Direction - Management - Guidance
Andrew Pass is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of A Pass Educational Group, LLC. Andy started the company in 2009 after a project manager at Pearson Learning Solutions reached out and asked him for instructional design work. He realized that if Pearson wanted to use his services, other publishing companies would be interested as well. Under Andrew Pass's leadership, A Pass Educational Group, LLC has grown into a multi-million dollar educational content development company.
Prior to beginning A Pass, Andy completed advanced doctoral work in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy at Michigan State University. In addition, he holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Andy is also a teacher by profession, teaching fifth and sixth grade Judaic studies courses at a private school in Texas for three years. He later taught pre-service social studies methods courses at Michigan State. More recently, he taught graduate courses in educational technology, focusing on the many education-friendly tools within Web 2.0.
Chief Operating Officer
Sarah Bierman joined A Pass in July, 2011 as a subject matter expert in mathematics. She quickly rose to become our Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all content design and development within the company. Today, Sarah is an equity partner at A Pass.
Prior to working at A Pass, Sarah gained more than fifteen years of experience in all aspects of education, both formal and informal. She served as mathematics department chairperson at both the middle and high school levels. In these roles she conducted professional development and oversaw curriculum choices and implementation. Sarah also has prior experience working at educational technology companies.
Sarah holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Columbia University and an M.A. in Mathematics Education from the Teachers College of Columbia University.
Chief Financial Officer
Sara came to A Pass Educational Group with nearly 10 years of professional experience in accounting and financial controlling before taking on her current role as the Operations Manager. She manages corporate organization, human resource operations as well as handling the accounting side of the organization.
Sara has a degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from Central Michigan University. She currently lives in the Metro Detroit area with her family.
Director of STEM Content Development
Lynsey Peterson joined A Pass in 2012 as a Developmental Editor for science assessment items. She soon began working part-time as a Lead Editor and then became the Director of Science and Mathematics for A Pass in 2013. Since that time, she has directed the development of materials for a variety of projects, ranging from technology-enhanced assessment items to multi-faceted unit lesson plans. Prior to working with A Pass, Lynsey spent three years writing science content for several major educational content companies. Her background in education began during her eight years as a science teacher for grades 8-12, where she worked to unpack new standards and develop courses for her science departments.
Lynsey worked in various countries including England, Spain, and Costa Rica, and conducted research in plant ecology while earning her BS in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Furman University.
Director of Humanities Content Development
Stephen came to A Pass Educational Group following nearly a decade of contributions to numerous online, textual, and ancillary content development projects involving the major educational publishing consortia at both K-12 and university levels. He is a member in good standing of the National Council for Social Studies and received a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program. Stephen has held a Massachusetts Teachers Certification in History and Social Studies since 2002.
Stephen studied at Harvard University and holds his B.A.S. degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Career & Technical Education Development
Megan Wahl started working with A Pass in 2012 as a freelance science and higher ed writer, developmental editor, and instructional designer. In 2015 she joined the leadership team as Director of Career and Technical Education. Her background includes 9 years of teaching middle school science. She has experiences as both a tenured teacher in a large suburban public school district, and a teacher in a small urban ELOB public charter school. Her most recent teaching experience includes supervising and evaluating student internships and portfolios for a small cohort of teachers in an Educational Technology graduate program.
Megan earned a BA in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg College, and a M Ed degree in Educational Technology from Loyola University, Maryland. She holds a current Maryland teaching certificate.
Project and Human Resources Coordinator
Julia began with A Pass Educational Group in 2013 as a writer in the ELA and Higher Education departments. In 2015, she joined the team as a Project and Human Resource Coordinator. Prior to A pass Educational Group, Julia worked as a corporate training manager developing unique content and leading a training team at a large financial institution.
Julia has a B.A. in Psychology and English Literature and a Master of Teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a teaching license in the State of Virginia.