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2016-17 Fellows

Gino Elia │ Atlanta, Ga │ Broadfield Science Education 

Undergrad: Emory University, 2016, Philosophy & Physics 

Elia graduated from Emory University in 2016 with Bachelor of Science degree from the college of Arts and Sciences. My majors were in philosophy and physics. Principally, I was involved in Phi Sigma Tau, the Emory Philosophy Review, and the Presbyterian Campus Ministry. I was also a representative of the atheist/philosophical tradition on the Inter-religious Council, and I am proud to have been a resident advisor for two years, where I did a volume of programming and developed intentional relationships with residents. My best sources of personal pride are writing original philosophy and currently writing a science fiction novel. Naturally, being selected to be a Woodrow Wilson Fellow is my greatest academic accomplishment.

Clinical Placement: Habersham Central High School


Wanda J. Harding │Atlanta, Ga │ Math Education

Undergrad: Hampton University, Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
Grad: Georgia Institute of Technology, Master of Science, Electrical Engineering 

Wanda J. Harding is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and an alumna of Hampton University (BSEE) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (MSEE). Her accomplished career includes systems engineering as part of the International Space Station program team and the launches of planetary and space science missions as Senior Mission Manager in the Launch Services Program at NASA/Kennedy Space Center.  As a mission manager, and member of the NASA Launch Day management team, Wanda was polled to provide a "go" for launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) (Curiosity Rover), Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology (DART), and the Gravity Probe-B missions, which launched from Florida and California, respectively.  Most recently she served as Technical Director with the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program, providing leadership in programmatic and technical integration for NOAA's next generation polar-orbiting environmental satellite system. Wanda is also an amateur musician, family historian, and author. She served as conductor of the Instruments of Praise (IOP), a community orchestra based at the People's Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, MD, and pianist for the children's choir at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in historic Eatonville, FL.  Wanda is a member of the National Hampton University Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, the National Archives Foundation, and a proud charter member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her first children's book, "When I Consider...God's Amazing Universe" was published in 2014. Wanda enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, and traveling.

Clinical Placement: Cedar Shoals High School


Tareha Hopkins | Grayson, GA | Math Education 

Undergrad: Plattsburgh SUNY 2006, Computer Science
Grad: Brooklyn College 2016, Computer Science

Tareha has worked as a software engineer at multiple private company within the last 7 years.  She is also a Microsoft certified application developer.   Tareha was owner and coordinator of a group family daycare/learning center that catered to children from ages 2 months through twelve years of age. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she worked with high needs children as a summer counselor at the Police Athletic League in Brooklyn and Queens New York. 

Clinical Placement: Meadowcreek High School



Laura Lambert │ Newnan, Ga │ Broadfield Science

Undergrad: Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience, 2016, Georgia State University

Lambert earned a degree in Neuroscience from Georgia State University and is a member of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honors Society in Neuroscience. While at Georgia State University, she was an intern for the Atlanta Science Festival, designing and presenting a Discovery Station at Georgia State's Discovery Day event.  Additionally, while obtaining her degree, she worked as a science and math tutor for high school students.  She also worked at the Coweta STEM Institute as a field trip instructor providing hands-on STEM activities to high-needs K-5 schools. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling. 

Clinical Placement: Madison County High School


Joseph Marshall │ Tucker, Ga │ Broadfield Science 

Undergrad: Georgia State University, 2012, Biology & Chemistry

Marshall graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in biology and minored in chemistry. During his time at GSU, he was in the honors program; as well as a member of the rowing and cycling teams. He also enjoyed tutoring college students in general chemistry. Joseph went on to compete as an elite level track cyclist. Multi-time GA state champion in the sprint. He took 7th place in the same discipline at the USA track cycling national championships, in 2013. And in 2015, Joseph coached a master’s level track cyclist to a World Championship gold medal.

Clinical Placement: Habersham Central High School


Haley Nagle │ Athens, Ga │ Broadfield Science

Undergrad: University of Georgia, 2016, Ecology & Entomology 

Nagle was born in Delaware, but raised in the small town Dacula, Georgia. She decided to pursue her passion of the environment at the University of Georgia. Through the Odum School of Ecology, a school with thirty-five thousand students shrunk very quickly to a tight knit community. Majoring in Ecology opened various doors for her starting with a tropical ecology study abroad experience in Costa Rica, where she is actually returning to after graduation as a teaching assistant for the same program. Haley then became inspired to add Entomology to her undergraduate studies and become involved in Integrated Pest Management research. She also had the incredible opportunity to assist in evolutionary ecology research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, studying the impacts of global climate change on the local adaptations of a small plant. Haley pioneered the Odum School Ambassador program where we helped to welcome new ecology undergraduates. She was Co-President of the Ecology Club where she worked to connect the undergraduate students to each other and their community through activities such as river cleanups, hiking trips, and building pollinator gardens with faculty from the school. When she can find some down time, she enjoys running and participating in races such as the Tough Mudder and the Great Smokey Mountain Relay Race, reading in her Eno, hiking, and sitting around a campfire with good friends. 

Clinical Placement: Cedar Shoals High School


Martin Neal │ Wexford, Pa │ Broadfield Science

Undergrad: University of Alabama, 2016, Chemical Engineering

Martin graduated from the University Honors program with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alabama where he received the Presidential Scholarship.  He was involved in numerous extracurricular activities through his parish church, including planning and leading retreats, teaching the local high school youth group and traveling abroad for mission trips.  One of Martin’s favorite activities was managing the parish’s intramural sports program for approximately 175 undergrad students.   He also was an assistant coach for a U12 basketball team at a local high school.  Martin attended high school in Western Pennsylvania and in The Netherlands.

Clinical Placement: Madison County High School


Dhwani Patel | Duluth, GA | Broadfield Science Education

Undergrad: Mercer University, 2016, Biology and Chemistry

I have earned my undergraduate degree in both Biology (major) and Chemistry (Minor) from the Mercer University. While obtaining my degree, I was a math and all science tutor. I have received multiple academic scholarships and have appeared on Dean’s List as well as President’s List. At Mercer University, I was an active member of Cultural Club and an active community volunteer. In high school, I was Vice President of Environmental Club.

Clinical Placement: North Hall High School



Mary Pettit │ Mountain Top, PA │ Broadfield Science

Undergrad: Lehigh University, 2016, Earth & Environmental Science

Pettit attended Lehigh University graduated with honors, and a B.S. in Earth and environmental science, with a concentration in chemistry and mathematics. While at Lehigh, Mary participated in nearly 3 years of research that ranged from chemistry, to paleomagnetic work. Most of her research has received grants, via Lehigh University, allowing her ideas come to life. She was an invited speaker at the 2015 annual Geologic Society of America conference in Baltimore, MD this past November. Here, Mary presented her most recent research using paleomagnetism and cyclostratigraphy to study Miocene aged sediments located in Calvert, Maryland. Besides research, she has been very involve with Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional, co-ed, chemistry fraternity. She served one year as the president of the fraternity, and have been a brother for three years. Her hard work and dedication to my academic career has been awarded with scholarships and recognition. 

Clinical Placement: North Hall High School


Derikson Rivera | Puerto Rico | University of Puerto Rico

Undergraduate: University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, 2012, B.S. Cum laude; Industrial Biotechnology & Biology

Rivera was UPRM, 2010-12, Researcher at Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (BBEL) in counter-diffusion protein crystallization; 2012-14 Biological Sciences I, II and Genetics Laboratory instructor, proctor and teaching assistant. Native Spanish speaker and Computer repair technician. Hobbies/Interest, science and computer related literacy, certified MA TKD Black Belt U.S, P.R.

Clinical Placement: Meadowcreek High School




Kimberly Takagi | San Luis Obispo, CA | Broadfield Science Education

Undergrad: Chapman University, 2005, B.Sc., Integrative Biology
Grad: University of the Ryukyus, 2010, Ph.D., Marine and Environmental Science
           University of the Ryukyus, 2007, M.Sc., Chemistry, Biology, and Marine Science

Kimberly Takagi is a California native. Her research has assessed factors (physical and biological) driving biogeochemical cycles in coastal ecosystems. Her field sites have included Phuket, Thailand; Okinawa, Japan; Huntington Beach, California, and the Altamaha River, Georgia. She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Georgia and Chapman University, an adjunct professor at Chapman University, and a Marine Science Instructor for Sea|mester. During her time with Sea|mester, she taught Introduction to Oceanography to undergraduate students while sailing to 21 countries (42 anchorages, ports, or moorings). While in graduate school in Okinawa, Japan, she taught English to native Japanese Language speakers and tutored in Math and Science. She is passionate about teaching and communicating science in a way that is accessible to anyone who is interested in learning. Recently, Kimberly enjoyed being a co-consultant for the Clarke Middle School Science Olympiad team and a volunteer with ECOGIG (Ecosystem Impacts of Oil & Gas Inputs to the Gulf) outreach events. 

Clinical Placement: Cedar Shoals High School