MEET OUR TEACHERS

EnCorps Fellows Inspire Students

Meet Our Teachers

Genevive Bjorn

Biomedical Scientist

Genevive joined the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program in 2013. Prior to teaching, Genevive trained as a biomedical scientist and she worked as a scientific journalist.

Bob Capriles

IT Project Manager

Bob is an EnCorps Teacher at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, CA. His math and engineering students benefit from his prior experience as an engineer and project manager with NetSuite and Yahoo.

LaTeira Haynes

Immunologist

With the support and guidance from EnCorps STEM Teachers, LaTeira made the transition from being an immunologist to becoming a teacher.

Miguel Cruz

MRO Flight Inspector

The EnCorps military pathway empowers veterans like Miguel Cruz, as well as active duty and reservists, to transition into second careers as teachers.

Julian Lewis

Aerospace Engineer

Julian says that the satisfaction of working on amazing aircraft equals the satisfaction he gets from watching his students become engaged in aerospace.

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Krisztina Hagey

Architect

Krisztina Hagey’s journey into teaching began when her daughter was in middle school and she realized that students don’t like math.

Tyran Richards

Pharmaceutical Chemist

“My greatest hope is that my students realize their worth and importance and grasp the fact that education is an important part of their future. It will lead them to opportunities that they wouldn’t have without it. I want them to know that they are capable of success no matter their background or what anyone else may have told them. I want them to realize that learning is fun. I want them to know that I am on their side.”

Michael Erickson

Engineer

“To influence a student’s career and life is amazing… I realize my actions have a big impact on whether and how much they learn… It’s great actually seeing them learn. I look back and feel that my previous careers were nothing but a stepping stone to my ultimate career — teaching!”

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Jamie Bascom

Endocrinologist

“To a high school student who asks me why science would be useful in their future, I would say: learning science teaches you how to be a critical and creative thinker; these are skills that will help you in any field of your choosing.”

Brian Woods

Engineer

“I think I wanted to give something back to the community. I wanted to see how much difference I could make. Perhaps I am most helpful by demonstrating in class this training actually leads to a useful and fulfilling career.”

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David Bartholomew

IT Professional

"Teaching is the hardest job I've ever had. On the flip side, it's the most rewarding job I've ever had." In the EnCorps StoryCorps Podcast, David speaks of his passion, why he chose teaching and a student that inspires him.

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Wayne Wong

Aerospace Engineer

“I grew up in a very low income neighborhood and went to a high needs school. I know how difficult it is break out of poverty. I want to change that and help young people less fortunate to see the potential in themselves and break out.”

David Lai

Computer Programmer

“I think I wanted to give something back to the community. I wanted to see how much difference I could make. Perhaps I am most helpful by demonstrating in class this training actually leads to a useful and fulfilling career.”

Nicole Bottomley

Research Scientist

“I grew up in a small rural community in Northern California. My high school was diverse and under-resourced. My science teachers showed me opportunities and encouraged me to pursue my dream of one day curing cancer.”

Laurie Toyama

Software Engineer

“We need to give students exposure to a wider work world and more possibilities for them to explore. Teachers are an avenue for this exposure and exploration. It’s rewarding to see the lightbulb go on in my students.”

Educating from Experience

“Educating from Experience” is a new mini-documentary from WorkingNation that follows California mom Erica Parker as she transitions from her successful career in engineering to become a STEM teacher at a local high school — a pathway made possible by EnCorps.

“EnCorps wants to provide a good math and science teacher for every single student in America,” says EnCorps STEM Teachers Program Founder Sherry Lansing. “No matter where you live, no matter whether you’re born into poverty or you’re born into wealth — you get that opportunity.”

In 2017, in California alone, there was a projected need of 33,000 qualified math and science teachers over the next decade. EnCorps recruits and prepares experienced engineers and technology professionals, among others, to teach in science, math, and related fields in underserved schools across California. After 11 years, EnCorps has recruited nearly 1,000 tutors, guest teachers, and full-time credentialed instructors.

“In the United States, we have been able to identify that we are going to be short 3.3 million employees in STEM-related fields,” says STEM teacher Eric Lee in the video. “We are trying to address this issue so that we can start hiring employees within the United States instead of having to farm out to other countries.”

WorkingNation’s filmmaking crew documented Erica’s journey with EnCorps to become a teacher at Corona High School, where she now makes a lasting impact in the lives of countless young people who learn the critical skills necessary to succeeding in STEM fields.

“It’s very difficult to find teachers that are properly qualified to teach STEM because a lot of them don’t have the industry experience,” says California’s Corona High School Assistant Principal Deena Rodriguez. “The EnCorps program bridges that gap between the industry sector and education.”

Erica Parker

EnCorps STEM Teaching Fellow – 2016 Cohort Former Engineer Engineering Teacher, Corona High School

Ryan Flores

EnCorps STEM Teaching Fellow – 2011 Cohort Former Engineer Engineering & Math Teacher, John Muir High School

photo credit: WorkingNation/Jonathan Barenboim