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Celebrating our 40th year in 2023


Project Think is a non-profit organization, committed to supporting and enriching the lives of children in the surrounding communities through excellence in education.

Project THINK was founded in 1980 by master educators Kay Conley, MS and Susan Warren, Ph.D. with the goal of academically motivating students. Ms. Conley retired in 2015 but Dr. Warren still has direct involvement and participation in all aspects of the program. She has over 40 years of experience as a teacher and administrator at the TK-12 and university levels and understands the importance education has on helping all children reach their full potential.


Included in the mission of Project Think is the goal of preparing students for the school year ahead, excelling them beyond their grade level, and motivating them to love learning. Dr. Warren believes in offering the best education to students by providing credentialed teachers who are hand selected based on their experience, expertise, accomplishments, and ability to engage all learners through exceptional classroom curriculum and instruction. 

About Project Think

About Project Think

Project Think Rocks!

But don't just take our word for it...

Students Love

Project Think

"The teachers and staff are really nice. I've learned a lot of new things at Project Think, especially in the computer, drama, art and language arts classes. I also love the mystery animal of the week!"


- Lena Shapiro, 5th Grade

- Lena Shapiro, 5th Grade

Dr. Susan Warren

Project Think Co-Founder and Director 

Developing, inspiring, teaching, and directing children and educational research, curriculum and courses for over 

40 years.

  • Served 22 years as a K-8 teacher, mentor teacher, and principal in 3 Southern California districts

  • Developed MA programs in Education and taught MA & Doctoral Courses 17 years at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and Azusa Pacific University

  • Trained school administrators and provided science professional development to schools in two state programs

  • Served as a senior research associate at CGU evaluating education programs in TK-12 and higher education institutions

Meet The Master Educators

Project Think is proud of its highly qualified teachers, administrators, and support staff who are not only content experts but understand how to engage and excite all children. The program is supervised by a diverse staff comprised of teachers and administrators with advanced degrees and/or credentials from the State of California, trained and experienced instructional assistants, friendly office staff, and gifted high school volunteers. All employees are screened and undergo a background check as part of the selection process. 


Darren Alcala

Technology/Makerspace Advisor

  • Taught elementary over 15 years, Leads Technology at his district as a coach, Selected as Teacher of the Year twice, instructed computer & makerspace classes at Project THINK over 10 years

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Administrative Credential, MA in Education, Selected 2 years as Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert

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Timothy Coupland

Advanced Thinkers

A.M. Science Teacher

  • Taught K-12 for 4 years in general education and secondary science.

  • BA in Biology from USCMA in Education, and Credential from APU.


Viviana Navarro

Young Thinkers

2nd grade Teacher

  • Taught second grade for two and a half years and worked with Kindergarten for a year.

  • CASA volunteer for three years

  • BA in Liberal Arts from APU and Multiple subject teaching credential from CSUSB

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Ariana Mungia

Young Thinkers

TK/K teacher

  • Taught grades TK-6th for over 4 years in general elementary classrooms and after-school programs.

  • BA in Psychology, MA in Community Engaged Education and Social Change.

  • Completing a Ph.D. in Education, K-12 Education and Equity, and a clear Multiple Subjects Teaching credential.

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Gina Copeland

Advanced Thinkers

A.M. Creative Writer Teacher

  • Taught Elementary and Middle school for 18 years.

  • General Education, Language Arts, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Social Studies, Science, and English as a Second Language.

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Special Education Credential, and MA in Education.


Erick Lenaburg

Young Thinkers Technology Coordinator

  • Taught K-6 over 12 years, current technology coach at his elementary school, selected as his school district’s 2017 Teacher of the Year

  • Multiple subject teaching credential, MA in Education, & BA in Graphic Design

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Yash Gupta

Advanced Thinkers

A.M. Computer Teacher 

  • Taught projects incorporating electronics, crafts, and sculpting in several children’s educational programs

  • Creative instructor and former user experience designer for Esri whose GIS software will be used in the a.m. computer class

  • BA in Fine Arts

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Paul Rodriguez

Young Thinkers Assistant Teacher

  • Instructed PreK-12 at the Children’s School at the Claremont Colleges and Sylvan Learning Center .

  • Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies for over 10 years at Chaffey College, CSU Fullerton, and CSU Dominguez Hills.

  • B.A. and M.A. in Religious Studies, doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University.


Zef Neemuchwala

Technology/Makerspace Advisor

  • Founded, directed, and instructed – Be a Maker Club, Upland, CA – children’s makerspace that teaches STEAM through making.

  • Consulted on gamification for education technology

  • MS with Distinction in Design and Manufacture, MBA, awards for teaching at University of Leeds, UK


Susan Rogers

Young Thinkers 

Art Specialist

  • Instructed children and adults in mixed media & paper crafts and Young THINKERS at Project THINK

  • BA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in drawing and painting, BA in Art History, Certification in Textile & Surface Design

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Isabella Mendoza

Advanced Thinkers

A.M. Art Teacher 

  • Taught Middle and High School Art for 5 years. Currently teaching high school ceramics

  • M.A. in Elementary and Secondary Education, B.A. in Art and Educational Sciences, Summa Cum Laude (UCI)

  • 1st Place in 3D Design at ArtReach Competitions 2012-2013, Winning pieces acquired by the American Museum of Ceramic Art for the permanent collection


Hannah Long

Swim Program Coordinator/Childcare Instructor

  • Taught swimming lessons to all ages for over 6 years, including Project Think.

  • Coached children/youth swim and water polo teams.

  • Red Cross Certified LifeGuard & played collegiate water polo.

  • BA in Communication Sciences & Disorders, pursuing MA in Education.

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