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ABOUT US

Celebrating our 41st year in 2024

 

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. 

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Laura Miller

Assistant Director

  • Over 13 years experience in general and special education classrooms: transitional kindergarten – 8th grade

  • Bachelors in Multiple Subject Education and Master’s in Education

  • Three years as Project Think’s Assistant Director, Lead Science Teacher, and Childcare Coordinator

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Zoraida Torres

Spanish Curriculum Advisor

  • Taught Elementary, Middle School, High School and College since 1998:

  • General Education, Spanish Language and Culture, English as a Second Language. 

  • Master teacher, Spanish and Young Thinkers classes, at Project Think for 10 years.

  • Single Subject Credential/ Spanish Language and Culture/ ESL and M.A in Education 

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Guadalupe Padilla

Young Thinkers: A.M. 1st Grade Teacher 

P.M. Visual & Performing Arts Lead Instructor

  • Taught 1st-grade 8+ years and ESL (Adult school) 

  • Bilingual English/Spanish

  • Master's in Education and Teaching Credential (SPED specialization)

  • BA in Liberal arts from Brandman University.

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Amber Bolin

Young Thinkers

Teacher

  • 7+ years of  teaching experience including Project Think, Special Education, and Braille for the Visually Impaired.

  • Currently: TK/Kindergarten Teacher and ESL (Adult School).

  • Masters in Education and Teaching Credential  (SPED specialization) 

  • BA, Summa Cum Laude in English and Spanish. Braille Transcription Certified.

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Quinn Hannah

AM Advanced Thinker Science

  • Currently teaching high school Physics.

  • Taught as a STEM tutor for over 6 years from 6th grade through college science and mathematics.

  • BS In Physics and a MA in teaching from the University of La Verne.

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Ana Teran 

AM Young Thinkers Coding/Robotics & PM Swim Activities Lead

  • Current substitute teacher with a focus on primary grades

  • BS in Sociology from University of La Verne

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Tito Cuchilla
Harvey Mudd College Intern

AM YT Coding/Robotics and PM AT Computers Instructor

  • Rising Junior at Harvey Mudd College.

  • Tutored and acted as a student grader at Harvey Mudd College Computer Science courses 

  • Tutored for Harvey Mudd Homework Hotline (K-12 Homework Support) 

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Viviana Navarro

Assistant Director

PM Spanish Teacher

  • Taught middle school Spanish, Language and Culture, and college Research Methods 

  • Title III Grant Director—worked with in-service bilingual & ESL teachers

  • Doctorate in Education, Master’s in Public Administration & Program Evaluation Certificate 

  • BA, Summa Cum Laude in Spanish

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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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Esther Adams

Young Thinkers: A.M. 2nd Grade Teacher Session 1

  • Bachelors in Multiple Subject Education and Master’s in Education

  • 1st grade teacher with 11 years experience teaching in the classroom

  • Taught abroad in Japan

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Christina Ciani

Young Thinkers: A.M. 2nd Grade Teacher Session 2

  • Over 23 years teaching experience in general education classrooms: Taught Kindergarten, Second, & Third Grade 

  • BA in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Master’s in Education 

  • Taught in public, private, and public charter schools 

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Cami Howard

Advanced Thinker Art Teacher 1st Session

  • Elementary school teacher for 28 years including 8 years as a TK-5th art instructor

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a minor in Child Development and a multiple subject teaching credential all from Cal State Fullerton. 

  • Specializes in photography

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Marlene Cuevas

Advanced Thinker Maker Space Teacher

  • Experience in education for 14 years in general and special education classrooms

  • Taught 4th & 6th grades

  • BA in Psychology, MA in Education, and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

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Michelle Covarrubias 

PM Swim Activities & Childcare Coordinator

  • Teach K–8 students as a substitute teacher

  • - BA in English & pursuing single subject teaching credential

  • -Support AVID Program preparing students for college

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Machelle Kabir
Scripps College Intern

AM YT TK/K Homeroom & PM YT Visual & Performing Arts

  • Worked with high school students assisting in Academic Decathlon 

  • Taught young children at a local church during Sunday school

  • Taught middle school students at LASPA Leadership occupation 

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MaLaun “Launnie” Phillips

Office & Volunteer Coordinator

  • Bachelor's in Psychology, minor in Hispanic Studies, and current Master’s candidate for School Psychology, PPSC

  • Teaching experience in general and special education classrooms TK-12th grades

  • Over 5 years of experience in administrative work in educational environments

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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

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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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Yash Gupta

Technology Teacher

  • Extensive experience teaching children web design, video editing, special effects, programming, 3D printing, and photography at Project Think, Be a Maker Club, and ID Tech camps

  • Over a decade in the tech world in User Experience Design

  • BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design

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Dalen Duguay

Advanced Thinker Art Teacher 2nd Session

  • Graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor's of Art in Theatre

  • Substitute Teacher for the Ontario-Montclair School District

  • Worked as an acting coach and theatre consultant for children’s theater

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 Stephanie Aggazzotti

Advanced Thinker Creative Writing Instructor

  • Taught for two years at Project Think and other public schools

  • BA Psychology & MBA Finance/Management & Leadership from University of La Verne

  • Currently pursuing an MA Education/Learning & Teaching Mild/Moderate

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Melissa Gallup 

Young Thinker Music and Movement Teacher TK- 2nd grade & PM Swim Activities

  • Gymnastics coach for ages 3-12 for over 6 years (First Aid Certified)

  • 2 years volunteer experience at Project Think working with all ages

  • Global education experience in UCEAP for Social Justice and Activism in Paris, France. 

  • B.A. International Studies with a minor in Medical Anthropology from UCI, currently pre-law 

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AM AT Makerspace and PM Swim Instructor

  • Student at Harvey Mudd College studying Computer Science and Physics.

  • Developed a website with interactive simulations to teach upper division physics 

  • Tutored students with varying educational backgrounds

  • Certification in lifeguarding and a state-qualifying competitive swimmer for multiple years

Isabel Godoy 
Harvey Mudd College Intern

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Al Salgado

Advanced Thinker Art Teacher 2nd Session

  • Elementary school art teacher

  • 10 years of experience in the animation industry as an artist: 7 years Walt Disney studios 

  • Degree in Fine Arts 

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Amen Divine Ikamba
Pitzer College Intern 

 PM AT Computers Instructor/PM Childcare

  • Data Science major at Pitzer College originally from Rwanda

  • Taught school-aged children for a year

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Josue Cuchilla
Harvey Mudd College Intern

AM AT Computers & PM Spanish

  • 4 years tutoring students in specialized subjects in STEM

  • 2 years tutoring python programming language

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s in engineering at Harvey Mudd College

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Julia Kolt
Harvey Mudd College Intern

AM YT Art & PM YT Visual & Performing Art

  • Harvey Mudd engineering student from Georgia

  • Volunteer tutor for the past year and a half

  • Passion for Art

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Brock Bownds 
Harvey Mudd College Intern

AM AT Computers & PM Swim

  • Majoring in Engineering & love sports

  • Teacher’s assistant in Kindergarten classroom

  • Spanish Honor Society tutor

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Victoria Tellez
Harvey Mudd College Intern

AM YT Homeroom & PM Swim

  • Computer science major originally from Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Recently helped teach my robotics team the basics of programming a robot 

  • Spent two years teaching and helping with kids under the age of 16 including reading to K-2nd grade students

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Emily Lee
Pitzer College Intern

AM AT Science & PM Swim Instructor

  • Student athlete majoring in Science Management 

  • Worked as a summer camp counselor with kindergarteners/first grade students 

  • Personal basketball trainer & coach for youth athletes ages 7 and up

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Broderick Bownds
Harvey Mudd College Intern

Advanced Thinkers AM & PM Drama

  • Majoring in Engineering

  • Served as a kindergarten instructional aide

  • Teaching assistant for Vacation Bible School providing interactive lessons, games, and creative activities 

  • Supported students with special needs, including creating modified lesson plans, offering individualized assistance, and collaborating with special education professionals

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Timi Ibitokun
Pomona College Intern

Advanced Thinker AM Computers & PM Technology

  • Computer science major with a strong foundation in technical knowledge and skills

  • Taught STEAM courses to elementary and middle school students for the past two summers, integrating STEAM concepts through engaging activities

  • Served as a camp counselor and group mentor

Assistant Teachers

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Breanna Bailey

Young Thinkers Music & Movement Instructor & Swim Coordinator

  • Swim, Childcare, and Office Coordinator for 3 years at Project Think

  • Currently works at an elementary school grades K-4 supporting literacy

  • BA in Psychology & pursuing an MS in Counseling

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Andy Sherwood

Swim Lead Instructor

  • Coached football for 3 years now at Charter Oak Pop Warner and Damien High School. 

  • Proctored and took swimming courses at Ohio University 

  • Exercise Physiology Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University 

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Brooke Hudspeth

Swim & Childcare Instructor

  • Graduating from Boise State University in December 2024 with a BA in Elementary Education and an endorsement area in literacy

  • Student teaching in 2nd and 6th grade as well as substitute teaching in the Boise Independent School District

  • Work at a childcare and preschool center for the past 1 ½ years with a Childcare Workers License and CPR certification 

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Payton Hudspeth

Swim & Childcare Instructor

  • Work as an intern at a preschool specializing in supporting students with special needs

  • Studying psychology with a minor in human development and family studies at the University of Utah

  • Taught volleyball to all ages the past 7 years, including directing camps

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Ryan Nguyễn

Young Thinker AM Art & PM Swim Instructor

  • Instructional assistant & swim instructor at Project Think last summer 

  • Active in sports preferably soccer and swimming

  • Pursuing a BA at Cal Poly Pomona in Health Sciences

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Jason Bailey

Office Assistant

  • Project Think session 2 office assistant in 2023 

  • Local school district part-time paraeducator Preschool – 8th grades & 5th grade classroom assistant

  • Pursuing BA in Engineering at Cal State Fullerton

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