Summer Program Faculty
At Khan Lab School, we believe that everyone’s a teacher and everyone’s a student.
Our faculty and staff are experts in their respective fields and enthusiastic collaborators who enjoy sharing their deep content knowledge and research interests with the community. Members of our team model what it means to be a life-long learner and work to ensure that students discover their passions and develop the skills they need to pursue them. As members of a lab school, we never stop learning, and we never stop innovating to create the highest quality learning experiences for our students!
All summer programs are in-person at our Mountain View, CA campus. Full vaccination (and eligible boosted) required. Download our summer program flyer here.
Artificial Intelligence Specialist
Kayla holds a Master in CS, Bachelor in CS & Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kayla’s experience lies in Robotics--she previously worked on Autonomous Driving at Cruise, and robotics software Vecna robotics. She has also researched methods for factory line workers to effectively work alongside robots.
Kayla has been a STEM teacher for middle, high school and college students with substantial experience building interdisciplinary project-based curricula. She also created and taught the inaugural AI Scholars Project Course at Khan Lab School in Fall 2021 that has continued on to Spring 2022 and beyond.
Vaish was born and raised in India. She graduated with a Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in India and worked at Siemens for a year before moving to the US. She now lives with her loving husband and a daughter who keep her on her toes all day.
After graduating from SJSU, Vaish took a leap of faith to pursue her passion for teaching. She is currently working on her teaching credential in Math and MA in education from San Jose State University. Everyday she is filled with fun and wonder by the experiences and knowledge her students bring to the class. She strongly believes that for students to be successful, it is imperative that she help them identify and facilitate their strengths while guiding them in their learning.
Architecture & Art Specialist
Myrna uses a hands-on approach to everything she tackles. After earning a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science she worked as a software engineer for many years. She then returned to school and earned a Master in Architecture from California College of the Arts. Myrna's experience as a professional architect contributes to her pragmatic approach to problem solving teaching with an eye on experimentation.
Physics & Math Specialist
Lisa is an experienced Adjunct Professor with an extensive range in teaching Physics and Math to undergraduate and high school students. She has a strong education with a Master's Degree in Physics from San Jose State University. Lisa fosters a lively, enthusiastic, and positive classroom learning environment while mentoring and tutoring students from diverse backgrounds. She currently is a Physics Adjunct Professor at Foothill-De Anza Community College and a Physics & Math Specialist at Khan Lab High School.
Visual Art Specialist
Cole is an art educator, artist and design professional with over ten years of experience teaching arts and humanities courses in leading independent schools in California. Recently a fellow and graduate teaching assistant at UT-Austin where she has completed all the coursework for an MA in Art Education with a Portfolio in Museum Studies. Her thesis research focuses on the relationship between art education and the built environment. Cole teaches inquiry-led, choice-based art classes that encourage independent thought, creative confidence and cohesion within the school community.
KLS Director of College Counseling
Brennan Barnard, M.Ed, is the Director of College Counseling and Outreach at The Derryfield School, an independent day school in Manchester, New Hampshire and the College Admissions Program Advisor with Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was also the founding Director of College Counseling for US Performance Academy, an online independent high school for elite athletes.
Brennan is a member of the Advisory Board for the New Hampshire College and University Council’s New Hampshire Scholars Program and on the Executive Committee for the Character Collaborative. He presents regularly on character, athletic recruiting, mindfulness, discipline and other topics in college admission. He has written about college admission for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes.com, Thrive Global, HuffPost, Concord Monitor, Journal of College Admission, and other publications. He has also been featured in articles in the Boston Globe and Associated Press. An occasional featured guest on New Hampshire Public Radio, he has been interviewed about college admission by New England Cable News and ABC News. He also hosts a live weekly webinar series with college admission leaders. Brennan was a New England Association of College Admission Counselors Professional of the Year for 2017. He is co-author of the book, "The Truth About College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together," and a new accompanying workbook.