Meet our Summer Teachers

Stephanie Bendlin-Trevino
Ms. Bendlin Trevino has been teaching science in HLPUSD for 14 years. She also coaches for the FLL robotics team at her school. Ms. Bendlin Trevino was part of a committee to develop and teach the STEAM curriculum in the middle schools for the district and is an active committee member for many of the various science committees within the district.

Josh Chin
Josh Chin is a Founder, and Managing Partner with Net Force, with more than 15 years experience in Cyber Security. Josh’s professional focus is directed at strategic and holistic cyber security, risk management, and digital forensics examinations.

Josh has both managed and executed cyber threat assessments for state government agencies, small businesses, law firms, and global enterprise organizations. His career vitae include Executive Board Member and Competition Developer with the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense, Administrator, Mentor, Speaker, Lecturer, Information Security and Audit Specialist, and U.S. Cyber Challenge Cyber Camp Advisor. Josh has testified at trial as a cybersecurity expert witness. As a frequent speaker, Josh challenges attendees on subject domains such as digital forensics, risk management, privacy, and cyber security at conferences including SXSW, North American CACS, and EnFuse.

Josh is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University Pomona and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems and a Master of a Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Assurance. Josh is currently a board member and Chapter Vice President of ISACA Los Angeles, a past President of Southern California HTCIA, and past International Secretary of HTCIA International.

Kwesi Johnson
Kwesi Johnson is an educator and filmmaker from Boston, MA. His work has been screened at the Pan African Film Festival, the Black Star Film Festival, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and more. As a professional editor, he has worked for such organizations as the American Heart and Lung Association, Gunpowder and Sky, and the Oakland Symphony Orchestra.

Kwesi is also an educator with over 15 years experience teaching film. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts and Massachusetts College of Art, he currently lives in Whittier, CA with his wife and 2 children.

Lyle Majeska
Lyle Graduated from Biola University, La Mirada, CA majoring in Social Science. He received his Minor in Industrial Education from Cal State, Long Beach. From 1973 to 2003 he taught Electronics at La Puente High School. He also taught Woodworking at the Hacienda-La Puente Adult School for many years. From 2003 to 2008 he was an Adjunct Professor for Electronics at Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA. He is married to Sharon and has 2 grown sons in the field of Engineering. Lyle has taught for the YSC since 2004 – Woodworking, Rocketry, and Electronics. He is now teaching a new course in Laser cutting and Arduino technology.


James Pike
James Pike is a teacher and curriculum writer based out of Los Angeles. For the past 6 years James has been using Minecraft to teach math, science, game-design and film. James has published 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Common Core math lessons for Minecraft Education Edition. He loves to use Minecraft in the classroom because it’s more than a game, it’s a unique platform for creation.


Teddy Sachs
Mrs. Teddy Sachs has been teaching since 1989 and has taught with Youth Science Center for the last 15 years. She attended Cal State Fullerton for her Bachelor’s of Science degree and Grand Canyon University for her Master’sDegree in Curriculum and Instruction. She holds both a primary and secondary educational credential and currently teaches at Rancho Starbuck Intermediate School in Whittier. Mrs. Sachs is a two-time Teacher of the Year for both Youth Science Center and for Lowell Joint School District. In addition, Mrs. Sachs has been an educational consultant to Burbank Unified School District and Saratoga School District, in Northern California.

Pat Smith
Pat Smith experienced the joys of science for 28 years as a Science Coordinator for the Whittier City School District. For 11 years, she collaborated with scientists from Caltech and the Lawrence Hall of Science to develop the K-8th grade science program called S.E.A.R.C.H. (Science Education Actively Realized in Students’ Hands) – an Inquiry-STEM based program that is still thriving after 21 years. For the program, Pat received the prestigious Golden Bell Award in 2010.

Pat’s experiences as a grant writer (netting over $280,000) and reader for the CA State Dept. of Education Environmental Grant Program well positioned her both as the YSC Minigrant Chairman and Student Essay Judge. As a former educator at Cal Poly University, Pomona and as a mentor to teachers in science education, she continues to share her passion in developing and delivering curriculum for Home School Programs and G.A.T.E. Academies.

As the most tenured teacher for YSC, Pat presents over 32 self-designed classes for the Summer Science Camp and the Starlab Portable Planetarium. She was awarded “YSC Teacher of the Year” at its 25th Anniversary Gala. Her greatest accolade is when her students proclaim they want to pursue a science career!

Robert Smith
Robert Smith has been a teacher for 47 years in both elementary school and college. He received his B.A. in history and a minor in English from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He then came to California after service in the U.S. Army in Korea. He taught 5th grade for two years in a small Catholic School in Los Angeles called Our Lady of Talpa and then was hired by the Whittier City School District as a teacher at Andrews School in North Whittier where he taught full time for 37 years as a sixth grade and fifth grade teacher. In retirement, he has worked as a science teacher, a Reading (RTI) teacher, a long – term substitute, a Gate teacher and a 7th grade language arts teacher and history teacher for a semester.

Mr. Smith received his Masters in History from Loyola Marymount University during his first years at Andrews. He has taught history and literature with a master teacher at WHITTIER COLLEGE in night classes for over 20 years and also taught summer classes in math, literature and science for students in the educational department. He also taught night classes in science and math at the University of La Verne and other local colleges. He taught a summer class for children in science at Rio Hondo College’s program for young leaners. He then moved to the Youth Science Center where he has taught for over 30 years in the summer science program.

Mr. Smith has written more than 70 “work for hire” workbooks for educational publishers in the last 3 decades. These include Instructional Fair – reading books with daily activities and various math and science workbooks grades 1-6 ( in the ditto book era). He then wrote a series for Delta Education before they were sold called Science Explorations with science projects across 3rd through 6th grade and designed a series of about 20 math games called Hexagonoes which reinforced a variety of math skills in a game format using hexagonal matching equal values somewhat like six-sided cardboard dominoes. He wrote several books for Creative Teaching Press including Hands on Math for Middle Grades (1996), Problem – Solving math for Middle Grades(1998) and Famous Women. (1993).

He wrote several years for Teacher Created Materials about a wide variety of subjects in math,science,history and children’s literature. He then wrote for Teacher Created Resources when the company split ownership.The workbooks for the two companies include Daily Warm Ups: Problem Solving Math, Daily Warm Ups Reading and Daily Warm Ups Science for both companies across several grades and levels. He wrote many Spotlight on America workbooks dealing with historical topics including Elections, The Wright Brothers, Lewis and Clark, Colonial America, The Civil War, Great Inventions, The Westward Movement, The Industrial Revolution,The Constitution, African Americans, 20th Century Wars, A Nation of Immigrants, and The American Revolution among many other topics and titles. He also wrote a booklet of U.S. History Readers’ Theater and World History Readers’ Theater. His latest work is an extensive four volume set (3rd through 6th grade) entitled Stepping Into Stem.

Lana Willis
Lana Willis has worked in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School district for 23 years as a teacher, science trainer, and a technology trainer. In 1998, she started working at Youth Science Center as a science teacher. After a few years, she held the YSC Coordinator position at Baldwin Academy and Sparks Elementary. She is a fourth grade teacher and Gifted Program coordinator at Sparks Elementary during the regular school year. Her favorite subjects have always been science, math, and technology. She is extremely honored to be the YSC principal this summer at the Bixby Elementary location.