Brandon Cohen

National Faculty – West

As a life-long learner, Brandon’s professional path has been guided by his interests, service to his community, and passion for education. After leaving UC Berkeley’s School of Engineering with a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, he joined URS as a staff engineer which soon gave way to directing the operations of two San Diego based design & fabrication studios (Basile Studio and Pourfolio Custom Concrete), as well as serving in Peace Corps (Ecuador). In the coastal lowlands of Ecuador, through relationship building and technical training of 16 local stakeholders, Brandon first recognized his passion for teaching as he led construction and operation of the region's first community-owned wood processing plant.

Pulled by his love of teaching and desire to serve his own community, Brandon taught middle school in La Mesa before bringing his experiences and skills together as the 12th grade Environmental Science teacher at High Tech High in San Diego. As a PBL practitioner, Brandon excelled in designing and implementing authentic projects that integrated science content with advocacy, global awareness, cradle-to-cradle product design, fabrication, and green building. His students’ most impressive project was the design and construction of the eco-friendly, 100 square foot Tiny House.

Since leaving High Tech High, Brandon continues to effect change in education by providing professional development for those seeking to increase student engagement in economically disadvantaged areas through Project Based Learning and STEAM curriculum.

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