Meet the Team

We are a small team of high schoolers dedicated to crafting language curriculum, raising awareness, coding user interface, and teaching language learners.

Sophie Ma

Founder and President

Sophie is an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of her work at Teaching Terra, Sophie is working to get her interpreter’s license. In her free time, she likes to write poetry, try new foods, and hang out with her friends.

Warren Van Nort

Vice President of Outreach

Warren is an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky. Outside of Teaching Terra, Warren is the Recruitment Chair for the Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Fraternity. He also loves volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington. In his free time, Warren loves to watch “Survivor” and try new restaurants in the Lexington area. 

Demos Negash

Vice President of Operations

Demos is a senior at duPont Manual High School. Outside of their work at Teaching Terra, Demos is active within his school’s Y-Club and enjoys competing on the national debate circuit. In addition to his role at Teaching Terra, Demos also is heavily involved in local politics, where he started a coalition of Young Democrats clubs throughout Louisville to strengthen and mobilize teens. In his free time, he enjoys watching cooking shows, playing basketball, and researching about international affairs.

Jack Duplessis

Vice President of Technology

Jack is an undergraduate at the University of Louisville. He likes to bake and work on cars in his free time.

James Jean-Marie

Graphic Design Chair

James is an undergraduate at the University of Louisville. Outside Teaching Terra, James spends his time designing and photographing for On The Record, a magazine for the youth of Louisville. He is passionate about working with graphic design and in his free time, loves to play soccer, take photos, and hang out with friends.

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