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Briana Clarke

Briana Clarke

2016 Fellow
Envision Academy of Arts & Technology
Oakland, California

Teaching Discipline


Why Physics

“I have always loved how physics explains how the world works. Also appreciating beauty as a mathematical picture, I’m excited to teach physics both conceptually and mathematically. As an athlete, I am particularly excited to teach kinematics and connect science to many of my students’ passion for sports.”

Professional Experience

As an undergraduate, Briana worked as a teacher’s assistant for freshman chemistry and physics courses. In this role, she furthered her love of science and education. Briana also taught Zumba classes on campus as part of a fitness program that she developed.

After graduation, she taught algebra two, physics, and SAT prep to high school students enrolled in the West Angeles Education and Enrichment Program.

Volunteer Experience

During her junior year of college, Briana served as the Pre-Collegiate Chair for region six of the National Society of Black Engineers. As Pre-Collegiate Chair, she designed a series of interactive science, engineering, and computer science workshops for the annual K–12 conference. Briana felt fulfillment when she heard students say they were inspired to pursue engineering or simply college after participating in these workshops.


Briana enjoys track and field, performing spoken word, and dance.

Academic Background

  • Stanford University (Master of Education in Education)
  • Seattle Pacific University (Bachelor of Science in Physics)


My ultimate desire is equip students with science practices—inquiry, reasoning, critical thinking, and argumentation—in order to make culturally responsible citizens who are both motivated and prepared to change the world.

Briana Clarke
2016 Fellow