Dana Garies
Founder and CEO

Dana graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Elementary Education with a focus on early literacy.  She continued her education at California State University in Early Childhood Education with a focus on children with special needs.  Dana enjoyed a teaching career in preschool, elementary and middle school before joining the educational publishing/edtech industry. 


For the past 20 years, Dana has worked with teachers and administrators across the country to help them identify and implement engaging and developmentally- appropriate resources to meet the rigors of state standards. She has also trained teachers and administrators on program implementation and best practices in early childhood.  Dana currently lives in Colorado and spends her free time hiking and enjoying all the nature that Colorado offers.

Suzanne Begley
Director of Sales
Suzanne has twenty years’ experience in Sales and Business Development, most recently as the Director of Supplemental Products at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  She enjoys working with small companies and takes a consultative approach to Sales in order to exceed revenue goals.  Suzanne has a B.A. from Villanova University and a Pennsylvania Teacher Certification from Delaware Valley College.  She resides in Yardley, PA.
Carolyn Ramirez Ulrich
Educational Consultant
Carolyn Ulrich has 28 years of experience in early childhood and elementary education as a teacher, administrator, curriculum coordinator, and workshop presenter.  Carolyn has her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of California and studied Spanish Children’s Literature at the University of Barcelona.  She was a bilingual educational consultant, sales representative, correlator, and researcher for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for 20 years.
Marla Banks
Regional Account Executive

Marla Banks is an educational consultant who has worked in the educational arena for over 20 years. Her experience includes teacher, school and district administrator and the publishing industry as a national consultant. Marla has worked with Early Head Start, Pre-K and K-12 Programs.  The formative instruction with EHS and Pre-K proved to be rewarding as a school site leader. The school provided instruction for EHS through 9th grade students.  The school leadership team developed programs to support all ability levels while incorporating instructional technology for all ages of development. As a result of building strong instructional programs, she was recruited to assist the Charter School Leadership Initiative and worked in Louisiana, Texas and Georgia.  Within the Charter School network, she transformed low performing schools into thriving academic institutions.   By infusing STEAM initiatives and technology support students, teachers and parents were able to outperform state enforced benchmarks.   Additionally, as a member of the Save Our Schools Governor’s Task Force after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Marla assisted in the development of instructional technology plan development. Primary goals were to provide acceleration and interventions to reinforce important phonics and reading skills. 

Debbie Polles
Regional Account Executive
Debbie has enjoyed a varied, rewarding career dedicated to meeting the educational needs of all children, including creating and delivering professional development to teachers. She is a Learning Disabilities and Gifted Education specialist with expertise in assessment, intervention, differentiation, and instruction, with a special emphasis in literacy.


After a long teaching career, Debbie provided professional development through the Leadership and Learning Center and was a member of the School Improvement Team before becoming a Content Specialist for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Debbie’s background and experience is extensive, ranging from working with Early Learners, English Language Learners, and twice-exceptional learners, to teaching courses for graduate and undergraduate teachers.


In her spare time, Debbie enjoys playing golf, traveling, hiking, and just about anything outdoors. She especially enjoys getting to spend time with her young grandson and nurturing his curiosity.

Mark Muzzio
Regional Account Executive
Technology Specialist

Mark has spent the last 10+ years in the Edtech industry with positions in marketing and sales. Edtech is his passion and wants to truly make a difference in teachers’ and their students’ lives.  Prior to his roles in Edtech, he worked in sales and marketing for a software-as-a-service provider. Mark is proud to say he’s worked on some cutting-edge projects during his career and knows that Edtech is the future and can only keep improving. 


Mark has his B.S. in Marketing and Information Systems from the University of South Florida in Tampa. He resides in Columbus, OH where he can experience all the seasons and enjoys running, camping, and hiking. When the big city bug bites he’s not too far from the big city of Chicago for a weekend getaway.

Kaye Kamp
Regional Account Executive

Kaye Kamp has been in the educational field for 36 years, specializing in math, science and professional development.  She has taught 2nd thru 8th grades in public, private and charter schools as well as various math, science and education courses at the university level.  


Kaye has presented at many national, state and local conferences on topics ranging from “Integrating Math Into Other Subjects” to “Physical Science for Middle Grades” to “Geometry for Primary Students”.  

Kaye has been recognized by her peers for her unique and effective teaching methods with numerous awards and honors.  She has won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, Idaho State Science Teacher of the Year and Idaho State Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year.  In addition, Kaye was named an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow in Washington, DC where she represented the voice of practicing teachers in policy making arenas within the federal government.   She has won a number of competitive fellowships including Academies Creating Teacher Scientists where she conducted scientific research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

Cynthia Tanzey
Regional Account Executive
Cynthia has 27 years of classroom teaching experience, as well as, academic coaching. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Fairmont State University, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as, Educational Leadership and Administrative PreK- 12 certification from West Virginia University.  She has supported school districts across the country, leading professional development sessions in both literacy and mathematics, as well as, instructional coaching. She has served the roles of Implementation Specialist and Manager of Professional Learning for the past 10 years with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Math Solutions, in which she led sessions on Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Mathematics, as well as, modeled best instructional practices in classrooms ranging from Early Childhood to High School.  
Outside of the classroom, Cynthia was an elementary choral director, Academic Game League of America Coach, and has taught graduate courses for WV College of Graduate Studies. She was the recipient of Mini-Grants for Classroom Teachers to support multi-culture education and was recognized by her peers for Outstanding Instructional Practices.
Karen and Karl Edge
Regional Account Executive
Karen graduated from Cal. St. Univ. at Long Beach with a degree in Communicative Disorders. Upon moving to Central Florida, she served as the interim speech therapist in an elementary school but was quickly promoted to a self-contained language development classroom with language-delayed K-2 children. Upon finishing course work at the Univ. of Central Florida to add elementary education to her state certification, she transferred to a regular first grade setting where, over the years, she had two unique experiences of “looping” with the same core group of children by teaching them consecutively throughout their first through fourth grade school years.  During this time, she designed the “P.A.L.” program (Parents as Active Learners) and was awarded the 2002 “Disney’s Teacheriffic Award for Elementary Schools”.

In 2003 Karen earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Reading and Literacy Development at Walden University. Following, she became a reading coach and assisted in school-based professional development. She also sat on the committees for textbook adoption at the state and district levels, in addition to writing curriculum for the district. She was asked by the district to launch a new trend of learning, using handheld technology with elementary children, and providing training and lessons for the teachers to utilize the devices in the classroom for reading comprehension.


After retiring with 31 years of continuous service, she went on to share her expertise in reading/literacy as an independent consultant, working with other district educators and administrators to share the curriculum that enabled her seniors to graduate with a diploma and enter the real world with equal opportunities.

Personally, Karen has been married for 38 years to her amazing husband and co-worker, Karl. They have two sons who are now both married. She currently has two grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, cooking, and continues teaching through her own personal ministry.

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Regional Account Executive
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Hawaii Account Executive
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