Meet the Team

Yukōdit’s Mission

Yukōdit equips children of all abilities, ages and backgrounds with the technical, collaborative and design thinking skills to succeed in their futures.

Yukōdit’s Philosophy
  • Provide a safe, supportive, open and knowledgeable environment for personal growth of our students and staff
  • Promote socially responsible innovation and good digital citizenship
  • Infuse industry best practices throughout our program
  • Encourage our students to learn from one another and work together to achieve success
  • Demonstrate student achievements through an expanding portfolio of work
Austin Sroka, Montclair Center Director

Austin’s professional experience has been focused in the areas of education, human services and small business development. Managing a family-owned business, Austin was involved with day-to-day operations and customer service at a flower shop. Austin has also worked as a program instructor at an after-school program providing reading and math support to struggling students, leveraging an educational technology platform. Most recently, Austin was a resident counselor at a transitional housing program based in New York City. He is passionate about the fusion of education and technology to impact student engagement and learning in the digital world. Austin graduated from Fairfield University with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences.

Callie Rae McCarthy , Parent Outreach
Callie Rae’s passion has always been in alternative educational opportunities for youth. She got her Master’s degree in Education, with a focus in special education but rather than continuing into a public school position, decided to work in areas that support extra-curricular learning. From helping youth and adults to learn to love reading, to a Montessori classroom, to years of summer camp, she has seen first hand that learning can occur anywhere. Currently, she works as the Director of Family Experience for a nationwide summer day camp program and teaches outdoor education classes on the weekends. When she’s not working, she spends time with her two kids and husband, while still finding time for her passions: baking and piano bar karaoke.
Mike Halbert, Co-founder

Mike has spent the past 15 years leading development teams in the investment banking industry. His experience is focused around building and managing strong software development teams and delivering solid software with an intuitive and engaging user experience. He has been in the IT industry for over 20 years and has been developing software and leading programs of change for most of his career. Mike is passionate about software and optimization of the development process. He holds a BS in Meteorology from North Carolina State University. He also loves llamas.

Jamie Pagliaro, Co-founder

Jamie has spent the past 20+ years working in the field of education. He started his career tutoring and managing programs for young children with autism. From there, he went on to start the first public charter school for children with autism in New York City, and then co-founded an innovative educational technology company that focuses on inclusive education in public schools. He earned his MBA from Villanova University and BA with honors in Psychology from Wesleyan University.

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