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Sandia Prep: 2016 - 2017 Annual Report

Sandia Prep's 2016-2017 Annual Report

“I can’t imagine a

“I can’t imagine a better place to spend my formative years.” Uyen-Phuong Nguyen ’15 Teaching is in his blood. Coming from a family of teachers and administrators, it’s not surprising Mr. Brian Tregembo found his home in front of a classroom. “I get to spend my day talking about books and words and the way they make people feel; I feel pretty lucky to have a gig like this.” It’s not only the subject matter that Mr. Tregembo says inspires him. “I spend every day surrounded by energetic, idealistic, passionate people -- and I mean both the kids and the faculty. Where else does one get to spend so much time with people who are constantly dreaming about how to make the world a better place?” Mr. Tregembo’s love for teaching was first sparked by his love for coaching. He says he’s been coaching for a very long time, and he believes coaching and teaching go hand in hand. Mr. Tregembo has taught full time at Prep since 2003, but started as the Boys C-Team Basketball coach in 2000. Mr. Tregembo is a New Mexico native and has spent his entire life here, with the exception of his four years in college. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing with a minor in English from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. In May 2019, Uyen-Phuong Nguyen ’15 will graduate with a degree in Computer Science and Economics from Brown University. Known as U.P. to friends, the proud Sundevil was active with Sandia Prep’s Outdoor Leadership Program, so when she read about Brown University’s BOLT (Brown Outdoor Leadership Training) program, she happily applied. The ’15 Prep grad now leads the 31-year-old organization which provides leadership, mentorship, and outdoors exploration for Brown University students. It’s evident in the way he teaches and interacts with his students that there is a mutual admiration and respect. “At the end of each year, I always remind my kids that words and feelings are going to last a lot longer than anything else they learn at school. The formulas and the dates might fade over time, but the way we treat each other and communicate with each other, and the way we make each other feel, will always be a big part of life.” When she’s not taking classes, U.P. serves as a brand ambassador for the outdoor company, Merrell. She also enjoys hiking, running, and training/competing for Brown’s taekwondo team. 2 U.P. appreciates her time at Sandia Prep and said her experience “shaped me into who I am. I can’t imagine a better place to spend my formative years. The relationships I’ve built here have lasted well past the final bell that rung at the end of the Senior Countdown, and the education that I received has more than prepared me for the midterms and finals that awaited me at Brown. All I had to do was think of Suding or Polansky and I knew that they, among others, have given me all the tools I need to succeed. If I could do well in their classes, I could do well in college.”

Dean C. Hines ’81 is a scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the Team Lead for the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), which will be launched on the James Webb Space Telescope in the fall of 2018. The instrument will allow him and other astronomers to investigate: the very earliest stars in the universe; how galaxies form and evolve; how stars and protoplanetary systems are formed and evolve; and the nature of planets orbiting other stars as well as those in our solar system. Dean previously worked at the Space Science Institute as a Senior Research Scientist; the University of Arizona as an Assistant Astronomer and Research Associate; and as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at the University of New Mexico. Dean has a Ph.D in Astronomy from The University of Texas at Austin and a MSc in Physics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. When asked about his Prep experience, Dean said, “Science was always my love, and the teachers at Sandia Prep were always challenging and encouraging. In 8th grade, Mel Merit pushed me hard and started me on my path to college at New Mexico Tech. Paula Degenhardt, perched atop the back of her old metal chair, taught me how to integrate piles of facts into broader connections. And Orel Phillips gave me a lasting foundation in mathematics. Finally, through his history classes, Ron Briley taught me the humanity that all scientists should emulate. These foundations have all been invaluable in my career as I investigate the mysteries of the universe.” “These foundations have all been invaluable in my career as I investigate the mysteries of the Universe.” - Dean C. Hines ’81 Kelly Schiabor Barrett ’05 is a PhD level molecular biologist who took an interesting job more than a year ago. Kelly is a Quality Analyst at Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits in San Diego. “Craft brewing is like a big science experiment. Creating our product requires the precise combination of many ingredients across multiple steps. Our lab is filled with tools you would expect to see in a biotech laboratory. We are collecting mountains of data each day to help brewery operations run smoothly. We also use this data to help the company innovate and expand. It’s been great working for a growing company that invests in scientists like me.” Kelly has a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley; graduated Cum Laude from Duke University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Economics with a Certificate in Genome Science; and studied Competitive Strategy and Game Theory at The London School of Economics and Political Science. 3