• Soula Bennett
    Director

    Soula is the founding Director of Quantum Victoria and is the Immediate Past President of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria (STAV), a position she held for the past 12 years. She brings 30 years of leadership and teaching experience in the Physical Sciences and Mathematics. Soula is a system leader and thinker and her experience and attributes have been utilised on Advisory Boards of Australian Research Council 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 and contributes to STEM education policy both at a state, national and international level.

    Soula Bennett
  • David Feillafe
    IT Systems Engineer

    David is a network engineer, IT administrator, and software developer with a range of experiences in IT, management and teaching. He brings over 10 years' of varied IT experience and oversees the ICT/AV infrastructure needs at the Centre.

    David Feillafe
  • Yuvadee Patchon
    Lab Manager & Program Facilitator

    Yuvadee has over 25 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 one of the Lab Tech representatives on the Council of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria (STAV).

    Yuvadee Patchon
  • Matthew Bliss
    Education Officer

    Matthew 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. He is currently undertaking his Masters of Teaching (Primary). Matthew is also co-editor to the STAV Primary Journal - Let's Find Out (LFO).

    Matthew Bliss
  • Latha Shivasubramanian
    Education 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 and her research project involved predicting the evolution of a binary star system using computer simulations. Latha is undertaking her Master's in Education and is passionate about sharing her interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics with students and teachers attending the Centre.

    Latha Shivasubramanian
  • Mahaelia Thavarajah
    Teaching and Learning

    Mahaelia is a graduate teacher who is passionate about STEM education, predominantly, the disciplines of engineering and science. She has an interest in game-based learning and is keen to implement strategies that foster deeper learning in STEM for all students with a particular focus on primary students. Mahaelia is also co-editor to the STAV Primary Journal - Let's Find Out (LFO).



    Mahaelia Thavarajah
  • Anthony Simcox
    Teaching and Learning

    Anthony is a graduate teacher who has 30 years of industry experience in engineering, defence, communications and security. He specialises in secondary science and technology. He is passionate about bringing his industry knowledge and experience into the classroom to help students understand how their learning and skills relate to industry applications and workplaces.

    Anthony Simcox
  • Scott Mclean
    Learning Specialist

    Scott brings six years of Secondary teaching experience to his Learning Specialist role at Quantum Victoria. His teaching of Year 7-12 Mathematics and Science classes has been enhanced by his background as a research scientist where he obtained a PhD in Chemistry and subsequent work as a post-doctoral researcher. He has a focus on developing students' numeracy abilities and promoting scientific literacy.

    Scott Mclean
  • Campbell Wiggins
    Teaching and Learning

    Campbell is a graduate teacher with a background in Exercise and Sports Science. He has spent the last 4 years of his career in the Fitness Industry, helping people achieve their health and fitness goals through evidence based research. With passions in science, mathematics and technology, he looks to encourage students towards a future in STEM.

    Campbell Wiggins
  • Chelsea Teichelman
    Administration Officer

    Chelsea brings industry and school experience to her role as Administration Officer at Quantum Victoria. Her roles have included Retail Management which comprised of administrative duties and the management of budgets and CASES21 from her school administration duties. Chelsea's experience and excellent communication and interpersonal skills, gives her a great understanding of all office procedures and experience in communicating with all stakeholders.

    Chelsea Teichelman
  • Jakin Stasce
    Teaching and Learning

    Jakin is a graduate teacher who brings a wide range of experience working in communications, the fitness industry, and defense to his role in teaching and learning at Quantum Victoria. His passion for STEM and education began in university where he discovered his love for sharing knowledge in genetics and chemistry. This led Jakin to undertake voluntary work overseas to develop further medical training for developing nations. Jakin looks forward to building student confidence and agency in STEM through inquiry-based problem solving as students engage in the Quantum Victoria programs.

    Jakin Stasce