Branching Minds is a highly respected K-12 services and technology company that leverages the learning sciences and technology to help districts effectively personalize learning through enhancements to their MTSS/RTI practice. Having worked with hundreds of districts across the country, we bring deep expertise in learning sciences, data management and analysis, software design, coaching, and collaboration. Combined with our extensive toolkit of resources, PD, and technology, we provide a system-level solution. We are more than a service or a software provider, we are partners who will deliver sustainable results for educators, and a path to success for every learner. 

    About us

     
    Branching Minds


    We are a team of seasoned educators, learning scientists, and technologists, with a proven track record in our work supporting hundreds of school districts across the US. We provide a comprehensive solution that brings together all the components of RTI/MTSS across academics, behavior and SEL, while guiding teachers and administrators through best practices to ensure fidelity of implementation and streamline the work to save everyone time and effort. 


    We approach each school partner with the mindset that while we trust the power of our solution and are proud of its proven results, we must continuously seek input and feedback from educators to address their particular and evolving needs. We honor the goals, priorities, and vision of every educational leader with whom we work, and we help them to hone, articulate, and make those visions a reality. We support districts to simplify their biggest instructional and behavioral challenges through MTSS practice and RTI process, and we measure our success by the success of the districts we serve. We bring deep expertise in learning sciences, data management and analysis, software design, coaching, and collaboration. Combined with our extensive toolkit of resources, PD, and technology, we deliver sustainable results for educators, while delivering a path to success for every learner.

     

    Our Mission

     
    Mission


    The Branching Minds' mission is...

    To empower all educators to effectively, efficiently and equitably support the holistic needs of their students; and to create a path to academic and personal success for every learner.

     

    Our Vision

     
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    The Branching Minds’ vision is...

    To help all K12 schools achieve high-fidelity MTSS so they can strengthen educators’ professional satisfaction and efficacy in improving student academic outcomes and wellness, and close equity gaps.

     

     

    Our Story...

     
    Maya

    Maya Gat
    CEO & Founder

    As a long-time educator, I have spent countless hours trying to figure out why some of my students struggled with either academic and/or social lessons. Their pain was my pain, and I often felt stymied by the magnitude of nuanced reasons that underlie each particular student’s struggles to learn. What felt even more challenging, was that once I knew what was going on with my student, I had to sort through the seemingly infinite number of learning supports out there to identify the right strategy, or tool, that would support my specific learner.  We have developed Branching Minds so that teachers and parents–like me and like you–have the knowledge and tools we need to help our students learn.

    Branching Minds empowers intervention teams and classroom teachers to figure out exactly what the root of a student’s problem is, as well as precisely which support will meet that student’s needs. Our tool is steeped in the latest academic research on assessing learning differences, as well as the experiential knowledge of teacher experts. We are also advised by top academics and professionals in the fields of special and general education.

    As we evolve this tool we would love to hear your feedback. Sign up for our newsletter, drop us a line through our contact page, and tell us what you think about what we’re doing and most importantly, how we can help your learner learn.

     

    Our Core Values

     
    Collaboration


    Collaboration

    We leverage the diversity of our backgrounds, disciplines, and approaches to amplify our individual and collective abilities and positively impact our school and district partners. We seek and share input, feedback, and perspective across our team and our school partners. We all rely on each other.

     
     
    Growth


    Growth

    We know we are in this together, we are going to make it work, and if something doesn’t work we will figure it out. We set goals, reflect honestly on our progress, and value both the positive and negative outcomes as equal learning opportunities. We think/act proactively; we maintain a solution-oriented, problem-solving lens; and we always seek ways to improve the company and our role within it.

     
     
    Empathy


    Empathy

    We seek to understand the core challenges, needs, and aspirations of our customers, our teammates, and our other partners. We try to see the world through their eyes, so we can build stronger relationships and identify better solutions across all aspects of our work.
     
     
    Joyfulness


    Joyfulness

    We enjoy each other and what we do; we care about each other, our communities, and our partners; and we support each other so that everyone feels happy and fulfilled. We are grateful to be part of a team of passionate people who are proud of our work. We laugh often, drive fast minivans (and bikes), enjoy a good cookie, and are the best kinds of nerds!
     
     
    Equity


    Equity

    We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn and grow. We value every team members’ voice and contribution as critical to our collective success; and we actively seek out the voices of those too often underrepresented or unrecognized.
     
     

    Meet Our Team

    Abigail Woodworth

    Abigail Woodworth

    Vice President,
    Communications
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    Abigail Woodworth

    Wanted to be a writer and a Supreme Court justice
    Amanda Hodnett

    Amanda Hodnett

    Director of District Partnerships
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    Amanda Hodnett

    Wanted to be a pediatrician
    Anderson de Paula

    Anderson de Paula

    Quality Assurance
    Engineer
    Anderson baby-

    Anderson de Paula

    Wanted to be a soccer player
    Antonio Jackson headshot

    Antonio Jackson

    Data Implementation Specialist
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    Antonio Jackson

    Wanted to be a scientist
    Arielle Cromer

    Arielle Cromer

    Data Quality
    Manager
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    Arielle Cromer

    Wanted to be an OBGYN or an inventor
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    Ashley Pennell

    Customer Success
    Manager
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    Ashley Pennell

    Wanted an elementary school teacher
    Ashlie Cox

    Ashlie Cox

    Customer Success
    Manager
    Ashlie as a kid

    Ashlie Cox

    Wanted to be an elementary teacher
    Austin Griffith UI/UX Consultant

    Austin Griffith

    UI/UX
    Designer
    Austin Griffith

    Austin Griffith

    Wanted to be a film director
    Brandon Faunce

    Brandon Faunce

    Vice President,
    Engineering
    Brandon

    Brandon Faunce

    Wanted to be an astronaut
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    Brett Affleck

    Sales Enablement Specialist
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    Brett Affleck

    Wanted to be Spider-Man
    Brittany Rigg

    Brittany Rigg

    Sales Development Representative
    Brittany R

    Brittany Rigg

    Wanted to be marine biologist or professional basketball player
    Brittany Shurley

    Brittany Shurley

    Instructional Design
    Manager
    Brittany Shurley as a kid

    Brittany Shurley

    Wanted to be a teacher
    Cassandra McKay

    Cassandra McKay

    Customer Success
    Manager
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    Cassandra McKay

    Wanted to be an artist
    Chase Boyer

    Chase Boyer

    Vice President
    of Sales
    Chase

    Chase Boyer

    Wanted to be a professional football player
    Christopher Ma

    Christopher Ma

    Data Quality
    Manager
    Christopher

    Christopher Ma

    Wanted to be a professional skateboarder
    Claire

    Claire Wasserman

    Customer Success
    Manager
    Claire as a kid

    Claire Wasserman

    Wanted to be an ambassador
    Courtney Kelly

    Courtney Kelly

    National Sales
    Manager
    Courtney Kelly

    Courtney Kelly

    Wanted to be a pediatrician
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    Craig Gooding

    Security Operations Director
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    Craig Gooding

    Wanted to be a railroad engineer
    David Magier

    David Magier

    Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
    David Magier

    David Magier

    Wanted to be a chef
    Dênis Vilela

    Dênis Vilela

    Software
    Engineer
    Dênis

    Dênis Vilela

    Wanted to be a pilot
    Emily-Rose Barry

    Emily-Rose Barry

    Director of
    Product
    Emily-rose as a kid

    Emily-Rose Barry

    Wanted to be a cashier at Wegmans
    Emily Schaffert

    Emily Schaffert

    Customer Support
    Specialist
    Emily as a kid

    Emily Schaffert

    Wanted to be a WNBA player
    Erica- Ilcyn

    Erica Ilcyn

    Junior Account
    Executive
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    Erica Ilcyn

    Wanted to be a pediatrician
    Eric Collins

    Eric Collins

    Director of District Partnerships
    Eric Collins

    Eric Collins

    Wanted to be a Ninja
    Essie Sutton

    Dr. Essie Sutton

    Director of
    Learning Science
    Essie

    Dr. Essie Sutton

    Wanted to be a teacher
    Eva Dundas

    Dr. Eva Dundas

    Chief Product
    Officer
    Eva

    Dr. Eva Dundas

    Wanted to be a detective
    Gabriela Graham

    Gabriela Graham

    Sales Development Representative
    Gabriela

    Gabriela Graham

    Wanted to be real estate agent
    Grace Chong

    Grace Chong

    Customer Sucess
    Manager
    Grace baby

    Grace Chong

    Wanted to be a pediatrician and singer
    Haleigh Redmon

    Haleigh Redmon

    Senior Data Implementation
    Specialist
    Haleighbaby

    Haleigh Redmon

    Wanted to be president
    Ian Hall

    Ian Hall

    Customer Support Specialist
    Ian Hall

    Ian Hall

    Wanted to be a pilot
    Jasmyn Aleman

    Jasmyn Aleman

    Junior Account
    Executive
    Jasmyn

    Jasmyn Aleman

    Wanted to be a Disney Channel Actress
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    Jeff Sanders

    Data Product
    Manager
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    Jeff Sanders

    Wanted to be an astronaut
    Jill Jaskiewicz

    Jill Jaskiewicz

    Junior Account
    Executive
    Jill

    Jill Jaskiewicz

    Wanted to be a teacher
    John White

    John White

    Director of District Partnerships
    John

    John White

    Wanted to be a basketball player
    Julius

    Julius N Shanks

    Manager of District
    Partnerships
    Julius N Shanks

    Julius N Shanks

    Wanted to be a radiologist
    Kanisha Vaughn

    Kanisha Vaughn

    Director of
    Data Management
    Kanisha Vaughn

    Kanisha Vaughn

    Wanted to be a poet
    Karen Castle

    Karen Castle

    Executive Director of
    Professional Learning
    Karen

    Karen Castle

    Did not know what she wanted to be!
    Katya

    Katya Henderson

    Director of
    Customer Success
    Katya Handerson

    Katya Henderson

    Wanted to be a teacher
    Larissa Napolitan-

    Larissa Napolitan

    Marketing Content Copywriter
    Larissa

    Larissa Napolitan

    Wanted to be an artist
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    Laura Aragon

    Senior Data Quality
    Manager
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    Laura Aragon

    Wanted to be a Spice Girl
    Lauren Schutz

    Lauren Schutz

    Professional
    Services Manager
    Lauren S

    Lauren Schutz

    Wanted to be a social worker
    Lauren Van Gomple

    Lauren Van Gomple

    Senior Account
    Executive
    Lauren V

    Lauren Van Gomple

    Wanted to be a lawyer
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    Lindsay McCance

    Marketing
    Associate
    Lindsay

    Lindsay McCance

    Wanted to be a ballerina
    Lucas Barboza

    Lucas Barboza

    Software
    Engineer
    Lucas

    Lucas Barboza

    Wanted to be a professional soccer player
    Luke Lawson

    Luke Lawson

    Research
    Analyst
    Luke

    Luke Lawson

    Wanted to be a ninja turtle
    Mandy

    Mandy Chiu

    Customer Support
    Manager
    Mandy

    Mandy Chiu

    Wanted to be a wedding dress designer
    Marissa-1

    Marissa Vitols

    Data
    Manager
    Marissa

    Marissa Vitols

    Wanted to be an aeronautical engineer for the military
    Mark Ediger

    Mark Ediger

    Director of
    District Partnerships
    Mark E-

    Mark Ediger

    Wanted to be an artist and a basketball player
    Matheus Compri

    Matheus Compri

    Software
    Engineer
    Matheus

    Matheus Compri

    Wanted to be a scientist
    Matheus Ramos

    Matheus Ramos

    Software
    Engineer
    Matheus Ramos baby

    Matheus Ramos

    Wanted to be a scientist!
    Maureen Halton

    Maureen Halton

    Digital Marketing
    & Project Coordinator
    Maureen

    Maureen Halton

    Wanted to be an architect or the first female Thunderbird pilot
    Maya Gat

    Maya Gat

    Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
    Maya Gat

    Maya Gat

    Wanted to be a teacher and an inventor
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    Melanie Gonzalez

    Community Engagement & Social Media Strategist
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    Melanie Gonzalez

    Wanted to be a veterinarian
    Melissa

    Melissa Shotts

    Account
    Executive
    Melissa

    Melissa Shotts

    Wanted to be a psychologist
    Melody Kimbrell

    Melody Kimbrell

    Sales Development
    Manager
    Melody  baby

    Melody Kimbrell

    Wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader
    Michele James

    Michele James

    Professional Services
    Manager
    Michele

    Michele James

    Wanted to be a teacher
    Michelle McKissic

    Michelle McKissic

    Customer Success
    Manager
    Michelle

    Michelle McKissic

    Wanted to a rockstar
    Nicole Garcia

    Nicole Garcia

    Vice President of
    Customer Success
    Nicole

    Nicole Garcia

    Wanted to be an SNL Cast Member
    Rachel Butler

    Rachel Butler

    Content
    Specialist
    Rachel

    Rachel Butler

    Wanted to work for mission control with NASA
    Rachel Neuhoff

    Rachel Neuhoff

    Junior Account
    Executive
    Rachel Neuhoff as a kid

    Rachel Neuhoff

    Wanted to be a teacher
    Salina Solomon

    Salina Solomon

    Data Implementation
    Manager
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    Salina Solomon

    Wanted to be a teacher
    Samatha Gray

    Samantha Gray

    Data Account
    Manager
    Samantha as a kid

    Samantha Gray

    Wanted to be an educator
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    Sanjin Kolovrat

    Director of District
    Partnerships
    sanjin-kolovrat-headshot

    Sanjin Kolovrat

    Wanted to be a professional basketball player
    Sasha Hart

    Sasha Hart

    Sales Development Representative
    Sasha Hart as a baby-min-1-1

    Sasha Hart

    Wanted to be a teacher
    Shampa

    Shampa Afroz

    Associate Product
    Manager
    Shampa baby

    Shampa Afroz

    Wanted to be an artist
    Skii Wellington

    Skii Wellington

    Senior Culture &
    Experience Partner
    Skii

    Skii Wellington

    Wanted to be a librarian
    Thiago Ferreira

    Thiago Ferreira

    Software
    Engineer
    Thiago

    Thiago Ferreira

    Wanted to be a fireman
    Tiago Santos

    Tiago Santos

    Data
    Engineer
    Tiago_Kid

    Tiago Santos

    Wanted to be an automobile engineer
    Tiffany Eudy

    Tiffany Eudy

    Junior Account
    Executive
    tiffany

    Tiffany Eudy

    Wanted to be a teacher
    Trudy Bender updated

    Trudy Bender

    MTSS Marketing Content Manager
    Trudy

    Trudy Bender

    Wanted to be a farmer
    Tyler Hoffman

    Tyler Hoffman

    Senior Vice President
    of Finance
    Tyler

    Tyler Hoffman

    Wanted to be a farmer
    Victor

    Victor Hiroki

    Software
    Engineer
    Victor

    Victor Hiroki

    Wanted to be a scientist
    Victor Martinelli

    Victor Martinelli

    Senior Software
    Engineer
    Victor

    Victor Martinelli

    Wanted to be a scientist
    Whitley	Dozier

    Whitley Dozier

    Customer Success
    Manager
    Whitley

    Whitley Dozier

    Wanted to be a dermatologist
    Ximena Siano

    Ximena Siano

    Vice President,
    People Operations
    Ximena baby

    Ximena Siano

    Wanted to be marine biologist who could fly, eat cake and never wear clothes
    Yoni Doron

    Yonatan Doron

    Chief Strategic
    Partnership Officer
    Yonatan Doron

    Yonatan Doron

    Wanted to be a cartographer
    Yosr Najjar

    Yosr Najjar

    Vice President of Marketing and
    Demand Generation
    Yosr Najjar

    Yosr Najjar

    Wanted to be a fashion designer