2021-2022 Cohort

The STEP UP Ambassadors are a group of STEP UP teachers and members who are committed to empowering fellow teachers to inspire young women to pursue physics.

This 2021-2022 cohort is led by our Ambassador Program Coordinator (*) and comprised of 21 Lead Ambassadors (photos at the top) and 186 Advocates (amazing teachers listed below).


  • Bree Barnett Dreyfuss

    Bree Barnett Dreyfuss*
    Amador Valley High School
    Pleasanton, CA

  • Blank

    Charles Anthony Canestaro
    Cortland Senior High School
    Cortland, NY

  • Amanda Early

    Amanda Early
    Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
    Batavia, IL

  • Colleen Epler-Ruths

    Dr. Colleen Epler-Ruths
    Shikellamy High School
    Sunbury, PA

  • Luci Finucan

    Lucile Margaret Finucan
    Green Bank Observatory Green Bank, WV

  • Cat Garland

    Cat Garland
    Community College of Vermont
    Rutland, VT

  • Michael Haskins

    Michael Haskins
    Greenhill School
    Addison, TX

  • Jolene Johnson

    Dr. Jolene Johnson
    Osseo 279online
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Brian Kays
    Ramona Convent Secondary School
    Alhambra, CA

  • Savannah Lodge-Scharff

    Savannah Lodge-Scharff
    Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
    Boston, MA

  • Laura Lusardi

    Laura Lusardi
    Canandaigua Acadmey
    River Falls, WI

  • Blank

    Michael Madden
    Dobbs Ferry High School
    Canandaigua, NY

  • Susan Miller-Hendrix

    Susan Miller-Hendrix
    The Public Schools of Robeson County
    Lumberton, NC

  • Joe Muise

    Joe Muise
    St. Thomas More Collegiate
    Burnaby, British Columbia
    Canada

  • Nicole Murawski

    Nicole Murawski
    Royal Oak High School
    Royal Oak, MI

  • Praisy Poluan

    Praisy Poluan
    Edison High School
    Huntington Beach, CA

  • Alma Robinson

    Alma Robinson
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA

  • Jeremy Secaur

    Jeremy Secaur
    Elyria High School
    Elyria, OH

  • Laura Sloma

    Laura Sloma
    East Kentwood High School
    Kentwood, MI

  • Jamie Taube

    Jamie Taube
    Davinci Science School
    El Segundo, CA

  • Michael Wadness

    Michael Wadness
    Medford High School
    Medford, MA

  • Blank

    Ashley Webb
    DeSoto Central High School
    Southaven, MS

 

2021-2022 Advocates

Our International Advocates, marked (^), are funded by APS.

Andre Barcellos^
Escola SEB Dínatos
Nenhum, Brasilia, Brazil

Samara Meira^
Amplifica
Águas Claras, Brasilia, Brazil

Christian Pedersen^
Sekolah Dyatmika
Sanur, Denpasar, Indonesia

Jeanne-Claire Trickett^
St John's College
Parkview, Johannesburg, South Africa

Marina Dorocki^
"Isidora Sekulić" Grammar School
Novi, Sad, Serbia

Gareth Kucinkas^
International School of Kenya
Ollon, Switzerland

Elizabeth Boulianne^
Ashbury College
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Andrea McPhee^
Jarvis Collegiate Institute
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mirwat Shamshad^
Beaconhouse School System
Islamabad, Pakistan

Masoumeh Shahsavari^
EFAF High School
South Jannat Abad, Tehran, Iran

Julia Little
Westover Senior High School
Fayetteville, NC

Laura Nicholson
Charlotte Country Day School
Charlotte, NC

Elizabeth England
Winnisquam Regional High School
Wolfeboro, NH

Philip Keller
Holmdel High School
Shrewsbury, NJ

Elizabeth Lafargue
Cranford High School
Dunellen, NJ

Mary Foisy
Nyack High School
Blauvelt, NY

Richard Gearns
Sachem High School East
Port Jefferson, NY

Amanda Hochstatter
Millennium Brooklyn High School
Brooklyn, NY

Megan Hoffman
Shaker High School
Latham, NY

Sarah Isaac
High School for Environmental Studies
New York, NY

Elise Jutzeler
Jamesville-DeWitt High School
Chittenango, NY

Brittany Kozlenko
Brewster High Schools
Brewster, NY

Elissa Levy
Life Sciences Secondary School
New York, NY

Adam Lovecchio
Thomas R. Proctor High School
Deerfield, NY

Ghada Nehmeh
The Bronx HS of Science
Oakland Gardens, NY

Christopher Gray
LaSalle Academy
Jamestown, RI

Jordan Back
Watchung Hills Regional High School
Annandale, NJ

Martina Baldwin
Skyline High School
Dallas, TX

Stephen Balog
St. Mark's School of Texas
McKinney, TX

Bryan Battaglia
Gene L. Klida Utica Academy for International Studies
Macomb, MI

Michelle Bellinger
Academy of Aerospace Engineering
Windsor, CT

Kate Berger
North High School
Denver, CO

Andrew Blechman
The Roeper School
West Bloomfield, MI

Aubrey Bleier
Victoria East High School
Victoria, TX

Rafael Bobenrieth
Cleveland High School
Portland, OR

Bridget Bolland
Cottonwood High School
Murray, UT

Jennifer Boughton
Northwest High School
Cincinnati, OH

Kori Bowns
Argo Community High School
Chicago, IL

Alexandra Boyd
Apex Friendship High School
Cary, NC

Matthew Bryant
South Warren High School
Bowling Green, KY

Carol Burns
Saint Ursula Academy
Cincinnati, OH

Carole Butcher Houston
David W. Carter High School PTECH Collegiate Academy
Lancaster, TX

Jerry Cantrell
Seminole High School
Madeira Beach, FL

Audrey Carrio
Baker High School
Mobile, AL

Nicole Carro
Delaware Valley Regional High School
Easton, PA

Vicky Carson
Oxbow High School
Newbury, VT

Jaethan Chacon
Minarets High
Fresno, CA

Monalisa Chadha
Conrad High School
Dallas, TX

Christie Chew
Mission High School
San Francisco, CA

Nora Christman
Lower Merion High School
Berwyn, PA

Alexandra Chukhareva
Uniondale High School
Astoria, NY

Lux Claridge
Emporia High School
Emporia, KS

Tayler Clark
Clinton High School
Clinton, NY

Mary Coleman
Southside High School
Wantagh, NY

Delia Comeau
Andress High School
El Paso, TX

Diane Cook
Archbishop Hoban High School
North Canton, OH

Caroline Cooney
Mansfield High School
Mansfield, MA

Joe Cossette
Minnetonka High School
New Hope, MN

Christopher Cozzolino
Highland High School
New Paltz, NY

Gregory Cruz
Vanguard High School
Ocala, FL

Gavin Custer
Cleveland School of Science and Medicine
South Euclid, OH

Dedra Demaree
The Stone Independent School
Lancaster, PA

Debra DePietro
Barrington High School
Cranston, RI

Nicole DeVito
Sacred Heart Academy
Lindenhurst, NY

Christian Dolliff
Chelsea High School
Somerville, MA

Jay Dornfeld
(Robbinsdale) Armstrong High School
Maple Grove, MN

Meagan Downing
Porter Gaud School
Ravenel, SC

Tammy Draughon
Great Oak High School
Temecula, CA

Michael Dudley
John Bapst Memorial High School
Bangor, ME

Deniz Durmus
Lawndale High School
Long Beach, CA

Kerem Ekinci
Harmony Science Academy - El Paso
El Paso, TX

Aaron Ellis
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
Whitestown, IN

Nicole Ellis
Valencia High School
Valencia, CA

Kristen Elsner
Royal Oak High School
Oakland Twp, MI

Gini Ennis
Savannah Chatham E-Learning Academy
Savannah, GA

Michele Ewing
Kettle Run High School
Warrenton, VA

Kelley Ferguson
Paris High School
Paris, TX

Nancy Foote
Higley High
Gilbert, AZ

Ivan Frantz
Sturgis Charter Public School
Hyannis, MA

Daniel Freedman
Alameda Community Learning Center
Alameda, CA

Heidi Friesen
Bend Senior High School
Bend, OR

Mike Gabrys
Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet
Nashville, TN

Wendy Garrett
Cienega High School
Vail, AZ

Cody Gordon
Paradise Valley High School
Peoria, AZ

Michael Grannen
Bettendorf High School
Davenport, IA

Paul Gresser
Saint Andrew's School
Boca Raton, FL

Julie Hall
Woodward Academy
Smyrna, GA

Max Halla
Maloney High School
Southington, CT

Andrew Hamilton
The Webb Schools
Claremont, CA

David Hood
Henrico High School
Richmond, VA

Rebecca Hritz
Keystone Oaks High School
Pittsburgh, PA

Angie Humphrey
Middleton High School
Madison, WI

Nicholas Hurtado
Blacksburg High School
Blacksburg, VA

Avery Jackson
J.S. Morton East High School
Oak Park, IL

Risha Jindal
Duluth High School
Duluth, GA

Alexis Johnson
Linden High School
Tuscaloosa, AL

Amee Johnson
Landstown High School
Virginia Beach, VA

Elizabeth Johnson
Cosumnes Oaks High School
Sacramento, CA

Esther Johnson
Potomac Falls High School
Leesburg, VA

Lynn Jorgensen
Gilbert High School
Mesa, AZ

Madeline Juliot
Wells Community Academy High School
Chicago, IL

James Katula
Mooseheart Child City and School
Mooseheart, IL

Ariana Kay
Refugio High School
Refugio, TX

Michael Kennedy
Neuqua Valley High School
Naperville, IL

Wendy Kennedy
Presentation High School
San Jose, CA

Kara Kile
St. Ursula Academy
Ottawa Hills, OH

Rachel Klaeren
Academy at the Lakes
New Port Richey, FL

Emily Knapp
Longmont High School
Longmont, CO

Kathrine Kraft
Sunset High School
Beaverton, OR

Rebecca Kreidler
West High School
Denver, CO

Destiny Langford
Paul W Bryant High School
Tuscaloosa, AL

Amanda Lawrence
Caddo Magnet High School
Shreveport, LA

Jenifer Lawrie
Webb School of Knoxville
Oak Ridge, TN

Keith Leonard
Landstown High School
Virginia Beach, VA

Matthew Lewis
St. Teresa's Academy
Blue Springs, MO

Yang Li
Myron B Thompson Academy
Honolulu, HI

Vicky Lieu
Santiago High School (in GGUSD)
Garden Grove, CA

Luis Fayat
Gulliver Prep
Pinecrest, FL

Kate Magary
Los Gatos High School
Mountain View, CA

Lela Magee
Leesville High School
DeRidder Dr, LA

Michael Maita
Summit Public Schools: Shasta
San Francisco, CA

Gary Mansergh
Andover High School
St. Francis, MN

Joseph Martin
Edison High School
Minneapolis, MN

Chelsea Mateu
Immaculate-La Salle High School
Miami, FL

Nicole McEnerney
Bellville High School
Bellville, TX

Pradip Misra
Bagdad High/Middle School
Bagdad, AZ

Emma Mitchell
The Ethel Walker School
Simsbury, CT

Kassandra Murphy
St. Francis High School
Forest Lake, MN

Vance Nannini
Peninsula Catholic High School
Springfield, VA

Patricia Nesrsta
Clear Falls High School
League City, TX

Kristin Newton
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Arlington, MA

Andrew Njaa
Falmouth High School
Portland, ME

Carmen Noble
Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School
Ponce, PR

Laura Orr
Ukiah School District
Ukiah, OR

Celestina Pangan
Chavez High School
Humble, TX

Morgan Patton
Forest Hills Junior/Senior High School
Sidman, PA

LoriAnn Pawlik
Charles Colgan High School
Manassas, VA

Jennifer Payne
John Warner Middle School
Columbia, MO

Christian Perry
Atlantic Community High School
Boynton Beach, FL

Sasha Pierce
Saint Scholastica Academy
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Lisa Pinto
Franklin High School
Hackettstown, NJ

Ashley Pollard
Elizabeth High School
Monument, CO

Becka Pouy
Suffield Academy
Suffield, CT

Julie Prerost
Murphy High School
Mobile, AL

Amy Read
Shawnee Mission South High School
Overland Park, KS

Kate Roberts
Bangor High School
Bangor, ME

Joey Rodriguez
Livermore High School
Livermore, CA

Trena Rogers
Mustang High School
Mustang, OK

Amy Root
Chippewa Falls High School
Chippewa Falls, WI

Regine Rosas
Los Angeles, CA

Caitlin Roufa
Harlem High School
Rockford, IL

Marianna Ruggerio
Auburn High School
Rockford, IL

Gina Ruiz-Houston
Barbara Goleman Senior High
Weston, FL

Hadley Santana
Miss Porter's School
Hartford, CT

Kai Schmidt
Byron P Steele II High School
Cibolo, TX

Kara Schulte
Parkway North High School
O'Fallon, MO

Elizabeth Segelken
Garrison Forest School
Owings Mills, MD

Portia Sharma
Gunn High School
Fremont, CA

Jake Shechter
Wilbraham and Monson Academy
Wilbraham, MA

Cathrine Shepard
The Rivers School
Waltham, MA

Dorothy Silverman
Middleton High School
Madison, WI

David Smail
Freeport High School
Freeport, ME

Laura Solomons
Columbus High School Liberal Arts Magnet
Columbus, GA

Michael Stewart
Unity Reed High School
Manassas, VA

Michelle Strand
West Fargo High School
Fargo, ND

Satoshi Suga
McClymonds High School
Oakland, CA

Sheila Sullivan
Great River School
Saint Paul, MN

Tiffany Syfert
Allen High School
Wylie, TX

Anupama Tandon
Westmont High School
San Jose, CA

Jennifer Timmer
Winnebago School District #323
Baileyville, IL

Gayle Tracey
East Haven High School
Middletown, CT

Tom Traeger
Monrovia High School
Monrovia, CA

Betsy Trenckmann
Hermon High School
Bangor, ME

Barbara Urban
Cherry Hill High School West
Cherry Hill, NJ

Nicholas Vanderpool
Astor Collegiate Academy
Mamaroneck, NY

Yaritza Villa
Patrick Henry High
San Diego, CA

Judson Wagner
Brandywine High School
Wilmington, DE

Anna Wetherholt
DeKalb High School
Aurora, IL

Sandra Williams
Notre Dame High School
Big Flats, NY

Susan Wilson
Cascade High School
Everett, WA

Dawn Wirts
High Tech High International
San Diego, CA

Shannon Wong
Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
San Francisco, CA

Pamela Word
Jay High School
San Antonio, TX

Azucena Yzquierdo
John C. Fremont High School
Los Angeles, CA