About our Team
Chris has been a web and mobile application engineer with expertise in educational technology, accessibility, and pedagogy. Before pursuing a Master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he taught high school science and coached athletics for seven years in the Massachusetts public school system. Chris has since held a teaching fellowship in the Technology, Innovation and Education Masters program at Harvard, and has developed teaching and learning technologies for a variety of contexts in the educational space. Now a resident of Cape Cod, Chris enjoys riding his motorcycle, tending to his three beehives, and spending time with his wife and golden retrievers on the beaches of Orleans.
Dr. Sarah Birkeland
Before founding Helix Learning Partners, Sarah worked as a senior research associate at Education Matters, Inc, where she led a five-year study of systemic instructional improvement in Connecticut. A former classroom teacher and school change coach, Sarah grounds her work in a nuanced understanding of the complexities of teaching, school leadership, and the social contexts of schooling. She has published numerous chapters and articles on the topics of effective new teacher induction, schools as sites for ongoing teacher learning, school leadership, and the role of research in educational decision making. Sarah holds an Ed.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy with a concentration in Research from Harvard University.
Henry is the founder and CEO of Upbeat. After teaching middle school Special Education in New York City district and charter schools, Henry supported education technology companies in their sales and marketing strategies at Whiteboard Advisors. He also played a key role in the implementation of blended learning and evaluation of education technology products for Citizen Schools. Henry enjoys both playing and coaching basketball while also biking around NYC (with a helmet) in his spare time.
Marshall Louis Reaves
Marshall is a Machine learning engineer at Mixpanel, a leading mobile and web analytics provider. He has a PhD from Princeton in computational and quantitative biology. His research has appeared in journals including Science and Nature.
Dr. Howard Kutcher
As a teacher, Principal and Director of HR in mostly urban settings Howard led lasting and effective changes in each organization. At Atlantic Research Partners, Howard took on the role of Senior Vice President of School Improvement Services to support districts in leveraging data to systematically enhance several areas of their school environment. While serving in the US Army as a paratrooper and First Sergeant in Special Operations, Howard played a key role in detailing a plan to fully rehabilitate over 11,000 Iraqi schools. Speaking to a crowd of Iraqi civilians he said, “I am not here to conquer, I am here to help.” That quote caught the attention of then President George W. Bush who later used Howard’s words in an address to the nation. Howard earned a master’s degree in educational leadership as well as a doctorate in public policy at the University of Delaware. For fun, Howard trains for long distance endurance races with his wife Heather. They are cheered on by their three children, Evan, Ryleigh and Mattie.