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


What’s your inquiry?

How can every child have access to the same kind of education that I’d want for my children?


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 by envisioning and implementing strategies to grow National Center for Teacher Residencies’ impact. In 2017 Shanti founded inquirED to scale the use and impact of inquiry-based learning, a powerful teaching pedagogy that prepares students for the 21st century.

Elisabeth Ventling Simon

VP of Learning Experiences


What’s your inquiry?

How can education promote equity?

Elisabeth has been working in public education since 2002.  Frustrated by the idea that creativity and curiosity were second to standardized test prep, she was excited to transition her teaching practice to project-based learning.  As her district transitioned to a full project-based learning model, Elisabeth began supporting other teachers as an instructional coach and curriculum and professional development designer.  She joined inquirED’s team in the fall of 2017.

Sarah Milo Hoskow

Director of Partner Success


What’s your inquiry?

How can family who lives far away feel close?


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 classrooms, teaching in Washington State, California, Illinois and in Santiago, Chile. More recently, Sarah has focused on mentoring pre-service teachers both in her own classroom as well as through work with Northwestern University.  She joined inquirED’s team in the fall of 2017.

Emerie W Lukas

Managing Editor


What’s your inquiry?

How can I say Yes to possibility without saying No to myself?

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 lifelong communication skills such as critique, presentation, conflict resolution, collaboration, and writing. Her teaching strategies in these realms have been shared with national audiences through trainings, educational conferences, and publication. She joined inquirED’s team in the spring of 2018.

Lucy Barnett

Learning Experience Designer


What’s your inquiry?

How can we ensure all kids are getting the same opportunities?


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 recently, she worked as a facilitator, supervisor of new teachers, and adjunct professor at the Erikson Institute. She joined inquirED in the spring of 2018 and is thrilled to help get inquiry-based learning into the lives/minds of children everywhere.

Anne Matz

 Director of Partnerships


What’s your inquiry?

How do we continue to build our instructional judgment as teachers?

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 leadership of an International Baccalaureate World School. Anne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Carleton College and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University of Chicago as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from DePaul University.

Jeanette Hardy Baum

Director of Partnerships


What’s your inquiry?

How can I make sure everyone is heard?

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 products that use technology to increase cultural understanding. Jeanette has worked at UC Graduate Schools of Education, Education Pioneers, and the Council for International Education Exchange, and she has partnered with schools and districts across the country to build Global citizen programming and International Student recruitment pipelines. Jeanette joined inquirED in summer 2018.

Martin Andrews 

 Director of Communications


What’s your inquiry?

How can I be more vulnerable and open to the possibilities of the moment?

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 co-founded Working Group Theatre, helping to create over 15 original plays to educate children and adults. His work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Metlife Foundation, and others. Martin joined inquirED in December 2017.

Cereescia Sandoval

Learning Experience Designer


What’s your inquiry?

How do we unlearn and break down institutional and structural racism?

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 13 years and received her Masters in Ed. at University of Oregon as part of the Sapsik’ʷałá Indigenous Teacher Education Program. She has a dedication to Deeper Learning that was nurtured through the High Tech High organization. Her experience as a Leading for Equity Fellow with the National Equity Project prompted her to pursue a path focused on disrupting educational inequity, which led her to inquirED.

Jillian Corr

Learning Experience Designer


What’s your inquiry?

How can I nurture creativity in myself and others?


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 consulted on curriculum development initiatives for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and She has a BA in American Studies and Spanish Literature and an MS in Elementary Education. Jillian joined the inquirED team in 2019.

Ashley Eidbo

Operations Manager


What’s your inquiry?

How can I help make processes easy to understand?

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 Minnesota in 2005. As the Operations Manager, Ashley focuses on creating and streamlining processes in order to make our internal and external operations run smoothly. She joined the inquirED team in the winter of 2018.

Brandon Carleton

Director of Content Creation


What’s your inquiry?

How do we breathe life into what has become mundane?


As a content creation professional, 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 national education organizations to transform their in-person curriculum into a blended learning experience. Brandon joined inquirED in October 2017.