Our Team

Meet the faces behind Fishtank Learning

Samantha Aponte

Director of ELA Professional Learning and Curriculum

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Samantha Aponte

Director of ELA Professional Learning and Curriculum

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Samantha is the Director of ELA Professional Learning and Curriculum. Samantha began her career in education through Teach For America Oklahoma, where she taught English Language Arts, and later became a school leader developing Middle School ELA curriculum. Most recently she was the Manager of Teacher Development at the Teaching and Leading Initiative of Oklahoma, where she coached K-12 teachers and facilitated professional learning for teachers and school leaders. She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a Master's degree in Reading and Literacy curriculum from Oklahoma State University. Outside of work, Samantha enjoys reading, traveling, crafting, and spending time with family.

Chelsea Beatty

Director of Sales and Marketing

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Chelsea Beatty

Director of Sales and Marketing

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Chelsea is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Fishtank Learning. Prior to joining the Fishtank team, Chelsea was the Sr. Integrated Marketing Manager at Boston Ballet, where she managed a broad portfolio of audience development and retention initiatives. She is a former opera singer, with degrees from The Boston Conservatory and University of Colorado, Boulder. Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys reading, podcasts, and exploring new corners of Boston.

Sarah Britton

Senior Curriculum Director | Math K-5

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Sarah Britton

Senior Curriculum Director | Math K-5

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Sarah is the Senior Curriculum Director for Mathematics for grades 3-5. Sarah began her career in education through Teach For America Massachusetts, where she taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics. She then joined the staff at Teach For America as a manager of teacher leadership development, supporting and coaching their new math teachers of all grade levels. She has a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Union College and a Master's degree in curriculum and teaching from Boston University. Sarah enjoys all things food - cooking and trying out new restaurants and cuisines.

Caroline Gambell

Curriculum Director | ELA 6-8

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Caroline Gambell

Curriculum Director | ELA 6-8

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Caroline is the ELA Curriculum Director for grades 6-8. Caroline grew up in New Haven, CT. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in gender and women’s studies from Pomona College and a Master’s degree in English literature from Middlebury College. Caroline began her career at Achievement First's Amistad Academy teaching 7th grade English, and later taught 8th grade English at KIPP New Jersey’s Rise Academy. Most recently she was the Middle School Literacy Curriculum Director for KIPP New Jersey. Caroline enjoys hiking with her dog in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Alliyah Gauthier

Digital Content Associate

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Alliyah Gauthier

Digital Content Associate

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Alliyah is the Digital Content Associate at Fishtank Learning. Prior to joining the Fishtank team, Alliyah was an editorial intern at OffBeat Magazine, where she assisted the music magazine with managing digital content and press releases. Alliyah was also a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity where she served as the Vice President of Professional Development. Alliyah holds an Associate of Science degree from Richland College and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English from Loyola University New Orleans. Outside of work, Alliyah enjoys spending time outdoors, writing, cooking, and traveling.

Claire Kaplan

CEO

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Claire Kaplan

CEO

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Claire is the CEO of Fishtank Learning. Prior to joining Fishtank Learning, Claire was a Vice President at the National Center on Time and Learning where she led the organization's knowledge management and dissemination work and developed materials and tools to support effective school redesign. She has produced numerous reports and videos on effective school practices. Claire holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Shawn Kelly

School Partnerships Manager

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Shawn Kelly

School Partnerships Manager

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Shawn is the School Partnerships Manager at Fishtank Learning. Prior to joining the Fishtank team, Shawn was the Program Manager at Public Allies New Orleans, where he managed recruitment and development of AmeriCorps Members and Programs. He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and received his bachelor's degree from Loyola University New Orleans. Outside of work, Shawn enjoys cooking, podcasts, and traveling.

Anne Lyneis

Managing Director | ELA

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Anne Lyneis

Managing Director | ELA

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Anne is the Managing Director of ELA Curriculum and the author of the Fishtank ELA curriculum for grades K-5. She began her career in education through Teach for America South Louisiana where she fell in love with teaching. She taught elementary school for 8 years in both public and charter schools in Louisiana, Texas, and Massachusetts before joining the Fishtank team. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a Master’s degree in school leadership from Louisiana State University. Outside of work, Anne enjoys reading, exercising and traveling.

Christopher Mallon

Full Stack Developer

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Christopher Mallon

Full Stack Developer

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Chris is the Full Stack Developer at Fishtank Learning. Prior to joining the Fishtank team, Chris worked as the Assistant Director of Digital Strategy for Facing History and Ourselves, working to develop their digital products and to scale their program delivery. Earlier in his career, Chris worked as a small donor fundraiser and political campaign recruiter. He holds a B.A. in History from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Ryan Maloney

Product Manager

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Ryan Maloney

Product Manager

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Ryan is the Product Manager at Fishtank Learning. Prior to joining the Fishtank team, Ryan worked as a Publications Coordinator at Harvard University, organizing conference proceedings and managing websites for an interdisciplinary research center. He has worked extensively as an English tutor from middle school to the university level. Ryan holds a B.A. in English from UMass Amherst. Outside of work, Ryan spends his time reading, hiking, and camping.

Faith McDuffie

Director of Math Professional Learning

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Faith McDuffie

Director of Math Professional Learning

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Faith is the Director of Math Professional Learning at Fishtank. She began her career at Match Community Day as a second grade teacher. Before joining the Fishtank Learning team she was the Teaching & Learning Manager at Mass STEM Hub where she helped support schools in their implementation of high quality STEM curriculum. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Kenyon College. Outside of work Faith loves reading, hosting dinner parties, road trips, and discussing all things pop culture.

Ebony Moses

Curriculum Director | ELA 9-12

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Ebony Moses

Curriculum Director | ELA 9-12

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Ebony is the ELA Curriculum Director for grades 9-12. She began her career at KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School, where she taught 7th grade Reading for two years. She then went on to teach high school ELA in New York and New Jersey at Harlem Village Academies High School and KIPP: Newark Collegiate Academy for 5 years. Prior to working at Fishtank, she served as the Director of Secondary Literacy Curriculum, grades 5-12 at KIPP NJ and an Assistant Principal at Dream Charter High School. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College. In her leisure time, Ebony enjoys cooking, baking, hosting family gatherings and traveling.

Maggie Roth

Curriculum Director | ELA K-5

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Maggie Roth

Curriculum Director | ELA K-5

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Maggie is the ELA Curriculum Director for grades K-5. Maggie joined the Fishtank team after a decade teaching 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades in public and charter schools in Providence, Brooklyn, and Boston. She has also worked as an Instructional Coach with the Sposato Graduate School of Education, an EdVestors Zeroing in on Math Teaching Fellow, and as the Director of High School Placement at CitySquash. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. Maggie loves reading, yoga, and spending time with her family on Cape Cod.

Zach Seek

Finance and Operations Manager

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Zach Seek

Finance and Operations Manager

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Zach is the Finance and Operations Manager at Fishtank Learning. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Sciences. During his time at UVM, he developed the position of Lead Tutor, piloted the student-to-student advisory program, and represented the student body on the Educational Advisory Board. After graduating he spent six months working as an Academic Coach at Mansfield Hall, a residential program for students with learning differences. In his spare time he enjoys watching football (go Pats), rock climbing, and spending time with his friends.

Jami Therrien Wells

Managing Director | Math

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Jami Therrien Wells

Managing Director | Math

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Jami is the Managing Director of Mathematics curriculum at Fishtank Learning, and the author of the middle school Fishtank Math curriculum. She began her career at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, where she served for 10 years teaching 8th grade math and 5th grade special education. Prior to joining Fishtank, Jami also worked at the Achievement Network as the managing director of the math assessment team. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Rochester, and a Master’s degree in teaching from Tufts University. She enjoys corny math jokes and spending time outdoors with her family.

Past Contributors


Cara Annunziata - Product Manager

Aleah Dacey - Curriculum Writer | ELA

Kate Gasaway - Curriculum Associate | Math

Kim Nicoll - Curriculum Director | ELA 9–12

Marisa Segel - Curriculum Director | ELA 6–8

Alexis Simpson McGee - Curriculum Writer | ELA

Jen Spencer - Curriculum Director | Math 9-12

Ross Trudeau - Director of Digital Media