STEM Facilitators
STEM Facilitators are currently studying, or recently graduated from, a STEM discipline in college. Our facilitators are responsible for setting expectations and creating an effective learning environment. They recruit and sustain relationships with students. Their primary function revolves around finding ways to help students connect experiences in their lives to big ideas in science. PE STEM facilitators are familiar with big ideas and current topics in their various fields.


STEM Facilitators Make a Difference

Common Goals

STEM Facilitators work towards common goals in their relationships with students

  • Having high expectations for thoughtful work;
  • Teaching explicitly and intentionally;
  • Supporting students as whole beings, not just “students of science programs;

Student Centered

STEM Facilitators develop an environment that places students in the center of their learning by asking questions.

  • How do we ready you to get the most out of each opportunity?
  • Where are opportunities for you to lead, run, and direct what is happening in the programs?
  • What messages am I sending that might not be intentional?
  • Are these the messages I actually want to send?
  • What is it I believe is worth knowing and experiencing?
  • How can facilitators create a learning environment in which these things are most likely to happen?”

Authentic Experiences

STEM Facilitators and STEM Mentors bring real experiences and connect with students.

  • Work is authentic and meaningful
  • Career exploration
  • Real STEM related activities
  • STEM knowledge and skill development


Uzziel Fernandez

A junior at the Illinois Institute of Technology pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering, chose this field because he loves STEM and loves building things, from Legos to puzzle pieces, to model roller coasters. Wants to specialize in transportation, the design of highway systems, railroads, airports etc.

Alina Nuth

A Chicago native who earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign.  Her favorite part of being a STEM Facilitator is listening to her girls formulate and articulate their thoughts, observations, and conclusions about the topic or project at hand.

Anthony Ritter

A 2008 graduate of the University of Guam with a B.A. in Biology. For the last two years, he has worked as a substitute teacher while running his part-time pedal-powered espresso business. Anthony recently moved to the Chicago area and is looking forward to introducing students to hydroponics .

Kyle Reid

Earned his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at The University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing a Masters or Phd program in with an interest in bats. Has spent his college career completing research projects at The Field Museum in Chicago, La Selva Research Station in Costa Rica, and the Texas Tech Campus in Junction, Texas.

Jasmine Tatum

Attended Western Illinois University and studied Law Enforcement and Forensic Chemistry

Adrian Villareal

Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience to help Chicago youth engage in STEM related activities and develop a love for STEM education.

Tarana Wroten

A Grambling State University graduate in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is currently obtaining her Masters of Arts in Teaching Biological Science 5th-12th grade.

Annie Yung

Graduate of North Park University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, and pursuing medical school to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Health.  For the past 2 years, has been gaining clinical experience as a Scribe in an ER at a pain clinic.

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