TeacherMatch Platform Team
Fascinated with process and understanding how things work, Val understands the importance of using quality data to make decisions that impact students—whether it be through assisting districts with thoughtful assessments or hiring the best teachers and school staff members.
Before joining TeacherMatch, Tom was a Sr. Director of Market Technologies at TTR, Inc. At TTR, Tom worked with payment technology integrations, the market-based trading platform, and product development.
Prior to that role, Tom accumulated 10+ years of experience in identifying, designing, implementing and maintaining high volume web and back-end systems that improve productivity and existing systems. He has recruited, retained, coached and developed IT talent at multiple levels.
Tom attended Villanova University where he graduated with both a M.S. and B.S. in Computer Science.
Prior to joining TeacherMatch, Tamara was a Data Analyst for the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services within Chicago Public Schools (CPS). At CPS, Tamara contributed to many key initiatives, including: crafting, implementing, and supporting data gathering tools utilized by 700 schools, aimed at enhancing supports provided to more than 50,000 students; providing data and reporting support to inform transition decisions made effecting more than 2,000 students with disabilities; and serving as an advisor on several district-wide working groups, ensuring appropriate consideration of students with disabilities.
Before joining CPS, Tamara was an Audit Officer for the Commercial Bank within JPMorgan Chase. Tamara initially joined JPMorgan Chase via the Internal Consulting Services Management Development program after graduating from Chicago State University with a B.S. in Accounting.
Joe Anderson joined the TeacherMatch team in January of 2015. Prior to joining TeacherMatch, Joe was a Loan Deficiency Analyst at Guaranteed Rate Inc. As an Analyst, Joe was responsible for auditing high-risk loan portfolios, maintaining accountability for errors and issues with internal staff and ultimately correcting any deficiencies within loan portfolios. He also managed relations with investor banks as it pertained to the sale and transfer of loan portfolios.
Prior to that role, Joe was a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He studied Education and History. He graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in History. Joe is an avid Chicago sports fan and enjoys spending time on or in Lake Michigan.
Erik Mejia joined TeacherMatch April of 2014, and previously worked in technology and fitness helping businesses implement systems change.
Having worked in sales, sales support, and management, Erik brings a wide variety of skill sets to the team. While in technology, Erik worked with businesses to build relationships, craft ideal solutions, and inform clients on the possibilities of automating processes and building success. In fitness, he worked with his organization to refine retention initiatives, and with vendor companies implementing corporate fitness programs.
Erik received a Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Ashley Wiggins joined TeacherMatch in November 2015. While earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Ashley worked with various companies and nonprofit organizations to help implement best practices.
Upon graduation, Ashley continued to working with companies to foster solid relationships with partners and create a standard for partner interaction. She also managed to increase partner retention by reducing pain points and other underlining friction.
Ashley is still heavily involved in community work in Chicago. She’s a key member of Austin Coming Together, an organization aimed at improving the educational and economic development outcomes for the Austin community.