Charu Gulati

Middle school educator, San Carlos School District


Unleash your potential and explore the world through STEM!

What do you do?

I am a middle school science educator and innovation coach. I believe in leading education for innovative solutions, social responsibility, and sustainable development. I strive to engage my students in building an understanding of the interconnectedness of our world, cultivate empathy for the environment, and empower youth to be changemakers for issues that need collective action.

Why did you choose this field?

I come from a family of educators. Unlike many other girls growing up in conservative India, I was fortunate to be raised by parents with a liberal mindset who encouraged me to pursue my dreams. With a degree in science and education, I began my first teaching assignment at a local middle school. After getting married, I left India to join my husband in Oman. With job relocation, we moved to Silicon valley, California where I explored the tech industry as a quality assurance engineer but soon moved back to my happy domain of education. I love teaching simply because I can make a difference!

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

As a young girl growing up in India, I was a fan of National Geographic content but I had never thought it was possible for me to be associated with this prestigious organization. Today, I am a National Geographic certified educator and Certification mentor. As an international educator, I have had the honor of teaching hundreds of students from all over the world.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because it is part of our everyday life, it is who we are, and it how we can find solutions to the various issues we have in our world. I wake up looking forward to learning something new every day!

Best advice for next generation?

Unleash your potential and explore the world through STEM! You have so much to offer to the society but most importantly DO IT for yourself. Because you are capable and we need you to be a part of solutions!

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." ~ Baba Dioum

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