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Arts & Crafts

EDMO coaches will help children of all ages and skill levels bring forth their creative engineering skills by engaging them with a variety of maker-oriented projects. They might learn about the elements of simple machines and then create cool projects using scrap paper, popsicle sticks, and other items that can found around the house. We can work with your family to come up with fun, creative, engaging, resourceful projects — no need to purchase materials of any kind.
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Al Wong

Al Wong just graduated from Mills College with a BA in Environmental Science. Although they received a degree in Environmental Science, Al has their fair share of experience in sewing, book binding/construction, theatre arts, and photography. They have worked with students of varying ability and age, and they believe in equity in education and amplifying the voices of the unheard. They look forward to learning and growing with EDMO students!

Casey OBrien

Casey is studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Nevada Reno and is so excited to be an EDMO Coach! She has been tutoring children, with all sorts of abilities, for over 4 years. Casey understands that learning can sometimes be hard, but also knows how fun it can be and wants to share that experience. She loves yoga, hiking, as well as other outdoor activities.

Julissa Martinez

Julissa Martinez is currently on her 4th year of college at the University of California Merced, majoring in Psychology and Public Health. She is bilingual; fluent in English and Spanish. The passion to create and help kids develop and grow to their best of their abilities with surrounding support and an encouraging environment is what strives her to be the best version of herself when working with kids. She has always been learning and working with kids from babysitting family members to volunteering and working with kids. Her career goals involve working with kids because she loves the experiences she's had with them; kids uplift and create a fun working environment. Education is a critical component in a kids development so when she can do something to provide help or support, she is driven to take on that opportunity to get kids striving in all that they do.

Lauren Banchieri

Lauren is so excited to become an EDMO Coach! She is currently a sophomore at Sonoma State University working on her bachelors in liberal studies, minor in early childhood studies, and a multiple subject teaching credential. Lauren comes from a family of teachers (including her mom and several of her aunts), so you could say teaching is in her blood. Lauren was a counselor for EDMO last summer and has worked for an after school program for the last two years. She has lots of experience helping students with homework as well as planning and facilitating fun enrichment activities in a variety of subjects, including math, English, science, and crafts. Lauren believes in leading by example and enjoys supporting her students’ curiosity.

Bethany Ryan

Bethany is an EDMO intstructor and coach who brings enthusiasm and years of experience to her EDMO coaching. She has worked with many kids from teaching reading as an Title 1 Teacher to tutoring kids as young as pre-school all the way to high school age. She believes all subjects can be made fun to learn, even difficult subjects like math and writing. Her wide-range of other experience also allows her to bring in many opportunities to learn from crafting embroidery to making useful projects out of cardboard to learning Chinese.

Dominique Martinez

Dominique is in her twelfth year of teaching. She will begin the 2020-2021 school year as a 4th grade instructor, but has had experience working with a wide range of students from K-Adults. She is currently in the process of completing her Master of Secondary Education with a credential in General Science. Additionally she completed her Bachelor degree at the University of California, San Diego. Currently she holds her Adult Teaching Credential in the areas of Math, Physical Science, ESL instruction, and Social Science. She is a Google Certified Educator who understands the needs of learners and the applications they must learn to become successful in a blended learning classroom. Dominique believes in educating the whole child with the main concept that the parent is the primary educator.

Jordie Marie Rippon

Jordie Marie Rippon is A graduate student studying Creative Producing and Management at CalArts. She has previously received a Bachelor's of Science in Technology Communication and Theater. She loves to create an environment that makes it fun to learn and loves to encourage and empower kids to think about problems differently as a tool to help solve the problem.

Kristina M. McCarthy

Kristy is a professional visual artist, linguist, teaching artist, and community organizer with more than a decade of experience teaching and tutoring in a variety of subjects. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Literature from Georgia State University and a Certificate in Spanish to English Translation from NYU. She is also a TEFL certified ESL teacher and has been teaching English and Spanish to students of all ages for over 10 years. She is an international muralist and has organized and participated in art projects and festivals all over the world. Kristy is passionate about youth development and has worked as a Teaching Artist for the past 5 years, teaching the art of muralism to New York city youth. She loves working with kids of all ages and seeing their confidence grow as they master the skills that used to intimidate them.