Founder & Chairman
Dr. Patricia Mathes, PhD
Patricia Mathes is the Texas Instruments Endowed Chair in Evidence-Based Education and Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Education at Southern Methodist University. She received her Ph.D. in 1992 from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Education and Human Development and has served on the faculties of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Houston Medical School, the College of Education at Florida State University, and Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University.
She is also the recipient of several prodigious awards including: the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from her undergraduate alma mater, Baylor University; the 2005 Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association; the 2002 Interpretive Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association; the 2001 Distinguished Early Career Researcher Award from the Council for Exceptional Children; and the 1999 Samuel A. Kirk Award from Council for Exceptional Children Division of Learning Disabilities.
She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, books, and curricular materials related to reading and reading disabilities, accommodating academic diversity, and best practices for struggling readers. Likewise, she serves as Editor of the Annals of Dyslexia, sits on the Board for the Council for Learning Disabilities, is on the editorial board of several scholarly journals, and provides nationwide teacher/staff development focused on translating research into practice.
Guy Harrington, CEO of Hoot Education, has over 25 years’ experience as an educator and executive for three leading education companies. Serving in leadership roles for Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Sopris West where Mr. Harrington focused on sales, technology development, implementation services, and school improvement.
As an educator, he understands first hand, that it takes the work of teachers, administrators, families, and the community all working together to create a quality teaching and learning environment for all.
Pete Schiller has over 20 years’ experience in the building educational and learning products for the K12, Higher Ed, and corporate space. He has lead multiple development teams at Cengage, Houghton Mifflin, Cambium Learning Group, and SAI Global. Mr. Schiller has a content and product management background routed in Waterfall and Agile methodologies, as well as managing engineering teams in a sprint cycle.