Originally from Lexington, NC, Dr. Timothy J. Tesh joined the Presidio Brass in July of 2012. TJ is a Grammy-nominated performing artist, trumpet clinician and music educator. He has had the distinct pleasure of performing with Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Take 6, Quincy Jones, Dave Koz, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and many other music greats. He also played lead trumpet on the Grammy-nominated album “Self-Contained,” recorded by the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble, and on an American and Canadian tour of Mel Brooks’ award-winning Broadway hit, “The Producers.”
TJ currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet at the University of Southern California, where he recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance and music education. He received a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Mars Hill College.
Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Riggio is the author of over 100 books, book chapters, and research articles in the areas of leadership, assessment centers, organizational psychology and social psychology. His most recent books are Leadership Studies (Elgar, 2011), The Art of Followership and The Practice of Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2008, 2007), Applications of Nonverbal Behavior (co-edited with Robert S. Feldman; Erlbaum, 2005), and Transformational Leadership (2nd ed.), coauthored with Bernard M. Bass (Erlbaum, 2006). Professor Riggio is an Associate Editor of The Leadership Quarterly, and is on the Editorial Boards of Leadership, Leadership Review, Group Dynamics, and the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, and he was the originator of the Shoptalk column at the Los Angeles Times, a Q&A column dealing with workplace problems/issues.
An established educator, Torie has been teaching high school English for nine years. She is an active participant on her school campus, having run several student based programs and been a WASC group leader during her school's accreditation process.
Torie has a passion for young people and early on her teaching career, recognized the importance of addressing the achievement gap in schools. She was accepted into Claremont Graduate University for her doctoral degree and began focusing her reading and research on educational gaps.
This research led her to mentoring. In 2007, Torie created a research-based mentoring program focused on providing mentoring and support for Black and Latino youth. From there, she launched a non-profit organization called the Youth Mentoring Action Network that now serves over 70 youth in two high schools and has a 95% college attendance rate.
Torie embodies the concept of the scholar-practitioner, working to understand and contribute to education and mentoring research, while applying that research to her teaching and mentoring practice.
Mr. Mark Weidman is a Los Osos High School English teacher with over twenty years’ experience in the high school classroom. As a teacher, Mr. Weidman seeks to empower, motivate, and inspire his students. Mr. Weidman makes frequent use of TED talks in his classroom. “I want my students to see that each one of us has the power to transform the world, and TED is all about that.”
Just last year, Mr. Weidman’s sophomore students initiated the Talk Project, a collection of TED-style talks delivered by students, video-recorded, and published at honorsenglish2.wordpress.com. Mr. Weidman believes the TED talk is a new and very useful form of academic presentation designed to generate deep discussion and inspire further inquiry. “Everything good education can do,” he says.
Mr. Weidman is a National Board Certified Teacher, and holds a master’s degree in theatre arts. He was voted LOHS Teacher of the Year (English) in 2006. When he’s not training for a triathlon, Mr. Weidman’s primary extracurricular activity is playwriting. He is a published playwright, and his performance reviews have appeared in Theatre Journal. He makes his home in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, with his wife Amy and their tricolor beagle, Samwise.
George Liu is a writer whose economic and securities analyses have been featured on MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, CNBC, MarketWatch, TheStreet, and NASDAQ.com. At Los Osos High School, he is also the VP of Programs of its FBLA chapter, President of its American Cancer Society chapter, and President of its Future Investors of America chapter. His dream is to one day travel around the world as a pseudonymous graffiti artist.
Chukwuma is a senior at Los Osos High School. He is currently 17 years old and is a first generation teenager living in the United States. He is the child of four, and enjoys reading, playing football, and jogging occasionally. He is proficient in three languages, English, Spanish, and Igbo.
He plays American football, and he hopes to contradict most prevailing stereotypes about the sport. His favorite weather is the rain, because it makes moments of unforeseen triumph much more dramatic than it really is.
Siena Lorraine, a 9-year-old 4th grader, strongly believes in the importance of saving the environment for all living creatures. At age 7, her Holiday wish was for everyone in her family to recycle. Because she explained the importance of this, all of her family members are now recycling. At age 5, she encouraged her classroom to recycle. A few weeks later, they got a recycling bin. When she goes to the beach or walks in the neighborhood, she always cleans up any litter that she sees. She is now moving on to the bigger issue of fracking. Siena spoke at another TEDx conference in December 2012, after which she was invited to speak to middle school classrooms in the San Diego area about the importance of banning or regulating hydraulic fracturing (fracking).