Lesley knows what students need to succeed. As an educational advisor, academic coach, and product designer, Founder Lesley Martin has worked with students, both in the classroom and one-on-one, for over fifteen years. In addition to ClassTracker, Lesley runs an academic coaching service focused on teaching teens organizational, time management and executive function skills.
She's written books focused on student success. The success she's had with her students inspired her to author two books. "Make the Grade" focuses on the skills needed to be successful in high school and beyond. "Where's My Stuff?: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide" teaches foundational skills students need to stay organized and manage their time.
She set out to create a tool that would help all students – from the naturally organized to the "organizationally challenged." It needed to be simple, intuitive and aligned with their daily schedule. Thus, ClassTracker® was born.
ClassTracker® stems from a combination of Lesley's experience in education, and research-based strategies on students' time management and organizational skills. During her eight-year tenure as a social studies teacher, she learned that how well students managed their time had a direct impact on their success in school. Those who created a system to track their homework and were more apt to do it than those that left it to memory. This learning was reinforced when she left the classroom and started tutoring teens.
Lesley has a 20-year history in education. She taught social studies at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California for nearly a decade and has been coaching students since 2004. Additionally she worked at Brightstorm to launch their online math and AP tutoring products and as a product manager for InsideTrack, a company dedicated to coaching college and graduate students. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a teaching credential from Mills College.
She is passionate about educational reform and finding ways to provide high-level education to all students.