Business Development Specialist Ryan Lee joined Allovue after spending two years as an eighth grade teacher in Nashville. He brings a unique blend of experience in education and accounting that makes him an excellent resource for districts interested in learning more about budgeting options.
What were you doing before coming to Allovue?
Before joining Allovue, I spent two years in the classroom teaching eighth grade Social Studies, along with remediation Reading and Math, at an independent charter school in Nashville. Before that, I studied Accounting and Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross and worked at an all-boys middle school in Worcester. While in college, I was also a public accounting intern at PwC.
What’s your role at Allovue?
I’m a Business Development Specialist on the Sales & Marketing team. I reach out to districts who may be looking to democratize their budgeting process or want to reevaluate how they allocate dollars to students. I get to attend education events throughout the country to discuss school finance and meet mission-driven folks committed to pursuing a more equitable education for every student in their district—it’s energizing!
How do you see Allovue’s impact?
As a teacher, so much of my work and the system I taught in was evaluated based on student outcomes. Working with like-minded individuals who embrace the truth that an equitable education does not just come from in-class instruction is motivating for me.
Resource equity is too often ignored in ensuring the best education for children. Being at a mission-aligned company has made me better understand how to keep students like the ones I used to teach as the focus of my work, even outside the classroom.
I am a huge fan of the author Ben Mezrich. For many years, I found it hard to find time to read for pleasure, but I somehow always found time to read Mezrich’s books. He is most famous for Accidental Billionaires, which is the story of the founding of Facebook, but my favorite of his is Rigged, the story of Wall Street during the dot com bubble.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Allovue works with districts and state departments of education across the country to allocate, budget, and manage spending. Allovue's software suite integrates seamlessly with existing accounting systems to make sure every dollar works for every student. Allovue also provides additional services such as chart of accounts and funding formula revisions.