Our Story

In April 2020, I was working for an education non-profit full-time, and my husband and I were both working from home. We were also facilitating virtual learning for one child and homeschooling two others. Like many families around the country, we were trying to figure out how we were going to make things work – to have peace, harmony and a new level of at-home learning and work-life integration.  

 

While I’ve always appreciated my special role in my children’s education, it felt like overnight I had to take my efforts up a notch...or maybe ten. It soon became clear to me that I was going to need a new vision if I wanted to be successful in supporting my children as learners while attending to all of life’s other demands. Part of my new vision was co-teaching–either more intentionally working alongside my child’s classroom teacher and strategically supplementing her education at-home, or being connected to at least one other educator who could be my co-teacher as I homeschooled. 

  

Around the same time, I started getting calls from friends, and friends of friends, seeking advice about what they could and should do with their children now that they were at home. Some were contemplating homeschooling full-time, some were wondering how to fix holes they noticed in their child’s learning, and some were asking brass tacks questions like, “What could a schedule look like?”, and “How can I communicate with my child’s teacher now that I’m kinda teaching too?”. 

 

The more people I talked to, the more I saw common needs that boiled down to families around the country feeling the need to create a new and workable vision for supporting their child(ren)’s learning. They needed personalized support in carrying out what all that would look like for them and their children in real life. 

 

I created Co-Teach so families would have access to help that’s driven by their needs, vision, and questions.  I then partnered with Kr8 Ventures, a digital product company, to develop the Co-Teach platform to support parents with at-home learning nationwide.  Kr8 Ventures is part of our Co-Teach team and together we plan to build tools and services to empower parents to help their children thrive.

 

What began as my response to an increasingly pressing family need has evolved to become an ever-growing group of expert educators committed to ensuring that all families receive the customized support they need and deserve to meet the needs of their learners. 

 

It’s our honor to partner with you as we offer our ongoing expertise, perspective, and support, to help you achieve your goals and support your learner(s).

Gretchen Osodipe

Founder & CEO

Our Team

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Margeaux Randolph

Product Management

Margeaux is co-founder of Kr8 Ventures and a former middle school math teacher and instructional coach. She led implementation of math software programs for I CAN Learn Education Systems in LAUSD, Inglewood Unified and Fontana USD. As project manager at Mursion, Inc., she designed, led operations and delivered over 2,500 VR simulations to train K-12 educators and Fortune 500 executives in soft skills and leadership development. Margeaux has also built data systems for education organizations such as Leading Educators, FirstLine Schools, and TNTP. As Chief Program Officer at Reframe Labs, an incubator for schools in Los Angeles. Margeaux is co-founder C-Tech and serves as the board of Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts. She is a graduate of M.I.T and USC.

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Massimiliano is a co-founder of Kr8 Ventures and has over 20 years of experience in software product development and operations. He has been working with early stage startups for several years and he is a partner at eCare Manage, Inc. a healthcare technology firm. He was previously the VP of Technology at Warner Bros.,  Massimiliano also taught AP Computer Science at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, CA for a semester and has a passion for sports: from running marathons, to playing soccer at varsity level, to tennis, to skiing and more recently triathlons (6-time Ironman 140.6 and 70.3 finisher). He has also volunteered as an interpreter for the Boston Athletic Association Press Office and coached Arlington Soccer Club Under 12 team.

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Massimiliano Gasparri

Technology

Lindsay has experience with strategic planning, board management, business development, fundraising and team management.   Most recently, she spent 9 years at the Achievement Network, a national education non-profit focused on strengthening teaching and learning in pursuit of education equity.  As Chief of Staff she supported the CEO and COO as ANet grew from 30 to 150 people in 3 years, and then led the Northeast Region as Vice President .   She lives in Rochester, NY and is a proud board member of Veritas Holyoke, founding member of 100 Women Who Care Rochester and mom to 3 boys (ages 8,6,3).  She is very curious and invested in understanding if the events of the last year will bring about changes in parent/school relationships and new school models.  Lindsay loves ideas, supporting entrepreneurs and connecting with other parents who are navigating their part in nurturing curious, engaged, compassionate, and determined children who will impact their broader community in positive ways.  She graduated from Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School.

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Lindsay Haldeman

Business Development

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Brittany Barbato

Video Producer

Brittany works alongside mission-driven organizations to create educational videos that share best practices; tell engaging stories; and inspire growth around literacy, learning, and wellness. During her time as a community food educator, Brittany developed and delivered strengths-based, trauma-aware culinary literacy lessons with youth and their families. This work informs her video production style today as she strives to develop relationships and spaces that are as inclusive, safe, and fun as possible for individuals of all ages. Brittany lives in Philadelphia where, once upon a time, she briefly played semi-professional soccer with the Philadelphia Liberty. While her knees have since gone, her love for the city has only grown.

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