Serving Davidson and Williamson Counties
Our teachers were hand picked by our team, and share our passion to inspire the next generation of Engineers!
Sharon Mendonsa began her teaching career as a sixth grade science and math teacher in California. Her passion for science and education merged into a 21-year career as a senior science educator teaching science to thousands of school children, families, and teachers. Sharon currently serves as a faculty mentor for a national program to encourage collaboration between scientists and science centers. Designing hands-on and inquiry based science activities and promoting science literacy to the general public showed her how important it is to allow the learner to guide the investigation. Her greatest joy in teaching is watching the surprise on the learner’s face when told that he/she is capable of finding a solution by designing, testing and evaluating. In her free time, Sharon is a self-professed “foodie,” her favorite home activity is experimenting with new recipes and writing about the science behind the successes (and failures).
Violet Gau is currently pursuing a M.Ed in mental health counseling at Vanderbilt University. She graduated with a B.S. in psychology from NC State University, where she loved working as a resident advisor and at the Boys and Girls Club. She has experience teaching elementary, middle school, and college students in various classroom and camp settings. Violet believes one of the most rewarding parts of working with children is seeing the excitement and joy when they accomplish something they never thought they could. Upon graduation, she hopes to work with families and continue to inspire children/adolescents to reach their full potential.
Jennifer Duan is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University. Prior to working with Engineering for Kids, Jennifer worked as a math and reading tutor for Project Transformation for elementary and middle school children. She also serves as a Vanderbilt Children's Hospital volunteer and often leads playroom projects. Jennifer is always excited to work with kids because of their enthusiasm and creativity. One of the most rewarding things about being an EFK teacher is watching a child show their parent something they thought only adults could build. After graduation, Jennifer hopes to attend medical school and specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry.
Emily Mowry has a Bachelors degree in biomedical engineering and is currently earning her Masters in Education from Vanderbilt. She has several years of experience working with preschoolers and tutoring high school students in the upper level math and sciences. Upon graduation, Emily hopes to work in curriculum development for medical students and residents. Aside from teaching, she also enjoys writing and public speaking.
Rachel Webb has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics. She has developed curriculum and facilitated educational sessions for refugee children and underprivileged children in the United States and abroad. She hopes to be able to continue developing programs that will give children the tools and confidence they need to become successful adults. She believes that working with EFK will give her the opportunity to teach children real life application of science and mathematics in a way that will inspire them into a field of study they may not otherwise consider.
Ruoqin Wang is currently pursuing a M. Ed in TESOL from Vanderbilt University. She is excited about working for EFK because this is the place where she can show her love for kids. She believes that in those fun and hands-on activities, not only will she be helping her kids, but she will learn a lot from their energy and creativity. This inspiring way of teaching science and engineering in EFK is what she has never experienced in China and now she is ready to grow with the kids.