I helped build Sophia and the team of talented people working together to create new ways to approach education. Sophia is a place where everyone can participate in teaching and learning, and where the traditional boundaries of schools and classrooms will fade into history. I joined Sophia in 2009 to help answer a question: “If we could create an online learning experience today, in the world of Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia … what would it be like?” What a great way to start a company! I am proud of what the Sophia team has created. Join Sophia. Help someone learn. It makes for a better world.
I'm a "Creative Realist" - a trained Economist with a passion for the arts, a true balance of right brain and left brain thinking. At the end of my collegiate career, I decided against a traditional path through the corporate world and focused my time and energy toward a career in music. I truly believe this experience taught me more about running a business and the power of marketing than any corporation could have. I had the fortunate opportunity to play music all over the country and run my own business (successfully) at the same time. Music is still a huge part of my life and who I am today, however I now share that passion with the web. Plain and simple, I love the internet. I believe it's the foundation for communication now, and in the future. It has revolutionized the way we communicate, do business, and share information.
For the past 20 years, I have been engaged as an educational researcher, evaluator and professor of educational policy. Areas of expertise include education reform, policy implementation and effectiveness, post-secondary attainment and socio-economic disadvantage. My publications address the social institutions and policies designed to promote educational advancement for students, especially the socially disadvantaged. Teaching and research associations over the past 20 years include the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota and Stanford University. I hold a Ph. D. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from Lawrence University.
I teach high school mathematics in Minnesota. I want to explore ways to use Sophia in my classroom.