Eduporium is a fast-moving Educational Technology start-up on a mission to enhance the meaningful use of STEM technology in education. We work directly with schools, districts, and educational organizations to provide customized educational technology solutions that enhance experiential learning and help students develop crucial 21st century skills. Cooperative partnerships with EdTech, Makerspace, and Technology companies enable us to expand access to STEAM technologies, increase affordability of EdTech tools, and allow us to customize EdTech bundles to fit specific school and educator needs. Our services include educational discounts, customizable EdTech bundles, Professional Development, Training, and a Grant Program –all of which are designed to inspire lifelong STEAM learning for our educators and future generations in the classroom!
The Eduporium team is a vibrant group of former educators, technology natives, and professionals committed to advancing the meaningful use of productive technologies in education. We come from a variety of different countries and backgrounds and each provide a unique perspective when it comes to carrying out our mission of Empowering the Future with Technology. With a passion for ensuring access, equity, and innovation in the education experience of every student, our team works tirelessly to research, vet, and provide classroom teachers and district leaders with educational technologies that accelerate 21st century learning.
Rick Fredkin President and CEO
Rick Fredkin – President and CEO
Rick is a lifelong entrepreneur. He started professionally in the technology field at the young age of 12. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, he has worked with a diverse set of companies and industries. His involvement ranges from Fortune 500 companies to tech-focused startups. He started Eduporium because he wants to help schools with selecting and implementing modern STEAM solutions.
Dmitri Yakovlev Chief Operating Officer
Dmitri Yakovlev - Chief Operating Officer
Dmitri combines a broad international business background with an expertise in consulting and management. Educated in Russia and the US, he holds a Master’s in Math and Computing, and an MBA in International Marketing and Finance. His in-depth experience allows him to conquer even the most complex tasks, which includes making the team’s ideas for Eduporium into a reality. He’s a highly skilled individual who can draft legal contracts, while also creating a set of intricate stage props for his daughter’s ballet recitals.
Irina Tuule Chief Strategy Officer
Irina Tuule – Chief Strategy Officer
One of the three founders, Irina is responsible for Eduporium’s vision and strategic partnerships. With a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education, she is a bold researcher on educational philosophy and methods, and a passionate public speaker. You can meet her at conferences around the country where she shares her discoveries through presentations and PD workshops for teachers and librarians. With vast experience teaching at Russian and American universities, Irina understands firsthand the challenges that teachers face. She believes that innovative technologies can serve inclusive, inquiry-based, active learning, letting each student be prepared for life success, and giving teachers the powerful tools they need to enhance education. For her exemplary contribution to the field of educational media and technology, Dr. Tuule received the NAMTC 2019 Partner in Excellence Award.
Ahmed Shareb Marketing Research Analyst
Ahmed Shareb –Marketing Research Analyst
Ahmed received his Master’s in Business Administration from UMass Boston before going on to work at an online currency exchange social network platform. He now uses the analytic tools learned in that experience to help streamline Eduporium’s continuous improvement through analyzing operational and marketing research. When not designing our regular newsletters that helps keep our customers informed, Ahmed can be found at the local movie theater watching a cult classic.
Rich Zhang Head of Operations
Rich Zhang – Head of Operations
Rich holds a BA in Finance from Boston University and a MBA from Babson College. He is a passionate advocate of educational equity and has over 10 years of experience coaching students on test prep and college admissions. A voracious learner, Rich’s professional career spans across multiple industries including tech, media and education where he specializes in strategy, operations and analytics. Rich joined Eduporium to help schools make better-informed decisions on bringing new technology into the modern classroom.
Andy Larmand Social Media & Marketing Coordinator
Andy Larmand – Social Media & Marketing Coordinator
Andy has been working at Eduporium since 2015, leading our social media efforts, managing the Eduporium blog, and contributing to marketing initiatives. He has also represented Eduporium at numerous local and national EdTech events and conferences, including the MassCUE Conference and the ISTE Conference, and has visited schools both locally and around the country to provide EdTech donations and help host workshops. Andy graduated from Suffolk University in Boston in 2014 and currently lives in Westerly, RI. He also has a golden retriever named Nash, who frequently visits the Eduporium office.
Jane Fine Director: School Relations, ESA, and Strategic Alliances
Jane Fine – Director: School Relations, ESA, and Strategic Alliances
Jane’s career began in education and then moved into sales, market strategy, and strategic alliances. Jane was a passionate teacher, piloting project-based learning in her second and fifth grade classrooms - many years later she hears from her students. She earned an M.Ed from Antioch Graduate Center and B.S Ed from Lesley University. As a B2B market researcher and strategist since 2000, her technology clients included: Perkins Products, Maven7, myEdGPS (now Torchlight), eCube Systems, SAP, and Kodak. Her commitment to student centered learning approaches and innovative technology led her to working with Eduporium for over 5 years where Jane created and grew the successful go-to-market strategy effort focused on deep and multi-level alliances with educational organizations like Professional Associations and Educational Service Agencies. Outside of work, Jane loves city experiences, golfing, and the ocean and is an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.
Palo Peirce Director of Sales
Palo Peirce – Director of Sales
Palo has a deep background in information technology, international sales, sales management & GTM strategy, and B2B sales from a 20+ year career with HP, Precision Computer Services, and Roaring Brook Ventures Consulting Engagements. His focus is on helping the team formulate and execute an effective B2B Sales GTM strategy. Palo has a BA in Economics from Bates College and attended various Babson College Executive Leadership Training Courses. He is an avid skier with bumps and bruises from his fair share of crashes and in the summer enjoys bicycling & boating around New England with no crashes to report yet.
Khat Whiting Promotional Artist
Khat Whiting – Promotional Artist
Ankhat, or Khat, as he is known to the world at large, is a Boston-born artist and previous Cambridge resident. Khat has returned to the Boston area after an extended sojourn in New York where he worked as a promotional artist, virtual merchandiser and draftsperson. As a visual artist, Khat has always been interested in the manner in which people perceive the world around them; or more specifically, the role in which visual art plays in the production of that perception.
Laura Kennedy Customer Success Associate
Laura Kennedy - Customer Success Associate
Laura graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Chemistry Education and is currently finishing up her masters degree at Drexel University for Educational Transformation and Improvement. She taught Chemistry outside of Philadelphia at a STEM magnet school for 4 years and has a deep passion for creating equal opportunities for all students in education. At Eduporium, Laura works as a Customer Success Associate, creating and maintaining relationships with schools and teachers and advocating for their needs. In her spare time, Laura enjoys creating art in the forms of paintings, drawings and music and spending as much time outdoors as possible.
Thadd Palmer Sales Manager
Thadd Palmer – Sales Manager
Thadd has more than 15 years of sales experience in the technology industry. Over the years, he has worked extensively with educational institutions to help integrate technology into the classroom. He has a passion for building relationships with his clients to understand their needs and offer the best solution. In his free time, he enjoys exploring and sampling the local cuisine in both local and distant neighborhoods. Thadd lives north of Boston, Mass with his wife, two sons & two daughters.
Anna Orientale Product Manager
Anna Orientale–Product Manager
Anna first joined the Eduporum team as an intern in 2016 while studying Education and Sociology at Colgate University. She graduated magna cum laude with an honors degree in 2017, and joined Eduporium full-time! Backed by a passion for educational equity and the meaningful use of EdTech, she now leads Product Strategy across teams, maintaining our team’s product knowledge and supporting customers with product recommendations and implementation strategies. Anna enjoys reviewing our innovative monthly grant submissions, vetting new technology, and planning fun team events. When not at work, you can find Anna out exploring, trying new restaurants and breweries, hiking, and deciding what house plant to get next.
Kaeli Halbersleben Operations Associate
Kaeli Halbersleben – Operations Associate
Kaeli graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Engineering. She joined Eduporium in 2020 wanting to change from a corporate career path to a company that was making a difference. Before joining the Eduporium team she had experience working in a variety of fields ranging from customer service, marketing to product development. At Eduporium, Kaeli works as an Operations Associate helping to organize and track customer orders. Outside of work Kaeli spends her time tending her houseplants, listening to podcasts or playing with her shelter dog named Reina who often accompanies her into the office.