Dana PagarPhD, Co-Founder
Dana has over 10 years of experience teaching and tutoring elementary school children from diverse backgrounds and is passionate about using technology to solve educational problems. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University, she earned a teaching fellowship and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Smith College. She earned a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she studied the effects of digital manipulatives on children’s mathematical development. She has extensive experience designing educational software for young children.
Kara CarpenterPhD, Co-Founder
As a math curriculum designer, Kara brings over 10 years experience as a teacher, having taught all ages from 3-year-olds to adults. Kara first became interested in early childhood mathematics instruction as a second grade teacher in San Francisco, developing math curriculum with the Berkeley Mathematics Professional Development Institute before moving to New York and becoming a research fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University, co-managing a $1.4M grant developing early childhood math software. She has a PhD in Cognitive Studies in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she studied children's strategy development in mathematics. Kara is currently the Principal Investigator for Teachley's SBIR Phase II grant.
Rachael LabrecquePhD, Co-Founder
Rachael's passion for edtech stems from her years of experience in the field of education as an early childhood educator and educational researcher. She completed a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University where she co-managed a $1.4M grant to develop early math software. Her dissertation evaluated how prepared pre-service teachers are to integrate technology in the classroom. Rachael spent several years designing math software for kids, evaluating the quality of early childhood programs, and leading professional development workshops for teachers.