As a father of seven, Ted is intensely interested in the future of education. His belief in Microschool Revolution stems from his conviction that the status quo is almost never as good as it should be, and his contributions to the project are a product of his career in the creative space. He directs design, and executes messaging for Microschool Revolution.
As founder of Melaroo, a Houston-based creative design company, Ted’s other duties consist of conceptualizing branding, marketing, and software projects for a number of corporate clients. Highly adept at streamlining and automating workflow, he’s also an accomplished graphic artist and writer.
Ted immensely enjoys the outdoors and getting muddy. He likes dogs, guitars, motorcycles, and pizza, and cuts up the dance floor like nobody’s business.
Amy Ewbank is a project manager for small, growth-stage companies. She began her entrepreneurial career in 2015 working with an early-stage company in the Texas Medical Center Accelerator, which gave her exposure to companies in many fields working through various obstacles that all companies face.
After successfully bringing that company’s product to market, she moved on to help other companies do the same. In that time, she has worked with multiple founders in the Houston area and the San Francisco Bay area to define and test their early business models, create product roadmaps, and leverage the limited resources of small teams to bring their first products or services to market.
Amy is also passionate about education. As a former tutor and traditional classroom teacher for both high- and low-income families, she has seen many different aspects of education from multiple viewpoints. The struggles she experienced on behalf of her students as well as her own challenges in her capacity as a teacher motivated her to change our teaching methods and our view of education. She has been working with Tory and the Microschool Revolution team since the fall of 2016.
Amy holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rice University.
Melanie is President of Marketing Interface, which she founded in 2014 to help growth-stage companies achieve their business goals by reaching their target market, converting potential customers into paying customers, maintaining these relationships, and measuring the results of their marketing initiatives through the use of technology.
Prior to pursuing her entrepreneurial vision, Melanie was Director of Marketing at the SURGE Accelerator SURGE Ventures), managing everything from marketing and PR to communications and events.
Earlier in her career, Melanie held marketing positions at Waste Management and Ecom Access, a marketing software startup based in Montreal, Canada.
Melanie holds a BA in International Development from McGill University, Montreal, and an MBA from Rice University, Houston. She is a member of numerous industry associations and an active mentor at Rice University’s OwlSpark program and the University of Houston’s RED Labs.
Tory is the founder of Microschool Revolution and absolutely passionate about revolutionizing our education system for the 21st century, winning the “shark tank” pitch competition at EDventure 2017. He is also Co-Founder and Finance Director of Talent Unbound with two successful microschools in the Houston area following the Acton Academy model. He co-founded the previous iteration of Microschool Revolution, Coached Schooling, which was backed by the Rice University Owlspark accelerator program and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to create a high-tech network of affordable private schools (<$10/day) combining the best elements of eLearning, home and traditional schooling to reinvent the one-room schoolhouse for the 21st century. Tory is a McKinsey consulting alum, TEDx speaker, and holds both an MBA and BSEE from Rice University. In his spare time, he writes his long-running Houston Strategies and Opportunity Urbanist blogs for the Houston Chronicle, and writes and speaks as a Founding Senior Fellow with the Center for Opportunity Urbanism.