Dr. Mark Lynd
President and Co-Founder
Mark began his career in education in 1983 when he taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a secondary school in the Central African Republic. Since that time, he has worked as a teacher trainer, instructional materials specialist, project manager, program evaluator and education policy specialist in Africa, the Pacific and the US. He served as a long-term resident technical assistant in Namibia, where he advised the Ministry of Education on in-service teacher training activities, and in Guinea/Conakry, where he developed and managed a national level teacher training program for USAID. He also developed and directed a non-profit organization promoting participatory research in western Massachusetts. Mark holds a Doctor of Education and a Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Assessment Lead, Time to Read Kyrgyzstan
Altynai Moldoeva has 15 years of experience in educational assessment and development. Her passion with educational development started in 2002, when she was part of a USAID-funded National Scholarship Test Initiative in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. This project was one of the first projects in the post-Soviet states to introduce standardized testing to the local educational system and make higher education accessible to students from all social and economic backgrounds. Since then, she has worked with various development projects and research programs, both on the national and international level, with clients such as USAID, World Bank, EBRD, and the Ministries of Education. Altynai’s special interests lie in testing equity: working in multi-lingual and multi-cultural contexts, she edits test items to exclude any form of bias, as well as ensure age-appropriateness and user-friendliness of the test forms. She is also experienced in data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Altynai holds an MA from the Teachers’ College of Columbia University. She currently lives in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and is a proud mother of two daughters.