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.
Chris Hartmann (Director of Curriculum & Instruction) is an experienced math educator with experience at the K-12 and university levels. Chris is passionate about professional development, teacher collaboration, and using technology in the classroom.
Norma Gordon (Director of Teacher Learning) is dedicated to improving mathematics learning and success for all students. She has spent more than 15 years helping her students and education colleagues “make sense of problems and persevere in solving them”.
Dan Mack (NEA MTP Project Manager) taught music education at the early childhood level through undergraduate studies. He is committed to connecting teachers across the country and around the world to the best practices in the classroom.
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.
Adam Bahlke (Software Engineer) likes to write code that positively impacts peoples lives and brings a mix of entrepreneurial and first-hand online education experiences.
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.
Dana Jay Bein (Marketing Associate) is passionate about helping people find their confidence and subsequent happiness. Dana is a motivator, a teacher and a comedian. He has been teaching comedy classes for adults, children and comedians since he graduated from Boston College in 2000.
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 (ELA Lead 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.
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.
BetterLesson was founded by a group of teachers from Atlanta and Boston public schools to connect educators and help them create, organize, and share their curricula.
We are focused on aggregating and scaling the most innovative content and practices from high-performing teachers across the country.
Frequently Asked Questions
Every educator – regardless of school location, resources, or demographics – should have access to the best instructional content in the world.
A good lesson is a creative achievement. Lesson creators should receive real recognition for their original works.
A high-quality curriculum (180 high-quality lessons in a row) drives student achievement.
Sustained collaboration is fundamental to the creation and delivery of the highest quality instruction.
Proud to be a Boston Startup!
We’re incredibly thankful to be building our company in Boston. We’re especially thankful for the consistent advice and moral support from our neighboring startups:
FollowUp.cc is a simple email reminder service that helps people get their inbox to zero - and fits into their workflow. Chris has been a great BetterLesson advisor from the beginning.
Shareaholic is fanatical about making people more productive by making sharing easy. It’s installed in our browsers and saves us a lot of time and energy when sharing content.