We are Abound

Our mission is to empower parents to raise successful readers and critical thinkers who can thrive in our ever-changing world.

Our Story

After graduating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I spent 10 years working in and with schools, using current research to create the kinds of instructional settings that children need in order to become strong readers. Over the years, I witnessed the same instructional problems contributing to low reading outcomes over and over again across the country. And I realized that in every setting, parents were effectively left out of the conversation about learning to read. And it made me think: how can we expect children to read well if parents (and often teachers) don’t know what the skills are or how to build them?

At that point, I knew I had to shift my focus to parents. Parents needed–and deserved–to know how children become strong readers, what to do to move their own children forward, and how to advocate for their children’s instructional needs with teachers and caregivers. Parents are the stakeholders who could make sure the learning-to-read process results in strong reading skills: they are the people in children’s lives who are there the most, and care the most, and could help the most, in easy and natural ways. They just need a little help themselves. And that’s why Abound was born.

Our team

Joan G. Kelley

Founder, CEO

Joan started her career as a classroom teacher, spent ten years as a stay-at-home mom, then received her Ed.M in Language & Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in 2005. For over a decade, as part of HGSE’s Language Diversity & Literacy Development Research Group, Joan conducted research and consulted with school districts across the county on how to use the science of reading instruction to help all children read successfully. A graduate of Harvard College (’84), she lives with her husband in Needham, MA.

Joan G. Kelly

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Souhail Salty

Founder, COO

Born and raised in California, Souhail began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in the Middle East, where most of his work focused on designing large scale economic development and education interventions for developing economies. Since then he has taken on leadership roles across product management, finance, operations, and strategy at quickly growing ed-tech startups such as McKinsey Academy, and GetSmarter in South Africa (acquired by 2U). He has an MBA from MIT Sloan and a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. While he's a mediocre actor and an even worse athlete, he loves spending his free time at a theater or in the outdoors.

Souhail Salty

Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder

Tanner Reid

CPO

Reared in rural Mississippi, Tanner built a career integrating the disciplines of design, engineering, and business in unique places. As a product design engineer on the “Future of Making Things” team at Autodesk, he helped launch a new CAD system through partnerships with everything from cleantech startups to microfactories to major fashion labels. He holds a BA in Mechanical Design Engineering from Olin College, and a MS in Engineering and Management from MIT. Throughout his career, he’s pursued a passion for education – from teaching at Olin and MIT to leading product development workshops for high school students, maker spaces, and incubators across the US and Europe as an engineer at Autodesk. Tanner is also, perhaps most notably, an avid sandwich enthusiast.

Tanner Reid

Chief Product Officer

Rachel Basch

Director of Content

Rachel Basch leads content development and strategy at Abound. She is the author of three novels:The Listener (Pegasus Books) short listed for the 2016 Firecracker Awards, The Passion of Reverend Nash (W.W. Norton) named one of the five best novels of 2003 by The Christian Science Monitor, and Degrees of Love (W.W. Norton, Harper Paperbacks). Basch has reviewed books for The Washington Post Book World, and her nonfiction has appeared in n+1, Salon, The Huffington Post, The Millions and Literary Hub. Basch was a 2011 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She has been teaching creative writing on the undergraduate and graduate level for over thirty years, most recently in the MFA Program at Fairfield University and in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University.

Rachel Basch

Director of Content

Sue Glenn

Product Operations & Customer Success

Sue began her career as a software developer and spent 20 years in the industry, working on database design, software development and project management. She has since spent many years volunteering in the classroom and in the community. She has a BSBA from Bucknell University (’83) and an MS in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland (’88).

Sue Glenn

Product Operations & Customer Success

We are also fortunate to have benefited from the input and expertise of a number of talented people: Elizabeth McClanan, Laura Stickle, Annie Connors, Mary Sprogell, Carolyn Buonanno Chase, Robin Kane — and all the friends and family members who took part in the earliest beta testing.

Work with Us

We are currently looking to grow our team. If you are a software developer, marketer, content writer, or just a smart, motivated person who is passionate and interested in early childhood education please reach out to us!

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