Meet the Team

Latasha taylor starr

First ESTe²M Builder

LaTasha graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics and a minor in Biology from Tennessee State University. At the University of Washington (Seattle), LaTasha earned her Master’s degree from the College of Engineering in Human Centered Design & Engineering with a concentration in User Interface Design and Astrobiology. She recently put her industry career on hold to pursue a doctoral degree in Industrial, Manufacturing and Syste²ms Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Mrs. Starr enjoys bridging the K-12 education gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STE²M) throughout the U.S. and abroad, by exposing teachers and students to innovative teaching methods year-round.

Ariel Bowman

Curriculum Design

Ariel Bowman obtained her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Texas Southern University. Currently, she is a Ph.D candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Ashley Dacy

Curriculum Design

Ashley Dacy is a Chemical Engineering graduate from the University of Notre Dame currently pursuing her PhD in Bioengineering at UTA. She has a passion for teaching and has tutored her classmates and younger students since her sophomore year of high school. In graduate school, she has served as a teaching assistant for 3 graduate and 1 undergraduate level classes, both lecturing and contributing to curriculum development. Her graduate research focuses on wound healing, cancer diagnosis, and medical imaging.

Nicholas Lira

Digital Presence & Marketing

Nicholas recently earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, as well as minors in Physics and Sustainable Engineering, from the University of Texas at Arlington. Nicholas is passionate about innovating education and opening up entrepreneurial pathways for interested youth.