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. Her experience and attributes have been utilised on Advisory Boards of ARC Centres including, The ARC Centre of Excellence in Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology and the Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO). Soula is a member of the Victorian Tech Schools Advisory Panel, is a member of the Australian Science Teachers' Association Board and contributes to STEM education policy both at the state and national level.
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.
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.
Mahaelia ThavarajahGraduate Primary Specialist
Mahaelia joins the teaching and learning team having recently graduated from La Trobe University; Bachelor of Primary Teaching. She has a keen interest in STEM, predominantly, engineering and science and also game-based learning . Mahaelia is interested in implementing strategies that foster deeper learning in STEM for all students with a particular focus on primary students.
Nathan MooreLeading Teacher
Nathan brings 15 years of teaching across P-12 to his role at Quantum Victoria. He has lead the IT research program 'Classrooms of the Future' at Charles La Trobe College, delivered teacher professional learning across a wide variety of settings including schools and online platforms and has extensive expertise in the Digital Technologies. He is an 'Intel Education visionary' and 'Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert' and would like to implement strategies that facilitate the adoption of STEM and Digital Technologies in the classroom.