Kickboard's Staff Boasts Over 100 Years of Combined Experience in the Field of Education
Our solutions give schools & districts the ability to manage positive school culture programs that help students & staff thrive
Our Core Values
We start and end every day committed to making a real difference in the lives of educators, students, and their families. Because we understand the real impact a positive culture has on schools, we strive to build the same safe and happy culture in our own work environment so that each of us can thrive.
EDUCATORS ARE PLATINUM
Educators change lives. We recognize the enormity of their jobs and do all we can to help them succeed.
We treat every interaction with our colleagues and customers as an opportunity to make their day.
HELP EACH OTHER BE GREAT
We value strong partnerships because we’re all in this together. We celebrate wins and share what works, both within the Kickboard team and across our community of schools.
NEVER STOP GROWING
We learn rapidly and are committed to continuously improving our products and services based on educator feedback.
We listen carefully and sweat the small stuff in order to build mission-critical tools and provide “no excuses” support. We work with a sense of urgency to help solve challenges in K-12 education.
Kent D. Peterson was the first director of the Vanderbilt Principal’s Institute and is former head of the National Center for Effective Schools Research and Development. He is currently emeritus professor in the Department of Education Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Matthew Kincaid is both an educator as well as an advocate for social justice. For fifteen years Matthew has been working with teachers and students to envision, work towards, and maintain equitable environments. While studying at Tufts University, as a public service scholar, Matthew Kincaid helped to organize the initiative that lead to the university’s creation of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.
T. Kenneth James, Ed.D., was originally appointed as Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education by Gov. Mike Huckabee in 2004 and reappointed by Gov. Mike Beebe in January, 2007. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Superintendent of Schools in Fayette County Public Schools (Lexington, Ky.), Little Rock, Ark., Van Buren, Ark. and Batesville, Ark.
Tom Hierck has been an educator since 1983 in a career that has spanned all grade levels and many roles in public education. His experiences as a teacher, administrator, district leader, department of education project leader, and executive director have provided a unique context for his education philosophy.
Jennifer Medbery founded Kickboard and currently drives the company’s product strategy and thought leadership efforts. Jen is a software developer who spent three years as a high school math teacher. After receiving her degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, Jen joined Teach For America and then became a Founding Teacher at one of New Orleans’ highest-performing open-enrollment high schools.
With nearly 20 years experience in the education technology market, Kohler has held a range of senior management positions throughout his career. For the past three years he served as executive vice president of Solution Tree, where he was responsible for the company’s marketing, sales, technology and business development divisions.
Melinda Snover began her teaching career at an alternative school in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. She has been a middle school teacher, a planning team leader, and TAP mentor teacher. In her previous role as Director of Data and Assessment in Jefferson Parish, Melinda designed and implemented school-wide data-driven instruction programs, helping her school grow from an F to a C in two years and meeting all Turnaround School goals. Melinda is presently the COO of Kickboard. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from the George Washington University.
Andrea was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.S. in Accounting. Since graduating, she has worked in various industries in New Orleans and Las Vegas, ranging from gaming and hospitality to aviation. After working for corporations and public/private accounting, she decided that her passion is working for startups. Andrea serves as part of the Youth Motivating Task Force at Xavier University of Louisiana. She is happiest when she is able to make an impact and takes pride in being a part of a team that strives to better the lives of educators, students, and their families.
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All Kickboard customers enjoy access to our live phone help desk, responsive email support, and the 24×7 online resource for all things product-related – Kickboard University.
Careers @ Kickboard
Schools across the country are embracing Kickboard thanks to our unique mission and commitment to the success of educators and students. That means we’re growing fast and always on the lookout for passionate individuals that want to put their talents to work at a company that is making a difference. We provide a great work environment, superb benefits, opportunities for career growth, and the chance to be part of something extraordinary.
Kickboard is based in downtown New Orleans, LA.
Home of jazz, great food, and some of the most innovative and inspirational educators in the country. We love being part of a thriving ed-tech community in what some have deemed, “the most-watched petri dish of education reform in the country.” The proof is in the pudding. Just a little over a decade ago, fewer than 30 percent of New Orleans students were in passing schools. Now it’s 68 percent and still climbing. Let’s hear it for student achievement!
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