Eric incubated LearnZillion at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, in Washington D.C., where he was Chief Academic Officer and principal. While he was principal, E.L. Haynes posted three-year student achievement gains of 50 percentage points in math and 26 percentage points in reading. In each year the school was named a national Silver Award winning school through the federal Effective Practice grant program. Prior to leading E.L. Haynes, Eric founded a non-profit focused on teacher leadership development; was the Assistant Principal of St. Joseph’s School in Harlem, where he raised over $1 million dollars for technology and other programs; and taught for seven years in North Carolina, New York, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia.Eric holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy from Princeton University, a Masters in Teaching from Brown University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University. Eric lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children. Eric loves to throw and chase Frisbees, especially on the beach when there’s just a little bit of wind. His favorite teacher is Joe Kolman, his history teacher and cross country coach in high school.
Alix is a former public school teacher who taught middle school and high school math. Before founding LearnZillion, Alix was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s Education Practice. His previous work experience also includes directing an after-school program in one of Boston’s public housing projects and working on public housing finance in New York. He currently serves on the boards of Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, DC and the non-profit organization GuideStar USA. Alix has a Masters in Education from the Stanford University School of Education and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He graduated from Harvard University with an AB in physics. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud product of New Haven Public Schools, and is grateful to his teacher, Jimmy-Lee Moore, for helping him think outside the box.
Ian is a husband and father, and serves LearnZillion as its CTO. He got hooked on starting web-based businesses in the mid 90’s and has worked as a skilled software engineer, leader, and company builder at places like LivingSocial, Lockheed Martin, and Razoo during his career. He has a passion for delivering value to customers by solving their biggest challenges and making their lives more enjoyable. Ian received a computer science degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Human Computer Interaction from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His favorite teacher had such a profound impact on him that she is the answer to his account password recovery for several third-party services online, and he will never reveal her true identity.
Karen heads up the Sales team at LearnZillion. With more than 20 years of experience in the education industry, Karen has worked with states, districts, schools and teachers to find the right solutions to help teachers and students be successful integrating technology and curriculum. Prior to LearnZillion, she worked for Learning.com, Renaissance Learning, Ignite Learning and Compass Learning. Karen graduated from North Carolina State University. Education has always been an important aspect of her life after experiencing the impact of Ken Barnes, a dynamic teacher that taught his students that anything is possible.