithe performed roles in Systems Administration/Engineering, Data Center Operations, Web Platform Architecture and Business Management, working his way up to Sr. Manager over multiple departments. After 17 years in IT he decided to follow his passion and pursue a career in Education. Over the next 4 years he began teaching multiple Computer Science classes (Web Design, Intro to Digital Technology, Computer Science Principles and APCS-A) at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Georgia. In his spare time Keithe enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, working out and going to the movies.
Regional Manager, Northern California
Lauren has a B.S. in Computer Science from CU Boulder a Ph.D. in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Before joining TEALS, Lauren spent her time creating opportunities for youth to engage in informal STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through Art & Design) activities. She has worked as an educator and curriculum developer for various Boys & Girls Clubs, a Girl Scout summer camp, and, most recently, helped to develop FUSEstudio.net at Northwestern University. Lauren thinks everyone should know how to code and is excited to be part of an organization that focuses on getting more computer science classes in schools.
Regional Manager, Northeast Wisconsin
Mackenzie started her love affair with computers when her dad brought home punch cards for her to play with as a toddler. Today, as a grown up, she’s immersed in bringing that love of technology and science to the next generations. When she’s not working at TEALS, you can find Mackenzie curating curriculum for the WIT4Girls clubs through Women in Technology Wisconsin, training Girl Scout troop leaders in STEM/tech badge methods for the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Council, leading the K-1st grade Daisies of her own multi-level Girl Scout troop, or writing Theatre for Young Audiences scripts with her daughter, Ellie. She’s grateful for the NEW IT community and its dedication to serve area schools.
Regional Manager, NY/NJ
Maya graduated in May 2017 with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and a minor in Art from Georgetown University. Maya became interested in computer science when she decided to try out coding with her college’s women in computing club. Since then, she has continued to promote equity in computer science by working as a TA and then Teacher for the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs in Miami and NYC. She also had the opportunity to student teach earth science for a year in a Washington, DC public charter school, researching best practices for computer science education in the context of this traditional science classroom. She is excited to continue the work of spreading opportunities in CS to all students with TEALS!
Regional Manager, Massachusetts
Michael Shia has a BA in chemistry from Reed College, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University, and post-doctoral work in cell and molecular biology at MIT. So what is he doing at TEALS? Michael is passionate about science and STEAM education and believes that knowledge of computer science is the gateway to all STEAM activities. In his view, understanding and fluency in Computer Science is critically necessary for our children to become engaged successful contributors in our new technological society. His experience includes science curriculum and course development, as well as, teaching at the middle school and graduate school level. He is also involved in the Boston maker community as member, administrator, and volunteer at the Artisans Asylum in Somerville, MA.
Regional Manager, Southern California
Qianqian stumbled into computer science when she applied to a random summer program in high school, looking to get away from home for a few months. After an amazing summer coding and learning about the tech industry, she was hooked and went on to major in Computer Science and Mathematics at Wesleyan University. After graduation, she took a teaching fellowship, earning her MA in Mathematics Education and teaching for two years in Brooklyn. In that time, she piloted an Intro to Programming course, teaching Snap to every 7th grader at the school. She recently received her MBA from UCLA Anderson, where she focused on strategy and operations in social enterprises. She is excited to put her experience to good use at TEALS and empower every student to have the same opportunities that she has had. In her free time, Qianqian loves to hike, play strategy board games, and seek out the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
Regional Manager, Pacific Northwest
Rachel graduated from UC Berkeley with undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Cognitive Science in Fall 2016. As a freshman, she was uncertain what to do and so took a computer science course, CS10, on a whim. It was a game-changer and she then proceeded to lab assist, TA, and Head TA for the course in her consecutive years. Rachel has also spent a summer as a software engineer intern and doing research on virtual reality. She is excited to join TEALS as she believes that everyone should have the opportunity to learn computer science. She is also excited to explore the Pacific Northwest and spot all the wonderful dogs it has to offer.
Regional Manager, Houston, TX
Tonya graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BS in Computer Science and started her career as a Marketing Representative for IBM selling computers, software, and services to the Education Industry when classroom computers and technology were first being installed and 640K in an IBM PC was a BIG deal! She later obtained a MBA in Management/Marketing also from Washington University in St. Louis, accepted a position with Texas Instruments as a Senior Product Manager in Digital Signal Processing and made the move to Texas. Since leaving TI, Tonya has pursued volunteer and service opportunities in neighborhood communities, education, and fund-raising. Her classroom experience includes seven years teaching math and computer science in high schools and advocating for STEM education through clubs, field trips, and summer camps. Over the years, she has been privileged to be involved with Workforce Development and Training programs at the secondary and post-secondary levels and is keenly aware of the humongous gap in industry needs for Computer Science skills and the availability of talent to meet those needs. She is passionate about closing that gap and is thrilled to join TEALS to make an impact in the Computer Science education space.
Regional Manager, Southeast
Tracey has a B.S. and M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of West Georgia and also holds a Master’s degree in Education. She has worked as a Network Engineer and in tech support before spending 13 years teaching high school computer science courses at The Central Educational Center in Newnan, GA. She also volunteers as a mentor for UCode @ UWG, an organization that brings CS opportunities to kids 7-17 one Saturday a month. Tracey strongly believes the problem solving and critical thinking skills CS classes teach are important for all students no matter what their future may hold. When not working to promote CS in all schools Tracey spends her free time playing video games with her boys and reading.
Operations Program Manager
Daran graduated from Seminole State College with a B.S. in Information Systems Management. He previously worked at Microsoft for over 10 years in a variety of technical positions and left when his family relocated to Florida. Daran has a passion for teaching and technology and while away from Microsoft, he founded a non-profit organization focusing on the training needs of adults with developmental disabilities. He also taught computer science and AP science courses to both middle and high school students. While at Microsoft, Daran worked in the Office Systems supportability group and was part of two Office launches. He also worked as a supportability program manager in the XBOX LIVE group working closely with product development on some cool and exciting dashboard features. One project that he was very excited to be part of was in helping the DreamSpark program bring the XNA Game Studio to the XBOX LIVE service. Daran is a firm believer in giving back to the community and believes that it takes very little of one’s self to make a positive impact. One of Daran’s favorite quotes is borrowed from Albert Einstein, with his own personal modifications. ‘The ideals of life, to me, has never been about doing extraordinary things, but doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way.’
Program Assistant (East)
Prior to joining the TEALS team, Tania handled catering and event planning for the Facilities team at Microsoft in New York. As the tech industry continues to develop and grow, she thinks it’s very important for current high school students to have the option to learn Computer Science, and be made aware that this could be a potential career path. Since she never had the opportunity to learn Computer Science in school herself, she is very excited to be part of the TEALS team, and to use/expand her skill set to assist the program to succeed and grow.
Program Assistant (West)
Matt received his B.A. from Western Washington University in Economics/Environmental Studies. With his passion for computers and technology, Matt has made his way around Microsoft by working with several teams: Windows Marketing, CELA, and Windows Dev. Being lucky enough to have CS courses available in high school, he truly understands the importance of CS education for all. TEALS is the perfect place for Matt to continue to grow his own CS skills and help empower future generations.
Program Assistant (South Central)
J-Mag has an Associate’s of Applied Science degree in Java Programming from Houston Community College which she received as a non-traditional student after having worked many years as a programmer for government and industry. She also co-owned and operated a dial-up ISP until competition from cable and DSL made that non-viable. J-Mag learned to code at the age of thirteen through a collegiate program in her hometown of Aberdeen, SD. She believes coding is empowerment and that the ability to boss computers around is life-affirming, as well as being a useful and marketable skill. For fun, she helps coordinate science fiction conventions and similar events, writes fiction and poetry, and maintains two blogs—a code blog where she shares her current projects and a weekly menu blog where she shares her family’s meal plans and recipes.