After teaching high school English for 8 years and grading 15,000 papers, Jeff created NoRedInk to help his students improve their 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.
Dui is responsible for leading the engineering team and setting the company's technical vision. He has worked in a number of industries in the past, including telecom, healthcare, and security. He holds a computer science degree from PUC in Brazil. As a non-native English speaker, it amuses him that "steak" is pronounced like "stake" and not like "streak" without the "r."
Rebecca heads up curriculum design and customer support at NoRedInk. She has spent the past 12 years leading teams and developing products that have helped millions of students become better readers and writers. Before joining NoRedInk, Rebecca worked in educational publishing and for another edtech company. She holds a BA in Sociology from Pomona College and currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.
Ilona heads up all things people and talent at NoRedInk. Prior to joining NRI, Ilona worked at a digital health start-up, where she joined as employee #15 and built the people and talent function from the ground up. She loves to travel, and you can find her skiing in Tahoe on the weekends in the winter. Ilona grew up in a family of teachers and personally experienced the challenges of learning English as a second language; she is very passionate about the impact NoRedInk can make on a student’s education. She holds a BS in Biopsychology and a BA in Philosophy from UCSB and is pursuing a Masters in Organizational Development. Ilona's favorite grammar rule is "not only, but also."
Sandra is a manager on the 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 Southeast 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.
Richard helps create 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 co-founded. 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."
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.
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 from Santa Clara University. Michael moonlights as a Slam poet/Spoken Word Artist and loathes the 3-minute time penalty, as well as hyphen errors.
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.
As a User Researcher, Christa makes sure that teachers' and students' voices are heard. She loves getting to talk to teachers, learn about their experiences in the classroom, and glean insights about how to make NoRedInk better. Christa graduated from Harvard with a degree in neurobiology and has done research in neuroscience, psychology, and education.
With over a decade of experience as a developer, team lead, and manager, Josh now gets to spend his time supporting the most talented department of engineers he's ever had the pleasure of working with. 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.
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."
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.
Lizzie helps schools and districts fully utilize their subscriptions to NoRedInk! Prior to joining the team, Lizzie supported schools and districts in a similar capacity, helping them to implement digital math curriculum resources. She also taught high school students for Dallas ISD and served in AmeriCorps with a home rebuilding organization in New Orleans. Lizzie is troubled when students incorrect use adjectives when describing verbs!
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."
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 the Bay Area. She holds a BS in theoretical ecology from Kyoto University, and she defiantly thinks NoRedInk is the place to work at.
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.
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.
Tereza is a developer from Copenhagen, who is passionate about simplistic design in any field, though this passion is mostly expressed within programming. Having learned to program as a child, it is a natural part of her identity, but there is still space for more humanistic interests, like her enthusiasm for Russian literature and culture. She thinks it's rather fascinating how you can see traces of the ideological foundation of a country through how their language is shaped.
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.
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.
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.
Tammy tackles scheduling puzzles, is the point-person for all your recruiting logistic needs, and works on administrative problems in between. She graduated with a BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley and worked as a research assistant before joining NoRedInk. SENTENCES IN ALL CAPS TERRIFY HER.
Paige works to make sure teachers and administrators get the support they need when using NoRedInk Premium. Before joining NoRedInk, Paige worked as an English teacher in the KIPP charter network; before that, she was a Teach For America corps member in Eastern North Carolina. She holds a BA in English from The University of Arizona. She adores exotic punctuation marks and thinks the interrobang should make a comeback.
Stöffel builds jetpacks and build question types in Elm. He is an Engineering Manager who is enthusiastic to help his team grow. He's worked as a Web Developer, Mainframe programmer, and karate teacher. Stöffel lives in Switzerland with his family.
Dave craves beautiful writing and believes every student can produce it. Before joining NoRedInk, Dave taught English at Berkeley High School for eight years and ran a middle-school summer program in Oakland. He earned his BA from Stanford in English and Italian Literature and his EdM in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dave loves mixed metaphors, so he spends each day rolling up his sleeves and diving headfirst into curriculum design.
Juliano lives in Brazil and loves cooking singing cats and the importance of commas. His work is making sure our servers are happy as NoRedInk grows. He's a Recurse Center alumnus and loves new approaches to education.
Jasper is a physicist from the Netherlands bringing thoughtfulness and perspective to engineering. Having previously worked as a high-school teacher, he understands the importance of expressing yourself in the simplest terms both in code and natural languages. Jasper likes to sneak Dutch expressions into English and act like it's the most natural thing in the world.
Brooke is an enthusiastic builder of new things, from NoRedInk features to work benches for her wood shop. Prior to working at NoRedInk, Brooke graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Neurobiology and served as an Americorps Member at a school in Boonville, CA. One of her proudest moments was saving a life by adding a comma to "it's time to eat mom!"
Ian brings 20 years of development experience from companies large and small. Just before joining NoRedInk, he was building and scaling social enterprise communication tools with Yammer at Microsoft. He became interested in NoRedInk because of Elm, but he loves the people and the product we're building and is learning new things every day. His Mum (an English teacher) hopes his grammar will improve whilst he's here!
Brian wants to make good software that helps people. He often finds himself thinking about the difference between countable and uncountable nouns.
Ally spends her days navigating and building within NoRedInk's codebase. She comes to us after spending a year teaching programming at Hackbright Academy. In a previous life, Ally ran safaris in Southern Africa and kayak tours in the South Pacific. To whomever it concerns, she is particularly excited to have recently learned how to use "whom."
Luke works on the engineering team at NoRedInk. Prior to joining NoRedInk he worked at a startup in Chicago and helped to found a software consulting company. He is extremely, exceedingly perturbed by the ultra-serious problem of superlative inflation in American English vernacular.
Natalie works with the Curriculum Team to develop engaging content for students. Before joining NoRedInk, Natalie taught middle school English in Washington, DC, for six years. She holds a BA in Social Studies from Harvard and a MEd in General and Special Education from Lesley University. Natalie giggles when affected by the ineffective use of "affect" and "effect."
Juan worked on open source humanitarian and public health software projects before joining NoRedInk. He was also a TA at Concurrency and Programming Paradigms classes in Buenos Aires and loves helping teachers and students for a living. Although usually an even-tempered fellow, he's quite fond of quotation marks and dies a little inside when people use them for emphasis.
Ju is a tinkerer, explorer of worlds, and lover of all foods. He was born in China, grew up in Italy, and has lived in London for enough time to actually enjoy queuing. He has a MSc in Computer Science and has worked as a Ruby engineer for what seems like eons, although you probably could not tell since he has discovered the fountain of youth. He is a lover of linguistics and has joined NoRedInk to help fight the good fight. When he is not working, he is either reading psychology or rock climbing.
A tech-savvy lover of systems and games, Kristine has a BA in Spanish and Graphic Design, and she is currently pursuing an MS in Instructional Design and Technology. Prior to joining NoRedInk, Kristine worked in tech support and institutional research & assessment at an undergraduate college. At NoRedInk, she interfaces between product designers, engineers, support staff, and users alike to help improve the product and streamline internal processes. Kristine is endlessly amused that syntactically ambiguous sentences like "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
Gavin is a software developer in Luxembourg. He wrote his first code on the ZX Spectrum in the 1980s and played a lot of cutting-edge 8-bit video games, for which he is somewhat nostalgic. He's coded ever since. He also brings his BBC Micro, Amiga 500, and i486DX2-66 experience with him to NoRedInk, along with a profound keenness to learn. Gavin loves NoRedInk's collaborative and supportive work environment and is excited by functional and strongly typed programming languages, especially Elm.
Max helps set the roadmap for what new features we will be building to help support teachers and students. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Vassar and a BE in Electrical Engineering from Dartmouth. Deciding that he was more interested in building products than designing circuits, he went directly into product management within the Edtech industry. An avid reader of all things sci-fi and fantasy, he often gets corrected for pronouncing words incorrectly that he learned from books.
Anna works with the Curriculum Team to design engaging content for students. Before joining NoRedInk, she taught at an elementary school in Austin, TX. She has designed curriculum in a variety of non-traditional learning capacities over the years and spent time as an outdoor education facilitator. She holds a BA in Spanish from Hamilton College and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. Anna loves hyperboles more than anything, but it's taken her an eternity to think of a good one to share here.
Nick attended Dartmouth College, where he discovered a passion for language during a semester in Italy. After graduating, he continued studying languages while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Haiti and Armenia. Nick holds an MEd from Smith and taught middle school before working at a nonprofit dedicated to mentoring high school students from low-income backgrounds. Nick thinks teaching idioms to his two young children is the cat's pajamas.
Duncan makes sure that the Product team is always working on what's most important to teachers and students. Before joining NoRedInk, he was a product manager at Box, and he holds a BS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford. He thinks that "Dunkin' vs. Duncan" should be added to the NoRedInk lesson on commonly confused words.
Summer works on the Partnerships team, where she strives to develop relationships with districts and schools on their path toward Premium. After graduating with a BA in Sociology from CU Boulder, she took off and traveled through South America. Her journey led her to Nicaragua, where she worked as a program coordinator for a nonprofit. Summer is a sucker for alliteration, especially when it comes to sounds synonymous with her home city, Santa Cruz!
Sam works with the Curriculum team to design engaging content. Originally from the UK, Sam taught English in Spain for five years before joining NoRedInk. She holds a BA in German and Linguistics from Oxford and a diploma in TESOL. Sam is endlessly fascinated by words and loves to pick up new ones wherever she goes, so she's always pumped to learn new American expressions.
As a member of the Partnerships team, Casey helps schools and districts level up with NoRedInk Premium. Casey grew up as a renegade in her early years, often pushing the limits of the household rule "no books at the table." She graduated from Scripps College with a BA in Psychology and a deep appreciation for liberal arts education. Casey loves cronuts, skiing, and the Oxford comma.
Eric loves building pathways for students toward greater understanding and control of language. He holds a PhD in Linguistics from UC Berkeley and comes to the Curriculum Team with eight years of experience in edtech, teaching, tutoring, and social science research. He once wrote a thesis on the deep assumptions about agency found in the suffix "-ee" as used in words like "employee." Given the chance, he'll regale any attendees with his findings until they wish they were escapees.
Michael has been automating himself out of the boring bits of jobs for over a decade, and doesn't see why educators shouldn't benefit from a more interesting life as well. A keen writer of anything from stories (very amateur) to code (getting pretty decent), he has never been able to shed the bad habit of extending sentences well beyond their shelf life with parenthetical asides, a few too many commas—and the occasional dash.
Katina helps the Curriculum team work their curriculum magic! Before NoRedInk, she spent several years at another edtech company; before that, she studied linguistics at the University of Chicago and worked with a delightful bunch of gifted teens. She loves especially apt eggcorns (preying mantis) and rebracketings (but that's a whole nother story).
Danielle loves iterating on features informed by user feedback. Learning about others' lived experiences, and developing empathy and respect are among Danielle's priorities. Danielle appreciates the adoption of gender-neutral pronouns, as they care deeply about inclusion across multiple dimensions of diversity.
Heather helps schools and districts make the most of their partnerships with NoRedInk! Prior to joining the team, she was a middle school teacher for seven years and later worked to support school districts implementing instructional software. Heather is enthusiastic about English instruction because the language doesn’t always make sense; if it did, a catastrophe could be an apostrophe with fur!
Akash works with schools and districts to make the implementation of NoRedInk as smooth and delightful as possible. Before joining the team, Akash taught in various K–12 settings, including a self-contained 7th grade classroom and an 11th grade AP English Language classroom. He holds a MA in Teaching from the University of Chicago and a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Ironically, Akash comes to NRI with a deep admiration for writers who defy convention—willing to turn the signposts a little to the left, or perhaps bold enough to tag them up with an aerosol can or two.
Based out of the UK, Matt spends his days thoroughly testing the NoRedInk site, ensuring that it remains at the high quality its users expect! He holds a BSc in Computing Science and Mathematics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Outside of work you'll usually find him either swimming, biking, or running–and a few times a year, putting all three together in a triathlon. Whenever he sees someone type "to funny," he immediately imagines them with their fist in the air, going on a quest to find funny.
Ashley does a lot of listening and data-digging to make sure we're building the best writing tools for teachers and students. Previously, she was a product manager at a clothing startup, worked in nonprofit strategy consulting, and managed clients' projects at a mission-driven data services provider. She holds a BA from Columbia University and loves writing snail mail!
MP does a little bit of everything to keep the office and operations running smoothly. With a passion for helping people, funky glasses, cats, and getting stuff done, she's found a wonderful work family at NoRedInk. She gets a little excited when she uses semicolons in sentences; it's the little things in life.
Renee is a Fullstack Engineer who got into coding via the usual path: a double major in Latin & Ancient Greek from the University of Notre Dame. Previously, she was a Customer Engineer at Bugsnag, where she learned boundless gratitude for a well-crafted error message. As a Hackbright alumna and lifelong geek, she is thrilled to combine her love of linguistics, tech, and pop culture references into something other humans find useful. Renee wants to remind everyone that ’kudos,' from the Greek, is singular, despite what the snack bars might have led you to believe.
Anjali helps schools and districts fully utilize their NoRedInk subscriptions. Prior to joining the team, she worked as an analyst and account manager at Gartner; before that, she held internships at the Department of Education and the Brookings Institution. Anjali graduated from George Washington University with a BA in International Affairs and always cringes when she hears the incorrect usage of "less" vs. "fewer."
As a member of the Support team, Kristina assists and advocates for the teachers and students that use NoRedInk. Kristina graduated with a BEd and BA in English & Sociology and previously taught pre-K at international schools in Asia. She loves the reciprocal nature of teaching and was constantly inspired by her bold young learners. Most recently, Kristina is pursuing her passion for education and technology. Prior to NoRedInk, she worked in tech support at another edtech company, and in her spare time she dabbles in basic programming projects. Kristina is fascinated by language learning, specifically the way in which students’ native languages and cultures can scaffold new language acquisition.
Michael lives and breathes the Clouds. When he is not automating something, he is tinkering with some new technology. He likes long German words that sometimes break websites, like Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften. He regularly uses untranslatable German words such as Erklärungsnot.
Cindy spent her formative years in Taiwan and moved to the US when she was 18 to attend Purdue University. Growing up overseas has helped her appreciate the challenges of learning and perfecting a language, so she's excited to share how NoRedInk can help students like her. Before joining NoRedInk, Cindy spent eight years at JPMorgan Chase providing the best solutions for her clients' needs. She's excited to do the same for teachers at NoRedInk. Cindy chuckles when she can spot grammar errors that she used to make!
Brendan works with the support team to help NoRedInk's teachers, students, and parents. He has a BA in Theatre and spent the past few years writing comedy music in Chicago. Before joining NoRedInk, Brendan worked in support and operations for other software companies. He advocates for the British spelling of "theatre" when talking about an art form and the American spelling of "theater" when talking about a building.
Nick focuses on establishing and growing relationships with schools qualified for NoRedInk Premium. Previously, he worked in consultative sales for Pandora Internet Radio, Double-Dutch Event App, and RED Digital Cinema. He is currently working toward a master's degree in psychology. He holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine and dreams of one day writing the next equivalent of "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" by Alvin Schwartz.
Kerry ensures that all of her partner schools and districts utilize their NoRedInk premium accounts to their fullest potential. Before joining NoRedInk, Kerry was as an elementary school teacher and more recently worked to spread her love of blended learning in the southern United States. While she currently resides in Texas with her husband and two young children, she was once an avid beachgoer as she earned her degree in early childhood education at Coastal Carolina University. Kerry would like to remind everybody that a preposition is not the best part of speech to end a sentence with.
Katie is an empathetic engineer who aims to make life easier for teachers and her coworkers. Prior to joining NoRedInk, she was constantly surrounded by orange between her undergrad at Oregon State (Go Beavs!) and starting her software career at AppNexus. Katie’s appreciation for abnormal punctuation led her to learn that the four dot ellipsis at the end of Star Wars opening crawls is believed to be an homage to Flash Gordon.
DeForest's focus revolves around building interest in NoRedInk's Premium program among school districts. Prior to this, she worked as a part-time professional development consultant for a STEM educational program and as an online English and ESL tutor. She has a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University and a Certificate of Entrepreneurship.
Sofia is so excited to be part of the Partnerships team. She spent a little over five years building out the enterprise sales team at SurveyMonkey. She is bilingual in French and English and she loves all things food. Ask her about her gluten-free blog–or maybe don’t, because she could talk for hours! She loves translating French cultural idioms into English ones, or at least trying; sometimes the mistranslated ones are more fun!
Alex is responsible for finding and hiring the amazing people at NoRedInk. Prior to joining NoRedInk's Talent team, Alex spent time recruiting for hyper-growth tech startups in the Bay Area. He holds a BA in Finance and Business Law from the University of Toledo. He is always surprised by how many people misuse "their," "there," and "they're."