Our Story

Two teachers, one unique vision

Abre’s co-founders, Chris and Zach, started their careers in the classroom as math and history teachers.

Collectively, they’ve worn many of the hats in education from administrators, to coaches, to CTO/Tech Directors. Abre truly is a platform created by educators for educators.

Our roots are in public education

Chris and Zach’s first meeting was serendipitous, engaging, and frankly, humorous. They’d love to share it with you over a drink sometime.

But to make a long story short, they became somewhat obsessed with why education software was so siloed. Why did so much of it still look like it came out of Geocities circa 1999? Why was it not useful? Why didn’t it actually help students and their communities? Why was it so expensive?

They felt that the market didn’t have an answer. So they created Abre.

What does “Abre” mean?

“Open” in Spanish.

Our vision

Where we want to go

Through consolidated solutions and meaningful connections, we ignite the ‘aha’ moments that open the future for the whole child and the community.

Our mission

Why we exist

Our mission is to open learning communities by connecting what matters.

Who are we today?

We are lifelong learners with decades of experience in both the classroom and in technology.

Meet our executive team

  • Laura Fischer

    SVP of Sales

    A seasoned Senior Vice President of Sales, Laura is deeply committed to empowering the community of talent she works with to cultivate world-class business and sales organizations. While she is passionate about driving professional success, her greatest joy comes from her role as a dedicated wife and mother to her two adorable children.

  • Kelly Havens

    Chief Finance Officer / Chief Operations Officer

    Fueled by helping technology companies maximize their growth and impact opportunity, Kelly has spent 15 years leading finance and operations teams at some of the most successful organizations. As a native to the Pacific Northwest, Kelly enjoys staying active outdoors with her family and enjoying a good glass of wine while reading a great book.

  • Nicole King

    SVP of Business Development | Former Educator

    With more than 20 years of experience as an educator and EdTech leader, Nicole is a passionate advocate for change and innovation. Nicole embraces opportunities to partner with local, state, and national leaders to ensure each and every student is set up for success in school and life.

  • Christie Madsen

    SVP of Client Experience | Former Elementary Teacher

    Christie is a former elementary and middle school teacher who has spent more than a decade building and scaling customer-facing teams. She's inspired to support educators effectively leverage technology to solve real and pressing challenges with a sharp focus on driving customer outcomes and surpassing expectations.

  • Chris Rose

    Co-Founder | Chief Product Officer | Board | Former High School Teacher

    As a former high school math teacher, Chris taught Algebra and Pre-Calculus and understands the challenges of the classroom.

  • James Stoffer

    CEO | Board

    With a passion of leading and scaling social impact companies, James has spent nearly 20 years in education technology.

  • Zach Vander Veen

    Co-Founder | Chief Innovation Officer | Former Teacher, Tech Director

    Zach's worn many hats in education including History Teacher, Technology Coach, Administrator, and Director of Technology.

Meet our board of directors

  • Sanket Merchant


    Sanket is a Partner at PeakSpan Capital (an $1.5B+ AUM investment firm) and leads the firms EdTech practice. Sanket and the PeakSpan team invest exclusively in high-impact, high-growth B2B software scale-ups. As a father of twin boys, he is studied in the challenge that many K12 institutions face with an immature (and candidly poor) data infrastructure and is thrilled to partner with Abre to power “data intelligence” for every K12 district enabling them to be authentically data-driven and operationalize student data in a way that drives dramatically better outcomes for every student both in and outside the classroom. Sanket enjoys spending time with his wife and twin boys enjoying the diversity of experiences their home in the Bay Area has to offer and recent found hobbies in both tennis and long-distance running.

  • Ashley Keating


    Ashley is Partner at CincyTech and helps venture-backed companies navigate from seed through growth stage. As a working mom, she is well aware of the messy edtech experience most parents and teachers have to navigate. She's excited for Abre being well-positioned to simplify edtech for all stakeholders.

  • Paula Reed


    Paula is the President & CEO of BizEducation Consulting, Inc. where she helps EdTech companies strategize and scale success across their go-to-market, sales, and marketing functions. Previously she held leadership positions at Discovery Education, Educational Services of America, and University of Maryland. She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Tony. When she's not consulting EdTech companies she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family.

  • At Cincinnati Public Schools we focus on serving the Whole Child, and Abre has allowed us to see the whole picture: what that student is doing with their grades, their attendance — even in their behavioral marks.

    Casey Fisher | Cincinnati Public Schools