York School Faculty and Staff

Our teachers are on a mission to inspire independent learners through a proven academic program that challenges and prepares students for college and other life pursuits. Our faculty sets high standards for their students and for themselves. They concentrate on their students’ personal development as they mentor, support, discuss, question, and connect with them.

Dr. Jeff Hanna, Math/Science Faculty and Department Chair

Lead Coach/Mentor 1

Dr. Hanna has been the lead mentor for Team 5171 since he started at York in 2014.

Mr. Sean Raymond, English Faculty and Academic Dean

Lead Coach/Mentor 2

Mr. Raymond played a significant role in the formation of Team 5171 and continues to support our progress and growth.

External Mentors

Dr. Duane Davis, Research Assistant Professor

Naval Postgraduate School 

Dr. Davis specializes in robotic swarms and cooperative multi-vehicle systems, ethics in autonomous systems, robot control architectures, and cyber operations policy and strategy. He has been mentoring Team 5171 since 2017, assisting in software development.

Mr. Tim Stanton, Research Professor

Naval Postgraduate School

Mr. Stanton specializes in ocean turbulence, waves, ice/sea interactions, and ocean instrumentation. He served as a mentor in all areas of robotic design between 2016 and 2018.

What We Do


Mentors and Coaches are individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines who work with students to share their knowledge and guide them through the season. Many Mentors contribute on a weekly basis during competition season or support the team with subject matter expertise on an as-needed basis. Teams may have additional or more specialized roles or a combination of roles as needed. In addition, Mentors help to foster the idea of Gracious Professionalism® and have the students do as much of the work as possible.

-Mentor and Coach Roles,