Meet Our Instructors

The team that will inspire your inner scientist, engineer or curious mind.


Curriculum Developer

Lea earned a master’s degree in STEM Education from the University of Texas, and holds a B.A. degree in Math and Science Education. She has more than 6 years experience in teaching and developing curricula. Her curricula has won awards for “Best Programming and Robotics Camp.” Lea's has devoted many hours to helping us develop world-class STEM curricula for our camps and workshops.


Curriculum Director and Developer

Victoria is an experienced grade school teacher from the UK, having gained her Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the University of Cambridge. With a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and masters in Geography, her focus is on interdisciplinary, applied sciences, and sustainability. She is passionate about developing students’ critical-thinking skills, confidence, and independence, as well as encouraging girls in STEM fields.



Josue has a degree in Physics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He has been a personal tutor for the past three years, helping students of all ages better understand math and physics. Through one-on-one tutoring, he developed techniques that help him properly convey abstract concepts in a clear, concise manner. He understands that math and physics aren’t everyone’s favorite, which is why he strives to make learning fun and engaging for his students.



Karine is currently working towards her master’s degree in Applied Mathematics at California State University, Northridge. She received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at the University of California, Riverside. Her passion is teaching and she loves to bring new and fun ideas to the classroom. Karine loves keeping her students engaged in the subject matter they are learning and making sure they are comfortable enough to ask as many questions as they need. As a teaching associate, she taught various Math courses and labs at Cal State Northridge. Along with teaching, she has also been involved in mathematics research, and has co-authored in a paper published in The Journal of Computational Geometry.



Kara has a master's degree in education from Loyola Marymount University. Since graduating, Kara has taught STEM subjects in multiple grade levels both inside and outside the classroom. She is currently the K-5 "STEM specialist" at a charter school in the Los Angeles area. Kara is passionate about student learning in robotics and coding, and aims to create a safe space for students to feel empowered to question, explore, create, and innovate. She believes that STEM is for everyone, and is committed to guiding students in their lifelong journey to learn.



Grayson is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, where he earned a degree in Paleobiology.  He has worked with nearly 200 species of animals from sign language-using chimpanzees to venomous snakes, and has over 25 years of experience owning and handling exotic reptiles.  Grayson's extensive experience includes being an Animal Curator, Reptile Specialist, Veterinary Clinic Technician, Academy Instructor, and Senior Education Specialist. He has over two decades of hands-on experience educating children.  In 2012, Grayson also started the Rock & Roll Reptiles Mobile Museum of Zoology, Paleontology, & Natural History.



Mariya is a Director, Screenwriter and Producer.  She has worked in Theater productions (Open Space Theater) and as a Journalist (Ren Tv, TNT, NTV) in Russia.  Inspired by the tradition of American cinema, she moved to Los Angeles to continue her development as an artist.  Mariya directed Women In Film PSA for the charity “A New Way of Life” that won the Gold Aurora Award, 2017. She has two narrative films (“The Dead are Silent”, “On The Way to Lovetown”) and a feature documentary titled “22” in the festival circuit.  She was nominated in the Best Director category for “Danny Danielle” movie at the 48 Film Project festival in 2018. Mariya’s teaching experience includes Directing Workshop at Rough Cut Film Festival and writing mentorship at Young Storytellers program.


Assistant Robotics Instructor

Sam is a student from the APP Academy at Pasadena High School (PHS).  He has been involved in robotics since he received his first LEGO Mindstorms kit at the age of 10. He won an Honorable Mention in the 2016 LA County Science Fair for his Robotic Service Dog. Sam has spent many hours volunteering in the community as a Sierra Madre Historical Society Docent, Photography Volunteer at the Pasadena Humane Society, and instruction aide at G3 Martial Arts Academy. He currently works both at STEM World and the YMCA, and enjoys helping kids with programming and the fundamentals of robotics.

Meet Our Advisors


Education Specialist and Consultant

Sylvia has been an educator in the Montebello Unified School District for 22 years. She is passionate about learning and meeting the needs of all students. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. She has provided professional learning in the areas of Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education, and Assessment & Data. Sylvia provides expertise in pedagogy and curriculum in grades K-12.


Teacher and Consultant

Jack has been an educator in the Pasadena area for nearly 20 years. He earned his B.A. / M.A. from Azusa Pacific University and has taught elementary through high school students in public and private schools. His most recent assignment was at John Muir Elementary School in Glendale, California as a language and behavioral interventionist.
Jack continues to work for both Pasadena Unified School District and Glendale Unified School District as a teacher teaching elementary to high school students in multiple academic disciplines.