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Pear Deck

We improve teachers' lives by making rich, active teaching easy

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Internet / Web Services
  • Location Iowa City, IA, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2014
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

Pear Deck is an EdTech startup powering active classrooms in Google Apps for Education schools by blending personalized and collaborative learning in one simple app. In our first 9 months, we've built an MVP, tested it with beta schools, run a successful sales experiment, and launched to the public. Our experienced founding team is supported by 5 world-class advisors and knows how to quickly scale products in the education sector.


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    COO and Chief Educator

    After earning a Masters in Contemplative Education and teaching high school History and Drama for several years, I left to co-found ActiveGrade, a standards-based gradebook to improve student mastery tracking and feedback. There I created our messaging, managed our customer growth, and led us through an acquisition by Haiku Learning in 2013.

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    I co-founded my first startup, LightSky Web Development, in 1999. Six years later with a staff of twenty, I sold my share in the business and headed to business school at Indiana University.
    Most recently I was VP of Strategy and Business Development for Haiku Learning, one of the first cloud-based learning management system designed for K-12. I helped grow the business nearly 400% over two years

  • Programming since I was 10, I built an early web-based video game, worked for Microsoft and taught high school Math and CS classes. I left teaching in 2010 to co-found ActiveGrade, a early-to-market solution for Standards-Based Grading.

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    VP of Design

    I am a web designer proudly based out of the Creative Corridor in Iowa City, Iowa. After years of working in a handful of print and web design roles I co-founded ActiveGrade, an online standards-based gradebook which was acquired by Haiku Learning in 2012.