Tell us about your work / research. What kinds of things do you do?
I administer an after school STEM education program for 6th-12th grade students in Illinois. Project Infinite Green was created to educate children about the energy sources we rely on in our modern world. Our programs focuses on providing practical interactive experiences guided by professionals within the industry to help students understand the ramifications of everyday actions and decisions concerning energy. Designed to support public school curricula and the state STEM goals, Project Infinite Green ultimately aims to introduce students to the scientific and business aspects of creating clean energy solutions to the challenges we face today.
What sparked your initial interest in your career?
STEM education in underserved and underrepresented communities.
What element of your work / study do you think is the most fascinating?
There is a big reward in watching a child's eyes as the subject matter finally clicks in their mind. It is such a beautiful moment.
What other jobs led you to your current career?
What are your degrees and certifications?
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications from Loyola University of Chicago
What are your hobbies?
I love cooking, reading, and spending time with my family.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career like yours?
Follow your passion. Stay focused. Expand your network. Be courageous. "No" is not a failure - it is a challenge.
How did you get involved with the Nautilus Exploration Program? How did you get on the ship?
I am very active in STEM education with the community of schools and educators in Lemont, Illinois one of the Community STEM Program sites. I was notified of the opportunity through CITGO's community relations team who is one of the education partners with OET.