Ashley Mathis is the Chief Executive Officer for Creative Learning Systems. A mission-driven education executive, Ashley joined the company in June 2020. She is responsible for advancing the organization’s mission to “engage every learner, every day” through high-quality, interdisciplinary, project-based learning environments and curriculum experiences that help students develop next-generation skills. Ashley has nearly two decades of experience working in customer-facing roles within education technology companies. Prior to joining Creative Learning Systems, Ashley previously spent seven years at Teaching Strategies, where she most recently served as the company’s President and was responsible for sales, marketing, public policy, customer success, operations, and human resources. Before joining Teaching Strategies, Ashley served in leadership positions at Discovery Education, where she led the company’s customer success, sales, and marketing efforts. Ashley holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and English Literature from Denison University.
Scott M. Hanlin is the Chief Operating Officer for Creative Learning Systems. Scott is responsible for delivering on the organization’s promise to provide students with hands-on, project-based learning experiences that ignite their passion for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, while empowering them to approach challenges with creativity. Prior to joining Creative Learning Systems in November 2020, Scott spent 15 years at the EdTech company Pearson, where he held various technology and delivery leadership roles. Most recently, Scott served as the Director of Development and Delivery for Pearson’s Classroom Assessment business. Scott holds a B.A. in Business Management and Organizational Studies from the University of Iowa.
Lynn Hendrickson has been the Controller for Creative Learning Systems since 2018. He spent more than 26 years serving in various Chief Financial Officer positions for service, manufacturing, and distribution organizations. Lynn maintains an active CPA license in Colorado and is also a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He holds a B.B.A in accounting from the University of North Dakota and has been an active member of the AICPA throughout his career.
Most Influential Teacher: My high school psychology teacher, Abraham Eisenstein (“Mr. X”), taught me how to question everything, how to reason, and how to think outside of the box.
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Weisert gave me an appreciation of music theory that I’ve used all my life.
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Hansbrough, my high school Spanish teacher, went above and beyond to teach us to appreciate and embrace other cultures through real-life experiences.
Most Influential Teacher: Mrs. Suddeth, my first grade teacher, knew how to make everyone feel special.
Most Influential Teacher: I was a shy kid who struggled with reading, and Miss Evaniew, my second grade teacher, helped build my confidence in the classroom and became a supportive mentor who even attended my dance recitals.
Most Influential Teacher: My second grade teacher really knew how to make school fun and engaging.
Most Influential Teacher: My seventh grade algebra teacher taught me to push myself. Because of his influence, I was top in his class and I worked so hard that I finished high school and college early.
Most Influential Teacher: My Math for Teachers professor told me, “Although many see the classroom teacher’s role as that of lecturer, the truth is students will learn and remember more if they take ownership of their learning and discover solutions for themselves.”
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Luchich, my biology teacher, ignited my natural curiosity and let me design biology projects and test my own hypothesis. I grew to love looking objectively at data. Anyone who has ever worked with me has heard “Data is not good or bad, it can teach us.”
Most Influential Teacher: Mrs. Godfrey, my eighth grade coding teacher, taught me that there is so much to explore in the world of technology.
Most Influential Teacher: My favorite teacher, Mrs. McCaughey, brought learning to life with real-world simulations that required me to apply the concepts and skills we were learning.
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. McCarthy, my junior high school tech teacher, made learning fun and showed us that trying and failing was still learning—and that that was more important than the grades we received.
Most Influential Teacher: Mrs. Cianciabella, my kindergarten teacher, helped every student see what made us unique.
Most Influential Teacher: Ms. Hubbard, an accounting professor, was my favorite teacher because she connected what we were learning in the classroom to real-world experiences.
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Lathrop, my eleventh grade English teacher, became a friend and a mentor to all of us—and, bonus, he could always make us laugh.
Most Influential Teacher: My ninth grade teacher, Mrs. Kloster, brought books to life in her world literature class.
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Syron taught me to love science by making it hands-on and engaging!
Most Influential Teacher: Mrs. Anderson, my first grade teacher, instilled an early love of books.
Most Influential Teacher: Mrs. Williams was my first grade teacher, and it was her first year teaching. She had such an impact on the entire class that, years later, almost the entire class came back together and gave her a “1st Class” retirement party.
Most Influential Teacher: Dr. Nance was my business professor and he taught me the importance of continuous improvement while thinking outside of the box. (Plus, he coupled that with great jokes!)
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Casey, my high school math teacher, inspired me to push myself outside my comfort zone and saw my potential to pursue my dreams in college.
Most Influential Teacher: My sixth grade algebra teacher, Mrs. Lee, introduced an all project-based learning environment that felt both productive and rewarding.
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Jekel, my high school western civilization teacher, taught me critical thinking skills and how to examine the logic supporting cultural ideas and philosophical foundations.
Most Influential Teacher: Mrs. Bittner, my third grade teacher, taught me to value all perspectives and instilled in me the idea that there is always more than one way to solve any problem.
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Beaber, my band teacher and Student Council Advisor, saw in me a leader with ideas worth sharing.
Most Influential Teacher: My fifth grade science teacher, Ms. Burville, introduced me to microscopes and that captured my interest. I found myself exerting 100% of my limited talent to drawing salt crystals, mold spores, and fingerprints.
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Penner, my high school biology and physiology teacher, made learning fun.
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Hoobiar, my third grade teacher, taught me to love math by pushing us to learn more while making the experience fun.
Most Influential Teacher: Mr. Williams was the first teacher who let us look through a large telescope, which led to a lifetime of being inspired by space and engineering.
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