Our Staff


lizLiz Chen
Director of Fundraising & Outreach

Liz is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. After graduating from Princeton University in 2010, Liz taught high school biology and chemistry at Northampton County High School. In 2012, she started the Master of Public Health program at UNC and co-founded MyHealthEd, Inc., a nonprofit organization that aims to improve health education through the use of technology. For the past four summers, Liz has also served as a co-director of ENC STEM, managing the program’s evaluation efforts, building relations with funders and policymakers, and teaching both Leadership Development and Technology. Liz plans to devote her career to bridging the gap between public health and public education in rural North Carolina, striving to eliminate the achievement gap and health disparities to create a productive workforce.


graysonGrayson Cooper 
(Volunteer) Director of Operations 
Grayson is an associate consultant with Public Impact, an education management and policy consulting firm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, conducting quantitative research and analysis and assisting schools and districts implementing an Opportunity Culture. Before joining Public Impact, he spent three years as a math teacher and instructional technology facilitator at Northampton County High School in northeastern North Carolina through Teach For America. There, his roles included deploying and managing a one-to-one laptop initiative, facilitating teacher professional development, and leading a district-wide recruitment initiative. While at Northampton County High School, he co-founded ENC STEM. Grayson holds a bachelor’s degree in educational entrepreneurship and mathematics, with a minor in business, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which he graduated with honors after attending as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He holds a master’s degree in education from East Carolina University, and a master’s degree in library and information science with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Grayson is also a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where he serves on the Five Year Strategic Planning Team and is a member of the Alumni Association Executive Board.


daleDale Hammer 
Director of Program Development 
Dale is the Assistant Principal at KIPP Gaston College Preparatory in Gaston, NC. He graduated in May 2016 with his Master of School Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC, Dale previously taught high school math for three years at Northampton County High School where he served as Math Department Chair and Varsity Track Coach. A co-founder of ENC STEM, Dale is devoted to promoting STEM education among students in low-resourced communities in Eastern North Carolina. In addition, he is passionate about training high quality teachers to work in high need schools.


Caroline Harris

Project Officer


Caroline is the Biology teacher at Southeast Halifax High School. She currently serves as the Head of the Science Department and runs the school’s Photography Club. She graduated from the University of Texas in 2015 with degrees in Biology and History. Although she has only served one year with ENC STEM, she is passionate about its mission to increase opportunities for economically disadvantaged students by providing exposure to STEM-related courses and careers. Beyond ENC STEM, Caroline plans to continue to teach in the Eastern North Carolina region as she works hand-in-hand with high school students.


Elaina Sabatine

Project Officer


Elaina is a third year doctoral student in the School of Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill, where her research interests include achievement motivation and academic self-efficacy of underserved youth. After graduating from Penn State University in 2011 with a degree in biological and evolutionary biology, she worked as a high school science teacher and Teach For America corps member for two years at Northampton County High School. She also served an additional year as a district science instructional coach for Northampton County Schools. Elaina is dedicated to helping teachers create socially and emotionally safe learning spaces for children. She has been working with ENC STEM since 2013.


Jonathan Martinez-Ruiz

Project Officer 

Jonathan is a third year undergraduate student pursuing a double Astronomy and Mathematics major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since attending ENC STEM as a student his senior year of high school, he has volunteered with ENC STEM in 2014 and has been a Teaching Assistant since 2015. Currently, Jonathan is a Project Officer for ENC STEM where he works on grant seeking and event coordination. Jonathan also works with the North Carolina Science Festival where his focus is to deliver informal science education to economically disadvantaged areas. Upon graduating, Jonathan plans dedicate time to teaching in Northampton County, after which he intends to apply for the Masters in Educational Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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