Our Team
The Quantum Victoria staff are highly specialised and skilled practitioners of Science, Mathematics and STEM Education.
The Quantum Victoria Team, November 2021
Soula Bennett: Selenium
Soula Bennett
Director - Campus Principal

Soula is a system leader and thinker and brings over 30 years of leadership and teaching experience in STEM and STEAM Education. She is the founding Director of Quantum Victoria, a Specialist STEM Centre, engaging primary and secondary students and teachers across F-12. Her leadership roles have included President of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria (STAV), membership on University and Industry Advisory Boards including, two Australian Research Council Cantres, and is a regular contributor to STEM and STEAM education at a state, national and international level. Soula is the Convenor of the 2023 Quantum Victoria STEM Conference - Effective Pedagogies in STEM/STEAM Education, a conference for Primary and Secondary Educators, Lab Techs and Pre-Service Teachers.

Carlie Alexander: Cobalt
Carlie Alexander
Teaching and Learning

Carlie is a P-12 Specialist teacher with a Master of Science in Marine Biology and is passionate about engaging primary and secondary students in STEM.

David Feillafe: Chlorine
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 across the school and university sectors. He brings over 20 years of varied IT experience and manages the ICT/AV infrastructure at the Centre.

Toni Little: Helium
Toni Little
Teaching and Learning - Portal Development

Toni brings over 35 years of experience in teaching and learning in secondary science, mathematics and physics in her role as a developer of Senior Physics and Mathematics Portal programs. Toni has developed the Unit 1-4 Physics and Unit 3 -4 General Mathematics Online Modules and Revision Courses.

Scott Mclean: Radium
Scott Mclean
Learning Specialist

Scott brings extensive teaching experience across Year 7-12 Mathematics and Science in his Learning Specialist role at Quantum Victoria. He has a PhD in Chemistry and has worked as a post-doctoral researcher. Scott is passionate about developing students' numeracy abilities and promoting scientific literacy is a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert.

Yuvadee Patchon: Beryllium
Yuvadee Patchon
Lab Manager and Program Facilitator

Yuvadee has over 30 years’ experience as a Laboratory Technician across both the University and School sectors and manages the Lab at Quantum Victoria. Yuvadee supports the delivery of student and teacher programs at Quantum Victoria and has served as the Lab Tech representatives on the Council of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria (STAV) for a period of 6 years.

Anthony Simcox: Mendelevium
Anthony Simcox
Teaching and Learning

Anthony is passionate about bringing his industry knowledge and experience in Engineering and ICT into the classroom to help students understand how their learning and skills relate to industry applications and workplaces.

Jakin Stasce: Sodium
Jakin Stasce
Teaching and Learning

Jakin brings a wide range of experience working in Communications, the Fitness industry, and Defense to his role in teaching and learning at Quantum Victoria. He is passionate about building student confidence and agency in STEM through inquiry-based problem solving as students engage in the Quantum Victoria programs.

Mahaelia Thavarajah: Nitrogen
Mahaelia Thavarajah
Teaching and Learning

Mahaelia is a Primary specialist who is passionate about Engineering and Science. She is focused on engaging primary students in STEM through game-based learning. Mahaelia has also served as co-editor of the STAV Primary Journal - Let's Find Out (LFO).

Julia Cherubin
Education Officer - Teaching and Learning

Julia is passionate about incorporating a range of approaches to support teaching and learning by recognising the transformative potential in STEM education and is currently completing her Masters in Teaching.

Sarah Gerardson
Administration and Data Manager

Sarah has a background as a cyber security professional, specializing in ethical hacking and secure API development. In addition to her technical abilities, she has a strong passion for mathematics and loves to solve problems great and small. Sarah's interests extend beyond the tech industry, as she also has a fascination with meteorology and geology.

Annaliese Winterson
Teaching and Learning

Annaliese is excited about sharing her passion for STEM education and utilises her expertise as a science communicator and extensive experience in teaching science and mathematics in secondary schools.

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