Our Team

At Sora, we’ve brought together educators, engineers, admissions officers, and other incredible people all across the world to build a new high school unlike any other.

Chris Wilson

Head of Schools

An experienced school leader, Chris served as Head of School for Peoria Academy and The Bement School. He has overseen the professional development of many school leadership teams.

Michael Granado

Humanities Expert

Michael has an extensive background in the humanities with his M.T.S. in Historical Theology from Emory University, paired with years of high school teaching experience.

Carolyn Reeves

STEM Expert

Carolyn started off her career as a software engineer. After she earned her Master’s in Math from the University of Georgia, she was a high school math teacher for years before Sora.

Brandy Daniels

Lead Counselor

Brandy is a Certified Professional Coach who holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Emory University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University.

Sharon Tooson

Counselor

An experienced counselor, Sharon earned her Master’s degree in Psychology and Family Studies at the University of West Alabama and Public Health from the University of Alabama.

Jessica Rammell

Advisor

Jessica is an experienced advisor who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Health, Education, and Welfare from California State University San Marcos.

Emily Smith

Middle School Director

Emily holds a Bachelors in Biology and General Science and a Masters in Secondary Education. She spent the last 7 years in middle school education, teaching eighth grade students chemistry and physics.

Darren O'Neal Jones

Humanities Expert

Darren earned his Master’s degree in philosophy from San Francisco State University in 2012. He has taught history, philosophy, mythology, science, and math at various educational levels from elementary to university.

Megan Valenti

Humanities Expert

Megan completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA and her masters degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has spent the past 15 years working in independent boarding schools as a social studies teacher, coach, and dorm parent.

Angela Anskis

Humanities Expert

Angela went to East Carolina University and taught in the county for several years.

Amberleigh Ray

Humanities Expert

Amberleigh earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from the College of Wooster in 2018 where she also worked for years as a Teaching Assistant. She spent a year studying in France and tutoring ESL before doing her bilingual Master of Environmental Science at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

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May Hong

Humanities Expert

May holds a B.A. in Literature from Tufts University and an Ed.M. in Learning and Teaching from Harvard University. They are especially interested in world literature, linguistics, writing, and cross-cultural communication. They have experience designing curricula for and teaching in both traditional schools and education nonprofits.  

Desiree Daniel

Biology Guide

Desiree earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with concentrations in Biology and Health Management at the University of South Florida, where she also worked as a Biology TA.

Lana Hungerford

STEM Expert

Lana has a Master’s Degree in Education from Dominican University and has been a teacher for the past ten years during which she worked as a math interventionist and STEM teacher.  

Maryah Laine

Spanish Guide

Maryah served as a Spanish translator and a private Spanish teacher for many years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural Communications from Thomas Edison State.

Anna Wills

Languages Guide

Anna is a student of languages. She studied French, German, Danish, Italian, and Swedish in Lyon, Edinburgh, and Oregon, and earned degrees in French and German from Oregon State University.

Maria Hernandez

Health Sciences Track Advisor

Maria earned her degrees in Molecular Biology and Public Health and worked as a hospital corpsman in the US Navy. She has worked in biotechnology companies and most recently as a NASA Payload Operations Specialist for experiments on the ISS.

Maythana Paquete

Design Track Advisor

A self-taught user experience designer, Maythana loves thinking through complex problems and breaking them down into streamlined designs. She has worked in multiple roles across product and brand design.

Dana Gretton

Hardware Engineering
Track Advisor

Dana earned his degree in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, where he also works on robotics for biotechnology and software.

Ole Kröger

Software Engineering
Track Advisor

Ole is a student earning his Master’s in Computer Science at Heidelberg University in Germany. He previously worked as a backend web developer at OBMK.
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Holly Kinnamont

Education Technology Coordinator

Holly has a Bachelor’s in English & Film from Swarthmore College and a Master’s in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She started her career in school libraries before moving into educational technology at several schools in the D.C. metro area. 

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Katie Marchionna

Curriculum Designer

Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Educational Technology and School Leadership from Michigan State University. Prior to Sora, she spent 10 years teaching in STEM classrooms and makerspaces across the US, developing and implementing project- and problem-based learning experienced for secondary students.

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Briney Burley

Curriculum Designer

Prior to Sora, Briney earned her BA in English at Georgetown and an MA at Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught Humanities to K-12 and ELL students for over 20 years in the US and Cape Town, South Africa. More recently, Briney was a curriculum designer at Boston’s Museum of Science, and VP of curriculum for two literacy startups: MakeThinkers which taught design thinking through literature and TinyIvy, which developed a new way to teach reading.

Ailsa Beggs

Operations Coordinator

As a student at Columbia University, Ailsa wrote content at Legal Outreach and worked as a Case Analyst at Outten & Golden LLP before joining Sora to help students with their writing.
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Allison Newman

People Operations Manager

Allison has worked in various roles in both people operations and education management for the past 8 years. She holds a certificate in HR Management from Cornell, a Master’s in Public Administration and a MA in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. 

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Skye MacLeod

Design Producer

Skye is a Design Producer who communicates with heart, approaches problem solving with zeal, and finds joy in
bringing order to chaos. Strong background in design, communication, strategy, and leading with positivity.

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Rachel Reed

Family Relationships Manager

Prior to Sora, Rachel was office manager and PA to the CEO and founder of an internationally renowned acting school. She has a B.A. Hons from Surrey University and is a CLCI Master Certified Life Coach licensed through ICF.

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Ashley Garcia

Registrar

Ashley comes to Sora with over a decade of experience serving educational institutions, having worked in a variety of roles including career advising, academic advising, and academic records evaluations in a university Registrar’s Office. She holds a Master’s in Counseling and Guidance from California Lutheran University and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from California State University Channel Islands. 

Tiago Peixoto

Senior Full-Stack Developer

Tiago worked as Engineering Lead at Mobiliza and a Software Engineering Manager at Ahgora Systems. He previously co-founded a software development agency called Plyom.

Kevin Faveri

Full-Stack Developer

Kevin previously worked as a Full-Stack Developer at TradersClub and Mobiliza, responsible for developing back-end and front-end solutions for core product. In his spare time, he also contributes to open source projects.

Felipe Menezes

Full-Stack Developer

 Felipe previously worked as a Product Manager and a Software Developer at Ahgora Systems. Before that, he was a software developer intern at AgileProcess.

Michael Gingras

Software Developer

Michael previously worked engineering roles at Gearflow, Nasdaq, and IDEO CoLab. He studied computer science at Cornell University.

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Guilherme Luiz

Software Engineer

Guilherme has previously worked as a Software Engineer at T10 and MelhorPlano, the largest Brazilian telecom comparison website, developing solutions as a part of the product/growth team. He was also an Information Systems undergraduate at UFMG. In his spare time, he likes to game and develop some personal projects.

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Weliton De Resende

Software Engineer

Prior to Sora, Weliton worked as a lead, frontend developer at a health tech company. He also organizes ReactJS and VueJS meetups for the community and is the co-founder of Petly.io.

Tara Baumgarten

Product Manager

Before Sora, Tara served as a Learning Architect at iDesign. She has worked in education design for multiple years at organizations like the Education Design Lab and George Washington University.
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Paige Chou

Product Designer

Paige is an educator-turned-Product Designer with a passion for equipping future generations with the knowledge and tools to succeed. She has over 10 years of cross-functional experience in design, product, and communication. In her spare time, she loves to travel, dance, and eat. It’s her dream is to illustrate a children’s book one day. 

Suzanne Conquest

Head of Partnerships

 Suzanne is an experienced education leader. She was previously Senior Director of Partner Engagement at the ACT corporation and worked at the United States Department of Education prior to that.
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Katie Sowa

Director of Community

Prior to Sora, Katie was the former COO of both Future Founders and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization. In each of these roles, she launched and built international youth entrepreneurship programming and managed the organizational growth of the nonprofit organizations. 

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Jane Castro

Community Manager

Jane graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology. She spent the last seven years in informal education, running middle school and high school programs at Chicagoland nonprofits including Supplies for Dreams, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, and Future Founders. 

Anthony Gault

Director of Admissions

An experienced admissions officer, Anthony previously served as Associate Director of Admissions at Laurel School and Graland Country Day School before joining Sora.

Lexa Watroba

Lead Admissions Counselor

Lexa has served in admissions roles for many years, from her time as Admissions Coordinator at Heritage College to her position as Senior Admissions Advisor at Cleveland University.
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Julia Elberfeld

Admissions Counselor

Julia comes to Sora with a background of experiences across the field of education. She earned her Bachelor’s in Theater and her teaching certification from Penn State. 

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Jennifer Kleinkopf

Admissions Counselor

Jennifer is an experienced admissions officer, having previously worked as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Manhattanville College.

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Chloe Stertz

Admissions Database Coordinator

Chloe’s love for serving and empowering children began with volunteering with various nonprofits and missions trips to Latin America. Prior to Sora, she was a Community Relations Representative at Akron’s Children’s Services and a Marketing Specialist at a Federal Contractor in the healthcare sector. 

Anna Westendorf

Director of Growth Marketing

An experienced marketer, Anna has previously worked as Director of Marketing at PeopleGrove and Manager of Brand and Marketing Communications at Funding Circle.  

Jesse Cheng

Business Development

Prior to Sora, Jesse worked in a number of different education organizations such as Southern Methodist University, Hult International Business School, and more.
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Gulie Carrington

Marketing Manager

Prior to Sora, Gulie worked for a music-centered e-learning platform called Finessed Media, as well as The Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit centered on building up local businesses.
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Zach Tod

Marketing Associate

Zach is a former art teacher, with a Bachelors in Art Education from Indiana Wesleyan University, who has worked as a social, design, and digital media guru for brands like BuzzFeed and iHeartRadio. 

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Shiyam Galyon

Content Marketing Manager

Shiyam loves three things: writing, getting to know people, and sharing their awesomeness with the world. She is infinitely curious and filled with ideas, and joins Sora with a Biology degree from UT Austin and ten years of organizing and communication experience.

Wesley Samples

Co-Founder

Before Sora, Wesley co-founded a creative agency called Elevate Media while he was a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also worked as a Venture Partner at Contrary Capital.

Indra Sofian

Co-Founder

 Indra previously worked as a Content Marketer at UXPin and worked in youth entrepreneurship education through his involvement with Startup Exchange and 3 Day Startup. 

Garrett Smiley

Co-Founder

Before Sora, Garrett co-founded two charities across his time in high school and college: Drops of Love, building wells in developing nations, and FLiP, teaching financial literacy skills to foster children in Atlanta.