Meet the Instructors
Feel confident that your students will get the best and safest camp experience possible. We’ve put together an excellent cohort of instructors to lead our sessions. Camp:ASPIRE instructors are all:
- Certified K-12 classroom teachers in STEM fields
- Deliver adequate training and resources
- Have passed a background check
- Are proven STEM & STEAM enthusiasts–your students will see this too!
Warren has been an educator for over 16 years, teaching Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Intro to Engineering, Graphic Design, and Middle Level Science. Warren is a recipient of South Carolina’s Inaugural STEM Educator of the Year Award in 2019, and SC’s NAACP Presidential Citation Award in Education Advocacy in 2019
Shirley has worked as a software engineer and statistics and computer science teacher. She’s been a Teacher Fellow at UCSD COSMOS since 2007, received the National Council of Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Educator Award in 2014 and 2018 and was San Diego County Teacher of the Year in 2016. She now works to create computer science education and experiences for transitional kindergarten through twelfth grade students.
Dr. Kellie Taylor
Dr. Taylor is a 3rd grade teacher in Boise, ID. She served as a 2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Library of Congress creating STEM and Makerspace activities with Primary Sources. Kellie leads programming initiatives, including Family Creative Learning Workshops on Scratch and Makey Makey, robotics using LEGO Mindstorms, EV3s, and WeDo, Raspberry Pi with Scratch and Python, and Junior Botball Robotics using C++.
Victor has taught at Broward County Public Schools in FL for 17 years and currently teaches 5th grade Gifted. He is a FIRST Certified Trainer, a FIRST LEGO League Robotics Coach/Mentor for 14 years, and a VEX IQ Challenge Robotics Coach for 2 years. His STEAM initiatives include Hour of Code and Minecraft Education Edition.
Desh (pronounced Daysh) is the founder of TechPlayzone, an after-school and summer camp for children interested in technology. With Desh’s influence on curriculum and programming, robotics programs have been added to the curriculum of Florida schools, become the focus for attracting students to urban schools, and has spawned the formation of robotics teams sponsored by libraries, churches, YMCAs and Scout troops. Desh is the 2020 FIRST LEGO League Volunteer of the Year.
Gina is a K-5 elementary engineering teacher at Galileo STEM Academy in Eagle, Idaho. She also coaches the after-school robotics club where the Jr. Botball team placed 1st two years in a row at the Global Conference for Educational Robotics (GCER), and the middle school team won Rookie Team of the Year at their first competition. She also teaches 3-D printing design, the engineering design process, and amateur radio and electronics. Gina is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.
Craig taught Mathematics and Computer Science in dropout prevention schools helping “second chance” students graduate high school. He helped start the school’s first Hackathon team, which won the Coding4TX Hackathon. In 2017, Craig moved to online teaching where he now teaches Computer Science, Game Design, and Graphic & Web Design at one of Texas’ largest virtual high schools.
Tim has been an educator for over 28 years, teaching Computers, Robotics, Honors Physics, AP Physics, Engineering and Honors Engineering at the high school level. He currently teaches at the Out of Door Academy and assists in developing/advising current STEM curriculums. Additional interest in 3D printing, 3D modeling, RC nitro vehicles, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi, and drones.
Kenny received a NASA Robotics Growth Grant while teaching high school physics and engineering. Kenny has won various awards/grants with students from engineering projects including the 3D Printer Grant from 3D Systems and Coca-Cola, ICECF Solar School Grant, Disney Summer of Creativity Grant, Amazon Engineer Grant, and the HERlead Fellowship program. Kenny founded and currently coaches Wolcott FIRST robotics team #8728 that won numerous competitions awards and grants from the FIRST Tech Challenge.
Caitlin has worked as a Librarian and Technology Specialist at Shorecrest Preparatory School, Academic Technology Specialist at Harpeth Hall, and a Technology Integration Specialist at Currey Ingram Academy. She was named an ISTE Emerging Leader in 2017 and the 2018 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator. She is also the co-author of Stretch Yourself: A Personalized Journey to Deepen Your Teaching Practice. Caitlin is an Apple Teacher, Common Sense Educator, and Google Certified Innovator and Trainer.
Sarah has been a STEM classroom teacher for 8 years and has taught everything from Engineering to Biology. She holds certification with Google and trains others teachers in using technology at a local college. When she’s not working, she loves to spend time with her husband, son, and dogs, and is also an avid plant collector and runner.
Katie is a 7th grade Science Teacher and FIRST LEGO League Robotics Coach at New Brunswick Middle School in New Jersey. She is also a UBTECH Early Innovator using UKITs in her classroom. Katie has been teaching for seven years and loves infusing technology in her instruction!
Plus many more amazing STEM Educators and Instructors leading Camp:ASPIRE courses!
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