Soula is the founding Director of Quantum Victoria and has held the role of the President of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria (STAV) for the past 12 years. She brings over 25 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 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 and contributes to STEM education policy both at a state, national and international level.
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 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 over 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 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).
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 and 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 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).
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.
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.
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.