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We started with a simple question: How can technology improve educator effectiveness and student outcomes?

Our Mission

Our core mission is to improve student outcomes by increasing educator instructional effectiveness. We do this by harnessing the power of video, actionable data and expert coaching to promote high-quality growth opportunities for all educators – accessible at any time and from anywhere.

Our Story

In the immortal words of Nelson Mandela, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” At Torsh, we fully and wholeheartedly believe this. Our company was born out of our founder’s desire to be a changemaker. A changemaker, as defined by the Ashoka Institute, is “someone who desires change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen.”

At Torsh, we all aspire to be changemakers. We want to change the world. We believe that it is possible to live in a world where all children can succeed through access to high-quality teachers. We also believe that all teachers deserve to work in environments where well trained and empathetic leaders support them. To achieve all of this will be a herculean task, but we aim to do our small part by providing educators with great tools and a community that supports their growth, learning, and progression.

So, if you want to work with a great group of former educators, tech folks, and all-around cool people, come on over. If you’re not looking for a job, but you’re looking for the most comprehensive professional learning platform to support your educators, then you’re in the right place, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Torsh family!

Our Team

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Jamal Brown

Director, Human Resources and Finance

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Jamal Brown was born and raised in New Orleans, Jamal earned a B.S. in Marketing from Loyola University, New Orleans, and a graduate degree in business administration from Tulane University. Before joining TORSH, Jamal was the Director of Operations for NexusCity, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a diverse group of leaders for the city of New Orleans. He previously worked for Liberty Bank and Trust Company in its Community Development Division and was the New Orleans City Director for the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Jamal has also sat on several boards in New Orleans including, UJAAMA CDC, Teaching Responsible Earth Education, 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, and The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network.

Bayleigh Butler

Business Development Associate, ECI

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Bayleigh Butler serves as a Business Development Associate at TORSH.  Bayleigh is a native of New Orleans. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with her B.S. in Exercise Science, where she was also a Track and Field Athlete. Prior to TORSH, Bayleigh found a passion for early intervention while providing ABA therapy to children on the autism spectrum. Bayleigh has her M.A. in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She hopes to apply her experience and knowledge in early intervention to her new journey in the EdTech world.

Breena Crump

Software Developer

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Breena Crump is a software developer at TORSH. She is a self-motivated and creative software engineer. Breena was born and raised in New Orleans and earned a B.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Game Development. Before joining TORSH she spent over 5+ years working as a Software Engineer for General Electric. Breena has always had a passion for mentorship, spending her years at General Electric mentoring interns at the high school and college levels. Breena believes mentorship is important because it provides professional and personal support to facilitate success in school, work, and beyond.

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Angela Daliet

Director, Business Development, ECI

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Angela Daliet is a passionate education advocate dedicated to improving outcomes for the most vulnerable of our communities. After earning her B.S. from the University of New Orleans, Angela successfully worked as an investment advisor and financial planning firm coach for several years. Upon learning her children’s public school had no immediate plans to reopen post-Katrina, she established the non-profit Save Our Schools NOLA to help leverage students, parents, teachers, and residents as informed, effective advocates for equitable access to local, high-quality schools and programs. Angela has become an established community leader who has worked tirelessly over the years, both inside and outside the classroom, to develop and support students, teachers, and school leaders across the nation. Angela eagerly combines her experience, passion, and expertise with TORSH technology to help organizations significantly improve the effectiveness of educators, caregivers, and interventionists to ensure better outcomes for children.

Richard Garnett

Business Development Associate, ECI

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Richard Garnett serves as a Business Development Associate with Torsh.  He is a native of New Orleans who found a passion for building relationships with people early. Since then, he has excelled at inside and outside sales in the tourism and technology industries.  He made a promise to his deceased mother to make education a focus, which led him to become a certified b2b salesperson through Skillz Academy. In addition to being a high-performing sales consultant, Richard is a lifelong learner. 

Abbey Goldstein

Vice President, Customer Success

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Abbey Goldstein serves as the Vice President of Customer Success at TORSH. She began her career teaching bilingual elementary school in south Texas (as a 2002 Teach For America Corps Member) and has since been working in PK-12 public education for over 15 years. An educational innovator at heart, she has served as a teacher, coach, district  administrator, educational consultant, and customer success director. She is passionate about forging partnerships across the education sector  to drive positive outcomes for teachers and students and is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to the TORSH team. Abbey holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A and M.P.Aff. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Salem Habte

Sales Analyst

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Salem is a Sales Analyst at TORSH who wants to enable better education with integrity, inclusion and innovation. Growing up in a family of immigrant entrepreneurs in Kansas City, MO inspired her to pursue a B.B.A in Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has supported multiple startup accelerator programs, including Techstars, applying her creativity through marketing and project management. She also ran an organization that launched and scaled ventures that advanced the UN Global Goals for four years. Salem believes that important life outcomes are derived from the quality of one’s education. At TORSH, she explores data and presents discoveries that advance the team mission.

Tamika Harris

Manager, Customer Success

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Tamika Harris is a Manager of Customer Success at Torsh. Tamika is a New Orleans native and holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Before joining Torsh, Tamika was an Operation Manager in the hospitality industry. Tamika is excited to bring her experience and leadership skills to the Torsh team and looks forward to working alongside people who are passionate about bridging the gap between education and technology for generations to come.

Shaun Herron

Director, UX

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Shaun Herron is TORSH’s Director of UX. Before arriving in NOLA, he worked in Seattle’s software industry as a Director of Digital Experiences at such brands as Google, Microsoft, Starbucks, and CBS. He’s passionate about all things design and believes you have to understand the user’s needs to build excellent products, services, and experiences.

Cassidy King

Business Development Associate, ECI

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Cassidy is a business development associate who brings her passion for early intervention to the tech world. While growing up in a family of educators in Gadsden, Alabama, she saw the need for improving services and outcomes for our children, teachers and educational professionals.  She found her way to the University of New Orleans to earn her B.A in Film, Theatre and Communications. While doing so, she also earned an associate degree in Interpreting American Sign Language, to further understand different languages and the importance of early language intervention.  Previously, she worked in public relations and communications within the hospitality and entertainment industry. Now, she is excited to bring her experiences and knowledge to our Early Childhood and Intervention partnerships.

Jean Paul LaGraize

Customer Success Manager

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Jean Paul LaGraize strives to offer the best customer support for our clients as a Customer Success Manager.  He is a New Orleans native with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans.  With a background in support and implementation at an Electronic Health Record industry leader, Jean Paul brings years of experience helping customers with issues and giving them the knowledge and education to utilize the platform with confidence and efficiency.  He believes education is the foundation on which we build our future and wants to help educators perfect their craft through the TORSH platform

Sandi Maxinoski

Senior Business Development Manger, K-12

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Sandi Maxinoski likes to share ideas, stories, and especially the value of products that can help empower our educators and students!

Over the past 16 years in SaaS software, specifically in EdTech, she has had the privilege of both working alongside and leading teams to deliver products that delight customers and support learners. Sandi has spent the majority of her career building relationships with district administrators, training on software solutions, and ensuring the success of each implementation. Outside of business development, she spent time as a product manager, where she  worked on the development of education centered mobile apps, as well as a code plagiarism detection tool.

Sandi served in the Iraq War as a liaison to the Governor of Nineveh province, earned a bronze star, and left with a great appreciation for the freedom, choice, and opportunity we share. She currently lives atop a mountain in Big Sur, CA with her husband and three children.

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Kevin Pie

Software Developer

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Kevin Pié is a software developer at TORSH. Working with nonprofits sparked his passion for harnessing his knowledge and skills into positive change in the world around him. Kevin understands the need for moving the education system forward through the power of technology and is excited to be a part of the advancement. Before joining TORSH, he completed a web development immersive with General Assembly in Boston.

Scott Ray

UI/UX Designer

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Scott Ray joins TORSH as a UI/UX Designer. He is a NOLA native that’s no stranger to UIX Design – previously working heavily in the travel and finance sectors on clients such as AMEX, Visa, IHG (International Hotel Group), and Wyndham Hotel Group. With a heavy marketing background, Scott combines a keen design eye with his joy for complex (visual) problem solving to produce products with a focus on conversion and ease of use.

Sophie Steinbock

Product Manager

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Sophie Steinbock is passionate about working with a great team of talented people and building products that users love. Sophie has spent the last 15+ years working in product development, project management, and account management at small forward thinking companies including Heath Ceramics, Knowbly Learning Systems, and Tulip Fertility. She believes that everyone should have access to high quality education and has spent several years working at EdTech SaaS startups building next-generation tools for educators.
Sophie was certified in Computer Graphics and 3D Animation and was the first American to receive a full scholarship at the historic Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Italy on exchange from Sonoma State University where she received her B.A. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

David Sykora

Director, Engineering

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David Sykora is TORSH’s Director of Engineering and Lead Software Engineer. He is an enthusiastic electrical and software engineer and spent two years teaching in Africa with the Peace Corps before joining TORSH. He returns to the tech field, passionate about education and helping teachers. David has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Davis.

Destin Tate

Software Tester

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Destin Tate is a Software Tester at Torsh who wants to help provide educators with a platform that will give them the tools needed to improve their craft. Growing up as a son of a teacher, he was inspired by his mother’s commitment to being a great educator and administrative figure within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. This inspiration grew into an appreciation for education that fueled his pursuit for a B.S. in Marketing at Louisiana State University. He has previous experience in Quality Analytics with Electronic Arts where he honed his skills as a software tester using his creativity and attention to detail to test products for the Fortune 500 company. Destin hopes that his role with Torsh will play a part in pushing the education system forward in a positive direction.

Chenellia Walters

Business Development Assoicate, ECI

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Chenellia Walters is a Business Development Associate at Torsh. She is a native of Norco, LA and graduated from the University of New Orleans with two Bachelors in Business Administration and Business Management with a minor in Human Resources. Prior to Torsh, Chenellia worked for the state of Louisiana in DCFS and in the hospitality industry in Sales & Front Office. With years of experience in customer service, she firmly believes that in order to provide the best customer service, one must truly listen to what a customer needs and provide the best solution. By doing so, Chenellia states that this not only builds rapport with the customer, but leads to genuine relationships. Chenellia is new to the tech industry and eager to see where this new journey takes her.

Courtney Williams

CEO

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Courtney Williams is a seasoned executive with a passion for education reform. As an immigrant, he is intimately familiar with how a good education can change the trajectory of an individual’s life. Courtney founded TORSH after more than 15 years of experience in the technology industry, where he held senior executive roles at companies like AOL, Time Warner, and Interactive One. He is an active member of his community, serving as a Big Brother and a former board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters. He is a Board Member of the Johns Hopkins School of Education National Advisory Council and a 2010 CUP Fellow, a fellowship awarded to executives with a keen interest in social change through public service. Courtney is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Oberlin College.

John Williams

Chief Revenue Officer

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John Williams serves as Chief Revenue Officer for TORSH. He is responsible for all revenue generating processes including sales, marketing, and customer success. John joined TORSH after serving as the Vice President of Sales Readiness & Support for Follett School Solutions. Throughout his career, he has held numerous executive level positions with companies like IBM, Lightspan, and ETS where he served as the General Manager for the Professional Development Division. He is known as a strategic thinker with a track record of delivering results that align to measurable business objectives. As the son of a high school principal and math teacher, John has always had a passion for K-12 learning, technology, and supporting teacher quality.

Felisa Wind

Executive Assistant

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Felisa Wind joins TORSH as an Executive Assistant. Felisa earned both her BS and her MA in Elementary Education from NYU. After years of being a stay at home mother to three, now grown children, she began working for Advantage Testing, a private tutoring service that offers preparation for standardized tests and academic tutoring as well as college counseling. Felisa worked for Advantage Testing as a Program Coordinator and then in Business Development. Having served on numerous boards and fundraising committees during her years in Connecticut, Felisa comes to us with real-life experience working with educators and organizations.

Hadley Woodhouse

Senior Business Development Manager, K-12

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Hadley is the Senior Business Development Manager for the central region at TORSH. Hadley began her career in education teaching and training in Chicago diocese and public schools while becoming a certified teacher. The first few years in a classroom were in middle schools in Chicago, and she taught and coached soccer at her alma mater in suburban Chicago. Hoping to inspire a younger group of students in math and science she sought her Montessori credential and worked in a mixed age classroom of 6-9 years olds. Her love of digital earning brought her to edtech sales, and her belief that all students and teachers deserve flexibility and tools to personalize their classroom. Working at TORSH fulfills her belief from graduate school that technology will be the connector between teachers and students that helps personalize learning for everyone. 

Hadley received her undergraduate degree from St Norbert college in 2002 and her Masters Degree in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University in 2006.

Ashley Wright

Senior Manager, Business Development, K-12

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Ashley is an experienced EdTech professional who has dedicated her career to helping schools and districts select the appropriate tools to support the success of all students. This approach, as well as years of tutoring and mentoring students, led Ashley to working alongside schools and districts throughout the nation. As a Senior Business Development Manager at Torsh, Ashley will continue her work in demonstrating the value of technology integrated within the learning process of educational institutions.  Ashley is a native Georgian, with a Bachelors in Marketing from Valdosta State University and a MBA from Texas A&M University, Texarkana.  She has an extensive background in sales and has found a home within the educational technology industry and looks forward to utilizing her experience with Torsh to impact the future of learning.

Carrie Xaisongkham

Senior Manager, Customer Success

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Carrie Xaisongkham is a Customer Success Manager who assists TORSH Talent users in utilizing the platform to its fullest potential. Born in Kansas and raised in southern Louisiana to refugee parents, Carrie recognizes the significance of having access to good education, and she is dedicated to having an indirect impact in making it more accessible to all by empowering educators to make data-driven decisions in their practice. Carrie has a background in hospitality and restaurant management and is looking forward to using a combination of her experience to provide a positive and knowledgeable customer journey with Torsh. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

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