Meet our Teachers
Sonia is a SAFG Head Teacher. She has worked with children for over 30 years. She received her early childhood teaching credentials and has been teaching at Dandelion Co-op nursery school in Berkeley for eight years. She is a strong proponent of inquiry-based learning and project-based learning.
Rachel is a SAFG Head Teacher. She is a graduate of the University of California - San Diego, trained in ecology, behavior and evolution with a side of physics. She worked for three years in veterinary hospitals as an animal technician and practice manager and spent seven years as a science program coordinator for the Denver Zoo, designing, delivering and evaluating standards-based educational programs for children and adults.
Charlotte Young is a SAFG Head Teacher. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she studied Microbial Biology and English Literature. She is a great supporter of interdisciplinary skills and pursuing interests of all different types! Her field of interest has been primarily in medicine, specifically in Optometry and ocular diseases. She has also been a dance instructor for elementary school aged girls and ESL teacher overseas to medical professionals. Her goal is to encourage scientific exploration and lively classroom discussions. With each class she hopes to share her passion and love for science with her students, and hope they come away with a fascination for the wonderful world of science.
Caroline graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. She taught science in Denver in middle school for five years. She's always had a passion for science and went on to teach middle school science for numerous years. She's passionate about leading young girls to share in her passion for STEM. In her free time she enjoys trail running, cooking with friends, and making jewelry.
Meredith received a Bachelor's degree in Math and Chemistry from Wheaton College and has recently obtained her PhD in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley. Her research explored how proteins in our bodies communicate and make decisions. She engaged in science outreach throughout her graduate career by teaching kindergarten classes throughout the bay area about how our amazing bodies can fight against germs that make us sick. Meredith is passionate about science, and is excited to share that passion with kids and families.
Kim was born and raised in Sacramento, California. Growing up, she participated in science camps and math clubs, where she first found her love for STEM subjects. She's worked with children as an after school teacher for 2 years. She also coaches volleyball for middle school students. She loves working with youth to inspire them to be the best version of themselves. She received her bachelors degree in Mathematics and Economics from UC Davis. After college, she worked for a software company for over 2 years. During this time, she realized that there were very few women that looked like her in the workplace. Instead of following that path, she decided to try and change this by working as a teacher with SAFG, where she can spread her love and passion of STEM to children. She will be pursuing a Ph.D in economics in the Fall where she will study education and women in the labor market.
Traci is a SAFG Head Teacher. She recently completed her PhD in Environmental Science at UC Berkeley where she studied the global diversity of some very tiny beetles. While pursuing her degree, she was involved in numerous science education and outreach initiatives around the Bay Area. She now works in the science education non-profit sector and is deeply committed to providing hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences for students of all ages. She loves all things STEM, but bugs will always hold a special place in her heart.
Claire is a second grade teacher in East Oakland who loves to keep learning on and off the job. She is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and grew up experimenting outdoors, in the kitchen, and in the classroom. Claire has been working with children since her days as a young junior Girl Scout leader. Professionally she has been teaching in Brooklyn, New York and now the Bay Area for a total of five years. This past summer she even had the good fortune of directing a maker camp in Orinda and was excited to work with circuitry, carpentry, 3D Design, and all things SLIME. She is always up for an adventure, scientific or otherwise and is thrilled to bring her energy and enthusiasm to Scientific Adventures for Girls.