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Institute for Student Health

Team

Natalie Wagner Fierro

DSC_2332Our co-founder Natalie serves as our Chief Education Officer, designing all program curriculum. Natalie combines her education training and art, dance, and fitness experience to create engaging and enriching eco-craft, ISHfit, and agri-CULTURE-ISH lessons.

An Oklahoma native, Natalie completed bachelor’s degrees in French and International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. After graduating summa cum laude, Natalie joined Teach For America as a Philadelphia corps member in 2009 where she taught full-time while obtaining a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  She then followed her love of dance to teach ballroom lessons. She enrolled in the University of San Diego School of Law in 2010 and very successfully completed her first year then realized that her real passion was working with students.  She returned to work in K-12 schools and co-founded The Institute for Student Health.

Roberto Fierro

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Our co-founder Roberto Adrian Fierro serves as our CHI Community Liaison, pursuing and maintaining partnerships as well as planning and implementing ISH HEAL CE3 workshops. Roberto’s passion for health comes from years in the kitchen and he is the brains behind all our our healthy, kid-friendly recipes. Look for Roberto behind the cutting board at all ISH Cooking Demos!

Roberto was born in San Diego, California, raised in Tijuana, Mexico, and educated in American schools. Roberto holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego and an M.A. from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He began his public service at the San Diego County’s Auditor and Controller Department where he garnered vast administrative and financial experience. In 2008, Roberto was selected as the Azteca America Foundation International Affairs Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. After the fellowship, Roberto taught 9th grade in Washington D.C. His dedication to young people and education coupled with his passion for social and environmental justice inspired him to create The Institute for Student Health in 2011 with his wife Natalie. In 2012 Roberto served as Vice President of Solidarity Strategies, a political consulting firm. Roberto currently works in the position of Senior Associate at D&P Creative Strategies.

 Health Champions Instructors

We are currently looking for instructors for the 2014-2015 school year! Email ishcommunication@gmail.com for more information.

Amber Flinton

Amber FlintonAmber is our Health Champion Program Instructor. Amber joins ISH with a strong background in education, culinary arts, and nutrition outreach.

Amber completed a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature and Secondary Education from Boston College in 2011. Since then she has worked with several organizations to provide health education, plan nutritious menus, and develop sustainable and affordable food solutions for corporations as well as under privileged communities. She has also had formal culinary and school garden training and practices a lifestyle committed to sustainability and balance. Today, she is thrilled to share her passion for student wellness with the ISH team and the communities that they serve.

Marisa Marjek
Marisa graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with a degree in Sociology. Since then, she has pursued her passions of education, working with youth, and travel through teaching English in Ecuador, doing a year of AmeriCorps with the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC, and most recently, backpacking through Central America. During her time at LAYC, she helped coordinate three large health fairs for youth and the community. She keeps active in her spare time with capoeira, running, and recreational team sports. Marisa is excited to get kids enthusiastic about healthy living!