About our Team
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.
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.
A 2000 graduate of Williams College, Chris is 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
Sarah is an education researcher specializing in the facilitation of continuous improvement. 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 and collaborated on studies of teacher and principal preparation in Massachusetts. From 2009-2012 she also co-directed the Teacher Learning Project at Brandeis University, combining professional development and coaching for school leaders with practical, practice-based research on school change. 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, articles and monographs 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 a B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University, an M.A. in Education Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver, and an Ed.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy with a concentration in Research from Harvard University.