OmniLearn Team

We are a small team of science and education experts with diverse experiences and over 60 years of combined experience!

Jane Powel


Jane’s love of teaching began by obtaining a B.S. in Elementary Education & Teaching from Syracuse University. She then went on to receiving her M.S. in Special Education & Teaching at Adelphi University.

Trained as a K-12 special education teacher, Jane immediately focused on alternative techniques in teaching, particularly for gifted students. This required a deep understanding of learning and memory, which led her to work at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. She served as Education Manager of the DNA Learning Center under James D. Watson, Nobel Laureate, during the early days of the Human Genome Project. This unique opportunity afforded her access to molecular biologists (Carol Greider) working on telomerase (aging) using worms, and learning and memory using flies (Tim Tully). She incorporated their techniques, equipment, and results into curricula for camps and schools on Long Island, NYC, and California.

OmniLearn is designated as a sole source vendor for the DOE in NYC. The company’s techniques were cited as “the way to teach science” by Kathy Ordonez, CEO of Celera. OmniLearn is a partner on 21st Century Community Learning Center grants in the Bronx and on a magnet grant in Brooklyn. Jane is certified by the NY Institute of Technology as an On-Line Academy Instructor for the New York State Teachers Centers. She contributes time and energy to the ALS organization in NYC and on LI. She is also a member of NYAS (NY Academy of Sciences), AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), NSTA (National Science Teachers Association), the Physics Club of NY, and has been honored in Who’s Who of American Women since 2006.

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Kate McDaniel

Vice President of Program Design / Science Educator

Ms. Kate grew up on the beaches of sunny San Diego, CA and took to the ocean like a fish! She earned her B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the UCSD in 2008 and her M.S. in Marine Ecology from SDUS in 2016. Give her a beach and a snorkel and she is a happy camper.

Currently, Kate leads hands-on science labs and writes, produces, and stars in a large selection of OmniLearns Remote Learning Videos. She loves the beach, octopuses, eating burritos, eating in general and her son and future scientist, Remy.

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Amelia Ahnert

Vice President of Educational Media and Technology / Science Educator

Ms. Amelia focuses on the details, from the molecular makeup of chemicals to creating engaging hands-on labs for NYC classrooms. She earned a B.S. in General Science with a concentration in Chemistry from Penn State in 2013.

When she’s not in the classroom or generating OmniLearn’s Remote Learning Videos, she enjoys camping, creating chemical changes in the kitchen, and cuddling with her cat.

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