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Meet BL’s Newest Team Members: Dan Mack and Morgan Joseph

September 20, 2013

With the NEA Master Teacher Project fully underway, BetterLesson has welcomed two new faces into the offices at 234 Broadway. Dan Mack, Project Manager of the NEA Master Teacher Project and Morgan Joseph, Project Associate, are helping us create amazing content geared towards teacher learning.

Dan Mack:Dan

1. Can you tell me a little about your background?

I was born in upstate New York, and have lived in Boston, Block Island, Brooklyn, Crested Butte, CO, San Francisco, and I now reside in NH with wife Deborah and three daughters Grace (8) Eve (6) and Daisy (15 months.)

Before I joined BetterLesson I was a music teacher for 17 years. I taught music at every level from early childhood education through college.

2. Why did you choose to join BetterLesson?

I am thrilled about the opportunity to help connect the efforts of 95 master teachers and in turn connect their work with students in classrooms across America and around the world. BetterLesson is something I dreamed of having for my own professional development in the classroom. Now it’s a reality.

3. What was your favorite subject in school? 

Why, music of course. It was the one class I could actually “feel”.

4. Who was your favorite teacher in school? 

Mr. Fleischer the chorus teacher. He always believed I could “make it” as a performing musician. He was right. I’ll never forget him for it.

5. Fun Fact:

I don’t have a cell phone. People often don’t believe me.

Morgan Joseph:

1. Can you tell me a little about your background?

Most of my childhood was spent in Maryland just outside of Baltimore. After attending the University of Virginia, I returned to the city and worked in the school system through the non-profit Playworks.

2. Why did you choose to join BetterLesson? MJoseph BL Headshot

I went to UVA hoping to become a diplomat, but left with a strong desire to pursue a career in education policy. BetterLesson is at the forefront of the ed-tech movement, creating a product that will help teachers. No other company (that I know of) is supporting teachers in such a comprehensive way.

 3. What was your favorite subject in school? 

History is by far my favorite subject ( I regret not pursuing it as a major in college).  Having more than a superficial understanding of the past puts the current state of the world into perspective.

4. Who was your favorite teacher in school? 

 While I don’t claim to have a favorite teacher, AP World History with Rodney McCaslin was my favorite high school course. Learning about the interconnected nature of our past was incredibly interesting and helped me understand how these events impact our lives today.

5. Fun Fact:

I lived in Brazil for three years, but never played soccer.

 

 

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