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Livingston, Essex County NJ 07039  USA

Meet The Team

Karen Akinsanya

Founder & Instructor

Karen did her P.h.D in Biochemistry and Endocrine Physiology at Imperial College and The Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London. She has been mentoring children for over 25 years and founded My Tech Learning to ensure that children have a space to explore science and technology topics in depth and "run experiments". Time "in the lab" should be as accessible as soccer or tennis practice in order for kids to hone their skills and learn from coaches. Karen has worked with the Prince of Wales Trust in the United Kingdom helping kids connect the dots between class work and real-world science.  Karen is currently serving as the Chief Biomedical Scientist at Scrhödinger, Inc. in New York. 

Shaili Shah

Camp co-Director

Shaili received her Master of Education degree from Rutgers University in 2018, and since then, has served as a STEM educator in charter and public schools, as well as summer camps  Teaching chemistry, physics, and biology in the classroom, she was also the head coach of her school's Robotics Team. In addition, Shaili's school garnered a prestigious top-three finish at the North Jersey Elementary Science Olympiad competition. Currently, Shaili is a middle school Science Teacher in the Passaic City School District, striving to bring equity in education to all students. Prior to deciding on her passion to teach, Shaili earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Supply Chain Management from the University of Maryland, and a law degree from Howard University. In addition to working with students, Shaili enjoys dancing ballet and reading books; she is proficient in German, Gujarati, Greek, and Russian.

Kathy Jackson

Summer Camp Co-Director

​Kathy has been an educator for over seventeen years working with students from middle school through high school in public schools and summer camps. Her passion for leadership, entrepreneurship, computer science and continuous education has led her on a new journey to pursue a doctorate in Organizational Leadership and Technology. Kathy earned her undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems and a MA in Sport Management from the University of Connecticut and a MS in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. Currently, Kathy is a Business Teacher in the West Orange School District inspiring and teaching young boys and girls how to be confident and proficient using a variety of computer applications. 

Nyla Williams

Instructor

Nyla Williams is a rising freshman at Yale University. A member of this year’s graduating class at Montclair Kimberley Academy, Nyla spent her high school years as a multi-sport athlete, an avid traveler, attending trips to Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and Tanzania, and a member of the Varsity Math Team and Student Diversity Leadership Committee. In her free time, Nyla enjoys running, reading, photography, and working with kids. Nyla is looking forward to spending the summer working with the bright children at the STEM EdVenture camp and helping them pursue their passions. 

Jackson Campbell

Instructor

Jackson Campbell is completing his senior year at Morristown High School. He is an active member of the school as a multi-sport student athlete and members of the National and French Honor Society’s. He plans to study Engineering in college. Jackson was a very popular instructor during the 2018 STEM EdVenture camp is excited to return work with the EdVentures campers in 2019!

Iris Berman

Instructor

Solmaz Mahjoubravesh

Instructor

Solmaz Mahjoubravesh is a Registered Dietitian with a bachelor degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Nutrition and Food Science along with a certificate in Dietetics. During the past 5 years, she taught Nutrition to so many children and adolescents in schools and other children-related communities. In her opinion, teaching children about food science brings them fun and helps them understand the relationship between foods and nutrition better. She strongly believes that educating children about Nutrition and Food Science and how to make healthier food choices and live a healthier lifestyle from school age can be a great investment for their future health as Benjamin Franklin said: "An ounce of prevention worths a pond of cure. "

Soroya Campbell

STEM Enthusiast,  Marketing Advisor

Soroya Campbell has been the marketing and communications advisor for My Tech Learning since its launch. She has been instrumental in promoting the brand through social media, public relations and events, as well as establishing partnerships within the community. Soroya has been a strategic marketer for more than 15 years and has been responsible for spearheading marketing initiatives for Scholastic, The W Hotels Worldwide and GE Healthcare Life Sciences. She has been a communications professor and a high school instructor, and is passionate about education. Soroya earned her MBA from the Metropolitan College of New York, her MA from The New School University and her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. 

Sophie Fox

Instructor

Sophie Fox is a rising sophomore at Tufts University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Engineering Education. Sophie’s interest in math and science led her to pursue studies in engineering, and she is excited to help children explore their interests in STEM. Sophie has extensive experience working with kids in a variety of settings. She enjoys working with kids because she like to see them learn and grow, but also wants to make sure they have the freedom to be creative and have fun. As a freshman at Tufts, Sophie was accepted as a resident into STOMP (Student Teacher Mentoring Outreach Program) where she partnered with teachers to create and implement educational and fun workshops for students to learn about STEM topics. Sophie is excited to continue working with kids and helping them learn at My Tech Learning this summer.

Matt Quan

Instructor

Matt Quan is currently an undergraduate student at Georgia Tech, having graduated from Livingston High School. He is majoring in Computer Science, is obtaining a minor in Leadership Studies, and is enrolled in the Create-X and Grand Challenges Program at Tech. Matt started coding in his freshman year of high school, and since then, he has developed and released three Android apps and one iOS app. Outside of academics, Matt is interested in entrepreneurship and filmmaking. He is also interested in pole vaulting and track and field, having been on the track team in high school. 

Alyse Jefferson

To be updated

Iris Berman

Instructor

After taking a gap year to study abroad in Israel, Iris will be attending the University of Chicago this fall. Over the course of high school, she volunteered and worked with children with special needs. She was an active participant in her school's Girls Who Code chapter. In her free time, Iris enjoys reading, writing, and running. She is looking forward to being a camp counselor this summer and helping the kids explore their interests and passions in the exciting realm of STEM.