Your ClearAlignment Team
We have first-hand experience managing programs, campus-wide initiatives and teaching in higher education. We understand that systems don’t always work right, shifting priorities and demands on time only seem to grow, and flavor-of-the-month technology frustrates even the most dedicated. That’s why we created ClearAlignment.
CEO, Chief Learning Engineer
Dr. Sara Tarr has more than forty years of teaching experience in corporations, universities, and government agencies. As a result, Sara amassed considerable skill designing and managing learning initiatives and ensuring the alignment of instructor and student learning and performance.
Sara’s experience led her to envision an automated instructional design tool that facilitates a smooth transition to elearning for colleges and universities. Working under the premise that quality course design requires developing elements that easily embed into the elearning environment, she set about creating what would become the ClearAlignment suite of tools and services.
Dr. Tarr has a BA Geology from California State University, Sacramento, MA Secondary Education and Teaching from Sonoma State University, MA Educational/Instructional Technology from San Jose State University, and a PhD Instructional Design Development & Implementation from Syracuse University.
VP of Business and Product Development
Dr. Jane Neapolitan has more than 30 years’ experience in higher education as a teaching professor, clinical educator, administrator, and innovator at a variety of institutions. She most recently led campus-wide initiatives focused on the improvement of teaching and learning, including undergraduate and graduate course/program redesign, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Professional Development Network, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
Jane 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 has an EdD Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University Teachers College.
VP of Sales and Marketing
Jesse has more than 15 years of higher education enrollment marketing experience and adjunct teaching with both large public and small private universities. Jesse’s background also includes agency, for-profit, nonprofit, and running his own marketing consultancy.
Jesse also founded Gift of Site, and nonprofit consortium of marketing professionals who collaborate on the creation of free, effective websites for deserving organizations.
Jesse has a BS Mass Communication from Towson University and an MBA from Penn State.
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 online learning 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?
Dee Maurer hails from a family of educators and operates on a “living is learning” philosophy. Home educated until college, After receiving her undergraduate degree in Social Work, she 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.
Dee has a BA in Social Work and is completing MA Instructional Technology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
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?”
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 businesswriter 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, reading, and spending time with her family.
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Join Our Team
ClearAlignment is developing software for designing online courses. This software project involves instructional design concepts, theories, and multimedia development. Interns involved in this project will have opportunities to refine their practical skills in instructional design and development in a totally new application.
Interns are provided with support and mentorship for instructional design, continuous feedback on their work and submissions, and collaboration opportunities. Interns will be able to add to their portfolio evidence or capstone requirements, earn hourly wages, and receive a letter of recommendation. Candidates must be willing to devote 15–20 hours (on average) per week for the duration of the internship (4–5 months).
Interns should have a strong desire to engage in instructional design/development and a background in education, technology, or instructional design (preferred). Ultimately, interns should be reliable, resourceful, learn quickly, have aesthetic sensibility, and have previously developed content for the online environment. Other qualities include:
- Passionate about learning the field of instructional design from an educational institution perspective
- Demonstrated experience (through other work or coursework) with instructional design and development
- Autodidact and demonstrates meticulous attention to detail
- Demonstrated ability to be both a team player, eager collaborator and self-motivated
- Outstanding in self-organization, communication, interpersonal and leadership skill
- Preferred Qualifications
- Experience in the design and development of online courses
- Knowledge of learning management systems
- Skills in project management
- Research and literature search skills
Dr. Sara Tarr