Marc Leibowitz has nearly 30 years of highly diverse experience in business development, sales and software development and as a successful entrepreneur and investor. His business acumen, innovative strategies, and team-building expertise is rapidly leading TeacherPlanBook.com to the head of its field.
Twenty years of Marc’s career were spent in three global software firms, where he become known for his ability to build and motivate top-performing teams. For example, for seven years Marc worked with saleforce.com, where he was Senior Director of Sales Engineering in two major sectors. He led the largest sales engineering team at salesforce.com, with his team exceeding quotas for five consecutive years. When he developed “SE teaming” and changed how salesforce.com competed for opportunities, his teams’ win rate grew above 90%.
Earlier, Marc spent more than twelve years with J.D. Edwards, as Director and Solution Architect - Life Sciences. He was a key contributor in corporate growth from $13M to more than $1B with over $350M in total lifetime sales across several industries. Previously he was Director of International IS and Tech Support at Tambrands, where he created new strategies that instantly grew corporate profits.
Since leaving salesforce.com in 2013, Marc has been founding, investing in and managing entrepreneurial companies, bringing his broad-ranging talents to bear in smaller and growing firms.
As the father of school-age children, Marc recognized the necessity of improving the educational system, to teach the leaders of the future successfully. Marc brings his talents and business-building skill-set to this mission at TeacherPlanBook.com, directing the company’s strategic direction, financing, product development, sales and marketing. His team-oriented, hands-on leadership, his ability to attract and retain extraordinary talent, and his knowledge of market penetration are creating top-performing products and teams, quickly positioning the company for rapid growth and market share.
Max Altolaguirre has more than 20 years of experience in Support, Development, Technical Sales and Management across numerous enterprise software companies. He has always had a passion for innovating and improving software from a technology and user friendliness standpoint. The unique opportunity to help transform the traditional education ecosystem to the Cloud brought him to TeacherPlanBook.com, where he heads software development and cloud solutions.
Stanley K. Simon
Stanley Simon brings decades of teaching, consulting and business development experience to TeacherPlanBook.com. He worked in education from 1966-1995, first at Public School 62 in Queens, N.Y.; next as an adjunct professor at Bronx Community College of New York; then assistant principal, then principal at New York’s Public School 104. From 1996-2001, Mr. Simon consulted for Harcourt Publishing, Prentice Hall, Scholastic, Holt Rinehart and Achieve 3000. He served as Vice President Director of Business Development at McGraw-Hill Publishing and Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, District Partnerships, for HMH Publishing, where he was a strategic member of the senior sales management team and networked extensively to achieve a strong analysis of educational funding and other issues that impact instructional materials nationally. In 2012 Mr. Simon founded ABC Educational Consulting Group of which he is the President. In March of 2017 he took on the role of Senior Vice President of Business Development for TeacherPlanBook.com where he has built the sales and consulting team as he assists in expanding our educational technology firm.
Stanley obtained his master’s degree in education from City College of New York, N.Y., and his New York State Professional Diploma in Educational Administration and Supervision from Queens College, N.Y., where he also earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics.
Michael Knowles has a diverse background covering over 35 years of experience leading Education, Training, Technical Publications, and Customer Service teams for enterprise software and hardware companies. He has also facilitated strategic futuring scenario sessions for the Surgeons General of the Air Force, Army, and Navy as part of a 5-year program in the US Department of Defense. Michael joined TeacherPlanBook.com because he felt that same passion for positive transformation he encountered with the DoD team and believes that teaching children to think clearly is the most important educational outcome imaginable. Michael is devoted to ensuring that every TeacherPlanBook user has an excellent experience with the product, the product documentation, and the customer services team. He also runs the Quality Assurance team and manages demonstration and pilot program environments.
Mary Lacoste has 28 years of experience as the Director of Operations of a prominent, New York law firm and many years as a certified teen and family mediator. She grew up in a family of educators. Her great uncle was the principal of the only school in a small Long Island town back in the 1950's. Her father became the first principal of the junior high school as that same district grew to house eight separate schools. Mary's family has always been focused on improving the learning experience for both the students and teachers. This passion for education has been inherited by Mary who has become a true asset to TeacherPlanBook.com.
In 1996, Dr. Anthony Griffin began his mission to research, design, and implement effective teaching and learning for the students in his classroom. Inspired to learn more, he earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Development, with the vision to improve teaching and learning in more classrooms than his own.
He was elected by his community to the Board of Education in 2016. There, he champions authentic assessment, technology integration, and project-based learning. Prior to that, Dr. Griffin co-created a Facebook group of over 14,000 parents, teachers, and individuals who wore green laces to reduce high-stakes testing and improve teaching and learning.
Dr. Griffin has joined TeacherPlanBook.com to work to effect change in the educational evolution. He believes it is precisely the set of resources tool teachers and districts are missing that can break down silos, re-spark morale, and improve the schoolhouse from within, using the best resources in American education: our dedicated educators.
Mrs. Klimek’s career has included positions as a teacher, reading specialist, principal and assistant superintendent. She was a member of the Eastern Suffolk BOCES network team for Race to the Top in the areas of Inquiry Teaming and Teacher Evaluation. Her expertise lies in the use of data to inform instruction and create solutions for APPR with the use of data. Mrs. Klimek has provided consultant services to and presented workshops and other training sessions to over 50 school districts on Long Island and across New York State. In addition, Mrs. Klimek has been a founding member and an executive council member of the New York State Data Analysis Technical Assistance Group (DATAG).
TeacherPlanBook.com’s Jay Condrill has almost twenty years experience as a teacher at Central Islip High School in Central Islip, New York. Frustrated with taking so much time away from teaching and family to create – then annually recreate – a lesson planner, Jay developed the outline for an online lesson planner that would eliminate wasted time, improve lesson planning and integrate curriculum standards. This was the birth of TeacherPlanBook.com.
Paul Shuster came to TeacherPlanBook.com with an unusual combination: decades as a teacher, plus 20 years as an educational consultant and developer and trainer of educational software programs. After30 years of teaching in Canada, he became an Educational Consultant for IBM, implementing school networks and training teachers in their use. His fascination with the technology brought him to Media-X Systems, Inc., where he developed an on-line registration system for Algonquin College and hand-held apps for Student Information Systems. He then became Vice President, Product Development and Training at Media-X Systems. In this position, he headed Research and Development of hardware implementation so as to remotely collect observation/appraisal data for their Web Based systems…attended trade shows, produced videos, documentation and virtual/on-site demonstrations…trained several hundred school leaders on-site with regards to the design and implementation of teacher evaluations and classroom observations…and authored 2 books (print and eBook) on staff evaluations and ‘walkthroughs’ to improve student achievement.
After spending at year as a consultant with Harris School Solutions, we were lucky to have Paul join TeacherPlanBook.com. As Principal Data Scientist, Paul is developing dashboards and additional features for our products and editions used by school and district administrators. His insights and talents continually improve TeacherPlanBook.com’s products and editions, making them easier to utilize and including valuable additional features.