Meet the Mentors

Steven RaileIMG_7163

Head Mentor Pre-Engineering Teacher at Staten Island Technical High School

  • Helps team members in all divisions
  • Facilitates all jobs and personally works with team member to meet their needs
  • Encourages equality, creativity, and originality, whether in the initial script of an animation, the prototype of a robot, or the final cut of a Chairman’s award video
  • Prominent influence both within the team and beyond Staten Island Tech
  • Brought FLL to Staten Island: recommending it to teachers, getting team members involved as referees, and starting a Lego robotics class at Staten Island five years ago.
  • Led to development of 30 FLL teams and Staten Island’s official qualifying tournament
  • Taught team members the importance of giving back on both a local and global scale
  • Encourages students to do volunteer work through collecting items for U.S. troops abroad, collecting bottles to buy goats for poor villages, and robotics summer programs for young students to learn basic engineering principles
Mark ErlenweinIMG_7148-1024x768

Principal and Former Assistant Principal (for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering) of Staten Island Technical High School

  • Helps team members in the Chairman’s, Graphics Design, Media, Scouting, and Volunteer Project Divisions
  • Maintains the team’s funds and plans for all events and trips
  • His role as a mentor has been given to Jonathan Colangelo but Mr. Erlenwein still meets with the team captains regularly to stay updated and helps in any way he can
Jonathan ColangeloColengelo-1024x768

Physics and Chemistry teacher at Staten Island Technical High School

  • Became a mentor during June 2013
  • Helps team members in the Chairman’s, Graphics Design, Media, Scouting, and Volunteer Project Divisions
  • Maintains the team’s funds and plans for all events and trips
Allan Bailey

Retired Teacher

  • One of the founding members of the team
  • Helps team members in Build, Electronics, and Programming Divisions
Ray FerrignoIMG_7151-1024x768

 

  • Became a mentor during September 2014
  • Helps team members in Build, Electronics, and Programming Divisions
  • Accompanies Team 375 on trips
  • Helps maintain safety procedures in the lab
  • Helps supervise machinery in the lab

Mentors are essential to the team because they have created and maintain the team. Without help from professional mentors, students would not be able to learn and apply S.T.E.M. concepts to their projects. Specifically, Team 375 has a strict philosophy for mentors to motivate and teach simple concept to students and not directly give them information. Mentors focus on making all members self- sustaining and learn how to approach problems and challenges on their own. Currently, there are three active mentors that are teachers from Staten Island Technical High School and two part-time mentors from the community.