QuantumCamp is a team of teachers who are passionate about changing education.
We aren't satisfied with status quo and we believe that the best way to change education is to step forward and do it.
We believe in working together to solve problems and that research is the best way to solve big problems.
Much like a Silicon Valley company we know that process is the way to ensure repeatable outcome.
Each of us understands that teaching is a combination of preparation and emotional intelligence.
We work at QuantumCamp because we know that our work here is building the future of education and that will impact thousands of children.
co-founder and CEO
Michael Finnegan, PhD
co-founder and COO
Associate Curriculum Designer - Science
Lisa Bishop, PhD
Resident Curriculum Designer - Math
Ryan Nurmela - co-founder and CEO
Michael Finnegan, Ph.D. - co-founder and COO
Sharon Woodburn, M.A. - Associate Curriculum Designer
Sharon's interest in math and science began at an early age. Her earliest academic memory is of her grandfather teaching her the multiplication tables when she was in kindergarten (and then of course quizzing her older sister on these math facts). She continued to enjoy math and science throughout her school years, and when she got to college, she found it was time to narrow her interests. Sharon’s main interest was in the life sciences, and in her sophomore year of college, she began the Human Biology core classes at Stanford. These courses were unique in that they studied the human being from various perspectives, including biological, behavioral, and cultural. For example, during a unit on child development, Sharon was interning at an on-campus preschool. In her classes, she was learning about the physical and neurological changes that are happening as a child grows. She was also learning about linguistics and language development, and the development of gross and fine motor skills, which made the learning more practical and applicable to her experiences. It was during these courses that Sharon realized two things: that she wanted to become an educator, and that she wanted to engage her students in learning that is relevant to their lives. After earning her B.A. in Human Biology at Stanford, Sharon attended the Stanford Teacher Education Program, STEP, to earn her M.A. in Elementary Education, as well as her teaching credential. After spending four years teaching preschool and kindergarten, Sharon was eager to combine her passion for science with her love of teaching. She joins QuantumCamp excited about creating hands-on learning experiences, as well as meaningful connections between classroom learning and students’ real life experiences.
Lisa Bishop, Ph.D. - Resident Curriculum Designer
Lisa’s love of mathematics has always been tied to her love of its applications in everything from art to science. After being unable to give up the study of either subject, Lisa got a degree in both math and music at Occidental College. She went on to get a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington doing research in math biology, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Gladstone Institute at UCSF working alongside experimentalists to develop mathematical models of HIV. During her graduate career Lisa spent two years as an NSF GK-12 fellow working in public elementary schools in the Seattle area to develop and teach exploratory math lessons. She enjoyed finding applications of math that would engage students, but also allow them creativity in problem solving and was astounded by the deep mathematical capabilities of her students. During her time in the classroom Lisa was disheartened to see how the current culture around mathematics limits students from seeing its role in science, art, and everyday life. To address this she co-founded a math outreach program, run entirely by graduate students, to present young students with examples of the applications being studied by mathematicians and engineers. Lisa is dedicated to using her own interdisciplinary background to create an environment where students can engage with mathematics in a meaningful way and be inspired by its applications.