Nathan Tran

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Cheer
  • Tap
  •  Jazz
  •  Hip hop
  •  Tennis 
  • 7th-grade principal honor roll
  • Photography
  • Track team


"I enjoy educating young people about STEM"


JADEN CORDOVA

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School 

Brandon Kim
STEMkits4Kids Division President

Fundraising Manager

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • Past Troy Leo Club member
  • Interested in computer science
  • Plays guitar
  • Plays bass
  • Plays ukelele
  • Plays double bass


Determination is the key to success. 

  • Alpha Chi Sigma Summer Research Fellowship (2016)

  • Alumni Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2017)

  • Student Member of the American Chemical Society @ UCLA (2017/2018)

  • General Chemistry Teaching Assistant @ UCI (2018/2019)


"Science is liberating and should be accessible to everyone"


NOELLE HUMPREY

STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School
  • Past Troy Leo Club member
  • Interested in computer science
  • Plays guitar
  • Plays bass
  • Plays ukelele
  • Plays double bass


Determination is the key to success. 

BRYAN SONG

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

KAVI MARU

STEM Instructor

Senior

​Sunny Hills High School


  • Cheer
  • Tap
  •  Jazz
  •  Hip hop
  •  Tennis 
  • 7th-grade principal honor roll
  • Photography
  • Track team


I enjoy educating young people about STEM.


Jasmine Tan

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School 

BING BING MA

STEM Instructor

Junior

Portola High School

  • Brea Olinda High School Frosh Basketball 2019-2020
  • Illinois All-State Junior High Band 2018-2019
  • Young Achievers in Academics Award 2015-2016
  • National Spanish Exam Silver Medal 2017-2018


Don't count the days; make the days count.


Wenchao Hu

Member

Senior

Whitney High School

Se Min Kim

Design Manager

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore
Troy High School

AIDEN CHOW

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

University High School


  • Troy High School Marching Band
  • Science Olympiad Division B 3rd Place for Fossils 
  • President's Education Award
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  7th Grade
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  8th Grade


     ¨The onion you are eating can be someone else's water lily."

  • Troy High School Marching Band
  • Science Olympiad Division B 3rd Place for Fossils 
  • President's Education Award
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  7th Grade
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  8th Grade


     The onion you are eating can be someone else's water lily.

  • Presidential Volunteer Service Gold Awards
  • Principal’s Honor Roll
  • CyberPatriot Semi-Finalist
  • Middle School Valedictorian
  • Third place at OC Regional Spelling Bee


The only way to predict the future is to create it!

  • Alpha Chi Sigma Summer Research Fellowship (2016)

  • Alumni Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2017)

  • Student Member of the American Chemical Society @ UCLA (2017/2018)

  • General Chemistry Teaching Assistant @ UCI (2018/2019)


"Science is liberating and should be accessible to everyone"


NEELAM MISTRY

STEM Instructor

Senior

Valencia High School

  • I play basketball and soccer
  • I came from Japan
  • I am a major Hypebeast
  • I can play the trumpet 


​Kids are fun to work with and I like their reaction to leaning new things. 

Preston Ngo

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School 

  • ROTC

  • Played cello in middle school

  • Tennis

  • Basketball


Trying is learning.





  • President's Award for Educational Excellence National

  • Junior Honor Society Member

  • Piano Certificate of Merit Level 8 (preparing for Level 10 next year) 

  • CyberPatriot Gold Division Semifinalist 

  • Participant Neighborhood Education Project (community service club) 

  • stArt Project (Neighborhood Edu. hosted project to teach elementary students about art)

  • Life of Literacy Project (mobile libraries created for bilingual experiences (at Diamond Bar High

  • School Korean School)) 

  • 2018 Korean American Day Art Contest Honorable Mention


Children are the key to our future so we must set an example for them to become greater than we are.





  • Troy High School Marching Band
  • Science Olympiad Division B 3rd Place for Fossils 
  • President's Education Award
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  7th Grade
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  8th Grade


     ¨The onion you are eating can be someone else's water lily."

  • Freshman Basketball Team

  • Piano Player

  • Silver Coyote Award (Middle School)

  • Cyber Security Participant

  • TaeKwonDo Black Belt


I enjoy meeting new people and love to help others.

  • Johnson & Johnson Care to Recycle Contest Winner
  • C21 Award (Placentia Library/PYLUSD)
  • High Honor Roll
  • Lion's Heart Member
  • Piano
  • Basketball
  • Jijitsu 


I like working with kids and helping them with STEM activities.


I enjoy teaching and would love to apply my interest in STEM alongside it.

  • President of Canyon Gaming Club
  • Member of Canyon Scholarship Federation
  • Music background of 8 Years (Piano 8 years, Clarinet 4 Years, Guitar 1 Year)
  • 4.0+ GPA for at least 5 years
  • Enjoys building computers, music, and playing video games


“We have so much to say, and we shall never say it.” - Erich Maria Remarque

Octavio Gutierrez

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School 

  • Golf
  • NJROTC
  • SeaPerch (National Qualifier)
  • Quiz Bowl (National Qualifier)
  • RoboSub
  • Science Olympiad Division B (Regionals, States, & Nationals Medalist)
  • Troy Robotics


As a kid I have always loved STEM.

  • Troy JV golf team
  • Troy NJROTC information security team
  • Science Olympiad regional medalist
  • Piano


I like helping kids learn STEM! :)

Jennifer Cheng

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Diamond Bar High School

  • 3rd degree black belt taekwondo
  • Likes STEM
  • Participated in AppJam+ (offered by UCI)
  • Played trombone for 2 years
  • STEMup4Youth Most Valuable STEM Instructor
  • STEMup4Youth Volunteer Service Award



STEM is something all children should be able to experience regardless of race, gender, and lifestyle.




Daniel Lee

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Sunny Hills High School

  • SCSBOA All-Southern 2017/2018/2019

  • CBDA All-State 2018

  • Dragon Kim Foundation Music Mentor

  • OCSA Tri-M Music Honor Society Member

  • Idyllwild Arts Symphonic Band Intensive Principal Flute

  • Southwestern Youth Music Festival (2nd Place 2015/2017)

  • Co-President of OCSA Helping Hands 


I love to encourage kids to get creative and think outside of their comfort box, especially in STEM.





  • AP Scholar
  • Troy Symphony Orchestra Second Violin First Chair and Section Leader
  • Troy SERMO Club Co-President
  • Troy Liberty in North Korea Co-Treasurer
  • D. Russel Parks Community Service Award

​​​I believe it is better to be excited for something rather than nervous because nervousness usually comes from doubts while excitement usually means you are well-prepared and confident. I am thoroughly excited to work with kids and get them involved in STEM-based activities! 


Arrim Jung

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Gretchen A. Whitney High School

Christopher Park

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore
Troy High School

Xiaoyi (Sam) Chen

STEM Instructor

Freshman

Troy High School

  • Science Olympiad team member
  •  Middle school Science Bowl former captain, current student coach
  • CyberPatriot Semifinalist
  • Former MathCounts competitor


I believe we are born curious. Scientists, whether professional or hobbyist, are people who have nurtured that curiosity into adolescence and adulthood.


  • ASB president at Ball Junior High School
  • "Blackhawk of the year" at Ball JHS
  • 4.0 GPA Overall
  • Yearbook president at Ball JHS
  • ​Member of THS key club


STEM is a really cool way to look at everything around us, and sharing that outlook to kids is a great thing!

Edwin Liu

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior
Troy High School
  • One of the founders of the Sunny Hills High School Science-Olympiad Team
  • Skills USA Member
  • Sunny Hills High School Varsity Girls Golf Team
  • Member of BAPS Audio Visual Team
  • BAPS Charity Volunteer




  • Science Olympiad States Championship Medalists

  • KMS Science Olympiad Team Member (2nd at states overall)

  • Science Olympiad Team "Most Spirited Award" 2015

  • Former Senior Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 723

  • Life Scout Rank

  • Troy Cross Country Team Member

  • Orange County Community Youth Orchestra member


"STEM is a really cool way to look at everything around us, and sharing that outlook to kids is a great thing!"

  • Regents Fellowship UCI

  • Engineer for 4 Years

  • PhD Physics Student

  • Mountain Biking


​Sometimes it's more fun going up a rocky mountain than a paved road


  •  FBLA
  • Speech and Debate
  • Model UN
  •  NJROTC
  •  Sea Perch
  • Academic Penthalon
  • Middle School ASB
  • Paw Pals (helped Special Education students)
  •  Pals (sucicide prevention and like helped mediate arguments and tutor students)
  • School Site Council Representative
  • AVID
  • Science Olympiad
  • Mathlete
  • Library Volunteer


​I like science and working for kids.

  • Troy JV golf team
  • Troy NJROTC information security team
  • Science Olympiad regional medalist
  • Piano


I like helping kids learn STEM! :)

Nikita Gupta

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore
Yorba Linda High School
  • OCAD Club Vice President
  • OCAD Super Quiz 1st place
  • OCAD school team 5th place
  • Labdoo member


I like working with kids in STEM-related activities. 



  • Played basketball and golf,
  • Interested in drama
  • Math club
  • Volunteer at V.O.L.T Program Buena Park, and Soup kitchen


I am happy when I make others happy.


  • Principal's List
  • Spelling Bee School Competition 3rd Place
  • School Newspaper Editor
  • Distinguished Scholar
  • Math Field Day School Representative & won 3 Medals
  • Girl Scout Bronze Award


I enjoy working with kids especially with the STEM experiments :)


  • Elementary school daycare worker
  • Golf player
  • Karate for 3 yrs
  • Speaks Chinese
  • Has instagram meme page 


"I like working with kids since they can be fun to be around."

  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • STEMup4Youth Leadership Award
  • STEMup4Youth Community Service Award
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  •  LAUSD CyberPatriot Competition (2nd Place 2016 middle school division, 3rd place 2017 national division)
  • CyberPatriot National Finalist


I love seeing connections and bonds the kids develop with STEM and us.


RAYMOND MO

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

Eseuther Lee

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • LA county library bookmark winner
  • Congresswoman art winner
  • DBPAC cello competition 2nd place
  • ABRSM piano grade 7 merit
  • Principle roles


I have great personality to work with teams.

  • CyberPatriot Team Captain
  • Warrior Band Trombone Section Leader
  • LB Quintet Lead Trombonist
  • Walnut Quantum - Hydromechs Member
  • Piano CM Level 10 Branch Honors
  • MATY Vice President
  • FSD RobotNation II 1st Place
  • Random DIY Project Machine :)


The great things that the majority enjoys comes at the temporary hardships of the few. Yet the few labor on, for the ultimate goal is the success of the team. 

Megan Loh

GEARup4Youth Founder

 President 2018-2020

Advisor

​Stanford University

NATALIA BRAVO

STEM Instructor

8th Grader
Parks Junior High school

John Kozlowski

STEM Instructor

PhD Student

University of California Irvine

  • Math League Regionals 1st Place / State Qualifier

  • MathCounts 2019 Team

  • Science Olympiad Division B CA State 1st and Nationals 6th Team

  • You Be The Chemist Regionals 1st Place / National Qualifier

  • Distinguished Scholar Award

  • Troy Science Olympiad Competitor

  • Science Olympiad Event Coach for middle schoolers

  • Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth


I love teaching and watching kids enjoy STEM subjects, especially science

  • Troy High School Marching Band
  • Science Olympiad Division B 3rd Place for Fossils 
  • President's Education Award
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  7th Grade
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  8th Grade


     ¨The onion you are eating can be someone else's water lily."

Brian Kim

STEM Instructor

7th grader

Kraemer Middle School

  • Kraemer Middle School Distinguished Scholar 2017-18
  • Kraemer Middle School Chamber Strings First Violin
  • Writer's Guild Member
  • Prelude Chamber Strings 2016-17




Austin Fu

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Valencia High School

Savannah Kelly

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior
Valencia High School
  •  Girl Scout Silver Award
  •  Kraemer Middle School Science Olympiad Team (Second place at State competition)
  •  First place in Towers & Fast Facts at Kraemer Invitational
  •  Second place in Detector & third place in Codebusters at Science Olympiad State               Competition
  •  Altar server at church
  •  Level 8 in piano CM


I had a passion for STEM ever since learning about it as a child. I would like to pass this on to kids today in hopes that it will create many opportunities for them to learn and explore.



Ernesto Barraza-Valdez

STEM Instructor

Physics PhD Student

University of California Irvine

  • Troy Principal's Honor Roll
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics 
  • Troy Marksmanship


:)


Daniel Sim

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • Middle school Basketball team
  • Middle school Soccer team


I enjoy teaching math to kids


BRYAN SONG

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

AIDEN CHOW

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

University High School


Brian Kim

STEM Instructor

7th grader

Kraemer Middle School

Jake Bae

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • 3 years of Science Olympiad in middle school

  • Learned how to play the clarinet

  • Part of the basketball, volleyball, and track team in middle school

  • Part of Speech and Debate Team in middle school ​


I want to use my experience in Science Olympiad to demonstrate to others that STEM is an engaging and enjoyable program.

Ryan Mya

 STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

  •  FBLA Southern Section VP, State PR Council, and Chapter VP
  •  Troy Science Olympiad Team Member
  • I love Astronomy and Physics
  •  Giving Children Hope VP


I like designing things :) whether in curriculum or otherwise... 


  • 3rd degree black belt taekwondo
  • Likes STEM
  • Participated in AppJam+ (offered by UCI)
  • Played trombone for 2 years
  • STEMup4Youth Most Valuable STEM Instructor
  • STEMup4Youth Volunteer Service Award



STEM is something all children should be able to experience regardless of race, gender, and lifestyle.




  • Elementary school daycare volunteer
  • Golf player
  • Karate for 3 yrs
  • Speaks Chinese
  • Has instagram meme page 

I like working with kids since they can be fun to be around.

  •  Enrolled in Whitney Model UN (Awarded in Los Alamitos Conference)
  •  Key Club member (Awarded member of the Month)
  •  Whitney Golf Team
  •  Play flute in High School Symphonic Band


I enjoy and prioritize communicating with those around me due to the social environment I lived through as a child. Due to the many social interactions I have had throughout my life, I am now able to easily approach children and cooperate with even those others may find troubling. Additionally, having three younger brothers has forced me in the past to do fun crafts to entertain them, so I am confident I will be a great addition to this group.


  • Academic decathlon
  • Honor roll student
  • Piano
  • Technology


I like math and technology.




  • Participated in UNICEF and FBLA.
  • I used to play basketball.
  • I like listening to music on my free time.
  • I used to play the piano and the viola.




I enjoy helping out!

  • President of the Music Mentors Program

  • Battery Captain of the Percussion Program

  • President's Award for Educational Excellence

  • Representative of the EDI Committee (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)

  • Coding Club Member

  • Football Member

  • Vice-President of Student Council

  • WEB Leader

  • Captain of the Cross Country team


I love seeing how students apply what they learn from STEM, to other parts of their life.

Amariah Peedikayil

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

ZIYI GUO

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • NJROTC program at Troy
  • Orienteering team
  • Interested in engineering/architecture
  • Talented artist


I want to learn as much from other people as I do my teachers.


  • Plays guzheng
  • Play in an orchestra
  • Volunteer outside of school
  • Enjoys hiking


I enjoy helping others.


Daniel Wang

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior
Valencia High School


Barbara Cao

Assistant STEM Instructor

Freshman
  • NJHS Kraemer middle school
  • Science Olympiad invitational Medalist
  • Mathcount 2019 team KMS
  • Johns Hopkins CTY Grand Award for International Talent Search
  • Johns Hopkins CTY Study of Exceptional Talent Qualifier
  • Distinguished Scholar Award 18-19 Kraemer middle school
  • 1st place for Rubik’s cube challenge for Orange County Math Field Day
  • Highest individual Score 17-18 Math Olympiad
  • Second Degree Black belt
  • Math Field Day School team(won 1st places, 3rd place)
  • Participated App Jam ++ PYLSD 2019


I enjoy helping younger kids grow intellectually.


Tej Patel

​Member

Sophomore
Troy High School

Cathy Chen

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Drama club
  • UFC gym
  • Currently in health
  • Interested in computer science 


I am fine working with people of all ages.


ESTHER WU

STEM Instructor

Freshman
Troy High School

NATALIA BRAVO

STEM Instructor

8th Grader
Parks Junior High school
  • Silver Coyote Award from Junior High School
  • Former NJHS Vice President
  • Plays the violin
  • Plays tennis
  • Debate club for 4 years
  • Cyber
  • Knows Python and Java


Helping kids gain an interest in STEM or really any subject is a fun and awesome!

NAOMI HORIGUCHI

STEM Instructor

Sophomore​

Troy High School

David Van Dyke

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Yorba Linda High School

  • Elementary school daycare worker
  • Golf player
  • Karate for 3 yrs
  • Speaks Chinese
  • Has instagram meme page 


"I like working with kids since they can be fun to be around."

John Kozlowski

STEM Instructor

PhD Student

University of California Irvine

HENRY LUO

 STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • Kraemer Middle School Distinguished Scholar 2017-18
  • Kraemer Middle School Chamber Strings First Violin
  • Writer's Guild Member
  • Prelude Chamber Strings 2016-17




NOELLE HUMPREY

STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School

Alexander Lee

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore
Troy High School
  • Whitney High School Varsity Golf Team
  • First Place in a junior high Stem Olympiad
  • Violin (7 years)
  • Camp Leader for Student Learning Center


​Give more than you take.


  • Southern California Middle School Honor Choir
  • Choir for 3 years in middle school
  • Cyber Patriot
  • Guitar


Volunteering gives you a different scope.


  • Johnson & Johnson Care to Recycle Contest Winner
  • C21 Award (Placentia Library/PYLUSD)
  • High Honor Roll
  • Lion's Heart Member
  • Piano
  • Basketball
  • Jijitsu 


I like working with kids and helping them with STEM activities.


Sharleen Loh

Founder & CEO

President 2013-2018

Advisor

Harvard University

Harrison Cho

​Member

Junior

Troy High School

  • Regents Fellowship UCI

  • Engineer for 4 Years

  • PhD Physics Student

  • Mountain Biking


​Sometimes it's more fun going up a rocky mountain than a paved road


BING BING MA

STEM Instructor

Junior

Portola High School

  • Middle school Basketball team
  • Middle school Soccer team


I enjoy teaching math to kids


  •  Boy Scouts of America (currently a life scout with the position of assistant senior patrol leader)
  •  Troy's Cross Country Team
  •  Troy's HOBY club
  •  NYLT certified
  •  Honors Society Award
  •  Math Kangaroo Award

    Ever since I was a kid, I enjoyed constructing things such as Legos. Math, sciences, and the different forms of technology have always fascinated me. Because of my leadership training through scouting, I know how to deal with younger kids and encourage them.


Everyone needs guidance.

BRYAN SONG

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

Joshua Hockman

Assistant STEM Instructor

Placentia Chapter President

Senior

Valencia High School

  • Honor Roll
  • National Junior Honor Society member
  • Troy Volleyball and Softball!!
  • Adventures in STEM participant
  • President's Award recipient 
  • President's Award REcipiant
  • Troy Volleyball Captain and MVP
  • Troy JV softball
  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • CPR certified


Yay STEM!!!

Renzo Gomez

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior
Arcadia High School

RAYMOND MO

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

ANDREW WU

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • STEMup4Youth Volunteer Service Award
  • Principal's List Honor Roll
  • Piano CM Level 9
  • Lion Heart VP 2017-2018
  • Lion Heart Golden PVS Award
  • 1 year in Junior Chamber Music
  • 2017 National Piano Playing Auditions: State Level
  • 2017 MTAC Theme Festival Silver
  • 2016 MTAC Theme Festival Gold


I enjoy teaching and inspiring kids in STEM! :)

ERNESTO BARRADA VALDEZ

UCI

PhD Student

  • Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra Member
  • SCSBOA Honor Orchestra (2021)
  • Level 8 in CM Piano Evaluations
  • Middle School CyberPatriot program
  • History Day LA (2019-2020)
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth High Honors

NOELLE HUMPREY

STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School

RIIGA TOYOSAKI

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School 

ZIYI GUO

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Science Olympiad States Championship Medalists

  • KMS Science Olympiad Team Member (2nd at states overall)

  • Science Olympiad Team "Most Spirited Award" 2015

  • Former Senior Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 723

  • Life Scout Rank

  • Troy Cross Country Team Member

  • Orange County Community Youth Orchestra member


"STEM is a really cool way to look at everything around us, and sharing that outlook to kids is a great thing!"

Chrysanne Medina

Social Media Manager

STEM Instructor

Junior
Troy High School

Isabella Buenaventura

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

Brian Lee

Member

Sophomore

Troy High School 

NEELAM MISTRY

STEM Instructor

Senior

Valencia High School

Phillip Lu

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

University High School

  • Middle school Basketball team
  • Middle school Soccer team


I enjoy teaching math to kids


ESTHER WU

STEM Instructor

Freshman
Troy High School

JADEN CORDOVA

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School 

  • CyberPatriot Team Captain
  • Warrior Band Trombone Section Leader
  • LB Quintet Lead Trombonist
  • Walnut Quantum - Hydromechs Member
  • Piano CM Level 10 Branch Honors
  • MATY Vice President
  • FSD RobotNation II 1st Place
  • Random DIY Project Machine :)


The great things that the majority enjoys comes at the temporary hardships of the few. Yet the few labor on, for the ultimate goal is the success of the team. 

  • Dedicated Science Olympiad Competitor
  • Participated in Speech and Debate and Mathcounts in middle school
  • Plays guitar, can draw realistic drawings
  • Likes to program and make games
  • Awards:
  • Spell bowl team first place 5th grade in our division
  • Battle of the books team first place 5th grade
  • Mathcounts team 3rd place regionals 7th grade
  • Mathcounts team 4th place regionals 8th grade
  • Science Olympiad 1st place regionals 8th grade
  • Speech and Debate Damien High Public Forum 2nd place
  • AiME qualification 8th grade


STEM can be boring if you're not learning it right. I try to let kids learn it right.

  • First Lego League National Champion
  • Machine Learning Expert
  • Great in robotics and drone technology
  • Hardware and software design expert.
  • Designed AI done for ITESLfablab
  • Good in Virtual reality and gaming.


Don't trust a computer you can't throw out the window!

Ryan Mya

 STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • Founder and President of the Unity Club. (teaches members how to make video games and apps using the Unity Engine)
  • Fluent in C++, C#, Java, Swift.
  • Finalist in Taipei University's National Problem Solving Competition, a C++ problem set contest.
  • Published games on the Google Play Store.
  • Troy Cyber Defense Summer Camp team winner. Won $15 gift card.
  • Fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese, and a little Spanish.


​​I love teaching my classmates how to program and make apps and games, which is why I founded the Unity club. I gain an enormous amount of joy from helping others out. I love the STEM fields and I wish I can get more people to love it too. I believe that making video games is a way easier way to learn programming as it did for me, as opposed to learning how to code in general. I hope by volunteering, I can learn how to be a better human being and help kids get interested in STEM. ​

  • Piano Certificate of Merit, Level 10

  • GIVE Volunteering

  • Former violinist of OCCYO

  • Gold PVSA

Nikky Lewis

Rowland Heights Chapter President

Senior

Venice High School



  • National Junior Honor Society Member

  • STEMup4Youth Rookie of the Year

  • Parks Junior High School Honor Roll

  • Mathematics Tutor

  • Canning Hunger Volunteer

  • Athletic

  • Artistic

  • Plays Violin & Piano

  • ​STEMup4Youth Most Valuable Committee Leader

  • STEMup4Youth Community Service Award


I like to help the community by inspiring others through working with kids.

Brian Feng

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Honor Roll
  • National Junior Honor Society member
  • Troy Volleyball and Softball!!
  • Adventures in STEM participant
  • President's Award recipient 
  • President's Award REcipiant
  • Troy Volleyball Captain and MVP
  • Troy JV softball
  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • CPR certified


Yay STEM!!!

  • Past Troy Leo Club member
  • Interested in computer science
  • Plays guitar
  • Plays bass
  • Plays ukelele
  • Plays double bass


Determination is the key to success. 

  • Past Troy Leo Club member
  • Interested in computer science
  • Plays guitar
  • Plays bass
  • Plays ukelele
  • Plays double bass


Determination is the key to success. 

ESTHER WU

STEM Instructor

Freshman
Troy High School
  • Middle school Basketball team
  • Middle school Soccer team


I enjoy teaching math to kids


  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • STEMup4Youth Leadership Award
  • STEMup4Youth Community Service Award
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  •  LAUSD CyberPatriot Competition (2nd Place 2016 middle school division, 3rd place 2017 national division)
  • CyberPatriot National Finalist


I love seeing connections and bonds the kids develop with STEM and us.


SIMON PARK

STEM Instructor

Senior

  Troy High School


  • Alpha Chi Sigma Summer Research Fellowship (2016)
  • Alumni Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2017)
  • Student Member of the American Chemical Society @ UCLA (2017/2018)
  • General Chemistry Teaching Assistant @ UCI (2018/2019)
  • Interested in Theoretical Chemistry / Physics, Musical Theater, and going to Disneyland


"Science is liberating and should be accessible to everyone."


Zayna Lateef

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior
Sage Hill School

BRIAN LIU

STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School

BING BING MA

STEM Instructor

Junior

Portola High School

  • Troy HS basketball team
  •  President of the Yearbook/Journalism class in MS
  •  CASL Leadership Development
  •  President’s Education Awards Program in MS
  •  Citizenship Award in MS
  •  Secretary of Troy Autism Youth Ambassador


Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.


  • One of the founders of the Sunny Hills High School Science-Olympiad Team
  • Skills USA Member
  • Sunny Hills High School Varsity Girls Golf Team
  • Member of BAPS Audio Visual Team
  • BAPS Charity Volunteer




  • CyberPatriot Team Captain
  • Warrior Band Trombone Section Leader
  • LB Quintet Lead Trombonist
  • Walnut Quantum - Hydromechs Member
  • Piano CM Level 10 Branch Honors
  • MATY Vice President
  • FSD RobotNation II 1st Place
  • Random DIY Project Machine :)


The great things that the majority enjoys comes at the temporary hardships of the few. Yet the few labor on, for the ultimate goal is the success of the team. 

Cecilia Lee

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  •  FBLA Southern Section VP, State PR Council, and Chapter VP
  •  Troy Science Olympiad Team Member
  • I love Astronomy and Physics
  •  Giving Children Hope VP


I like designing things :) whether in curriculum or otherwise... 


Amber Wang

Assistant STEM instructor

Senior

Troy High School

RAYMOND MO

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Troy High School Marching Band
  • Science Olympiad Division B 3rd Place for Fossils 
  • President's Education Award
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  7th Grade
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  8th Grade


     ¨The onion you are eating can be someone else's water lily."

NEELAM MISTRY

STEM Instructor

Senior

Valencia High School

JOHN KOZLOWSKI

UCI

PhD Student

  • Kraemer Middle School Distinguished Scholar 2017-18
  • Kraemer Middle School Chamber Strings First Violin
  • Writer's Guild Member
  • Prelude Chamber Strings 2016-17




  • Participated in UNICEF and FBLA.
  • I used to play basketball.
  • I like listening to music on my free time.
  • I used to play the piano and the viola.




I enjoy helping out!

Ryan Mya

Secretary

 STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • CyberPatriot Semifinalist
  • OCTA Teen Council member
  • California Girls Go Cyber competition (3rd place)
  • Honor Roll 


I enjoy working with kids, and I would like to inspire them to discover their passion in STEM.


Ajay Liu

Web Development Manager

STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School

Meet our "STEMbers"!


Ray An

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior
Troy High School
  • OCAD Club Vice President
  • OCAD Super Quiz 1st place
  • OCAD school team 5th place
  • Labdoo member


I like working with kids in STEM-related activities. 



  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • LAUSD CyberPatriot Competition
  • 3 years Singing- G.S. ARTS ACADEMY, Best Performance Award
  • 5 years Hope B-Lit Charity Commercial 2017 Ruhi Hakh The Wiz
  • Lead role-witch, 2017 Aladdin
  • 2 years of Speech and Debate
  • Nova 42 Academy Speech and Debate
  • Nova 42 Academy, Claremont College
  • SPAR
  • Impromptu Society of Women Engineers Congressional App Challenge
  • Honorable Mention Coyote Hills Ranch, Fullerton
  • Volunteer Red Cross, Fullerton
  • Volunteer Fullerton Public Library


It's not the fact that you do something for recognition, it's the fact that you recognize what you're doing.



  •  Girl Scout Silver Award
  •  Kraemer Middle School Science Olympiad Team (Second place at State competition)
  • First place in Towers & Fast Facts at Kraemer Invitational
  •  Second place in Detector & third place in Codebusters at Science Olympiad State Competition
  •  Altar server at church
  •  Level 8 in piano CM


I had a passion for STEM ever since learning about it as a child. I would like to pass this on to kids today in hopes that it will create many opportunities for them to learn and explore.



Jamie Lee

Member

Senior

Orange County School of the Arts

JADEN CORDOVA

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School 

Andrew Hsu

EveryoneCanSTEM Founder

 President 2020-2021

Advisor

Princeton University

Matthew Chang

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior
Troy High School
  • Science Olympiad States Championship Medalists

  • KMS Science Olympiad Team Member (2nd at states overall)

  • Science Olympiad Team "Most Spirited Award" 2015

  • Former Senior Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 723

  • Life Scout Rank

  • Troy Cross Country Team Member

  • Orange County Community Youth Orchestra member


"STEM is a really cool way to look at everything around us, and sharing that outlook to kids is a great thing!"

NATALIA BRAVO

STEM Instructor

8th Grader
Parks Junior High school

HENRY LUO

 STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  •  Girl Scout Silver Award
  •  Kraemer Middle School Science Olympiad Team (Second place at State competition)
  • First place in Towers & Fast Facts at Kraemer Invitational
  •  Second place in Detector & third place in Codebusters at Science Olympiad State Competition
  •  Altar server at church
  •  Level 8 in piano CM


I had a passion for STEM ever since learning about it as a child. I would like to pass this on to kids today in hopes that it will create many opportunities for them to learn and explore.



  • CyberPatriot Team Captain
  • Warrior Band Trombone Section Leader
  • LB Quintet Lead Trombonist
  • Walnut Quantum - Hydromechs Member
  • Piano CM Level 10 Branch Honors
  • MATY Vice President
  • FSD RobotNation II 1st Place
  • Random DIY Project Machine :)


The great things that the majority enjoys comes at the temporary hardships of the few. Yet the few labor on, for the ultimate goal is the success of the team. 

  • National Junior Honor Society Member in Middle School
  • 3rd Place in VEX Robotic Competition in 2019
  • Academic Excellence 2nd place in 2016
  • Presidential Award for Physical Education


Children are blank, they can be molded into anything.


  • involved in tennis, cross country, track
  • did two years of journalism/video production
  • taking a 4 year program that provides engineering courses
  • enrolled in full honors and ap classes ​


I enjoy helping and building my community to the best of my ability.


  • National Junior Honor Society
  • President's Award
  • Taekwondo Blackbelt
  • Kraemer Science Olympiad (6th place at Nationals)
  • You Be the Chemist


I like helping kids understand the importance of STEM in a fun and creative way.


TINA (KEXIN) XIE

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

Ryan Mya

 STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

STEMup4Youth

BRIAN LIU

STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School
  • Piano
  • Viola
  • Fundraiser committee leader for my dance studio
  • Helped young kids learn programming at a summer camp
  • Robotics, the main programmer for the robot
    •  world's championship and won the design award for our robot.
  • CyberPatriot 10th in Nation

 I love working with kids because while I help them, they always end up teaching me a few things as well.

  • Troy Principal's Honor Roll
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics 
  • Troy Marksmanship


:)


Mahak Mathur

STEM Instructor

Junior

​Troy High School

  • Science Olympiad States Championship Medalists

  • KMS Science Olympiad Team Member (2nd at states overall)

  • Science Olympiad Team "Most Spirited Award" 2015

  • Former Senior Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 723

  • Life Scout Rank

  • Troy Cross Country Team Member

  • Orange County Community Youth Orchestra member


"STEM is a really cool way to look at everything around us, and sharing that outlook to kids is a great thing!"

  • Play music

  • Play games

  • JV Tennis

  • I like to draw

  • I'm NJROTC


STEM is very cool and I like to teach people.

  • Cyber Patriot 10th Place Nationalist in the Gold Tier

  • International Baccalaureate Student at Troy High School

  • California Scholarship Federation Member

  • Proficient in Java and Python


I love STEM because of its many opportunities to engage your curiosity.





  • Member of Tri-M Honor Society, UNICEF, and Key Club
  • Active Order of the Arrow Representative in Boy Scout Troop
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  • 1st place SYMF youth Clarinetist competition, 8th grade
  • 4th place SYMF youth Clarinetist competition, 9th grade
  • member of Pacific Symphony Wind Ensemble
  • NJROTC Cyber Security
  • 4-time Regionals Medalist in 8th grade Science Olympiad
  • AMC 8 Honor Roll Certificate Recipient -7th and 8th grade


STEM certainly shapes the way that our generation lives, and undoubtedly will shape the lifestyle of future generations.


  •  Piano (CM honors),
  •  Girl scouts (silver and bronze award),
  •  Middle school science olympiad
  •  National junior honor society


Drink some positivi-tea :)


JADEN CORDOVA

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School 

ESTHER WU

STEM Instructor

Freshman
Troy High School

RIIGA TOYOSAKI

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School 

  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • STEMup4Youth Leadership Award
  • STEMup4Youth Community Service Award
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  •  LAUSD CyberPatriot Competition (2nd Place 2016 middle school division, 3rd place 2017 national division)
  • CyberPatriot National Finalist


I love seeing connections and bonds the kids develop with STEM and us.


AIDEN CHOW

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

University High School


  • Principal's Honor Roll and End-of-Year Awards for three years of middle school.
  • Certificate of Python Data Science Courses offered by IBM.
  • American Computer Science League Finals competitor.
  • Two years of participating in Mt. Sac Cross Country Invitational Meet.
  • Played Piano, Flute, and Cello
  • Volunteer instructor at YDRC.


My first teacher in Computer Science sparked my interest in this field, and I want to pass that on.

  • USABO (USA Biology Olympiad) National Semifinalist
  • President's Volunteer Service Award (Gold)
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  • Rotary Top 100 Troy High School
  • Cyber Patriot Platinum Level Semifinalist
  • Co-President of World Relief Chamber Music
  • SCSBOA (All Southern Honor Musician 2018, 2019)
  • PYSO Philharmonic Orchestra (Cello)
  • Piano CM Level 10​

​Jonathan Kim

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

Cheryl Wang

Onboarding Manager

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School 

  • Troy High School IB Candidate
  • Troy High Link Crew Leader
  • Chapman Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Winner - Art Catagory (year?)
  • Yorba Linda Middle MathCOUNTS Team Training Assistant


I like working with kids :).



  • STEMup4Youth Volunteer Service Award
  • Principal's List Honor Roll
  • Piano CM Level 9
  • Lion Heart VP 2017-2018
  • Lion Heart Golden PVS Award
  • 1 year in Junior Chamber Music
  • 2017 National Piano Playing Auditions: State Level
  • 2017 MTAC Theme Festival Silver
  • 2016 MTAC Theme Festival Gold


I enjoy teaching and inspiring kids in STEM! :)

  • I play basketball and soccer
  •  I came from Japan
  •  I am a major Hypebeast
  •  I can play the trumpet 


​Kids are fun to work with and I like their reaction to leaning new things. 

  • Troy Principal’s Honor Roll
  • Best Buddies Member
  • Troy Basketball
  • Violinist
  • Young Leaders of Orange County Member


I enjoy helping kids learn more and explore the STEM field!




  • Participated in UNICEF and FBLA.
  • I used to play basketball.
  • I like listening to music on my free time.
  • I used to play the piano and the viola.




I enjoy helping out!

NAOMI HORIGUCHI

STEM Instructor

Sophomore​

Troy High School

  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • STEMup4Youth Leadership Award
  • STEMup4Youth Community Service Award
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  •  LAUSD CyberPatriot Competition (2nd Place 2016 middle school division, 3rd place 2017 national division)
  • CyberPatriot National Finalist


I love seeing connections and bonds the kids develop with STEM and us.


Ashley Kim

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

​Troy High School

Yilin Chen

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School
  • Vice President of the Spanish Club
  • Varsity Tennis

  • Cross Country

  • Church Worship Leader

  • Piano (Reached CM Level 8)

  • Secretary of NJHS (National Jr. Honors Society)

  • President of NLYM (National League of Youth Men 2022)

  • Class Representative (Algebra 2 Honors)

  • Student of the Month (Algebra 2 Honors, AP Human Geography)

  • Presidential Award (NLYM)

  • Math Team Member

  • ASB Member


Proverbs 16:9 - “The heart of
man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps”.



HENRY LUO

 STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • Troy Principal's Honor Roll
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics 
  • Troy Marksmanship


:)


  • Middle school Basketball team
  • Middle school Soccer team


I enjoy teaching math to kids


  • OCAD Club Vice President
  • OCAD Super Quiz 1st place
  • OCAD school team 5th place
  • Labdoo member


I like working with kids in STEM-related activities. 



Jason Pham

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

​Troy High School


  • JV tennis team

  • Piano

  • Volunteers at a local pet shelter

  • Won a gold medal at the regional science fair


STEM is a field that will be significant in the future, and it's neat that I can help the next generation of kids find their love of science.





  • Presidential Award for Academic excellence in 6th grade.
  • Piano (completed CM level 8 with Branch Honors) and National Guild Audition at National level).
  • Play violin as a part of Prelude Orchestra for 3 years and currently part of Kraemer Chamber Orchestra
  • Member of Kraemer Science Olympiad varsity team representing my school at Nationals in 2019 -Member of Student Site Council 
  • National Junior Honor Society member in 8th grade


I love working with kids in my community and would like to educate them in different areas of S.T.E.M


ZIYI GUO

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Honor Roll
  • Brahma Tech STEM Academy Student Leadership Board
  • Flute Certificate of Merit, Branch Honors
  • Middle school Wind Ensemble flute first chair, section leader
  • DYSO Flute Choir
  • DBHS Math Team


I strive to help develop interest of STEM in young minds.

  • Photographer
  • Guitarist
  • La Galaxy Club Soccer, athlete of the year award(May 2017)
  • Musician of the year award(May 2017)
  • Principal honor roll (May 2018)
  • Parks Jr High Yearbook staff (2017-2018)
  • Troy High ASB (Current)


I am excited to be joining this club this year and contributing what I can to this club!

  • Beechwood Principal's Honor Roll
  • SCSBOA (Southern California School Band Orchestra Association) first violin
  • Battle of the Books Participant
  • Contestant of MESA




Daeun Lee

Member

Sophomore

Valencia High School

Xiaoyi (Sam) Chen

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

John Kozlowski

STEM Instructor

PhD Student

University of California Irvine

Ryan Mya

 STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • 3rd degree black belt taekwondo
  • Likes STEM
  • Participated in AppJam+ (offered by UCI)
  • Played trombone for 2 years
  • STEMup4Youth Most Valuable STEM Instructor
  • STEMup4Youth Volunteer Service Award



STEM is something all children should be able to experience regardless of race, gender, and lifestyle.




  • JUSA
  • AYSO Soccer team
  • YVC 2019 piano competition 1st place
  • Many piano rewards
  • Play cello
  • Principles High Honor roll


  Learning is fun.


  • I play basketball and soccer
  •  I came from Japan
  •  I am a major Hypebeast
  •  I can play the trumpet 


​Kids are fun to work with and I like their reaction to leaning new things. 

SIMON PARK

STEM Instructor

Senior

  Troy High School


  •  FBLA Southern Section VP, State PR Council, and Chapter VP
  •  Troy Science Olympiad Team Member
  • I love Astronomy and Physics
  •  Giving Children Hope VP


I like designing things :) whether in curriculum or otherwise... 


ALEXIS RYAARSDAM

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • National Juniors Honor Society member
  • High Honors Award (7th/8th grade)
  • Perfect Attendance Award (7th/8th grade)
  • Kraemer Colorguard team and ended with an undefeated season
  • Brea Girls Fire Basketball team and was undefeated in the LA Nike 3 on 3 tournament
  • Girls Scout who recently got her Silver Award


  I like making memories and having adventures while meeting new people.


  •  FBLA Southern Section VP, State PR Council, and Chapter VP
  •  Troy Science Olympiad Team Member
  • I love Astronomy and Physics
  •  Giving Children Hope VP


I like designing things :) whether in curriculum or otherwise... 


  • AP Scholar
  • Troy Symphony Orchestra Second Violin First Chair and Section Leader
  • Troy SERMO Club Co-President
  • Troy Liberty in North Korea Co-Treasurer
  • D. Russel Parks Community Service Award

​​​I believe it is better to be excited for something rather than nervous because nervousness usually comes from doubts while excitement usually means you are well-prepared and confident. I am thoroughly excited to work with kids and get them involved in STEM-based activities! 


  • Honor Roll
  • National Junior Honor Society member
  • Troy Volleyball and Softball!!
  • Adventures in STEM participant
  • President's Award recipient 
  • President's Award REcipiant
  • Troy Volleyball Captain and MVP
  • Troy JV softball
  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • CPR certified


Yay STEM!!!

SUPAVIT PITAKNARONGPHORN

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • AP Scholar
  • Troy Symphony Orchestra Second Violin First Chair and Section Leader
  • Troy SERMO Club Co-President
  • Troy Liberty in North Korea Co-Treasurer
  • D. Russel Parks Community Service Award

​​​I believe it is better to be excited for something rather than nervous because nervousness usually comes from doubts while excitement usually means you are well-prepared and confident. I am thoroughly excited to work with kids and get them involved in STEM-based activities! 


 Ojasvi Godha

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

  • Junior Varsity Cross Country and Track

  • Oracle news page writer

  • National Junior Honor Society Member in middle school

  • Member of MIST club

  • Member of Ronald McDonald Volunteer Group

  • President of Giving Harmony Foundation

  • Received Rotary Award in middle school

  • Superior award for MTAC Piano Ensemble Festival

  • Winner of Piano Solo Competition 2017


I hope to inspire the kids to pursue STEM.

Noah Clement

Member

Senior

Troy High School 

NAOMI HORIGUCHI

STEM Instructor

Sophomore​

Troy High School

Lynvy Chang

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

SIMON PARK

STEM Instructor

Senior

  Troy High School


APRIL CHUN

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

Miya Hsueh

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

NEELAM MISTRY

STEM Instructor

Senior

Valencia High School

Xiaoyi (Sam) Chen

STEM Instructor

Freshman

Troy High School

  • Unanimous superior in my middle school orchestra for competition in our district
  • Cello and violin
  • Swam in elementary
  • played tennis when I was younger


Overcome your laziness to fulfill your potential 


David Pantoja

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

ESTHER WU

STEM Instructor

Freshman
Troy High School

​Akshay Jayasinghe

​Member

Senior
Troy High School
  • Troy Principal's Honor Roll
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics 
  • Troy Marksmanship


:)


ZIYI GUO

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Certificate of Merit Level 9

  • Branch Honors recipient for 3 years, State Honors for 1 year (CM)

  • Junior high student council member

  • CSF member since freshman year

  • Some work experience in residence homes

  • Regular "Bread of Angels" volunteer

Intelligence is equal parts understanding the material, and understanding yourself.





  • Past Troy Leo Club member
  • Interested in computer science
  • Plays guitar
  • Plays bass
  • Plays ukelele
  • Plays double bass


Determination is the key to success. 

  • NJHS Member

  • Distinguished Scholar Award (2019)

  • Lion's Heart Member 

  • Jijitsu 

  • President's Award for Educational Excellence (2018)

  • Science Olympiad Medalist (Division A and B)

  • Math Olympiad 

  • Cub Scouts

  • Rubik Cube

  • Battle of the Books Participant (2015)

  • Vice President of Linda Vista Elementary School (2015)

  • West Yorba Linda Baseball Championship  (2014)

  • ​Spelling Bee 1st Place (2014)


Max Chen

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

​Troy High School

  • VEX Robotics Award and Tournament Champions

  • Sage Hill Student Ambassador

  • TYE Entrepreneur Competition, 3rd Place

  • Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse

  • National Charity League Bronze Award


I like working with kids and seeing the many ways that STEM can impact them.

  • National Junior Honor Society -AWANA LIT, I have been in this program and teaching kids from ages 5-11 since I was in 7th grade.

  • Marching band, I currently hold the title of section leader, meaning that I lead a section of my instrument, clarinet, that holds teens from ages 14-17.

  • Volleyball, I play this sport for my school, but what is so significant of this sport is that it requires such good teamwork just to play a couple rallies. Because of Volleyball, I learned how to adapt to situations that I am not used to, things like playing with volleyball players I do not personally know and getting know how a specific player does his plays and what his strengths and weaknesses are. With all these things in mind, I adapt, hopefully increasing the rate of the amount of points we score and decreasing the amount of points the opposing team scores.


I want to use my skill with kids and my leadership with all age ranges to hopefully encourage kids to go down the STEM career path.

  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  • Play Violins, piano, and guitar,
  • Troy Rotary Top 100
  • AP Scholar


​I want to keep improving myself and get better at my interests.

  • I play basketball and soccer
  •  I came from Japan
  •  I am a major Hypebeast
  •  I can play the trumpet 


​Kids are fun to work with and I like their reaction to leaning new things. 

APRIL CHUN

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

Atticus Kim

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

​Troy High School

Anthony Kharrat

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

Ryan Mya

 STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

Kyle Lam

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

​Troy High School


  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  • Consistent Honor Role
  • California Junior Scholarship Federation Member
  • Recipient of Suzanne Middle School Challenger Award
  • Science Olympiad Division B Regional and State Medalist
  • Recipient of First Tech Challenge Think Award
  • Business Captain of Robotics Team
  • Founder and President of Photo Club
  • Vice President of Care Club 


I love being able to impact kids' lives.

John Kozlowski

STEM Instructor

PhD Student

University of California Irvine

  • AP Scholar
  • Rotary Club Top 100 Students
  • Science Olympiad 1st place medalist (8th grade)
  • 3rd place Mathcounts team (8th grade)


I’m very interested in STEM and forming new friendships

  • Regents Fellowship UCI

  • Engineer for 4 Years

  • PhD Physics Student

  • Mountain Biking


​Sometimes it's more fun going up a rocky mountain than a paved road


Daniel Lee

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School 

ANDREW WU

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • Plays bassoon

  • Drum major in marching band

  • Achieved platinum tier in Cyber Patriot

  • Lots of experience volunteering with kids

  • Watched a lot of anime


Enjoy educating kids about different fields of knowledge and seeing their growth

  • Elementary school daycare worker
  • Golf player
  • Karate for 3 yrs
  • Speaks Chinese
  • Has instagram meme page 


"I like working with kids since they can be fun to be around."

Brian Kim

STEM Instructor

7th grader

Kraemer Middle School

  • AP Scholar
  • Troy Symphony Orchestra Second Violin First Chair and Section Leader
  • Troy SERMO Club Co-President
  • Troy Liberty in North Korea Co-Treasurer
  • D. Russel Parks Community Service Award

​​​I believe it is better to be excited for something rather than nervous because nervousness usually comes from doubts while excitement usually means you are well-prepared and confident. I am thoroughly excited to work with kids and get them involved in STEM-based activities! 


  • OCAD Club Vice President
  • OCAD Super Quiz 1st place
  • OCAD school team 5th place
  • Labdoo member


I like working with kids in STEM-related activities. 



  • Cheer
  • Tap
  •  Jazz
  •  Hip hop
  •  Tennis 
  • 7th-grade principal honor roll
  • Photography
  • Track team


"I enjoy educating young people about STEM"


  •  Girl Scout Silver Award
  •  Kraemer Middle School Science Olympiad Team (Second place at State competition)
  • First place in Towers & Fast Facts at Kraemer Invitational
  •  Second place in Detector & third place in Codebusters at Science Olympiad State Competition
  •  Altar server at church
  •  Level 8 in piano CM


I had a passion for STEM ever since learning about it as a child. I would like to pass this on to kids today in hopes that it will create many opportunities for them to learn and explore.



  • Elementary school daycare worker
  • Golf player
  • Karate for 3 yrs
  • Speaks Chinese
  • Has instagram meme page 


"I like working with kids since they can be fun to be around."

SUPAVIT PITAKNARONGPHORN

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • Elementary school daycare worker
  • Golf player
  • Karate for 3 yrs
  • Speaks Chinese
  • Has instagram meme page 


"I like working with kids since they can be fun to be around."

  • Environmental Club
  • Interested in sports
  • I played soccer and badminton
  • Enjoy traveling


I enjoy seeing how others are fascinated with STEM.

  •  Girl Scout Silver Award
  •  Kraemer Middle School Science Olympiad Team (Second place at State competition)
  • First place in Towers & Fast Facts at Kraemer Invitational
  •  Second place in Detector & third place in Codebusters at Science Olympiad State Competition
  •  Altar server at church
  •  Level 8 in piano CM


I had a passion for STEM ever since learning about it as a child. I would like to pass this on to kids today in hopes that it will create many opportunities for them to learn and explore.



  • STEMup4Youth Volunteer Service Award
  • Principal's List Honor Roll
  • Piano CM Level 9
  • Lion Heart VP 2017-2018
  • Lion Heart Golden PVS Award
  • 1 year in Junior Chamber Music
  • 2017 National Piano Playing Auditions: State Level
  • 2017 MTAC Theme Festival Silver
  • 2016 MTAC Theme Festival Gold


I enjoy teaching and inspiring kids in STEM! :)

  • AP Scholar
  • Troy Symphony Orchestra Second Violin First Chair and Section Leader
  • Troy SERMO Club Co-President
  • Troy Liberty in North Korea Co-Treasurer
  • D. Russel Parks Community Service Award

​​​I believe it is better to be excited for something rather than nervous because nervousness usually comes from doubts while excitement usually means you are well-prepared and confident. I am thoroughly excited to work with kids and get them involved in STEM-based activities! 


Esha Salman

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • First place in OC Maker challenge (app augmented category)
  • Top Student in 8th grade STEM class
  • Familiar with many robots
  • Love the ocean


My love for STEM came from the fact that you could do anything with technology. Ever scince I was a kid I loved to build and program and, would love to share that experience while simultaneously teach kids.

APRIL CHUN

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

ALEXIS RYAARSDAM

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

TINA (KEXIN) XIE

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

AIDEN CHOW

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

University High School


  • Science Olympiad National Medalist 2019

  • Science Olympiad State Medalist 2019, 2018

  • Science Olympiad Regional Medalist 2019, 2018

  • Science Olympiad Team Captain 2019, 2018

  • National Junior Honor Society President, 2018

  • Pressing Issues Publications and Service President, Founder

  • Distinguished Scholar Award 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

  • Teacher’s Choice Award Science 2018, Language Arts 2018, Math 2017 

  • Reflections Arts Program Award for Literature 1st Place District, 2nd Place County 2018

  • US Presidential Award for Academic Excellence 2016

  • Youth Resident Leadership Academy 2019

  • WEB Leader 2018

  • Student Council 2016, 2015, 2014

  • Fullerton Fire Department Letter of Recognition


I always aim to explore the world of science and to exchange ideas, extrapolate explanations, engage the minds of others...and most of all: encourage them to ask WHY!





  • Certificate of Merit Level 10
  • Likes to swim and play tennis
  • Speaks French
  • Enjoys traveling and eating food


I love to work with kids and help them develop their STEM abilities.

Taiyu Chen

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School 

  • KMS Distinguished Scholar

  • Piano Certificate of Merit

  • KMS Chamber Strings

  • WGASC First Place/undefeated season

  • Artist


I love supporting and working with kids in any way I can.





  • GATE and Honor Roll student
  • Troy Cheer Co-Captain
  • Elite dance competitor
  • Former dance demonstrator
  • PSST, Key Club, FBLA, UNICEF, Best Buddies, etc.
  • PSST double coordinator
  • Business and Computer Science Troy Tech​


Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

Omar Yahia

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

BRYAN SONG

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

SUPAVIT PITAKNARONGPHORN

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • Troy JV golf team
  • Troy NJROTC information security team
  • Science Olympiad regional medalist
  • Piano


I like helping kids learn STEM! :)

  • Singing and piano recitals at Yamaha Music School for 4 years

  • Robotics Club Member at St. Angela Merici Parish School (1st place in 2/3 challenges & 2nd place overall, 2nd place overall at Damien High School Robotics Competition)

  • 1st place Spelling Bee winner at St. Angela Merici Parish School

  • Class of 2019 Valedictorian at St. Angela Merici Parish School

  • JV tennis player at Troy High School (undefeated first season)​​


I love working with people and creating bonds, especially when it is for a great cause.

  • CyberPatriot Team Captain
  • Warrior Band Trombone Section Leader
  • LB Quintet Lead Trombonist
  • Walnut Quantum - Hydromechs Member
  • Piano CM Level 10 Branch Honors
  • MATY Vice President
  • FSD RobotNation II 1st Place
  • Random DIY Project Machine :)


The great things that the majority enjoys comes at the temporary hardships of the few. Yet the few labor on, for the ultimate goal is the success of the team. 

  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • STEMup4Youth Leadership Award
  • STEMup4Youth Community Service Award
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  •  LAUSD CyberPatriot Competition (2nd Place 2016 middle school division, 3rd place 2017 national division)
  • CyberPatriot National Finalist


I love seeing connections and bonds the kids develop with STEM and us.


Brian Kim

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School

  • Troy JV golf team
  • Troy NJROTC information security team
  • Science Olympiad regional medalist
  • Piano


I like helping kids learn STEM! :)

  • Troy Principal’s Honor Roll
  • Best Buddies Member
  • Troy Basketball
  • Violinist
  • Young Leaders of Orange County Member


I enjoy helping kids learn more and explore the STEM field!




NAOMI HORIGUCHI

STEM Instructor

Sophomore​

Troy High School

  • Troy Principal’s Honor Roll
  • Best Buddies Member
  • Troy Basketball
  • Violinist
  • Young Leaders of Orange County Member


I enjoy helping kids learn more and explore the STEM field!




  • Troy High School IB Candidate
  • Troy High Link Crew Leader
  • Chapman Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Winner - Art Catagory (year?)
  • Yorba Linda Middle MathCOUNTS Team Training Assistant


I like working with kids :).



NATALIA BRAVO

STEM Instructor

8th Grader
Parks Junior High school
  •  Music Teachers' Association of California - Certificate of Merit 2019 - Piano Level 4

  • Junior Girl Scout

  •  FastSwim pre-team swimmer

  •  Participated in Robot Nation team at Beechwood Elementary

  •  Flute player at Beechwood Elementary band

  • Art classes at The Arthouse in Fullerton

I am a good helper, and like to assist my teacher in different activities at school.





HENRY LUO

 STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

Natalia Bravo

STEM Instructor

Sophomore
Troy High School
  • Flute (middle school first chair)

  • VBS Volunteer (3 years)

  • Middle School Engineering Program (3 years)

  • National Junior Honor Society

  • WEB Leader Art


I like volunteering because it gives me joy.


SIMON PARK

STEM Instructor

Senior

  Troy High School


AIDEN CHOW

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

University High School


  • Troy Tech
  • AP Student 
  • Past participant of National Geographic Bee
  • Key Club Member


Kids have potential in them, so I'd like to harness that.

KAVI MARU

STEM Instructor

Senior

​Sunny Hills High School


ANDREW WU

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • CyberPatriot Platinum
  • 8th Grade MathCounts Team
  • Taekwondo Black Belt
  • Coding Club Management and Media Board


Follow your dreams benevolent children

  • STEMup4Youth Volunteer Service Award
  • Principal's List Honor Roll
  • Piano CM Level 9
  • Lion Heart VP 2017-2018
  • Lion Heart Golden PVS Award
  • 1 year in Junior Chamber Music
  • 2017 National Piano Playing Auditions: State Level
  • 2017 MTAC Theme Festival Silver
  • 2016 MTAC Theme Festival Gold


I enjoy teaching and inspiring kids in STEM! :)

Ernesto Barraza-Valdez

STEM Instructor

Physics PhD Student

University of California Irvine

  • OCAD Club Vice President
  • OCAD Super Quiz 1st place
  • OCAD school team 5th place
  • Labdoo member


I like working with kids in STEM-related activities. 



ALEXIS RYAARSDAM

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • Plays basketball, trying out for the Troy team later on in the year 

  • Robotics and coding classes outside of school

  • Cyberpatriot member for 2 years

  • Avid participant in Odyssey of the Mind and have been to world competitions in Michigan


I am here to help kids who don't have great opportunities, so that they can make the best out of their learning opportunities.

Samuel Tao

Assistant STEM Instructor

Freshman


Brian Kim

STEM Instructor

7th grader

Kraemer Middle School

ZIYI GUO

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

Sean Warren

Social Media Manager

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Troy Principal's Honor Roll
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics 
  • Troy Marksmanship


:)


Esther Wu

Vice President

STEM Instructor

Junior
Troy High School

NAOMI HORIGUCHI

STEM Instructor

Sophomore​

Troy High School

Ryan Ko

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior
Golden Valley High School

JADEN CORDOVA

STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School 

  • Alpha Chi Sigma Summer Research Fellowship (2016)

  • Alumni Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2017)

  • Student Member of the American Chemical Society @ UCLA (2017/2018)

  • General Chemistry Teaching Assistant @ UCI (2018/2019)


"Science is liberating and should be accessible to everyone"


SIMON PARK

STEM Instructor

Senior

  Troy High School


Joseline Ly

Vice President

Lead STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

Joshua Cube

Member

Senior

Troy High School

Brian Kim

STEM Instructor

7th grader

Kraemer Middle School

APRIL CHUN

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

Victoria Yang

Assistant STEM Instructor

​Freshman

​Troy High School


  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • STEMup4Youth Leadership Award
  • STEMup4Youth Community Service Award
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  •  LAUSD CyberPatriot Competition (2nd Place 2016 middle school division, 3rd place 2017 national division)
  • CyberPatriot National Finalist


I love seeing connections and bonds the kids develop with STEM and us.


  • Kraemer Middle School Distinguished Scholar 2017-18
  • Kraemer Middle School Chamber Strings First Violin
  • Writer's Guild Member
  • Prelude Chamber Strings 2016-17




  • ​​​FLL Robotics 3 years went to state
  • FTC Robotics 1 year
  • Girl Scout (Bronze & Silver Award)
  • Varsity Track and Field
  • Proficient in Python
  • OC Fair Photography Competition 2nd place


I enjoy educating kids about different fields of knowledge and seeing their growth.

NOELLE HUMPREY

STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School

Theo Sohn

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore
Troy High School

Victor Eze

Member

Junior

  • Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Regional Math Contest Algebra One Team First Place (2019)

  • Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) State Math Contest Algebra One Team Fourth Place (2019)

  • KSEA 9th Grade Grand Prize Winner (2019)

  • Camp Invention Counselor-in-Training (June 2018, 65 Hours)

  • Uni High Summer Enrichment Camp Counselor (June 2018, 30 Hours)

  • Uni High Investment Club (2018 - 2019)

  • Uni High Coding Club (2018-2019)

  • Uni High Tennis (2019)

  • Uni High Orchestra (2019)

I love helping people learn and understand more about STEM and what they can achieve with it.





  • Regents Fellowship UCI

  • Engineer for 4 Years

  • PhD Physics Student

  • Mountain Biking


​Sometimes it's more fun going up a rocky mountain than a paved road


  • Principal's List
  • Spelling Bee School Competition 3rd Place
  • School Newspaper Editor
  • Distinguished Scholar
  • Math Field Day School Representative & won 3 Medals
  • Girl Scout Bronze Award


I enjoy working with kids especially with the STEM experiments :)


Kayla Sim

Assitant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

Jooyoung Kim

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • Piano CM Level 8

  • Boy Scout Life Rank

  • NJHS Society Member

  • Presidential Award for Academics

  • Plays Basketball


I like seeing kids develop their minds from a young age.

  • Honor Roll
  • National Junior Honor Society member
  • Troy Volleyball and Softball!!
  • Adventures in STEM participant
  • President's Award recipient 
  • President's Award REcipiant
  • Troy Volleyball Captain and MVP
  • Troy JV softball
  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • CPR certified


Yay STEM!!!

  • President’s Award for Educational Excellence (2018 & 2020)
  • Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music: Grade 8 Piano (2019)
  • Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association: Honor Groups Orchestra Violinist (2020)
  • Taekwondo Black Belt Second Degree (Since 2018)


I love helping others and working with kids.

  • Honor Roll
  • National Junior Honor Society member
  • Troy Volleyball and Softball!!
  • Adventures in STEM participant
  • President's Award recipient 
  • President's Award REcipiant
  • Troy Volleyball Captain and MVP
  • Troy JV softball
  • National Junior Honor Society Member
  • CPR certified


Yay STEM!!!

Ernesto Barraza-Valdez

STEM Instructor

Physics PhD Student

University of California Irvine

Xiaoyi (Sam) Chen

STEM Instructor

Freshman

Troy High School

  • Troy High School IB Candidate
  • Troy High Link Crew Leader
  • Chapman Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Winner - Art Catagory (year?)
  • Yorba Linda Middle MathCOUNTS Team Training Assistant


I like working with kids :).



Bennie Zhu

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Troy High School
  • I play basketball and soccer
  •  I came from Japan
  •  I am a major Hypebeast
  •  I can play the trumpet 


​Kids are fun to work with and I like their reaction to leaning new things. 

  • One of the founders of the Sunny Hills High School Science-Olympiad Team
  • Skills USA Member
  • Sunny Hills High School Varsity Girls Golf Team
  • Member of BAPS Audio Visual Team
  • BAPS Charity Volunteer




  • Principal's List
  • Spelling Bee School Competition 3rd Place
  • School Newspaper Editor
  • Distinguished Scholar
  • Math Field Day School Representative & won 3 Medals
  • Girl Scout Bronze Award


I enjoy working with kids especially with the STEM experiments :)


  • Middle school Basketball team
  • Middle school Soccer team


I enjoy teaching math to kids.


Ian Kim

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

  • Robotics club for one summer
  • Volleyball team in junior high
  • After school program (Think Together)
  • 1st place in GATE project (districtwide competition)


I enjoy working with kids and helping them. I also like to learn new things and spread that information.


  • Second year in the marching band
  • Played flute since the third grade
  • Played piano off and on since I was five
  • Played  viola since this past year
  • Played cello off and on since the third grade
  • Flute section leader my eighth-grade year
  • Big interest in web design social media design.
  • Helped the Alzheimer's Association club with making slide shows.
  • Robotics for four years in elementary school
  • Interest in joining the medical field
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence
  • National Junior Honors Society member for two years
  • Second year of CyberPatriot
  • Passion for helping other people
  • I love to cook and bake - I am in several clubs: Alzheimer's Association, UNICEF, CHOC, American Red Cross, Doctors without Borders,
  • Co-President and Co-Founder of the Alzheimer's Association Club


I like to be with kids specifically because they make me happy with their joy. I always want to be volunteering in places that need my help. I try to work harder so that I can be available for those who need me.

Xiaoyi (Sam) Chen

STEM Instructor

Freshman

Troy High School

Naomi Horiguchi

President

 Lead STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

Tanya Vidhum​

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

  • Troy JV golf team
  • Troy NJROTC information security team
  • Science Olympiad regional medalist
  • Piano


I like helping kids learn STEM! :)

  • Piano CM
  • Cello CM
  • ADHSHL I3 League JVB Champions
  • FSD Honor Orchestra
  • Past Participant of Incubate USC HackSC


I think this is a great opportunity to serve my community as well as learn skills while cooperating with others. I have had an interest in STEM starting from 3rd grade. I have loved STEM ever since.

Bella Liu

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School 

  • Johnson & Johnson Care to Recycle Contest Winner
  • C21 Award (Placentia Library/PYLUSD)
  • High Honor Roll
  • Lion's Heart Member
  • Piano
  • Basketball
  • Jijitsu 


I like working with kids and helping them with STEM activities.


Andrew Chun

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Brea Olinda High School

ALEXIS RYAARSDAM

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • Gold bracket competitor in SCVA
  • CyberPatriot semifinalist

  • Competitor in Speech & Debate Tournament of Champions

  • FTC Think award


It’s better to have questions you can’t answer than answers you can’t question.





HENRY LUO

 STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • NJROTC

  • Instrument: piano

  • MathCounts team in middle school

  • Fluent in Korean

I love to help other people when I can.





  • Flute CM Level 9: Convention, Branch Honor, State Honor
  • VOCE Solo Winds: State Finalist 2018, 2019
  • FBLA National Finalist
  • Cyberpatriot Semifinalist
  • Taekwondo Black Belt


It's so meaningful to influence a child's life!

  • Cheer
  • Tap
  •  Jazz
  •  Hip hop
  •  Tennis 
  • 7th-grade principal honor roll
  • Photography
  • Track team


"I enjoy educating young people about STEM"


  • I play basketball and soccer
  •  I came from Japan
  •  I am a major Hypebeast
  •  I can play the trumpet 


​Kids are fun to work with and I like their reaction to leaning new things. 

Glory Vo

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Troy High School IB Candidate
  • Troy High Link Crew Leader
  • Chapman Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Winner - Art Catagory (year?)
  • Yorba Linda Middle MathCOUNTS Team Training Assistant


I like working with kids :).



ALEXIS RYAARSDAM

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

Jaden Cordova

Web Design Manager

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

​Kevin Zeng

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

BING BING MA

STEM Instructor

Junior

Portola High School

Melinda Chen

Assistant STEM Instructor
8th Grader

Goddard Middle School

  • One of the founders of the Sunny Hills High School Science-Olympiad Team
  • Skills USA Member
  • Sunny Hills High School Varsity Girls Golf Team
  • Member of BAPS Audio Visual Team
  • BAPS Charity Volunteer




  • Troy Principal’s Honor Roll
  • Best Buddies Member
  • Troy Basketball
  • Violinist
  • Young Leaders of Orange County Member


I enjoy helping kids learn more and explore the STEM field!




  • Principal's List
  • Spelling Bee School Competition 3rd Place
  • School Newspaper Editor
  • Distinguished Scholar
  • Math Field Day School Representative & won 3 Medals
  • Girl Scout Bronze Award


I enjoy working with kids especially with the STEM experiments :)


  • SCCC concert
  • Honors Chorus
  • John Hopkins Talented Youth
  • Principal's Honor Roll


I love working with kids and helping them learn new things.

  • STEMup4Youth Volunteer Service Award
  • Principal's List Honor Roll
  • Piano CM Level 9
  • Lion Heart VP 2017-2018
  • Lion Heart Golden PVS Award
  • 1 year in Junior Chamber Music
  • 2017 National Piano Playing Auditions: State Level
  • 2017 MTAC Theme Festival Silver
  • 2016 MTAC Theme Festival Gold


I enjoy teaching and inspiring kids in STEM! :)

  • Regents Fellowship UCI

  • Engineer for 4 Years

  • PhD Physics Student

  • Mountain Biking


​Sometimes it's more fun going up a rocky mountain than a paved road


  • Participated in UC Irvine Emerging arts.
  • Strong interest and passion in Computer, Math and coding.
  • Certificate from STEAM Studio: Engineering and Robotics in 7th grade summer.
  • Like to make up arts & Crafts.


I would like to learn more about computer, coding and technology in general. I have a strong interest and passion in Math. I like to interact with different people. 


Mia Horiguchi

Assistant STEM Instructor

8th Grade

​Beechwood Elementary

Denise Kaye Leonen

Recruitment Manager

 STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

NAOMI HORIGUCHI

STEM Instructor

Sophomore​

Troy High School

  • Troy Varsity Cross Country (1st place solo League Freeway champion Fresh-Soph
  • Track and Field
  • Robert C. Fisler Outstanding student from Rotary Club of America
  • Troy tech student
  • Science Olympiad 7th and 8th grade


STEM makes a huge impact!

  • Troy High School IB Candidate
  • Troy High Link Crew Leader
  • Chapman Holocaust Art and Writing Contest Winner - Art Catagory (year?)
  • Yorba Linda Middle MathCOUNTS Team Training Assistant


I like working with kids :).



Audrey Na

Human Resources Manager

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

Ashmita Bhomik

Fundraising Manager

STEM instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • CyberPatriot Platinum Tier competitor
  • Former ASB member
  • California Junior Scholarship Federation member for 2 years
  • Part of Troy's JV swim team
  • Enjoys learning different languages and is currently learning Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean
  • Participant in multiple chess tournaments


I enjoy meeting new people and love to help others.

  • Participated in UNICEF and FBLA.
  • I used to play basketball.
  • I like listening to music on my free time.
  • I used to play the piano and the viola.




I enjoy helping out!

RAYMOND MO

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

Ernesto Barraza-Valdez

STEM Instructor

Physics PhD Student

University of California Irvine

I think educating more people about STEM can help make the world a better place.

Elliot Chun

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Brea Olinda High School

  • Horseback riding 
  • Sports 
  • Girl Scouts


​Determined, passionate, helpful and love working with kids.

Edward Kim

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Crean Lutheran High School

  • OCAD Club Vice President
  • OCAD Super Quiz 1st place
  • OCAD school team 5th place
  • Labdoo member


I like working with kids in STEM-related activities. 



Lauren Cho

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Westridge School

  • Participated in UNICEF and FBLA.
  • I used to play basketball.
  • I like listening to music on my free time.
  • I used to play the piano and the viola.




I enjoy helping out!

NOELLE HUMPREY

STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School

Lewis Lui

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • JV Tennis Team
  • Volunteering at VolunTEENS at Aquarium of the Pacific
  • FBLA member
  • Sophmore Class VP




  • Principal's List
  • Spelling Bee School Competition 3rd Place
  • School Newspaper Editor
  • Distinguished Scholar
  • Math Field Day School Representative & won 3 Medals
  • Girl Scout Bronze Award


I enjoy working with kids especially with the STEM experiments :)


  • Regents Fellowship UCI
  • Engineer for 4 Years
  • PhD Physics Student
  • Mountain Biking


​Sometimes it's more fun going up a rocky mountain than a paved road.


TINA (KEXIN) XIE

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

  • Johnson & Johnson Care to Recycle Contest Winner
  • C21 Award (Placentia Library/PYLUSD)
  • High Honor Roll
  • Lion's Heart Member
  • Piano
  • Basketball
  • Jijitsu 


I like working with kids and helping them with STEM activities.


  • Math Olympiad Top 1% Elementary School Placer
  • 2nd Year NJROTC Cadet
  • CyberPatriot Quarter Finalist
  • Member of the Placentia Community Interact Club
  • Member of the Rotary Club of Placentia


Be who you needed when you were younger.


Supawat Pitaknarongphorn

Member

Junior

Troy High School 

RIIGA TOYOSAKI

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School 

Riiga Toyosaki

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

  • Alpha Chi Sigma Summer Research Fellowship (2016)

  • Alumni Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2017)

  • Student Member of the American Chemical Society @ UCLA (2017/2018)

  • General Chemistry Teaching Assistant @ UCI (2018/2019)


"Science is liberating and should be accessible to everyone"


SUPAVIT PITAKNARONGPHORN

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

BRYAN SONG

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

Noah Kim 

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

BRIAN LIU

STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School

RAYMOND MO

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

SUPAVIT PITAKNARONGPHORN

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

TINA (KEXIN) XIE

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

  • Kraemer Middle School Distinguished Scholar 2017-18
  • Kraemer Middle School Chamber Strings First Violin
  • Writer's Guild Member
  • Prelude Chamber Strings 2016-17




BRIAN LIU

STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School

Janet Kim

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

Ernesto Barraza-Valdez

STEM Instructor

Physics PhD Student

University of California Irvine

NEELAM MISTRY

STEM Instructor

Senior

Valencia High School

  • One of the founders of the Sunny Hills High School Science-Olympiad Team
  • Skills USA Member
  • Sunny Hills High School Varsity Girls Golf Team
  • Member of BAPS Audio Visual Team
  • BAPS Charity Volunteer




  • 2019 AMC 8 Distinguished Honor Roll

  • 2019 AMC 10A AIME Qualifier

  • 2019 USA Swimming Junior Olympics Participant

  • CyberPatriot XII Middle School Division Top 20


Finding peoples' interests is my greatest passion.

  •  Girl Scout Silver Award
  •  Kraemer Middle School Science Olympiad Team (Second place at State competition)
  • First place in Towers & Fast Facts at Kraemer Invitational
  •  Second place in Detector & third place in Codebusters at Science Olympiad State Competition
  •  Altar server at church
  •  Level 8 in piano CM


I had a passion for STEM ever since learning about it as a child. I would like to pass this on to kids today in hopes that it will create many opportunities for them to learn and explore.



  • 1st place YVC Piano Competition & Branch Honors

  • Glacier Falls FSC member

  • Science Olympiad Division B medalist

  • Math Field Day medalist


I enjoy helping kids pursue their passion in STEM.





Emily Kim

​Member

Junior

Troy High School

KAVI MARU

STEM Instructor

Senior

​Sunny Hills High School


  • Chaparral Middle School Principal's Honor Roll (2017-2020)

  • Chaparral Middle School Mock Trial Team, Piano (5 Years)

  • Leo Club Participant

  • Enjoys Science and Art Singing and piano recitals at Yamaha Music School for 4 years



I enjoy volunteering and helping others.

Nathaniel Buenaventura

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • 3rd degree black belt taekwondo
  • Likes STEM
  • Participated in AppJam+ (offered by UCI)
  • Played trombone for 2 years
  • STEMup4Youth Most Valuable STEM Instructor
  • STEMup4Youth Volunteer Service Award



STEM is something all children should be able to experience regardless of race, gender, and lifestyle.




KAVI MARU

STEM Instructor

Senior

​Sunny Hills High School


  • Fullerton Service League of Boys Member

  • FJUHSD CyberPatriot Competitor

  • Fullerton Math Circle (2015-2018, 2020-present)

  • Junior Varsity tennis team at Troy High School

  • Web Development experience


I enjoy seeing the impact that STEMUp4Youth makes on both the kids and us.

TINA (KEXIN) XIE

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

AN AWARD-WINNING ORGANIZATION

​​ helping kids stem up to greater heights in the STEM fields

Ebba Adinew

Member

Senior

Troy High School 

  • Troy High School Marching Band
  • Science Olympiad Division B 3rd Place for Fossils 
  • President's Education Award
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  7th Grade
  • Travis Ranch Middle School Most Outstanding in the Field of Mathematics  8th Grade


     ¨The onion you are eating can be someone else's water lily."

ANDREW WU

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

RIIGA TOYOSAKI

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School 

  • Johnson & Johnson Care to Recycle Contest Winner
  • C21 Award (Placentia Library/PYLUSD)
  • High Honor Roll
  • Lion's Heart Member
  • Piano
  • Basketball
  • Jijitsu 


I like working with kids and helping them with STEM activities.


  • Cheer
  • Tap
  •  Jazz
  •  Hip hop
  •  Tennis 
  • 7th-grade principal honor roll
  • Photography
  • Track team


"I enjoy educating young people about STEM"


Chris Kwon

​Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore
Troy High School

Trisha Mehta

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophmore
Troy High School
  • Kraemer Middle School Distinguished Scholar 2017-18
  • Kraemer Middle School Chamber Strings First Violin
  • Writer's Guild Member
  • Prelude Chamber Strings 2016-17




Andy Chen

Member

Sophomore

Troy High School 

BING BING MA

STEM Instructor

Junior

Portola High School

NATALIA BRAVO

STEM Instructor

8th Grader
Parks Junior High school
  • Spyglass Newspaper Assistant Web Designer and Staff Member
  • Stemology club member
  • club badminton
  • speaks Korean
  • scholastic award (gold key) for photography


"The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing." -Walt Disney

  • ThinkTogether  volunteer student tutor in Santa Ana

  • Launch-a-business club

  • Golf

  • Drums

  • Piano.

  • Robotics team


I like to try to make things easy and fun.





  •  Girl Scout Silver Award
  •  Kraemer Middle School Science Olympiad Team (Second place at State competition)
  • First place in Towers & Fast Facts at Kraemer Invitational
  •  Second place in Detector & third place in Codebusters at Science Olympiad State Competition
  •  Altar server at church
  •  Level 8 in piano CM


I had a passion for STEM ever since learning about it as a child. I would like to pass this on to kids today in hopes that it will create many opportunities for them to learn and explore.



  • Alzheimer's Association Club Secretary

  • Rememoirs Fullerton Director of Technology

  • Mathematics Tutor

  • Newspaper​


I enjoy getting more in involved in my community by helping kids discover their interests in the STEM field.

APRIL CHUN

STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

KAVI MARU

STEM Instructor

Senior

​Sunny Hills High School


  • 3rd degree black belt taekwondo
  • Likes STEM
  • Participated in AppJam+ (offered by UCI)
  • Played trombone for 2 years
  • STEMup4Youth Most Valuable STEM Instructor
  • STEMup4Youth Volunteer Service Award



STEM is something all children should be able to experience regardless of race, gender, and lifestyle.




RIIGA TOYOSAKI

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School 

Andrea Florendo

Member

Senior

Troy High School 


Malcolm Hoang

Design Chair

STEM Instructor

Senior
  Troy High School
  • Vex Robotics state finalist

  • Award for Educational Excellence

  • CyberPatriot Competition(46th, all-service, platinum)

  • Varsity CyberPatriot contestant

  • Principal's List(8 times)


I love it when something works, then fails, and somehow works again...

  •  FBLA Southern Section VP, State PR Council, and Chapter VP
  •  Troy Science Olympiad Team Member
  • I love Astronomy and Physics
  •  Giving Children Hope VP


I like designing things :) whether in curriculum or otherwise... 


Esther Kim

Assistant STEM Instructor

Sophomore

Sunny Hills High School

Skylar Tanartkit

Curriculum Manager

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School 

Ernesto Rivera

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

 Troy High School 



  • Science Olympiad Competitor

  • CyberPatriot Platinum Tier Competitor

  • Facebook Hacker Cup 2nd Round Qualifier

  • Flutist in Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble

  • Erhu player in String and Bamboo Orchestra

  • National Cyber League Silver Tier Competitor

  • Co-opinion editor for Oracle


One of my biggest regrets is not getting involved with STEM earlier, so I'm excited to help stimulate children's interest in STEM and enable them to start early!

ANDREW WU

STEM Instructor

Junior

Troy High School

  • CyberPatriot Semifinalist
  • Club swim,
  • Varsity swim
  • President's Award for Educational Excellence


I want to try something new and teach kids important skills.


BRIAN LIU

STEM Instructor

Senior
Troy High School

Malachy Kennedy

Assistant STEM Instructor

Junior

​Troy High School

  • Johnson & Johnson Care to Recycle Contest Winner
  • C21 Award (Placentia Library/PYLUSD)
  • High Honor Roll
  • Lion's Heart Member
  • Piano
  • Basketball
  • Jijitsu 


I like working with kids and helping them with STEM activities.


Suparin (Leena) Pitaknarongphorn

Assistant STEM Instructor

Senior

Troy High School

  • Cheer
  • Tap
  •  Jazz
  •  Hip hop
  •  Tennis 
  • 7th-grade principal honor roll
  • Photography
  • Track team


"I enjoy educating young people about STEM"


  • Troy Principal’s Honor Roll
  • Best Buddies Member
  • Troy Basketball
  • Violinist
  • Young Leaders of Orange County Member


I enjoy helping kids learn more and explore the STEM field!




Here I present to you one of the most vexing math questions I have ever encountered: If x = 2 + 2, then what is the value of x? Now to answer this extremely complicated and difficult problem, we turn to the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, who in his famous Gettysburg Address, gives us the answer: "Four" - Abraham Lincoln

  •  Frosh-Soph Cross Country Freeway League Medalist
  •  Troy Tech student, interest in Computer Science
  •  D. Russell Parks Award
  •  Track and Field Sprinter


Stack Overflow :)!

Xiaoyi (Sam) Chen

STEM Instructor

Freshman

Troy High School

BING BING MA

STEM Instructor

Junior

Portola High School

  • Science Olympiad States Championship Medalists

  • KMS Science Olympiad Team Member (2nd at states overall)

  • Science Olympiad Team "Most Spirited Award" 2015

  • Former Senior Patrol Leader of Boy Scout Troop 723

  • Life Scout Rank

  • Troy Cross Country Team Member

  • Orange County Community Youth Orchestra member


"STEM is a really cool way to look at everything around us, and sharing that outlook to kids is a great thing!"

  • 7 years of playing cello

  • Basketball club 

  • Extensive knowledge of computers

  • Art Club

I like to volunteer for helping kids and others.