Our Mission

CIEL’s focus is on training the next generation of critical thinkers from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in tech, government, and research. We aim to explore the scientific method to teach the value of trial and error, promote critical-reasoning skills. We engage with new technologies, and teach new topics through hands-on experiments.

About Us: Founding Members

Teon L Brooks, PhD

Executive Chair

Teon joined CIEL while serving as a Data Scientist at Mozilla... Prior to his current role, Teon has worked in the open-source community for 6 years developing software for brain imaging research as well as teaching workshops and tutorials on hands-on experimentation, data acquisition and data analysis...

Steven J Azeka

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Steve joined CIEL while serving as a Program Coordinator at New York University and an Adjunct at the College of Staten Island. Prior to his current role, Steve taught science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the elementary and high school levels in California and New York...

Mya Doelling

Chief Financial Officer

Mya joined CIEL while serving as a Senior Director of Rights & Partnerships at United Entertainment Group. Prior to her current role, Mya began her career as Director of Operations for the Michael Phelps Foundation...

What do we do?

  • Neuroscience Curriculum Design
  • Neuroscience Professional Development for High School Teachers
  • Neuroscience Mentorship
  • Neuroscience Hardware and Software Design

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