Our Team

Alex Grodd

Alex Grodd (Founder & CEO) is a Teach For America alum who taught 6th grade English at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. He founded BetterLesson to address the challenges he faced in the classroom.

Erin Osborn

Erin Osborn (Co-Founder & COO) finds hope in the eagerness of inspired students. She comes from the halls of Cambridge Public Schools and the mean streets of Ed Reform organizing.

Yevy Spivak

Yevy Spivak (Director of Product Development) searches for technological solutions to social problems and hopes his work at BetterLesson will help more kids realize the value of education.

Grejdi Gjura

Grejdi Gjura (Director of Engineering) brings both considerable skill and practical idealism to BetterLesson, aiming to change the world one line of code at a time.

Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson (Senior Program Director) taught ESL to the best kids of Boston Public Schools. She is committed to promoting positive change that improves the lives of individuals and communities.

Christine Glandorf

Christine Glandorf (Project Associate) taught 5th grade and coached rowing in Connecticut before joining BetterLesson. Christine is a proud alumna of the oldest public school in the country, and is committed to supporting that tradition in the 21st century.

Chris Hartmann

Chris Hartmann (Director of Curriculum & Instruction) is an experienced math educator with experience at the K-12 and university levels. Chris is passionate about professional development, teacher collaboration, and using technology in the classroom.

Annalisa Oswald

Annalisa Oswald (UX Designer) likes to make technology approachable and beautiful. She hails from the midwest and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Adam Bahlke

Adam Bahlke (Software Engineer) likes to write code that positively impacts peoples lives and brings a mix of entrepreneurial and first-hand online education experiences.

Christopher Antreasian

Christopher Antreasian (UI Web Developer) follows current trends and standards of web technology, using his findings to create fun and compelling user experiences. Chris has a passion for education and believes that BetterLesson gives teachers a community to expand their knowledge base, learning more to teach better.

Nicki Nardella

Nicki Nardella (Project Associate) is a Teach for America alum who taught inspiring 4th/5th graders in Washington, D.C. She came to BetterLesson because she believes creative and well-prepared teachers bring out the best in their students.

Jenna Keaney

Jenna Keaney (ELA Lead Coach) is dedicated to promoting and supporting high quality teaching and learning to ensure better outcomes for all students. She is an experienced K-12 educator with a passion for improving literacy instruction.

Cheryl Belknap

Cheryl Belknap (Instructional Coach) was an urban curriculum director in Massachusetts. She loves to learn and passionately believes in the transformative potential of education.

Kyle Kennedy

Kyle Kennedy (Instructional Coach) is a former elementary school teacher and has coached teachers with the Match Teacher Residency program and with The New Teacher Project. Kyle believes that great teaching has the power to transform students’ lives, and she is excited to support and learn from Master Teachers.

Morgan Joseph

Morgan Joseph joins BetterLesson after a short stint supporting teachers in Baltimore City Schools. She hopes her work at BetterLesson will equip educators with tools to inspire students to persevere through challenges and dream beyond their circumstances.

Jeff Liberty

Jeff Liberty (Director of Blended Learning & Science Coaching) After more than two decades as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, a new school and program developer, and a founding charter school headmaster, Jeff is thrilled to join the BetterLesson team. Born and raised in Boston and a proud product of its public schools, Jeff continues to look for ways to harness educational innovation in order to increase opportunities for all students to enjoy learning and realize their potential.

Noelle Chiavetta

Noelle Chiavetta (Project Associate) is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about education and is dedicated to supporting the hard work of teachers. She wants all students find the same joy in school and learning as she experienced.

Jennifer Popp

Jennifer Popp (Project Associate) is a Teach for America alum who taught 9th and 10th grade English in New Orleans. She is committed to promoting excellence and equity across all classrooms.


Board Members

Jennifer Carolan

Jennifer Carolan is a partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. Jennifer leads the Seed Fund, which was created to make investments in early-stage education technology companies with potential for big impact in K-12 education.

Vinay Seth Mohta

Vinay Mohta is the CTO at Kyruus. Vinay formerly served as product manager at Kayak.com, CTO at Global Health Delivery and software architect at Endeca Technologies.


About BetterLesson

BetterLesson was founded by a group of teachers from Atlanta and Boston public schools to prepare and support effective teachers at scale.

We are focused on aggregating and sharing the most innovative content and practices from the highest performing teachers across the country.
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