digiCOACH grew from a small group of educational and software professionals who saw a growing need for a tool that allowed instructional leaders to maximize their efforts in providing on-going, formative coaching feedback to teachers. Working with educators to raise student achievement by changing adults behaviors energizes us to continue to innovate and grow digiCOACH making it the best walkthrough tool for administrators and instructional coaches.
Wes Whittaker, MBA.
Wes Whittaker received his MBA in Financial Analysis at CSU - Dominguez Hills. As COO, Wes leads the digiCOACH team through all daily business operations, establishing policies that promote a customer focused company culture. Wes works closely with district clients to support the purchase process and financial contract agreements. In house operations such as budget analysis and day to day operations are monitored by him. When Wes is not at work, he enjoys playing ice hockey and traveling with his wife.
Director of Innovation
Brandon Mawhorter is a geek at heart. His career in the world of education began at San Bernardino City Unified School District, serving as a microcomputer specialist. He quickly developed a passion for educational technology and software. While working with elementary students, he saw the power it holds to engage learners. Finding himself jealous of the technology and tools that schools and student have at their disposal led him to a career in educational technology. As the Director of Innovation, Brandon strives to continue the expansion of digiCOACH by working with school leaders and district partners to bring exciting, new features to the digiCOACH formative coaching system.
Kathleen Beckham, M.Ed.
Director of Curriculum and Research
Kathleen Beckham, a career educator, has been in classrooms from kindergarten to community college. Having taught on all levels, but with vast experience in high school English, Algebra, and three levels of Special Education, she has been at eight high schools in three states. With four teaching credentials and an administrative credential, the last 11 years of her career, she started a very large, nationally recognized AVID Program at Oxnard High School, Oxnard, California, and eventually became the AVID District Director at Oxnard Union High School District for their six comprehensive high schools.
After retiring in 2014, she began her own educational consulting business and started working with digiCOACH immediately. Kathy specializes in educational research and curriculum development, constructing custom editions with clients, and training and supporting schools and their staff with digiCOACH observation walks. Helping educators elevate student achievement is her passion.
Barry Lowenstein, MSEE
Director of Strategic Planning
Barry Lowenstein spent 34 years working for the Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile program which operated out of Norton Air Force Base in California. Barry retired in 2000 as the Program Manager for Guidance, Control and Software for the AF ICBM, essentially working on the “Brains of the Missile”. The skills developed while working on the ICBM project allow for Barry to bring his strategic planning and risk management expertise to the digiCOACH Team!
Barry and his wife, Bernice have been advancing literacy in the Inland Empire as founders of the Inland Empire Children’s Book Project (IECBP) and won the 2020 Community Literacy Leader award and an Unforgettable Heart award in 2019. The Inland Empire Children’s Book Project has provided San Bernardino City Unified School District and Rialto Unified School District with over 100,000 books for student home libraries.
Doug Whittaker, M.Ed.
Mr. Doug Whittaker is a former administrator from the San Bernardino City Unified School District. He began his 16-year career in San Bernardino City as a teacher and later became a site administrator. In 2007, Doug took a leap of faith and started an educational professional development company called Digital Edge Learning. Digital Edge Learning specialized in interactive classroom technology as well as training educators to effectively use technology to increase student achievement. In the professional development work Digital Edge Learning was performing, Doug identified that it is crucial for administrators to act as instructional leaders and be in classrooms, daily, coaching teachers on their effectiveness. Therefore, digiCOACH was developed to facilitate the walkthrough process, allowing administrators to conduct more efficient walkthroughs.