Interview 09 | Shelli Taylor and Michael Thompson of Education Elements

Michael Boll talks with Shelli and Michael of  Education Elements.

ee_logoFrom their website: Education Elements is a for-profit company founded in 2010 by Anthony Kim, a longtime education technologist who wanted to help schools rethink the structure of schooling and the way technology could strengthen instruction and streamline operations. Working with charter school management organizations, foundations, and technology developers, Education Elements has since pioneered new approaches to blended learning. We help schools take advantage of adaptive online content and assessments to tailor instruction and maximize learning for students, and give teachers the tools they need to focus on what they do best. Today, Education Elements advises schools and school systems on the potential of blended learning, works side-by-side with them to implement blended learning in their classrooms, and provides a technology platform (the Hybrid Learning Management System) that makes it easy and effective for leaders, teachers and students to blend online learning into their school.

Shelli Taylor

Shelli Taylor

Shelli Taylor

Shelli is the Chief Operating Officer for Education Elements, supporting the team in creating classrooms that inspire teaching and learning. Prior to joining Education Elements, Shelli was the Vice President of Disney English China, China’s leading English Language provider delivering immersive English language learning experiences, products and services for children ages 2 to 12 years of age. Shelli oversaw all operational aspects and scaled the business from 15 centers in 5 cities to 34 centers in 8 cities educating more than 24,000 young learners. Shelli enjoyed an 18 year distinguished career at Starbucks Coffee Company. She held several executive positions including Regional Vice President, China; Vice-President of New Business Development, Greater China; and Vice President of Operations and Store Development, Taiwan. Shelli graduated from University of California Riverside. She lives with her husband and son in Northern California.

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson is the director of school programs at Education Elements, where he is responsible for school partnerships, implementations, and instructional models. Prior to joining Education Elements, Michael was a longtime educator who served as assistant head of school and then head of the middle school campus for the Keys School, an independent K-8 school that offers a broad hands-on curriculum, where he had previously been director of technology. Michael has a masters’ degree in education from Stanford University and a BA from Carleton College.

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