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Mary Borobia Walls
Mary is Director & Founder of Action Driven Inquiry and volunteer Project Manager for the EEC (Environmental Education Collaborative). Recently she was CREEC (California Regional Environmental Education Community) Coordinator for CA Region 10 as well as a Teacher Ambassador for EEI (Education & the Environment Initiative) curriculum. She has been an educator for more than sixteen years. In those years she has taught on both the east and west coasts. She has taught World Languages & English Language Arts, she has been an Instructional Coach, a Director for a California Math Science Partnership grant, a beginning teacher mentor, an International Baccalaureate PYP Coordinator, and facilitator for professional learning. She is an avid promoter of inquiry based learning, PBL, IB, NGSS, STEM, STEAM, Environmental Literacy, maker mindsets, collaborative processes, creative & inclusive school culture, and action-driven inquiry. She has coached and conducted trainings & workshops all over California for schools, school districts, expanded learning programs, and non-formal programs. She is currently working with schools and districts in California's Inland Empire. Join her on Twitter @marybwalls

Linda Braatz Brown

Bio coming soon!

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Andre ChenFeng

Andre ChenFeng is an advocate for teacher well-being, He is a 3rd year Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University. His research focus is on the integration of empathy and equity in education, specifically, how mindfulness-based, social and emotional learning with a critical-lens can impact teacher wellness in underserved communities. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Claremont Graduate University, teaching clinical skills to graduate students in the Teacher Education Program. Andre received his B.A. in Psychology and his M.Ed. in Urban Teacher Education from UCLA. He has received training from Cognitive Coaching, the National Equity Project, Teach Plus, Google’s STEM outreach program, Reading Apprenticeship at WestEd, and improvement science. Previously, he was a founding faculty member at UCLA Community School (TK-12) located in Los Angeles, where he taught 7th and 8th-grade mathematics for eight years. Before teaching at the Secondary level, he spent three years in early childhood education at Pasadena City College Child Development Center.  In his spare time, he watches The Resident with his wife and enjoys reading board books with his 18-months old son.

Paul Pooler
Paul Pooler is Director of Education for Discovery Cube Science Center, a hands-on learning center for STEM proficiency and early childhood development based in Orange County, where he coordinates outreach programs that annually reach over 300,000 students in five Southern California counties and provide STEM-based professional development to classroom teachers. Paul has built a career in informal education, believing in the power of extracurricular, after-school, and summer programs to inspire, motivate, and educate. He is particularly passionate about Environmental Literacy, Maker Mindsets, and earned a master’s degree in education with a STEM focus from Concordia University. Paul is all about sparking creativity and agency in the student who doesn't fit in the narrative of many school systems.

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