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.
Johanna began her career as a teacher who was solely responsible for the materials and curriculum development of her classes. From that point forward, her focus has been toward improving educational materials and their delivery. She has held several product development roles in print and digital educational publishing, including curriculum alignment, content management, editorial creation and customization, digital product development and management, requirements and specification writing, data analysis and reporting. She currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder for two companies: EvoText, an educational software development house, and Ogment, a teacher-focused lesson creation and delivery platform. The team at EvoText has worked with basal and supplemental publishers on several award-winning digital and print products, including most recently SpringBoard Digital. 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.
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.
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.
Tim is a 20+ year experienced creative, marketing and UI design professional. Products he has worked on have been AEP and SIIA CODIE finalist and award winners, including iReady. He holds a Bachelor’s in Printing Management and a Master’s in Electronic Publishing, both from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Annette brings 15 years of educational publishing and technology experience to the Ogment 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.
Brendan is an experienced, hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures, service-oriented architectures, and distributed systems in J2EE and other technologies. He has been in the software industry since the mid-90‘s with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. Prior to joining Ogment, he worked for RR Donnelley, Follett Software, and Lightbridge, creating cloud-based content management, eLearning, fraud detection, and business process management systems for clients including, AT&T, Sprint, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Toyota.
Alan brings to his position more than 20 years of software development, software quality assurance and customer support experience in several industries including: Education Technology, Retail, Manufacturing, Financial and Insurance. A consummate perfectionist, Alan's passion for creating and sustaining the highest level of customer support makes him the perfect fit to lead our Customer Experience team.
Alan has held several senior engineering management positions in Quality Assurance and Customer Support, including leading the QA and Support teams for the CODiE award finalist, i-Ready.
Alan earned his B.S. in Mathematics and Minor in Computer Science from Penn State University.
Jill brings more than 15 years of strategic marketing experience to Ogment, including several years in educational publishing, educational non-profit work, and marketing consulting. She has a strong track-record for delivering cost-effective, successful marketing campaigns within the educational discipline, including several product launches. An award-winning copywriter adept at building brand recognition through strategic planning and implementation, Jill's work has been recognized by the AEP and SIIA. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in Business and Technical Writing from the University of Delaware and a Master's degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
Laura has more than 14 years of experience in Quality Assurance, with 10 years as a Lead Quality Assurance Engineer. She has worked in the manufacturing, finance, insurance, and education industries and has a proven record in applying solid analytical skills to successfully test applications and resolve complex technical issues. Laura has developed and executed a variety of testing scripts including functional, regression, user acceptance, usability and smoke tests. She holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Syracuse University.
Susan is a certified project manager with over 15 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 that she extends to the Ogment family. Most recently, Susan managed the development of custom e-learning portals for the corporate learning division of Harvard Business Publishing.
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.
Pam is a senior executive with a history of developing and executing successful strategies in traditional and digital K-12 publishing for companies including Pearson, The College Board, Apple, The Learning Company and HMH. She also co-founded a successful start-up (EducationPlaza) that was sold to a private equity firm. An experienced general manager with a strong strategic marketing background, Pam has led the development of new print and digital products while scaling finance, operations, and professional development. She is a recognized K-12 leader and visionary who has led successful start-ups, turn-arounds, high-growth and consolidation initiatives. Pam has served as co-chair of the SIIA&lsqou;s Education Board and as a Board Member of the SIIA national board. She is a member of ISTE and has received the prestigious “Making It Happen” award for ed tech achievement. Pam holds a B.S. in Education from the University of New Mexico and an M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction from Kansas University.