My name is Daniel. I am a teacher, community builder and entrepreneur.
I am constantly working to accelerate meaningful education projects through collaboration, technology and unique events.
For 18 years, I worked as a teacher of English language. I have had the privilege to learn from and with students ages 5 to 85, from dozens of different countries, in classrooms nearby and as far away as Ecuador. I consult, speak and train across the U.S. I am happy reading Where the Wild Things Are to a class of first graders and comfortable presenting methods of innovation for strategic planning at a national conference.
In 2016, I leapt from the classroom looking for a new challenge, one where I could bring impact to a greater number of students and advance my learning in different fields. I am grateful to have landed at Ellevation Education, a mission-driven company that builds software for educators working with English Language Learners. I began my work there as an instructional designer and trainer, recently joining the product team.
I am a community builder who has organized Edcamps, hackathons, a Meetup group, and a Pro Action Café. In 2015, I co-founded Princeton Innovates, a non-profit group that works to elevate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Princeton, NJ.
As an entrepreneur focused on social and education spheres, I helped to co-founding June Labs (RIP), a startup that worked with technology companies and educators to consult, design and develop better teaching and learning tools. I have collaborated on educational technology projects with Quill, Rosetta Stone, Mindprint Learning, Teachers Pay Teachers, Teaching Channel, and Learn Trials. I coached teams at Startup Weekend EDU in New York City and reviewed educational software for the iZone. Recently, I started building tools to support teachers using project based learning to develop language, academic and 21st century skills.
I speak Spanish. I can talk language acquisition and teaching pedagogy, chat about APIs and user experience, discuss lean startup and Pro Action Café. And I still manage to sleep 7 hours a night and read bedtime stories to my children.
Take a look around and if there is common ground, let's connect and have a cold glass of horchata.