As Learn to Discover's President and CEO, Brian is responsible for the strategic execution of Learn to Discover's mission and fundraising to support this mission. In addition, Brian designs curriculum, leads the company's IT and technology operations, heads up the organization's Research and Development efforts, and teaches/coaches classes.
Brian has over 35 years of experience in technology, marketing, sales, support and entrepreneurial ventures, including Sun Microsystems, Tandem Computers, Control Data Corporation, Tolerant Systems, Motorola, Inc., and several small start-ups. He has also worked in the non-profit sector, where he established The First Tee of Monterey County's Learning Center, served as its first Director and raised funds for its continued operation. Brian has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Washington, and specializes in robotics/AI, electronics and animation.
Elizabeth Greer has been working with elementary and middle school students for over 15 years. She has developed and taught advanced enrichment math curriculum to groups of elementary aged students, and tutored small groups and individual students in remedial math settings. She has founded and coached an award-winning FIRST LEGO League team for 7 years, and is a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts Robotics merit badge. Elizabeth is an active Maker, and has made and taught children a variety of Maker Faire-type of activities, such as silkscreen printing and homemade compressed air rockets.
In addition to math and technology, Elizabeth's interests also include the visual arts, particularly the intersection of art and technology. She is a long-time member and past president of the Art Docents of Los Gatos, where she developed a great deal of curriculum in use in the local public schools, including a highly- popular digital photography lesson. She also created and led a ceramics program at a local elementary school, which produces about 1500 pieces a year using volunteer leaders. Finally, Elizabeth taught the Los Gatos Footbridge Mural class in the summer of 2014.
In addition, Elizabeth is CBEST-certified and has worked as a substitute teacher. She has also served as the president of her local public school parent-teacher organization, and on the board of the local educational foundation. Elizabeth is a member of the California state bar, and worked as senior in-house counsel at Apple, Inc., as a part of the software, advanced technology, fonts and graphics teams, and previously practiced corporate and intellectual property law at a large Silicon Valley law firm in Palo Alto. She attended the University of Michigan School of Law and obtained her B.A. from Yale University in the History of Art, where she also took programming, calculus and the pre-med requirements.
As Vice President, Shelly is responsible for the overall curriculum strategy and development, teaches/coaches classes, heads up fundraising efforts, and handles much of the organization's PR efforts.
Shelly has over 23 years of experience as a paralegal/manager in areas of business, corporations, contracts, nonprofits, tax, intellectual property law, and other areas. She also has taught technology and developed curriculum for over 15 years. She has volunteered for numerous nonprofits over the past 25 years (including Autistic Children Foundation, Junior League of San Jose, The First Tee, etc.) She is an experienced grant writer --- fundraising and writing grants for Pacific Coast Charter School and Aptos Academy for the past 10 years. Shelly is CBEST (substitute teacher)-certified, and has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Davis as well as a Paralegal Certificate from Santa Clara Law School.
Debra Trujillo is an educator who has has worked with pre-school-age kids since 2005. She has also worked as a teacher's aid at Monterey Peninsula Christian School, and as an associate teacher at Monterey Peninsula Unified School District's Seaside Children's Center. In these capacities, Debra prepared the kids socially and intellectually for Kindergarten. She is currently pursuing an AA degree in Child Development at Monterey Peninsula College.
Debra is really enjoying her time at Learn to Discover, because she loves teaching kids important skills and technologies while she is refining her own expertise by teaching new ideas in new ways.
Debra feels strongly that Learn to Discover's classes give kids opportunities to explore careers and to learn new tools & technologies through critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, & play.