Meet the Staff

Andrew Alvo
As a Senior STEM Learning Coach at the Nordson STEM Learniing Center, Andrew assists in every day operations, training, and tutoring Biology and Chemistry. Andrew earned his B.S. in Biology from California State University San Marcos in 2018; emphasizing in Physiology and Molecular Cell Biology. As an undergraduate, he was fortunate enough to gain laboratory research experience; becoming a published co-author in an Alligator growth study under Dr. John Eme. Additionally, he has worked in the Biotechnology field, specializing in medical device manufacturing. In his free time, Andrew enjoys watching Jeopardy and spending time with family."

Carl Banks
Carl is a Senior Learning Coach who tutors Biology and assists in the daily operations STEM Center. He also assited in the start-up of the Center. Carl holds a B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Physics from The Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. In his previous career, Carl was a co-founder and the CEO of a biotechnology instrumentation manufacturing company that was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Silicon Valley. In his free time, Carl enjoys studying Hebrew and researching the healing properties of sound.

David Bernabe
As a STEM Learning Coach he helps perform various tasks to help maintain the center and helps tutor students in computer science.David has been working at MiraCosta as a tutor since 2015. He graduated from MiraCosta in 2016 with an A.A. in Computer Programming Fundamentals. David earned a B.S. in computer science from Cal State San Marcos. He enjoys playing with his two dogs, learning new topics related to computer science, and working on personal projects.

Raymond Clark

Raymond is the Faculty Coordinator for the STEM Center. In this position, Raymond serves as a liaison between the STEM Center and MiraCosta faculty and administration. He is also engaged in tutor hiring and training, programming (workshops, events, speakers and more), mentoring of STEM staff and tutors, STEM advocacy and program review of STEM performance. Raymond is also a professor of biology and generally teaches Anatomy (BIO210) and Physiology (BIO220), and he serves as the faculty advisor for the Natural Science Club at MiraCosta. Raymond has a Ph.D. in Biology with a specialization in Physiology, but his career trajectory has been anything but linear. Raymond has a research background in physiological ecology, environmental physiology, molecular cardiology, and international HIV epidemiology. He has considerable professional working experience in science policy, biological and nuclear threats issues, international health diplomacy, crisis and risk communication and national security policy. In his free time Raymond loves hiking/backpacking, mountaineering, kayaking, birding, reading and spending time with his family.

Micaal Maya - Peinl
Micael Maya-Peinl is a 2013 MiraCosta graduate earning three associate degrees. Micael has also earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from UC San Diego and is currently finishing his Master’s of Science degree in Physical Chemistry at UC San Diego. Micael is a Learning Coach in the STEM Center and tutors chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics up to Calculus 1.

Skylar Wang
As a Senior STEM Learning Coach Skylar tutors Chemistry and does the scheduling for the STEM Center. In addition to earning her B.S. degree in Biochemistry at San Diego State University, Skylar also earned an A.S. degree from Grossmont College in Forensic Technology with an emphasis on blood spatter. She is trained crime scene investigator. Skylar also has her own business as a postpartum doula working with newborn babies.