The MARIO Movement

While working as a special education teacher at International School Bangkok, founder Philip Bowman saw the need for a new paradigm in special education. He was inspired to create an innovative approach based on one-to-one learning conversations, which led to remarkable advances in his students. From Philip’s classroom came the MARIO Approach.

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Our Team

Philip Bowman

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Graeme Scott

Executive Chairman

Jessica Hess

Chief Operating Officer

Erin Madonna

Curriculum Designer

Ayla Reau

Curriculum Designer

Taryn McBrayne

Curriculum Designer

Matt Barker

Educational UX Designer

Christopher Bell

Chief Technology Officer

Emmy Thamakaison

Marketing Director

Listening

We believe students should do more talking and teachers should do more listening.

Researching

We prioritize identification and implementation of the best practices in learning and teaching.

Measuring

We meaningfully measure our impact and help other educators do so too.

Creating Partnerships

We focus on building the best relationships possible, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Empowering

We understand that change is more meaningful when it comes from within.

Setting High Expectations

We know that setting high expectations is a critical first step to achieving remarkable results.

Being Flexible

We serve diverse needs and recognize the importance of flexible structures and approaches.

Innovating

We are always improving our framework and finding new ways to increase our impact.

MARIO Educational Advisory Council

Led by Philip Bowman, we are a team of over fifteen special educators that are always reviewing the best research and evolving our framework as a result. Researchers and thought leaders guide our work, but we take pride in being teachers and administrators that are on the ground at the intersection of theory and practice.

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Special Advisors

Gautam Patel

Strategic Leadership
Managing Director of Tarsadia Investments

Katie Novak, Ed.D

Education (UDL)
Founder and CEO of Novak Education

Kristin Simmers

Education (MBE)
Educational Psychology PhD Candidate at UConn

Keith Collins, Ed.D

Education
Director of Student Services at International School Bangkok

Cindy Warner-Dobrowski

Education
Director of Student Services at American School Dubai

Angelique Wynkoop

Education
Learning Specialist at Culpepper County Public Schools

Susan Campbell

Education
Elementary School Principal at Yowell Elementary School

Akshay Patel

Software Development
Senior Software Engineer at Facebook

Mary Cunney

Marketing
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Nanotronics

Sunil Patel

Legal
Legal Counsel at Facebook

Our Partners

The following organizations support our mission to empower and connect exceptional learners, educators, family members, and school administrators.

A MARIO Educator at Your School

Administrators

Increase collective teacher-efficacy in your school as MARIO Educators implement and share their professional learning initatives.

Educators

Take your craft to the next level and learn how to build classes that really deliver an effective personalized learning experience.

Parents

Your child will benefit from an evidence-based approach that results in better academic outcomes now and increased learning skills in the futue.

Join the MARIO Family

We are a dedicated group of learners that are constantly seeking to improve the lives of the children we care for. Whether you are a teacher, parent, assistant, or administrator, we give you free access to the most recent special education related research and practices available. Our twice monthly MARIO Memo summarizes and shares studies from peer-reviewed journals, while our learning letters provide insights from MARIO classrooms.

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Join the MARIO Family

We are a dedicated group of learners that are constantly seeking to improve the lives of the children we care for. Whether you are a teacher, parent, assistant, or administrator, we give you free access to the most recent special education related research and practices available. Our twice monthly MARIO Memo summarizes and shares studies from peer-reviewed journals, while our learning letters provide insights from MARIO classrooms.

Subscribe

Please enter the correct email