Content architect blends background in software with passion for working with kids.

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Tina Chen

What do you do? I am a content architect for Bellevue-based DreamBox Learning, an adaptive, online K–8 math program. I work closely with engineers, teachers, user experience (UX) designers and artists to design and develop fun and engaging math learning experiences that also complement classroom instruction.

How did you get started in that field? I had always been interested in working in the education field when I heard about DreamBox from a friend. The product and mission is the ideal fit for me, blending my background in software with my passion for working with kids.

I was drawn to DreamBox’s ability to reach many students and adapt to their learning pace and individual style. I was excited to work with in-house teachers to design and build a curriculum that makes a real impact in a digital environment. 

I enjoy working on hard problems and being creative with solutions — at DreamBox I can apply these qualities to transform math concepts into fun lessons for kids.

What’s the best part of the job? The rewarding parts of my job include hearing honest, unfiltered feedback from kids about how lessons in DreamBox increased their confidence in math at school, and working with smart, passionate people who want to make a difference.

What surprises people about what you do?  I meet a lot of people whose kids play DreamBox, and the parents are always surprised and excited that I work there.

What’s a typical day like? A typical day includes ideating and collaborating with different teams to improve and build new content that will lead to the creation of great, engaging lessons for kids. We like to balance work and play with spontaneous Nerf wars and occasional game sessions to maintain a fun and creative vibe. We make stuff for kids, after all.

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