Aug 2014

Teachers Pay Teachers Hires New CEO, Adam Freed

A letter from thew new CEO to the Teachers Pay Teachers community:

Dear TpT Community,

I am so happy to join Teachers Pay Teachers today. I’m indebted to Paul, John, Amy and the rest of the team for their trust and I am excited to get to know as many of you as I can — and as much as I can about the TpT community.

I fell in love with TpT from the moment I met the team and came to understand TpT’s amazing mission to empower teachers. I believe teachers deserve the utmost respect. TpT celebrates the fantastic work that the best educators are doing and it gives teachers a chance to participate economically in the fruits of their labor.

I was lucky enough to go to TpT’s Supercharge Seller Success Conference in Las Vegas in July. Somehow in the dim light of the Venetian hotel, everything that I believed about TpT turned from the intellectual to the emotional. I got to spend time with over 30 Teacher-Authors throughout the day. (Was it really only one day?)

Those teachers inspired me with their stories of how TpT has changed their lives. They enthralled me with the careful crafting that goes into creating content that other teachers need. I was so energized at the end of that day that I found myself walking up and down the Strip thinking about the power of TpT and the incredible possibilities ahead.

In the coming weeks, my first focus will be on learning. TpT Teacher-Authors have spent years building this community and their remarkable TpT stores. They know what has made their work successful and the challenges they face. I’m also excited to reach out to Buyers to understand how TpT helps them teach at their best, what they are looking for, and how we can continue to support all educators.

Thank you so much for your time, for the hospitality you’ve already shown me, and for welcoming me into the TpT fold. I feel a little like the kid who just transferred into a new school mid-semester. I’ll do my best to learn from you and provide help and support as we all work together to make TpT an even-greater success for educators everywhere.

With great anticipation,

Adam, TpT CEO