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FOUNDERS

Dana Pagar

PhD, Co-Founder

Dana has over 10 years of experience teaching and tutoring elementary school children from diverse backgrounds and is passionate about using technology to solve educational problems. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University, she earned a teaching fellowship and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Smith College. She earned a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she studied the effects of digital manipulatives on children’s mathematical development. She has extensive experience designing educational software for young children.

Kara Carpenter

PhD, Co-Founder

As a math curriculum designer, Kara brings over 10 years experience as a teacher, having taught all ages from 3-year-olds to adults. Kara first became interested in early childhood mathematics instruction as a second grade teacher in San Francisco, developing math curriculum with the Berkeley Mathematics Professional Development Institute before moving to New York and becoming a research fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University, co-managing a $1.4M grant developing early childhood math software. She has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she studied children's strategy development in mathematics. Kara is currently the Principal Investigator for Teachley's SBIR Phase II grant.

Rachael Labrecque

Co-Founder

Rachael's passion for developing high-quality software stems from her years of experience in the field of education as an early childhood educator and educational researcher. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where she co-managed a $1.4M dollar grant to develop and research early childhood mathematics software. Rachael has extensive experience assessing young children’s academic abilities, evaluating classroom quality, providing professional development, and designing and evaluating young children’s mathematics software.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Samantha Freeman Alpert

Executive Producer for Super Why! Former Nickelodeon VP, Biz Dev & Licensing

Dr. Ryan Baker

Founder, International Educ. Data Mining Society

Peter McNally

Executive Director, NYS Federation of School Administrators