Our Moms

We currently have two mom-mentors, but will be expanding the list soon.


Mom-Mentor Biographies:

Some of you may wonder about my background and why I happily teach my kids without much of a science or math curriculum. I had a life before having kids and was planning to be a college professor until I got to that point and realized that the grand quest for scientific truth in which I thought I would now engage was no longer practiced in universities, at least in my field. Permanently disillusioned with academia, I turned to industry. Plus, I have a short attention span by nature, get bored easily, and love a challenge. And homeschooling is definitely a wonderful challenge!


  • B.S. Physics, minor in Mathematics (1989), San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
  • M.S Applied Physics (1991), San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. Masters Thesis Entitled: “Comparison of data analysis and experimental techniques for analysis of planetary atmospheres”
  • Ph.D. Biophysics (1995), University of California at Davis, Davis, CA. Dissertation Entitled: “Measurements of Motor Protein Forces using the Centrifuge Microscope”
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Techniques Short Course (1996), San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Teaching Experience, beyond homeschooling

  • Cello Teacher, A Local Music School (2013-present)
  • Parent Assistant, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, San Jose Unified School District (2008-2011)
  • Reproduction and Development, University of California at Davis (1993-1995)
  • Introduction to Physics, San Jose State University (1990)
  • Manager, Physics Tutoring Center, San Jose State University (1989-1991)

Academic Publications

  • Force−velocity relationships in kinesin-driven motility; Kirsten Hall, Douglas G. Cole, Yin Yeh, Jonathan M. Scholey & Ronald J. Baskin; Nature 364, 457 – 459 (29 July 1993)
  • Novel heterotrimeric kinesin-related protein purified from sea urchin eggs; D. G. Cole, S. W. Chinn, K. P. Wedaman, K. Hall, T. Vuong & J. M. Scholey; Nature 366, 268 – 270 (18 November 1993)
  • “Comparison of data analysis and experimental techniques for analysis of planetary atmospheres,” 1991. Published in Journal of Chromatography and J. Chromatographic Science.

Other Qualifications

  • Principal Cellist, San Jose State University Orchestra (1987-1989)
  • Associate Researcher, Exobiology Group, NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA (1986-1991). Developed novel techniques to measure organic pre-cusors to life in planetary atmospheres using lasers and multiplexed gas chromatography, and also used filtering techniques to analyze data collected on planetary missions from the 1970’s.
  • Principal Researcher, “Handheld Semiconductor Laser Water Contamination Sensor” Deacon Research in Collaboration with Oak Ridge National Research Lab (1995)
  • Sales Manager, Windows CE & ASIC Development. Eclipse International (1998-1999)
  • Product Development & Marketing Consulting (1995-present)
    • Semiconductors
    • Flat Panel Displays
    • Wireless Technologies (WiFi, Bluetooth, EnOcean, Zwave, Zigbee, UWB, proprietary)
    • Security Technologies
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Smart Cards
    • IP & Patent Research
  • Developed Proven Proprietary Macroeconomic Forecast Model for Emerging Technology Markets and Applications and published Market Forecast Reports for West Technology Research Solutions, LLC (2002-present)