Sara Tarr (Ph.D.)
Founder, Chief Learning Engineer
With forty years of teaching experience in corporations, universities, and government agencies, Dr. Sara Tarr has extensive skill designing and managing learning initiatives. This experience shapes her ability to ensure alignment of instructor and student learning and performance.
Founded by Dr. Tarr in 2014, ClearAlignment helps institutions develop superior elearning courses that support student and instructor outcome goals. Quality course design requires devoting time to develop course elements that easily embed into the elearning environment. Dr. Tarr’s automated instructional design tool facilitates a smooth transition to elearning for colleges and universities throughout the country. Towson University has benefited from her course conversion process since 2017.
Ignorance can be a great strength and ensure that Sara does things differently from everyone else. But she still wonders about things like: If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
Sage Hart (M.S.)
Director of Innovation
Before joining the ClearAlignment team, Sage worked for a hedge fund in London and for a public relations firm in Washington, DC. He has a Bachelor’s in Finance and an MA in International Relations, both from Syracuse University. His business expertise helped our EdTech start-up design an appropriate marketing strategy. Sage’s personal experience with elearning complements his business expertise; he enjoys working at a company that is dedicated to realizing the promise of online delivery.
Sage consistently wonders why there is no word for the opposite of “warmth,” coolth perhaps?
Jane Neapolitan (Ed.D.)
Vice President Business and Product Development
Jane defines herself first and foremost as a teacher. With 30 years’ experience in higher education, she has worked as teaching professor, clinical educator, administrator, and innovator at a variety of institutions, including the University of Bridgeport, Teachers College at Columbia University, The George Washington University, University of Richmond, and Towson University. Most recently she served as Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation at Towson University where she led campus-wide initiatives focused on the improvement of teaching and learning. These initiatives included undergraduate- and graduate course/program redesign, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Professional Development Network, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
She also led a faculty professional development program that engaged instructional designers, faculty, IT experts, and librarians as collaborative teams that created blended- and online courses aligned with Quality Matters standards. Always seeking what’s new on the horizon, Jane has a passion for innovative approaches to ensure high quality instruction that is also fair, equitable, and just.
Jane receives much of her inspiration from stand-up comedians and binge-watching Netflix.
Dee Maurer hails from a family of educators and operates on a “living is learning” philosophy. Home educated until college, Dee received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and spent many years in the non-profit sector working with the training arm of The American Red Cross. It was there she found her love of adult learners and recognized the value of a well-designed course.
As an active duty Marine spouse for the better part of a decade, Dee understands the importance of improvising and adapting. Therefore, she chose to specialize in distance education and adult learners for her UMBC master’s program in Instructional Design.
Dee combines her love of reading and cooking into a much too large cookbook collection and regular weekend recipe development.
Maggie Rogers (M.A.)
Maggie Rogers taught high school English for two decades before stepping out of the classroom to deepen her knowledge of the technologies transforming today’s educational landscape. She has worked as a freelance business writer for Electrolux AB, Gambro AB, and produced sponsored articles for Maryland’s Daily Record, a business and legal newspaper. She has a BA from Princeton, an MA from University of Virginia, and is currently pursuing a certificate in instructional design at UMBC. Her work as a content writer for ClearAlignment bridges the gap between the education she enjoyed and the learning opportunities available to today’s learners.
When Maggie is not writing or reading, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Gabriela studied foreign trade and business management, with a focus on marketing and branding. She is dedicated to helping enterprises achieve their objectives through the design, development, and implementation of mission-specific services. She brings professionalism, cultural diversity, and knowledge of online education to the ClearAlignment team.
Gabriela consistently wonders “Why do people press the remote-control button harder when a battery is low instead of change the battery?”