Alex Grodd (Founder & CEO) is a Teach For America alum who taught 6th grade English at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. He founded BetterLesson to address the challenges he faced in the classroom.
Erin Osborn (Co-Founder & COO) finds hope in the eagerness of inspired students. She comes from the halls of Cambridge Public Schools and the mean streets of Ed Reform organizing.
Yevy Spivak (Director of Product Development) searches for technological solutions to social problems and hopes his work at BetterLesson will help more kids realize the value of education.
Grejdi Gjura (Director of Engineering) brings both considerable skill and practical idealism to BetterLesson, aiming to change the world one line of code at a time.
Elizabeth Johnson (Senior Program Director) taught ESL to the best kids of Boston Public Schools. She is committed to promoting positive change that improves the lives of individuals and communities.
Christine Glandorf (Project Associate) taught 5th grade and coached rowing in Connecticut before joining BetterLesson. Christine is a proud alumna of the oldest public school in the country, and is committed to supporting that tradition in the 21st century.
Annalisa Oswald (UX Designer) likes to make technology approachable and beautiful. She hails from the midwest and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Christopher Antreasian (UI Web Developer) follows current trends and standards of web technology, using his findings to create fun and compelling user experiences. Chris has a passion for education and believes that BetterLesson gives teachers a community to expand their knowledge base, learning more to teach better.
Nicki Nardella (Project Associate) is a Teach for America alum who taught inspiring 4th/5th graders in Washington, D.C. She came to BetterLesson because she believes creative and well-prepared teachers bring out the best in their students.
Jenna Keaney (Head Instructional TeachCycle Coach) is dedicated to promoting and supporting high quality teaching and learning to ensure better outcomes for all students. She is an experienced K-12 educator with a passion for improving literacy instruction.
Cheryl Belknap (Instructional Coach) was an urban curriculum director in Massachusetts. She loves to learn and passionately believes in the transformative potential of education.
Kyle Kennedy (Instructional Coach) is a former elementary school teacher and has coached teachers with the Match Teacher Residency program and with The New Teacher Project. Kyle believes that great teaching has the power to transform students’ lives, and she is excited to support and learn from Master Teachers.
Morgan Joseph joins BetterLesson after a short stint supporting teachers in Baltimore City Schools. She hopes her work at BetterLesson will equip educators with tools to inspire students to persevere through challenges and dream beyond their circumstances.
Jeff Liberty (Director of Blended Learning & Science Coaching) After more than two decades as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, a new school and program developer, and a founding charter school headmaster, Jeff is thrilled to join the BetterLesson team. Born and raised in Boston and a proud product of its public schools, Jeff continues to look for ways to harness educational innovation in order to increase opportunities for all students to enjoy learning and realize their potential.
Abbey Goldstein Moss (Director of Master Teacher Projects)began her career teaching bilingual elementary school in Texas and has since been working in K-12 public education for over a decade. She believes that great teachers have the power to transform students' lives and feels honored to be working with such an extraordinary group of Master Teachers at BetterLesson.
Noelle Chiavetta (HR Manager) is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about education and is dedicated to supporting the hard work of teachers. She wants all students find the same joy in school and learning as she experienced.
Ryan Mahoney (Senior Software Engineer) works for causes that have positive impact on society and communities. He frequently contributes to open source software projects, with an average of 1,500 commits per year.
Ramses Montero (Web Designer) comes from a background in nonprofit and public service. After spending a year teaching in the Dominican Republic, Ramses is excited to be working on technology that makes teachers’ lives easier.
Martha Buck (Instructional Project Manager) believes in harnessing the power of technology to support teachers in the wholly human work of empowering students to realize their full potential one day at a time. Prior to joining the BL team, Martha taught math and science to high school students, and technology integration to teachers at public and private schools in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Afrika Mills (Instructional TeachCycle Coach) has been an Instructional Coach and Teacher Developer for eight years. She came to BetterLesson because she believes that all teachers can be dynamic educators when provided with the supports needed to create engaging and transformative learning experiences.
James Dunseith (Instructional TeachCycle Coach) rallies students and teachers to apply novel strategies to existing problems. Before joining BetterLesson, he taught in the Bronx, NY and Worcester, MA.
Maureen Spalluto (Content Associate) joins BetterLesson after teaching fifth grade for four years in Reading, Massachusetts. She is dedicated to creating tools that support teachers as they navigate today’s educational landscape, while also engaging and inspiring students.
Daniel Guerrero (Instructional TeachCycle Coach) believes deeply in the personalization of student learning, and the strengthening of the teaching profession to build students who challenge the 21st century’s problems. He joins BetterLesson after teaching 4th and 5th grades in Miami, FL.
Sunnie Kaufmann-Paulman (Senior Director of Operations) has been in operational management in the outdoor and innovation education field for over twelve years. Prior to joining BetterLesson, she held senior management positions in the summer camp and sports education industry. Sunnie is thrilled to be able to combine her extensive business and programmatic background with her passion for education.
Kelly Kennefick believes in the power of education and is dedicated to helping teachers and students tackle classroom challenges. Kelly joins us after teaching 4th grade and math intervention in CT.
Jennifer Carolan is a partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. Jennifer leads the Seed Fund, which was created to make investments in early-stage education technology companies with potential for big impact in K-12 education.