Meet the Team

  • Jesse Olsen

    Founder & CEO

    Most would call Jesse the brains behind the outfit, but in reality he's just super stubborn. Admittedly, though, his knack for coding and ability to not have a life are probably the company's two most valuable assets. More+

  • Justin Meyer

    Founder & COO

    Most would say that Justin was crazy to drop his engineering job in beautiful Portland, Oregon to move to New York City to be the sole full-time owner of a bootstrapped startup... but we strongly suspect that he was crazy to begin with. More+

  • Jenna VanLooven

    Director of Customer Support

    Jenna is, by a significant margin, the nicest person that works at JumpRope. Being talented managers of human resources, we suspected that she would do quite well in the role of customer support. More+

  • Nathan Patton

    Chief Technology Officer

    Nathan is a godsend. When it comes to programming and all that jazz, Jesse's fingers and sometimes overflowing brain can only handle so much. Enter, Nathan. As Jesse likes to say, he's best-in-class at making things work "the first time." More+

  • Hayley Tanler

    Implementation Specialist

    The first time we met Hayley, we had dinner on the roof of a boat and made her walk to her bus alone at night in New York City (where she did not live). That was our first clue that she could handle our passionate customers. A few months and a couple more unorthodox interviews later, she proved that she had what it takes to be a JumpRoper and came on board. More+

  • Sara Needleman

    Teaching & Learning Specialist

    Sara is a middle school person. Before she began working with graduate students in the University of Southern Maine's Teacher Education Department, she spent 12 years in classrooms with early adolescents. Fascinated by the process of learning, she is passionate about making explicit connections between her aims for students and the methods she uses to help them arrive at their goals. More+

  • Vanessa White

    Customer Support Specialist

    During Vanessa’s ten years of middle school teaching, she led the science department, chaired school improvement committees, provided professional development, developed district and statewide assessments, and coached science competitions and cross country running. More+


About JumpRope

JumpRope helps educators implement standards-based grading in every classroom through innovative assessment and feedback. We provide the web-based platform that great teachers and schools need to engage students with active pedagogy, purposeful planning, and authentic learning experiences. With the tools to make standards-based grading easy, teachers are freed to create, propel and inspire; and students become life-long learners. More +

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