The Gateways East Bay STEM Network is a collaborative effort of many partners working together to achieve a collective impact. Network operations are facilitated by CSU East Bay’s Institute for STEM Education.
STEM Networks Core Operations
Stephanie Couch is serving as both the Director of the Gateways East Bay STEM Network and the Director of CSU East Bay’s Institute for STEM Education. The separate yet complimentary roles enable Dr. Couch to connect the innovations developed at East Bay and by others in the region to Gateways partners so that all students and educators in the region can benefit from the Institute’s work.
Prior to her appointment with the Gateways East Bay STEM Network and the Institute, Dr. Couch helped to conceptualize, design and launch the statewide California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet). CSLNet is a relatively new non-profit working to build a network of educators, business leaders and other stakeholders committed to establishing the world’s best STEM education system so that all California students will graduate from high school with the STEM knowledge and skills required for success in postsecondary education, work and their daily lives, and that more students pursue STEM careers and degrees.
Bruce Simon joined the Gateways East Bay STEM Network as Associate Director in September 2012. He is excited to put to use all of the skills and experience he has gained working in formal and informal education for the past 20 years to strengthen and expand the network and continue progress toward the goal of ensuring access to high-quality STEM education and programs for all Bay Area children and youth.
Prior to joining the team, Bruce was the Director of Education at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a world-class Children’s Museum located in Sausalito, California. At the Museum, Bruce led the creation of Connections, a community outreach program focused on STEM learning with preschool-age children. His background also includes positions as the Curriculum Coordinator at a Communications and Technology Magnet School in Berkeley, work with the Bay Area Math Project, Mathematics Professional Development Institute, and 15 years as a primary school classroom teacher.
Beth Yeager serves as a consultant to the Gateways East Bay STEM Network. She is able, through this relationship, to assist with facilitation of the Gateways work with multiple community stakeholders, with conceptualizing projects and developing grant proposals, and with data collection and analysis.
Along with her work with the Gateways East Bay STEM Network, Dr. Yeager is a Researcher and Executive Director of the Center for Literacy and Inquiry in Networking Communities (LINC) in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara. Her focus, based on this work, and her 32 years as a teacher in Pre-K-12 public schools, is on conducting research, developing curriculum, building networks and learning communities, as well as working directly with teachers and students (and other stakeholders), all in the service of ensuring equity of access for all students to rich, meaningful, active opportunities for learning in order to be successful in their academic and career futures as well as in their daily lives.
Prior to joining the Gateways East Bay STEM Network Valorie Robles worked for Kaiser Permanente. She is a Cal State East Bay graduate with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Project Management Certificate. She has over ten years administrative support, project management experience and over eight years of experience with non-profits and community organizations.