Saturday academy Instructors

Ezra Allen



I am currently a member of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and previously tutored students in Pre-College Initiative (PCI) in Seattle, WA.  I have also taught Grade 7 students Algebra through Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) at Lawrence Technological University, MI and tutored AutoCAD.  As an independent contractor I have provided clients with design and drafting services for over 12 years. Technical training and consulting for various engineering firms & government agencies include: Seattle WA, Vancouver BC, Detroit MI and Windsor Ontario. The UW Capital Projects Office, Seattle Public Utilities, City of Renton, Road Commission for Oakland County, MI and the City Of Vancouver (BC).  I’ve been an AutoCAD user in the industry for more than 20 years.


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Thomas Pool


Thomas is very interested in studying food webs within rivers, estuaries, and the ocean. He has been fortunate enough to conduct his research in Denmark, Australia, France, and Cambodia, as well as in the Puget Sound and the surrounding marine waters of Washington. Thomas is also passionate about teaching children ranging in age from elementary to high school age about aquatic systems and wildlife conservation. He has developed and taught outdoor education curriculum for over ten years and continues to work with middle school students in the Seattle area with the Seattle Inner City Outings organization.


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Chantel Meghdadi

Chantel grew up in the sun drenched valleys of Northern California. She received her Bachelor’s in Food Science and Nutrition with an emphasis in Enology from California State University Fresno. This led to internships in California’s Napa Valley and Australia’s Yarra Valley, and ultimately landing in the Napa Valley. After pursuing the Level 2 certificate in Wine and Spirits through Wine Spirits Education Trust, WSET, and she embarked on a journey pursuing wine tasting. Life decided that a career in the food industry would better foster her passion for flavor development and bringing it to the people; she has spent the last ten years working in Quality and Product Development roles for the food industry ever since. She is currently living in the Greater Seattle area, working on her Master’s in Food Science. When not studying or cooking, she can be found hiking in the mountains with her boxer, Ellie, or conducting research at restaurants and grocery stores for the newest food flavors and trends throughout the PNW.


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