I am originally from a small town called Vacherie in Louisiana. I received my bachelor’s degree in education from the University of New Orleans and after teaching high school math for 4 years, returned to UNO for a Master’s Degree in Mathematics. I then began my PhD work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and finally completed that in 1989. I have taught an online elementary statistics course for St. Leo University (Florida) for several years. I am currently employed as an instructor in the mathematics department at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota, where I teach a variety of intro level mathematics course from developmental to college algebra.
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'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
I am a Chemistry teacher at Maple Grove Senior High in Maple Grove, MN. I love working with students and believe that challenging students at their ability level is important to get them ready for post high school success. An appropriate level of challenge helps you learn time management and study skills! I am a visual learner, but I try to remember that not everyone can be successful by just reading information. I love science, and believe that science and technology are important fields for all students to study. My hobbies involve reading and gardening, along with camping and enjoying the outdoors. One of my favorite places to camp is the North Shore of Lake Superior. My daughter is my camping companion most of the time, and our goal is to camp and hike in every state. We have been to many, but still have quite a lot to go!
My name is Poonam Roy from India. I’ve been around the web development industry long enough to have actually used a NeXT computer. Since I know that in order to succeed specialization is key. That’s why I’ve stayed where I’m good at. And today I still keep my job at an offshore CodeIgniter development company India.