Founders

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Tim Barnhart: Co-founder
tim@rootstostem.org

I am an avid backpacker, musician, and lover of all things R & D. After receiving my Materials Science & Engineering degree from Virginia Tech in 2006, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the globe, patent alloys, non-stop hike all 2,184 miles of the Appalachian Trial, and help build a R & D department from the ground up. In 2017, I received my MBA from Miami University. This stoked an entrepreneurial desire to help build something altruistic, a non-profit… Roots To STEM.

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Noah Ashbrook: Co-founder
noah@rootstostem.org

After graduating high school in Lebanon, Virginia, I obtained my Associate’s Degree from Southwest Virginia Community College in 2004 and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Science (Earth and Space Concentration) from Radford University in 2006. After graduating, I moved back to my hometown and worked at a Wastewater Treatment Plant until becoming a teacher for Bristol Virginia Public Schools in the fall of 2007. Outside of teaching Earth Science and Astronomy I offer star gazing, coach Scholastic Bowl,  sponsor a Customizable Card Game Club for beginning Magic: The Gathering players,  volunteer at a comic book convention in the tri-cities each year, and I play drums in a few local bands. My passion for science can be seen by any of my students and I’ve been lucky enough to live my dreams without having to leave home. I hope to extend some of that passion and luck to individuals through teaching and this non-profit.

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Matthew Hubbard: Co-founder
matthew@rootstostem.org

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