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Theme: Ways to Thrive

This event occurred on
April 26, 2013
12:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Alexandria, VA
United States

TEDxTJHSST is the work of TJ One Question class. It is an opportunity for teachers, students, parents, and alumni of the TJHSST community to learn from each other, share their core beliefs, and explain their understanding of ways to thrive in the increasingly complex world that surrounds us.

TJHSST Lecture Hall
6560 Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA, 22312
United States
Event type:
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Mayank Jain

Mayank Jain is a freshman studying Computer Science at the University of Illinois. He is the co-founder of HackTJ, a hackathon competition focused on getting students excited about computer science and entrepreneurship at the high school level and below. He is also a Global Fellow at the Kairos Society and has previously worked with organizations such as Ashoka's Youth Venture and iCAREweCARE on getting students involved in creating social impact through entrepreneurship.

Adey Fettene

Adey Fettene graduated from Cornell University in 2009 with a degree in Applied Economics and Management and minor in Development Sociology. There she was one of 30 out of 20,000 students that received the prestigious Telluride Academic Scholarship and was recognized by her peers and administration as a leader. She was one of 10 Grassroots Organizing Weekend Trainers for the United States Student Association, the nation’s oldest and largest student association. For four years, she has worked as a finance and accounting staff and consultant for both private and not-for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Most recently as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for Voto Latino. Adey lives in the Washington, DC area.

Michael Miller

Mike Miller holds an EdM from Rutgers University and has been teaching high-school English for 19 years. In addition to being a father of two, he's a noncompetitive hiker, cyclist, skier, snowboarder, and surfer. He loves playing with his children, and his goal is to raise them to be moral people.

Judith Bello

Judy Bello has enjoyed teaching English at TJ these past 8 years even more than her rewarding prior challenges in practicing and teaching international law and public policy for 30 years in the public and private sectors. EVRMOM, as her license plate proclaim ( and now Grandma to boot!), aims to promote critical thinking (at Moby-Dick’s “a little lower layer”), creativity, and happiness through adventures in literature and life.

Hadan Kauffman

Mr. Kauffman is a generalist by nature, with minors in English, French, Philosophy, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics and Math, and a major in Biophysics. He chose to computerize the company he worked for during his second degree (Marriott) because it was fun to be at the leading edge of the PC revolution. By day, he teaches chemistry at high schools in northern Virginia, and on the weekends. he and his wife are both ordained ministers for a local non-denominational church.

Megan Ganley

Megan Ganley, class of 2014, is extremely excited to be doing a TED talk. Hoping to one day fulfill her dream of becoming an industrial designer, Megan is currently working on many prototyping projects as well as participating in activities such as scuba diving, visual arts, color guard, and aviation at her job at the Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum. Megan's upbeat attitude also makes her ready for anything life throws at her... unless it's a spider... because seriously, spiders are gross.

David Chae

David Chae, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is one of the happiest people you may encounter and knows how to handle any situation calmly. He believes that anything can be achieved through a bit of luck, effort, and motivation and spends most of his free time helping people with whatever task they require because he wants to serve as a model for a better world.

Rachel Laveson

Rachel Laveson is a junior at TJHSST, and a perpetual optimist. Those close to her say she's hardworking, loyal, and kind. In her free time, Rachel runs track and cross country, and plays trumpet in the school band.

Anwar Omeish

Anwar Omeish is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Thrust into activism from a very young age by the unique experience of her family and background, Anwar considers political and social justice activism her passion and her calling. When she is not at school or working on a campaign, she is an avid reader, writer, and blogger. Most recently an Organizing Fellow on the Obama campaign, Anwar will be interning at Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA)'s office this summer.

Acacia Dai

Acacia Dai '13 is currently a senior at TJHSST and will be attending UVA in the coming fall. She enjoys drawing in her free time and is the Event Chair of Relay for Life at TJHSST.

Norm Meyrowitz

Norm Meyrowitz currently is an advisor in the fields of high-technology and design. Previously, Norm was President of Macromedia Products, overseeing the introduction of the award-winning Flash, Shockwave, Director, Dreamweaver, Breeze, Contribute, Flex, Creative Studio, and many other products. From May 1991 to October 1993, he served as Director of Software at Go Corporation, a startup in tablet and pen-based computing.. From October 1981 to May 1991, he served in various positions at Brown University; in his last position, he was Co-Director of the University's Institute for Research in Information and Scholarship (IRIS), which he co-founded in 1983. Meyrowitz managed and was the principal architect of IRIS's Intermedia system, a networked, multi-user hypermedia system that was a forerunner to the World Wide Web. He graduated from Brown University in 1981 with a Sc.B. degree in Computer Science.

Maureen Miller

Maureen Miller '02 is an MD MPH student at New York University School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. After completing medical residency, she plans to specialize in occupational and environmental preventive medicine and clinical epidemiology. In her free time she helps run, a hip-hop lyrics annotation website which receives about 15 million unique visitors a month, and freelances for a number of publications on the Web (Atlantic, Paris Review, n+1, McSweeney's, Kindle Singles eBook series).

Thomas Sleete

Thomas F. Sleete, is a teacher with over 44 years of classroom experience, an AP US History Examination Reading Table Leader, the Gilder-Lehrman 2005 Michigan History Teacher of the Year, and a consultant to the College Board in AP US History, Reading Strategies, Vertical Teaming, English/History Interdisciplinary Strategies, Pre-AP Strategies in History and the Social Studies, and Writing Tactics Using SOAPSTone.

Lucas Kang

Lucas Kang is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, in Alexandria, Virginia. He has a passion for understanding the behavior of complex systems, and often utilizes his expertise in physics, mathematics, and computer programming to gain newfound perspectives on any topic that interests him. Besides his enthusiasm in the sciences, Lucas also enjoys multiple hobbies, including playing soccer, playing his violin, cooking gourmet food, and reading.

Sumved Ravi

Interested in the build blocks of the matter and the study of the universe as a whole I began my quest into the realm of physics. My passion for engineering and innovation has allowed me to combine my knowledge and put it to practical use.I hope to continue pursuing my love for science and engineering by applying skills and knowledge learned in applications that can be used in the real world

Michael Nguyen

Although he ultimately decided to join the Biotechnology Research Lab at TJHSST, Michael Nguyen has found a passion in physics, taking courses such as Quantum physics and electrodynamics. Intrigued by the practical applications of science, he pursued many different projects, such as the design and construction of a compact particle accelerator. Michael hopes to pursue a Bio-medical engineering major with a physics minor at the University of Virginia.

Kevin Gormley

Kevin Gormley ’95 is a lead engineer at MITRE, where he created airport simulations, developed new routes with air traffic controllers, performed cost benefit analysis of technology portfolios, and most recently conducted data mining to help discover healthcare fraud. (This talk does NOT represent MITRE.) At Princeton, he studied Civil Engineering and Operations Research and co-founded the Entrepreneurship Club. He earned his Master’s and PhD in Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia. Kevin is president of the TJ Alumni Association. Last year, he launched a program where 1000+ alumni participated to induct teachers into the TJ Teacher Hall of Fame and honor alumni STARS with unique accomplishments. This year, he is leading an effort to create an informal mentoring program where TJ alumni can offer career and research advice to alumni and current TJ students.

Organizing team


Washington, DC, United States


Ashburn, VA, United States
  • T.A. Ngyuen
    Event Coordinator
  • Jennifer Ko
    Public Relations Director
  • Anudeep Mangu
    Recruitment Coordinator