Hey, I’m Amy! I am one of the folks behind Blendspace, the easiest way to create and deliver online lessons. I’m super excited to join Wikispaces and TES Global because we all share the same goal of serving teachers. Together we will work together to create even more delight in teachers’ lives.
My journey in “ed-tech” began when I was a computer science student at the University of Southern California. I fell in love with technology at a young age and taught myself how to program when I was 11 years old. As one of the few girls in my classes, I knew if I wanted to get more girls interested in STEM, the best place to do that is in the classroom. So I spent time in the classrooms of Los Angeles teaching young girls math. Given my love for technology, the only way I knew how to make learning engaging was through the use of technology. I put together lessons with YouTube videos, online games, websites, etc. However, finding good resources was hard and putting them together was also a challenge… Have you ever tried to embed a YouTube video in a PowerPoint?!
After graduating from USC, I worked as a product manager on Microsoft Excel designing to make spreadsheets more intuitive for everyone, especially students. But after three years in the corporate world, I knew I wanted to get closer to the classroom. I remembered the struggles that I faced when I was with my students; I asked teachers if they were still struggling with finding engaging lesson material. With more technology in the classrooms, the answer was an overwhelming “yes”. So I convinced my Microsoft colleague, Gabriel Cebrian and others to quit and join me on this journey of helping teachers through technology.
It’s now been two years since we moved from Seattle to San Francisco to join Imagine K12, the first edtech incubator. We built Edcanvas, rebranded to Blendspace, served half a million teachers and students and now we are here at Wikispaces! It has been an incredible journey as a edupreneur.
I never knew I wanted to start a company, I just knew that I wanted to make an impact in the classroom. Blendspace was a great start. Now it’s time to time to build upon that strong foundation at Wikispaces.