About Opportunity Education

In education, business as usual is no longer enough.

We are a diverse team of researchers, engineers, and educators united by a common goal: to equip every young person on the planet with the skills needed to achieve their dreams. We’re leaving behind traditional assumptions about classrooms, homework, and grades and have developed a learning method and platform that will launch the next generation in education.

Our Mission

Established in 2005, Opportunity Education works to improve education for children, and to give them access to relevant and engaging learning opportunities. Today, our mission is to enable young people around the world to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in life and work.

Our Founder, Joe Ricketts

Founder - Joe Ricketts

After more than 35 years as the founder and CEO of Ameritrade, one of the largest online brokerage firms globally, Joe Ricketts is dedicated to improving education globally through the programs offered by Opportunity Education Foundation, a private foundation established and funded by him.

Driven by his passion for education and his belief that technology can empower individuals and communities to determine their own futures, Joe Ricketts applies his entrepreneurial expertise and personal resources to bring engaging, effective, and relevant learning to young persons around the world.

Learn about Joe Ricketts
Quote Graphic

We teach students how to continue to learn for the rest of their lives.

Joe Ricketts, Founder, Opportunity Education Foundation

The Quest Forward Learning Team

Joe Ricketts has assembled an expert team of researchers, educators, and engineers to develop the tools and curriculum needed to engage and inspire a new generation of learners. Our team combines the expertise in learning and application development needed to change education globally.

  1. Global Team
  2. Quest Designers
  3. East Africa Team
  1. Katie Aftosmis Kelsey

    Katie Aftosmis

    Lead Curriculum Designer, RWT

  2. Gary Antonick Kelsey

    Gary Antonick

    Senior Curriculum Designer, Mathematics

  3. Katie Aftosmis Diane Barnes

    Diane Barnes

    Senior Curriculum Designer, Social Sciences

  4. The Real Kelsey Cain Kelsey

    Kelsey Cain

    Mentor Coach

  5. Shannon Carey

    Lead Quest Designer, English

  6. The Real Brian Brian

    Brian Chenault

    Lead Engineer, Web Applications

  7. The Real Julia Julia

    Julia Chistiakova

    Product Designer

  8. The Real Kevin Kevin

    Kevin Clement

    Lead QA Engineer

  9. The Real Stephanie Dinkmeyer Stephanie Dinkmeyer

    Stephanie Dinkmeyer, M.S.Ed

    Life Skills Learning Designer

  10. The Real Scott Scott

    Scott Firestone

    Engineer, Web Applications

  11. Genny Healy Kelsey

    Genny Healy

    Senior Curriculum Designer, Science

  12. Nick Herman Kelsey

    Nick Herman

    Curriculum Designer

  13. Christine Jasper, MA

    Director, Project Management

  14. The Real Stephanie Liu-Barnes Stephanie

    Stephanie Liu-Barnes

    Director, Product Management

  15. The Real Wesley

    Wesley Magness

    Product Designer

  16. The Real Manuel Manuel

    Manuel Mattke

    Chief Innovation Officer

  17. The Real Brennan McGlynn Brennan McGlynn

    Brennan McGlynn

    Engineer, Mobile Applications

  18. The Real Claire Claire

    Claire Murray

    Implementation Manager

  19. Lenore Myka Lenore Myka

    Lenore Myka

    Curriculum Designer

  20. The Real Glen Glen

    Glen Oliff

    Lead Engineer, Mobile Applications

  21. The Real Aditi Parashar Aditi Parashar

    Aditi Parashar

    Product Manager

  22. The Real Suzy Peevey Suzy Peevey

    Suzy Peevey

    Product Support Specialist

  23. Ray Ravaglia

    Chief Learning Officer
    NGL Academy Board Member

  24. The Real Justin Justin

    Justin Rhinesmith

    Director, Engineering

  25. Jeff Scarborough

    Director of Learning Design

  26. The Real Jeff Sholl Jeff Sholl

    Jeff Sholl

    Engineer, Backend

  27. The Real Matt Matt

    Matthew Stucky

    Product Designer

  28. The Real Karen Karen

    Karen Tavenner Acosta

    Quest Review Manager

  29. The Real Jess Jess

    Jessica Vergano

    Director, Design

  30. The Real Jolene Jolene

    Jolene Zywica, PhD

    Director, Research and Evaluation

  1. Daniel Ambrose

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Kiswahili

  2. Proches Anthony

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    English

  3. Priscus Assenga

    Arusha, Tanzania

    Mathematics

  4. Mbezi Benjamin

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    History

  5. Christian Bwaya

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Chemistry

  6. Carmella Cadusale

    Youngstown, Ohio

    Social Science

  7. Shannon Carey

    Alpharetta, Georgia

    English

  8. Mussa Challa

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Civics

  9. Neema Chuwa

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Biology

  10. AB Davis

    Swan Quarter, North Carolina

    Math

  11. Nicole Dowd

    Grass Valley, CA

    Science

  12. Peter Edward

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Geography

  13. Rebeca Enock

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Mathematics

  14. Katherine Greene

    San Luis Obispo, California

    Math

  15. Lina Chopra Haldar

    Berkeley, California

    Math

  16. Pamela Jackson

    Berkeley, CA

    Social Science

  17. Tammy L. Jones

    Lebanon, Tennessee

    Math

  18. Pellagie Joseph

    Arusha, Tanzania

    Civics

  19. Rehema Justus

    Arusha, Tanzania

    Biology

  20. Moses Katuma

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    History

  21. Rahabu Kimaro

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    History

  22. Anna Kimtis

    Morris Plains, NJ

    Science

  23. Albert Kisima

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Math

  24. Neema Kiwia

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Kiswahili

  25. David Laisy

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Chemistry/Mathematics

  26. Justine Leverani

    Arusha, Tanzania

    History

  27. Mark Lawton

    Walnut, California

    Math

  28. Dawn Lovic

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    English

  29. Francis Lusabe

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Chemistry

  30. Glory Lyatuu

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Civics

  31. Boniphace Lyimo

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Biology

  32. Sande Maleko

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Geography

  33. Salum Manjoti

    Arusha, Tanzania

    Kiswahili

  34. Gadiel Masuki

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Physics

  35. Amos Mchomvu

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Geography

  36. Teal Minton

    Farmington, ME

    Math

  37. Samwel Mchuma

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Chemistry

  38. Charles Mfano

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Mathematics

  39. Riziki Mlay

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Kiswahili

  40. Simon Mlaza

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Math

  41. Kerbin Mongi

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    English

  42. Godbless Mosha

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Physics

  43. Vicent Mosori

    Arusha, Tanzania

    Physics

  44. Emmanuel Mrema

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Kiswahili

  45. Godbless Msami

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Biology

  46. Boaz Msechu

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    English

  47. Ndenengo Msele

    Arusha, Tanzania

    Geography

  48. Israel Musali

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Geography

  49. Janeth Mushi

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Chemistry

  50. Sisawia Mushi

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Physics

  51. Wilbald Mvungi

    Arusha, Tanzania

    Math

  52. Alfred Mwijage

    Arusha, Tanzania

    Math

  53. Rugabera Mwijage

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Biology

  54. Sayuni Nasari

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Biology

  55. Lydia Ndosi

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    History

  56. E. Scott Osborne

    Sarasota, Florida Social Studies

  57. Jeff Ousborne

    Somerville, MA

    English

  58. Frank Pape

    Struthers, Ohio

    Social Studies

  59. Baraka Samwel

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Physics

  60. Juma Selemani

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Biology

  61. Nancy Smith

    Palo Alto, California

    N/A

  62. Jones Dickson Steven

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    English

  63. Caroline Tamanu

    Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Math

  64. Jacob Taminosian

    Lakeland, Florida

    Science

  65. Annie Tete

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Science

  66. Scott Warnert

    San Luis Obispo, California

    Math

  67. Jonathan Weber

    Carrollton, Texas

    Social Studies

  1. Eligrania Lema

    Quest Design Coordinator

  2. Leveri Mlaki

    Mentor Teacher

  3. Daniel Mlambo

    Program Manager

  4. Mary Modest

    Office Manager

  5. Fredy Mollel

    Mentor Teacher

  6. Martin Russell

    OE Country Director

Featured Blog Posts

Six Essential Habits

In our work here at Opportunity Education, we believe that young people need six essential habits to thrive in life, career, and school.

Read More