Elvira has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector; including one year of experience as an IT Technician and two years of Education Research. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in 2016 and is pursuing a double Master’s degree in Development Studies and Computer Systems at JKUAT in Kenya. Previously, she has worked as a Research Assistant and IT Support Officer at Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA); which capacity builds In-service teachers in Kenya and Africa. In 2017-2018 she assisted in the design of data collection tools for impact assessment and baseline survey of STEM in Kenyan schools by CEMASTEA. Elvira also served as an ICT supervisor at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Her achievements include technical input in introducing Google classroom approach to over 1000 Kenyan teachers and Robotics in Kenyan schools targeting high school students to boost creativity, innovation, and competency-based learning. Elvira is the Deputy Director and Co-Founder of Humara Tennis Kenya, which features among the top-three successful tennis organizations under Tennis Kenya in developing ways to improve tennis accessibility, competition and to fix drug and alcohol abuse among youth via sports activities. At the Association of ICT Mentors, she mentors young people between 13-18 years-old to raise awareness for opportunities in STEM courses and careers. Elvira believes that acts of volunteerism will not only benefit her personally, but also the community around her and make the world a better place.

Host Organization: Per Scholas

Role at Per Scholas: At Per Scholas, Elvira will serve as the Blended Learning Integration Fellow: helping to further facilitate blended learning into Per Scholas’ tuition-free IT training for unemployed and underemployed adults.