Our Staff

At Techsplorers, each employee is handpicked from the best engineers, teachers, and students of higher education. Although our backgrounds are varied, we are united by our passion for science, technology, education, and the desire to nurture that same passion in the next generation.

Leadership & Development Team

Rodger Dalton

Founder & Chief Exploration Officer

BS Electrical Eng, NC State

MS Electrical Eng, Duke University

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Wendy Candler

Program Director & Curriculum Dev

BS Mechanical Engineering, NC State


Bianca Mcghee

Manager & Sales Coordinator

BS Technology, Engineering, Design Education, NC State

CTE Teacher (Middle Creek HS)

Dr. Gary Ybarra

Curriculum Advisor

ECE Professor (NC State)

Former Director of Undergrad Studies, ECE Dept (Duke)


Dr. Kevin Gard

Curriculum Advisor

Former ECE Professor (NC State)

Design Engineer (Analog Devices)

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Rudy Salas

Curriculum Advisor

ECE Lab Manager (NC State)

Director Autonomous Robot Workshop (NC State)


Dave Hoff

Curriculum Advisor

Staff Engineer (Qualcomm)

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Michael McGhee

M.Ed. Technology Ed, NC State

Project Lead the Way Teacher (Wake County Schools)

Joy Elliot

M.Ed. Teacher Leadership, Walden

Youth Digital Instructor

Special Ed Math Teacher (McDougle Middle)

Barbara McNair

BS Biochemistry, Lehigh University

M.Ed. Elementary Education, Campbell University

Teacher (Angier & LaFayette Elem)

Gwen Nicholson

BA Elementary Education, NC Central

MS Technology, NC A&T

Technology Teacher (JCPS)

Virginia Huff

Master of Music, Johns Hopkins

Music Teacher (Wake Forest Elem)

Rebecca Gurkin

BS Elementary Education, Western Michigan

M.Ed. Reading Education, Meredith

Teacher (Douglas Elem)

James Crace

BS Mechatronics (Student), UNCA & NC State

Amanda Maust

BA Elementary Education, Shenandoah University

Elementary Teacher (WCPSS)