Leadership Team. Conceptua Math is led by a team of highly experienced developers and educators. Our cumulative experience includes over 100 years of educational software development and classroom experience, numerous research projects, and more than a dozen published software products in reading, writing, math and special needs.
Arjan Khalsa, CEO
Over the past 35 years, Arjan Khalsa has been a pioneer in educational technology, curriculum development, research, and ed-tech entrepreneurship. Prior to Conceptua, Arjan co-founded IntelliTools, Inc., developed the company into a special education leader, and sold it successfully to Cambium Learning. He currently leads the Digital Learning Initiative for the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM). He co-founded the Assistive Technology Industry Association, helped write special education legislation, and has served on a number of education-related boards of directors. For more information and to read Arjan’s blog, visit www.arjankhalsa.com.
John Laskarzewski, Director of Implementation
John “Laz” Laskarzewski has close to 40 years of classroom teaching experience. He was a middle school science teacher before serving for ten years as the instructional leader for technology in the Plainville Community Schools in Plainville, Connecticut. John has also taught at the university level for four years. John co-directed a research project on fractions software for upper-elementary students, and has co-directed a large-scale research project on technology to teach math to second grade students. He is also a diligent software developer, data collector, and analyst. John is the kind of person who makes district administrators and teachers feel confident that their computers really can work.
Fred Ross-Perry, Chief Product Officer
Fred Ross-Perry has 35 years of experience developing technology products, the last 20 of which have been devoted to educational software for elementary and middle school students. Fred is particularly interested in math software and has been a lead participant in the development of such titles as IntelliMathics® and Classroom Suite (published by IntelliTools/Cambium Learning), along with MathPad® and MathPad® plus: Fractions and Decimals (published by InfoUse). Fred also led the development of IntelliKeys® USB (IntelliTools/Cambium Learning).
Edward Murphy, Chief Technology Officer
Ed Murphy has been a leader in educational technology development for over 20 years. In the late 1980’s and 1990’s he was the President of Presage Software Development, where he led the development of popular educational programs like KidPix® Studio Deluxe and Mario® Teaches Typing. Ed started working with researchers ten years ago, specializing in reading and math in elementary school. He was the Director of Software Development for Talking Fingers, Inc., where he developed Read, Write, and Type products. He was the Vice President for Product Engineering at IntelliTools, Inc., where he led the creation of Classroom Suite Version 4. Ed did post-graduate work in software engineering at Harvard, and his intelligent approach to engineering is manifest in his close attention to the relationship between research and software development.
Lauri Susi, Professional Development Advisor
Lauri Susi has over 30 years of experience as a K-12 classroom teacher, digital curriculum developer, and professional development specialist. Lauri led the development of much of the Conceptua Math content and has created many of the professional development systems and videos. Lauri has co-directed a research project on fractions software for upper-elementary students, and has co-directed a large-scale research project on technology to teach math to second grade students. Lauri has a master’s degree in special education and educational technology. She lives in North Carolina.
David Robertshaw, Project Management Advisor
David Robertshaw has over 20 years of experience in product management, project management, marketing, and sales. His math-oriented projects include MathPad Plus: Fractions and Decimals (published by InfoUse), Number Concepts 1 & 2, IntelliMathics, and Classroom Suite 4. A graduate of UCLA, he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), has an MBA in international business, speaks Spanish and Japanese, and runs ultra-marathons.