Jim Hall, Chief Executive Officer: After graduating from college, Jim joined his uncle’s small business which worked with teachers to take 8th-grade students to Washington, DC. In the first year, Jim drove the luggage truck and operated the envelope stuffing machine. He later became CEO and eventually partnered with other investors to buy the company from his uncle. They expanded the company to provide educational travel and study abroad opportunities to students of all ages to over 100 destinations around the world. When Jim left the company, he returned to his alma mater to pursue a master’s degree in education. He completed his student teaching at a suburban Chicago high school where he taught 115 ninth graders Modern World History, and 24 seniors AP Macroeconomics. Jim has had a lifelong passion for helping teachers and students excel. His dream retirement job is teaching!
Wendy Amato, Chief Academic Officer: Wendy earned her Master’s in Education and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. She holds an MBA from James Madison University. Wendy began teaching in 1991, has served as a Middle School Administrator, and still teaches at UVA’s School of Education. She has delivered teacher professional development workshops and student leadership workshops in the US and internationally. Wendy and her family live near Charlottesville, Virginia.
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