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WHAT DOES BRANCHING MINDS DO?

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Identify Cognitive

Issues and Strengths

Through a Q&A process with the teacher or parent, Branching Minds gathers data on students’ observable behaviors and determines where a student is cognitively strong and where there’s an opportunity to turn a weakness into a strength.

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Find Supports

Branching Minds also recommends personalized supports curated by learning specialists, clinical and school psychologists and veteran special educators, and then rated and reviewed by the teacher community. We make the universe of learning supports navigable. Teachers and parents can quickly find the right support tool based on criteria like Cognitive Skill , Topic studied (fluency, vocabulary, number sense, etc), Student’s Age, Time allotted (prep required) and Cost.

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Track Progress

Branching Minds allows you to track observations and which supports you’ve tried with your student. Instantly systematize record keeping, and create reports that make it easy for you to reflect, notice patterns and share with colleagues or parents. Generate reports with flexible formatting, so that data fits into the format you or your school need. 

TEAM

Maya has spent 17 years working with children, youth and adults as an educator in various capacities - both inside and outside of the school system. She has previously taught young children ages 2-3, and students in grades 2-4 in New York City. Maya received an M.S. in Childhood and Early Childhood Education from Sarah Lawrence and a B.A. from UPenn.

Maya Gat

Co-Founder & CEO

Kim is a National Board Certified Teacher with 13 years of experience working with challenged students. She taught first, third, and fourth graders with special needs in integrated settings, and is currently Special Education Teacher Supports Services provider at an elementary charter school in the Bronx. Kim received a M.S. in Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street.

Kim McLeveighn

Co-Director of Content

Hollis has taught challenged students in public, private and charter schools for 30 years. Currently she empowers teachers to better serve diverse learners through coaching and professional development. Hollis holds a MPS in Elementary and Special Ed from Manhattanville and a M.Ed in School Leadership and Administration from the College of Saint Rose.

Hollis Dannaham

Co-Director of Content

David is a technology entrepreneur and former corporate attorney. He has developed expertise in growing successful early stage companies, with emphasis on strategy, product development, operations and partnerships. Previously, he founded Couptivate, a consumer web startup. Before that, David worked with a number of early stage technology companies in New York. David received his JD from the Emory and a B.A. from UPenn.

David Magier

Co-Founder & COO

Theresa received her doctorate in Neuroscience from Weill Cornell Medical College. Her research focused on the development of cognitive control from childhood into early adulthood as a fellow at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology. She graduated from PITT with a B.S. in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience focus).

Dr. Theresa Teslovich Woo

Director of Learning Science & Research

Aaron has worked on Facebook's web and mobile messaging business, including the top 20 Messenger app. He has held leadership positions at Amazon, Microsoft, and GE. He is listed as an inventor on over 15 patents in fields ranging across encryption, security, gaming, ecommerce and product recommendation. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia.

Aaron Goldsmid

Founding Advisor, Product

Ken has over 10 years of experience as a developer, within both large and small organizations. Most recently he was a Senior Ruby on Rails Engineer at Bloomberg LP, where he managed a large number of junior developers. Before that, he was a Senior Ruby Engineer at Live Gamer. Ken has a BS in Information Management from Hebei University, a BS in Software Engineering from Tsinghua University and a Certificate in IOS App Development from NYU.

Ken Lu

Technical Lead

Aaron has a background in Decision Science, Psychology, Data Science, and Neural Computation. He attended Carnegie Mellon University where he majored in Decision Science, and minored in Neural Comp., and was the first Decision Scientist to adopt the Neural Comp. minor.

Aaron Bernkopf

AI Engineer

Yonatan has worked in the nonprofit sector for over ten years, primarily around domestic social and economic policy issues. Most recently Yonatan served as a Program Associate at Ascend, the family economic security program at the Aspen Institute. Yonatan received a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from SUNY Geneseo.

Yonatan Doron

Founding Advisor & Director of Marketing