Programs, Bay Area
Martha Peña, Bay Area Senior Program Manager
At Techbridge, Martha delivers programs for girls, trains a variety of groups on STEM curriculum and practices, and works with families and role models on encouraging girls in STEM. Martha received her Bachelor's degree in Communications and Master's degree in Educational Technology from California State University, East Bay. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Jaclyn Caldwell, Program Coordinator
Jaclyn returns to Techbridge Girls after having been a participant in our afterschool programming at Montera Middle School in Oakland as well as in our summer academies. She received her B.S. in Environmental Systems with a minor in Marine Science at the University of California, San Diego and attributes her interest in these fields to her experiences with Techbridge Girls. Jaclyn has worked with youth in various capacities including summer camps, at the Birch Aquarium, and with the Ocean Discovery Institute in San Diego. Jaclyn is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and loves everything related to marine turtles, which she worked with briefly in Guatemala. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, playing softball, and traveling.
Arazeli Castillo, Program Coordinator – South Bay
Arazeli coordinates the Techbridge afterschool programs in San Jose. Prior to joining Techbridge, Arazeli taught middle school math and science in Oakland and San Jose. While teaching, she established a Sierra Club sponsored hiking club that continues to run to this day. She has a strong passion for math education and helps support teachers in creating collaborative classrooms through the use of CPM materials. Arazeli received a Bachelor's degree and Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, watching movies and spending time with her husband and newborn.
Mia Shaw, Program Coordinator
Prior to joining Techbridge, Mia taught 8th grade physical science in Las Vegas through Teach For America. She now coordinates Techbridge after-school programs in the Oakland area. Mia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada—Las Vegas. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, managing her caricature business, and attending live concerts and open mic nights.
Renny Talianchich, Program Coordinator
Prior to joining Techbridge, Renny started her own non-profit, Girls Engineer, to teach girls in San Francisco about engineering and science. Renny has worked as an education specialist at the Exploratorium and the California Academy of Sciences. At the Exploratorium, Renny ran the Girls Science Institute, a week-long camp program focused on engineering. Renny received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Applied Science from Caltech, in Pasadena and worked on a Master of Science in Marine Biology at San Francisco State University. In her free time, she tends to her California native plant garden, hikes up mountains, reads science fiction and fantasy, and spends time building with her family.