Who We Are

About Us

Gaggle has been providing safe online learning tools for the K-12 market since 1999. Our focus is, and always has been, on student safety so educators can have the confidence to allow learners to take advantage of current technology for communication, collaboration and productivity.

The Gaggle Story

As an entrepreneur in the field of technology and education, Gaggle’s founder, Jeff Patterson, felt strongly that email was a powerful tool for staying connected with friends and colleagues, and played an integral role in the success of businesses he was involved in. He wanted to bring that power of communication to schools to engage and motivate students. Understanding that student safety was a primary concern for schools in allowing use of email, Jeff created a system that filters messages and allows control and access for teachers and administrators.

Jeff is frequently asked why he chose the name “Gaggle.” As you may know, gaggle is the name for a large group of geese. According to Jeff, “Our goal was to give teachers an easy way to watch over their gaggle of students, hence the name Gaggle.”

Since the inception of Gaggle as a student email provider, the company has grown significantly and is now so much more than email. We are continually adding popular features for communication and collaboration, all within a safe, filtered, and controlled environment. Gaggle’s collection of tools has grown to include Digital Lockers, Discussion Boards, Instant Messaging, Blogs, Class Pages, Assignment Drop Boxes, Calendars, Social Learning Wall, GaggleTube and more.

Jeff’s vision of student-centric schools using cutting-edge technology to inspire creativity and ingenuity in today’s students remains the driving force in Gaggle’s continuing story.

Our People

Jeff Patterson Jeff Patterson Founder & CEO

Jeff Patterson is the founder of Gaggle and for the last nine years has led Gaggle’s technology team. Patterson is the creator of numerous educational software programs. His products include: Sound Companion for HyperStudio, Lesson Plan Helper, The Reading Success for Kids series, Sound Effects and Music Loops for Multimedia, HyperStudio Project Resource Kit, and Sweet Digizine. Jeff is also the co-founder of Pixel Genius Entertainment, Inc.

Brett Woudenberg Chief Operating Officer

Brett Woudenberg, Chief Operating Officer, has 20+ years experience in business management. Prior to joining Gaggle, Brett was CEO at Trailblazer, an adaptive learning management solution for K-12 schools. Earlier in his career, Brett was COO of a Top 100 commercial financial services brokerage and began his career as a corporate banker. Brett holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Brett has also been involved as a director for various industry associations and non-profit organizations as well as advisor to several growth-stage companies.

Corey Vail Corey Vail Chief Financial Officer

Corey Vail serves as Chief Financial Officer at Gaggle, overseeing all of the financial and administrative functions for the organization. Corey brings over 15 years of accounting and finance experience with him to Gaggle, having served in senior management roles with both large publicly traded companies (LEXIS-NEXIS, ADM) and privately held mid-sized organizations (Kathryn Beich Fundraising, Afni). His experience has specialized in streamlining operations through technology utilization and best practice implementation, often reducing costs by 15-20% in the face of increasing business volumes. Corey graduated with highest honors from the honors program at Millikin University, where he earned a B.S. in Accounting.

Aaron Hughes Aaron Hughes Chief Technology Officer

Aaron Hughes is responsible for fostering Gaggle’s technical innovations and overseeing the engineering and operations teams. Aaron has over 17 years experience in senior product development, technical architecture, and management positions in both early stage technology startups and large technology enterprises. While an Enterprise Architect at Sun Microsystems he co-invented patented technology in the field of distributed data management. Aaron holds a B.S. degree in both Computer Science and Mathematics from California State University, Hayward.

Tom Petit Tom Petit Vice President of Sales

Tom Petit, VP of Sales, leads both the inside and outside sales teams at Gaggle. He is a graduate of Boston College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History/Political Science, and of Hofstra University Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate. Over the past 17 years his experience includes sales management with diverse companies such as Protocol, BearingPoint and JobDirect.com.

Rob Yoegel Vice President of Marketing

Rob Yoegel possesses a rare combination of technical experience, business acumen, and strong communication skills and media insight.

He developed an award-winning content marketing program and spent more than a decade building successful content, sales and marketing initiatives online for a business-to-business and consumer enthusiast publishing company. Rob’s other professional experience includes leading a regional technology-focused recruitment magazine published by the Philadelphia Inquirer as well as editorial positions with a leading direct marketing trade magazine and a community newspaper.

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Case Study: The Keys to Making Online Communication Available to Students

When California’s Palm Springs Unified School District decided to make email available to students, they knew they were facing some challenges.

Discover how this school district was able to overcome these challenges with the implementation of Gaggle’s safe online teaching and learning platform.

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