I am a life long learner. I began my professional career in the classroom teaching art and science at elementary, middle and high school levels. When I began my family I parlayed teaching skills into a small communications firm that provided design and communications solutions for small businesses and non-profit organizations. I hold masters and a doctoral degree.
My public life began with nine years on the schoolboard, followed by one term in the Minnesota senate, and am now serving as chair of environmental services for the Metropolitan Council.
Being semi-retired, I have time for travel, biking, reading and garden work. I continue to remain engaged politically.
I'm the Founder and co-creator of Sophia and I love to create new things. I have a deep passion for education and technology, and I spend a lot of time thinking about how they could come together more effectively. I earned my bachelor's degree in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin and my MBA from the University of Minnesota. I'm also the proud father of three daughters who give me a lot of great feedback on how to improve Sophia. I hope you'll send me your thoughts and ideas about Sophia. You can also feel free to share your thoughts on education, technology, American history (my personal passions are presidential and immigration history), music, songwriting, or baseball. I’d love to hear from you. - Don
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.