K-12 STEM Education & Outreach Staff

Faith Dukes, K-12 STEM Education Program Director

Faith started combining her passions for science and education as an instructor with Science from Scientists while working on her PhD thesis on waste remediation using photocatalytic semiconductors. She went on to develop educational programs as the Education Coordinator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum before transitioning to Washington, DC as an American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Technology Policy Fellow. During her time as a Fellow, she served at the National Science Foundation in the Education and Human Resources Directorate.

Jacari Scott, K-12 Program Administrative Assistant

Jacari Scott has been actively working in research administration since 2012. Prior to joining the Lab, she was a Scholar Service Coordinator at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. She has supported the Workforce Development, Sustainability, and Government and Community Relations Offices during her time at the Lab. Ms. Scott is a Bay Area native and enjoys raising her three daughters.

Joe Crippen, Workforce Development & Education / K-12 Programs Office Manager

Joe Crippen prides himself on almost four decades of service to his country. Joe began his time at the Lab after serving in the United States Army for twenty years. As a long-time staff member, Mr. Crippen is quite knowledgeable of the history and protocol of the Lab. He currently splits time supporting the Workforce Develompent & Education and Government and Community Relations Offices. He is well known around the Lab and plays an integral role supporting many activities, especially Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Esmeralda Florida, K-12 Programs Student Assistant

Esmeralda Florida is currently a full time student at San Francisco State University where she is studying Civil Engineering. She supports outreach and education initiatives at Berkeley Lab through her management of BLISS Kits. As a Student Assistant, she has been able to learn about the different research areas at the Lab and work with the K-12 Program to connect with the local community.

Edith Lai, Digital Media Specialist

Edith Lai is a recent UC Berkeley graduate where she studied Public Health and Molecular Environmental Biology. As a student researcher, she is also passionate about science communication and outreach. She supports Berkeley Lab's K-12 initiatives by developing and managing communications content (such as this website!).

Ajayi Anwansedo , Graduate Intern / Program Coordinator

Ajayi is a PhD candidate in Science and Math Education at Southern University and A&M College. She also holds degrees in Business Information and Computer Science. Outside of the research, Ajayi has extensive knowledge and expertise in curriculum development and instructional design. Ajayi joined the team as the Program Coordinator for the inaugural Director's Apprenticeship Program.

Elina Rios, Program Coordinator

Elina is a California native. She was most recently the Youth Development Coordinator at Chabot Space and Science Center managing 200 high school students in their teen volunteer program. She spent five years as a wildlife biologist before transitioning to the field of science communication and outreach coordination. She has led science communication and professional development workshops for adults and teens in both English and Spanish. She has a degree in biology with an emphasis in ecology and environmental science from Mills College. Elina serves as the Berkeley Lab SAGE-S Program Coordinator.

Alisa Bettale, Content and Instruction Coordinator

Alisa joins the Lab with five years of teaching experience as a high school physics teacher. Other than physics, she also taught engineering and 8th grade Earth science, and was actively involved with various extracurricular STEM clubs. She has experience developing physics curricula offering engaging and accessible lessons to diverse learners. She is passionate about creating exciting and inclusive STEM activities to help inspire students in pursuing a career in STEM. Alisa holds a Master's in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, a MS in Astronomy from San Diego State University, and a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University.