Meet the Edcite Team

We are excited to continue our series: Meet the Edcite Team, where we feature a member of our team each month.

This month we are focusing on our innovative software engineer Sam Matthews. Read on to meet Sam!

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What brought you to Edcite?

I joined Edcite shortly after moving back to San Francisco from Brooklyn, NY. I was eager to find a talented and ambitious team who were working on solving interesting problems. One of Edcite’s first engineers, Thomas, and I met at a developer event, and he introduced me to Edcite. I was really excited when they asked me to join the team shortly after that.

Tell us about what you do at Edcite.

I am a full stack developer at Edcite and have worked on or built many of the pages that teachers and administrators use everyday. Though most of my time is spent in front of a computer, I really enjoy communicating and collaborating with teachers to build tools that they find constructive and easy to use. Some projects I’ve worked on include the Live Assignment Dashboard, the Reports Hubs, and the never-ending goal of creating the most powerful, yet intuitive home dashboard for teachers in EdTech!

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The Live Assignment Dashboard shows real-time data as students progress through an assignment.

Which teacher in school impacted you the most and why?

One of my favorite teachers was my high school Natural History teacher, Mr. Sullivan. He created this amazing natural space behind our school’s football field that mimicked the four major eco-regions in California. Much of our class time was spent outdoors, and he was always willing to continue discussions or share stories long after the bell had rung. His passion for science and education was very encouraging.

What do you love most about the Edcite platform?

I really love how enthusiastic our team is about education, and making things easier for teachers. I also really like that our Founders are dedicated to making Edcite free for teachers and students.

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The Teacher Reports Hub on Edcite features the Live Assignment Dashboard, the Grade Assignment option, and the Summary Report.

Do you have any advice for teachers about using Edcite?

Just give it a try! There’s at least one tool or piece of content you’ll find useful. If you have any questions, issues or find yourself confused, reach out to us at hello@edcite.com! Our team is very responsive.

 

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Extraordinary Edcite Teachers

We are full of gratitude for our extraordinary teacher community and wish all teachers a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Below we have highlighted just a few of the teachers who have inspired us this year.

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Rocky River City Schools teachers

Jana Mitchell has just begun to dive into Edcite and her excitement is overwhelming. Not only did she create her final for her kids, she is now working on getting all of her chapter tests into Edcite for next year. She asks many questions, and I am so grateful that I can help her use this tool the way she wants. So excited to have another person share my love of Edcite!!!!! – Joslin Lee, Biology Teacher, Benjamin Logan High School and Edcite Evangelist

I want to thank all of the teachers in Rocky River City Schools. I helped our team member Julia Sweeney lead a district-wide PD, and the teachers there are incredibly professional, collaborative, and willing to learn new technology skills. – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Brianne Huber is an Edcite Schools teacher from Dover Intermediate School in Westlake, Ohio, who is becoming an expert in creating content on Edcite so that she can better prepare her students for the Ohio State Test. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

I was able to meet our Teacher of the Month Maria Sohns at Sunman-Dearborn Middle School in Indiana. Her students use digital programs, including Edcite, every day and are completely engaged in learning language arts! Her students are curious, knowledgeable, and very respectful. She’s done a stellar job as a teacher! – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Carita Carryl introduced Edcite to her 9th grade students at West Boca High School in Boca Raton, Florida. This technology-enhanced practice helped students prepare for the type of questions they were required to answers on the FSA. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Super Content Creators

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Teacher Rachel Brown

Jessica Beckford, a teacher at McArthur High School in Broward County, Florida has created exceptional high school math content and gives her students authentic practice for the FSA. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Pam Sever, a science teacher at John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, California has truly impressed me this year! She has been creating really engaging science assignments on Edcite and has shared her expertise with her entire science team. – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Melissa Runyon has given lots of great feedback on improving writing in Edcite for students and teachers. She also creates lots of wonderful middle school English content for Bryant Public Schools! – Brian McIntosh, Edcite Product Manager and Computer Science Teacher

Rachel Brown is a 6th grade language arts teacher at Dekalb Middle School in Indiana who has created very strong content for her entire team. She is an Edcite pro! – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Joseph Winters from Four Corners High School, part of the Charter Schools USA network, has created an entire writing curriculum in Edcite Schools, helping prepare his students for the FSA writing exam. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Carissa Stevens is a math teacher at Logan-Hocking Middle School in Ohio who has created a lot of strong 5th grade math content and has shared it with the Edcite community. I encourage teachers to check out her assignment collections and follow her on Edcite Social! – Nicole Bixler, Content and Outreach, Edcite

Teachers Leading the Way

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Christine Salcido and Edcite team member Brian McIntosh

Christine Salcido, Math Department Chair at Pacheco High School, helped set up Edcite Schools in Los Banos Unified School District and has created a MASSIVE amount of great content on the site. She is also great at finding and trying out new features on Edcite! – Brian McIntosh, Edcite Product Manager and Computer Science Teacher

Opal Ferron, a coach at Plantation High School in Broward County, Florida has not only learned how to create content and assign assignments to students on Edcite, but she has encouraged every teacher in her school to use the platform so that all students have engaged practice with technology enhanced questions. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Shelby Swartout and Kelly Cooper have helped lead Edcite professional development sessions, worked with Edcite creators to make Edcite Schools better, and created amazing assignments to help their students master the ELA and Social Studies Standards. Edcite is an amazing product but having great teachers like Shelby Swartout and Kelly Cooper to create and administer assignments on Edcite makes measuring learning a success! – Courtney Stewart, Technology Coordinator for Mary Blount Elementary School in Tennessee and Edcite Evangelist

Nikolaos Chatzopoulos from Plato Academy, located on the West Coast of Florida, has engaged his entire network of schools in EdTech by creating a symposium where educators can discuss technology that works in the classroom and has introduced Edcite Schools to Plato Academy. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

Andress Scott, a Literacy Specialist in Bryant Public Schools in Arkansas, has done a great job advocating for teachers she supports, helping Bryant create lots of great common assessments, and she is using Edcite’s rubric report to improve writing all over her district. Last but not least, she introduced me to a wonderful bakery in Bryant! – Brian McIntosh, Edcite Product Manager and Computer Science Teacher

Lucy Zarut-Bellon from North Hialeah Elementary School in Miami-Dade County, Florida, is an Edcite Schools leader extraordinaire and has created incredible Edcite assignments for her elementary-aged students. – Josie Mittleman, PD and Curriculum Strategist, Edcite

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Thank you from the Edcite Team!

Teacher of the Month: Brenda Blee

We are excited to present our April Teacher of the Month, Brenda Blee! Brenda is an exceptional elementary teacher in Nevada, a leader in her school, and a long-time Edcite user. Read on to learn more about Brenda and how she uses Edcite.

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Meet the Edcite Team: Intern Edition

Our monthly series Meet the Edcite Team continues! Each month we feature a different member of our team. This month we are featuring our intern, Heyaw Meteke.

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Heyaw Meteke (right) with team member Brian McIntosh

Heyaw recently created a Growth Report for our Edcite Schools platform. It allows administrators to chart growth in assignment averages and look for trends among groups of students. It is a great tool for schools who pre and post assess with the same assignment.

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Read below to learn more about Heyaw and his work at Edcite.
Where do you go to school? What are you studying? 

I’m currently a senior at Gateway High School in San Francisco.  My favorite class is physics because I can see how the math and concepts I learn apply to real life.  Our end of the year project was constructing a rocket that can safely return a raw egg after launch.

What brought you to Edcite?

I came to Edcite to gain an understanding of a company in the tech sector as well as building skills in a team environment that will help me become a better programmer.

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I’m currently working on a character recognition application which hopefully in the future will be able to parse and understand handwritten math equations.  This can be a major feature for devices like tablets and phones where users can easily write it instead of awkwardly typing math expressions with the keyboard.

What do you plan to do after high school?

I am planning on going to college to pursue a major in computer engineering and want to be an embedded engineer.  I am interested in that field because I enjoy working on hardware and devices that interact with the physical world.

What Heyaw’s co-workers say:

We’re very happy to have Heyaw help us prototype new features for Edcite’s student tools.  He’s been great at taking machine learning ideas and quickly implementing them in Python. Quite impressive for a high school student.   -Tony Thomas, Edcite Co-Founder

It’s been fun to have Heyaw as a co-worker after having him as a student in my computer science class. I have enjoyed getting to know Heyaw better outside of school. He has already built a report used in Edcite and is working on a project that uses machine learning to recognize handwriting. His willingness to dive into new projects is impressive and contagious, and I learn new things from him each week.   -Brian McIntosh, Edcite Project Manager and Teacher

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Our Partnership with Science Journal for Kids

Edcite is committed to partnering with organizations who create exceptional content and provide resources that give students real-world learning experiences. This commitment is reflected in our partnership with Science Journal for Kids, an online science magazine that provides cutting-edge, peer-reviewed environmental science research adapted for a student audience.

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Science Journal for Kids was created by Tanya Dimitrova. According to Tanya, “I conceived the idea for Science Journal for Kids in my own classroom in the spring of 2015. I was teaching AP Environmental Science and I had assigned a project: pick one primary research paper from a peer-reviewed journal to summarize and present to the class. Oh, how my students struggled! The language in scientific papers is so far over their heads. It’s over the heads of most people, really. Yet, I felt strongly that they had the right to know about the state of the world they were inheriting from us!”

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Teacher of the Month: Joan Macri

Congratulations to our new Teacher of the Month, Joan Macri! Joan teaches 4th grade at Pierrepont School in Rutherford, New Jersey and is committed to engaging her students with technology. Read below to discover how she integrates technology and Edcite into her classroom.

How Joan Infuses Her Classroom with Technology

Joan uses technology in her classroom every day to support her students’ learning and engagement with the elementary curriculum. She wrote, “Each year, I infuse more technology into my fourth grade classroom. My flipped classroom begins with students previewing curriculum content via videos I have made for homework assignments.

In class, they practice the problems using their Chromebooks. Their assignments are usually a Doc or Form I have created. I circulate to help students with any problems that may be challenging. For homework, they complete Google Forms I have made with a few math problems to reinforce the material. In addition, I select or create one Edcite problem that corresponds to the math material we are studying. I have used Edcite for many years and feel the problems I select or make enhance learning in my class. Edcite has truly been a valuable addition to my technology-infused classroom.”

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Ways to Use Edcite in Your Classroom 

Are you interested in giving your students interactive practice the way our Teacher of the Month has in her classroom? Joan creates her own questions in Edcite and utilizes questions that other teachers have shared into the Edcite Questions Library. Here are a few examples of the technology-enhanced question types available for elementary math:

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Bar Graph Question Type

 

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Congratulations to Joan for being selected as the Edcite Teacher of the Month. We thank her for all of that she does to engage her students through the use of technology! 

Meet the Edcite Team

We are excited to continue our series: Meet the Edcite Team, where we feature a member of our team by asking them a set of questions.

This month we are focusing on our fabulous web developer Tani Wong. Read on to meet Tani!

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What brought you to Edcite?

After completing a coding bootcamp in San Francisco, there was a job fair and Edcite actually found me!

Tell us about what you do at Edcite.

I’m a web developer / graphic designer hybrid, streamlining Edcite’s user flow. Edcite has a wide array of functionalities, and I’m focused on making it more user friendly by restructuring our current pages and implementing new ideas for future developments.

Tell us about your education background.

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Tani designed the new student sign-in page: edcite.com/go.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in both Design and Communication at University of California Davis. After being a graphic designer for a few years, I had the opportunity to complete a web development program at a coding bootcamp in San Francisco. Always having an interest in coding, I decided to immerse myself in this program so that I could interconnect my design background with programming skills, and I’m grateful that I’m doing that now at Edcite! 

Which teacher in school impacted you the most and why?

Although not in a school setting, my piano teacher of 8+ years, Ms. Marie, taught me not to let my mistakes discourage me, but to learn from them and keep going…especially during a recital. Yikes!

What do you love most about the Edcite platform?

I love that it’s always evolving, whether it’s adding new features to accommodate certain teachers or revamping what we currently have.

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Tani also designed the new Class Dashboard! You can check it out by visiting the Classes tab.

Do you have any advice for teachers about using Edcite?

Being a smaller company, I enjoy that we’re learning as much as the users. My advice for teachers is to be patient with the program because Edcite provides a bunch of needs for teachers and their various teaching styles. Problems will arise here and there, but we’re always listening and striving to empower teachers and engage students. 🙂

Name three things that you can’t live without.

  • Nephews. Seeing them enjoy the simple things and watching them get smarter every time I interact with them is insane! (ha! I guess that’s how teachers feel about their students, huh?)
  • Biking. The chance to go fast, enjoy the outdoors, and exercise without feeling like I am is awesome!
  • Floss. I love to floss. My dentist would be proud. 

Thank you, Tani, for all of your hard work supporting the Edcite team! 

Women of EdciteYou can learn more about Tani and her thoughts on being a woman in the tech world by visiting our blog post “Women of Edcite.”