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.
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.
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.
Andy Pankin (Implementation Strategist) 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.
Okello Carter (Implementation Strategist) 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.
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.
Sarah Cheng (Software Engineer) 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.
Aziza Musa (Director of 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.
Kinan Faham (Senior Software Engineer) 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.
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.
Dan Costello (Partnership Lead) 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.
Rachelle Snyder (Partnership Lead) 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.
Juan Matos (Blended 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.
Romain Bertrand (Blended 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!
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.