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Frontline empowers strategic K-12 leaders with school administration software to proactively manage your human capital, business operations and special education. With our solutions, you can stop fighting fires and instead feel empowered with the right tools, data and insights to ignite your strategy.
Education leaders, from the classroom to the central office, have an impact on preparing the next generation of learners. As educators ourselves, we’re passionate about empowering you to innovate with tools, data and insights that help you go from reactive to proactive.
Fuel your HR team’s passion for people (not paperwork)!
Quickly and easily bring the best talent into your district.
Manage attendance and gain visibility into who’s in, who’s out and who’s covering each absence.
Support the complete cycle of educator growth.
Manage people without the paperwork.
Unlock efficiency and achieve financial peace of mind.
Streamline administration to support improved outcomes for all students.
Support student learning by meeting each health care need.
Meet your students’ service needs.
Amplify operational excellence from the business office to the classroom.
Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is committed to building a community that inspires curiosity, creativity and achievement. Having teachers who are well trained, engaged and dedicated to student success is the most critical factor in achieving their goals. But an outdated professional learning program and a substitute management system that left the district with fill rates as low as 82% stood in their way.
District leaders were determined to find new solutions and chose to partner with Frontline.Read the Case Study
As part of their strategy to focus on strong instructional practices in the classroom, Atlanta Public Schools provides intensive, targeted professional development for their educators. But with insights from Frontline Absence & Time and the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, district leaders discovered their initiative was taking teachers out of the classroom — leaving the district vulnerable to low fill rates and substitute shortages.
By comparing the district’s employee absence and substitute data to national benchmarks, Atlanta Public Schools was able to create a collaborative, data-driven strategy and continue providing a high level of professional development.Read the Case Study
When Greece Central used an antiquated database system to track professional learning for teachers and staff, they were frustrated by the cumbersome, expensive process. A backlog of emails and communications around professional learning was the norm. Twice-a-year reports about credits and payments for professional learning were frequently inaccurate, and teachers often had to wait for reimbursements.
To address those challenges, Greece Central chose the professional learning management tools (formerly MyLearningPlan PDMS) in Frontline Professional Growth. Greece Central was particularly drawn to the choice of learning that the dynamic online catalog in Frontline Professional Growth allowed them to offer teachers, as well as the online planning and approval process for learning opportunities.Read the Case Study
Alvin Independent School District is a rapidly growing learning organization that remains committed to excellence for each student and every program. With enrollment increasing by well over 1,000 students annually, meeting the needs of students in special populations can be challenging.
The technology the district used to rely on for special education compliance further complicated matters. Keeping up with administrative tasks and ensuring all student records were organized and accessible to staff became incredibly time-consuming for administrators.Read the Case Study
One of Raymore-Peculiar School District’s goals is to maintain a high-quality workforce, which means that the HR department’s first priority is to recruit, hire and retain high-quality staff. But with limited HR staff, Ray-Pec needed to streamline their processes so they could focus their time and energy on students, instead of administrative tasks.
With Frontline’s solutions, the district’s small HR team is empowered to efficiently manage behind-the-scenes details, allowing educators who work directly with students to give their full attention to teaching and learning.Read the Case Study
As the world becomes more complex, Lexington School District Two is transforming itself into a highly innovative district that excels in preparing all students for continuous learning and career success. Building new and innovative partnerships among parents, students, staff and the community will improve the lives of generations of students and their families.
Making that happen requires seamless support from all departments and a focus on using actionable data to improve instruction. Angela Cooper, Chief Human Resource Officer, wanted to connect data on professional learning to student growth and graduation rates. Her plan was to find a system that could track teacher progress all the way from initial hiring to evaluation, and Frontline was there to help.Read the Case Study
Experienced leaders focused on serving the front line of education.
Mark Gruzin is the Chief Executive Officer for Frontline Education. He is responsible for Frontline’s core strategy and vision, leading the organization in our service of the K-12 education community. Mark also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Frontline Education.
Mark comes to Frontline Education from Blackboard, an educational technology company, where he served as president of global markets. Prior to his work with Blackboard, Gruzin held multiple executive roles in IBM’s software group.
Mark’s core competencies include organizational leadership and execution, business strategy and innovation, operational readiness and driving business performance. He brings all of these areas of expertise and more to Frontline Education including his passion, both personally and professionally, to align with mission-oriented organizations.
Mark attended the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business. As an active member of the community, He also served on the Board of Director’s for the National Fragile X Foundation and is a Special Olympics Coach.
Jim Catalino is Chief Revenue Officer for Frontline Education. He works closely with the executive, sales, marketing and client services teams at Frontline to fuel the company’s growth and industry leadership with a focus on client success and sustainable partnerships.
Jim leads the delivery of Frontline’s integrated solutions, uniting the company’s human capital, business and special education management capabilities into one cohesive experience that yields actionable insights, total visibility and greater efficiency for K-12 organizations nationwide.
He brings impressive sales and general management skills focused on sales leadership, corporate and team development as well as channel management, P&L responsibilities, market share expansion and customer advocacy to Frontline.
Before Frontline Education, Jim was SVP and GM for the Americas region at Verint Systems; a company focused on selling CRM applications in the Financial Services, Telecom, Public Sector and Healthcare Industries. He has also spent time in Executive VP level and General Manager capacities for INFOR Global Solutions as well as human capital management technology firm, Lawson Software Inc.
Jim completed undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and went on to receive his MBA at Villanova University.
Elizabeth Combs began her career as an elementary school teacher and Director of Administrative and Instructional Technology at Patchogue-Medford School District before moving to Imperial Software Systems, a professional learning services company, where she eventually served as President. She then held positions at My Learning Plan Inc. as President and Chief Strategy Officer.
Over the past two decades, Elizabeth has presented at conferences throughout the United States and internationally on how school districts can best integrate technology throughout the community and use technology to enhance professional learning. In addition, she has multiple publications regarding professional development for educators. Her professional affiliations include memberships with Learning Forward and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo, a Master of Arts in Technology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a professional diploma in Education Administration from Hofstra University. She also holds certifications and licenses to serve as a teacher, school administrator and supervisor.
After joining Frontline Education through the acquisition of MyLearningPlan, Elizabeth launched the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, bringing a passion for leveraging technology and data to support educator growth and over two decades of experience developing solutions rooted in best practices for professional development. Elizabeth understands the value and critical insights that K-12 human resources and professional growth data can provide, not only for the development of industry-leading education software solutions, but for the knowledge and empowerment of the education community as a whole.
Additionally, Elizabeth is a co-founder of The Line, an award-winning publication of the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, dedicated to fostering civil discourse around critical issues facing the education community.
Greg Doran joined Frontline Education as Chief Financial Officer in May 2018. Leading a robust finance and accounting team as well as key operations team members, Greg brings deep knowledge of the metrics and operational aspects necessary to grow profitability in a SaaS-based business to Frontline Education.
Before joining Frontline, Greg served as CFO and COO of Pepperjam. A spin-out of Ebay Enterprise, Pepperjam operates an affiliate marketing platform. In his dual role for the company, Greg led financial growth efforts and managed organizational as well as operational goals.
Prior to Pepperjam, Greg spent eight years with Fiberlink through the company's migration from the remote access space, to a market leading mobile device management SaaS business, eventually becoming CFO following a successful sale to IBM. While at IBM, in addition to serving as the CFO of Fiberlink, Greg also served a key leader on an enterprise initiative to define and build IBM’s SaaS management model for its growing portfolio of cloud-based properties. Greg began his career with finance and accounting roles at CIGNA and State Farm Insurance.
Greg holds a BS in Accounting from Kutztown University and was recently named a 2019 CFO of the Year by Philadelphia Business Journal.
Garland Hall is Chief Client Success Officer of Frontline Education, leading the company’s efforts to support the strategies and success of more than 9500 partner organizations in the K-12 education community. In this role, Garland is responsible for the overall direction and excellence of Frontline’s award-winning client success and support organization.
Prior to joining Frontline, Garland served as Senior Vice President of Global Customer Success for Ellucian. Throughout his career, spanning customer support and success roles at webMethods, Deltek and Descartes, Garland has performed transformational customer success roles across M&A activities, technology initiatives and organizational restructuring.
With more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry, including more than 15 years of leadership in SAAS-related client services, Garland has built and led teams dedicated to optimizing functions, ensuring satisfaction and driving results across the entire client lifecycle.
Garland is a graduate of Liberty University and currently serves on the National Campaign Region Board of Year Up. He has also served on the board for the webMethods Foundation and as Board Vice President of the Center for Multicultural Human Services.
Ayikudy Srikanth (Sri) is the Chief Technology Officer for Frontline Education. He is responsible for charting Frontline's technology vision and spearheading the global product development, cloud infrastructure and security organizations. Sri brings more than 25 years of experience in software development, SaaS Infrastructure, product management, information security and data analytics to the Frontline Education team.
Prior to joining Frontline, Sri held global product management and technology leadership roles at several private equity backed software companies including Cvent and ESG Global. He has also been a founding member of venture-backed software and hardware startup companies in the areas of education, energy, security, consumer applications and hospitality.
Sri has a proven track record in building, integrating, scaling, motivating and managing global multi-site product, engineering, infrastructure and support teams. He serves on the advisory board of several Boston-area startups and has been a mentor at Techstars, Boston. Sri has a special passion for education having held executive, investor and board positions in educational software companies as well as a school setting. He is currently Board President of North Reading Robotics Organization, a non-profit organization focused on furthering hands-on STEM education among children through FIRST Robotics competitions.
Sri is a frequent speaker at conferences on software development strategies, metrics, cloud migration and security. His work has been published in industry journals, he holds six US patents and is a published technology author. Sri holds an MBA from Babson College, an MS in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and a BS in electronics engineering from Anna University (India).
Kevin Haugh is the Chief Product Officer for Frontline Education. A highly driven and proven software executive with expertise across a wide array of domains, Kevin brings deep knowledge of product management and positioning to the Frontline executive committee. He will be responsible for enhancing the organizational structure, performance and agility of Frontline’s robust product team.
Prior to joining Frontline Education, Kevin’s recent roles have included serving as Chief Strategy and Product Officer for Omnitracs, General Manager for Roadnet Technologies and Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing for Roadnet Technologies. Kevin also brings prior software leadership experience in the human capital/talent management, HR, benefits and business process management areas.
Kevin’s background also includes extensive consulting experience. Recently Kevin has consulted to a number of budding software companies. Kevin has also advised numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as two U.S. Presidential Administrations, numerous Congressional Committees and dozens of healthcare organizations.
As a frequent speaker on industry trends, Kevin leverages his more than 25 years of experience leading strategy, product management, marketing and M&A activities to support and inform his internal teams as well as the broader technology community.
Kevin is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and has served as a director on multiple boards including a recent position for Peloton, a company focusing on the development of autonomous and semi-autonomous commercial vehicles.
Partnering with the education community to prepare students with the skills for tomorrow and a lifetime of learning.
Serving the education community with integrated tools, best practices and caring people to support their pursuit of excellence.
Practice personal and corporate humility.
Promote servant leadership.
Balance family and work.
Invest in our people through mentoring and professional development.
Value team input.
Build relationships through open communication.
Provide outstanding customer service.
Deal respectfully with those outside the company.
Hire outstanding individuals.
Measure success by impact, not profit.
In order to move your strategies forward, you need technology systems that actually work together. The Frontline Insights Platform is bringing the best software systems together into one platform so that you can make those connections across various areas of your school.
We also realize that you need your systems to work together — even when they’re made by different partners. So we’re committed to working together with other vendors to provide you with the connected systems and data you deserve.Check out our Partners
The Frontline Research and Learning Institute is a learning organization with one mission: to provide data-driven research, resources and observations to support and advance the educational community.
With access to data from thousands of K-12 organizations and millions of users, Frontline is able to glean one-of-a-kind insights and deliver validated research reports and in-product benchmarks to put key data right into your hands.
Learn more at FrontlineInstitute.com.
We believe that in order to better public education, leaders must confront and engage in thoughtful debate around controversial issues in education. That’s why we launched The Line, a print publication, along with TheLineK12.com, a digital version of the publication that includes opportunities for online discussion.
Intrigued? Visit the website now.
Rather than telling you we have great service (doesn’t everyone say that?), we thought we’d share a few quotes from our clients:
“They’re truly caring people and they love their jobs and they love helping their customers.”
– Tami Johnson, Central Dauphin School District, Harrisburg, PA
“I have never met a company that is so gracious, so open, so courteous. I don’t know what their customer service training is like… but I want them to bottle it and give it to me so I can sprinkle it around here.”
– Patti Polensky, Odyssey Academy, Galveston, TX
“I can’t thank you enough. I know you guys probably get tired of hearing it, but I’ve worked with tons of companies with products and tech support and you guys have got them all beaten, hands down.”
– Raenita Unruh, Burrton Public Schools, Burrton, KS
We hope these quotes reflect every interaction with us. A passion for client success has been at the core of Frontline since we began, and has remained crucial to our mission as we’ve grown.