Jack shared this poem with us.
We want to take this time to revisit all the milestones that we reached to get to the end of this year. We also want to take time to thank all of our supporters as well!
Meeting educators and learners is our priority, and in order to do so, we travelled to the various events and exhibitions all over the world in 2017. The team took road trips all over South Korea. They went to Singapore and San Francisco. Currently, one teammate is in Africa. Travelling has allowed us to meet an array of educators from all over the world. Thank you to all of the educators who stopped by our booths to chat with us. Thank you to all of the users who gave us the feedback. Thank you to all of the supporters who gave us a platform to talk about Storypal.
This year we grew from 3 members to 5members. Musa Dan Kamari is our ace business developer. We are fortunate to have such a talented individual on our team. He brightens up any room he is in with his tenacity, charm and positivity. He is currently in Kenya talking to school administrators, teachers, and students. Our second team member is joining us on a voluntary basis. Sam Ng was one of the awesome people we met in Singapore. He understood Storypals values and goals immediately. He is a talented developer who is helping us conquer new feats.
Sumbal Shaffi does the majority of the blog writing for Storypal. I am actually writing this post right now. Hi! The research and the Kickstarter were two projects that fell under my jurisdiction. I was half expecting to get the research approved, and half expecting to not. Thank you SFUSD for approving it. The Kickstarter was one of the biggest challenges. I had to really put myself out there, and ask others for help. I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who supported Storypal through this time.
The Storypal site is malleable. We work in a cyclical fashion. First, users use our site. Then, we meticulously gather feedback from them while they use it. Finally, we collect that data and then make changes to the site. We repeat this process every semester. Hours upon hours of coding go into changing the site. Heehwa Choi is our CEO and our CTO. She has really pushed herself this year to make the site better every passing month of 2017.
Educators, thank you so much for another wonderful semester. We would like to thank all of the students who shared their thoughts on how to make the site better after they used it. We would like to thank all of our educators who used the site in their classrooms in 2017. You understood that the site was a work in progress and you were patient when issues arose. The persona of a Storypal teacher is an educator who wants to show their students the vastness of the world and share its beauty with their classroom. The Storypal team can say that all of our educators fit this criterion. We deeply appreciated you all. It has been an awesome journey working with you this semester.
We are in the middle of the school year. We have a lot of announcements coming up in 2018. But more than anything, we sincerely and humbly look forward to helping you connect with even more classrooms next semester.