About

Our Goal.

To provide school districts, schools, teachers, and students the training and resources that will support educational robotics programs.

Meet our Board of Directors...

Mark Johnston, President

Mr. Johnston's educational and professional background is varied and eclectic. Growing up, he did a variation of public school, home study, and community college courses. After high school, he worked in a corporate training department. Shortly after 9/11 he enlisted in the Air Force. When his military service was over he went back into the business world and continue his undergraduate degree. He graduated summa cum laude from Howard Payne University in 2013. He is currently a graduate student at The University of Texas at El Paso for a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Educational Technology.

Certifications:

Standard Texas Teaching Certifications:
Technology Education 6-12
Technology Applications EC-12
General Education 4-8
Special Education EC-12

PLTW Certifications:
Automation & Robotics
Design & Modeling
Medical Detectives
Green Architecture

Experience:
Mr. Johnston has experience teaching 8th Grade Math, 8th Grade Science, 7th Grade Science, and 6th/7th Grade Gateway to Technology. He has received professional training from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) for Automation and Robotics, Design and Modeling, Medical Detectives, and Green Architecture. He is currently employed as the STEM Teacher in El Paso, TX. He is also a PLTW Master Teacher which allows him to teach other teachers how to implement PLTW curriculum.


Alfredo Macias, Vice President

Mr. Macias developed a love for engineering design at a very early age. At 10 years old, he was “helping” at his dad’s auto shop by disassembling old alternators, but not always successfully putting them back together. Throughout high school, he would work part time after school and on weekends at the same auto shop learning about the variety of mechanical and electrical systems from different automotive manufacturers. While majoring in Mechanical Engineering at UTEP, he continued his automotive career working at various auto shops who offered high performance modifications and vehicle customization. A few years later, he decided he wanted to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering, and switched his major to Secondary Math and Science Education.

Certifications:
Standard Texas Teaching Certifications:
4-8 Math and Science

Experience:
From 2010 to 2016, Mr. Macias founded and created the curriculum for an Engineering Design program for the middle school that he was teaching 8th grade science at concurrently. In 2017, he became an Innovative Technology Support Teacher where he would train other teachers on how to use more instructional technology. Since 2017, Mr. Macias has also founded a Technology Work Study program, where students learn website graphic design, video production, computer repair, robotics, and 3D design and printing.

Corey Prater, Secretary

Mr. Prater grew up moving all over the world due to his dad being in the army. He attended elementary schools in San Antonio, Germany, and El Paso. Since middle school he has remained in El Paso, where he attended Desert View Middle School and Hanks High School. After high school he got a part time job working in the office of Glen Cove elementary school. This experience is ultimately what led him to choose the field of education as a career. Mr. Prater graduated in December of 2012, and has been a teacher in El Pasp since January 2013.

Certifications:
Standard Texas Teaching Certifications:
Math and Science 4-8
Physical Education K-12

Experience:
​Mr. Prater has experience teaching 6th grade math, 7th grade math, 8th grade math, 6th grade science, 7th grade science, and 8th grade science. He is also a STEM certified teacher. He is currently employed as a science teacher in El Paso, TX.

Darrell Johnston, Treasurer

Darrell Johnston comes from a varied background, having worked with several faith-based organizations allowing him to get a “world view” and multi-cultural education. In his early employment Mr. Johnston was noted for his help in implementing CAD/CAM (computer aided design / computer aided manufacturing) in the HVAC fabrication industry, prior to this HVAC manufacturing had very little automation. Most recently he has kept busy by “flipping” real estate properties handling 95% of the labor by himself. Always curious Mr. Johnston has stayed tuned to developments in robotics, computers and 3D design and printing.

Jason Mason, Director

Jason’s passion for teaching comes from being counted out all through school. As a child in and out of homes, Mr. Mason’s focus was not on school but survival. Being told prison was his future Jason after high school joined the Air Force as an escape. The military is where he realized the impact hands-on learning has over traditional methods.

In the Air Force, Mr. Mason was dorm chief of his basic training flight, where he received the distinction of Honor Graduate. Mr. Mason went on to become an aerospace engineer on the B-2 Stealth Bomber throughout the remainder of his time served. After the Military, Mr. Mason went on to explore a variety of career fields, including; classic car restoration, diesel mechanics, game design, mechanical engineering, robotics, and education. Ultimately, this diverse background helped to inspire Jason’s understanding of alternative learning. Jason graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a Bachelor of Science in Organization, Learning & Technology. Mr. Mason furthered his education at Texas A&M University-Commerce, receiving his Master of Science in Organization, Learning & Technology.

Experience:
Mr. Mason has spent the past nine years in education, promoting hands-on learning through robotics and customized curriculum. While working with the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, Jason provided building, coding, and curriculum implementation training for over 1500 teachers and students, 100+ districts including all 20 Region Service Centers in Texas, and presented at over 50 technology conferences. Mr. Mason also helped write the robotics curriculum used worldwide for the Girl Scouts and the curriculum used Nationwide by the Boys and Girls Club of America. Mr. Mason is currently a career coach at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he helps students conceptualize strategic and individualized pathways that align their educational goals to their future career aspirations and success.

Sarah Johnston, Director

Mrs. Johnston is from Canada originally and moved to El Paso, TX in 1998 and has lived there off and on ever since. She is an accomplished musician and fluent in the French language. She graduated in the top 10% of her high school class. After high school, she attended university and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree from Colorado Christian University in 2004. After college graduation, she took some time off to travel around Western Europe. After spending time in France, she realized her love of the French language and culture and upon returning to the U.S., decided to pursue a career as a French teacher. She obtained her certification and secured a job as a high school French teacher. She taught high school French for 7 years. She has since taken some time off to stay at home with her 3 kids.

Certifications:
Standard Texas Teaching Certifications:
Secondary French 6-12

​Experience:
Mrs. Johnston has 7 years of teaching experience as a high school French teacher. She also worked for the accounts payable department of Colorado Christian University.

Paul Perez, Director

Paul Perez has lived in El Paso, TX for most of his life. Attending Magoffin MS and Irvin HS, he graduated in the Top 10% of his class. Mr. Perez was a part of Student Council, NJHS, Who’s Who, Journalism, and played competitive sports at the Varsity level in high school. Mr. Perez attended the University of Texas at El Paso where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Legal Reasoning and paired it with a Master’s degree in Leadership & Communication. He was also the mascot, Paydirt Pete, where he competed across the country and won a National Championship. Mr. Perez is a known friend of former UTEP President, Dr. Diana Natalicio. After college, he spent a total of 4 years working with Seniors, UTEP, & other universities to advocate for students with academic programs, technology, and scholarship & grant money.

Certifications:
Standard Texas Teaching Certifications:
Generalist 4-8

Experience:
Mr. Perez has five years of teaching experience as a science teacher, football, basketball, & track coach, as well as a STEM Robotics Coach.