Eric Westendorf is the co-founder and chief executive officer of LearnZillion, an edtech company dedicated to championing teachers. We provide the world’s first open, cloud-based curriculum. We help districts improve instruction, track student performance, and better respond to the specific needs of their students.
Westendorf incubated LearnZillion at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, in Washington D.C., where he was Chief Academic Officer and principal. While he was principal, E.L. Haynes posted three-year student achievement gains of 50 percentage points in math and 26 percentage points in reading. In each year the school was named a national Silver Award winning school through the federal Effective Practice grant program. Prior to leading E.L. Haynes, Westendorf founded a non-profit focused on teacher leadership development; was the Assistant Principal of St. Joseph’s School in Harlem, where he raised over $1 million dollars for technology and other programs; and taught for seven years in North Carolina, New York, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Westendorf holds a bachelor’s in public policy from Princeton University, a master’s in teaching from Brown University, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Westendorf lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and three children. He writes about education, innovation, and technology for Forbes.com.