We’re experienced educational technology product makers who have helped create many of the most well-known K-12 technology products. We believe if technology isn’t making a teacher’s job better, it’s just getting in the way. That’s why we take a thoughtful approach to applying technology in schools, always keeping in mind the daily challenges of educators— including availability of devices and broadband, comfort with technology, classroom management issues and more. The Ogment team has developed several award-winning eLearning products for teachers, schools and publishers through its parent company, EvoText.
A former classroom teacher, curriculum developer, correlations specialist, K-12 product editor, and print and digital product developer for Pearson and Curriculum Associates (i-Ready), Johanna currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder for EvoText, an award-winning educational software development house. Her team at EvoText has built systems worth $100+ million dollars of revenue for satisfied educational publishing customers across the industry including College Board, Larson Texts, 2U, and Carnegie, to name a few. Johanna holds an Ed.M. in International Education Development from Boston University and a B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Leadership and Learning from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. In 2016, Johanna was named to the exclusive AAP list of promising education professionals who are “On the Rise” and demonstrate remarkable leadership and innovation in the education resource industry. She has been named CEO of the Year - Startup by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for 2017 and the EdTech Digest Leader Setting a Trend for 2018.
Chris has worked in educational technology for almost 20 years. At Follett (formerly Interactive Constructs), he helped develop the Lycea platform, which is still used at Harcourt/Riverdeep, Pearson, Scholastic, Curriculum Associates, and Triumph—serving millions of students. After Follett, Chris joined Curriculum Associates as the Director of Product technologies, where he managed a project to create a cutting-edge interactive educational product (i-Ready), lead the charge in re-designing and engineering the company’s e-commerce website, and developed the company’s first Content Management System. Chris then brought his expertise to Digitas, where he expanded the business with existing clients by presenting new technology ideas, strategies and capabilities. In 2012, he used his wealth of experience and entrepreneurial spirit to start EvoText with Johanna Wetmore to address the shortfalls he saw in educational software and “solve as many of the digital classroom and eLearning content problems as we can.” Since then, the company has grown tenfold and the products EvoText has created for clients are used by more than 8 million educators and students. Chris holds Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and English from the University of Massachusetts.
A pioneer in the education technology industry for over 30 years, Michael brings a wealth of expertise to EvoText. Before joining the company, he owned his own consulting firm, Full Potential Associates, helping countless businesses of all sizes and markets to quickly build and execute focused strategies. Michael spent over 15 years at Follett Corporation, where he held a variety of positions across the organization including Vice President of The Follett School and Library Group and Chief Operating Officer at Follett Digital Resources. Michael served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Education Publishers for five years. He currently serves on the Higher Education Board for SIIA. Michael is a sought-after speaker, bringing his energetic style and practical approach to industry events and to his weekly podcast, Common Sense Comments. Beyond his everyday business efforts, Michael writes constantly. He is the author of the first two books in the Common Sense Business series; As Heard On The Internet and Kill the First Tiger. He also makes the argument that Cricket really should be America‘s pastime in his best-selling book The 5 Reasons Why Cricket Is More American Than Baseball.
A seasoned software architect, Brendan has designed, built, and maintained platform-level systems in both education and publishing since the early 2000s. He was a key developer on Scholastic’s Read180 platform and built an in-house enterprise publishing system for RR Donnelley. Brendan currently serves as CTO of EvoText where his teams have built large-scale systems for the College Board, BigIdeas Math, 2U, and several others.
Maureen is responsible for financial reporting and analysis, cash forecasting and management of business operations. Maureen has more than 20 years of financial leadership experience. Prior to EvoText, she spent over 15 years as Principal for her own accounting consultancy firm, maintaining the financials for business clients in the banking, insurance, educational, software, and entrepreneurial sectors. She served for two years as Corporator for Belmont Savings Bank (BLMT : NASDAQ), transitioning to her current role as a member of the BSB advisory board. Maureen brings a unique perspective to her role from an educational standpoint, having served for three years as Treasurer, and continuing her role as financial consultant to CNS, a community nursery school in her hometown of Lexington. She spent a semester studying abroad at SAIIE in Seville, Spain, and received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Carroll School of Management, Boston College.
With backgrounds in both Human Resources and teaching, Meg has carried her unique experience with her to the EvoText team. She oversees the Human Resource functions for EvoText, including all health and ancillary benefits, employee relations, and supporting the executive team. She received her BA in International Studies and Political Science with a minor in History from Stonehill College. Meg also holds a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University and a Master of Arts in History as well as her teaching licensure from Salem State University.
Annette brings 20 years of educational publishing and technology experience to the EvoText team. She began her career at Holt, Rinehart and Winston and held several leadership roles as the company was acquired by Harcourt and eventually became Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has led teams in charge of application development, publishing applications and tools, content development (digital and print), support and training. An expert in facilitating user adoption of software solutions, implementation of comprehensive training and support, contracts management and negotiation, as well as application and process development, Annette has most recently served as an independent consultant for several educational technology companies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Western Illinois University.
Susan is a certified project manager with over 20 years of experience in complex technical system implementations and creative project management. Her career has spanned the consulting, healthcare, finance and education industries, which results in a blend of strategic and tactical skills. Prior to joining EvoText, Susan managed the development of custom e-learning portals for the corporate learning division of Harvard Business Publishing. Susan earned her Certificate of Project Management from Boston University, is formally trained in Agile methodologies and is expanding her education in Applied Psychology.
Matthew is a software architect/engineer with more than 15 years of experience creating educational products. Prior to joining Ogment, he worked for Follett, Interactive Constructs and Addison Wesley Longman, creating a variety of tools for curriculum mapping, testing, dialog and activity-building. Matthew also has more than 10 years of experience in the publishing industry, working as a database manager, website creator, and desktop publisher for Harcourt Brace, HarperCollins, and D.C. Heath. Matthew has a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and a B.Ed., and has conducted research on intentional learning environments at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.