Meet the Team
Dedicated to making kids' lives easier, one essay at a time.
Mya is a lifelong New Yorker who graduated from the New York City private school system and Brown University. She is the mother of Mylo and two more boys, who all feel the growing pains of becoming good writers. Motivated by the idea of giving all students and parents access to a guided writing process, Mya was the driving force in launching the development of MyloWrites. Her favorite high school read was To Kill a Mockingbird.
Stacy is a mother and learning specialist with 20+ years of experience teaching writing and literacy. After graduating from Columbia Teacher's College, Stacy taught at the Churchill School for students with learning disabilities and helped found the Aaron Middle and High School in New York City. As a writing specialist in private practice, Stacy is thrilled to be able to share her teaching with students everywhere. Her favorite high school book was Beloved.
Mylo is an actual 8th grade student. He has strengths, passions, and struggles. After learning the writing process with Stacy, Mylo was inspired to share his knowledge with others. So he created an app to help students write essays more easily and effectively. Mylo loves computers and has learned to love the craft of writing. His favorite middle school reading is Romeo and Juliet.
Chief Technology Officer
Brian Sowards began his career as an edtech innovator at the age of 16 when he developed a digital handwriting curriculum for middle school students with dyslexia. He was hooked on MyloWrites the day he heard is was invented by a student!
Brian most recently created a new industry in higher education by partnering with 40 universities (including ASU, the University of Washington, and Princeton University) to teach students how to crowdfund. Those programs empowered students to raise millions of dollars for project-based learning programs.
As MyloWrite’s CTO Brian guides strategy, operations, and product development. He’s an enthusiast of neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and student-centered design. Having both a mother and sister who are K12 teachers, he also seeks to build products that give teachers back some of their free time.
Between coding sprints you can find Brian teaching his two-year old daughter how to swim, playing Magic the Gathering with his teenage sons, or serenading his amazing life-partner with a new song on the piano, guitar or violin.
Dr. Barbara McKeon
Dr. McKeon’s career has focused on serving the needs of the most vulnerable populations. She has written numerous articles and spoken extensively on topics in education including restorative justice, improving school culture and inspiring leadership, most recently as a Keynote Speaker for the Affinity Teaching Alliance in England. Dr. McKeon serves on two Mayoral committees in New York City focused on reducing the pipeline to prison for minority students and on building Community Schools. She is the grandmother of 4, a clown, a fitness instructor and appears in the Guinness Book of World Records!
She is currently Head of School at Broome Street Academy, a high school for homeless and foster care children in New York City.
Dr. Alice Mangan
Alice Mangan holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from CUNY Graduate Center and a master’s degree in special education from Bank Street College of Education. Formerly a member of the graduate faculty at Bank Street College of Education, Alice works clinically with children, adolescents, and adults as well as parents and families providing consultation, assessment and evaluation, and psychotherapy services. In addition to her private practice, Alice is a consulting psychologist at schools, combining her passion for progressive, child-centered special education with her training in psychology to thoughtfully respond to complex issues that arise in the life of a school community. Alice’s research interests center on relationships between schools and families and the influence of learning disabilities on the psychological and relational life of the child, parent, and family system. Alice has a strong commitment to sensitively addressing concerns related to learning and learning disability, autism spectrum disorders, the interplay between disability and social, emotional and psychological development, parenting, and other crucial dimensions of identity such as gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity.
Dr. Dana Dorfman
Dana Dorfman is a psychotherapist in NYC with over 20 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and families. She earned both her Doctoral and Master's degrees from New York University, where she is an ongoing supervisor and mentor for training clinicians and mental health professionals. Through her work with hundreds of parents and teens, Dana has become a passionate advocate of social and emotional learning and their ongoing integration in progressive education. She regularly lectures and provides parenting seminars at NYC academic and learning institutions such as Horace Mann, Dalton, the JCC of Manhattan, and the NYU Child Study Center. Dana is frequently interviewed about parenting and has been quoted in publications such as Working Mother, Real Simple, Parents, and Huffington Post. Currently, she is authoring a book on academic pressures, achievement, and character-based education.
Dana resides in NYC with her husband and high school and middle school-aged children from whom she endlessly learns- professionally and personally.