The Most Innovative & Competitive STEM Academy
Students at NESA learn with active learning. Our lessons develop critical thinking skills amongst students as they learn their concepts through Hands On learning. Nesa tracks their progress through challenging worksheets and they graduate to the next level once they master science concepts.
It is very important to have progressive learning in order to retain concepts till high school. Students tend to forget concepts as they advance through their grades. At NESA, we offer a spiral learning method where students revisit the concept that they had learned at previous level and build up on that concept. This method has shown effective learning amongst students. When they take challenging classes at high school, their foundation is already in place and they do not have to go through unnecessary stress to learn the basics.
Our Teachers, Instructors & Counselors
Meet some of the members of our committed team
Dr. Sheetal Karnik
Founder,Program Director and AP Biology, AP Chemistry Instructor
Dr. Karnik has a Ph.D in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Arizona State University, a Masters in Biochemistry and has been a Post Doctoral Research fellow at Veterans Affairs Research facility. She is an accomplished scientist with multiple publications in international science journals, and has been invited to present research at various international conferences. In addition, she has a Bachelors in Education degree and has taught sciences to undergraduate, high school, as well as middle school students.Dr. Karnik has been teaching Biology for the past 20 years and has mentored Ph.D, undergraduate and high school students for research. Her unique teaching style lays down a strong foundation and has awarded her students with excellent grades and accolades. Her students have scored 5/5 on AP exams and 33% of her class have scored 800/800 on SAT Bio exams. Her passion for teaching and mentoring students have shown amazing results where the students not only start loving the subject but aspire to make a career in medicine or in equivalent fields.She also practices patent law and works with innovators on patenting cutting edge technology and research. Besides teaching and research, she enjoys dancing, and loves to cook heart healthy meals.
“Determination and Perseverance can offset any “CAN’T DOs” in your life. Human Brain is one of the most wonderful things that we have. We are already empowered by nature to attempt the impossible. So what are you waiting for- GO FOR IT!” – Dr. Sheetal Karnik
Niharika Karnik (Niha) has been instrumental in founding New Edge Science Academy along with her mother Dr. Karnik. Niha is pursuing her Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Niha strongly believes that every girl should give a shot at a career in STEM and is a strong proponent of encouraging girls in STEM through her example. As a high school student, she saw the challenges that students in high school face first hand. ‘It is very common to see high school students being scared to take advance science classes and many times drop the class after a couple months. However, there are so many good career options available for students in the work force with good paying jobs. It’s a shame that many students don’t explore this opportunity since they give up on science in high school itself.’
Being trained by her mother in Science from an early age, she quickly realized the importance of having a strong foundation in Science from elementary years. She has worked on various roles in NESA including helping with curriculum, marketing, head counsellor for camps as well as tutoring students in Physics and Math.
In her free time she loves to go hiking, play basketball and loves singing.
Her favorite quote:A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. -B. F. Skinner
Rajat Arora is a Sophomore attending Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University pursuing a BSE in Electrical Engineering. He graduated from Hamilton High School in May of 2017. He has worked for NESA for the past two years, assisting as head counselor of 4 separate STEM camps, as well as instructor of Pre-Calclulus, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Java, beginners programming and most recently, assisting with the development of the Python program. Furthermore, Rajat is a Teacher’s Assistant (TA) for a College Algebra course at ASU.
He works very closely with students on a personal level, and building their understanding from the ground up. Rajat’s most commonly repeated mantra is to never memorize anything, but rather develop a grasp of why certain processes lead to the correct answer. There is never one correct method to solving a problem correctly, whether that’s in programming, calculus, or engineering in general. He enjoys making personal connections with students as well.
The hobbies that he fit into his busy schedule includes spending time with loved ones, hiking, exercising, staying informed with global affairs, and of course, learning about anything.
Personally, one belief he has always held close to my heart is that The most fundamental judge of character is how one treats others. One’s true persona is their treatment of others when no one is looking.
Dr. Puja Saxena
Dr. Puja Saxena holds a doctorate degree in Chemistry. She did her post-doctoral fellowship at Resource Center for Science & Engineering, San Juan, Puerto Rico. She loves science and research. She has 21 research publications in various National and International journals. She won the best project award for Uric acid determination in blood at Masters level.
She has been tutoring students throughout her studies from Bachelor to Ph.D. She mentored various undergraduate and graduate students during her doctoral studies.
She has taught science in middle school and also taught Chemistry and took laboratory courses for Bachelors and Masters students in India.She hopes to share her passion for science with her students.
She enjoys reading books, playing badminton and spending quality indoor and outdoor time with her two girls!
Ms. Delna Menon
Delna Menon is a high school science teacher and has taught high school and middle school in several schools including BASIS.
She is an Environmental Engineer by training and has worked on projects related to toxicology in the Great Lakes and mercury emissions from thermal power plants. An engineer by profession, her passion is in teaching sciences and encouraging students to excel in STEM.
She has also taught laboratory courses at the undergraduate level during her Masters program. Delna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of Calicut, India, and a Masters degree from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.
Her hobbies include acrylic and oil painting, and experimenting with new cuisines in her kitchen.
Pankhuri is a masters student pursuing her degree in Biomedical Sciences at Midwestern University. She has a bachelors degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and another major in biochemistry from the University of Arizona. She is pursuing her interest in the medical field and has experience in hospital and clinical setting. She has worked as a supplemental instruction leader at University of Arizona Think Tank.
She has been teaching middle school and high school students in Science and Math subjects. Her enthusiastic personality along with positive reinforcement makes her one of the favorites amongst her students.
In her downtime, she loves to dance, organize and perform at various cultural events.
Dr. Deepak Varshney
Dr. Deepak Varshney is a doctorate in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico. He did his Master’s in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, India. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics. He has 11 years of research experience in Physics and Material Science with 3 granted patents, 3 filed patent applications and 16 research publications in various reputed journals. He has four years of tutoring experience in Physics and Mathematics with middle school and high school students in India.
He endeavors to inculcate a love for Physics and Mathematics in students. He has been successful in inspiring many students to take up Physics as a subject at various levels. He is passionate about basketball and represented his team at University level.
He likes to sing, play pool and chess. He spends his free time with his two daughters and working on fun science experiments and building small projects with them!
Adriane is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science Engineering. He is a scholar ASU Barrett Honors College. His perseverance combined with his intelligence has enabled him to be on the Deans list!Adriane enjoys teaching and has been a TA for Algebra 2 as well as Pre Calculus in high school.
Adriane’s style of teaching is very different from the other teachers- “Students taking my classes will be getting a more hands-on experience. Since I do not like to lecture, we will be doing multiple projects and exercises.”
His hobbies include watching a lot of TV shows and movies, video games, and developing software/apps.
His favorite quote ‘The quickest way to learn is to fail fast. Don’t be embarrassed if you fail. Embrace it, learn from it.’
My name is Autumn Lynch and I am a math tutor for New Edge Science Academy. I grew up in Mesa, AZ and attended school in the Gilbert Public Schools District.
I am currently a Senior at Arizona State University studying Mathematics and Secondary Education. I will graduate in May 2019! I want to be a junior high or high school math teacher. I have been tutoring math for the last 3 years. This includes SAT tutoring, one on one and small group tutoring in geometry, algebra 1 and algebra 2 as well as working for an ASU precalculus tutoring facility.
Being a part of the teachers college I have learned and tried many techniques when it comes to tutoring students. I like to ask questions to provoke thinking, draw diagrams, use analogies, and find good aspects of students’ thinking, even when it is wrong, to get them to the understanding.
One of my favorite quotes says, “It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, it’s about the size of the fight in the dog”. Anyone with passion can accomplish anything they want to, including math!
Our Students Are Our Biggest Fans
Don’t take our word for it, listen to some of our students
Anjalee: Student -AP Biology, Hamilton High School
“NESA is probably the one thing that saved my AP Bio grade. Without this class, I don’t think I could have made it so far into such a hard subject. Ever since I have been coming to NESA, my grades have gone up by an average of 11% and my quiz grades even more! I love coming to this class and look forward to scoring well on my AP test”.
4th Grade Student Knox Gifted Academy
“I have loved everything you have taught me from Scientific Methods, Atoms, Biomes, to Force and Motion. I loved your class… I didn’t even know what Biology, Chemistry, and Physics meant until you taught me”