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Confidence and Authenticity

Speaking confidently and authentically requires a strong sense of purpose and a clear understanding of intention. And EDMO coaches can help students of all ages develop these skills! In the tutoring sessions, coaches will focus on developing effective techniques to help kids empower themselves, own their own personal strength, and let go of self-defeating behaviors in order to become a more genuine speaker. Required materials: none
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Ken Der

Ken is thrilled to have the opportunity to inspire and challenge young minds while rocking the EDMO vibe! He is currently a sapling among the trees at Stanford University who hopes to one day grow into a (tall) civil engineer and city planner. On the side, he serves as the news director at campus radio station KZSU 90.1FM. He has spent the past two summers at EDMO's Alameda site, most recently as a Pro Maker Instructor, but his dedication to working with students began early on as the founder of a local mentoring program. Ken’s passion is guiding students along their quest in discovering their inner genius by leveraging their strengths and interests. You can often catch Ken in his natural habitat on board a city bus, or on the air talking about the news and interviewing fascinating people!

Erika Lutz

Bringing a 20+ years of experience as an artist, designer, and director, she believes in nurturing healthy hearts and minds through playful curiosity, creativity, and mindfulness based learning. Formerly VP of Design at Lumosity, her creative leadership and design produced top-ranking mobile apps, educational games, films, and broadcast television that have earned Emmy Award-winning recognition. She received her BFA from VCU School of the Arts in Communication Arts & Design, where she later taught animation and experimental storytelling. Erika has been a guest teacher at the Cartoon Art Museum, The Academy of Art, and AIGA, and is a mentor for outdoor youth programs through Sierra Club, National Parks Service, and Girl Scouts of America. She is certified as a UC California Naturalist and Leading Creative Ideation from Cooper U.

Tina Barrentine

Tina Barrentine's favorite sound in the whole world is "Aha!" when a concept finally clicks in the mind of a child. She loves one-on-one teaching and figuring out what works best for each child. She home schooled her own three children through high school and has tutored other students from elementary school through college. She has worked as a tutor for a nonprofit after school program, an elementary school, a preschool, a library based service for adult literacy and GED prep, and for anyone who has reached out for help. Her life's motto is "Be available," and she strongly believes in doing whatever works best for each student to achieve success.

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.

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.

Brandon Rosas Flores

Brandon is a past EDMO summer camp instructor and he is currently working toward his BS on Public Health with a concentration on Health & Wellness and a Forensic Certificate at Chico State. Brandon has been involved in education since he was 12 years old, volunteering at summer programs in San Francisco. During his last year in high school, Brandon was part of a program called Peer Resources a collaboration with the University of San Francisco for future educators. He has lived in multiple countries and has even been to the Model United Nations in Switzerland, World Intellectual Property Organization, and the World Health Organization. Brandon loves to teach and help others and he stands for equality and the right to education for everyone!

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.

Bukle Unaldi

Bukle Unaldi is a curious world citizen that aims to solve global problems by educating the younger generation. She believes the imagination of children is the key to solve various issues that adults are struggling with. Which is why, she wrote and published her first book when she was 17, to make her voice heard. She also won several awards in public speaking, education Hackathons and national debates in Turkey. During college, she travelled the world and lived in 6 different countries, Argentina, South Korea, Germany, India, Turkey and the United States. She tutored more than 100 children from different ethnicities and backgrounds. Currently she is expecting her Neuroscience and Arts & Literature degrees in May from Minerva Schools at KGI. Bukle believes that learning can be best achieved through active learning, thus, a teachers role should be letting the children channel their imagination to solve real-life problems.