Our team knows what it means to be a teacher.

We are passionate about teacher engagement.

Henry Wellington

Product Development

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.

Chris Spence


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.

Brenda M. Tanner, Ed.D.


Dr. Brenda Tanner is a retired superintendent who led two school districts in Virginia. During her tenure as an administrator, Dr. Tanner also worked as both a Chief Academic Officer and Chief Personnel Officer in South Carolina and has consulted on principal and superintendent evaluation models. She served on the nonprofit board of the Northwest Evaluation Association. In addition to her K-12 experience, she has worked at the University of Virginia, teaching in the area of leadership and school administration while also directing the Curry School’s school and university professional development consortium.

Dr. Lois Berlin

Leadership Coach

Dr. Lois Berlin has been an educator for more than 40 years in the United States and the United Kingdom. She taught middle school special needs students for five years near Aberdeen, Scotland and, on her return to the United States in 1980, became a teacher in the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). During her 24 years in ACPS, she served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. In 2004 she was appointed Superintendent of the Falls Church City Public Schools in Falls Church, Virginia where she served until her retirement in 2011. In 2017, Lois came out of retirement to serve as Interim Superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools for one year. She currently spends her time consulting and coaching school administrators. In her free time, Lois enjoys sailing her kayak and travel.

Jamie Lonie


Jamie began his career teaching elementary science in Houston during which he also earned a Master of Education degree from the University of St. Thomas. Since then, he has had several years of experience in traditional and digital communications within the national and global education sector. He currently helps develop and manage the digital content across Upbeat’s online channels.

Marshall Louis Reaves

Data Science

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.

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