Chalk Schools was created to bring world class, human-centered design and engineering into K-12 operations. By bringing mission critical processes online with the Chalk Schools platform, more than 900 districts across the country are moving away from the inefficiency and unreliability of paper. At Chalk Schools, we are committed to freeing administrators, teachers, and staff to run their classrooms, offices, schools and school systems at their best.
Our diverse team comes from a variety of backgrounds — in our past lives, we were school administrators, financial systems architects, nonprofit leaders, startup founders, building architects, and NFL players — but we all share a deep passion for K-12 education and bringing technology to traditionally underserved communities.
Anthony’s passion for education comes from the role models in his life – his family of educators. He comes to Chalk from Beneco, where he built the customer acquisition and business development teams from scratch. Prior to earning an MBA from Stanford University, Anthony spent 5 seasons as a wide receiver with the Indianapolis Colts. During that time, he was a frequent speaker at area schools, founded an annual award at St. Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland, OH and helped build a K-12 school in rural Ecuador. A graduate of Ohio State University, Anthony is excited to help schools solve some of their greatest operational challenges.
Brandon studied Linguistics, Spanish and Portuguese at UC Berkeley, where he discovered his interdisciplinary curiosity for all kinds of new cultures. After graduating he began his career in Santiago de Chile where he taught English and coordinated the academic curriculum for a new English program. His familiarity with new business fundamentals and language led him to a sales role at Google where he worked primarily with Latin American emerging markets. Now he's excited to have joined the Chalk team and returned to education, hoping to transform schools' use of technology to improve their organizations.
Raised by two teachers, Cassandra's passion for education started at an early age. While studying at UC Santa Barbara, she channeled this passion by fundraising for the university. After graduating with a double major in Linguistics and Communication she joined the Chalk Schools team and is excited to help school districts enhance their use of technology. When she's not at work, she's probably watching the A's game, Netflix or spending time with friends.
Conner has a deep technical sales background, having worked for 2 startups previously. He values the opportunity to make a difference in education through technology and knows a great product when he sees one! He likes the challenge of being able to have a big impact with Chalk as he drives sales and opens new markets. Having graduated from Santa Clara University with a double major in environmental studies and economics, implementing a complete sales process from lead generation through closing at his last job, and a motor that just won't quit, he's got the background, skill-set and optimism to contribute to a winning team at Chalk. When his motor's not running at Chalk, you can find Conner outside somewhere, usually on a mountain bike or a snowboard, cooking up a storm or spending time with family and friends.
Dan brings nearly a decade of education technology marketing experience to Chalk Schools having served as a marketing and product management leader at multiple edtech companies serving both the K-12 and higher education markets. Prior to Chalk, he was Vice President of Marketing & User Experience at Hobsons, a global provider of college and career readiness, admissions and student success solutions. While at Hobsons he helped lead the growth of Naviance, the world's leading college and career readiness platform. He joined Hobsons through the acquisition of Intelliworks, a leading CRM for Higher Education, where he was Vice President of Marketing. Dan holds a Master's in Communication from American University and a Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Maryland.
Jennifer comes to Chalk with over nine years of experience leading education initiatives for science centers and museums. After graduating from Syracuse University with a bachelor's degree in Music Education, she moved to Los Angeles and was inspired to work in the field of informal science education, with a focus on reaching students lacking access to resources in science and technology. Jennifer completed a master's degree at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and moved to Chicago, where she initiated new programming at the Adler Planetarium that reached hundreds of Chicago Public Schools high school students. As the Director of Operations at Chalk, she is passionate about building a positive culture and making Chalk a great place to work so every team member can devote their energy to supporting our customers.
Jon comes to Chalk with a strong background in product design, design research, and computer science. He started off as a software engineer and transitioned into product design after seeing how design can solve big problems in the world. Prior to Chalk, Jon was a lead designer at Opower where he worked on products that motivated millions of people to use less energy. Jon holds a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon and a Computer Science degree from the University of California Berkeley. As a designer at Chalk, Jon is passionate about the impact Chalk is making in the education space and is excited to find better ways to better serve Chalk’s customers.
Originally from SoCal, Jordyn moved to SF and spent a few years working in private wealth management. She was drawn to engineering by her love for logic puzzles. She attended Hackbright Academy in the fall of 2013. She joined Chalk Schools in order to bring technology and automation to the world (starting with schools, of course)! When she's not coding, you can find her boxing, taking a hip hop class, or playing video games. She also loves motorcycles.
Julie comes to Chalk Schools with over seven years of experience in operations and program management and a passion for K-12 education. She started her career working at the national headquarters of Teach For America, where she led operational and strategic growth initiatives, most recently as Director of Matriculation Strategy. She also lived and worked in rural Mozambique as a Peace Corps volunteer, where she co-founded and taught an English language school. Julie is excited to help school districts across the country leverage technology to achieve operational excellence. Julie holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Business Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. An Alabama native turned New Yorker, she recently moved to Oakland, CA and loves exploring the Bay Area on her shiny new bicycle.
Justin’s background includes marketing, product management, market research and business development. Previous to joining Chalk, he worked as a marketing manager at Antec during which he gained a broad range of operational and strategic experience. Justin graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree in Political Economy with a focus in globalization. When Justin is not formulating new recipes for his next big cookout, he’s outdoors fishing and playing tennis.
Kai spent a few years wrangling Google Spreadsheets into little project management tools before realizing they'd rather write code than spreadsheet formulas. They attended General Assembly's Web Development Immersive in 2014, and then spent two years at Earnest as a software engineer before joining Chalk. When they're not putting their English degree to use by obsessing over the perfect variable names, Kai is most likely riding their bike, playing music, or writing poems about tiny things.
Karan is a product-oriented engineer who is passionate about building highly usable and well-designed technology products for social good. Prior to Chalk, Karan served as the founding Director of Product at Mobility Labs – an education-focused software development firm where he led diverse teams of designers and engineers to build collaboration platforms for clients such as the Literacy Design Collaborative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is also a seasoned entrepreneur, having previously founded & led Clovest, a crowdfunding platform for small businesses, and tinyGive, a social fundraising platform for charitable organizations. Karan holds degrees in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University.
Having been a teacher who benefited from excellent school operations, Michelle's passion is supporting schools that are adopting new technologies to improve their systems and processes. Prior to Chalk, Michelle was at Zearn, assisting schools as they transitioned to blended learning models. Michelle joined Zearn after 4 years at Uncommon Schools, where she worked as a math teacher, curriculum specialist, and instructional coach. Michelle holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA, an M.Ed from Relay University, and an M.A. from Stanford University. Michelle is a proud Bay Area native who enjoys hiking, cooking, and writing.
Qian graduated from MIT with a degree in Computer Science. While working for six years in the finance industry, helping build one of the top quantitative options trading platforms for Citadel Investment Group, she constantly searched for ways she could impact society with her technical skill-set. She taught Java programming in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, led research on the Education Commission for Economic Recovery in Illinois and coordinated over 30 public agencies for the open data initiative in Cook County. Despite being afforded a lifestyle in finance that her immigrant parents never dreamed of, she left her career to forge a new path in education technology.
Rachel is a colorful nerd who loves making bad jokes, drooling over robots, and wearing outfits that match her bicycle, Sunshine. A believer in the importance of mentorship, she regularly volunteers with various Bay Area organizations to increase diversity in tech. Rachel holds a B.S. in computer science and has previously worked as an instructor at Hackbright Academy and a software developer at ThoughtWorks. You can usually find her playing soccer, exploring new places, or showing off her awesome rainbow Bash prompt.
A former architect (of buildings), a few years back Robert realized that he enjoyed fiddling with his computer a lot more than drawing up construction documents. Long story short, he went back to school, landed himself a job as a web developer, and has been happily coding ever since. When not programming he's probably playing a video game or getting into an internet argument.
Sarah managed professional development for all staff in an urban school system serving 24,000 students. Prior to school district administration, she taught in a family literacy program, directed development initiatives for nonprofits, counseled low-income first-generation students for Upward Bound, and organized displaced residents of post-Katrina New Orleans. At the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, she worked with seven California school districts to sustain a joint problem-solving network with technology and implemented project-based lessons with iPads at a public elementary school.
Teddy joins Chalk Schools with a passion for creating great product and customer experiences. Prior to joining Chalk, Teddy founded two different companies, and also worked in commodities sales at Citi and Barclays. He has a B.A. in Economics from Brown University. He enjoys doing anything active outdoors, eating burgers, and big ideas. His special talent is preparing fancy meals using pre-cooked foods from Trader Joe's.
Prior to joining Chalk, Tyler spent three years at YouTube and in his free time built a karaoke app for Android. He has a degree in Computer Science from MIT, where he also enjoyed the distinction of having the highest average in intramural bowling. Tyler grew up in Hoosick in upstate New York, likes peanut butter, photography, and the Mets, and can recite pi to 75 digits (just in case). He is committed to brainwashing his daughter to love video games and has dressed her in homemade costumes as Link and Pikachu.
Chris comes to Chalk Schools with over 5 years of K-16 teaching and operations experience and a passion for helping school systems and the communities they serve. After graduating college, Chris taught elementary school for 4 years in rural Louisiana, New Orleans, and Israel. More recently, Chris served as Assistant Director of Education Programs at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Chris holds a B.A. in Communication and Political Science from Tulane University and an M.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Chris can often be found playing soccer, searching for the Bay Area’s best breakfast sandwich, and listening to all manner of podcasts.
Eran Aloni is a SaaS product and business leader and a startup executive with over 15 years of experience building mission critical web and software services. Eran was Chief Operating Officer at Adobe EchoSign and served as the electronic signature company's VP of Products before it was acquired by Adobe in 2011. He has served as VP of Product at Influitive Inc; VP of Product Marketing at SaaS project management solution, Clarizen; and held leadership positions at both Comverse and Microsoft. Eran holds a Bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science from Tel Aviv University.
Martin Casado is a thought leader in networking infrastructure technology. He is currently the Chief Architect of Networking at VMware and was the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Nicira Networks before its acquisition by VMware in 2012. Martin obtained his PhD from Stanford University where he remains a Consulting Assistant Professor. He received the Grace Murray Hopper Award for his groundbreaking work in the software-defined networking movement. While at Stanford, Martin co-founded Illuminics Systems, an IP analytics company, which was acquired by Quova. Prior to Stanford, Martin held a research position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked on network security.
Suelyn joins Chalk Schools after having served as a product management and design lead for Hillary for America. Prior to that, she worked as a user experience designer for Opower. She is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Sandy comes to Chalk with a background in public policy and experience in social impact consulting. Her work in the social innovation sector piqued an interest in education technology where she sought to combine her passions of advancing solutions to common challenges found in education with an equity-focused lens. Sandy has found that convening district partnerships for Chalk has accomplished just that. Having completed her degree in English at UCLA and a MPP at USC, Sandy is an LA native who loves running, hot yoga, kombucha, and is a total foodie at heart.