Sam Levine is Hone’s Head of Learning and the definition of a player-coach. Sam started his career as a classroom teacher before an interest in technology helped him stumble upon the education-technology world. After working at various ed-tech companies, like Amplify and Coursera, Sam has continued to pursue his passion for helping students everywhere continue to learn. A journey that continues at Hone!
Since joining the company in 2019, Sam oversees the teams that create Hone’s curriculum, measure learning and impact, and facilitate learning experiences for our customers. Together, these three teams guide Hone’s learning strategy and ensure every learner leaves a Hone class having discovered something new.
We asked Sam a few questions to learn more about him, his role, and his last three years with Hone. Here’s what he had to say:
What was your professional journey before Hone?
I started my career as a teacher, first teaching English language learners (ELL) in Cairo, Egypt and then moving on to become a middle school educator in Washington, D.C. I was fascinated by how enchanted my students were with their phones and technology, which led me to a career in education technology (working at places like Amplify and Coursera).
The focus on asynchronous learning, while powerful for giving people access, didn’t resonate deeply with how important (I believe) community and social engagement are to learning. So after Coursera, I teamed up with two other teacher friends and helped start a company called Breathe For Change, which focused on certifying K-12 teachers as yoga instructors and social-emotional learning experts. Breathe For Change is now one of the largest yoga teacher training schools in the USA.
Hone, to me, brings the best of what I was a part of at ed-tech companies (the scale and access) with the engagement and community that I loved at Breathe For Change.
Why did you join Hone?
I joined Hone for the opportunity to grow a powerful modality (live, virtual) for learning at scale and impact millions of professionals’ lives across the globe through engaging, connective learning experiences. I also love entrepreneurship and was drawn to our CEO Tom and his vision for the company.
How do you think your past experience has helped you at Hone?
I care deeply about social learning and creating engaging and interactive learning experiences. My past experiences as an educator and technologist help me blend this pedagogical learning approach with a clear understanding of what tech products can achieve.
How is Hone different from other places you’ve worked?
The transparency with which people operate, and the genuine desire to help one another and achieve something bigger than any of us.
What’s your number one leadership or management tip?
I think great leaders balance paradox within their leadership. They are humble AND confident; structured AND flexible; visionary AND tactical. I think embracing the “AND” and holding the opposites in leadership is incredibly important to success.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to hang with my Husky pup, wife, and son Jonah! I love to hike, camp, be outdoors, and adventure around this fascinating globe of ours.