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Accelerate Learning

Accelerate Learning, in conjunction with Rice University, has created the most widely used PreK-12 science curriculum in Texas, STEMscopesTM — and it’s now available nationally. It’s the teachers favorite science program and now serves more than 4 million students.

STEMscopes is a digital science solution for PreK through 12th grade students offering three core curriculum programs, STEMscopes K-12, STEMscopes NGSS, and STEMscopes Early Explorer. Born from the lab and penned by the hands of expert teachers, STEMscopes has always had its ear to the ground, taking in feedback, best practices, and the latest pedagogy to develop the most effective STEM curriculum. Each curriculum is supported by STEMcoach, a professional development portfolio offering a free STEM community that allows teachers to share best practices and lessons while learning from experts in the field, embedded professional development within the program, and onsite launch, advanced & coaching and mentoring sessions.

Missionview detail

To be recognized as the most effective and widely used digital STEM resource for PreK-12 as measured by adoption, usage, and results.

Visionview detail

We help teachers adopt effective STEM instructional practices, improve student performance, and increase the engagement of parents through high quality, customized, standards-aligned, hands-on digital STEM curricula and resources.

For Teachers By Teachersview detail

"For teachers by teachers" is not a slogan—it's a fact. STEMscopes was incubated in the classroom and developed by over 200 teachers, science experts, and science professors. Our origins lay in providing teachers a model for implementing inquiry-based learning in the classroom. STEMscopes has always listened to the teachers by taking in feedback, best practices, and the latest pedagogy to develop the most effective STEM curriculum.

Today, more than 4 million students have been served, and Accelerate Learning has over 200 practicing teachers who help write curriculum, field test lessons, and assessment items and review and edit all materials to ensure factual accuracy, our curriculum is current and practical for implementation in any type of classroom. Many of our teachers are also certified trainers who train other teachers on how to launch STEMscopes.

Our Team

Leadership

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Vernon Johnson, Ed.D.
President and CEO
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James B. Walburg
Chief Financial Officer
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Reid Whitaker, Ph.D.
Founder & Chief Academic Officer
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Don Keeler
Chief Technology Officer
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Courtney Williams
VP of School Success
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Judy Zimny
Vice President, National Institute for STEM Education
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Kent Donges
Vice President, Sales
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Javier Encinas
Vice President, Marketing

Curriculum Development

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Reid Whitaker, Ph.D.
Founder & Chief Academic Officer
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Amanda McGee
Director, Curriculum Development
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Dawn Alvarez
Manager, Curriculum
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Bonnie Duhé
Manager, Curriculum
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Rochelle Hobbs
Manager, Math Curriculum
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Kylie Howard
Manager, International Curriculum
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LaMonique Johnson
Manager, Adoptions
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Jason Maxwell
Manager, Interactives
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Brandi Nicholson
Manager, Curriculum
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CJ Thompson
Manager, Curriculum Design
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Kelsey Toomey
Manager, Curriculum
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Sheri Wall
Curriculum Development Assistant

Curriculum Production

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Reid Whitaker, Ph.D.
Founder & Chief Academic Officer
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Andrew Giannakakis
Director, Curriculum Production
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James Browning
Videographer
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Ronald Burke
Manager, Product Design and Experience
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Jaclyn Grizzell
Curriculum Production Assistant
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Valerie Harper
Manager, Curriculum Production
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Emily Harrison
Manager, Video Production
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Jennifer McCullough
Manager, Product Development
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Tunisha Miller
Copy Editor
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Jennifer Pfannstiel
Manager, Curriculum Production
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Laura Rosales
Coordinator. Supplemental Materials
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Aidee Slaughter
Curriculum Production Assistant
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Michael Svat
Videographer
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Megan Turner
Copy Editor
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Kathleen Velasquez
Manager, Bilingual Production
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Jess Walker
Coordinator, Digital Media
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Kate Wheeler
Copy Editor

National Institute for STEM Education

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Judy Zimny
Vice President, National Institute for STEM Education
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Whitney Dove
Manager, STEM Certification
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Kyle Cameron
Certificate Coordinator

Research

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Reid Whitaker, Ph.D.
Founder & Chief Academic Officer
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Elizabeth Bell Cashiola, Ph.D.
Research Manager

Sales

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Kent Donges
Vice President, Sales
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Shelli Damon
Director, Sales Operations and Adoptions
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Bobby Barron
Regional Sales Director
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Glenn Stansberry
Regional Sales Director
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Terry Talley, EdD
National STEM Manager
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Kimberly Echols
Inside Sales Manager
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AJ Hunter
Inside Sales Manager
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Marla Bormann
Senior Account Manager
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Colleen Kelly
Senior Account Manager
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Kaz Kuzminski
Senior Account Manager
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Lia Turk
Senior Account Manager
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Jasmine Blaylock
Account Manager, Inside Sales
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Wendell Bobbett
Account Manger
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LaTosha Boyer
Account Manager
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Katie Browning
Account Manager, Inside Sales
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Amy Canales
Account Manager
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Meghan Coleman
Account Manager
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Ned Colley
Account Manager
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Susan Dewberry
Account Manager
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Brooks Dougherty
Account Manager
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Arlene Fonda-Korr
Account Manager
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John Hopkins
Account Manager
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Michelle LaPlatney
Account Manager
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Jamie Long
Account Manager
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Lloyd Martinez
Account Manager
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James McMurphy
Account Manager
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Ryan Morton
Account Manager
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Stan Mozingo
Account Manager
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Melanie Rodarte
Account Manager, Inside Sales
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Tammy Norman
Account Manager, Inside Sales
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Jacqueline Rogero
Account Manager, Inside Sales
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Adelina Rucker
Account Manager, Inside Sales
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Valerie Shearer
Account Manager, Inside Sales
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John Spicko
Account Manager

Marketing

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Javier Encinas
Vice President, Marketing
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David Alviar
Senior Product Marketing Manager
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Jeremy Keas
Campaign and Web Producer
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Shaena Brown
Manager, RFPs and Grants
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Clare Agostinelli
Sales Campaign Manager

School Success

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Courtney Williams
VP of School Success
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Tori Coyle
Manager, STEM Professional Development
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Michele Cozza
Manager, STEM Professional Development
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Jacqué Garcia
Manager, STEM Professional Development
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Kristan Buckman
STEM Consultant
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Lisa Dentler
STEM Consultant
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Amber Gunner
STEM Consultant
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Kristin Majda
STEM Consultant
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Ashley Mathis
STEM Consultant
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Karen McNallen
STEM Consultant
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Suzan Morris
STEM Consultant
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Mindy Pearson
STEM Consultant
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Valerie Sellers
STEM Consultant
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Melinda Stroup
STEM Consultant

Customer Support

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Michael Cornelius
Team Manager, Customer Service
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Samuel Pearson
Customer Service Content Specialist
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Luke Edscorn
Customer Service Associate
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Daniel Smith
Customer Service Associate

Finance & Operations

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James B. Walburg
Chief Financial Officer
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Lila Soussan
Director, Finance and Administration
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Jason Sulak
Senior Financial Accountant
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Ally Frenkel
Staff Accountant
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Maribel Garcia
Order and Fullfillment Manager
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Christina Gradney
Accounts Payable and Payroll Supervisor
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Ramiro Flores
Accounts Payable Specialist
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Selia Olivarez
Administrative Coordinator

Technology

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Don Keeler
Chief Technology Officer
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Michael Lirette
System Infrastructure Administrator
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Tony Muckleroy
System Infrastructure Administrator

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