Global STEM Challenges Program

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Instructor Information

keith besterman

Keith Besterman

Keith is one of the Technology and Engineering teachers in the Global STEM Challenges Program. His background is in Technology education, engineering graphics, industrial design, and integrative STEM education. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University as well as Virginia Tech. 

percy canales

Percy Canales

Percy is the math teacher on the sophomore team. He has 15 years of math education experience ranging from teaching junior high students to college students. In addition to teaching STEM he currently teaches all of the IB Higher Level Math classes at Edison.

ivan chirinos

Ivan Chirinos

He is one of two Technology and Engineering teachers on the team and works on bridging the gap between knowledge and application to help the students create working prototypes. Students are exposed to the TEE curriculum covered in 7 classes taught separately in the school. He enjoys demonstrating, assisting and exposing students to the world of problem solving.

Kelly Dresen


traci drew

Traci Drew

Mrs. Traci S. Drew teaches Integrated Math with the Global STEM Program. She is a graduate of Fort Valley State University and has been teaching for 17 years. She currently teaches Algebra II and Integrated Math I.

amol patel

Amol Patel

Amol is the science teacher on the team. He specializes in Biology, having taught 9th and 10th grade biology, and 11th and 12th graders in IB Biology. He has been implementing Project-based Learning in his biology classes for years and wishes to empower students to think critically, using the process of science to answer questions and drive designs to solve problems. He is a Senior Fellow with the Knowles Teaching Initiative. He works on both of our current cohorts (freshman and sophomore years).