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 […]
  • Blaise Davis – Assistant - Bio Coming Soon!
  • Cole Vanzant – Volunteer - Bio Coming Soon!
  • Daniel Barracca – Instructor - 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 […]
  • 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 – Instructor - 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 – Instructor - 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 […]