With two decades of experience accelerating literacy growth for millions of kids, Beable’s leadership team is pioneering the next generation of life-ready literacy solutions.
Chief Executive Officer
Saki Dodelson is the Founder and CEO of Beable, the Life-Ready Literacy Company, and one of today’s true visionaries in education. Prior to launching Beable, Saki was the Founder and CEO of the pioneering company that introduced online differentiated learning and patented its breakthrough methodology. Over the past 18 years, Saki and her team helped more than 6 million preK-12 students significantly accelerate reading gains. Now, with Beable, Saki is building on this unprecedented foundation of success to more directly connect literacy to life-readiness and to the skills all students need to unlock economic opportunity and lifelong success in a changing world. Saki has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 50 Women Entrepreneurs and is a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Influencers in education in 2018 and 2019, Saki is a trusted thought leader and partner to districts nationwide because she always puts the needs of kids and their educators first.
Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Susan Gertler, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer at Beable. Susan has been developing differentiated curricula in the preK-12 and adult education markets for over 25 years, leveraging her expertise in education and psychology to provide for the unique needs of every learner. Susan brings to Beable a proven track record of innovation, putting theory into effective practice by recognizing the value offered by every stakeholder – student, teacher, school and district administrator, parent, community member – and creating the content and methodologies to magnify their contributions. Susan collaborates with industry experts to build blended learning opportunities, focusing on how every student can demonstrate success through a combination of independent learning and targeted support. Susan’s vision is instrumental to the success of Beable.
Chief Product Officer
Rivki Locker has extensive experience as an educator and product development leader. Rivki is applying this experience to develop Beable and create a more relevant, intuitive and effective experience for preK to adult learners. A former classroom teacher and reading specialist, Rivki spent the first portion of her career working hands-on with students, and in particular with struggling readers. With this critical foundation, she joined the leader in online differentiated learning as a member of the founding team, where she conceptualized an innovative, award-winning and immensely successful product line. Thousands of schools across the globe used and benefited from these innovative offerings. Additionally, the products won numerous awards including Tech & Learning Best of Show at ISTE, the Mid-Atlantic Top 100 Technology and Learning Award of Excellence, and finalist placement in the SIIA CODie awards.
Chief Technology Officer
As CTO and Co-Founder at Beable, Dan Shimoff’s focus is on architecting and developing the next-generation system connecting literacy to life-readiness, using new technologies and methodologies to ensure that our solutions are reliable, scalable and extensible. Dan is a seasoned technologist, business leader and strategist with an extensive background in educational technology. Prior to Beable, Dan was VP R&D and General Manager at McGraw-Hill Education where he built high-performance engineering teams and established MHE’s Integration Practice that provided integration and rostering services across all MHE products and platforms. During this time, Dan served as MHE’s overall technical representative and coordinator to IMS Global, the education industry consortium dedicated to defining and implementing common standards. For more than 25 years Dan has served in technology leadership roles, building companies and leading their engineering divisions, most notably PictureVision (acquired by Kodak), Demantra (acquired by Oracle) and Tegrity (acquired by McGraw-Hill Education). For over a decade, Dan has given back to the tech community by mentoring executives in the Internet/software industry.
President of Sales
Michael Gaal is an accomplished leader with more than 30 years of service-centered experience across multiple sectors and disciplines. Prior to joining Beable Education as the President of Sales, he served as President of an energy management company primarily supporting school districts and universities. Michael is a retired Air Force Colonel who successfully transitioned into public education administration through the Broad Superintendents Academy. He held senior leadership roles in several large urban districts, including: Deputy Chancellor, Washington, DC Public Schools; Chief of Staff, Oakland, CA Unified School District; and both Chief Operations Officer and Elementary Network Leader, Education Achievement Authority of Michigan in Detroit. Michael’s student’s first mantra and understanding of the needs of schools and students alike will be critical in Beable’s immediate and long-term growth.