We started with a simple question: How can technology improve educator effectiveness and student outcomes?
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.
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!
Manager, Business Development, K-12 WestShow Bio
Dwan Adams is an advocate for sustainable community-led global development initiatives and has over 18 years of experience bridging international development, strategy, and culture. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Xavier University of Louisiana and completed UNCF’s Institute for International Public Policy. Dwan developed projects in Tanzania, East Africa, for Women in Development in partnership with Operation Crossroads Africa (OCA), which included developing comprehensive sustainable academic methodology training. After her time with OCA, she moved to Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, Georgia, to work on digital media projects, working closely with community and diversity initiatives such as the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Turner Women Today, and Women in Communications. Driving her most recent efforts supporting access to education, Dwan focused on working to create sustainable classroom models and teacher training in Grand-Bois, Haiti (ServeHAITI), and Mongolia (Peace Corps). While in Mongolia, Dwan was a Teacher Trainer and worked with World Vision and The Asia Foundation to improve education methodology and trafficking awareness affecting rural student populations. She is currently enrolled in the MPA program at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy, independently studying the intersection of culture, innovation, and education. From her last role as a Regional Supervisor for Peace Corps to her current role at Torsh Inc., making a difference in the lives of people around the world through equity and access to education continues to inspire her. She believes the advancement of knowledge is the leading catalyst to change around the world.
Human Resources and Finance ManagerShow Bio
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.
Manager of Sales Support and Data AnalysisShow Bio
Chelsi Burnett is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and holds a B.S in Business Management from Southern University and A&M College. Chelsi served as the information management coordinator for Independent Living Inc upon graduation. She supported the organization in its mission to create and increase opportunities for persons with disabilities to contribute to their communities and foster relationships. She provided mentorship and insight to team members in the area of building connections through the use of technology. Following her work at ILI, Chelsi combined her interest in empowering others and focused on supporting personal wellness at FITT health and wellness facility. While at FITT, Chelsi functioned as a vital part of the collaborative team developing customized strategies to educate and guide customers to achieve their desired health and fitness goals. Chelsi is excited to share her passion for making a difference in the lives of others through education and technology with the TORSH Team.
Senior Director, Growth & MarketingShow Bio
Staacy Cannon began her career teaching Sociology at Southwestern Community College and understands firsthand the need for more significant support to new teachers. She joins Torsh as the Senior Director of Growth and Marketing with over 18 years of experience in marketing products and growing companies. Before joining TORSH, she was the founder and CEO of a MarTech company, where she patented a system to measure offline advertisements with computer vision. Staacy actively supports the growing technology community in New Orleans. She received the Ada Lovelace Woman of the Year Award for exemplifying the technical foresight and intuition that characterized all of Ada Lovelace’s endeavors. She is passionate about growth and believes that education is the catalyst for sustainable transformation.
Manager, Business Development, Early EducationShow Bio
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.
Perry Davis III
Manager, Business Development, K12 CentralShow Bio
Born in a little town by the name of Luling, which is about 30 minutes outside of New Orleans, La. Perry Davis is a graduate of St. Augustine H.S. in New Orleans and Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge. Perry has over 12 + years of sales and customer service experience. He is a respected leader in his community. He is driven to help TORSH to fill its mission to bring education into the 21st century with the use of technology-enabled solutions. He is excited and motivated to help customers find solutions to educational situations that could change lives for generations to come.
Software DeveloperShow Bio
Daniel DeKerlegand is TORSH’s Software developer. He is currently a post-baccalaureate student at the University of New Orleans and has experience in full-stack development. Before interning at TORSH, he worked as an instructor and tutor at various Louisiana colleges. As a teacher and student himself, he is dedicated to bettering the lives and careers of other teachers and students. He holds a B.A. in English from UNO and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.
Director, UXShow Bio
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.
Design InternShow Bio
Originating from Seattle, Andrew Leach moved to New Orleans to earn his BA in Mass Communication at Loyola University. Before joining TORSH, he worked in the meetings and events industry with a small digital marketing agency in Dublin, Ireland, where he wrote and produced media content for multiple social media channels.
Andrew is a bass guitarist who has volunteered in the past with the video department at the flagship radio station in New Orleans – WWOZ. As a musician himself, he loves giving back to the local music community.
If Andrew weren’t already passionate about technology and the latest trends in design and media, he’d probably be a history teacher.
Manager, Account ServicesShow Bio
Erin Murphy is a Manager of Account Services at TORSH. Originally from New York, Erin moved to Baton Rouge to join the 2013 Teach for America Corps. During her time in Baton Rouge, Erin served as a 6th-8th Grade ESS Social Studies and Science Teacher and as the Parental Involvement Coordinator at Capitol Middle School. Following Teach for America, Erin moved to New Orleans and spent three and a half years as an Operations Manager at NOCCI, where she managed logistics and brand marketing for large scale special events, festivals, and fundraisers. Erin is excited to bring her experience to the TORSH team and looks forward to working alongside people who are passionate about making an impact on education through technology. Erin holds a B.A. in Communications from Pennsylvania State University.
Software DeveloperShow Bio
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.
Manager, Special ProjectsShow Bio
Jamie Shear is the Manager of Special Projects at TORSH. Jamie recently graduated from Tulane University, where she studied Marketing and Social Entrepreneurship. She is part of the Venture For America fellowship program, which promotes economic development in emerging cities through entrepreneurship. Jamie is passionate about innovative problem solving and is excited to be part of a company that is working to improve education through technology.
Director, EngineeringShow Bio
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.
Manager, Business Development, Higher EducationShow Bio
Andy Webber is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, but has spent time living in Texas, South Carolina, and Louisiana. Andy holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Texas and an M.S. of Education from Johns Hopkins University (where he first used TORSH as an educator). After pursuing his degree, Andy joined the Teach for America- South Carolina Corps, where he taught 8th-grade social studies, economics, civics, and an ACT prep class before teaching 10th-grade comparative government in New Orleans. Andy is excited to combine his experience as an educator and as a TORSH user to deliver individually tailored packages that meet his clients’ specific needs and improve educational outcomes for all students.
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.
Executive AssistantShow Bio
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.
Manager, Business Development, K-12 EastShow Bio
Latrina Woods is a Business Development Manager at TORSH. Latrina brings experience as an educator and sales and marketing experience for a Fortune 500 company. Latrina is excited to bring her unique expertise in sales and education to provide her customers with a consultative approach to understanding their organizational needs. Most recently, she taught in New Orleans Charter schools and, during the summer, served as an instructional coach to TFA Corps members. As Seattle native, she graduated from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Director, Account ServicesShow Bio
Elise Zavadak is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She moved to New Orleans as a 2013 Teach For America Corps Member. She was a high school teacher and data manager in a public charter network before joining the team at TORSH. With her experience in education and interest in technology, she is excited to join a team that is changing the ed-tech world as it currently exists, empowering educators to use data to improve their practice. Elise holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Chatham University.