Soula is the President of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria (STAV) and brings over 25 years of leadership and teaching experience in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics to her role as the Director of Quantum Victoria. She is a member of numerous Boards and Panels including; the In2science Peer Mentoring Board and the Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO). Soula contributes to STEM education policy both at the state and national level via committees, round-table discussions and forums.
Cress ByrneTeaching & Learning
Cress is an expert teacher with over 15 years' experience in the teaching and learning of VCE Mathematics and Science. Her teaching methods include Specialist mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Cress has enjoyed a myriad of different roles in the teaching profession and brings this experience to the teaching and learning at Quantum Victoria.
Joel WillisTeaching & Learning
Joel is an accomplished teacher who previously completed a Bachelor of Nanotechnology/Bachelor of Science at La Trobe University. His undergraduate degree included physics, chemistry and mathematics which are supporting factors of nanotechnology. Joel has worked on both research projects at La Trobe University and in industry. His industry projects have been undertaken at DSTO, Dulux and Electromold.
Carlie AlexanderTeaching & Learning
Carlie is a P-12 graduate teacher who previously taught first year biology at the University of Melbourne. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (Marine Biology) at the University of Melbourne and her research involved determining the spread of introduced and invasive marine invertebrates and algae in a Marine National Park. Other study areas included Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Botany and Mathematics.
David SmithProgrammer and Game Developer
David is a game designer and computer programmer with Bachelors in Games Technology and Mathematics at La Trobe University. Having tutored students from primary to university level, he bridges the gap between technical development and student learning. His main interests lie in programming and mathematics, focusing on how he can use game design theory to engage students in these areas.
Anna ZiogasAdministration Officer
Anna has over 27 years' experience in industry. Her roles have included Reception duties through to administration and the management of accounts. Anna's vast experience and excellent communication and interpersonal skills, gives her a great understanding of all office procedures and experience in communicating with all stakeholders.
David FeillafeIT Systems Engineer
David is a network engineer, IT administrator, and software developer with a range of experiences in IT, management and teaching. He brings 10 years' of varied IT experience and oversees the ICT/AV infrastructure needs at the Centre.
Yuvadee PatchonLab Manager & Program Facilitator
Yuvadee has over 18 years' experience as a Laboratory Technician across both the University and School sectors and managers the Lab at Quantum Victoria. Yuvadee also facilitates the delivery of student programs and is the Lab Tech representative on the Council of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria (STAV).
Matthew BlissEducation Officer
Matthew is an accomplished teacher at La Trobe University. He has completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons), majoring in Geology. He has also engaged in work for Melbourne Zoo that has seen him travel to Kenya and Uganda.
Latha ShivasubramanianEducation Officer
Latha brings expertise in Engineering, Computer Science and Project Management to her role as Education Officer at Quantum Victoria. She has completed further study gaining her Master's degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Swinburne University. Her research project involved predicting the evolution of a binary star system using computer simulations. Latha is now able to share her passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with students and teachers attending the Centre.