Meet the STEM Camp Team
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Dr. Chuck Fidler
Christyanna M. Egun
Christyanna Egun serves as the Director of Boston Partnerships at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Community Health Improvement. she has spent the last three years advancing the MGH Youth Programs Department, which now provides 350 youth with academic, life, and career skills that expand and enhance their educational and career options. Prior to her work at MGH, she was a member of the executive team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. During her ten years there, she enhanced the organization's brand management, media and community relations, web marketing, volunteer stewardship and recruitment.
Previously, she was a technology marketing executive at Bronner Slosberg Humphrey in Boston. She began her career in higher education; first as the Associate Director of Admissions for her alma mater. Later she served as an Academic Advisor at the University of Minnesota's Upward Bound College Prep Program. She serves as a Board Member of the Crispus Attucks Child Care Center, as a Trustee of the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, and as a subcommittee member of Governor Deval Patrick's STEM Advisory Council. She holds a Master's degree in Advertising from Emerson College and a BA in Communication Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Amanda Walsh is the Program and Curriculum Manager for the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement. Her work is focused on developing and teaching after-school science programs for the 9th- and 10th-grade students in the MGH Youth Scholars Program. She also established the mentor relationships between the 10th-grade students and MGH staff, and created the MGH Summer Fit Club for the students working summer jobs at MGH.
Before coming to MGH in 2009, she worked for the Summer Science Academy of Brigham & Women's Hospital Center for Community Health and & Health Equity, and she was a student teacher at Brighton High School. She received her B.A. in English from Colby College and a Master's Degree in Education from Boston College.
Chuck Fidler PhD
Chuck Fidler is an assistant professor of physical science and is one of the newest faculty members at Wheelock College. He received his graduate degrees from Syracuse University in the field of science education. This unique field allows him to focus on two areas of study, the physical sciences and education. He has worked as adjunct faculty at SUNY Cortland, where he taught courses on teaching science to future elementary school teachers. He also taught physical science and experimental physics at Le Moyne College. In addition to his tertiary teaching experience, he has also taught laboratory-based physics to high school students in the Boston and Washington, DC areas.
His current research agenda is associated with how people learn and teach concepts of astronomy and he has presented his work at both regional and national conferences. Currently, he teaches Natural Disasters, the Physics of Sports, Solar System, and Discovering Planet Earth in the Department of Mathematics and Science. He won the 2011 Cynthia Longfellow Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Kayla Drescher recently graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Wheelock College, where she majored in math/science and performing arts with a minor in education.
During her four years at Wheelock, Kayla participated in events such as the Muddy River Symposium, where she researched alternative energy sources on college campuses. Kayla is also a current intern at the Museum of Science in the live animal center. Kayla was a member of both the Wheelock women's basketball and women's lacrosse teams. Some of Kayla's favorite things are exploring the beach, playing outdoors in the rain, and root vegetables.
Megan Mawe, class of 2014, is pursuing a double major in Elementary Education and Math and Science and is on the Science for Teachers Pathway at Wheelock College. She grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts where she was inspired to become an elementary school teacher by her own second grade teacher.
Here at Wheelock, Megan has been a member of the Wheelock College Sign Choir as well as a Jumpstart, where she works with under privileged preschool-aged children to develop literacy skills before they enter kindergarten and first grade. Megan is also looking forward to working as a Math Study Group Leader at Wheelock College next year.