Meet the Twig Coaches

Our team of Twig Coaches is made up of virtual teachers who appear in bite-sized studio-quality coaching videos. They’re all experienced teachers, who specialize in teaching science at particular grades. But who are they and what makes them tick? Let’s find out…

Carmen Gallagher is a science teacher. She has a BA in Liberal Studies and an MA in Teaching from San Diego State University. She has worked as a teacher in California for nine years. In her free time, Carmen loves to hike, camp, and backpack. She has hiked hundreds of miles all over California, including Yosemite and the Sierras!

Krystina Jackson is a STEM educator and curriculum development manager. She has a BSc from Xavier University of Louisiana and is a former Chemistry teacher. These days she works in curriculum development, and in her free time she loves playing logic games, specifically nonograms.

Harvey Bagshaw is an elementary teacher. He studied Elementary Education at UNC Charlotte, where he also obtained his Birth–K license. He’s currently teaching in North Carolina, and science is his favorite subject. Once, he spent a month teaching science in New Zealand! Harvey has two maltipoo puppies and recently rebuilt a Volkswagen convertible.

Denise Stearns lives in California and has been an elementary teacher for 11 years. With her dad in the military, she moved around a lot growing up, and has lived in Hawaii, North Carolina, and more! In school, Denise loved science and social studies, and she always knew she wanted to be a teacher.

Cameron Hall is a producer, director, and writer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Medieval History and a graduate degree in Teaching. He’s a former high school teacher who now writes and presents shows for science festivals and loves combining science and storytelling. Cameron also enjoys reading and board games.

Noby Leong is a scientist and TV presenter. Strictly speaking, he’s not a Twig Coach—instead, he’s one of the faces of our hands-on Video Labs. Noby has a PhD in Chemistry and believes that food is the perfect gateway to learning about chemistry. After teaching for five years, he moved on to TV presenting. He has co-hosted two documentaries for ABC and even participated in a cooking competition called The Chef’s Line.

The lessons that Twig Coaches present are fun and fast-paced, but at the same time they’re carefully designed to fit right into your students’ full program of science learning. Twig Coach sessions aren’t bonus lessons to fill in when the teacher is not available. They hit exactly the same learning standards as teachers would be expected to cover in the classroom.

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