A note from our founder
"With over fifteen years of experience working in educational technology, I have a laser focus on solutions that improve student learning. We've created BrightBytes to solve two of the toughest challenges schools face with technology - using it effectively in the classroom and measuring the results. I'm excited to share this product with you because I know how much it will improve student outcomes at your school."
- Rob Mancabelli
CEO & Co-Founder
meet the team
An educator with over a decade of experience in schools, Rob is an internationally known speaker, writer, and consultant on educational innovation. He’s the co-author of the book Personal Learning Networks (2011), a keynote speaker at education conferences, and a writer for District Administration magazines. Rob sits on the educational boards of Acer and Dell and has an MBA from MIT.
Hisham has spent the last 12 years building and managing global technology strategies and new product portfolios. The son of a lifelong educator, he has held technology leadership positions at Moody’s, Royal Dutch/NWA, Mamapedia, and most recently at Zynga. Hisham has an MBA from MIT.
Gayle Allen, Ed.D., MBA, has 15 years of experience as a teacher, school leader, and entrepreneur in the field of education. She is the founder of two professional development institutes, including the McCord Grauer Center for Excellence in Teaching, and she is the former Associate Head of two independent schools. Gayle earned her Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she focused her research on teachers’ experiences with web 2.0 technologies and where she also served as an adjunct professor. Most recently, Gayle earned her MBA from MIT’s Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.
Genevieve Hartman, PH.d.
Genevieve Hartman, Ph.D., is an educational researcher with a background in using technology for teacher professional development, children’s mathematical thinking, and the application of cognitive science to education. She has worked with Columbia University and Wireless Generation in developing NSF- and NIH-funded digital math assessments, as well as in the research departments at Sesame Workshop and other children’s television networks in New York City. Genevieve holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Studies in Education from Columbia University.
An educational leader and curriculum writer, Kristen is a renowned teacher, professional developer, writer, speaker, and consultant on impactful learning designs. She has worked directly under the tutelage of Dr. Grant Wiggins and authored both Professional Learning in the Digital Age (2013) and Teaching the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards (2013). A founder of the Edcamp movement, Kristen is also passionate about effective teacher education. Kristen has a doctorate from Widener University in Educational Leadership.
Rich is an educational technology professional with over 10 years of experience as a technology leader in the public and higher education sectors. He thoughtfully removes technology barriers in education using integration, automation, and interoperability between disparate learning systems. He is an expert of student information, learning management, and curricular management systems. Rich has a computer engineering degree from Rutgers University.
Vanida is an Emmy Award-winning storyteller, designer, and animator, with 9 years of industry experience in broadcast and advertising. Her talents include UI/UX, data visualization, illustration, and motion graphics. Her credits include work for PBS, the City Colleges of Chicago, Daily Planet Productions and Groupon. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Aaron is a software architect with 16 years of software development experience and a passion for building large scale applications that improve the world. He has worked as a principal architect/developer at Kodak Gallery, Mamapedia, and most recently the Climate Corporation. Aaron holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.
Justin has been building web applications for over 15 years. For six years, Justin was the owner of an ecommerce and retail business. His ecommerce website has appeared in nationwide magazines such as Newsweek, InStyle, Parents Magazine, and more. Most recently, he was a board member and technology chair for a private school in Des Moines, IA. Justin holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas Tech University.
Clay has spent the past 14 years pursuing his passion of designing and developing user interfaces. For ten of those, he ran a web design studio building websites and apps for clients around the country. Clay also enjoyed a short stint teaching web design at the high school level, and is married to an educator. He graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in History.
Johanna has spent the last 6 years dedicated to managing the global marketing efforts of education technology organizations. Coming from a family of educators including teachers and superintendents, Johanna completed her K-12 education in both Germany and the United States and brings with her a unique international perspective on student learning. Johanna holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Global Marketing from UNC Chapel Hill.
Esthena is a mathematician who focuses on the use of statistical analysis and computational techniques to determine the factors that improve student learning. Her past work in education includes evaluating the efficacy of grant programs at the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C., where she also studied ways to improve data reporting. She has also worked as an educational program coordinator and math instructor. Esthena has a B.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University.