Kim Nguyen-Ehrenreich

Kim Nguyen-Ehrenreich

Founder and Creative Director

After 15+ years in academics and big corporation as a scientist, I found STEMful, a community and education space for parents and their children to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). My goal is to “sprout STEM curiosity” in every child. I am a wife to an amazing man and mother to a STEM-curious 6.5 years old son and joyful 7 mo old daughter. When I am not focus on STEMful, I spend time with my family and explore the Bay Area, tinker and experiment, make art, cook, read a good book or go for a swim. I also practice being eco-friendly and mindful of what we put into our environment. This practice carries through across all areas of my life. I love what I do because I bring my professional background and passion in STEM and combined it with things I enjoyed personally. 

Patti Wells

Patti Wells

Curriculum Developer and Site Manager

Patti values project based learning as a venue for kids to absorb and retain information, grow in confidence, and build valuable life skills for critical thinking, collaboration, and focusing to complete a goal. She also loves to make things! Her passion for DIY has prompted many hours of paper rocket constructing, costume creating, and designing Rube Goldberg machines with her kids.

Kelly Reina

Kelly Reina

Curriculum Developer and Instructor

Kelly graduated from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Evolutionary Anthropology. During her undergrad, she ran comparative social cognition experiments with children and monkeys at Yale University. She also worked as a docent at the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History, where she taught children about dinosaurs. She moved to Germany and worked as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology where she conducted cognitive experiments with great apes at the Leipzig Zoo. She received her Masters at Arizona State University, while studying developmental psychology. Kelly brings her excitement of encouraging curiosity and promoting STEM education to young, inquisitive minds.

Arisa Horigomi

Arisa Horigomi

Curriculum Developer and Instructor

Arisa obtained a Bachelor Degree in Child and Adolescent Development at San Francisco State University. During her undergraduate study, she taught second and third graders as an after school program tutor at Hillcrest Elementary School for two years and was a teacher’s assistant at Bessie Carmichael Elementary School. She is passionate about teaching children and she is excited to learn from your children. She hopes to inspire children through exploration, creativity, discovery by the use of STEM curriculums and is particularly passionate with working with pre-K kids.

Melissa Avignon-Redford

Melissa Avignon-Redford

Curriculum Developer

Melissa has been in education for the past 13 years. She graduated from Mills College with a teaching credential and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education. She was a math and science classroom teacher for 5 years, and a garden enhanced nutrition education teacher for 2 years. During her time as a classroom teacher, she was also a mentor teacher for Techbridge, a program that empowers girls in STEM. Melissa has been writing curriculum for the past 6 years, primarily for Alameda County Office of Education, with focus on interdisciplinary nutrition and health education. She is passionate about creating engaging curriculum that encourages children to become lifelong learners.