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. 

Danielle Bardellini

Danielle Bardellini

Program Director

Danielle has a history of creating unique learning experiences for PreK-12 Education. She focuses on utilizing creative fields (movement, theatre, gaming, storytelling) to further learning and teaching in STEM. Coming from The Astronomical Society of the Pacific as a Learning Designer, she has trained educators across the globe on best practices for teaching science. She has experience in cognitive and psychological behavior research and using this research to develop appropriate curriculum content. Her role as the Creative Director of a social-emotional theatre arts company gave her the tools to practice professionalism in business development and managing educational organizations.

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.

Erika Shimizu

Erika Shimizu

Curriculum Developer/Instructor/Intern Coordinator

Erika is a San Francisco native, but grew up in British Columbia. She recently graduated with a Master degree from CSU East Bay. Erika has demonstrated a commitment to education, community and program development due to her extensive experience working in schools and non-profits, including the YMCA. She hopes to ignite a spark of interest and love for STEM subjects by helping educate and empower students. She is motivated by student successes and achievements, and aims to foster creativity and lifelong learning amongst children and youth.

Arisa Horigomi

Arisa Horigomi

Curriculum Developer/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.