Education today is not an equitable resource: schools across the country offer drastically different levels of educational resources and support. Front Row provides students with the means to not only stay on track, but to actively develop the skills they need to be motivated, self-starting learners for their entire lives.
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Sidharth left the corporate worlds of Goldman Sachs & Bain & Co to pursue a lifelong goal of working in education. He found a friend who would let him hang out in an inner-city Baltimore school, where he dragged an iPad cart around by day, and wrote the code for Front Row by night. A couple years later, Front Row has millions of students using the program, and he couldn't be happier to be getting back to his roots.
Alex dropped out from a career at Microsoft and from graduate school at Carnegie Mellon after realizing that big data, the Internet and classroom mobile devices made it possible for technology to finally unlock true potential for all students - a vision he relentlessly pursues at Front Row. Alex lives in San Francisco and spends his free time petting Corgi puppies and seeking the utlimate kimchi & bulgogi burrito.
After graduating from UCSB, Bill joined Teach for America and taught 3rd - 5th grade in North Las Vegas, where he was nominated for the Sue Lehmann Award. Bill designs and develops Math and ELA content, and loves his content and support teams mostly because they laugh at his bad jokes. When he isn't talking your ear off about his beloved Bay Area sports teams, Bill is an avid reader who enjoys songwriting and exercising.
Joris was the fourth employee at Front Row, but the first French employee. A proud son of educators, Joris is excited to be building tools that improve the student learning experience. In his free time, Joris enjoys juggling, exploring SF, listening to reggae music, diving, traveling to new places, and eating chocolate. Joris holds a MS in CS and an MBA from French-sounding places.
Clinton hails from the rainy (but beautiful!) Pacific NW - Portland, OR to be exact. He joined the education movement through Teach for America and taught high school math in San Jose for four years. When he's not trying to smash math, science and social studies standards together with real world situations, you can find him rock climbing or watching baseball.
Amy joined Front Row as Bill's first trusty sidekick on the Content Team after working as a 3rd grade teacher in East Oakland. She is a University of Wisconsin-Madison grad and holds the Midwest (and cheese) close to her heart. When she’s not researching the waggle dance of the honey bee or rules of professional drag racing (for Front Row content, of course), you can find Amy playing volleyball, painting, or hiking in Marin.
Michelle grew up in Seattle and is a die-hard Seahawks fan, creating tension among team members in the snack corner. She attended Northwestern University where she hung out with other nerds in the freezing cold while studying Math and Economics. Her hobbies include finding the best Korean food in town, collecting funny socks, and hanging out in Oakland.
Sarah’s interest in education began while studying at the University of Washington, where she volunteered at a local preschool. She taught math and chemistry at Richmond High School before joining Front Row, where Bill overlooked her Seahawks pride in exchange for her willingess to laugh at his bad jokes. In her free time, Sarah enjoys the ocean, running, playing soccer, and learning languages.
Michael likes to make things, learn things, and make things that help people learn things, so it’s no surprise he’s now at Front Row. Originally from the east coast, Michael studied Mathematics and Economics at Dartmouth, and is now enjoying the Bay Area climate. After work, you’ll find Michael exploring San Francisco or traveling to somewhere new.
Chris grew up in Louisville, where he spent much of his youth building with LEGO bricks. Chris studied at the University of Kentucky, where he was introduced to Functional Programming, then moved to the Bay Area to build large-scale automation systems at Apple. Now he finds himself surprised and delighted to be writing Haskell for a living at Front Row. His hobbies include cycling, reading, and playing with LEGO bricks.
Mike Pi joined Front Row to spearhead our sales efforts. It took him about 3.14 days to fit right in, bringing hilarious stories to our team lunches and adding the delightfully salty macadamia nut to our snack corner. As a former teacher in San Jose, MPi gets teachers. When he’s not winning teachers and districts over on the phone, you can find Mike at any dance concert (literally all of them- he'll be there).
Annie joins the team at Front Row after spending two years teaching fourth and sixth grade in LA with Teach for America. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and International and Area Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of work, you can find Annie running on local trails, cooking, playing board games with friends, or just snuggling up with a good book.
Joan joins Front Row after working in consulting at Bain, where she worked on pro-bono education cases and ate all the free food. Now, she works at Front Row as a 'bizness' person and eats all the free snacks. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors of Marin, yoga, a certain reality TV show that has lost her the respect of many a friend, and basically all other standard millenial pursuits.
David was born and raised in Riverside, CA, and obtained a BS/MS in mechanical engineering at UC Riverside. He began his career making simulation tools for the oil industry, but his desire to focus on software engineering and his passion to improve education led him to Front Row. Outside of his day job, David is a musician and music educator. He has performed and taught in over 30 states and a few countries.
Chris joined Front Row after spending the last 9 years selling, building and managing sales teams. He joined Front Row to re-connect with the education world after having being away from it for 2 years. He hails from Chicago, has lived in Denver for 7 years, and is now settling in San Francisco. When away from work you can find Chris traveling, golfing, and exploring restaurants throughout the Bay Area!
Ricky was raised in the California Central Valley and attended Cal Poly. Ricky taught 7th grade science for two years in Memphis, TN, with Teach for America. He's passionate about sports and led his Memphis boys baseball team to back to back City Championships. After teaching, he joined Optimizely's sales team before joining Front Row as their 2nd Account Executive.
Brooks spent 2 years as a teacher with Teach For America and recently was Senior Manager of Customer Success at another edtech company before joining Front Row.
Phil is a former 5th grade teacher who has spent much of the last 10 years building and leading marketing teams. Since Front Row's users do so much to spread the word, Phil spends most of his time being thankful to market a product supported by so many teachers, and the rest of his time hoping Sidharth doesn’t realize he’s unnecessary.
Aly spent seven years as a first grade teacher at the Star of the Sea school before joining Front Row.
Brittany spent 2 years as a teacher with Teach for America in Miami before joining Front Row.
Michelle is excited to join the Front Row team (again), the first time in Biz Ops, and now in Marketing. After graduating from Dartmouth, she was a strategy consultant at Bain & Co and a cupcake taster at a local bakery. When she's not talking animatedly about Front Row, you can find her settling Catan, snowboarding on the soft west coast snow, or making fun of Bill for his bad jokes.
Nikita taught 3rd-5th grade literacy over four years in Las Vegas and San Jose, where she fit right in with her students mostly because they were the same height as her. She is excited to join the amazing Front Row team developing content that she knows will be a game changer for teachers and students alike. When not at work, you'll find her escaping on weekend trips to wherever she can go!
Taylor grew up in Dallas, where he now lives and works. After studying a little Computer Science at UT Austin, he helped make mobile better for families at Famigo. Then he turned to higher ed at OrgSync before arriving in the middle at Front Row. In his free time he enjoys cycling, weightlifting, and drinking craft beer.