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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!

Professional Learning Platform Built in New Orleans, Used Across the U.S.

Our Team

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Jamal Brown

Human Resources and Finance Director

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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.

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

Manager, Business Development, Early Education

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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.

Abbey Goldstein

Director of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

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Abbey Goldstein serves as the Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships 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.

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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

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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

Annette Logsdon-Rodriguez

Chief Revenue Officer

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Annette Logsdon-Rodriguez joined Torsh in 2020 as the Chief Revenue Officer, leading all revenue-related functions, including sales, marketing, and the expansion of professional learning services in addition to Torsh’s technology product offerings.  Annette is a PreK-16 industry executive with deep cross-functional expertise at the intersection of adult learning, innovative technology, and solution sales. She brings a comprehensive understanding of complex sales and services from both an attainment and management perspective. 

Prior to joining the Torsh team, Annette has had a breadth of experience in the EdTech arena. She started her career in education as an ESL/bilingual teacher in several Texas districts including Dallas ISD and Round Rock ISD. A growing passion for authentic and meaningful integration of technology in her own teaching practice launched her into roles at Apple Computer as a technology integration trainer, professional development specialist, and director of online learning. Since then she has worn a number of service and sales hats in the EdTech industry, working closely with district and university leadership in providing large-scale professional development implementations that combine research and innovative solutions to improve instruction and increase outcomes for learners. 

Annette has supported educators at every level of the spectrum of the PreK-16 and is a strong advocate and evangelizer of providing high-quality early childhood education for all learners. She is passionate about empowering educators to prepare students for success through innovative practices, effective instruction, and the evolving use of technology.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Latrina Woods

Manager, Business Development, K-12 East

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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.

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.

Becca Young

Product Manager

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Becca Young is the Product Manger at TORSH. She oversees the prioritization of new development and feature enhancements throughout our products. She comes to us after 4 years in education technology, specifically a product used by schools, teachers, and students. She also has a strong passion for education and completed her Bachelors of Education from Texas Wesleyan University. Becca understands the strong need for strong educators in our education system and is looking forward to applying her skills in her new role here at TORSH.

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