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Faculty

Hope Oliver
7th Grade Science Teacher

Hope Oliver’s STEM career took off while still an undergraduate, during the early days of the Joint Science Department at Scripps College for Women.  She then worked in a pharmaceutical research lab as a systems analyst and programmer.  Her curiosity about her work as a volunteer in her sons’ classrooms led to a teaching credential from the University of San Diego and to a new career as a middle school science educator and resource teacher, before subsequently joining the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) teaching team.  Her passion for spotlighting the science behind everyday life informs her approach with students and her work with the California Science Teacher’s Association NGSS Framework committee. Her fascination for science can be traced all the way back to her very first “Ah-ha!” experience in 3rd grade Science Club.

When not playing guitar or reading science fiction with rescued cats Boo and Beaker sharing her lap, she is outdoors, far from any digital screens: gardening, hiking, biking, or sailing and indulging her lifelong interests in California native plants, astronomy, and ocean ecology.

Pui Ho Wilson Tsang, Ph.D.
7th Grade Algebra 1 Teacher

Prior to becoming a Math Teacher, Wilson had a 20-year career spanning academic research, product development consulting, and medical device R&D. Wilson’s teaching philosophy is heavily influenced by the research of Jo Boaler, Professor of Math Education, Stanford University, which sees math as a creative subject as opposed to an exercise of procedure memorization. Wilson is excited about connecting classroom content to real-world applications for his students through his personal experience as a STEM professional.  The importance of focus, coherence, and rigor is emphasized in the classroom.  Wilson obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London, United Kingdom. He went on to complete his Master’s and Ph.D. in Aeronautics & Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Wilson obtained his Master’s in Education and Single-Subject Credential at Santa Clara University.

Away from work, Wilson enjoys spending time with his family, which includes boy-girl twins entering middle school.

Nelson Hori
8th Grade Science Teacher

Nelson Hori has been a science teacher at Cabrillo Middle School since January 2003 and part of the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute since its inception in 2014. Aside from his duties in the classroom, Mr. Hori is actively involved in many leadership positions at Cabrillo and in the district. He has been the Science Department Chair since 2006 and a member of the district science leadership team. He holds a Master’s Degree from San Jose State University in Education Administration and Supervision and truly believes students learn best when they are challenged and take part in hands-on activities with the proper guidance.

When Nelson is not teaching, he can be found spending time with his wife and two sons at the beach, hiking in the redwoods, or working in the garden. He is excited to be a part of the SLI team and looks forward to another outstanding year.

Glenn Lillie
8th Grade Geometry Honors Teacher

Glenn Lillie has taught math at Cabrillo Middle School since 1996, and has been the Math Department Chair for the last eighteen years.  As part of the SCUSD math liaison team, he works to develop district-wide curriculum, pilot materials, and assessments.  Additionally, he has worked with Stanford University, as vice-principal of their summer school teaching program known as STEP.  Growing up in Huntington Beach, California, Glenn graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Art and a professional clear multiple-subject teaching credential.  Shortly after joining the Cabrillo family, he earned a supplementary mathematics teaching authorization through San Jose State, in order to teach math as a single subject.  Additionally, he earned a M.A. in Education (Administration and Supervision) from San Jose State University.  Glenn believes that an ideal learning environment should be a safe place for students to share ideas, take rises, and work collaboratively.  He expects students to be prepared, to have the desire to work hard, and to be ready for any challenge.

When not teaching Glenn enjoys playing golf, traveling, exercising, and doing small, home construction projects.

Suzanne Miller Moody
9th Grade Biology Teacher

Suzanne Miller-Moody has taught middle school and high school science for over 15 years.  Her expertise has been cultivated through various venues starting with museum education, moving to outdoor education, before finally settling into a classroom setting in both public and private institutions. She first graduated from the University of Delaware where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology; she then secondly graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Education and completed her teaching credential.  Her current role as the SLI Biology teacher is seen as another opportunity to teach in a less traditional format and to experience many new things.

When not spending time in the Fab Lab Santa Clara High School or working with students, Suzanne enjoys exploring cities, museums, zoos, aquariums, traveling, and SCUBA diving

Marlene Spector
9th Grade Algebra 2 Honors Teacher

Marlene B. Spector comes to the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute from the east coast, Baltimore, Maryland.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Maryland, and her teaching credential years later from National University. She is a second career teacher and has been teaching in SCUSD for 12 years.  Prior to a teaching, Ms. Spector worked as a Business Process Analyst for Apple, as well as a trainer/analyst for a legal software company specializing in case management for lawyers. Before joining the SLI team, Ms. Spector was the GAINS advisor at SCHS for 7 years and has always pushed young minds to think smart, creatively, and outside of the box.

She has 2 young adult children, 20 year old son, 23 year old daughter who just had a baby in April 2016 making her a grandmother.  In her little spare time, Ms. Spector enjoys painting and drawing.

Glenna Hall
Middle School SLI Counselor

Glenna Hall has been working for Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) since 2006 and as the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute Counselor since 2015. She works full time at Wilcox High School as a Guidance Counselor and has credentials in both Counseling and Special Education from San Jose State University.  She also has a Master’s degree in Counseling Education also from San Jose State.

In addition to working for the district, she also has two teenage boys who have attended SCUSD schools; one recently graduated and the other is a senior.  On any given day, her house is filled with teenagers engaged in stimulating conversation or simply hanging out playing video games.  Glenna also has a plethora of animals and refers to her house as a zoo at times!

“A proponent of inquiry-based learning, I am excited to be leading a highly qualified team in a state-of-the-art program to help enhance student learning and create further opportunities for the next generation’s young STEM leaders.”

– Jennifer Lee, Program Director

Administrators 

Jennifer Lee
Program Director

Now in her tenth year supporting the students of the Santa Clara Unified School District, Jennifer Lee took a circuitous route to find her true calling in education. While on the road to medical school, Jennifer obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Stanford University.  During this time, she was also a teacher and coordinator of the undergraduate core biology lab sequence at her university in addition to being the coordinator of the undergraduate advising program.  It was through these opportunities and her many years of experience mentoring peers that she realized her passion, all along, had been education.  As a result, Jennifer made the difficult decision to not apply to medical school and instead enrolled in the Stanford Teacher Education Program, earning her Master’s degree in Education and subsequent teaching credentials in both science and math.  Prior to her role as the director of the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, Jennifer taught science, math, and AVID in the Santa Clara Unified School District for seven years while providing innovative opportunities for students through school and district programs such as Odyssey of the Mind, Destination Imagination, and GAINS.  A proponent of inquiry-based learning, she is excited to continue her work with students, but now as the leader of a highly qualified team of teachers in a state-of-the-art program with the platform to enhance student learning and create further opportunities for the next generation’s young STEM leaders.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family (parents and three younger siblings), reading, watching movies and TV shows, and adding to her ridiculous number of Winnie the Pooh (and friends) and Tsum Tsum collectibles.

Janet Wu
Program & Technology Manager, Cabrillo Middle School

Janet Wu began working with the program in its second year, bringing with her a lot of previous experience working as a former educator and program lead.  She holds a B.S. in Neurobiology/Physiology with a minor in Education from UC Davis and a Math/Science Credential from Sacramento State University.  Prior to joining the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute team, she was a high school math teacher in Sacramento for 6 years, teaching a variety of classes ranging from Algebra 1 to Pre-Calculus and being trained for AP Calculus. She also held the position of Department Chair and Program Lead for the school’s Technology, Engineering, and Design Academy.  Janet strongly believes that teaching responsibility and solid work ethic to students, in addition to content knowledge and skills, is imperative for the transition into adulthood.

When she’s not managing the Chevron STEMZONE at Cabrillo Middle School, Janet enjoys running and sewing in her free time.

Kaitlyn Shorrock
Program & Technology Manager, Santa Clara High School

A native northern Californian, Kait Shorrock received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Master of Science in Education from Southern CT State University. For the better part of a decade, she has enjoyed a diverse career at the nexus of formal and informal education and STEM. Prior to joining the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI) team, she taught 5-8th grade General Science with Teach For America in Connecticut, received a grant to teach a variety of subjects in 6-12th grade from Fulbright in Spain, and most recently managed a STEM internship program for underserved high school youth at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. In her role as High School Program and Technology Manager for SLI, Kait is applying her garnered expertise to support the high school portion of the program, such that SLI students experience a smooth transition into high school and a more challenging and independent experience.

When (infrequently) not at work, Kait can be found volunteering in Steinhart Aquarium, training for marathons, and attempting to work with conductive fabric.  También, ella puede hablar bastante bien en español, entonces si quería discutir o preguntar algo sobre SLI, por favor enviar un email a ella. Gracias!

“The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute’s vision is to be a leader in STEM education, preparing and inspiring talented learners to meet the challenges of the global society through innovation, collaboration and creative problem-solving.”

– John York, Co-Chairman of the San Francisco 49ers

Founders & Funders

The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute started as a collaboration between John York, owner of the 49ers, and Muhammed Chaudhry, CEO of Silicon Valley Education Foundation.  After years of planning, the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute now serves as an advanced program for Santa Clara’s brightest students, and it is proudly supported by the 49ers Foundation, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and Santa Clara Unified School District.

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