Our Team

Alex Grodd

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

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.

 
Adi Addvensky

Adi Addvensky (Director of Partnerships, NJ & NY) Before joining the BetterLesson team, Adi spent 13 years at ASCD where her role was to consult with administrators to problem solve their needs for professional learning.She is passionate about supporting educators in any way she can! Adi resides in New Jersey with her husband, 2 children, and 2 cats.

 
Kinan Faham

Kinan AlFaham (Senior Software Developer) Kinan wrote his first computer program at 7 and worked in advertising, publishing and the insurance industries before joining BetterLesson. He believes in education's ability to lift people and help them realize their dreams.

 
Amy Allen

Amy Allen (Director of Partnerships, IN, IL, KY, TN, OH) Amy is passionate about helping both teachers and students fulfill their goals and achieve success. Prior to working at BetterLesson, Amy was a Business Development Manager for Study Island and a Digital Sales Executive for Triumph Learning. Amy started her career as an elementary teacher, having taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, 4th grade and 6th grade.

 
Jessi Anderson

Jessi Anderson (Instructional Coach) Jessi Anderson is passionate about empowering and elevating the profession of education. Before joining BetterLesson, she taught high school science in a rural Montana community for nine years. There she transformed her traditional science classroom into a self-paced, blended and gamified learning environment. Through social media, she developed teacher leadership skills which led to her being named the 2016 Montana Teacher of the Year.

 
Christopher Antreasian

Christopher Antreasian (Front End 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.

 
Elvin Badalov

Elvin Badalov (Technical Project Manager) Elvin is a project manager with extensive experience in managing software development projects. He graduated from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Coming from a family of teachers Elvin is passionate about education and speaks 4 languages. Elvin believes that together at BetterLesson we can improve student engagement, teaching process and empower teachers to drive their own professional learning.

 
Cheryl Belknap

Cheryl Belknap (Instructional Coach) was an urban curriculum director in Massachusetts. She loves to learn and passionately believes in the transformative potential of education.

 
Romain Bertrand

Romain Bertrand (Instructional Coach) Before joining the BetterLesson team, Romain served as a teacher, multi-classroom leader, instructional coach, and blended guru in Charlotte, North Carolina. There he spearheaded his school's nationally recognized math blended learning curriculum, a differentiated program that delivered personalized math instruction to each and every middle school student. Romain absolutely loves connecting with teachers in-person at Blended Design Studios!

 
Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown (VP, Product Success) 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.

 
Martha Buck

Martha Buck (Coaching Operations 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.

 
Cathy Campaigne

Cathy Campaigne (Senior Director of Marketing) Cathy is dedicated to fostering customer engagement and loyalty through personalized marketing for consumers, businesses and nonprofit organizations. The fortunate beneficiary of a fantastic public education that opened many doors, Cathy is passionate about empowering teachers to bring great learning experiences to all students.

 
Emily Caram

Emily Caram (Director of Partnerships, TX, CO) I started out as a teacher and administrator, passionate about education in our country and excited to make a difference with students. I love seeing students grow and develop, especially after facing something challenging that they never thought they could achieve. I think it is imperative that we support teachers and educators in our country as they work with our students each day and prepare them for our changing world.

 
Okello Carter

Okello Carter (Partner Success Manager) Okello began his career in education at Mattahunt Elementary School in Boston, MA, supporting instruction in a 3rd grade classroom and coordinating an extended learning program for students in grades 3-5. Okello is passionate about creating high quality learning experiences for all students, and is excited to support the remarkable work of our teachers.

 
Sarah Cheng

Sarah Cheng (Software Developer) Sarah is an MIT alumn who loves learning and teaching. She is a philosophy and video game enthusiast, and spends a lot of time thinking of ways to effect maximum good.

 
Noelle Chiavetta

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.

 
Seth Cohen

Seth Cohen (Head of Partner Success) Seth Cohen has been working toward equity, access, and opportunity for all for nearly two decades, and is excited to now be part of the BL Team. Seth started his work toward social justice as a 5th grade teacher in South Texas. Since then, he has been a coach--and has supported teams of coaches and programs across the country--all toward a broad set of student outcomes in K-12 education. As a civil rights attorney at a community-oriented law firm in New York City, Seth has also expanded opportunity for traditionally marginalized communities.

 
Dan Costello

Dan Costello (Director of Partnerships, MA, RI, CT) Dan comes to BetterLesson from Amplify where he managed statewide learning engagements for the Departments of Education in Rhode Island and Mississippi over the last four years. Prior to that, Dan served as Project Manager for Scholastic for large READ 180 and System 44 implementations in urban areas, such as: Stamford and Hartford, CT; Camden, NJ; and Washington, DC. Dan started his education career as a high school social studies teacher, and then served as a middle school principal for five years, and as a high school principal for four years. Dan's range of experience help him identify solutions for districts that improve teaching and learning.

 
Laura Cruz

Laura Cruz (Instructional Coach) Laura Cruz believes in social justice through education and lifelong learning. She is passionate about the collaborative exploration of how students - and teachers - learn asynchronously and how teachers can leverage technology as a tool in that process. Laura joins BetterLesson after more than a decade serving in the South Bronx as an educator, advisor, and literacy specialist.

 
James Dunseith

James Dunseith (Instructional Coach) rallies students and teachers to apply novel strategies to existing problems. Before joining BetterLesson, he taught in the Bronx, NY and Worcester, MA.

 
Julie Freese

Julie Freese (Instructional Coach) Julie taught middle and high school English for six years and taught in the NYC public schools, independent and Montessori schools across the country. She has experience in instructional design and has developed and written curriculum for English Language Arts and teacher professional development. She is excited to support teachers in continuous growth and reflective practice, and she feels grateful to do work where she can collaborate with teachers and facilitate their personalized professional development.

 
Grejdi Gjura

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.

 
Abbey Goldstein Moss

Abbey Goldstein Moss (Head of Design Studio)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.

 
Morgan Joseph

Morgan Joseph (Customer Marketing Specialist) 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.

 
Sunnie Kaufmann-Paulman

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.

 
Jenna Keaney

Jenna Keaney (Head Instructional 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.

 
Kelly Kennefick

Kelly Kennefick (Instructional Coach) 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.

 
Kiva Leibowitz

Kiva Leibowitz (Community Manager) Kiva loves working with children and believes in the power of education. She loves the vision of BetterLesson and enjoys supporting teachers, coaches and employees to become the best they can be.

 
Jeff Liberty

Jeff Liberty (VP, Personalized Learning) 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.

 
Valerie Librizzi

Valerie Librizzi (Instructional Coach) Valerie Librizzi is an experienced teacher leader, coach, mentor, and instructor who believes in the importance of helping teachers to empower their students and themselves. She began her career as a high school ELA teacher in a suburb of Boston, and since then has worked with teachers across the country to develop curricula and try new strategies in their classrooms.

 
Sherry MacBury

Sherry MacBury (Director of Partnerships, PA, DE, MD, DC) Sherry has 20 years of education experience having served as a teacher, guidance counselor, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Regional Superintendent and Deputy Chief Academic Officer in urban school districts in Delaware and Philadelphia. Sherry's passion for supporting staff in a purposeful and personalized manner led her to BetterLesson. She wishes BetterLesson was available when she served as a Principal of two turn-around high schools in Delaware. Sherry is married with 10 beautiful children who keep her very busy!

 
Ryan Mahoney

Ryan Mahoney (Senior Software Developer) 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.

 
Juan Matos

Juan Matos (Instructional Coach) Juan is devoted to improving education as a means of achieving true equality and social justice. He began his career as a High School Humanities teacher in Boston Public Schools, has also served as a teacher in the Dominican Republic and as a Middle School ELA teacher at KIPP S.TA.R. He follows a long line of educators in his family and enjoys reading, sports, and his cat.

 
Afrika Mills

Afrika Mills (Instructional 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.

 
Ramses Montero

Ramses Montero (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.

 
Michelle Morris

Michelle Morris (Instructional Coach) Michele has taught upper elementary in Boston, MA and Munich, Germany. Additionally, she’s spent many years working as a Math Specialist in Brookline Public Schools. More recently, she’s supported two cohorts of amazing Master Teachers in the BetterLesson MTP. And now, in her capacity as a Math and Science guru, she brings her coaching chops to PersonalizedPD coaching!

 
Aziza Musa

Aziza Musa (Managing Director, Partnerships) Passionate about educational equity, Aziza leads a team of professional development experts who work with districts of all sizes across the country to customize and transform their adult learning programs. Prior to her current role, Aziza served as the Managing Director of Development for Teach For America-New Jersey. Aziza earned her Master's degree in Human Services Management from the University of Michigan and currently resides in Central Massachusetts with her husband, three children and their cat MishMish.

 
Nicki Nardella

Nicki Nardella (Teacher Success Manager) 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.

 
Annalisa Oswald

Annalisa Oswald (User Experience Design Lead) likes to make technology approachable and beautiful. She hails from the midwest and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

 
Andy Pankin

Andy Pankin (Manager of Partnership Operations) Andy taught Middle School Humanities for four years in a suburb outside Boston. He is excited to work with districts to exceed their Professional Development goals and provide world class learning experiences for students.

 
Rachelle Snyder

Rachelle Snyder (Director of Partnerships, CA) Rachelle is dedicated to improving education for all students through the incredible teachers that work with them day in and day out. To make this happen Rachelle works with schools, districts and organizations across the country to provide innovative and effective professional learning experiences for educators. Prior to her role at BetterLesson, Rachelle taught kindergarten in Chicago Public Schools and served as the Senior Development Manager for the National Center on Time & Learning in Boston, MA.

 
Maureen Spalluto

Maureen Spalluto (Content and Web Product Operations Manager) 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.

 
Yevy Spivak

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.

 
Daniel Guerrero

Daniel Utset Guerrero (Instructional 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.

 

Board Members

Jennifer Carolan

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.

 
Vinay Seth Mohta

Vinay Mohta is the CTO at Kyruus. Vinay formerly served as product manager at Kayak.com, CTO at Global Health Delivery and software architect at Endeca Technologies.

 

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