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
People Operations Manager
Michelle oversees all of our people-related programs that help us build and grow the amazing team behind Mystery Science. From planning our team offsites to evolving our hiring processes, she helps keep our team happy and productive. Previously, Michelle was the co-founder of Eversnap.
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Anna Wang
Project Manager, People Operations
Anna is a master coordinator - she loves collaborating with her teammates on different projects and juggling multiple priorities. Before Mystery Science, she served in a variety of recruiting, HR and administrative roles in both fin-tech and nonprofit (two very different worlds!) but at her core, she just really enjoy's listening to people’s goals and helping them reach their full potential. She works hard to help scale the Mystery Science family and build a fun, productive company culture.
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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

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Kathleen Luevano
Program Manager
With a creative content team focused on developing the most engaging and educational science lessons for students, it can be difficult to stay organized. Enter: Kathleen! She loves establishing intuitive workflows and processes for creative teams and has done so for multiple production companies in television and digital media. She also loves working with kids and has a background in early childhood education, so Mystery Science has given her the opportunity to fuse these passions. Kathleen is thrilled that she gets to help shape the future of science education and is excited to find more talented creators to join the 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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Sarah Jenevein
Science Storyteller
Sarah is always searching for the most engaging science stories to use in her next Mystery script. Before joining Mystery Science, Sarah was an elementary and middle school science teacher in California, and then a teacher educator at the University of Texas. She’s currently working on her PhD in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education.

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Traci Grzymala
Activity Designer
Traci creates and updates the hands-on science and engineering activities for our Mysteries. Prior to Mystery Science she developed elementary school science lessons and trained STEM professionals in science communication. She is also a trained scientist and earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Design Team

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Olly Farshi
Head of Design
Oliver leads design at Mystery Science and is focused on designing things that promote peace, health, and well-being. Before joining the team Oliver was a Principal Designer at Google Life Sciences, Google.org, and Nokia. Oliver is also the founder of Outside, a nomadic design studio dedicated to helping marginalized communities.
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Claire Leichter
Product Designer
Claire focuses on teachers' needs and the experience of using Mystery Science. As a Product Designer, she helps us design the right solutions to make teachers and students happy. Before Mystery Science, Claire taught at a university in Bogotá, Colombia as a Fulbright Fellow. She graduated from Carleton College with a major in biology and a minor in studio art.

Growth Team

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Huey Kwik
Director of Growth
Huey makes sure the Growth team is working on problems with the highest impact. He wants to make sure as many teachers as possible try Mystery Science! Before coming to Mystery Science, Huey worked at Palantir Technologies as a Group Lead in User Experience.
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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.

Engineering Team

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Chris Morris
Director of Engineering
Chris is our Director of Engineering, empowering our engineers to do their best work and protecting our culture that moves fast in response to customer feedback. Most recently, he was at LivingSocial for six years where he led a team responsible for Core Services. Chris has deep experience with Ruby and Rails and is a former core contributor to the Bundler project. He blogs at clabs.org.
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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 LivingSocial most recently before joining Mystery Science.
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Tom Fakes
Senior Software Engineer
Tom loves writing software, and has been doing it for quite a while now, including 10 years at Microsoft creating software for Windows. He has been programming with Ruby on Rails for the last 12 years, creating websites for various businesses. With a long time interest in science, Tom is eager to help Mystery Science teach more children how fun science can be.
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Ahmed Omran
Senior Software Engineer
Ahmed is a high school science teacher turned software developer. He has worked on several products in the educational technology space. His passion has been to provide teachers with great tools to empower them to do their best work. He graduated from the University of Ottawa with degrees in Biology and Education.


Customer Team

Eric Berson
Director of Customer Success
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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Elizabeth DiRenzo
Elementary Science Specialist
Elizabeth walks the line between the Content Team and Teacher Success Team. She works on a wide range of projects, all aimed at making it seamless for teachers and administrators to integrate Mystery Science into their instructional plans. Most recently, Elizabeth was instrumental in developing a new NGSS-based STEM program as the Elementary Science Specialist at Korea International School in Seoul. Elizabeth is a Teach for America alum who taught middle school science in Atlanta. She graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a B.S. in Biology/Psychology.
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Leketa Wesley
District Partnership Manager
Leketa is on the front lines of our work, interacting directly with educators and administrators across the country so that we can continue to bring them the best open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. A third-generation science teacher, education is written into her DNA. Leketa is also a Teach for America alum who has taught in Southeast Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology, and is a recent MBA graduate of the University of Rochester.
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Kathryn Williams
Sales Operations Manager
Kathryn works to help build systems, analyze data and generally foresee bumps in the road, so that more students and teachers have an easy path to using Mystery Science. Kathryn translated a career in film production into a passion for startup operations. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has built teams and processes for Zirtual, uBiome and ShareThis. She believes in people, in data, and in always leaving the world better than you found it.
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Hailey Markman
Customer Experience Lead
Hailey works to support our teachers and schools, and will gladly answer any question that comes her way. Prior to joining the Mystery Science team to advocate for our teachers, Hailey began her career in the nonprofit sector advocating for women’s rights, consumer rights, education, and the environment. Hailey graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Journalism.
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Monica Chaney
Customer Experience Specialist
Monica works closely with teachers and schools, ensuring that they have the very best experience with Mystery Science. She has spent several years honing her customer support skills, while homeschooling her science-loving son. Monica's passion for education and customer support fuel her to do whatever she can to make teachers and students happier and more successful. Monica has a B.A in English from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Human Factors Psychology from George Mason University.
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Emily Stocker
Customer Experience Specialist
Emily loves seeing things from our teachers’ perspectives! She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Louisville, the cultural and analytical skills from which she uses daily to better understand our teachers and their individual and collective contexts. She previously worked in as a customer service and research specialist for a large insurance company, and gained valuable experience in another position coordinating multicultural international teacher exchange programs.
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Anita Wright
Customer Experience Specialist
Anita’s position as a Customer Experience Specialist allows her to put her many years of Customer Service skills to good use! Before joining Mystery Science, she was enrolled at General Assembly where she learned to write software programs using Javascript. Anita’s favorite part about working for Mystery Science is that she is on hand to help teachers and their students to #staycurious!
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Nathan Smith
Customer Experience Specialist
Nathan loves to create remarkable experiences for our teachers. He is a serial problem solver that thrives on finding a creative solution to any issue that comes his way. He began his journey in the catering service industry and refined his passion for support through various corporate roles. Nathan is a proud graduate of Atlanta Institute of Music and Media.
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Nick Wilson
Customer Experience Specialist
Nick has a long history of customer experience positions. From tech support to veterinary care he has developed an ability to solve whatever problem is thrown his way with enthusiasm. He loves the opportunity to turn a challenge into an excellent experience for the customer. Nick has a B.A. in English from The The University of Texas at Arlington.
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Tygrr DosRemedios
Customer Experience Specialist
As a former high school math teacher, Tygrr serendipitously found herself at Mystery Science where she can combine her passions for technology and education. The experience of teaching first hand has provided her with valuable insight in how best to support our teachers in the classroom and help students #StayCurious. She loves helping people, creative problem solving and believes education is the most powerful tool we can possess.