Meet Our Team

We are on a mission to engage students and support teachers by making inquiry-based learning possible in every classroom.

Shanti Elangovan

Founder & CEO

 

After obtaining an M.Ed from Columbia University, Shanti Elangovan moved from classroom teacher to coach to curriculum director. Eager to help educational organizations scale their impact, she went on to earn an MBA. Shanti quickly put those skills to work...

Elisabeth Ventling-

Simon

Co-Founder & Head of Learning Experiences

 

Elisabeth is passionate about transforming education by empowering teachers. She worked in public education for over 16 years, where she saw a profound improvement in student achievement through project-based... 

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Martin Andrews

Director of Communications

 

Martin has taught for 20 years at the K-12 and college levels. As a Social Studies and Latin teacher in Ohio, he developed narrative-based middle school Latin and high school World History curricula. After earning an MFA in Theatre, Martin...

Lucy Barnett

Learning Experience Designer

 

Lucy spent over 9 years teaching in elementary classrooms ranging from 1st through 5th grades, in Chicago and in Santiago, Chile, predominantly working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. More....

Jeanette Hardy Baum

Director of Partnerships

 

Jeanette has spent her career helping educational organizations increase their impact through innovative programming and strategic partnerships. As an Intercultural facilitator and edtech enthusiast, she has focused on product..

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Brandon Carleton

Director of Content Creation

 

For over 10 years, Brandon has worked with entrepreneurs to turn their big ideas into reality. After building marketing and branding strategies for dozens of impact-driven organizations, Brandon partnered with...

Jillian Corr

Learning Experience Designer

 

Jillian has worked in education for over 25 years. She’s served as a curriculum director, instructional coach, and classroom teacher in international baccalaureate, bilingual, special education and early childhood classrooms. In addition, Jillian has managed and...

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Sarah Milo Hoskow

Director of Partner Experience

 

Sarah has a diverse range of teaching experience, from the very traditional to the very progressive, and believes that inquiry-based learning can be powerful for all students, no matter the school. She’s been a lead teacher in Early Childhood and Upper Elementary class...

Ashley Eidbo

Partner Success Specialist

 

Ashley has taught in a diverse range of settings, from middle and high school students in a shelter to music students in college. She received a Master of Music degree from Indiana University in 2008, after earning a Bachelor of Music from the University of...

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Emerie W Lukas

Director of Product Design

 

Since earning her Masters in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2010, Emerie has taught in South Korea, Florida, and Ohio. During that time, she designed and implemented project-based curricula focusing on the development of...

Anne Matz

Director of Partnerships

 

Anne joined inquirED in the fall of 2019 with thirty years of experience in education as a teacher, principal, staff developer, and consultant in teacher preparation.  Her belief in the impact of inquiry-based learning comes from her years in the classroom and her...

Robert Rico

Senior Web Engineer

Rob has been developing software and technology in a range of industries for 8 years. As the first in-house Engineer, Rob is excited to bring his education in Computer Science to better prepare students for their life’s journey through the fusion of inquiry...

Tomás Romano

Implementation Coach

 

After earning a Masters in Special Education from Loyola University in Chicago, Tomás embarked on what would be a ten-year journey as a Chicago Public Schools teacher. He worked predominantly as an inclusion teacher of diverse learners in a school with nearly...

Cereescia Sandoval

Learning Experience Designer

 

Cereescia is a bi-racial Indigenous American educator who sees her identity as directly connected to her purpose. She is devoted to re-imagining education for Black and Brown students. Cereescia has been teaching for...

Michael Weaver

Editor

 

For more than 15 years, Michael has worked as a proofreader, copy editor, and developmental editor for the likes of DIRECTV, WarnerMedia, and AT&T. He takes great pride in helping to create engaging, clear, and error-free content...