Journey’s End

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My journey to join Naiku started many years ago. Both my parents were teachers when I was very young. As I entered the school system my mother remained very involved in my education by volunteering in the classroom. I continued this tradition when I was elected to the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board. That was nearly 18 years ago, and I still enjoy serving the community even after seeing my three daughters graduate. I attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to complete a degree in Political Science. I was involved … Read More

What is Naiku?

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Since I started telling people that I founded Naiku with Corey and Kevin, the first thing people always ask is “What’s Naiku?” I’m always happy to tell them that naiku means “teacher” in Lao. I’m originally from Laos, and am always proud to talk to people about this small nation in southeast Asia. My parents moved my family to the US in 1980, of course in the middle of a cold Minnesota winter. It was quite a shock to go from a warm tropical climate of Laos to the frozen … Read More

Facilitating “Connection”

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Seven years ago, I was introduced to the educational technology market by PLATO Learning, where I worked at various levels of management in the Product Development department. PLATO Learning creates innovative, computer-based curriculum across a wide array of subjects and has been doing so for over 40 years. During my time there, we would have speakers come in during our annual company meetings to provide a perspective on a number of subjects, from the current “state of education” to technology’s place in education. Towards the end of the speeches, there … Read More

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