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Jane patterson, ED.D.
Chief Executive Officer

When I received the first edited draft of my doctoral dissertation there was more red ink on the paper than black. I’d been a fairly decent writer in high school and in college and I was an effective high school writing teacher but as I stood aghast at my draft, I felt as if I knew nothing about communicating my ideas. Once I shook off the embarrassment, I looked at my paper and had to agree with my advisor. “Let’s get back to basics,” I told myself. “You’re making convoluted that which should be simple.” Aha. That was it. Students and teachers struggle with complexity every day. Our job at Core Innovate is to find ways to simplify processes and amplify outcomes. Our first product, Mozi, is the embodiment of this idea.   

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JOHN MATICH
chief operating officer

I have to admit, I wasn’t an engaged student in high school or in college. I sought to find relevance in the work but rarely did. I knew that if I became a teacher I would focus on connecting people to their sense of curiosity and help them shape their identities as learners. I ultimately became a highly successful teacher in South Los Angeles. I brought optimism and a forward-looking approach into my classes and helped students see the relevance learning had to leading a full life. My middle school students were on fire every day. After teaching, I devoted my professional life to empowering teachers through coaching experiences that allowed them to be honest about their challenges and deal with them head on. I’ve coached hundreds of teachers for nearly 20 years and am confident that students in those classes are getting a world-class education. Later, I decided that I wanted to expand my reach and, with my partner, I created Mozi. I want every teacher and every student to know what success feels like and to replicate that success on a regular basis. Mozi does that.

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LEanndra Martinez
school partnerships manager

I was a nerd when I was a kid (but I’m cool now, I really am!). I spent every summer during my childhood at the local library, reading as many books as I could get my hands on. I wasn't necessarily reading high quality literature (has anybody else read every single book in the Sweet Valley series, from Sweet Valley Kids to Sweet Valley University?), but I'm convinced that being a voracious reader helped me become a better writer. I began to internalize the rules of writing. As a first generation college student, I know that my strong writing skills were critical to my success getting to and through college and ready for grad school and a career. At Core Innovate, I know that we’re helping students from all education backgrounds become confident communicators who are ready for the future.

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Ellen Wesley
Advisor - finance

I couldn’t wait to graduate from college in Arizona and move to Manhattan. I thrive in electric environments and when challenged with a seemingly impossible task. This is why after years as the VP of Private Banking at Citibank in the City, I moved to Chicago to become an entrepreneur and a CFO for a wide range of start-ups, from renewable energy to education. As a third-generation college graduate, I am grateful for the opportunities that I have had, but I also know that getting to and through college isn’t easy for everyone. This is why I am thrilled to be a part of Core Innovate. We know that when given the right support, all children can pursue the futures of their choice—the way I did.

 

Lee Hanson
Start Up Advisor

Bio coming soon. 

Brandon Huff
Tech Advisor

Bio coming soon