"We’re changing the future for kids who have traditionally been left behind." Michelle Ching - Teacher, Founder, CEO

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Our Mission

My name is Michelle and I teach 2nd grade. I started Literator because I struggled to address my students’ widely varying reading needs. I sought out best practices and tools, but nothing felt right. This struggle was not unique to me, it is something that teachers both new and veteran are challenged with. We needed a solution that felt natural and unintrusive, and it didn’t exist. So we built Literator.

Our team is taking the best of technology, user experience design and literacy expertise and bringing ease and affordability into the classroom to give teachers what they need to help students read. The literacy gap disproportionately impacts students of color and students in poverty, but doesn’t have to be that way. Literator is dedicated to changing the future for the kids who have traditionally been left behind.

Our Team

Michelle Ching, Founder & CEO

Michelle is a teacher and holds a California Lifetime Teaching Credential. Literator was born out of struggles Michelle encountered in her 2nd grade class at Reach Academy in Oakland, CA. Michelle is a Teach for America alumnus with contributions to the community extending far beyond the classroom. She was a Board Member for Induz Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing arts to students in need. She also served as a Policy and Advocacy Fellow at GO Public Schools and is an inaugural cohort member of Leadership for Educational Equity’s New American Leadership Program.

Michelle’s family came as refugees from Laos. She received a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.Ed from Loyola Marymount University, and a Certificate of Social Sector Leadership from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jing Jin, Founder & CPO

Jing Jin, Founder & CPO

Jing brings a keen eye for design and usability to the Literator team. Jing is a designineer with a passion for delivering rich, interactive, user experiences. Jing brings with her extensive experience from Apple in creating delightful, practical, and minimalistic software. She is well-versed in both the web and mobile space and is named on a number of web technology patents as well as having published papers in the field of Human-Computer Interactions. Jing is a mentor, volunteer, and instructor for ChickTech, UXNight, and other organizations that empower minorities in tech.

Jing was born in Harbin, China and holds both a B.Sc in Computer Science and a Master’s in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

Jeff Tchang, Founder & CTO

Jeff Tchang, Founder & CTO

Jeff brings to the team a wide range of both corporate and startup experience and is a proven strategic leader who is ideally suited to lead Literator. Jeff brings a strong focus on technical excellence and an unwavering commitment to Literator’s core values. Jeff has held a variety of roles in diverse industries. He is an established web architect and engineer having contributed to the security and infrastructure systems at both GE and Visa. Jeff has previously founded other startups including Dishcrawl, a venture that connected the world through food.

Jeff is originally from New York and holds a B.Sc in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Menesha Mannaperuma, Researcher

Menesha Mannaperuma, Researcher

Menesha is a designer with a background in law, technology and education. Prior to working as a designer, Menesha worked as a technology lawyer specializing in patent litigation. Menesha spent her college years running an education nonprofit, East Palo Alto Stanford Academy, and prior to law school, worked at Jumpstart for Young Children, an early literacy nonprofit.

Menesha's parents immigrated to the United States from Sri Lanka and always emphasized the importance of education. She received a BA from Stanford and a JD from Berkeley Law.

Belén Ceballos, Researcher

Belén Ceballos, Researcher

As a former sociologist, Belén organizes and leads collaborative design thinking strategies, working as a bridge between designers, developers and business stakeholders. Belén has 3+ years of field research experience working in UX at the largest travel e-commerce site in Latinamerica (Despegar.com). She believes design is a teamwork and enjoys working in a collaborative culture.

Belén comes from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied sociology at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and completed advanced training on Lean UX methodologies at the Universidad de Palermo. Belén is currently finishing a Product Design course at Tradecraft, in San Francisco.

Making A Difference

8 Hours Saved Every Week

20,000 Students Served

17 Countries Served

Loved By More Than 300 Schools

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