About Us

Every child has a genius. Every child deserves to thrive. At Thrively, we are guided by those two core beliefs. With a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, we're helping kids reach their potential. We're helping parents understand their children better. We're helping teachers connect with their students on a more personal level. If you are passionate about adolescent development and inspired to use your strengths to make a difference, join Thrively today.

Advisors

Our advisors are thought leaders in education, personalized learning, classroom innovation and child development. We’re constantly collaborating with our advisors bringing new features, projects, and courses to the Thrively community.

  • Angela Maiers

    Educator. Entrepreneur. Leader. Disruptor. Visionary. Angela Maiers embodies each of these with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been leading change in education and enterprise for 28 years, teaching every level of school from kindergarten to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world. Angela helps people understand the transformative power of technology. Her powerful message and down-to-earth style has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker for education conferences, corporate events and innovation summits. Angela has authored six books and her “You Matter” talk at TEDxDesMoines has been viewed several hundred thousand times. Angela is an alumna of The University of Iowa, with a B.A. in Education and M.A. in Educational Supervision and Reading.

  • Don Wettrick

    Don Wettrick is the Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, IN. He is the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level”. Don has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. He is the country’s leading award winning Innovation Teacher whose daily passion and mission is helping students find their unique opportunities and providing them with the tools they need to give them a competitive edge.

  • LaVonna Roth

    Self. Heart. Ignite. Navigate. Exceptional. These words capture the path that LaVonna Roth uses to challenge others in finding out how to ignite the S.H.I.N.E. in their students, others and self. As a learning specialist, author, keynote speaker and consultant, LaVonna bridges her passion for how the brain learns with education and helping every individual realize the value they bring.

    She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, a Master’s in the Art of Teaching and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. LaVonna taught at the elementary and secondary levels and is the author of 8 books. She has presented in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Middle East on increasing engagement and the fun factor in learning. She is the creator and founder of the Ignite Your S.H.I.N.E.® movement, where every person is encouraged to use his or her skills, talents and gifts… to illuminate the world.

  • Allison Zmuda

    Allison Zmuda is going on 17 years as a full-time education consultant specializing in curriculum, assessment, and instruction.

    She works with her clients to imagine learning experiences that are worthy of the pursuit for both students and educators, designing work that is relevant, meaningful, challenging, and appropriate. Since 2001, she has co-authored nine books, her most recent with Bena Kallick — Students at the Center: Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind (ASCD) — which was released January 2017.

    In addition to her consulting work, Allison curates learningpersonalized.com, a website community comprised of her writing and that of colleagues and other educators. She has also developed a series of online personalized learning courses with Bena Kallick, available on Eduplanet21.

  • Mark Barnes

    Longtime teacher and Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications. He has written six books on education technology, student-centered learning, using mobile devices and social media in the classroom, global learning and 21st-century assessment, using his revolutionary SE2R system. His Times 10 Books is a company that produces progressive education content in multiple formats. Mark is a recognized thought leader and one of education’s most dynamic speakers, bloggers, and podcasters. A prolific content curator, Mark’s social media shares reach nearly five million news feeds every month.

  • Sonya Wrisley

    Since Sonya was four years old, she knew she wanted to be a teacher! She pursued that dream and has now spent the last 33 years as a teacher and principal. In 2012, Sonya was given the wonderful opportunity to open a new K-8 public school called Design39Campus. This innovative campus in Poway Unified School District, in San Diego County, CA has become a beacon for other educators to visit from around the world. Design39Campus focused on the strengths of students, and Thrively is used to help with this focus. After her retirement from public education, Sonya started working with Thrively, a company she believes in very strongly. As the Lead of Classroom Innovation for Thrively, Sonya enjoys working with educators around the nation to develop exciting content for the Thrively platform!