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Dr. Venkatesh Kodur

Executive Academic Advisor - STEM

Dr. Kodur is a University Distinguished Professor and Director of Centre on Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics at Michigan State University.

Dr. Kodur has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, and has given numerous invited key-note presentations. He is a professional engineer, Fellow of ASCE and ACI, Associate Editor of Journal of Structural Engineering, Chairman of ACI Fire Protection Committee, Chairman of ASCE-29 (Fire) Standards Committee and a member of UK-EPSRC College of Reviewers. He has won many awards including AISC Faculty Fellowship Award, NRCC (Government of Canada) Outstanding Achievement Award and NATO award for collaborative research. Dr. Kodur was part of the FEMA/ASCE Building Performance Assessment Team that studied the collapse of WTC buildings as a result of September 11 incidents.


Dr. Pradeep Nandam

Executive Academic Advisor - STEM

Dr. Nandam is an Advanced R&D engineer with years of industrial experience. He was an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University for four years, where he taught Computer & PC Architecture to graduate students. Dr. Nandam was also an Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia, Canada. He also has over 20 years of diverse industry experience including Matsushita Electric Works R&D Laboratory, Pacific Scientific and Black & Decker. Dr. Nandam has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, Canada and Bachelor of Technology from JNTU, India where he received the University Gold Medal for exemplary academic record. He has published several research papers in reputed journals and has presented at various international conferences. Dr. Nandam has several patents to his credit and has also designed five electronic products that were commercialized and successfully marketed globally.


Dr. Milan Zlatanovic

Curriculum Specialist - Advanced Concepts in Mathematics

Dr. Milan Zlatanovic got his Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from the Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Niš, Serbia where he also serves as the Associate Professor. Dr. Zlatanovic specializes in advanced concepts in mathematical sciences and has published numerous papers in refereed publications and presented at conferences throughout the world. At Red Comet, Dr. Zlatanovic guides content development of advanced courses in mathematics.


Ms. Catherine Thompson

Curriculum Specialist-Mathematics

Ms. Thompson has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in mathematics with a secondary education teaching endorsement from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She also holds a Master’s of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Western Governor’s University. Ms. Thompson taught 6-12th grade mathematics for over 30 years before retiring and becoming a curriculum and professional development specialist. She is passionate about providing students with high quality personalized learning opportunities that emphasizes conceptual understanding and mastery learning. At Red Comet, Ms. Thompson is responsible for overseeing the development of the k-12 mathematics curriculum.


Dr. Anna Chvyreva

Curriculum Specialist - Science

Dr. Anna Chvyreva has a Master's degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and several years of research experience. She has authored several scientific and research papers. At Red Comet, Dr. Chvyreva helps guide curriculum development for science courses.


Dr. Johana Belen Guerrero

Spanish Language Prime

Dr.Guerrero has over twelve years of experience in high school education, specifically in the areas of Arts, History, Art History, Geography and Spanish Language. She has a Ph.D. Degree in Art History from Universidad Autonoma of Madrid (Spain) and two years of Ph.D. Research in Florence (Italy) on Renaissance Art and Artistic Women of 16th century in Italy. Johana also founded her own company which specializes in translation services. As part of her work in California, she was exposed to the needs of Spanish-speaking high school students. Johana is responsible for making Red Comet's website, learning platform and course content accessible to Spanish-speaking students.


Daphne Riley

Daphne is an experienced language teacher whose love for teaching Spanish language and culture has only grown with her decade-long experience teaching high school, middle school, and one-on-one Spanish classes. She holds a BA in Spanish from Lawrence University where she spent a year abroad attending the University of Granada in Spain and graduated with honors. She went on to earn her Master's in Spanish Language and Literature and graduated with honors from Lehman College as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows Program.

Daphne started her career in education in New York City, teaching middle and high school Spanish in Title I schools for 10 years. In addition to teaching Spanish, she co-founded the Junior Year Study Abroad program at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, leading students annually on trips abroad. Daphne’s passion for Spanish and Latin American culture led naturally to her own travel study throughout Central and South America.


Ms. Gina Stewart

Curriculum Development

Ms. Gina Stewart has a BS in Experimental Psychology and an MA in Psychology (Neuroscience). Ms. Stewart has authored empirical research journal articles, managed a research laboratory, and overseen undergraduate honors research students. In addition to her work in research, Gina has developed university-level courses in the social sciences, edited non-fiction books, and created original content for New York Times bestselling authors in the wellness genre. At Red Comet, Gina is responsible for developing original content that are aligned to Common Core & State Standards.


Dr. Rae Osborn

Curriculum Specialist – Life Sciences

Dr. Osborn has a PhD in Biology from the University of Texas in Arlington. She also has a MSc in Entomology, BSc (Hons), BSc in Entomology & Zoology and an Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems & Computer Networking. Dr. Osborn was a tenured Associate Professor of Biology and has published in peer-reviewed journals. At Red Comet, Dr. O is involved with Life Sciences curriculum.


Ms. Conna Craig

Curriculum Specialist - Social Studies

Ms. Craig graduated cum laude in U.S. history from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Upon graduation, as a Harvard College Trustman Fellow, she traveled throughout Japan for two years, researching welfare policy and practices. She is a leader in the field of social policy research and has advised policy makers in the US and UK.

Ms. Craig's honors include:

  • Profiled in The Leader Within You, by Robert Danzig (Lifetime Books, 1998) as one of 34 Americans – including Nelson Rockefeller, Lee Iacocca, Beverly Sills, John F. (Jack) Welch, Jr. – “who, together, define leadership.”
  • Awarded first annual Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship, recognizing “extraordinary efforts by American citizens who are helping their communities solve problems the government has been unable to solve.
  • Awarded honorary doctorate in social services, Caldwell College.
  • Named one of “The New Social Architects,” including Millard Fuller who founded Habitat for Humanity and Phillip Martin, chief of the Choctaw Indians, in Policy Review.

At Red Comet, Ms. Craig will oversee social studies curriculum and guide new content development.


Ms. Kinsey Mantay

Curriculum Specialist

Ms. Mantay graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelors' degree in Mathematics and Economics in 2014. She has since supported several higher education projects as a Project Management Consultant and Content Developer, and has substantial experience in technical and process documentation. Ms. Mantay is a passionate supporter of new models for education, including competency-based education and self-paced learning. At Red Comet, she is responsible for developing basic and intermediate math curriculum.


Nabarun Mondal

Video Editing Specialist

Nabarun Mondal specializes in video Editing and product design/visualization. He has over 10 years of experience in the field of video creation, animation and video editing. At Red Comet, Mr. Mondal is responsible for all video-related activities that are incorporated in the curriculum.

Mr. Kapil Poojari

Presentation Design

Mr. Poojari has nearly 10 years experience creating presentations and design outlays. At Red Comet, Mr. Poojari designs the presentation styles for the curriculum.


Accreditation & Approvals

Cognia Advanced
International Association for K-12 Online Learning
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Northwest Accreditation Commission Board
Washington OSPI
University of California
Department of Education - Idaho
Arkansas Department of Education
 
NMSDC
MWBE