Curriculum

Dr. Venkatesh KodurExecutive 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 NandamExecutive 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 ZlatanovićCurriculum Specialist – Advanced Concepts in Mathematics

Dr. Milan Zlatanović 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. Zlatanović 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. Zlatanović guides content development of advanced courses in mathematics.

Dr. Anna ChvyrevaCurriculum 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 GuerreroSpanish 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.

Ms. Conna CraigCurriculum 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. Valerie MellemaCurriculum Development – English & Social Studies

Ms. Mellema is a published author of non-fiction books and magazine articles. She is the founder of a successful online content development company, Words You Want. She has worked with professionals in various aspects of the educational system including study-abroad programs, continuing education programs and beyond. Valerie holds a Bachelors of Science in Agribusiness with a Minor in Animal Science from West Texas A & M University. She has been writing professionally since 2006. Valerie is currently driving the content development for Red Comet’s English and Social Studies courses. She is also overseeing the various state requirements to ensure that Red Comet’s curriculum is aligned with state guidelines.

Ms. Kinsey MantayCurriculum 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.

Ms. Elizabeth BedellProofreader

Ms. Elizabeth Bedell has an MA in English Literature from Middlebury College, an M.Ed in Teaching and Learning from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an AB in English from Harvard College. At Red Comet, Ms. Bedell provides proofreading services for curriculum and question banks.

Ms. Karuna JindalMathematics & Science – Alignments

Ms. Karuna has a B.Ed., M.S and M.Tech and has taught at regional engineering colleges for several years. At Red Comet, Ms. Jindal is responsible for aligning mathematics and science courses to state requirements.

Kapil PoojariPresentation 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.

Elvis Di MarcantonioSpanish Voice Over Specialist

Mr. Marcantonio is a professional voice talent and also a dubbing producer. He has several years of experience in this area and in the past has recorded for several major companies in the US. For Red Comet, Mr. Marcantonio provides all Spanish-related voice recordings.

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