Veteran superintendent and education researcher joins RoboKind, steps into new senior vice president role
DALLAS (Sept. 13, 2016) – RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, announces the addition of Dr. Gregory Firn as senior vice president (SVP) of strategic initiatives. In the new leadership role, Dr. Firn will oversee product development and implementation, and legislative and research initiatives. As a former superintendent and seasoned leader in the research of education effects, Dr. Firn will carry on his work improving the quality of learning in the autism intervention field.
“RoboKind is dedicated to advancing autism intervention and invested in research to support that effort,” said Dr. Firn. “I’m excited to further my passion for teaching and learning by joining a mission to improve education for all students.”
As SVP of strategic initiatives, Dr. Firn will support the continued growth and implementation of Robots4Autism curriculum at the district level. He will also play an integral role in expanding efforts to enhance the nourishment of social skills for students in the general education and special education classroom.
“As we look to further the application of Robot4Autism in schools, we’re pleased to welcome Dr. Firn to the RoboKind team,” said Fred Margolin, CEO and co-founder of RoboKind. “His outstanding leadership while working hand-in-hand with parents, teachers and students is unprecedented.”
Dr. Firn will assist in daily operations at RoboKind, such as supporting the management and growth of marketing and sales departments, as well as the evaluation and training of personnel throughout the company. His experience improving student achievement and school-wide engagement will contribute to the overall leadership strategy at RoboKind.
“Welcoming Dr. Firn is a proud moment for us as we continue to expand the expertise of the RoboKind team,” said Liz Ralston, vice president of sales and marketing at RoboKind. “We’re looking forward to contributing at a higher level to the education of the whole child with Dr. Firn on board.”
Dr. Firn has served in leadership roles at the Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI), Grand Prairie ISD, Anson County Schools, Milford Public Schools, Wenatchee School District and Everett Public Schools. To learn more about Dr. Firn, visit www.robokindrobots.com/robots4autism-home/our-team.
RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, designs and builds a series of robots that enable people to engage with robots on a personal level. Through Robots4Autism, RoboKind leverages these advanced social robots to supplement autism therapy and special education. The programs use humanoid robots that feature life-like facial expressions, natural social interaction and comprehensive curriculum to assist educators and therapists in helping students learn and grow. For more information, visit www.robots4autism.com.
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