Edhesive co-CEO Emily Grad founded the program while serving as the Executive Director of Program Management at Amplify. Prior to Amplify, Emily served as the Director of Production for The Daily, News Corp's mobile news app, and the Lead Creative Producer for AOL. Before moving to New York, Emily worked at various design agencies in Seattle. Emily is from a family of educators and has a deep passion for using technology to expand access, equity and opportunity for all students. Emily holds a B.A. from the University of Washington.
Edhesive co-CEO Isabella Chung joined the company inspired by the promise of the company's work in creating intensive instructional supports for educators and students in STEM and Computer Science. Prior to Edhesive, Isabella served as co-founder of The Dealist, a group buying company, acquired by KGB Deals, and prior to this, served as Chief Product Design Officer at Next Jump, a marketing technologies company based in New York. As a start-up executive and parent, Isabella has a deep passion for leveraging technology and the Internet to help unlock opportunities for learning for both educators and students alike. Isabella holds a B.A. from Smith College and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.
Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator, speaker, author, and consultant who promotes progressive technology-enriched educational pedagogy and dignity-driven instructional practices that empower students to succeed. Her accomplishments as an educational change agent have garnered her recognition as an International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Emerging Leader, PBS Teachers Innovation Award-winner, and featured educator in magazines, books, radio and television. Nancye currently serves as a school board member for the Lakeland Montessori Schools, serves as President-elect for the Florida Society for Technology in Education (FSTE), chairs ISTE’s Special Interest Group for 3D in Education (SIG3D), consults on several major ed-tech projects, and presents at state, national and international conferences.
Edhesive AP Computer Science Instructor Rebecca Dovi is a master computer science teacher with more than 15 years of classroom experience and a decade of experience doing professional and curriculum development at the state and national levels. Rebecca is on the Education Advisory Council for Code.org, a Google Fellow Trailblazer, and worked with the team developing and implementing the new Computer Science Principles course for the College Board as a pilot instructor. She is the recipient of the Aspirations in Computing Award from the National Council of Women in Information Technology. Rebecca is also a co-founder of Code VA, a nonprofit committed to expanding public school computer science offerings across Virginia.
Edhesive AP Computer Science instructor Nathan Levin is an educator and computer scientist with a passion for equity in computer science education. He has been teaching for the last 8 years, earning his chops as a teacher in Taiwan where he taught a variety of AP subjects from Economics to Physics, and then bringing his talents to NYC where he taught Computer Science and Engineering at Brooklyn Technical High School for the last year. He is currently a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the department of Curriculum and Teaching, where his research interests include but are not limited to: culturally relevant computer science education, race and education policy and learning analytics. Nathan's overarching goal as an educator is to enable students in their journey to discovering their own passions and to discover the creative ways that computer science can help them achieve their goals.
Edhesive AP Statistics Instructor Mike Porinchak has been a mathematics teacher at Twinsburg High School for over 15 years, and has been teaching AP Statistics for 10 years. He is a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar and in 2016 was presented with an award for Outstanding Teaching in Secondary Mathematics by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Michael got his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from Youngstown State University and received his masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Kent State University. His main passion is to make mathematics fun and interesting for all of his students, even those outside the classroom. He attempts to do so by making YouTube videos ranging from completing the square of a quadratic in Algebra to understanding the tangent line problem in Calculus. Michael coaches boys tennis at Twinsburg High School, is an avid cross-fitter and a die hard Cleveland sports fan.