“What you are afraid to do is a clear indication of the next thing you need to do.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sterling Pino-DeGale grew up in Northern Virginia and currently resides in Washington, DC. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Sterling earned a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation, focusing on educating communities to prevent the illegal poaching of elephant populations. He later went on to earn M.Ed’s in both Elementary Education and Special Education from Lesley University through Urban Teachers where he developed a passion for urban education and social justice.
Sterling first joined Kid Power in 2018 as a DCPS teacher assisting after-school students during their Academic Power Hour. As a teacher, he co-led and adapted J.O. Wilson’s Saturday School program to address student needs in preparation for year-end assessments, and served as part of his school’s Family Engagement Leadership Team in partnership with the Flamboyan Foundation. Sterling also co-led Urban Teachers’ Fellow Advisory Board where he oversaw projects concerning alumni relations and teacher satisfaction. He has experience leading and coaching teachers in the areas of classroom management and family/community engagement. Sterling joined Kid Power as an Instructional Coach has since transitioned into the role of Director of Instruction and Curriculum, where he focuses on quality instruction and engagement of the holistic child by instructing, mentoring, and developing front-line program staff in addition to creating more thoughtful, purpose-driven curriculum. Outside of this work, Sterling enjoys exercising, writing songs, and spending time with his many pets.