Tembo Education


Tembo educates 0-6 year old children, via text messages. Tembo sends one activity per day, to parents, via text messages. The parents then educate their children with the activity. For educating their children, parents are rewarded. In developing nations, rewards are free minutes & texts. In developed nations, rewards are Amazon gift cards. For every child educated, Tembo educates an underserved child, similar to TOMS shoes "1-for-1" model.

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Management Team

Co-Founder & CEO

Phil Michaels

- Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur - MBA & MS: Marketing - Built 73% profit-margin business - Leadership board for the HIVE at Harvard’s Grad School of Education - Entrepreneur Mentor at MIT’s Sandbox

Education Lead

Alexandra Post

- MS: Tech & Innovation Harvard Graduate School of Education - MS: Curriculum Design and Teaching in Early Childhood from Teachers College at Columbia University - Nominated for teacher of the year during her first year as NYC’s Universal PreK Head Teacher and double the size of enrollment for the school for the following year - Taught preschool at Google’s school for employees kids - Consulted with Sesame Workshop and the Joan Ganz Cooney center

Lead Dev

Jesse Chamberlain

- BS in Information Technology, BA in Art & Design - Tech graduate of Launch Academy Boston - Created and ran an e-commerce business for 9 years while also maintaining a five-star customer service rating over nearly 500 reviews - Manages Tembo team of various developer roles - Prepared and launched the Tembo Beta website

Co-founder & CFO

Brent Caramanica

- Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur - CPA and Auditor at Grant Thornton

Education Lead

Donna Kirkwood

- PhD in Child Development - Former national program director for MIECHV-approved home-visiting program serving 15k+ children. Responsible for writing and revising curriculum and children’s books, revising and implanting accreditation process and overseeing cadre of nation's trainers. - Certified to conduct assessments using ECERS, ITERS, PAS - Peer reviewer for ECADA & NCATE - Published 15+ times in national & international education journals