michael finnegan, PH.D.

Founder & Executive Director
Science (L3, L4, Advanced)

Uncovering the story behind ideas has always driven my own love of learning. So much of knowledge, in mathematics and science, was arrived at through uncharted paths with dramatic twists and setbacks. And it has always been governed by peculiarities of the particular historical time period and the thinkers and doers involved. 

But through my own study of these historical journeys, like the invention of calculus or the birth of the quantum physics revolution, I have found there are really easy ways of allowing students to connect to these wonderful human endeavors. In short, as the curriculum writer, you want to arrange labs and activities, which follow the historical journey of an idea. 

This is where QuantumCamp comes in! As the Founder and Executive Director, I work with an amazing team of educators who provide the space, equipment, and instructional guidance for students to do just this - to discover on their own, the greatest ideas in math and science. 

Before QC, I earned a Ph.D in materials science, worked as an engineer for a solar cell manufacturer, and taught in both public and independent schools. And now, at QuantumCamp, I am loving leading our team in building and teaching wonderful classes for students all over the world. 


Natalie Bladis

Curriculum Writer
Science/Mathematics Instructor

Natalie grew up in New York and moved to California five years ago after teaching abroad in Ghana, West Africa. She received her degree in mathematics from the State University of New York at Geneseo (SUNY Geneseo), with a state license to teach secondary mathematics and a minor in Asian Studies. For the past four years, Natalie has taught AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, and Algebra /Trigonometry at a project based learning school in Davis and is looking forward to building out math and science curriculum for QC as well as teach several QC courses. Outside the classroom, Natalie loves to experience the laws of physics through rock climbing, and after climbing half dome in Yosemite, her dream has been to climb El Captain.


stephanie norman, ph.d.

Curriculum Design and Instruction
Math (L2, L3, L4), Science (L2, L3, L4) 

Stephanie hails from Honolulu, Hawaii, and moved to southern California for college, where she majored in Engineering at Harvey Mudd College.  After working in the aerospace industry for a couple of years, she decided to pursue her interest in medical research and moved north, where she received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis.  While researching, tutoring, and lecturing, she soon realized that she loves to teach, especially in small group settings where she can connect with students at a deeper level.  Stephanie was a science instructor with QC for two summers, and is excited to transition into a full-time math instructor year-round.  She brings a love of science and engineering, as well as athletics, cooking, and play, to her philosophy of teaching mathematics applications so that everyone can appreciate and enjoy the beauty of math beyond the numbers.


SHREYA PADMANABHAN

Curriculum Design and Instruction
School Manager
Math (L1, L2), Science (L1)

Shreya was born in Palo Alto and has since lived in St. Louis, Singapore and Boston, before moving back to the Bay Area to launch her career. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education, as well as state licensure to teach elementary education. During her time at Mount Holyoke, she focused on alternate education methods, gaining professional experience teaching and developing curriculum in Singapore, India and locally. Through her teaching experiences, she realized that she has a passion for teaching math, and is excited to have a spot on the QC team that allows her to apply her skills while continuing to develop that passion. She’s thrilled to be a part of the QC community and to be able to get students excited about math!


Andy Caskanette

Curriculum Design and Technical Support
Math (L3, L4, Advanced)

Andy hails from Ontario, Canada where he has lived most of his life. Recently, he moved to California and joined the QuantumCamp team as a Math Curriculum Developer. He has a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo as well as a diploma in Game Programming from Humber College. Andy is excited to apply his knowledge to help develop our L3 and 4  and High School curriculum. His past experience in web development and technical support has allowed him to take over some duties in this area as well. Andy's passions include games of all kind including their design and theory, pop culture, hiking and spending time with his wife and furry family.


Ruth woodruff

Director of Business Operations

Ruth’s role at QC is to ensure smooth organizational functioning from executive decisions to runny noses, and quite literally everything in between. With a background in higher education administration and organizational leadership, she understands the complexities of a specialized academic organization. She spent eight years running her own portrait photography business, while raising her three young boys, where she refined her customer service skills.


Sharon beltracchi

Science

Sharon grew up in Colorado Springs and moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University, where she majored in Earth Systems.  She participated in multiple field research programs at Stanford, from installing seismic sensors in Nevada with the Crustal Geophysics Lab, to measuring rainforest growth in Hawai'i to observing kelp forest ecology at Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey.  Sharon is an experienced K-12 science teacher, having worked at several Bay Area museums, mostly recently Aquarium of the Bay, and is excited to join the QuantumCamp team.  When she's not teaching science, Sharon enjoys working both onstage and backstage with local community theater groups.


Tatty Klass

Science

Tatty grew up in Seattle, WA and went to college at UC Santa Cruz where she earned a B.A. in Biology. After graduating, she worked in science research, studying phosphate levels in Lake Tahoe, and Western Honey bees in Rehovot, Israel. While working in research Tatty discovered that her passion was in science education, and she has been teaching ever since. She has taught middle school science for four years, as a 6th grade science teacher and as a tutor for Classroom Matters. In her spare time, Tatty enjoys camping, cooking, and crafting!