|Speak Agent is the first research-based platform and pedagogy for teaching and learning academic language to deliver significant positive learning outcomes in STEM and other subjects. Our mission is to bridge the achievement gap for diverse learners, enabling them to unlock their full potential for success in school, careers, and life!|
Katie is a leading expert in the Python programming language. She has written three books and a video series for learning Python, published by Pearson and O’Reilly, has presented at key software development conferences, including PyCon, DjangoCon, jQuery, and Plone, and is a leader of the Washington DC chapter of PyLadies, an organization dedicated to training women in Python. She has also led linguistic R&D for National Science Foundation and US Department of Education projects. Prior to joining Speak Agent, Katie spent nine years at Cox Media Group and NASA, where she served as technical lead.
Jorge is an award-winning, bilingual front-end web app developer with 6 years of experience, including work for the US Census Bureau. Jorge holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Puerto Rico.
￼Luis is an award-winning Python developer who has a keen rivalry with his brother Jorge for writing the best software code at Speak Agent. Like his brother, Luis also holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Puerto Rico.
Dan is a former STEM and ELL teacher with 22 years in education technology, curriculum development, and partnership building at LEGO Education, Teaching Strategies, Children's Creative Learning Centers, Kaplan, and Blackboard. He was integral to the launch of LEGO Mindstorms and the LEGO Education brand. Dan holds an MEd in Elementary Education from Boston University and an MA in Education Technology from Pepperdine University.
Paul served as CEO of PlayScience, a strategy, innovation, and R&D firm partnered with global brands. Previously, Levine served five years as National Geographic's Head of Corporate Development and as EVP of the Interactive Platforms Group, where his teams created and globally scaled the NG mobile, video, gaming, digital publishing and K-12 businesses, generating 2,000% revenue growth. Levine also served as SVP, Corporate Development and Gen. Counsel for Ruckus Network and as Executive Director for AOL’s Strategic Alliances, Technology, Mobile and Web Properties groups. Paul holds a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Union College.
Fernando is a bilingual, full-stack developer who loves to share his skills: He taught Python, Java, PHP, and MySQL for three years at Colegio San José and is also a Professor of Web Development at Seattle University. Fernando develops Speak Agent’s learning games in AngularJS. He also likes to wear cool shades.
Julie curates Speak Agent's linguistic content and media resources. She previously served as an English and GED teacher at Des Moines Area Community College, PreK art teacher at the JCCGW, writer for the Des Moines Register and the New York Times (Education section), and as copy editor for China Daily. She also wrote for clients such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and the National Institutes of Health Office of Education. Julie holds a BA in Global Studies and an MA in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Iowa.
Lora is an accomplished artist who illustrates and animates everything from the Speak Agent word symbols to game elements and characters. In her spare time, she serves as Assistant Professor of Digital Illustration at Eastern Connecticut State University. Lora holds an MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford and a BA in Animation from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.