Help! I’m a Teacher– How Do I Get Into Education Technology?

When I first started teaching fifth grade science at KIPP Academy in Houston, Texas, I had no idea that I would end up parlaying that experience into my current role as a consultant to education technology companies. I was simply a teacher on a mission to do right by my students, and that drive just…

Designed for Teachers: Lessons Learned from Designing the Buzzmath iPad App

Most recently, I worked with the team at Buzzmath to redesign their iPad app. It was (and continues to be) an incredible experience because the team at Buzzmath really care about teacher and student feedback and work to make sure Buzzmath creates the best possible experience for them.¬† The specific features I want to highlight…

5 Surprising Books All Educators Should Read

The following is a list of books that have fundamentally changes the way I view education. They are not titles that will come up in a typical search of “books on education,” some of them don’t even mention education at all, and yet, they’ve undeniably shaped who I am and what I believe as an…

9 Reasons Great Teachers Make Great Leaders

In many companies, people are promoted into leadership positions because they were top-notch performers in their previous role. Being an individual performer, however, is very different from being a leader and requires a different skill set that all too often has not been deliberately cultivated. Similarly, in the startup world, many people become founders because…

The Ultimate Guide to Personal Productivity

Some people are naturals at personal productivity, others have to learn it. I’m definitely the latter. My first year teaching, I was so awful at managing my time that I would go days in a row without sleeping more than five hours a night. One day, it got so bad that I fell asleep at…

My Personal Mission Statement

Dear Readers, I read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People¬†the summer before my first year and second year teaching. Central to this book’s argument is that as people, we should lead principle centered lives, not outcomes centered lives, because principles are foundational to who we are and should be used to guide all other…

Where to Work in Education

There are many jobs to choose from within education, and a deep need for excellent people in all types of roles and at all types of organizations. I work in education entrepreneurship because it matches my work style, which centers around putting order to chaos, ideating, and creating. You could have very different preferences. This…

An Entrepreneurship Update

Dave McClure, founding partner at 500 Startups, says that the perfect formula for a startup is hacker + hustler + designer. I’ve been trying to figure out which one I want to be for the past two months. I tried being a hacker, mostly through learning how to program in Python via Learn Python the…

So how do I be an entrepreneur and, you know, eat?

If you want to know the answer to this as well, forward to all you entrepreneur friends. I’ll publish results when we have 50 responses. 100 responses is even better. For more resources on figuring out where you are in terms of your financing: 1. Track your monthly expenditures using http://www.mint.com to figure out your…

On My Road to Being a Serial Entrepreneur

I have decided that I am going to be a serial entrepreneur. I’ve certainly dabbled in it, having founded the KIPP Houston Summer Internship Program (now KIPP Houston Urban Education Experience) and having tested basically every educational technology tool out there, but now I’m getting serious, now I’m preparing to start my own business and…