Executive and Administrative
Elisabeth Stock | Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Elisabeth Stock built PowerMyLearning from a nascent non-profit in 1999 into a national leader in the K-12 digital learning space. Recognized as an expert in her field, Elisabeth is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a life-long Ashoka fellow. She has given a TEDx talk and high-level briefings at the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Communications Commission, and she has served as an advisor to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the NYC Department of Education. Elisabeth has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio and has published Op-Eds in media outlets such as Education Week and the Huffington Post. In 2001, she was honored by Crain’s New York Business as one of 40 New Yorkers under 40 shaping the city. From 1996-97, Elisabeth served as a White House Fellow in the Office of the Vice President, where her experience as the principal architect of a government-wide education technology program led her to launch PowerMyLearning a year later. Elisabeth was a high school teacher for two years while a Peace Corps volunteer and later worked for the World Bank on appropriate technology in Africa. She also worked at the Vera Institute of Justice and helped the Open Society Institute start the After-School Corporation. Elisabeth served as a member of the MIT Board of Trustees (1997-2002) and is the youngest individual ever to be appointed to the MIT Executive Committee (2000-2002). Elisabeth has earned four degrees from MIT. She also holds a patent for a medical device.
Mark Malaspina | President
Mark is responsible for driving PowerMyLearning’s program innovations and research agenda and for deepening PowerMyLearning’s relationships with school districts, software partners, and education organizations. Since joining PowerMyLearning in May 2009, Mark has led the development of PowerMyLearning Connect, PowerMyLearning’s K-12 learning platform, and he has overseen major enhancements to PowerMyLearning’s partnership program with high poverty middle schools. As the former President of The Grow Network, an education company he co-founded in 2000 and sold to McGraw-Hill in 2004, Mark brings strong experience in education to this role. Under Mark’s leadership, Grow served more than 20 million students in the U.S. and internationally and demonstrated its impact in differentiated instruction and parent engagement through studies by nationally recognized research organizations, such as the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and the Center for Children & Technology. At Grow, Mark helped develop a patented analytical system that infers students’ strengths and needs in order to support effective instruction. Mark also has broad experience working with low-income communities. As a Skadden Fellow at the Lawyers Alliance for New York, Mark provided guidance to local organizations developing innovative economic development programs in low-income neighborhoods. Since 2000, he has served on the board of the New York City Financial Network Action Consortium, a CDFI Intermediary that supports community development credit unions. Previously, Mark has worked with public housing tenant organizations in Atlanta and New Haven and helped establish small business lending programs in Chicago. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Coto Brus, Costa Rica, and is fluent in Spanish. After receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School, Mark clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He also has an M.P.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University and a B.A. from Yale College, where he received the Hadley Prize for outstanding scholarship in the Social Sciences.
Christina Chiolo | Director of Development, New York City
As the Director of Development for PowerMyLearning in New York City, Christina Chiolo helps secure philanthropic and government support for PowerMyLearning’s programs in NYC. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Christina spent five years at New York Cares, where she started as a Children’s and Teen Education Program Manager, and more recently has worked as their sole Foundation and Government Relations Officer. Christina also previously served as a Programs and Development Manager at the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation. Christina holds her B.A. in Sociology from Fordham University.
Elizabeth John | Executive Director, New York City
Elizabeth oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs and services in New York City, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning in 2013, Elizabeth served as the Director of Education Programs for New York Cares, where her team implemented over 8,500 educational volunteer projects each year, in partnership with hundreds of schools and agencies in New York City. A former New York City Teaching Fellow, Elizabeth also taught sixth and eighth grade Math at a high-needs public school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Elizabeth holds an M.S. in Teaching – Adolescent Education from Pace University and a B.A. in History from New York University.
Kwame Johnson | Executive Director, Greater Atlanta
Kwame Johnson is the Executive Director of PowerMyLearning in Greater Atlanta. Kwame oversees operations, development activities, and PowerMyLearning’s programs and services in Atlanta, while strengthening relationships with community partners, school districts, and political leaders. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Kwame was the Director of Corporate Relations for the national nonprofit Communities In Schools, which is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization and fifth largest youth-serving organization. Kwame also served as the Director of Donor Advised Services for the Charities Aid Foundation of America and as the National Director of Programs for the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Kwame has been an active member of the non-profit sector for many years and currently serves as the Board Chair for Center for Community Alternatives. Kwame holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Gabrielle Mosquera | Director of Institutional Giving
Gabrielle is the Director of Institutional Giving and works with the organization’s national and regional teams to secure philanthropic grants from foundations, corporations, and government offices. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Gabrielle held a development role at Turnaround for Children and also worked as a Senior Director within the NYCDOE Office of School Design and Charter Partnerships. In her DOE role she monitored and evaluated the academic, organizational, and operational performance of 23 network-affiliated and independent charter schools. She has also held new school development roles at the Newark Charter School Fund, where she helped launch two charter schools, and at EdisonLearning, Inc., where she managed proposals for new and existing charter schools as well as blended learning and supplemental education services. Gabrielle graduated with honors from Boston University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.
Calvin Selth | Director of Development, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area
Calvin Selth is the Director of Development for PowerMyLearning in Greater Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Calvin led events-based development efforts at Teach For America – Los Angeles, where he helped secure more than $1.8 million in sponsorships over two years and launched the region’s first-ever Associates Board. As a young student, Calvin had early access to technology and received an outstanding public school education – something many deserving children in our nation don’t receive. This inequity grounds his focus as a development professional: working to build strong partnerships between funders and non-profit organizations, and encouraging investments in the potential of students and families in under-served communities. Calvin started his professional career in the classroom, teaching grades K-1 and grades 6-8 at a bilingual school in Long Beach, CA. A Southern California native, Calvin graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish. He is also a ten-year trustee of the Telluride Association, a non-profit organization offering free educational programs in Ithaca, NY and Ann Arbor, MI.
Ronald Southard | Director of Finance and Administration
Ron joined PowerMyLearning in December of 2009. He is responsible for managing PowerMyLearning’s Finance Department and administrative functions. Since moving to New York in 1994, he has worked as the finance leader in several small to medium sized non-profits, as well as filling the role of Chief Financial Officer for the American Lung Association. While at the Lung Association, Ron led the design and implementation of an award winning accounting system that tracked and consolidated the finances of the American Lung Association’s twenty-five independently incorporated regional offices throughout the U.S.
Neil Spears | Executive Director, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area
Neil Spears is the Executive Director of PowerMyLearning in Greater Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Neil was a teacher at El Sereno Middle School in east Los Angeles. While teaching, Neil was also the school-side liaison for PowerMyLearning’s partnership with El Sereno, playing a central role in the organization’s successful launch at our first partner school in Southern California. During his time in the classroom, Neil was struck by the vast opportunity gaps that impacted his students and as a result, Neil has dedicated his professional career to educational equity and justice. Neil was selected for the inaugural Schusterman Fellowship cohort, a highly customized leadership development program that prepares fellows to realize and exercise their full potential as individual leaders and as a collective force for creating change in their communities and the world. A Southern California native, Neil holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University. He also maintains a California multiple subjects teaching credential and is a Teach For America alumnus.
Unique Tucker | Human Resources Director
Unique oversees Human Resources for PowerMyLearning, including talent management, onboarding, and employee relations. Unique has over eight years of HR experience, most recently as an HR Generalist at the NYS Psychiatric Institute, which is run in conjunction with Columbia University Medical Center and Research Foundation for Mental Health. Unique has a BA in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle, a Master’s in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York, and a Certification in Professional Human Resource Management from Pace University. Unique is deeply committed to education equality and social justice.
Philip Vlahakis | Managing Director, Partnerships and Strategy
Phil leads the organization’s efforts to grow partnerships nationally so that students across the country can benefit from PowerMyLearning’s proven approaches to improving educational outcomes. Phil joined PowerMyLearning in 2010 and brings over 20 years of experience in educational programs and services. Previously, he served as Vice President for Kaplan K12 Learning Services, the division of Kaplan Inc. dedicated to propelling student achievement in school districts facing the greatest challenges. At Kaplan K12, Phil was a member of the senior leadership team responsible for the rapid growth of the division from its initial start-up phase to helping hundreds of thousands of students improve academic achievement through a range of programs and services including curriculum development, professional development, online teacher tools, and reading and math intervention programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Binghamton University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also proud to be a product of the New York City Public School system and dedicated to improving the quality of public education for all students.
Stacey Williams | Managing Director, External Relations
Stacey Williams is the Managing Director of External Relations at PowerMyLearning and is responsible for overseeing development efforts and organization-wide communications. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Stacey served as the Managing Director of Development at Public Prep, a nonprofit charter school management organization in New York City. Over the course of eight years, Stacey helped develop Public Prep from a standalone charter school to a network serving more than 1,500 students in grades PreK-8th across six campuses in roles centered on staff recruitment, external relations, and development. Stacey also spent a summer as an Education Pioneer, serving as a Media and Operations Fellow at Charter Schools Accountability & Support Team (CSAS) at the New York City Department of Education where she led the redesign of the CSAS website and created a press and communication strategy. Stacey started her career as a fourth grade teacher and Teach for America Corps Member in Phoenix, AZ. Stacey holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ithaca College and an MPA in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from NYU.
Product and Programs
Alexandra Alberto | Senior Product Manager
Alexandra leads product development for PowerMyLearning Connect. She began her career as a middle and high school French teacher, where she discovered a passion for using technology to empower students and help teachers personalize instruction. Since then, she has devoted herself to creating innovative educational tools, first as a Product Manager for active reading and writing solutions, and now in her current role at PowerMyLearning. Alexandra received a bachelor of education degree from McGill University, and a master’s degree in Digital Media Design for Learning from New York University.
Emily Amick | Personalized Learning Specialist
As Personalized Learning Specialist, Emily Amick manages and leads the delivery of remote services at school partnerships including collaborative workshops and demos. In addition, she plays a major role in supporting the development of PowerMyLearning services and resources. Emily brings a wealth of experience to the role, having spent time in the classroom as a math teacher and coach in Pittsburgh schools, and in educational roles outside the classroom as a curriculum designer and professional developer. She earned a B.A. in mathematics from New York University, and an M.A.T in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Courtney Dastis-Galvin | Director of Partnership Marketing and Operations
As Director of Program Development, Courtney is responsible for organizing the work of the inter-regional program teams to incorporate practices for monitoring and evaluation of program success and defining implementation improvements. Courtney joined PowerMyLearning in 2009 and has served in various roles in the organization prior to this position. Most recently, she served as PowerMyLearning’s Manager of Products, working to support the regional offices and manage creation and maintenance of systems to improve program offerings and delivery. Outside of PowerMyLearning, Courtney has spent time volunteering for non-traditional schools both domestically and abroad, where she developed a deep passion for inquiry and dialogue around meaningful shifts in public education. Courtney holds an honors bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Educational Studies from the University of Delaware.
Karuppiah Ganesan | Managing Director of Technology and Architecture
Karuppiah Ganesan is the Director of Technology and Architecture of PowerMyLearning Connect. In this role, Karuppiah manages the architecture, technology used and execution of the software development of PowerMyLearning Connect. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Karuppiah was an Executive Director of Engineering at Kaplan Test Prep, where he led the eLearning engineering team. He was responsible for software development, enterprise Architecture, and the management of the Development and QA team. He also developed and managed the KTP eLearning platform. Karuppiah earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Madras, India.
Greg Karnes | Customer Support Manager
As Customer Support Manager, Greg provides support to teachers, parents and students for our platform, PowerMyLearning Connect. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Greg provided technical support and software management training for educational nonprofits, government programs, and companies in the private sector. He first discovered his passion for technical training while working at the Oregon Historical Society, where he developed training guides for volunteers in the Oral History Department. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Lewis and Clark College.
Hussham Khan | Director of Research and Data Strategy
Hussham is an eight-year veteran of the New York City Department of Education. At NYCDOE, he led the development and implementation of an online platform that uses complex algorithms to manage PK-12 admissions for the largest school system in the country, including the city’s first online application for elementary school programs. He has served in several leadership roles including Executive Director of High School Admissions. Previously, he was an Analyst for the New York State Department of Labor.
Adrienne Kraushaar | Managing Director of Products and Programs
Adrienne oversees the development and strategic direction of the PowerMyLearning Connect platform and PowerMyLearning’s programs and services. A former Teach for America Corps member, Adrienne taught middle school math and science in Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Adrienne also served in product management, professional development, and curriculum development roles at Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Achieve 3000, and Edison Learning. Adrienne holds a degree in Organizational Communications, Learning & Design from Ithaca College and earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University.
Sue Lyons | Director of Professional Learning
As the Director of Professional Learning, Sue Lyons is responsible for guiding the design, development, and implementation of PowerMyLearning’s professional development. Sue has spent her entire career in the field of education, and as a result is very familiar with all facets of education. She spent 10 years as a middle school math and humanities teacher before moving into product marketing, curriculum development, and professional development at Achieve 3000, Learning.com, and Truenorthlogic. Sue earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. John’s University, where she facilitated several extra-curricular programs for middle school students.
Bill Rappel | Director of Strategic Partnerships
Bill is responsible for building strategic partnerships with schools, afterschool programs, and other organizations that can benefit from using PowerMyLearning Connect. Bill joined PowerMyLearning in 2001 and has held two positions at the organization prior to his current position. Most recently, he served as PowerMyLearning’s National Director of the Affiliate Network and Legislative Affairs managing legislative initiatives and building a nationwide network of non-profit organizations committed to helping low-income families harness the power of digital learning. Previously, he served as PowerMyLearning’s Program Director in the New York City Region, during which time he increased the organization’s school partnerships more than six-fold; built a robust application process for selecting schools; and successfully built a strong relationship with the New York City Council, from which PowerMyLearning receives significant funding each year. Prior to PowerMyLearning, Bill worked at Organic, an Internet consulting firm, and was a consultant for a Rockefeller Family Fund project where he conducted site visits for the America Online Foundation’s Digital Divide Initiative. Bill has a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University.
Caryn Rogoff | Director of Content
Caryn leads our PowerMyLearning Connect content strategy. Caryn has more than twenty years of experience in K-12 education, both in school and non-school settings as well as significant experience in youth development, multi-media production, and media literacy. Caryn has a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University Teachers College and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Paul Thomas | Senior Director of Instruction
Paul is responsible for PowerMyLearning’s instruction and content strategy. Paul came to PowerMyLearning from K12, where he led their content specialists and assessment experts. Previously, Paul was K12’s lead mathematics content specialist. Before K12, Paul taught mathematics and computer science at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia. Between teaching and K12, Paul managed corporate training departments, and developed classroom, computer-based, and web-based training products that have been used by companies such as Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, and Novell. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Operations Research/Management Science from George Mason University.
Meghan Wells | Director of Family Engagement
Meghan is passionate about the role of families in education and enjoys leading the development of PowerMyLearning’s family engagement work, both through school-based programming and the PowerMyLearning Connect platform. Previously Meghan worked as the Senior Manager for Family Engagement in PowerMyLearning’s New York City region, where she started as a Program Manager in 2012. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Meghan worked as a Regional Coordinator for Children’s Literacy Initiative in Philadelphia, where she managed implementation of a professional development initiative for early childhood educators in several major school districts, including Chicago Public Schools. In 2011 she was selected as an Education Pioneers Fellow and completed her fellowship at the Data Quality Campaign, an education policy and advocacy organization based in Washington DC. Meghan holds a M.P.A from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard Hicks | Director, Technology and Operations, Greater Atlanta
Richard Hicks is PowerMyLearning’s Director, Technology & Operations and is responsible for soliciting and acquiring computer equipment at the national level, setting up refurbishing operations in expansion cities, ensuring the quality of PowerMyLearning’s technical operations in all the cities in which we operate, and directing the technical aspects of developing a new image for PowerMyLearning’s Home Learning Center each year. Previously, Richard was a Director of Information Technology at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Georgia where he was responsible for many initiatives to bring the campuses to the forefront of technological advancement, including providing insight for the technology design of Georgia Military College’s new and existing facilities. Richard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville and an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.
Oneisha Freeman | Manager, Marketing and Communications, Greater Atlanta
Oneisha has over a decade of experience in family engagement, youth programming, multimedia design, and photography. Through her work, she combines her passion for educational technology with a calling to serve under-resourced communities. Oneisha holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Colorado State University-Global. Prior to joining the PowerMyLearning team, she served as the Computer Clubhouse Coordinator at Whitefoord, Inc. where she worked with at-risk youth to help them utilize digital media technology to better their community, connect with their education, and empower them for their futures. Oneisha has facilitated training sessions, workshops, and events locally, nationally, and internationally for both adults and youth. Additionally, she is an Adobe Youth Voices Lead Educator as well as an Adobe Certified Associate.
Lisa Brodie | Program Manager, Family Engagement, Greater Atlanta
Lisa leads PowerMyLearning’s Family Engagement Services in Greater Atlanta and works closely with the Family Engagement cross-regional team. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Lisa taught elementary school in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia and worked with youth and families in a group home setting. In addition to teaching in the schools, Lisa has helped spearhead several tutorial programs and chartered a club-based after school program. Lisa is a Teach for America Alumna, and is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. Lisa holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University, an M.A. in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. Lisa believes strongly in the power of a successful education being forged by the combined effort of the community, school, and family.
Eddie Matano | Technology Manager, Greater Atlanta
As Technology Manager, Eddie manages the imaging and refurbishing operations in the Atlanta area. He is also responsible for the setup of workshops at our partner schools and manages the volunteer days at our warehouse. Eddie holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems from Mississippi University for Women. He started his career as a Technical Specialist for BTM Solutions where he was responsible for supporting different types of accounting software and for managing, maintaining, and resolving issues related to the local area network, business computers, active directory, business servers, and server backups. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Eddie was an implementation specialist for SAP Business One where he managed the implementation process from the sales stage to go-live. Since graduating from college, Eddie extended his passion for technology by becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional and obtaining several certifications including Network+ and A+.
Katie Roth | Director of Programs, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area
Katie leads PowerMyLearning‘s programs and services in Los Angeles and the Bay Area to ensure a strong, positive, and sustainable impact in our partner communities. She manages program execution for families and educators in high-poverty schools and she plays a pivotal role in shaping the program vision nationally. In Katie’s previous role at PowerMyLearning, she worked closely with teachers and school leaders to implement innovative digital learning strategies in their classrooms to increase student engagement and achievement. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Katie served as the Los Angeles Manager of Instruction at Revolution Prep, where she managed, trained, and developed a group of 75 instructors and tutors. She also worked at XAP Corporation, interfacing with state departments of education to enhance digital learning opportunities for K-12 students. Katie discovered her passion for expanding educational opportunities as a Teach For America corps member at Markham Middle School in Los Angeles. She taught seventh and eighth grade math and served as the school’s math department chair. She has continued her involvement with Teach For America as a Math Learning Team Leader, running professional development sessions for corps members outside of school hours. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in finance, marketing, and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Katie earned a California teaching credential in secondary math.
Jill Carlson | Senior Manager of Partnerships, San Francisco Bay Area
Jill manages PowerMyLearning’s partnership and expansion efforts in the Bay Area. Prior to PowerMyLearning, Jill served in a variety of development, program, and leadership roles at education nonprofits focused on domestic and international education, including Aim High, Room to Read, Reading Partners, The Future Project, and the International Youth Foundation. Jill began her career as a middle school teacher and has taught in public schools in Phoenix, AZ, rural Guyana, and Costa Rica. Through these experiences, she saw the importance and power of strong, positive relationships between students, families, and teachers. She is most proud that she can count more than 50 teachers in her extended family. She lives in Oakland and enjoys hiking the East Bay trails with her dog. Jill holds a B.A. in Government from Claremont McKenna College and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University.
Kendra Frank | Blended Learning Specialist, San Francisco Bay Area
As a Blended Learning Specialist, Kendra works with teachers and administrators to support the integration of technology to provide a personalized and engaging learning experience for all students. Before joining PowerMyLearning in 2016, Kendra was a Special Education Teacher, English Language Development teacher, and tutor (all at the same time!) and became known for bringing the classroom to life through technology. Kendra was also recognized as a product ambassador by ClassDojo, fundraised over $6,000 to bring technology into her various classrooms, and used her love of music to found the FDR Show Choir at FDR Middle School. Since moving from Georgia to California, Kendra has taught for the Redwood City School District and the Jefferson Elementary School District in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kendra earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Education from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.
Elizabeth Cabrera | Senior Manager, Family Engagement, Greater Los Angeles Region
Elizabeth leads PowerMyLearning’s Family Engagement Services in Los Angeles and works closely with the Blended Learning Consulting team and the Family Engagement cross-regional team. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Elizabeth taught elementary school in low-income communities in Los Angeles, including experience teaching in Spanish. Elizabeth is a Teach For America alumna. As a Los Angeles native, she is determined to help the community reach higher academic gains to close the achievement gap. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Spanish from Harvard University. She also holds a master’s degree in urban education from Loyola Marymount University and she holds a California multiple subject teaching credential.
Oscar Martinez | Blended Learning Specialist, Greater Los Angeles
As a Blended Learning Specialist, Oscar works individually with middle and high school teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms to enhance the learning experience for students. Oscar also leads professional development workshops for teachers to strengthen teaching practices with blended learning inside and outside of the classroom. Before working as a Blended Learning Specialist, Oscar was a high school math teacher in Northeast Los Angeles and was able to implement digital learning in his classroom. Oscar earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from California State University Los Angeles.
Maria Morrisson | Blended Learning Manager, Greater Los Angeles
As a Blended Learning Manager, Maria works with teachers from grades 2-12 to effectively integrate digital technology in order to provide personalized, meaningful instruction for students. In addition to 1-on-1 coaching with teachers, Maria leads the California team of Blended Learning Specialists. Before joining PowerMyLearning in 2015, Maria was a middle school math teacher at KIPP Central City Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana where she implemented a 1-to-1 technology model in her classroom. She previously taught 6th grade in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a Teach for America Corps Member and served as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in rural Taiwan. Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Lewis & Clark College and a master’s of science degree in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami.
Roque Pech | Blended Learning Manager, Greater Los Angeles
As a Blended Learning Manager, Roque works alongside teachers and school leaders to support the integration of technology to foster a blended learning environment where personalized learning positively impacts all students. In addition to consulting with teachers, he will be supporting the Los Angeles team in securing new school and district partnerships for the coming school years. Roque holds a California teaching credential in secondary math and has experience teaching at the middle school and high school level. He is a proud product of the LAUSD public school system where he attended schools throughout his K-12 experience. In addition, Roque has experience serving low-income communities ranging from East Los Angeles to the San Fernando Valley. As a teacher, Roque modeled school-wide initiatives on how to build collaborative learning environments, sponsored an after school coding club, and held family engagement workshops in English and Spanish. Prior to his time as a Teach For America corps member, Roque worked in sales at TransFirst and Capital One. Roque earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Digital Learning from Loyola Marymount University.
Earl Turner III | Blended Learning Specialist, Greater Los Angeles
As a Blended Learning Specialist, Earl works alongside teachers and school leaders to support the integration of technology to cultivate a blended learning environment where teachers transform the learning experiences for all students. Having spent a portion of his career as a Residential Developer in New Orleans LA, Earl made the decision to transition from the role of president of his business in 2013, to join Teach For America. As a middle school mathematics teacher, Earl championed the induction of the Common Core State Standards and led the role out of a 1-to-1 laptop initiative for his placement school, ICEF Inglewood Middle Charter Academy. Earl has also worked as a policy analyst for LAUSD’s school board president where he made key recommendations for the district Superintendent’s 2016 – 2019 Strategic Plan, analyzed expenditures for the districts $7.6 billion budget, and drafted a report evaluating factors affecting student achievement in mathematics. Earl has earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a Master’s of Art in Digital Learning from Loyola Marymount University and is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University in the School of Education.
Lauren Burner-Lawrence | Blended Learning Specialist, New York City
Lauren is the elementary-focused Blended Learning Specialist for PowerMyLearning. She offers nearly ten years of teaching and school leadership experience within the public, private and charter sectors, plus she is incredibly passionate about promoting mindfulness and play in the classroom. Lauren earned her B.S. in Educational Theatre from New York University, then her M.S.Ed in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. In 2011, Lauren launched Gamez4Learning, a private educational consultancy, with many of her projects focusing on educational technology tools and the role of games in the learning process. Her most recent writing credits include BrainPOP, eOculus Magazine and Core Learning Exchange. Lauren is currently pursuing her interests in Cognitive Science at NYU’s Games for Learning program.
Juan Caro | Senior Logistics Manager, New York City
Juan oversees our equipment strategy in New York City. Juan has been with PowerMyLearning since 2002, and has taken on many roles over the years to ensure our families receive high-quality Home Learning Centers from PowerMyLearning. Currently, Juan leads our New York City warehouse team and manages our computer refurbishing processes, giving donated computers a meaningful second life.
Dwight Cox | IT & Logistics Manager, New York City
Dwight is PowerMyLearning’s IT and Logistics Manager for New York City and is responsible for coordinating donations in the Manhattan area, managing the NYC Help Desk, image testing for PowerMyLearning’s Home Learning Centers, and providing facility assessments to potential school partners. Dwight has been with PowerMyLearning since 2005, and has picked up a lot of IT knowledge along the way. Dwight holds a Bachelor’s of Technology in Electronic Engineering from DeVry University and an Associate degree in the same field from Queensborough Community College.
Rachel Gordon | Blended Learning Specialist, New York City
As a Blended Learning Specialist, Rachel works with teachers across New York City as a coach and a workshop facilitator. She brings a collaborative approach to her coaching and prioritizes meeting the specialized needs of the teachers and the schools with whom she works, with the ultimate goal of helping teachers personalize instruction for all learners in the classroom, integrate technology in meaningful ways, and engage families in their students’ learning. Prior to working at PowerMyLearning, Rachel taught middle school ELA in the Bronx and Morningside Heights, where she adapted digital curricula in a variety of models to meet her students’ needs. She also worked at Newsela, developing Common Core-aligned assessments and training for other assessment writers. She holds her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland.
Dileyka Guzman | Program Manager, New York City
Dileyka has worn multiple hats since joining PowerMyLearning in 2012. She started out as part of our Family Learning Workshop staff as a Registration Coordinator and Customer Service Representative, moving onto Program Coordinator and now Program Manager. As a Program Manager, Dileyka works closely with our partner schools in delivering our Family Engagement services. Prior to joining PowerMyLearning, Dileyka was a Site Director for an after school arts program located in all five boroughs in New York City. Dileyka holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University at Albany (SUNY).
Mallory Marra | Blended Learning Specialist, New York City
Mallory works with our partner teachers to bring insight about creative curricula and assessments, particularly in the digital space. She is particularly interested in supporting teachers with student-driven learning. Before PowerMyLearning, she worked at LightSail, as an Assessment Consultant creating automated assessments aligned to Common Core. She also has experience developing workshops with both Teachers College Summer Institute and REACT to FILM. Before that she taught secondary English, Spanish, film, and art in Brooklyn, Queens, and Baltimore. She currently holds educator certifications in Google, Graphite, and Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship. Mallory earned her MA in English Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and her BA in Film Studies from Barnard College at Columbia.
Shaunte Martin | Senior Program Manager, Family Engagement, New York City
Shaunte leads PowerMyLearning’s Family Engagement Services in New York City and works closely with the Professional Development team to coordinate high quality programming for each school partner. Shaunte and her team run PowerMyLearning’s Family Learning Workshops, and works with schools to come up with creative ways to engage parents in their child’s learning. Before joining PowerMyLearning in 2012, Shaunte was a High School Prep Advisor at KIPP to College, mentoring and guiding students through the high school application process. She previously worked at A Better Chance, an organization that advocates for students of color to receive better educational and leadership opportunities.
Jamahr McDaniel | Manager of School Partnerships, New York City
Jamahr cultivates new school partnerships and works closely with school leadership to tailor services to meet their goals. He comes to us with knowledge and experience in education, coaching, leadership, and project management. Most recently he was at Catapult Learning, where he worked as a Professional Development Supervisor developing and overseeing training needs in many schools. He has also worked at Amplify Education as a Project Manager, where he managed professional development across several school districts. Through experience as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and assistant principal, he exhibits his passion for effective change in education. Jamahr earned his MA in Educational Supervision & Administration from University of Phoenix, and his BS in Educational Studies from Bethune-Cookman University.
Erin Morrison-Sadaka | Director of Programs, New York City
Erin is responsible for leading the successful implementation of PowerMyLearning’s programs in New York City, including deepening PowerMyLearning’s impact with school leaders, teachers, and direct work with families and students. Erin started at PowerMyLearning in 2011 as a Program Manager, overseeing the successful implementation of our family engagement initiatives; from 2012-2016 she worked as a Blended Learning Consultant to support teachers in our partner schools to leverage technology in the classrooms. Before joining PowerMyLearning, Erin taught chemistry, physics, and general science to students in Central Harlem and the South Bronx for four years. During this time she served as a Department Leader, a Grade-Team Leader, and a Teach For America corps member. Erin holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University.