Our Staff

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  • Bill Cloyd – Founder - A mechanical engineer and former high school physics teacher, is founder and president of Newton’s Attic. From a young age, Bill was a natural engineer with a passion for designing and fabricating huge and complicated constructs that could be used to demonstrate both daredevil human feats and the principles of physics all in one. The 80 […]

 

  • Dawn Cloyd – Director of Community Outreach - Dawn is a former high school and adult education teacher with an undergraduate in English and Spanish, Masters in Education from John Carroll University in Ohio, and TESOL Certification from U.C. Santa Cruz. After teaching for four years in the Cleveland area and San Jose, California, she returned to Lexington in 2000 and joined her […]

 

  • Emily Smith – Chief Staff and Student Wrangler - Emily Smith is a rising senior at UK studying chemical engineering and hopes to go into the pharmaceuticals field after college. This is her first summer at Newton’s Attic. Emily will be working in the office with Dawn and Alice to assist families and Newton’s Attic staff to make everyone’s summer camp experience great. She […]
  • Stevie Hightman – Calmer of Chaos and Boo Boos (Office Manager) - Stevie Hightman joined our team in early 2018. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Stevie and her family moved to Lexington, Kentucky from the Maryland Suburbs of Washington, D.C. in the Summer of 2016. Stevie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, University College. She most recently taught Pre-school and was the […]
  • Keith Hollifield – Chief Toy Maker - Keith Hollifield has had a life-long passion for model building, electronics and aviation. He started building and flying model aircrafts at about 10 years old. He has built and flown over 200 model aircrafts through the years including jet powered models capable of 200mph. After earning a degree in Assets Protection / Risk Management from […]
  • Abram Gornik – Master Instructor - Abram Gornik hails from the Big Island of Hawaii, and from a very diverse educational background. Raised in a family that runs both a construction enterprise and a successful educational non-profit, he has participated in both endeavors from a young age first as student and apprentice, and then as instructor. Abram has a wealth of […]
  • Ashlee Edmonson – Master Instructor - Ashlee Edmonson has been with Newton’s Attic for over a year and is a rising sophomore at the University of Kentucky, studying Biosystems Engineering with an emphasis on the Bioenvironmental track. Ashlee currently holds positions at the University of Kentucky on the Student Sustainability Council and for the Society of Women Engineers. She has a […]
  • Blaise Davis – Assistant - Bio Coming Soon!
  • Brandon Gowan – Assistant - Brandon Gowan is a homeschooled, high school senior. He has competed in FIRST robotics competitions for nine years, and has competed at international level FIRST competitions twice. Brandon has mentored middle school FIRST teams, as well as helping teach multiple camps for teams. He has been very passionate about robots since discovering Lego robots at […]
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  • Brittany Rice – Instructor - Brittany Rice is a Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kentucky studying developmental programming and toxic exposures. Brittany is originally from North Carolina and came to Lexington through the University of Kentucky’s Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program. Prior to arriving in Lexington, Brittany graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a Bachelor’s of Science […]
  • Chelsea Reyes – Master Instructor - Chelsea Reyes is a California native who graduated from Lafayette High School in 2014. She has currently finished up her fourth year at the University of Kentucky, where she is double majoring in Art Education and Art Studio. She has a passion for photography and sculpture and has dabbled in many different art forms such […]
  • Christian Renner – Master Instructor - Christian Renner is originally from Southern Maryland and now resides in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Frankfort High School and the Frankfort Science Academy. After exhausting the AP Science and Mathematics courses offered, Christian sought and designed his own internship with HMB Professional Engineers, Inc. in Frankfort. He recently taught Technology for grades […]
  • Christian Skinker – Instructor - Bio Coming Soon!
  • Cole Vanzant – Volunteer - Bio Coming Soon!
  • Daniel Barracca – Assistant - Daniel Barracca is a home-school high schooler who has grown up in Kentucky but is originally from El-Paso, TX. He has been homeschooled since day one, which has instilled in him a love for learning and teaching. At a young age, he discovered videography and filmmaking, and it has been his passion ever since. Daniel […]
  • Eura Shin – Volunteer - Eura Shin is a computer science undergrad at the University of Kentucky. She recently helped start the campus ACM-W, a Computer Science club for women. She is passionate about making Computer Science fun and accessible for everyone. She has organized many Hour of Code events at local elementary schools in Lexington. In her spare time […]
  • George Turner – Artisan in Residence (Volunteer) - George Turner is a Kentucky Native who loves anything that stimulates the brain. George has worked with the Cloyd families since the early 1980’s. As a Controls Engineer and Programmer, George has traveled the country. Some of George’s hobbies include telescope making, radios, electronics, caving and blacksmithing, just to name a few. With his wide […]
  • Isabella Belden -Assistant - Bio Coming Soon!
  • Jacob Chen – Instructor - Bio Coming Soon!
  • Joel Damron – Master Instructor - Joel Damron grew up in Elkhorn City, KY where he was active in 4H as a student and a camp counselor. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Technology from Eastern Kentucky University and worked for over a decade in automotive engineering designing machines for factory automation. He has been a soccer coach, a competitive […]
  • Jonathan Moore – Assistant - Jonathan is a Lexington native who is currently a rising junior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Computer Engineering. Besides school, he is also a part of the Air Force ROTC program at UK, which has given him many opportunities to lead and teach. He also has a variety of other experiences in leadership […]
  • Lynsey Crumbie – Assistant - Lynsey Crumbie is a graduate of Tates Creek Sr. High School and currently an undergraduate student at the University of Louisville. She is majoring in Public Health with a minor in French on a Pre-Law track. She has experience working with young children in a day camp setting as well as in a research lab […]
  • Marlana Pressley-Wallace – Master Instructor - Marlana Pressley-Wallace got her start in the northeast growing up in New York City and living in Connecticut for 3 years before moving to Kentucky where she currently resides. Marlana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry and also holds a Master of Science in Secondary science education. Marlana has been a […]
  • Mason Collins – Master Instructor - Mason Collins is a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He originally attended the Newton’s Attic Mechantics summer camp in middle school and came back in order to help give other kids the opportunity to enjoy engineering. As a kid, he especially enjoyed making different backyard projectile launchers. Now, he is […]
  • Michael Noss – Master of Creative Thinking (Assistant) - Michael Noss, Master of Creative Thinking, is a 2016 graduate of Woodford County High School and a two year veteran of Newton’s Attic, where he has assisted with birthday parties, field trips and numerous summer camps. Michael’s shop skills and problem solving come in handy when he is assisting classes such as Camp Catapult, Rube […]
  • Mike Klinglesmith – Master Instructor - Mike has lived in Lexington KY since the age of four. He is a graduate of Lexington Catholic High School, class of 71. He has worked in the HVAC industry and various other electromechanical trades since 1971. He taught Heating and Air Conditioning for Fayette County Public Schools from 1987-2005 and worked in the FCPS […]
  • Nikolas Coleman – Assistant - Nikolas Coleman is a 2017 graduate of Tate’s Creek High-school and has a passion for networking as well as information security. Nikolas hopes to go to BCTC to major in early education and computer science. When Nikolas is not working, he helps with birthday parties, field trips, and summer camps here at Newton’s Attic.
  • Olivia Denny – Instructor - Bio Coming Soon!
  • Parker Owen – Master Instructor - Parker Owen is a 12-year veteran of the public school system, teaching science and math to middle and high school students. He has coached First Lego League competitions, taught summer robotics camps to middle and elementary school students at Georgia Tech, and has taught chemical and imaginative engineering camps at Newton’s Attic for five years. […]
  • Rachelle Fairchild – Instructor - Bio Coming Soon!
  • Reuben Golyatov – Instructor - Rueben Golyatov is a Biosystems Engineering student at UK and spends his free time helping out at Newton’s Attic. Rueben has known the Cloyd family since childhood and has assisted Newton’s Attic in a variety of capacities here and in the community for the past year. People are what keeps Rueben coming back to Newton’s […]
  • Robert McGillivray – Master Instructor - Robert McGillivray is a Senior at the University of Kentucky studying computer science, Mathematics, and German language. Robert has been involved in many programs including FIRST Robotics, UK E-Day, UK ACM, and Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout. He is a former Newton’s Attic student and volunteer and has participated in many Newton’s […]
  • Sam Egan – Instructor - Sam Eagen is a 2018 graduate of Woodford County High School and plans to attend Grinnell University in the Fall. Sam began programming in sixth grade when he discovered that there were many free courses available online. He quickly absorbed all the information he could, learning several languages and learning more about how unix based […]
  • Sana Aslam – Instructor - Sana Aslam is a rising junior at Yale University, majoring in psychology but studying all sorts of things! She has long been a science literacy enthusiast and is excited about the ways in which scientific thinking inspires people to push boundaries in helping the world. If there’s one thing Sana believes in most, it is […]
  • Sarah Wilson – Master Instructor - Sarah Wilson is a lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Rowan University in New Jersey before attending graduate school for her PhD at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Sarah conducted her thesis research on the production of the anti-cancer compound Paclitaxel (Taxol) through the […]
  • Seth Bashore – Master Instructor - Seth Bashore is an undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky studying Mechanical Engineering. He has been working at Newton’s Attic since the spring of 2014 as an instructor. Seth has taught Camp Catapult, Rube Goldberg Machines, Robot Gladiators, Lego Mindstorm, Autodesk Inventor, and the maiden Voyage of Capernicus I, Crash Landing. Seth has experience […]
  • Tom Birge – Assistant - Bio Coming Soon!
  • Tyler Ferry – Assistant - Bio Coming Soon!
  • Vanya Bistrekova – Instructor - Vanya graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Biosystems Engineering in 2016 and became a certified EIT in 2017. She has led undergraduate research teams, worked in a professional engineering setting, and presented at state, national, and international science and engineering conferences. In her free time, Vanya has worked on small solar […]