Yvonne Thevenot, M.Ed. | Founder & Executive Director
Yvonne, or “Miss T”, as her students affectionately call her, is a native of Springfield, Ohio and is an educator who firmly believes that “education is a form of resistance, and that everyone is a scholar who is capable of learning.” She received her Master in Education from the University of Southern California, specializing in K-12 STEM curriculum and instruction, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the University of Dayton, where she was a Mead Corporation Minority Scholar and a Martin Luther King,Jr. scholarship recipient. She is currently in Teachers College at Columbia University’s Curriculum & Teaching program, where she is researching how STEM curriculum and teaching can promote equity in the classroom for diverse learners.
Yvonne brings over 15 years of experience working in IT, Finance, and Education fields, for companies like Computer Sciences Corporation, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, and Silicon Valley companies such as K2 Optronics, Ripple Effects, and NumberSpeak, Inc. (a company she founded). Ms. Thevenot is the former Director of academic programs for Youth On The Move In The Community, a nonprofit based in Harlem, whereby in 2014, she implemented a STEMbased afterschool program and day camps, where she taught Scratch, HTML, and co-taught app development and numerous enrichment classes to approximately 60 students over the 2014-15 school years.
Prior to her role as an educator, Yvonne was a leader in corporate America, serving in roles as Systems Programmer and Finance & Planning Analyst for Morgan Stanley in Riverwoods, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) where she designed a system that was awarded Best In Class by Booz Allen Hamilton, Corporate Controller for Business Systems Engineering, Inc. (Chicago), President & CEO of NumberSpeak Inc. (San Francisco & Dallas), and various senior vice president roles at JPMorgan Chase (Hoboken, NJ & New York), where she managed business units with $1.7B assets under management. Yvonne is a hockey mom and devoted friend to many in her communities, and enjoys sailing, interior decorating, and using education as an instrument to erase the cycle of poverty.
Olivia Bellard | STEM Teacher, TechSpert After Class Programs
Olivia brings to STEM Kids NYC a diverse background of teaching in both K-12 and Adult Literacy fields, which are complimented by her professional working experience as an artist and actor. Her pedagogy is informed by her passion for ensuring that the STEM curriculum and other enrichment activities for students foster a sense of identity and promote critical thinking and problem solving that yield tangible solutions.
Olivia holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Eastern University, and has a mastery in English As A Second Language, Adult Literacy, and Microsoft Certifications.
Rahni Sumler | Code & Engineer Guru-In-Residence
An Electrical Engineering graduate from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Rahni Sumler is described by her peers, colleagues and mentors as a person with high initiative. She has a large capacity for making ideas work together. This is best demonstrated through her many accomplishments.
After obtaining many highly competitive scholarships to study abroad at Korea University, Soeul South Korea, her unique adaptability in diverse surroundings was quickly recognized by her home university. She was commissioned to participate in the National Science Foundation's Climate Change Research Expedition at the University of Minnesota. It was there that she contributed to an on going scientific publication documenting findings in climate change. She also developed an interactive program that illustrates the connectivity of global weather systems, promoting better public understanding.
Pursuing her long demonstrated passion for philanthropy, Rahni moved to New York and contributed her skills in data analysis to many non-profit organizations ranging from domestic violence advocacy to the promotion of STEM literacy. She now teaches Coding Academy at Youth On The Move and STEM Kids NYC. With a belief in education as a precious resource and as a way to achieve a better society, Rahni, as an Information Technology Consultant, continues to collaborate with her clients using technology to iteratively develop more effective ways of educating.
Trisha Barton | STEM Teacher
Trisha has a BA in Psychology and EdM in Art and Art Education concentrating in Creative Technologies. She is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland and has been in NYC for the last two years. In the past, Trisha has used her knowledge of maker labs and art to facilitate workshops for children, adolescents and adults to develop programs that revolve around making, creative technologies, and the relationship between inquiry-based projects and career development.
Trisha is a an artist, educator, and designer.Her past research focuses on the use of art and technology to build resilience, develop stories, and decreasing stress in educational environments.
Amelia E. Foster | STEM Teacher
Amelia E. Foster is a visual artist based out of New York City. She is influenced by her time living and working overseas, primarily in Latin America and South Korea.
Amelia dedicated her undergraduate years to multidisciplinary learning, gaining her B.S. and B.A, in microbiology and international studies with minors in Spanish and Chemistry at Oregon State University. Throughout her undergraduate and shortly after graduating, she researched the microbial ecology of coral reef degradation in the Dr. Vega-Thurber lab. In 2012, lured by the prospect of community outreach and environmental education programs, she made her way to Ecuador. In Quito, Puerto Lopez, and later in the Mexican city of San Cristobal de las Casas, Amelia re-discovered her passion for art. In 2016, she began teaching in Seoul to deepen her understanding of environmental and adolescent education in East Asia. In 2017, Amelia returned stateside to pursue a career in fine art and environmental education. In her years abroad, she was exposed to perspectives and values divergent from those of her childhood in the Pacific Northwest. Amelia taps into these cultural experiences, in conjunction with her multifaceted background, to critically examine perspectives held in her home country.
Among the endeavors that have shaped her person and her work: biking the entire Korean peninsula, educating adolescents on the Schooner Adventuress, and backpacking in the most remote regions of the United States.