The mission of Amplified Labs is to create tools that extend Google Apps to re-imagine how work gets done in schools.
We believe that running great schools requires thoughtfully-designed human and technical systems. In other words, it matters to a student’s life chances how efficiently the IT department handles user account provisioning, how easily teacher teams can find and collaborate on curriculum documents, how accurately the front-office staff tracks and responds to student attendance issues, or whether their teacher has a good workflow to manage and respond to student writing assignments in Google Drive.
We believe the greatest power of Google Apps for Education resides in its ability to allow schools to innovate the ways their teams work together in pursuit of learning. Our tools aim to focus and amplify the potential of Google Apps for running inspired and effective schools.
The Amplified IT Product Development Team
Chief Product Officer
Andrew lives in NYC and is best known for founding the CloudLab at the non-profit New Visions for Public Schools, where he led the technical development of Google-Apps-based data tools that were adopted in over 200 schools through NYC Department of Education school-reform initiatives, and where he won 2016 Bammy Innovator of the Year as well as a US Department of Education Investing in Innovation (I3) grant for his work creating dozens of popular Add-ons for Google Apps such as Doctopus, autoCrat, and ChromebookInventory. Andrew has spent summers leading backcountry work crews in the woods of Oregon, taught a range of STEM subjects for ten years in the public school classrooms of NYC, and was co-founder and assistant principal of one of NYC’s top public schools — the Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering. Andrew holds a BA with dual majors in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oregon, an MS in Secondary Science Education from the City College of New York, and a license in public school leadership from the Baruch College School for Public Affairs. Andrew is also a Google Certified Innovator and a Google Developer Expert. When Andrew isn’t coding and designing products, he can be found experimenting in the kitchen, riding his bike, and working on maker projects with his kids.
Lead Software Engineer
Peter lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has developed websites and Web apps professionally for over 10 years. Prior to joining Amplified IT in early 2016, Peter worked as a Lead Developer with ETL Factory – developing full stack Web applications for large financial industry clients, and with TomTom as Lead Developer on the TomTom mySports website and associated applications. As well as enjoying coding a bit too much, Peter loves data – the collection of it, manipulation of it, deriving information from it and the problems associated with visualizing and conveying the information to users in a meaningful and insightful way. When not coding, Peter enjoys down time with his family, cooking, playing guitar, and going for long walks in the hills around where he lives.
Jasmine lives in Virginia and gets a thrill from automating time-consuming manual tasks. She feels inspired to build products that solve problems that haven’t yet been addressed by anyone else. Before joining the Amplified Labs engineering team, Jasmine earned her stripes as a custom solutions developer on the Amplified IT consulting team, where she focused on building automated data loads to provision Hapara Teacher Dashboard from a wide range of Student Information Systems. Jasmine holds a BS in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, and an AS in Business Administration from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. When Jasmine isn’t coding, she enjoys adventuring, adventurous eating, appreciating the beauty of nature, and spending time with her fiance.
Education & Data Consultant, Software Engineer
James lives in Montreal, Canada, and gets great pleasure from finding ways to improve efficiency in educators’ lives, allowing them to have more time to spend on the parts of teaching that have the greatest impact on student learning. Prior to joining Amplified IT, James taught high school mathematics. He has also worked as a wilderness guide and off-road driving instructor. An avid autodidact web programmer and amateur roboticist, James holds a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and is also a Google Certified Innovator, Trainer, and Administrator. When James is not coding, he enjoys spending time outdoors, working on electronics projects, and writing.
But our larger team includes many more…
Amplified Labs is the product development division of Amplified IT, a K-12 focused consultancy and Google Apps for EDU Premier Partner providing a range of expert services — from GAFE Audits to Dedicated Support and Technical Trainings — to help schools get the most out of the Google Apps for Education platform.