Amy Rosenberg

Amy Rosenberg
AON World LX Designer & Faculty

Writer, reader, bike-rider, parent, teacher, walk-taker. I like terrible Hollywood disaster films (the more terrible the better). I play the bass guitar in an indie-punk-rock-riot-grrrl band. I’m an extrovert on the inside.

“Teach us to care and not to care.”

Austin Volz

Austin Volz
Senior Lx Designer

I climb things. Raiser of questions, keeper of Great Books literary, philosophical, mathematical, and scientific, more languages forgotten than remembered, one-time cheese-maker, veers off the rails. True opinion makes me cranky.

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.”

Blake Bush

Blake Bush
Senior Lx Designer

Curious. Animator. Stone carver. Austinite. Art museum and nature visitor. Michelle Dante’s husband. Skylar June’s father.

“Chance favors the prepared mind.”

Carmel Schettino

Carmel Schettino
AON Math Lx Designer & Faculty

Researcher & introvert, mother, lover of corgis, musician, mathematician & mad Italiophile. Social constructivist, disrupter of norms and lifelong educator and learner.

“We always live at the time we live and not at some other time, and only by extracting at each present time the full meaning of each present experience are we prepared for doing the same thing in the future. This is the only preparation which in the long run, amounts to anything.”

Charles Xavier

Charles Xavier
Research Scientist

Avid learner, former teacher. Fierce croquet competitor. Skeptical optimist. Reader and collector of books. Curious, philosophic, anti-fragile. Educational psychologist and neuroscientist. Meaningmaker, merrymaker, troublemaker.

“The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion – these are the most valuable coins of the thinker at work.”

Daniel Saniski
Data Scientist

Data untangler, dashboard prototyper, librarian by training, deep in the wiring, perpetual traveler, electronic music lover, long-ago archivist.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

David Palumbo

David Palumbo
Director of Teaching & Learning, AON; Sr Strategic Advisor

World class arm waver, passionate advocate, and gray haired entrepreneur and inventor focused on all aspects of educational innovation.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”

Dirk DeLo

Dirk DeLo

Innovative educational technologist, mathematician, global educator, passionate advocate, explorer and MacGyver in all pursuits.

“You won’t discover new worlds if you stay tied safe at the dock.”

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards
Research Associate

Philanthropic vagabond by day, carpenter by night. Entrepreneur, over competitive athlete, ever patient coach, and aspiring master storyteller.

“Don’t let fatigue make a coward out of you.”

Ed Novak

Ed Novak
Senior Software Engineer

Problem solver, programmer, gamer, cynic, and dinosaur who appreciates the simple things in life.

“How ‘bout we solve this over beer?”

Faith Rosen

Faith Rosen
Director Product Management

Wears many hats, marketer, creator, obsessive traveler and planner, mom of three, wife to one.

“It’s not about the destination but the journey”

Gerry Manacsa
Senior UI/IX Designer

Designer, geek, photographer, explorer, long-ago rocket scientist, seeker of coffee shops and forgotten places.

“Life without memory is no life at all.”

Isil Celimli

Isil Celimli
Research Scientist

Social scientist, teacher, researcher, ethnographer, wannabe yoga instructor, proud Brooklynite, enthusiast of Greek islands.

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.”

Jason Holden

Jason Holden
AON Science LX Designer & Faculty

Electrical engineer, artist, inventor, entrepreneur, tai chi practitioner. Breaker of boxes. Solver of problems.

“Don’t oppose forces; use them.
God is a verb, not a noun.”

Jill Butler

Jill Butler
Senior UI/IX Designer

Designer, author, ant trying to channel my inner grasshopper. I enjoy transforming mundane tasks into delightful experiences.

“Life is available only in the present.”

Julia Higdon

Julia Higdon
Senior Research Scientist

Scientist, seeker, teacher, purveyor of fine statistical methods, retired roller derby pivot, consistent trouble-maker. Approximately 60% Bayesian, 20% frequentist, and 20% other. Demands more cowbell.

“You can’t fix by analysis what you bungled by design.”

Kelly Oka

Kelly Oka
Senior Software Engineer

Programmer, gamer, procrastinator, father, world class misspeller. I struggle to make the Photoshop world a reality.

“There are always three sides to a story…”

Marcia Tingley

Marcia Tingley
Editorial Director

Editor, writer, voracious reader, enthusiastic birder, environmental and political activist, occasional gardener. Entranced by theater. Long-ago programmer. Avenues employee #11, new resident of Arizona. Wife of Tyler, mother of two sons, grandmother of two boys.

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

Rebecca Strauss

Rebecca Strauss
AON World Lx Designer & Faculty

Critical theorist, intrepid interdisciplinarian, intersectional feminist, avid eater, punk rocker, native New Yorker, pop culture junkie, occasional smart ass, perpetual skeptic.

“The educator has the duty of not being neutral.”

Steve Dracht

Steven Dracht
AON Science LX Designer & Faculty

Rube Goldberg aficionado, do-it-yourselfer, nature-lover, seeker, eternal optimist, husband, and father.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

Tim Carr

Tim Carr
Director R&D

Global vagabond, horizon thinker, international community builder, trail jogger, wannabe woodworker, future-learning-focussed international school veteran, husband of Barbara, and father of two adult lads.

“Education is an act of love, and thus an act of courage.”

Ty Tingley

Ty Tingley
AON Head of School

Serial Head of many independent schools, passionate scholar of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, birder, photographer, fisherman and designer of custom fishing rods, fan of that which makes young people lifelong learners.

“I do not know where to find in any literature, whether ancient or modern, any adequate account of that nature with which I am acquainted. Mythology comes nearest to it…”

William Lidwell

William Lidwell
Vice President R&D

Cat herder, author, designer, entrepreneur, ex-NASA nerd, crusader against type III error (i.e., solving the wrong problems perfectly). I ate the marshmallow because researchers can’t be trusted.

“Dogs bark but the caravan moves on.”