The Yup Mission

Our mission is to Empower Every Student to Learn

The Values Yup Lives By

Yup is committed to creating a culture that spurs growth, transparency, and an environment where everyone’s voice is heard. By living the values below, we can all L.E.A.D. each and every day and foster a workplace that encourages us all to be our best selves. This will help us build an excellent product for students, families, and educators alike.

At Yup We

  • L – listen and learn, to grow
  • E – empower through honesty and empathy
  • A – achieve ambitious outcomes by planning and adapting
  • D – delight and deliver value for students, families, and educators

Meet Members of our Learning Team

Get to know a few of our team members with backgrounds in teaching, tutoring, and education administration.

Kreg Moccia

Director of Academics

Kreg graduated from Harvard University and began his teaching career in Boston. After moving to New York, he taught Algebra, Pre- Calculus, and Statistics at two high-performing charter high schools. Soon after, Kreg became an Academic Dean and coached a team of 10 teachers. Now he leads the strategy and execution for all of Yup’s tutor operations, from applications to professional development.

Claire Polcrack

Yup Education Consultant

Claire graduated from Susquehanna University with a degree in Mathematics & Secondary Education. After graduating, she joined Teach For America where she taught upper-level math for five years. Most recently, Claire was Achievement Director for five high schools in Connecticut and New York. At Yup, Claire helps set the vision and strategy for Yup’s teaching methods.

Emily Banks

Yup Education Consultant

Emily graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a degree in mathematics and holds a Master of Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education from American University. Emily began her career as a Teach For America corps member teaching seventh grade math. After several years, Emily transitioned to high schools where she has spent the last 10 years serving as a math coach and most recently a principal. Emily supports Yup’s work with school onboarding and support.  

Sharon Matsuoka

Tutor Quality Coordinator

Sharon graduated cum laude from California State University, San Marcos with a major in mathematics. After receiving her teaching credential from CSU, she taught high school math for 5 years. Sharon has also served as a contributing author and math proofer for Perfection Learning’s textbooks. Currently, Sharon develops the Yup tutor applicant subject exams, grades the teaching exams, and develops our tutor fleet to help them be the best in the industry.

Yup is backed by some of the biggest names in education

Yup is backed by Stanford University, where our mission to make expert tutoring more accessible for every student originated. Yup is also a member of StartX, an educational non-profit out of Stanford. StartX supports innovative solutions to the world’s toughest problems, which inspired them to admit Yup to the StartX class and become a backer. StartX only accepts 8% of applicant companies into the program, which guarantees access to resources like industry leaders and Stanford professors.

Yup is backed by Collab + Sesame, the official investment arm of Sesame Street. Sesame Street is a landmark global educational program that has helped people learn for 50 years. Collab + Sesame is dedicated to childhood educational development and provides portfolio companies with access to leading experts and resources. The fund chose to invest in Yup because of the differentiators that set us apart from other tutoring providers, including our proven and research-supported pedagogy.

Remembering Dr. Judah L. Schwartz, Yup Educational Advisor

Dr. Schwartz was an Emeritus member of the Faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he served as Professor of Education for more than two decades. At Harvard, he taught teachers effective ways of teaching mathematics while deepening their understanding of the mathematics they taught. At MIT he served as Professor of Engineering Science and Education and retired with tenure after more than thirty years of teaching physics. At both institutions, he conducted research on learning and teaching mathematics.

In the course of his research, he developed award-winning educational software. Much of this software serves as resource material for the graduate courses he taught to middle and high school math teachers in the Division of Continuing Education at Harvard University.

He wrote extensively about mathematics and education technology, and authored several books and many essays. Links to his writings can be found here.

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