Who We Are

We used our expertise in science, engineering, classroom teaching, and publishing to create user-friendly NGSS curriculum for you.

Ladie Malek, Co-Founder and President

Ladie started out as a structural engineer before finding her calling as an educator. She taught math and science for 8 years at the secondary level, including at a Title 1 school and a National Blue Ribbon School. Along the way, she wrote many lessons and joined several curriculum writing efforts as a way to engage her students in science and math.

Since 2000 she has been developing content full time, and has developed a number of STEM products and courses for K–12. She is passionate about creating content that is motivating and engaging for students and user-friendly for educators.

Ladie holds a BS in Civil Engineering from UCLA, an MA in Education from Stanford University, and teaching credentials in mathematics and physical science. She founded Impact Science with the goal of bringing quality STEM education to every school and every student, and supporting teachers and schools in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.

Ladie’s hobbies include travel, languages, soccer, guitar, and baking. She is also a serious miniature golfer.

Robin Cooper, Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer

Robin started out in medical research before switching to teaching full time. She has over 20 years experience teaching middle school science. During that time she has served as department chair and as a mentor to numerous new teachers and student teachers.

Robin is passionate about engaging students’ interest in science. She has created many innovative lessons, from the cell parts role play to the popular sound and light stations lab.

Robin holds a BA in Biology from Vassar College and completed her teacher training at San Francisco State University. She holds a single subject credential in life science with a supplemental in chemistry, as well as a multiple subject credential. She is currently serving as a Teacher on Special Assignment, working with her science department to implement the California Next Generation Science Standards integrated sequence for middle school.

Doug Hamilton, Sales Director

Doug taught high school social studies for 13 years and then moved into the renewable energy field where he spent the next eleven years in Residential Solar Energy as a sales representative, trainer, and sales manager.

As a high school social studies teacher, Doug worked hard to bring history to life through active simulations and historical perspective. His emphasis was on students exercising their critical thinking muscles and discerning how the past influences the present.

Now back in the world of education, he is inspired by the innovative Impact Science Education curriculum. As a parent and teacher, his mission to help transform science education is personal as well as professional. He feels that student engagement is the key to grasping complex concepts and becoming a life-long learner.

Doug holds a BA in History (with a science minor) from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his teaching credential and Masters in Education from Stanford University.

Doug’s hobbies include skiing, tennis, Ultimate frisbee, fishing, and playing music in an R&B band. Doug is a nice guy, but don’t challenge him to a game of darts; he will probably win.

Dr. Cary Sneider, Engineering Education Advisor

Dr. Cary Sneider teaches courses in research methodology in a Masters of Science Teaching Degree program at the Center for Science Education at Portland State University. An author and presenter, he consults on STEM education, educational standards, and assessment. He contributed to A Framework for
K–12 Science Education
(National Research Council 2012), which laid the groundwork for new science standards, and served on the writing team that is implementing the Framework under the title Next Generation Science Standards.

Until 2007 Dr. Sneider served as Vice President for Educator Programs at the Museum of Science in Boston, and prior to that he served as Director of Astronomy and Physics Education at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California. His curriculum development and research interests have focused on helping students unravel their misconceptions in science, on new ways to link science centers and schools to promote student inquiry, and on integrating engineering and technology education into the K–12 curriculum.

Tatiana Lim-Breitbart, Science Education and Equity Advisor

Tatiana Lim-Breitbart is a longtime chemistry teacher with a keen interest in helping all students succeed, particularly those who have had to overcome challenges and may be the first in their families to attend college. She has served as Science Curriculum Director and Dean of Academics and Operations at the college-preparatory charter school where she teaches.

In addition to a B.S. in Chemistry and M.Ed. in Curriculum Design, she earned a Master's degree in Chemistry researching the implementation of an inquiry-guided high school chemistry curriculum with high English Language Learner populations.

In California, she was a Member of the Science Expert Panel, Science Leadership Team, and Curriculum Framework Committee for the implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards. She has presented at several conferences, sharing insights about the Next Generation Science Standards as well as how to help all students succeed.

Steve Rasmussen, Publishing Industry Advisor

Steven Rasmussen is an education professional with a long track record in curriculum development and publishing.  Currently a Senior Associate at SR Education Associates, Steve advises clients in the education sector on business strategy, product development, strategic relations, mergers and acquisitions, sales, and marketing.

Steve was the Co-founder and CEO of Key Curriculum Press, a publishing company known for innovative software and textbook development in STEM subjects. He was also president of KCP Technologies, the developer of The Geometer’s Sketchpad software for dynamic geometry, and worked around the globe on technology initiatives related to mathematics education and inquiry-based learning.

Steve has also written a series of mathematics workbooks, Key to Fractions, Key to Decimals, Key to Percents currently published by McGraw-Hill Education, and has edited more than a dozen other works. Steve has given hundreds of workshops and talks on mathematics teaching and mathematics technology at national and international conferences.

Steve has degrees in mathematics (B.S., 1976) and mathematics education (M.Ed., 1978) from Temple University. He taught secondary mathematics for seven years in Pennsylvania and California.

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