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.

Kylie Davis

Program Director

Kylie Davis is the Program Director at Upbeat Education. Prior to joining Upbeat’s team, Kylie spent her career teaching and serving on school leadership teams in middle and elementary schools in Washington DC, Chicago and New York. Kylie is a Teach for America alumna and obtained her Masters in Education from George Mason University. In her free time, Kylie enjoys traveling, cooking, trying new workout classes, reading murder mysteries and cheering on the Georgetown Hoyas.

Leilani Carbonell


Leilani Carbonell has worked on behalf of educators and students for over twenty years as a classroom teacher, coach, Consultant, and various roles in organizations such as Teach For America, The New Teacher Project, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Promethean, and Illuminate Education. Her career in the Education Technology sector includes leadership roles in customer marketing, customer success, and SaaS implementation. She currently serves as a board member for The Teaching Well and is co-founder of a women’s support organization, SIS Circle. Leilani lives in Oakland, CA, with her husband and four children and enjoys taking walks and helping others focus on their well-being.

Dr. Lois Berlin

Leadership Coach

During her more than fourty years in education, Dr. Lois Berlin taught middle school special needs students for five years near Aberdeen, Scotland and then became a teacher in the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in the US. 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.

Cathy David

Leadership Coach

Cathy David has more than forty-five years of experience as an educator, including thirty-four years serving as a teacher, curriculum specialist, principal, Executive Director of Elementary Programs, and Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) in Alexandria, Virginia. Since retiring in 2011, she has consulted on leadership development, professional learning, strategic planning, school improvement, curriculum design, and performance evaluation. Most recently, Ms. David supported the Virginia Department of Education in the Office of School Quality, focusing on school and district improvement initiatives and principal leadership development.

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.

Matthew Kraft

Director of Research

Matthew Kraft is an Associate Professor of Education and Economics at Brown University. His research and teaching interests include the economics of education, education policy analysis, and applied quantitative methods for causal inference. His primary work focuses on efforts to improve educator and organizational effectiveness in K–12 urban public schools. Previously, he taught 8th grade English in Oakland USD and 9th grade humanities at Berkeley High School in California. He holds a doctorate in Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as a master’s in International Comparative Education and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

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