Join us to hear a personal testimonial from Teach For America alumnus, Joey Wilson. Joey graduated from the University of Florida in 2007 and received a BS in electrical engineering with a minor in physics. Compelled by the grim outlook for students in low-income communities, Joey joined Teach For America in 2007 as a high school science teacher in Buckeye, Arizona. During his time in Arizona, Joey taught a general science course for freshmen; developed a Forensic Science course for high school upperclassmen; acted as a National Honor Society adviser; coordinated the local science fair; and received an MEd in Secondary Science Education from Arizona State University. In 2009, he returned to research after being accepted into the UC Berkeley-UCSF graduate program in bioengineering, where he studied how body shape was related to diabetes. In addition to being awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Joey volunteered with UCSF’s Science Education Partnership as a volunteer scientist in low-income classrooms and helped the UCSF LGBT Resource Center host weekly coffee hours and monthly happy hours for faculty, staff, and students.

After finishing his PhD in 2013, Joey joined Teach For America as a Director of National Alliances, where he sets up partnerships with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer) organizations across the country. Joey is an engineer with a passion for STEM education, LGBTQ rights, and educational equity.

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