After teaching high school English for 8 years and grading 15,000 papers, Jeff created NoRedInk to help his students improve their grammar and writing skills. A National Board Certified Teacher, former debate director, and speaker on education innovation, he is intent on improving the feedback loop in classrooms and empowering students to become skilled, creative, and confident writers. He holds an MA in Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BA from Oberlin College.
In addition to being a software engineer, Josh helps to develop and coordinate NoRedInk’s vision for the future of grammar and writing education. He has a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MSE in Computer Science, both from Johns Hopkins. Starting his career as a middle school math teacher in Harlem, he went on to become a co-founder of two edtech startups, before finally joining NoRedInk. He is a real stickler for the correct usage of “less” vs. “fewer.”
Michael keeps the servers humming, the assignments flowing, and all of his coworkers’ bicycles in working order. He was a web developer supporting super-duper scale at Scribd and a co-founder of a green-tech company. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Columbia and he loves run-on sentences.
Alexander writes and edits content and performs technical quality assurance for the site. He has a BA from Wesleyan, where he won awards in creative writing and taught chess to elementary schoolers. The best typo he has ever seen is “hot hair balloon,” and he’ll ruthlessly insert a “had” if he catches you using simple past instead of past perfect.
Richard leads the development of NoRedInk’s user interface. Prior to NoRedInk, Richard architected a data visualization framework for high-throughput genomic sequencing, built a long-form writing web app that could be brought up and used offline, and worked for three other startups—two of which he cofounded. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA, both from Washington University in St. Louis. He nods approvingly when grocery store express checkouts are labeled “10 items or fewer” instead of “10 items or less.”
Ben keeps the company running and growing smoothly. Before joining NoRedInk, Ben was a lawyer, a college admissions officer, and co-founder of an educational media company. He holds a JD/MBA from Stanford and an AB in Linguistics from Harvard, and his favorite usage error to correct is “jive” vs. “jibe.”
Jocey spends her days figuring out what we’ll teach next on NoRedInk and, more importantly, how we’ll teach it. Before joining the team, she was a Teach for America corps member in Los Angeles. She holds an AB in Social and Cognitive Neuroscience from Harvard and an MA in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount. Jocey always gets a chuckle out of the silly meanings created by misplaced modifiers.
Ned works with our Premium schools and districts and is a wealth of information for those looking to upgrade from the free version of the site. Immediately before joining NoRedInk, he worked in management at a logistics company; before that, he was a Teach For America corps member in Chicago, where he used NoRedInk in his classroom. Ned holds a BA from Oberlin College, and he loses sleep at night over comma splices.
Rao makes our website more awesome. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in journalism, working as a reporter, teacher, and political organizer before joining NoRedInk. His favorite misused word is “deceptively.”
Aaron nimbly navigates through code to help NoRedInk serve up great questions to brilliant young minds. This is Aaron’s second startup, though he’s also spent time developing a technology program for kids in Kenya, teaching kindergarten, and giving tours around San Francisco. He has a BA in Linguistics from Boston University and he loves ambiguous sentences with passion.
Michael leads the Sales Development team at NoRedInk. Prior to joining the team, he was a Sales Development Team lead for a consumer loyalty startup and a Sales Team Lead for a healthcare IT staffing firm. He graduated with a BS in Political Science at Santa Clara University. Michael moonlights as a Slam poet/ Spoken Word Artist and loathes the 3-minute time penalty, as well as hyphen errors.
Youali expands NoRedInk’s curriculum and helps make the site a better tool for teachers. She holds a BA in English with a minor in Education from UC Berkeley and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from UNLV. Prior to NoRedInk, Youali taught second grade for three years. Hearing her students explain the difference between “your” and “you’re” always brought a smile to her face.
Marica is the mystical coding ninja of the team. She has been perfecting the art of software engineering since she was twelve. After spending two and a half decades in Japan, she decided to cross the ocean again to enjoy the great weather of Bay Area. She holds a BS in theoretical ecology from Kyoto University and she defiantly thinks NoRedInk is the place to work at.
Connor grew up in rural California, cutting firewood and hanging with his hilarious family. He holds a BA from Brown and an MEd from Stanford, and is a trusty tutor with Reading Partners. Before joining NoRedInk, Connor managed The School Fund, a startup crowdfunding site serving students in high-poverty regions of the world. He sometimes sacrifices syntax for the allures of alliteration.
Stacey works on making NoRedInk more intuitive and delightful to use. In the process, she is also relearning all the grammar rules she used to know when she wrote commentaries for NPR at Youth Radio. Prior to NoRedInk, Stacey designed and developed mobile and Facebook games at Zynga and created virtual gifts and themes on LiveJournal. Stacey sighs every time she opens a fashion resale app and sees the abundance of items containing “sequence,” “heals,” and/or “razor back.”
Tessa loves solving problems and addressing new challenges in code. Before joining NoRedInk’s engineering team, Tessa spent her time thinking about curricula, learning, and engagement in the context of teaching web development. She holds a BA in Mathematics from New York University, where she also minored in History and in Middle Eastern Studies. Tessa is a passionate advocate for the Oxford comma.
Nellie works with the rest of the Curriculum Team at NoRedInk to design fun grammar lessons and activities. Before moving to San Francisco, Nellie taught high school English in Connecticut. She holds a BA from Middlebury College in English and American Literatures and Creative Writing. She is easily entertained by unnecessary apostrophes and “quotation marks.”
Caleb focuses on building relationships with schools and districts qualified for our Premium program. Before this, he worked in sales at Yelp, taught English and grammar for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia and sailed the high seas as a deckhand on a luxury yacht in Central America. He holds a BA from the California Maritime Academy in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs, and is always aware of how people use further vs. farther.
Evan designs and develops Elm, the programming language behind NoRedInk’s user interface. He has spent the last few years improving the language and supporting folks who use it. He holds an AB in Computer Science from Harvard. Evan loves garden path sentences (like “The horse raced past the barn fell.”) and wishes they came up more often.
Sandra is an Account Executive on our School Partnerships team. Before joining NoRedInk, she worked at a couple of startups until she finally quit her sales job at an online math company to travel through South East Asia and Nepal. She holds a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. She is always shocked by how few adults know how to use a comma.
Aaron V. is a champion of agile software development, and he came to NoRedInk to write more Elm code. He was formerly a full-stack mobile and web developer at Pivotal Labs and a volunteer instructor and curriculum designer at the League of Amazing Programmers. He is an ongoing mentor for Hackbright Academy and occasionally enjoys writing tongue twisters in his free time.
Hardy brings a purely functional aspect to the code base. He spent many years as a Subaru technician before he went back to school. He graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. After working at three other startups, he is ecstatic to be a part of NoRedInk. He finds it curious that flammable and inflammable are synonyms.
Charles keeps the site running smoothly as more questions are answered, be it through automation, architecture or simplifying the problem. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. He is greatly entertained by a well-placed malapropism mangling the semantics of a sentence.
Stephanie works with the Curriculum Team to make NoRedInk’s content rigorous and engaging. Before joining NoRedInk, she taught middle school English in Madrid and created literacy curriculum and assessments for a charter network in New York City. She holds a BA in Linguistics and Spanish from Georgetown University and an EdM in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Stephanie is delighted by regional variations in language like “wait in line” versus “wait on line.”
Marc helps Premium schools and districts implement NoRedInk in the classroom. Before NoRedInk, he taught high school English for four years and advised student council in Colorado. He graduated with a BA in English and an MA in Teaching from James Madison University. In his free time, Marc climbs rocks and spends time wondering if words like “sesquipedalian” are self-aware.
Sam is excited to be working on a team that writes code to address issues and implement new features. He comes to us with a background in engineering management, having experience in operations support and engineering. He loves music and thinks more song lyrics should feature multisyllabic rhymes.
Ben, or "Dansby" as he's known in some circles, helps design the NoRedInk experience, figuring out ways to make the site easier to use, nicer to look at, and more laden with great features for teachers and students. He's worked as a designer in FinTech and as a freelancer across industries from healthcare to robotics. Ben's a pretty good speller but is a firm believer in the mutability of language.
Jeremy spends his days making sure teachers and school leaders keep feeling the NoRedInk love. Before joining the team, Jeremy spent seven years teaching in Washington, D.C; Durham, NC; Bronx, NY, and Oakland, CA as a National Board Certified middle and high school English teacher. He holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Heels!) and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Duke University (no comment). He Secretly Loves When People Capitalize Incorrect Words and has been told he uses the exclamation point too often!