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Who we are

We are a group of social entepreneurs

Genius Plaza is an education platform dedicated to democratizing education, embodying the ideal that access to information equals access to opportunity. As the first multicultural education platform built for diverse communities, Genius Plaza has expanded its reach to close the academic achievement gap among students across the globe. Genius Plaza was created by a diverse group of educators, programmers, designers, and leaders who believe that education is the only sustainable development vehicle that is available to all, with access as the only barrier.

The Genius Plaza platform removes this obstacle by providing engaging, practical, research-based curricula where students are the protagonists of their learning. We bring the best quality education to communities around the world, providing access to the strongest, culturally relevant math, science and language arts content offered.

We offer a solid foundation in math and language arts, together with the strongest parent engagement tools in the ed tech industry. Our online curriculum is fully bilingual, and the content is culturally relevant and authentic. We don't only guarantee graduation, but we work toward college readiness. We believe that ALL of our kids are college material.

Meet our team

Alejandra Hurtado

Learning Success Associate

Tax professional before arriving at PreK12 Plaza. Able to produce qualitative and quantitative lessons in order to help bridge the learning gaps affected by today’s youth.

Alyssa Barroso

Learning Success Manager

Former elementary school teacher, certified to teach science and math in middle school. Creates high school ELA and math content for the platform. Assists teachers with using the website in their classrooms, provides college readiness workshops and professional development workshops. Feels that nothing beats seeing students have that "ah-ha, I got it" moment.


Ana Lopez

Learning Success Manager

Passionate about technology, education and bilingualism. Always looking for tools that allow us to achieve success.

Ana Roca Castro

Founder / CEO

CEO of Genius Plaza. #LATISM Founder, Social Entrepreneur, Proud Latina, Mother and Wife.

Angela Ennis

Learning Success Associate

Master’s in Adolescent Education from College of Saint Rose, ran a before and after-school program for several years, has taught in many schools.

Anthony Hernandez

VP of Product

VP of product, excited about how technology and education can come together to create change in the world. Proud NYer, aspiring Floridian, and lover of travel.

Barry Williams

Creative Learning Producer

American film, theater and commercial actor. He spent more than a decade serving children and families affected by the autism spectrum.

Bret Dunham

Lead Unity Developer

Long-time game developer and hacker. Works in virtual reality when no one is looking. Dreams of raising dragons.

Brigid Munafo

Illustrator

Attended SUNY Oswego and the Glasgow School of Art. Illustrator, comic artist, and graphic designer. Casual embroiderer & bookmaker.

Carolyn Lee

Illustrator/Animator

Electronic Arts graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 2D/3D Animator and Illustrator. Loves the color yellow. Pink is okay, too.

Chris Babadelis

Creative Learning Editor

Daryian Rhysing

Software Developer

RPI graduate in Computer and Systems Engineering, American Red Cross Volunteer, Entrepreneur, Innovator, and Music Composer.

Denise Perez-Villanueva

Associate Producer

Emily Pascual

Community Development Associate

Joint Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights and Political Science from Bard College. 2016 StartingBloc New York Fellow, Event Planner for the nonprofit LATISM.

Erika Taylor

Learning Success Manager

Knows the value of innovative technology and differentiated instruction in the classroom. Her goal is to give all classrooms the tools they need to achieve their academic goals.

Erin Donahue

Learning Success Associate

Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Spanish from SUNY University at Albany. Avid traveler/foodie with a passion for learning.

Evaguel Guadalupe

Learning Success Associate

A Latina, bookworm, languages geek, vlogger, and ESL teacher passionate about making English and education accessible to everyone. Experienced with the process of language acquisition and how to teach it.

Farzad Golpayegani

Art Director

Graphic Design graduate, has worked in branding, web, UI/UX, advertisement, illustration and video production. Also a professional painter, musician and composer.

Felicia Bennett

Graphic Designer

Northern California native obsessed with intriguing stories and drawing creative inspirations from them. Moved to Upstate New York with her husband and two lovable dogs about 5 years ago and enjoys country living.

Gene Roca

VP of Operations

George Navarro

CTO

Senior and Lead of the Web Development Department.

Gerry Linendoll

Software Developer

"ITT Technical Institute graduate with an Associate's Degree in Web Development. Avid snowboarder. Results-driven professional with a passion for building great products."

Greg Matusic

Illustrator

Creator of work for various businesses, schools and museums. Active author/illustrator member of the SCBWI, runs local cartooning workshops.

Heather Jackson

HR Generalist

Proud military member, wife to an awesome husband, mother to a beautiful princess, published professional fashion model, and future entrepreneur.

Ian O'Boyle

Software Developer

Software Developer with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Dog owner, enjoys hiking, music, and gaming.

Jacqueline Farmer

Learning Success Manager

Master of Science Degree from Walden University in Instructor Leadership, emphasis on classroom education (differentiation), pursuing a Doctor of Education Degree (EdD) in Instructor Leadership, exploring the use of hands-on science activities and student achievement in science education. World explorer, interdisciplinary and science educator for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools and the Capital Region of New York State.

Jarell Pryor

Game Artist

Passion for digital art and youth education. When not in front of a computer, can be found doing handstands, drawing, watching movies, and playing video games.

Jeanette Savastano

Account Executive

Native New Yorker, MS degree in Art Education from Queens College (CUNY). Worked as a teacher for a number of years before entering the business world as a designer and ​merchandiser.

Jesse Bisceglia

Creative Learning Director

Teacher, creator of educational songs, designer of learning resources, husband and father.

Katherine Pohl

Creative Writer

Graduate of Berklee College of Music, Master of Science in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University. Musician, writer, thinker, educator.

Kathleen Mendelson

Administrative Assistant

Mom of two kids. Has one dog and two rabbits. Married for almost fifteen years. Loves to cook and bake. Also loves doing crafts and floral arrangements.

Lita Benson

Learning Success Associate

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Theatre Arts from Hartwick College. Drama teacher for an after-school program for the past four years.

Mar Quinones

Learning Success Associate

An enthusiastic person who enjoys everything she does. Wife and a mother of three beautiful and energetic boys.

Michelle Emirzian

Chief Academic Officer / CAO

Educator, CAO, leader, bookworm, foodie, proud latina, mom of 3 princesses and wife to an amazing husband.

Mike Chernoff

Video Producer

Records, edits, does effects production, and plans content for PreK12 Plaza. Fine arts graduate, video producer and visual artist for a number years in NY state.

Miriam Silva

Learning Success Associate

Proudly Mexican, loves to show others Mexican culture. Mother of 2 children, always trying to teach them the importance of speaking two languages.

Monica Talan

Chief Mission Officer

Passionate about access to education. 20+ years in communications and public relations. Daughter, sister, aunt and volunteer.

Nancy Gonzalez

Latin America Development Associate

Certified teacher with a dual Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. Mother of two boys and married to a wonderful man.

Paola Garcia

Customer Happiness Coordinator

Passionate educator, Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Adolescent Education, proud Hispanic who loves to embrace diverse cultures. Dedicated to helping your child learn!

Patrick Halton

Software Developer

Native Long Islander, Software Developer and UX/UI Developer at PreK12 Plaza. Die Hard New York Rangers and New York Jets.

Rachel Emery

Game Developer

Game Developer at PreK12 Plaza, iOS Developer, Avid Gamer, Traveler, Cosplayer, Reader.

Scott Kattrein

Talent Manager

Recruiting and culture specialist. Passionate about equality and environmentalism. Hockey player who hates the cold, bookworm who needs glasses.

Sibyl Perret-Gentil

Community Development Associate

Tiffany Sirignano-Banks

Learning Success Associate

Master's degree in Art Education. Former elementary school art teacher. Loves to travel, read, and practice yoga!

Victoria Kaptanoglu

Executive Admin

Working toward Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science. Wife, mother to two adorable dog children. Lover of reading and sushi. Passionate about living a healthy lifestyle.