Recently the original Intel-Assess team members found an opportunity to return to their roots and concentrate on providing assessment content for school-district created assessments. This has led to the formation of Fluence Learning.
As a team, weve worked together successfully for several years, including through several challenging transitions (corporate acquisition and re-organizations, adoption of CCSS, etc.). Our executive team brings more than 100 years of cumulative experience in education and technology. Three of five executives are original Intel-Assess co-founders. The remaining two have been with the company each for more than five years.
Harvey first caught the teaching bug in college. One day when his physics professor walked into the lecture hall, he saw Harvey leaning on the podium, talking to friends in the front row. Sarcastically, he asked Harvey, "Are you teaching class today?” Harvey surprised everyone, including himself, when he said, "Yes,” to which his professor responded, "Whenever you're ready," as he took a seat in the sixth row. Fortunately, Harvey had read ahead in the material and was able to address the class on the topic of momentum. What excited Harvey most was that his fellow students were engaged throughout and asked great questions.
Harvey brings more than 20 years of experience in education to his leadership of Fluence Learning. His experiences include being a sixth grade teacher in LAUSD, a product manager for WorkWise and its award-winning "Global Trade" product, and Vice President of Edusoft Product Development for Riverside Publishing.
While at Edusoft, Harvey realized that school districts in California needed assessment content that specifically addressed the California standards, instead of the mishmash of content repurposed from other sources. As a result, he co-founded Intel-Assess in 2007, which would grow to support more than 120 California school districts.
In 2012, Wireless Generation (now Amplify), acquired Intel-Assess after a successful partnership with DC Public Schools. At Amplify, Harvey was Chief Product Officer for Amplify’s assessment division, where he focused on moving teams to Agile development, developing native assessment content that is native to college- and career-ready content, and innovation in assessment and instruction.
In 2016, amid many organizational changes at Amplify, Harvey recognized an opportunity. With four colleagues from Intel-Assess and Amplify, Harvey formed Fluence Learning in order to provide school districts with assessment content that influences learning by addressing college- and career-ready standards.
Harvey holds an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts and a BA in economics from Duke University.
Sheridan became interested in education during high school. She was inspired by a particular teacher who was genuinely interested in knowing how she learned and how he could use that information to improve her learning experience. This was the first time she remembers having a teacher who understood that all students learn differently. Inspired by his example, Sheridan wanted to take what she learned from him and help students like herself learn to love learning.
Sheridan has spent more than 20 years in education, including ten years as a classroom teacher. She brings her keen
understanding of educators—both teachers and administrators—to her current role. Sheridan moved from the classroom to publishing as the result of her work on a state-level assessment committee. She spent 10 years at Riverside Publishing where she was a content specialist for high-stakes assessments and the product manager for the company's formative assessment bank.
Sheridan joined Intel-Assess in 2011, where she directly supported districts as they developed their own assessment programs. When Intel-Assess was acquired by Wireless Generation (now Amplify), Sheridan led the Assessment Creation Team, which built custom assessments for dozens of school districts nationwide.
Sheridan holds a BA in elementary education with a minor in mathematics from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.
Anne often says that she was predestined for a career in education. Both her parents were teachers. She married a teacher and one of her sons is currently a teacher. Anne herself also taught at San Jose State. But that was in the early 1980s, and Silicon Valley was in its early stages. It wasn't long before her imagination was captured by the possibilities of technology in education.
Anne brings more than 30 years of experience in education and technology to her
role at Fluence Learning, where she engages in her twin
passions for developing high-quality content and supporting
educators. Her experience includes teaching at San Jose
State; designing and authoring more than a half a dozen large-scale curriculum products before
becoming the Director of Curriculum at Computer Curriculum Corporation/Pearson; leading the
design and development efforts at companies such as Academic Systems, Riverdeep, CTB,
and Lesson Lab; and directing new product design at Achieve 3000
in its early stages.
Anne joined Intel-Assess in 2009 to build its content team. When Intel-Assess was acquired by Wireless Generation (now Amplify), Anne led the Education Strategy team for the assessment division and was instrumental in Amplify's efforts to address college- and career-ready standards throughout is assessment products. Anne holds a BA in English from Pacific Lutheran University and an MA from San Jose State University.
As an aspiring software engineer, Deryl had no idea that he would end up focusing on education. He, in fact, considers it a happy accident that one of his first jobs was with a K-12 education company. Now with two children in public school, he feels compelled to spend his energy improving education.
Deryl has been developing great software products for 20 years, for companies big and
small, including Edusoft, where he worked with David
Fraioli and Harvey Goodman. His interests span every
aspect of product development—from concept to coding to deployment. His passion is using Agile development
practices to make teams productive. He credits his
experience co-founding Intel-Assess as critical for leading great software teams. When Intel-Assess was acquired by Wireless Generation (now Amplify), Deryl served as Executive Director
of Engineering at Amplify Education, where he led several software teams delivering a range of
online assessment products.
Deryl holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dave believes that, even with the most effective product, you cannot help kids or teachers if you don’t do a good job of running your company. That is why he uses his expertise to build a strong operational backbone for the companies he’s worked for.
David has worked in the technology and publishing
industries for 20 years building and managing complex operations for software and education
His experiences range from managing content development, editorial, and production staff to directing complex technical upgrades, installations, and projects with stringent cost controls and time limitations. At Riverside Publishing Company, David served as Director of Client Operations where he directed an organization consisting of Content Specialists, Editorial Staff, Data Analysts and Level I & II support personnel. In this role, he managed a multifaceted editorial process for item bank authors and assessment creators. He was responsible for supplying the nation's 2nd largest school district (LAUSD) with all print and electronic assessment materials necessary throughout their track-based benchmark calendar.
In 2007, he co-founded Intel-Assess, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations including content operations, accounting, benefits, purchasing, and payroll. When Intel-Assess was acquired by Wireless Generation (now Amplify), David became VP of Content Operations for both assessment and professional development materials. Between Intel-Assess and Amplify, David’s teams developed more than 70,000 assessment items.
David holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley.