About Us

Our mission

UBTECH Education is a division of UBTECH—a global leader in intelligent, humanoid robots for consumers, business, and industry—and we’re passionate about preparing all learners for the future of work. Our solutions establish the strong foundation students need to thrive: a high-quality STEM education integrated with the development of 21st century skills and computational literacy.

Our UKIT solution, developed by experts who helped write the NGSS, immerses students in hands-on STEM+C learning by merging modular robotics construction with engineering, math, and language arts, as well as physical and life sciences. UKITs promote deep learning, discussion, and questioning, and develop in students collaborative, problem-solving, critical thinking, and creative skills.

We developed UKITs with equity in mind, aiming to level the playing field around exposure to robotics and engineering for all students, regardless of their socio-economic status, learning ability, or gender.

Leveraging the interactive robotics technology expertise of our parent company as the vehicle for delivering engaging, hands-on STEM+C curricula, our solutions allow teachers to deliver powerful STEM and CTE-aligned instruction.

Meet the team

John Rhee
General Manager of North America

John established UBTECH's presence in North America and is responsible for crafting its business strategy outside of China. UBTECH Education speaks to his, and UBTECH’s, commitment to equity in education and preparing today’s children for tomorrow’s careers. With a degree from UCLA, John is a seasoned investor and an operations professional with a wide breadth of experience growing brands and establishing strategic partnerships.

Jamie Sachs
Senior Director of Education

Jamie is a seasoned educational leader and former nonprofit director with a wealth of experience leading successful teams. As director, she oversees development and implementation of UBTECH's educational programs, curricula, and professional development. Prior to joining UBTECH, Jamie served as director of education for FIRST, director of digital learning at New Tech Network, and associate director of the Education Technology Initiative at Southern Regional Education Board. She began her career as a high school math teacher in the Atlanta area, and later taught robotics and engineering courses. She has served on the board of directors of the Epstein School, was a founding administrator of the Georgia Virtual School, and coached two FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics teams at North Springs High School.

Jason Panella
Senior Director of Education Partnerships

Jason brings more than twenty years of experience in the education field, consistently supporting educators with innovative solutions and services aimed at driving student success. Jason has held senior leadership and business development positions at Thomson Learning, Pearson Education, Open Up Resources, and Curriculum Associates. While at Pearson, Jason was the lead architect for a K–12 custom publishing program, and later led channel sales strategy and partner development efforts. Most recently, he contributed to the launch of Open Up Resources, an emerging provider of high quality core ELA and mathematics programs, and at Curriculum Associates he served in a professional services leadership role.

Craig Gill
Regional Director of Educational Partnerships

Craig has dedicated more than two decades to student development, teacher growth, and school effectiveness. He began his career as a high school social sciences teacher and sports coach before moving into higher education, first as an instructor, and later as a business development leader and manager for Pearson Education. During his seven years at Pearson, Craig was on the team that developed and launched the first wave of transformative digital learning platforms. He then went to McGraw-Hill Education, taking on a series of successive product and strategic marketing roles focused on better serving students and instructors with cutting-edge learning science platforms and teaching tools.

Xandy Whitman
Regional Director of Educational Partnerships

Xandy started her journey in education as part of the National Science Foundation's NOYCE STEM Scholar program. She taught STEM courses, coached cheerleading, and served as a robotics coach for six years at Title I schools before launching an education consulting company, The Practical Educator. She has developed industry-based technologies for use in classrooms and has written and implemented curriculums across the globe. Xandy is heavily involved with nonprofits that serve underrepresented students and is a board member for both Advancing X and Robotters, where she continues to support the development of an innovative mindset for instructors and students.

Buddy Harris
Regional Director of Educational Partnerships

Buddy is a committed advocate for innovation in K-12 education, and previously served at the Ohio Department of Education as the Director of the Office of Innovation and as Senior Policy Analyst. Buddy believes every child should be encouraged to dream big and have access to the education they need to attain those dreams. For over twenty years, Buddy has been engaged in various roles with the goal of improving the lives of young people. He has been an adjunct professor, a non-profit executive director, coach, and language arts teacher. A life-long learner, Buddy continuously seeks new and exciting ways to promote deeper learning for students.

Nick Vaghasiya
Director for Education Channel Partnerships

Nick is passionate about driving meaningful experiences through innovative and challenging learning outcomes. His diverse background includes developing hybrid learning platforms for Tier 1 colleges and universities, to launching over 25 STEM solutions in the last seven years. With over 15 years of experience in both Higher Education and K-12, Nick is extremely well-rounded to developing key relationships, both direct and through channel partnerships.

Rusty Nye
Implementation Manager

Rusty has dedicated his professional life to successfully combining creativity and education to help students and adults have fun while learning. With a wealth of experience teaching in museums, classrooms, and the nonprofit sector, Rusty is a well-rounded educator and leader that brings a unique perspective to teaching science and technology. Rusty got his start in STEM education developing hands-on design challenges and support videos that connect the work of scientists and engineers to students. He is responsible for more than one hundred hours of curriculum and content, many professional development sessions for industry and school partners, and a dinosaur-themed engineering workbook.

Melanie Casabar
Marketing Manager

Melanie is a marketer who is deeply passionate about serving educators, and helping students be successful in the classroom and beyond. Melanie has worked at educational solutions companies including ALEKS Corporation and McGraw-Hill Education where she was the marketing manager for several secondary STEM product lines, innovative adaptive learning softwares, and K-12 Humanities products.

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