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.