Executive Leadership

Jamie Candee

Jamie Candee

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jamie Candee leads Edmentum’s strategic vision and long-term growth as President, CEO, and Board Director. She has served as CEO of Edmentum since 2017, and has extensive experience in education technology, private equity, and policy. Edmentum is a global education leader, delivering research-based digital curriculum, assessments for learning, and quality educational consulting. With over 60 years of experience, Edmentum is both a pioneer in online teaching and learning solutions and is continually committed to making it easier for educators to individualize learning for every student.

As CEO, Jamie is focused on ensuring that Edmentum programs and services empower teachers with the digital curriculum and assessments for learning they need to personalize instruction and create equitable learning opportunities for all students. Her vision is to ensure Edmentum programs are aligned to every teacher’s instructional strategies and demonstrate evidence of growth and learning. Leading with an educator first approach, Jamie ensures that teachers and students are always top-of-mind – from development through implementation of their Edmentum programs.

Jamie lives by the credo of doing well by doing good. In 2018, Jamie founded Edmentum’s We Can Learn foundation. We Can Learn is committed to making a meaningful impact in education through philanthropic giving and service, that supports equitable and innovative learning opportunities. Since its inception, We Can Learn has supported the development of a school in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, partnered with multiple local and national organizations, and provided support to over 10,000 children.

Jamie is an active member of her community, providing mentorship, speaking, and leading through a variety of volunteer opportunities and board memberships. Jamie has spoken or been quoted on leadership, education, technology, finance, and professional development in The New York Times, Forbes, Today, ASU+GSV, and AASA. Jamie is on the Board of Trustees for Visitation School, and she sits on the board of directors for Project Success and Learning Tree International. In 2021, Jamie was recognized as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® 2021 Heartland award winner. Additionally, Jamie has been recognized by various industry-leading organizations for her leadership including the Minnesota Business Magazine, The Software Report, and EdTech Digest. Jamie holds a Master of Business Administration from Bethel University and a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Wisconsin.

Why education?

“I am inspired by the students and educators I meet on a regular basis.” Jamie began her undergraduate studies in elementary education before shifting to focus on to public policy and business management. She is a committed lifelong learner and has always chosen career opportunities that allow her to both teach and continue her commitment to lifelong learning.

Why Edmentum?

“I love that I can wake up every day and be around people who share my commitment to teaching and learning.” Jamie’s dedication to the company truly shows in the positive results Edmentum’s customers experience in their program implementations and student outcomes. “Edmentum is committed to personalizing learning for every student we serve, as well as supporting teachers in their mission to support every student. We will not stop pursuing our goal to ensure every student in this country can learn and be successful”. Jamie is supported by a team that is invested personally and professionally in making a difference in students’ lives.

Hear From Jamie:

Paying It Forward, Forbes Jamie Candee - Leading Business And You To Success, On the Brink with Andi Simon Do Right for Education with Lifelong Partnerships, The Learning Counsel Inside an Expanding EdTech Company, EdTech Digest Edmentum CEO Jamie Candee on the Importance of Taking Risks, Chief Executive CEO Spotlight, KRLD News Radio 1080 Edmentum President and CEO Jamie Candee on Her Path to Executive Leadership,
I Want Her Job
Edmentum: Blending Technology with Pedagogy to Help ALL Students, TeacherCast Women in Business Awards 2018: Jamie Candee, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal K-12 Education Delivery After the Pandemic, Knowledge Leaders Distance learning spurs surprising change: More parents consider home schooling, TODAY Parents
Frank Jalufka

Frank Jalufka

Chief Financial Officer

Frank Jalufka joined Edmentum in 2020 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Frank is responsible for leading Edmentum’s finance, accounting, and legal teams. Frank has an extensive background in finance and operations management, bringing over 30 years of experience to his role as CFO at Edmentum.

Prior to joining Edmentum, Frank served as Chief Financial Officer at Education Management Corporation (EDMC), overseeing and managing all financial aspects of the business focused on post-secondary education across North America; Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer at The Dolan Company; and Vice President Enterprise Finance at Freedom Communications. Frank holds a BBA from Texas A&M University, Mays Business School.

Why education?

“Now, more than ever, we see that learning can happen successfully both inside and outside of the traditional classroom. Schools and districts all over the world are finding innovative ways to move learning forward, even when faced with unimaginable challenges. I look forward to contributing to Edmentum’s mission of building school around every student.”

Why Edmentum?

“Education is the most important thing we can do for our society. For a student, it is the key that opens up the door to opportunity. I’m thrilled to be part of a company that helps deliver the tools for a student to succeed in that mission.”

Ryan Hagedorn

Ryan Hagedorn

Chief Operating Officer

Ryan has been with Edmentum since 2010 and has spent his entire career in education. He began in the organization heading the marketing team, then went on to lead multiple segments of the sales and marketing organization. He was most recently appointed to lead Edmentum's sales, services, and marketing organizations as Chief Operating Officer. In his current role, he focuses on creating an end-to-end customer lifecycle centered on a partnership. Ryan has a proven track record of producing growth, and his career milestones include launching our virtual academy and introducing the Edmentum brand. Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Hofstra University.

Why education?

A lifelong learner, Ryan is “amazed at the positive impact technology can have on the learning process.” Growing up, he had a “one size fits all” education experience. School was something he had to do, not something he felt was tailored to his learning style and meant to produce the best possible outcome. That makes him very excited about the future of education and the difference technology can make in reaching every student, wherever they are.

Why Edmentum?

Ryan believes that Edmentum is in the best position to empower educators to leverage technology to truly enhance learning because of how the organization can help educators assess students’ learning levels and help students develop the skills they need to succeed. Ryan is motivated by Edmentum’s ability to make learning more effective today and into the future.

Hear From Ryan:

Career Technical Education, 411 Teen A Data-Informed, Advice-Packed Toolkit to Boost Teacher Retention, EdSurge Edmentum's Exact Path, Oklahoma Department of Education
Amanda Kocon

Amanda Kocon

Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer, Amanda works to bring Edmentum’s long-term vision to life by connecting strategy to execution and ensuring that our goals for growth and impact are aligned to the current and future needs of our education partners and the students we serve. She has extensive experience setting strategy, growing and diversifying revenue across markets, and leading complex change.

Amanda most recently served as Chief Strategy Officer at The New Teachers Project (TNTP) and has also previously held senior leadership positions at JP Morgan Chase, including Chief Operations Officer of Global Futures and Options.

Why education?

“Growing up in Northern New Mexico I saw first-hand the devastating impact that inequities in educational opportunities has on students and communities, and the power of great teaching in bridging the divide. I am deeply committed to doing my part to create exceptional experiences and educational outcomes for all students and families.”

Why Edmentum?

“Edmentum is uniquely positioned to play a lead role in supporting teachers to not only accelerate student learning, but to boost the academic and life trajectories of all students. One model of school cannot be expected to serve all students and families, Edmentum’s commitment to providing the tools to build school around each student is a radical step in the right direction.”

Hear From Amanda:

The Opportunity Myth Is Teaching Undervalued Because It’s “Women’s Work”? The Irreplaceables: Understanding The Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools
Dave Adams

Dave Adams

Chief Academic Officer

Dave started with Edmentum in 1994 as part of PLATO Learning’s acquisition of Lightspan.  Throughout his tenure Dave has led content development including development of Edmentum’s online courses solution; development of the assessment products; and the ongoing innovation of online curriculum.  Establishing an evaluation and efficacy program to measure the effectiveness of educational solutions, Edmentum can now measure the impact on student learning. Dave has also led Professional Services, Training and Implementation solutions and most recently runs Edmentum’s virtual school, EdOptions Academy.

Why education?

“I have dedicated my career to education, developing innovative solutions for teaching and learning for over 20 years.”  A central goal to Dave’s career has been to help drive the transformation from a traditional one-size-fits-all education to a new 21st century paradigm where technology is central to how we accelerate teaching and learning and differentiate education for all students.

Why Edmentum?

“Our people, our culture, and our customers all share the same driving passion for helping all students learn and succeed.”  Edmentum is dedicated to helping all students succeed through innovative online technology and curriculum solutions. 

Paul Johansen

Paul Johansen

Chief Technology Officer

Paul joined the Edmentum team in December of 2009 as Chief Architect, overseeing all software development, architecture and data center operations. As Chief Architect, he led a team in launching the company’s first SaaS offering, allowing development to expand and progress its ability to react to the needs of today’s ever-changing educational landscape. In early 2012, Paul joined the Edmentum executive leadership team as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Edmentum, Paul focused on software architecture and software engineering leadership – consulting with large organizations like Microsoft. He also served as Chief Architect at Midwest Wireless and led a global development team at Deloitte.

Outside of his role at Edmentum, Paul is a member of the SciMathMN Standards and Frameworks committee which advises on the science and math standards used in Minnesota. He also serves on the IMS Global LTI Product Steering Committee, on the Carnegie Mellon METALS Program Review committee, and has participated in advisory sessions for industry companies and organizations like Clever, Project Unicorn and Digital Promise. Paul holds an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BBA. from University of Minnesota Duluth.

Why education?

Paul is driven by how technology can change the way students learn. He leads a team of technology professionals driven not only by their passion for their craft, but also because of the real-world impact their work has. “I’m inspired by the power of combining technology and education, and I’m excited to be part of the evolution of how we teach and learn. Using technology to provide teachers with insight to personalize learning for their students has never had more potential.”

Why Edmentum?

“Edmentum is the perfect union of a world-changing mission and world-class technology.” Paul loves that his team sits down every day and works on innovative technological solutions to the critical challenges in education. He has embraced Edmentum’s #EducatorFirst culture and strives every day to build programs that save teachers time and enrich student learning.

Todd Mahler

Todd Mahler

Chief Product Officer

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Andrea Walton

Andrea Walton

Chief People and Culture Officer

Andrea is an accomplished human resources leader who translates business strategy into talent and organizational plans that drive capability and performance. She brings nearly 20 years of experience as a recruiter, business partner, manager in performance and talent management, leader in organizational design, and vice president of human resources to her role at Edmentum. She has also been able to make tremendous impact in diverse communities through diversity, equity, inclusion initiatives, and employee resource groups.

Andrea's transparency and ability to build relationships across organizations at every level have been keys to her success. She earned her MBA and Bachelor of Science from the University of Phoenix and organizational design certification through Cornell ILR. She is a frequent speaker for community workshops that help individuals prepare to enter the workforce, as well as offer support to teenage motherhood organizations.

Why education?

"Education literally changed my life’s trajectory. I was a teen mom and a high school dropout. I went back and finished high school by earning my GED, and years later went to college, worked hard, and earned my bachelor’s degree and MBA. The access to education regardless of socioeconomics creates opportunities and future leaders."

Why Edmentum?

"I experienced an instant personal connection to the organization’s mission, vision, and values. Additionally, I was excited for opportunity to further enable the organization through efforts focused around developing amazing people and elevating corporate culture to then impact and educate the next generation of leaders. Who wouldn’t want to do that every day?!"

Jamie Candee

Jamie Candee

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jamie Candee leads Edmentum’s strategic vision and long-term growth as President, CEO, and Board Director. She has served as CEO of Edmentum since 2017, and has extensive experience in education technology, private equity, and policy. Edmentum is a global education leader, delivering research-based digital curriculum, assessments for learning, and quality educational consulting. With over 60 years of experience, Edmentum is both a pioneer in online teaching and learning solutions and is continually committed to making it easier for educators to individualize learning for every student.

As CEO, Jamie is focused on ensuring that Edmentum programs and services empower teachers with the digital curriculum and assessments for learning they need to personalize instruction and create equitable learning opportunities for all students. Her vision is to ensure Edmentum programs are aligned to every teacher’s instructional strategies and demonstrate evidence of growth and learning. Leading with an educator first approach, Jamie ensures that teachers and students are always top-of-mind – from development through implementation of their Edmentum programs.

Jamie lives by the credo of doing well by doing good. In 2018, Jamie founded Edmentum’s We Can Learn foundation. We Can Learn is committed to making a meaningful impact in education through philanthropic giving and service, that supports equitable and innovative learning opportunities. Since its inception, We Can Learn has supported the development of a school in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, partnered with multiple local and national organizations, and provided support to over 10,000 children.

Jamie is an active member of her community, providing mentorship, speaking, and leading through a variety of volunteer opportunities and board memberships. Jamie has spoken or been quoted on leadership, education, technology, finance, and professional development in The New York Times, Forbes, Today, ASU+GSV, and AASA. Jamie is on the Board of Trustees for Visitation School, and she sits on the board of directors for Project Success and Learning Tree International. Additionally, Jamie has been recognized by various industry-leading organizations for her leadership including the Minnesota Business Magazine, Ernst & Young, The Software Report, and EdTech Digest. Jamie holds a Master of Business Administration from Bethel University and a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Wisconsin.

Why education?

“I am inspired by the students and educators I meet on a regular basis.” Jamie began her undergraduate studies in elementary education before shifting to focus on to public policy and business management. She is a committed lifelong learner and has always chosen career opportunities that allow her to both teach and continue her commitment to lifelong learning.

Why Edmentum?

“I love that I can wake up every day and be around people who share my commitment to teaching and learning.” Jamie’s dedication to the company truly shows in the positive results Edmentum’s customers experience in their program implementations and student outcomes. “Edmentum is committed to personalizing learning for every student we serve, as well as supporting teachers in their mission to support every student. We will not stop pursuing our goal to ensure every student in this country can learn and be successful”. Jamie is supported by a team that is invested personally and professionally in making a difference in students’ lives.

Hear From Jamie:

Paying It Forward, Forbes Jamie Candee - Leading Business And You To Success, On the Brink with Andi Simon Do Right for Education with Lifelong Partnerships, The Learning Counsel Inside an Expanding EdTech Company, EdTech Digest Edmentum CEO Jamie Candee on the Importance of Taking Risks, Chief Executive CEO Spotlight, KRLD News Radio 1080 Edmentum President and CEO Jamie Candee on Her Path to Executive Leadership,
I Want Her Job
Edmentum: Blending Technology with Pedagogy to Help ALL Students, TeacherCast Women in Business Awards 2018: Jamie Candee, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal K-12 Education Delivery After the Pandemic, Knowledge Leaders Distance learning spurs surprising change: More parents consider home schooling, TODAY Parents
Jamie Candee

Jamie Candee

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jamie Candee leads Edmentum’s strategic vision and long-term growth as President, CEO, and Board Director. She has served as CEO of Edmentum since 2017, and has extensive experience in education technology, private equity, and policy. Edmentum is a global education leader, delivering research-based digital curriculum, assessments for learning, and quality educational consulting. With over 60 years of experience, Edmentum is both a pioneer in online teaching and learning solutions and is continually committed to making it easier for educators to individualize learning for every student.

As CEO, Jamie is focused on ensuring that Edmentum programs and services empower teachers with the digital curriculum and assessments for learning they need to personalize instruction and create equitable learning opportunities for all students. Her vision is to ensure Edmentum programs are aligned to every teacher’s instructional strategies and demonstrate evidence of growth and learning. Leading with an educator first approach, Jamie ensures that teachers and students are always top-of-mind – from development through implementation of their Edmentum programs.

Jamie lives by the credo of doing well by doing good. In 2018, Jamie founded Edmentum’s We Can Learn foundation. We Can Learn is committed to making a meaningful impact in education through philanthropic giving and service, that supports equitable and innovative learning opportunities. Since its inception, We Can Learn has supported the development of a school in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, partnered with multiple local and national organizations, and provided support to over 10,000 children.

Jamie is an active member of her community, providing mentorship, speaking, and leading through a variety of volunteer opportunities and board memberships. Jamie has spoken or been quoted on leadership, education, technology, finance, and professional development in The New York Times, Forbes, Today, ASU+GSV, and AASA. Jamie is on the Board of Trustees for Visitation School, and she sits on the board of directors for Project Success and Learning Tree International. Additionally, Jamie has been recognized by various industry-leading organizations for her leadership including the Minnesota Business Magazine, Ernst & Young, The Software Report, and EdTech Digest. Jamie holds a Master of Business Administration from Bethel University and a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Wisconsin.

Why education?

“I am inspired by the students and educators I meet on a regular basis.” Jamie began her undergraduate studies in elementary education before shifting to focus on to public policy and business management. She is a committed lifelong learner and has always chosen career opportunities that allow her to both teach and continue her commitment to lifelong learning.

Why Edmentum?

“I love that I can wake up every day and be around people who share my commitment to teaching and learning.” Jamie’s dedication to the company truly shows in the positive results Edmentum’s customers experience in their program implementations and student outcomes. “Edmentum is committed to personalizing learning for every student we serve, as well as supporting teachers in their mission to support every student. We will not stop pursuing our goal to ensure every student in this country can learn and be successful”. Jamie is supported by a team that is invested personally and professionally in making a difference in students’ lives.

Hear From Jamie:

Paying It Forward, Forbes Jamie Candee - Leading Business And You To Success, On the Brink with Andi Simon Do Right for Education with Lifelong Partnerships, The Learning Counsel Inside an Expanding EdTech Company, EdTech Digest Edmentum CEO Jamie Candee on the Importance of Taking Risks, Chief Executive CEO Spotlight, KRLD News Radio 1080 Edmentum President and CEO Jamie Candee on Her Path to Executive Leadership,
I Want Her Job
Edmentum: Blending Technology with Pedagogy to Help ALL Students, TeacherCast Women in Business Awards 2018: Jamie Candee, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal K-12 Education Delivery After the Pandemic, Knowledge Leaders Distance learning spurs surprising change: More parents consider home schooling, TODAY Parents
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