Team

All of us are passionate about science, passionate about teaching, and love our respective crafts. You’ll overhear a lot of talk in the office about science news, visiting science museums, tinkering with engineering projects, writing science fiction, kids, going on hikes, and classroom teaching..

As a team, we are passionate about the details. We obsess over customer feedback and are constantly iterating and improving based on what we hear. We release multiple updates to our website every day and implement new features days after conceiving of them. We test every science activity, observe every lesson in classrooms, and talk with teachers constantly. We are taking responsibility for the future of learning and bringing the best science education to every child in the world.

Keith Schacht
Co-founder & CEO
Keith is a product guy and entrepreneur with a passion for explaining science and technology to other people. Before Mystery Science Keith was a Product Manager at Facebook, started three companies of his own, and has been featured by TED, Forbes, BusinessWeek, and Wired for his unique ideas about teaching technology.
Doug Peltz
Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer
Doug leads the creation of lessons at Mystery Science and is the voice behind our Mysteries. He left LePort Schools, where he laid the foundation of their science curriculum, to co-found Mystery Science with Keith. He loves science and knows exactly how to make other people love it too.
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Michelle Tang
Chief of Staff
Michelle coordinates our team’s efforts to make sure we’re always focused on solving our most important problems. From taking a first pass on strategic initiatives to planning team events, she works across a broad range of initiatives to keep the team moving forward and collaborating effectively as we grow. Previously, Michelle was the co-founder of Eversnap.
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Katy Jenkins
Business Operations Manager
Katy keeps our business operations running smoothly and loves that she gets to do “a little bit of everything” in her job. Figuring stuff out and creating solutions has been the common theme in her career of software development, customer support, and business operations roles. Katy has engineering degrees from Washington University and Stanford University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Content Team

Pat Murphy
Activity Guru
Pat is the brains behind all the hands-on activities for Mystery Science. Previously, Pat was the science editor for Klutz books and worked at the Exploratorium where she worked with Frank Oppenheimer himself. Pat is also an award-winning science fiction writer with two Nebula awards for her works.
Amy Schleser
Visual Storyteller
Amy is the producer of all the visual aspects of Mystery Science lessons. From video production to animations to worksheet design, she does it all. Before Mystery Science she wrote and developed award-winning exhibits at The Field Museum in Chicago.
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Daniel Mrdjenovich
Product Manager
Daniel builds tools to help our team create great lessons. Before Mystery Science, Daniel worked on the Product Marketing team at Facebook, helping media companies produce video for the platform. He earned a degree in Science, Technology & Society at Stanford University.

Engineering Team

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Anand Chhatpar
Growth Lead
Anand loves coming up with new ideas to get more teachers to try Mystery Science. Previously, Anand created a brainstorming company that served Fortune 500 clients, and he holds 8 US Patents. Anand also built a social apps company and grew it to over 20 million users. He has been featured in BusinessWeek, on CNBC, and also in an MBA textbook on launching new ventures. Anand studied Computer Engineering at the UW-Madison and has been named among their ”Forward Under 40” alumni.
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Robb Prescott
Senior Software Engineer
Robb works closely with the Teacher Team to devise and implement solutions to make the product better and easier to use. He earned a dual degree in Computer Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has been hacking at all flavors of code ever since. Before joining Mystery Science, he worked at the U.S. Geological Survey to develop sciencebase.gov.
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Eric Idema
Senior Software Engineer
Eric writes the code behind Mystery Science. He studied computer science at Michigan State University. He has a lifelong love of tinkering and figuring out how things work. He's been developing with ruby and rails since the early days and was working at Living Social most recently before joining Mystery Science.

Teacher Success Team

Eric Berson
Director of Teacher Happiness
Eric helps teachers, schools and districts get started with Mystery Science and guides our alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards. He has researched how students develop scientific understanding and how teachers develop instructional practices in science. Eric was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and earned his Ph.D. in elementary science cognition at University of California, Berkeley.
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Claire Leichter
Product Manager
Claire works at the intersection of the Teacher Team and Technology Team to translate feedback and ideas from our community into product solutions. In her role as product manager she helps ensure we build the right solutions to make teachers and students happy. Before Mystery Science, Claire taught at a university in Bogotá through Fulbright Colombia. She graduated from Carleton College with a major in biology and minor in studio art.
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Leanne Holley
Teacher Success Advocate
Leanne is part of our teacher, school, and district support staff. She helps answer your emails and phone calls to get and keep Mystery Science in your classroom. She came to Mystery Science after a decade in the Veterinary field. She attended the University of South Carolina for a B.S. in Biological Oceanography.
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Beth Douglas
Teacher Success Advocate
Beth is one of the friendly personalities answering your phone calls and emails. She earned her B.S. in Food Science at the University of Kentucky and spent the first part of her career working in a Quality Control Lab before making her way to Mystery Science.

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Tiffany Dantzler
Teacher Success Advocate
Tiffany is on the front lines of teacher support. She earned a degree in Business Management from the University of Michigan, and has had a varied career in customer support and project coordination roles. She loves helping people and making connections.