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Introducing Five New Knerds

Posted in Knerds on October 8, 2015 by

L–R: Amy, Jeff, Josh, Tara (Pictured below: Rodrigo)

Welcome five new Knerds!


Rodrigo Lima is an implementation architect from São Paulo, Brazil. He went to school in Salvador, Brazil, and has worked with distance learning in a variety of ways for about 10 years. He enjoys movies, video games, travel, Jiu Jitsu, and spending time with his family and three dogs. His biggest pet peeve is people who try out their new ringtones loudly in public. If he could witness any event past, present, or future, he would watch his five-year-old son’s birth over and over.  

Originally from Ohio, Amy Howell is a digital curriculum developer on the content team. Before Knewton, she attended Ohio State University, went to New Zealand as part of the Fulbright program, and then worked as an educator in New York City schools. Her hobbies include multi-day backpacking treks, travel, and learning French. Her biggest pet peeve is being stuck underground during MTA transit delays.  

Josh Wickman, from Endicott, New York, joins as a database engineer. He went to the University of Delaware before working on the database team at Sailthru. He enjoys homebrewing and playing guitar. If he could witness any event past, present, or future, it would be the collision of Andromeda with the Milky Way. His favorite fast food chain is Jake’s Wayback Burgers and his favorite time of day is Beer o’clock.

Jeff Berger joins Knewton as a senior database engineer. Also from Endicott, New York, he attended SUNY Binghamton and Penn State, before running MongoDB clusters. His favorite book is The Forever War and in his spare time, he enjoys bladesmithing. His biggest pet peeve is putting kitchen knives in the dishwasher. If he could witness any event past, present, or future, it would be the creation of the Moon.  

A digital curriculum developer on the learning team, Tara Andreas is a true New York City native. She went to NYU, where she got her Bachelor’s in English and her Master’s in teaching, before becoming an English teacher. She loves exploring the North Woods of Central Park, getting out of the city, dance fitness, restorative yoga, poetry, playing with language, Saturday mornings, and hanging out with her chihuahua mix, Huxley. Her biggest pet peeve are pole-huggers on the subway.