Teachers are the individuals who develop life skills in students through academic content. I believe a teacher’s role is to help prepare students not for the current world that we live in, but to be able to navigate the world that they will help create.”

John’s Story

Teaching Discipline

Mathematics and Engineering

Why Mathematics and Engineering

“My undergraduate degree is in engineering and I love what can be done with engineering. Additionally, math can explain essentially everything in the world/known universe, so I find it to be the best subject. Plus you need math to do engineering.”

Professional Experience

John interned with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) as a bridge inspector in Kylertown, Pennsylvania. He also held various co-op positions, with Mascaro Construction in Pittsburgh and State College, Pennsylvania; and Huntington, West Virginia.

As part of an undergraduate research assignment, John co-taught a five-week engineering program for rising high school juniors, where he used project-based learning as a tool to measure changes in student engagement, interest, and self-efficacy.

Before beginning his career in education, John worked as a field engineer for Hensel Phelps in Washington, D.C.

John began teaching at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School during the 2018–2019 school year.

Volunteer Experience

John volunteers as an advisor for the Region II Executive Board of the National Society of Black Engineers. He works year round advising college student leaders on conference planning and execution, financial planning and management, corporate partnership and fundraising, leadership skills and supervisory skills. Previously, he served as a treasurer on the chapter, regional, and national level of the organization.


John enjoys reading in his spare time and is passionate about helping young people develop.

Academic Background

  • University of California, Los Angeles (Master of Education)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering)