• Sue Sorrentino
    Sue SorrentinoFounder / Executive Director / Speaker / Consultant: STEM K-6

    Sue is an insightful visionary and authority in innovative teaching and real world, hands-on, application of engineering and technology principles and professional practices for young learners, kindergarten through grade 8. Sue is considered a thought leader in her field and uses proven, best practices, with tapping into the natural curiosity and risk-taking mindset of young students to facilitate ongoing learning of complex engineering and technology skills and concepts.

    Sue is the Founder and Executive Director of Vista Teach Instructional Services, a company that has won international acclaim for bringing real world, engineering principles and professional practices into STEM classrooms, with specializing in the elementary grade levels. Sue and her team of experts, all of whom are women engineers, went on to earn teaching certifications in order to share their knowledge and passion and, to make a difference in the lives of the next generation of engineers. The team offers a systematic and dynamic continuum of comprehensive and hands-on, Engineering Education with special expertise in classroom-tested, proven instructional strategies and effective classroom management, leading to successful learning outcomes for building STEM fluency beginning in the early elementary years. Through their numerous and global, corporate and collegiate partnerships, Sue and her team are at the forefront in developing real world, Engineering Education programs for young students. Finally, Vista Teach also offers comprehensive, national-level teacher training and, educational consulting services, specializing in Engineering Education for young students in grades K–8 with repurposing popular robotics systems and electronic components across multiple classrooms and grade levels. Sue and her team are known for “taking the mystery out of robotics” in their fun and friendly, yet rigorous and comprehensive, approach to teacher training and professional development. Sue’s young students sum things up best with their enthusiastic claim:  “More than learning ABOUT engineering, we are learning TO BE engineers!”

    Sue was recently nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching and received the Corporate K-12 STEM Innovation Award by the International Association of STEM Leaders in April 2014. She has over 15 years of experience with infusing real world, Engineering Education in elementary grade classrooms and, continues to be a highly sought after speaker. Sue holds a B.S. in Education from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo and an M.S. in Computer Education from Nazareth College.

  • Donna Chaback
    Donna ChabackMANAGERIAL DIRECTOR / STEM TEACHER / CONSULTANT: FIELD-TESTING

    Donna joins our staff with an academically comprehensive background as well as years of instructional experiences across a variety of math and technology venues and grade levels, elementary through high school. Donna also has over three years of experience as a Design Engineer for General Electric. Donna holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with heavy Concentrations in Math and Science from SUNY Buffalo; a Master of Science from Walden University in Education with Specialization in Professional Development, along with, Special Education and Adolescent Psychology at SUNY Brockport.

    Donna is in her second year as the Lead Teacher for our In-School STEM Education Program at Allendale Columbia School. Over the last two years, Donna has secured additional partnerships with colleges, universities, and innovative technology businesses with bringing in exciting, authentic, and global STEM experiences for our students. Donna also enjoys evaluating new STEM programs and products as well as working with the rest of the Vista Teach Team with further field testing in our classrooms and with developing comprehensive and dynamic curricula.

    Donna is very excited to be appointed the Assistant Director of Vista Teach Instructional Services: “I have always believed that an engaged student is a learning student. One way I like to keep students engaged is to provide a hands-on learning experience that is relevant to the world they live in. At Vista Teach, we have the instructional freedom to dig deeper with continually developing new and exciting programs across multiple robotics, engineering, and programming systems.”

  • Kathy Irvine
    Kathy IrvineIN-SCHOOL STEM TEACHER SUMMER STEM TEACHER

    Kathy joins our team as another NYS Certified teacher with roots in the world of corporate technology. After graduating from theUniversity of Rochester with a BA in General Science, and concentrations in Computer Science and Psychology, Kathy joined the University as an Apple Macintosh “guru” to support the university community and teach non-credit classes in computer use and the early Microsoft Officeapplications. Later, she started taking classes toward an MS in Computer Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology while working for theUniversity of Rochester Computer Science Department, and later forEastman Kodak as a Research Programmer.

    After taking time out to raise her children and volunteer at their school, Kathy decided to parlay a love of working with children into a new career as an Elementary Teacher. She earned an M.S. in Education from Nazareth College, and has been enjoying teaching children in Nursery through 8th Grade.

    “I have loved working with the Vista Teach Team in their Summer Camps as well as with teaching in their In-School S.T.E.M. Programs at Allendale Columbia School. It has been a rare find to meet a group of like-minded educators with such a varied set of experiences in corporate technology. We all understand the need to provide children with real-world engineering and technology experiences as well as critical thinking tools, and project development skills, so they can succeed in this new information and technology world in which we live. On top of that, I get the chance to play with LEGOs and program robots, all under the guise of teaching and learning!”

  • Teresa Parsons
    Teresa ParsonsIN-SCHOOL STEM TEACHER SUMMER STEM TEACHER

    Teresa joins VistaTeach with a unique blend of corporate and education experience. After fifteen years in industry, where she lead global teams to bring new products to market, Teresa left to follow her passion to teach. Teresa finds the programs at Vista Teach are a perfect fit for her background, as they truly enable students to make connections beyond the classroom walls and gain valuable, real world experience to prepare them for today’s global market.

    Teresa has a BA in Physics from SUNY Geneseo, a BS in Engineering and Management from Clarkson University, and an MS in Education fromNazareth College. She holds NYS Teaching Certifications in Elementary Education, Students with Disabilities, as well as Physics, 7-12. She has experience teaching at all grade levels in traditional as well as cooperative, expeditionary learning settings.

    “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, perhaps we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada

  • Colleen Krug
    Colleen KrugSUMMER STEM TEACHER

    As a lifelong LEGO enthusiast and robotics teacher for over 13 years, Colleen joins our staff as a Lead Teacher for our Summer LEGO (Mindstorms) NXT Robotics Camps. Colleen holds K-12 Teaching Certifications in Art and Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia along with a Master of Science in Art Education from Nazareth College.

    With her passion to challenge and engage her students, Colleen continues teaching middle school students as well as mentoring FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Teams with expanding FLL experiences throughout her entire school district.

    Colleen believes that FIRST LEGO League participation offers kids a powerful team experience, as well as, building individual skills. Robotics + LEGOs = kids discovering how to problem-solve.
    “Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Ben Franklyn

    • Nate Sorrentino
      Nate SorrentinoVIDEO/PHOTO & TECH SUPPORT SUMMER STEM TEACHER

      Nate was instrumental in the original founding of Vista Teach Instructional Services. Nate’s fluency and expertise across high-end technology venues, as well as LEGO Robotics & Mechanisms, has served Vista Teach well and, has been a significant factor in our success. Nate holds a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education from SUNY Geneseo and is certified in grades 1 – 6. Along with teaching in both our In-School and Summer S.T.E.M. Programs at Allendale Columbia School, Nate is currently working on his Masters Degree in Visual Communications Design at RIT.

      As a hands-on learner and digital native myself, I can easily relate to today’s crowd of tech-savvy, young learners. Throughout my life I have been fascinated with technological advances and have continually jumped right in to exploit their potential for personal enjoyment as well as educational value – and LEGO Robotics as well as, game programming – are no exceptions!

      • FRC Students
        FRC StudentsOur Summer Camp Assistants

        In our very popular Summer LEGO Robotics Camps we, at Vista Teach, make it our priority to hire high school FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) students as well as, college Engineering students, to assist us throughout our summer programs.

        All of our Camp Assistants are experienced competitors in FIRST LEGO League and, several of them also serve as Official FLL Competition Referees and Team Mentors. Most exciting of all, our Camp Assistants enthusiastically share their real-world, robotics experiences, with ultimately making meaningful learning connections for our Summer Camp S.T.E.M. students!