22 Mar Meet lessonwell, a Next-Generation Lesson Delivery Platform for Teachers
Created by local Fort Worth high school educator and jack of all trades, Quentin Donnellan, lessonwell is a really cool local ed-tech startup that’s transforming how teachers distribute their lessons online. Check it out, share with your teacher/professor friends, and comment below!
Give us the 30-second elevator pitch on your company
As a high school teacher myself, I wanted a simple to use, quick to develop, lesson/course platform that my students could access on any device. So that’s what lessonwell is – a simple to use course website platform which allows teachers to quickly develop content while never having to worry about the design of their site.
Lessonwell leverages the simplicity of the Markdown syntax with the responsiveness of Twitter Bootstrap. While the full lessonwell platform requires teachers subscribe to montly plans, one of my favorite features is the ability for anyone to donate to courses, subsidizing or completely eliminating a teacher’s need to pay for it themselves! See it in action at www.lessonwell.com
Tell us about the founders, who they are, backgrounds, and why they are passionate about your company
At this point lessonwell is a one-man-show, and I’m that man! I graduated from Texas A&M in 2007 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering but became a high school teacher to pursue my passion for education. Since then I’ve taught Geometry, Physics, Astronomy, Calculus, and Engineering at a large high school in Fort Worth. I’ve been filling my free time with software development, the result of which seems to be this current venture!
I love learning, I love teaching, and I love helping others realize the same. Lessonwell is a great marriage of many of my passions: I get to use my engineering background; I get to work with educators to make their lives easier; and I get to learn a lot about writing software and running a business along the way.
I should also list my wife as a supporter, because without her support and criticism lessonwell would still be stuck on localhost:8080. We’re both teachers at the same school and she’s given me some invaluable feedback along the way.
Do you have funding? If so, how much?
My funding comes from what my wife will let me spend!
What are your startup’s goals for this year?
This year I am testing the viability of the lessonwell concept – that there exists some group of teachers who are willing to use this platform to host their courses.
Learn more at www.lessonwell.com