Linda Chaput is the founder and CEO of Agile Mind, Inc., and has led its efforts to pioneer the application of emerging technologies to transform the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in our nation’s middle and high schools. Under Linda’s leadership, through the respectful and innovative application of modern technologies, Agile Mind is realizing its commitment to help educators teach smarter and to equip students to take more responsibility for their learning. The company has been awarded 9 of the prestigious Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards, created by the U.S. government to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in small businesses.
The company works closely with leading researchers and educators—among them, The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin, BSCS, The Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative—to develop instructional and assessment programs, tools, reports, and professional services. It partners with school districts to implement them and to improve them. The results: dramatically improved outcomes in student engagement and achievement, as well as teacher effectiveness and satisfaction.
The company hosts one of the largest repositories of data on student learning of mathematics and social-emotional and noncognitive concepts in the country. These data are used by researchers for continuous improvement and to deepen the research base for those working to foster high achievement—especially in school systems serving highly diverse populations.
Before founding Agile Mind, Linda founded and led Cogito, which developed supplemental digital resources for critical competency subjects in higher education.
Earlier, for almost a decade, Linda led the education and reference publishing companies of Scientific American, a leading publisher of books, magazines, software, and other educational, reference, and recreational materials for college students, professionals, and other interested readers of science, mathematics, and medicine.
Linda has been named one of the 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, an award created to honor “the most innovative, ground-breaking, game-changing female entrepreneurs in the U.S.” by Fortune Magazine and American Express OPEN. She received a B. S. in journalism from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas.
As COO of Agile Mind, Alex is passionate about enabling student achievement, nurturing user engagement and satisfaction, supporting healthy growth, and establishing and managing school, foundation, and corporate partnerships.
Alex brings with him extensive experience running, advising, and investing in education technology businesses. Prior to joining Agile Mind, Alex was the president of Kurzweil/IntelliTools, Inc., a Cambium Learning company. Before assuming management responsibility of both businesses, Alex led the acquisitions of both Kurzweil Educational Systems and IntelliTools for Cambium. Previously, Alex was president of SearchSoft Solutions, an associate at Schoolhouse Partners, and a senior associate at The Parthenon Group. Alex has an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Andy brings more than 25 years of experience in software development, IT management, quality assurance, and operations to this leadership role.
Before joining Agile Mind, Andy served as CTO and VP of advanced technology at Walmart.com, where he oversaw end-to-end e-commerce architecture, ensuring a scalable, available, and secure platform. Prior to that, Andy was CTO and vice president of engineering at Internet start-up More.com, where he was responsible for integrating business systems, including supply chain management, customer relationship management, and data warehouses with the company’s web portal. Andy also served as vice president of the Internet Applications Division at Oracle, with responsibility for technology management of e-commerce, collaboration, web portals and document management. He also spent eight years at Apple Computer in a variety of capacities ranging from managing software development for the original PowerBooks to senior director of communications and collaboration technologies, which included responsibility for Apple’s collaborative learning products. Andy began his career writing real-time imaging software for Voyager Spacecraft at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an active contributor to the Open Source community and maintains an online resource of wearable computer technologies.
Gregg has more than 20 years of experience in private sector education technology. A CPA, Gregg began his career in the audit and consulting practice of KPMG and was a founding executive of Jostens Learning, an educational software publisher and services provider for pre-K to adult learners.
During his tenure at Jostens, he held a number of executive positions including chief financial and administrative officer, vice president and general manager of package software, and senior vice president responsible for national sales, marketing, government relations, and customer service. In the mid-90s, Gregg founded Whole Village Technology, a pioneering educational application service provider. In partnership with the state of Florida, Whole Village created ActionProfiler, a tool for enhancing parental involvement in student learning. After completing a merger of Whole Village, Gregg joined the Agile Mind founding team as chief operating officer.
David has over 20 years of experience in K-12 education, including key district and campus leadership roles and seven years as a classroom teacher.
David was of director of professional services for Teachscape, where he led recruitment, training, support, and supervision of the company’s consultants and developed and coordinated face-to-face and online professional learning programs for consultants and service personnel.
Prior to Teachscape, David worked for Edison Schools, first as deputy director of the curriculum division and then as senior vice president, where he developed the framework and protocol for supporting, monitoring, and evaluating program implementation and student achievement in a national network of 91 schools in 23 states. David was a middle-school science teacher for seven years, as well as an assistant principal, a program coordinator, a director of curriculum and instruction, and a principal of a start-up school. David received his undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University and his master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University, where he also taught courses in special education and pedagogy in its graduate program.
Marc brings over 20 years of experience in educational publishing, successfully building print, digital and professional development organizations. He has a passion for education, particularly supporting struggling students from diverse backgrounds as well as the teachers and administrators who serve these students.
Marc has a track record in scaling business through innovation in organizational leadership, sales and marketing, brand awareness and program expansion. Marc brings a variety of experience from leading sales teams, advising organizations on market conditions and go-to-market strategies to investing in education technology businesses. Over the last twenty years, Marc served in senior roles at educational organizations that are leaders within their niche, such as LEGO Education, Staff Development for Educators, Think Through Math and Triumph Learning. Marc is a true collaborator finding win/win solutions for all stakeholders, including the schools and districts he works with, the leadership teams he is a member on, and the functional teams he leads.
Marc has a Bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing from California University of Pennsylvania. He also has attended three separate executive education programs at University of Chicago and Harvard Business School, furthering his capabilities in Sales, Marketing and Leadership.
With nearly 20 years of experience in instructional design and production of educational technology, Debbie leads an expert team in the design and production of all Agile Mind online program content.
Debbie began her career at Stanford University, as part of a group working on early multimedia educational technologies in collaboration with Apple Computer, IBM and NeXT. She worked with Stanford educators to produce and deliver innovative uses of these technologies into high school and university classrooms. She moved from there to work at Silicon Valley companies Pensare, Inc. and Aplia, Inc., where she built and directed production teams to create web-based educational services used at hundreds of colleges and universities across the US. In these efforts, Debbie and her colleagues collaborated with educators at Harvard University, Duke University, the Wharton School of Business and the Annenberg Foundation at USC. Before joining Agile Mind, Debbie worked as an independent consultant, providing strategic advice, user-interface design, proposal writing, and design of online learning interactions for a variety of clients. Debbie holds a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University.