Expertise at work for you

The Workbench team includes a diverse group of experts in Education, Software, Hardware, and Project Based Learning. We focus on helping your school and district get results that matter. Here is a sampling of the team working for you:

  • Danika Rockett

    Danika oversees customer relationships at Workbench. Her focus is ensuring that the plan for implementing PBL is executed down to every detail and on time. She is a customer advocate and spends a lot of time supporting Professional Development activities, communicating with teachers and administrators and making sure that things go according to plan. Danika was a professor of Technical Communication, Composition and Literature at UMBC and University of Baltimore. She built her expertise in educational services at Straighterline as an Account Manager before coming to Workbench.

  • Chris Sleat

    Chris is the Founder and CEO of Workbench and brings more than 30 years of experience as an Entrepreneur out to solve big problems with the scalability of software solutions. Inspired by his personal educational experience with PBL and his Mom who was a teacher for 35 years, Chris built Workbench as a way to make Project Based Learning approachable and scalable.

  • Zach Zayner

    Zach heads up curriculum and professional development at Workbench. Struggling to engage students and share with his peers as a teacher in Baltimore City, Zach sought out ways to incorporate technology, PBL, and problem solving into his classroom. His passion for PBL led him to found the VEX Robotics League in Baltimore which is still thriving today. Zach discovered Workbench and a new mission formed: help provide a tool that would allow teachers to easily incorporate PBL into their classrooms at scale.

  • Christie Veitch

    Christie Veitch has worked in education for more than 15 years with one goal: using engagement and cross-disciplinary hands-on projects to create transformative, lasting learning. Her range of experience includes teaching students from preschool through higher ed, designing education environments in a variety of settings (museums, camps, clubs, classes, and more), leading educator professional development , and curriculum design. As Education User Experience Expert at Workbench, Christie helps educators understand Workbench, while ever-mindful of direct support to educators resulting in better understanding the needs of districts, schools, teachers, and students to ferry suggestions and user-needs back to the development and content team.