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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 1.4M 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 1.4 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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Lisa Webber
Vice President, Professional Development
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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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Jason Maxwell
Manager, Curriculum
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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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Jess Walker
Coordinator, STEMcoach.com
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Carla Williams
Curriculum 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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Emily Harrison
Video Production Specialist
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James Browning
Videographer
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Michael Svat
Videographer
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LaMonique Johnson
Manager, Adoptions
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Jennifer McCullough
Manager, Product Development
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Jennifer Pfannstiel
Manager, Curriculum Production
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Kathleen Velasquez
Manager, Bilingual Production
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Tunisha Miller
Copy Editor
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Kate Wheeler
Copy Editor
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Aidee Slaughter
Curriculum Production Assistant

National Institute for STEM Education

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Judy Zimny
Vice President, National Institute for STEM Education
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Terry Talley, EdD
Manager, STEM Certification
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Whitney Dove
Manager, STEM Certification

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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Wendell Bobbett
Account Manger
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Marla Bormann
Account Manager
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LaTosha Boyer
Account Manager
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Amy Canales
Account Manager
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Ned Colley
Account Manager
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Katherine Del Carlo
Account Manager
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Susan Dewberry
Account Manager
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Kimberly Echols
Account Manager, Inside Sales
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Arlene Fonda-Korr
Account Manager
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John Hopkins
Account Manager
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Rebecca Isaac
Account Manager, Inside Sales
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Katie Jesse
Account Manager, Inside Sales
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Colleen Kelly
Account Manager
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Kaz Kuzminski
Account Manager
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Jamie Long
Account Manager
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Ryan Morton
Account Manager
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Stan Mozingo
Account Manager
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Lloyd Martinez
Account Manager
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Robert Miot
Account Manager
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Paul Riopel
Account Manager
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Becky Robles
Account Manager, Site Based Sales
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John Spicko
Account Manager
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Glenn Stansberry
Account Manager
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Lia Turk
Account Manager
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Lois Veguilla
Account Manager, Inside Sales
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Courtney Williams
Account Manager
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Jawan Williams
Account Manager

Marketing

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Javier Encinas
Vice President, Marketing
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David Alviar
Product Marketing Manager
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Jeremy Keas
Campaign and Web Producer
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Shaena Ricks
Manager, RFPs and Grants
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Marissa Alonzo
Regional Marketing Specialist
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Nick Johnson
Marketing Assistant

Professional Services

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Lisa Webber
Vice President, Professional Development
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Heather Wilde
Manager, STEM Training Programs
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Sharry Whitney
Manager, STEM Professional Learning
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Pamela Caffery
Implementation and Curriculum Specialist
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Jennifer Whitney
Administrative Coordinator
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Michele Cozza
STEM Consultant
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Denise Fisher
STEM Consultant
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Ashley Mathis
STEM Consultant
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Rhys Lutsky
STEM Consultant
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Karen McNallen
STEM Consultant
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Mindi Wing
STEM Consultant

Customer Support

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Michael Cornelius
Manager, Customer Service
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Luke Edscorn
Customer Service Associate
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Elizabeth Shumlak
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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Christina Gradney
Accounts Payable and Payroll Administrator
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Michael Johnson
Manager, Supply Chain
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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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