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
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.
CHIEF LEARNING OFFICER
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.
VP OF EDUCATIONAL CONTENT
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.
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.
Vanida is an Emmy Award-winning storyteller, designer, and animator, with 9 years of industry experience in broadcast and advertising. Her talents include concept development, storyboard design, data visualization, and video and audio production. Her credits include work for Chicago Public Broadcasting, the City Colleges of Chicago, Daily Planet Productions and Groupon. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
BrightBytes' mission is to improve the way the world learns with technology.