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!
Guy Harrington, President: is a former special education teacher and principal. Most recently, Guy was the CEO for Hoot Education, where he focused on providing technology-enabled professional development and coaching solutions for K-12 school districts and university teacher preparation programs. Guy has held leadership positions for Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Cambium Learning. He has worked with school districts, state departments of education, and universities across the United States, and focused on providing products and services that positively impact education across all grade levels. He holds a B.S. in Education from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.
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.
Pete Schiller, Executive Vice President: has worked in the ed-tech industry for 25 years, leading content, product, and technology. Pete has worked at multiple start-ups and large corporations, such as Pearson, Cengage, and HMH. Pete is certified in Six-Level Pragmatic Marketing, Six-Sigma Green Belt, and Agile Methodologies, and is a Certified Scrum Product Owner. Pete has a BA from the University of Cincinnati and a MS in Communications from Boston University.
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