Meet the team

Our team

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Teaching & Learning

Emily Art

Inclusive Design
Teaching & Learning

Emily Art

Inclusive Design

Emily is an educational leader with experience in inclusive program design, teacher development, and strategic improvement in the field of Special Education.

She has demonstrated success in implementing inclusive design processes to develop systems and curricula that support educators’ abilities to teach diverse learners.

Teaching & Learning

Julia Dezen

TeachStart Contractor
Teaching & Learning

Julia Dezen

TeachStart Contractor

Julia Dezen (she/her) is a course designer and facilitator with TeachStart and Scoot with a background in K-12 mathematics and special education. She works at SchoolKit as a math specialist dedicated to disrupting the exclusionary culture of mathematics through her work with teachers, leaders, and communities.

She is the former Senior Director of Special Projects for SELF (Special Education Leader Fellowship) and Director of Mathematics at Instruction Partners. Julia was also a facilitator for UnboundEd’s Standards Institute, a representative on Louisiana’s Believe and Prepare Math Collaborative, a former Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the US Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan and Secretary John King, and an educator representative for the National Center of Education Statistics.

Julia resides in New Orleans, Louisiana where you can find her playing games with friends, reading a book by the bayou, or planning her next travel adventure.

C-Suite

James Sanders

US & UK CEO
C-Suite

James Sanders

US & UK CEO

James Sanders is the CEO of both Scoot Education and anzuk education UK. Previously, he spent 10 years at Deloitte Consulting, where he led many projects in EdTech.

He became renowned for his transformative impact in gamification and learning management. A summa cum laude graduate from RMIT University and recipient of the prestigious University Medal and Jacques Nasser Scholarship, James is a seasoned leader and entrepreneur. He founded Australia’s largest non-profit organization for connecting entrepreneurs.

In 2017, he partnered with anzuk Education’s CEO, Daniel Mundy, to found Scoot Education. James continues to drive Scoot’s mission of building dream teams of high-quality educators for schools worldwide.

C-Suite

Daniel Mundy

Global CEO
C-Suite

Daniel Mundy

Global CEO

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C-Suite
C-Suite

Jordy Ruwoldt

COO

Jordy is COO at Scoot, having been with the company five years, and going on 12 with our global organization, anzuk Education.

Hailing from Australia, he trained as a PE teacher and spent two years in the classroom, one in London and the other in Melbourne. He then joined anzuk Education as an education consultant, growing with the company into various leadership roles over the next six years.

He joined Scoot in 2018 after a further year in our London office, and has again grown with Scoot as we have expanded first within California, and then across the country. Jordy loves working closely with his Scoot HQ teammates, in particular helping support the development of our emerging leaders.

Married with two young children, he loves spending time with family and traveling to any of America’s amazing national parks.

Senior Leader

Ben Ochstein

Western VP
Senior Leader

Ben Ochstein

Western VP

​​Ben Ochstein is our Western VP. He is a proven team leader with experience working in start-up and rapidly growing education organizations.

He has demonstrated success in building diverse teams with a strong culture and a clear path to success. He was previously with KIPP for 15 years.

He started as a middle school special education teacher, where he was a founding teacher at two KIPP schools in New Orleans and Houston. Most recently he led the talent function at KIPP NorCal for about a decade, where he was responsible for all things hiring including launching a teacher residency.

He lives in Oakland with his wife and daughter – but is originally from the midwest. He loves to hike, eat big meals, and cheer on the Cincinnati Bengals.

Senior Leader

Whitney Hill

Central & Eastern VP
Senior Leader

Whitney Hill

Central & Eastern VP

Whitney Hill is our Central and Eastern VP. She brings 13 years of experience in education to Scoot Education in Texas.

She began her career as an elementary teacher with Teach For America and later became a talent professional at a leading Texas charter management organization.

She is a connector who deeply believes that strong talent pipelines are a necessary tool to ensure that each child, no matter their background, receives a world class education.

Senior Leader

Ashley Partridge

People & Growth
Senior Leader

Ashley Partridge

People & Growth

As the People and Growth Director at Scoot Education, Ashley Partridge brings over a decade of invaluable experience in Human Resources with a track record of transformative leadership.

Her journey began in the hospitality industry at Paradise Activity Company as the VP of Operations and HR, where she worked for 11 years. She played a pivotal role in company growth, including managing day-to-day operations, recruitment, talent management, and implementing initiatives to foster employee engagement.

She is a passionate advocate for team development and focuses on implementing impactful changes that enhance operational efficiency. Since joining Scoot in 2022, she has continued to channel her passion for cultivating talent, fostering growth, and creating environments where individuals can thrive.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her giant Goldendoodle Chewie.

Senior Leader

Naama Wrightman, Ed.D.

Teaching & Learning
Senior Leader

Naama Wrightman, Ed.D.

Teaching & Learning

Naama is our Director of Learning. She has trained thousands of teachers, facilitators, and leaders both domestically and internationally, focusing on creating impactful learning experiences for PK-12 and adult learners. 

Her professional experience includes 10 years teaching teachers at Relay Graduate School of Education, where she also served as Director of Residency and Assistant Dean of the New York Campus.

Prior to Relay, Naama taught with DC Public Schools and with Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn. She is passionate about building and sustaining innovative pipelines into the teaching profession, and about creating meaningful ongoing learning opportunities.

Naama lives in New York with her husband and two daughters, and in her free time enjoys the great outdoors and reading stories with her kids.

Teaching & Learning

Cristian Ruiz

Lead Instructor
Teaching & Learning

Cristian Ruiz

Lead Instructor

All kids deserve to find their spark! Cristian has dedicated his work to this idea: each kid has a spark waiting to be ignited by the right teacher-leaders. Having trained over 500 teacher-leaders, Cristian believes strongly in the power of effective teachers.

Before TeachStart, Cristian led the strategy for Alumni Leadership with Teach For America Los Angeles, managing leadership boards, teacher fellowships, and pipelines for effective teacher-leadership practices. He was also previously the Director of Special Education where he coached and led cohorts of new teachers on effective strategies for our diverse learners.

Cristian lives in the Inland Empire outside of LA and enjoys time with his partner and daughter, Luna. 

C-Suite

Jenny Jordan

TeachStart Executive
C-Suite

Jenny Jordan

TeachStart Executive

Jenny Jordan is the Executive Director of TeachStart. Prior to TeachStart, Jenny led Teach For America’s largest region as the COO for the Bay Area.

Jenny helped launch the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation’s education giving area, building out a focus on recruiting, supporting and developing great teachers.

She has experience in charter school growth and replication, having helped expand the excellent schools that are part of both Brooke Charter Schools and Aspire Public Schools. She launched her career at The Bridgespan Group, Bain & Co.’s nonprofit arm, where she advised impact organizations on strategy, financials, and growth.

Jenny holds a B.A., Magna cum Laude, from Harvard University and an MBA and a Master’s in Education from Stanford University. She was an Education Pioneers Fellow and a United States Presidential Scholar.

Jenny lives in San Francisco, right near the ocean, with her husband and two children.

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