ThoughtSTEM Blog

Who’s that on the Phone? It’s Jordan Hisamoto!

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:35:04 +0000

Hey Jordan! Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Hey! I work at ThoughtSTEM as the parent relations manager. It’s been a really unique and fun job so far. It’s a lot of customer service, where I help parents and students have the best possible experiences in their classes. However, I do a lot more than that! I do class scheduling, making sure we are coordinating effectively with our school ...

Sonny! He helps make the tech your students work on.

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 19:46:38 +0000


If you haven’t met Sonny, you’re missing out. Sonny is one of the people at ThoughtSTEM who builds the curriculum your student’s use. In addition, he is a great person and cool individual to hang out with. I sat down with Sonny recently and got to talk about what makes him unique both here at work, but also as a person overall.

What is your role at ...

ThoughtSTEM Summer Camps 2019: 8 Questions Answered.

Mon, 11 Mar 2019 21:58:02 +0000

1. What are summer camps?

Every summer, we help teach over a thousand students computer programming skills. We offer both morning and afternoon camps for all interested students. Our camps teach students computer science skills and computer programming concepts. We aim to have students leave each camp with something they ...

Carlos: one of our coolest instructors

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 18:21:24 +0000

Have you met Carlos? Carlos has been with ThoughtSTEM for several years now and is one of our lead instructors. One of my favorite things about Carlos is his approachability. You can come to him with anything. He is the type of person who sees a problem, figures out a solution, and helps you solve it. This translates well to his work here at ThoughtSTEM. Added to the fact that ...

Meet Cesar, the organizer of ThoughtSTEM’s Weekend Workshops

Wed, 03 Oct 2018 19:29:36 +0000

If you have not met Cesar, I highly recommend it. What I most enjoyed about Cesar is how he knows a lot about the entire computer science industry. Plus, he is an all around great person!

Cesar runs and manages our Weekend Workshops: a weekly coding workshop on Sundays. Here I sit down with Cesar and learn just what a Weekend Workshop is, and how if differentiates itself ...

ThoughtSTEM Offers Classes to Parents at No Cost

Tue, 25 Sep 2018 22:48:07 +0000

If you did not know, we are now offering free classes to all our parents and guardians of ThoughtSTEM students. I sat down with Stephen, who is in charge of the classes, and talked about what is involved, why we are running these classes, and what we at ThoughtSTEM hope to achieve through them.

So what do you do here at ThoughtSTEM?
Co-Founder of ThoughtSTEM. I implement all of the technology that powers ThoughtSTEM software and infrastructure as my day-to-day role.

Can ...

We have just received a $330k grant from National Science Foundation! Here is every way we plan to help the community now.

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:00:36 +0000

We have recently received a $330k Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation.

With this new grant funding, we are now able to offer more innovative, video game-inspired computer science curriculum to students around the world by moving the curriculum from classes with students in San Diego to online as well.

Our mission has always been to find every student interested in understanding how computer programming works and teach them in a context they can understand

There will ...

ThoughtSTEM Highlight: Lindsey Handley, PhD

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:58:42 +0000

If you have not had a chance to meet Lindsey, I strongly suggest you take the time to do so. Lindsey is someone I really enjoy talking to. She always has a smile on her face, no matter the situation. She keeps employees motivated and excited to come into the office.


What is your title at ThoughtSTEM?
I am a co-founder here, but my official title is Chief ...

Instructor Highlight: Jordan Karstens

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:17:15 +0000

What is your role at ThoughtSTEM?
My title is instructor, but I have a few different roles. I was just an instructor for a while, and now I am monitoring classes making sure they go well from the ThoughtSTEM offices. Though over summer, I have been helping run the classes at our summer camps. It’s been super exciting for me because I get to interact with the kids ...

ThoughtSTEM Highlight: Deanna Bell

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:22:19 +0000

Have you ever called our ThoughtSTEM office? Chances are you spoke to Deanna. Deanna Bell is our Parent Relations Manager, but as I found out in this interview, she is so much more than this. One of the things that stood out to me about Deanna, was her ability to take control of a situation, see what needs to be done, and execute a plan. That ability is much needed ...

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