Our Story

Hi, I’m John Failla, and I’m the Founder of Pearl.

Like a pearl, our company story has been one of evolution. Back in 2016, when we were known as Trilogy Mentors, we were a scrappy in-person tutoring company that connected Richmond-area students with local mentors.

The last few years, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, have brought about a new paradigm of teaching: a blend of in-person and online learning.

And, as tutors ourselves, we noticed there wasn’t a single, all-in-one tool available to help educators like ourselves manage and grow our business in this new hybrid learning environment. And so we decided to build one ourselves.

Our Story

Hi, I’m John Failla, and I’m the Founder of Pearl.

Like a pearl, our company story has been one of evolution. Back in 2016, when we were known as Trilogy Mentors, we were a scrappy in-person tutoring company that connected Richmond-area students with local mentors.

The last few years, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, have brought about a new paradigm of teaching: a blend of in-person and online learning.

And, as tutors ourselves, we noticed there wasn’t a single, all-in-one tool available to help educators like ourselves manage and grow our business in this new hybrid learning environment. And so we decided to build one ourselves.

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Pearl gives individual tutors and tutoring agencies the tools they need to succeed - all in one elegant, easy-to-use platform.

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Today, we’re a best-in-class ed-tech software company, but our mission has remained the same: build the best tools so that tutors can improve more student outcomes.

And because Pearl is built by tutors for tutors, we are truly passionate about relationship-based education, and we are constantly perfecting our product to better service tutors and their students.

John Meeting

Today, we’re a best-in-class ed-tech software company, but our mission has remained the same: build the best tools so that tutors can improve more student outcomes.

And because Pearl is built by tutors for tutors, we are truly passionate about relationship-based education, and we are constantly perfecting our product to better service tutors and their students.

Our Team

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John Failla

Founder and CEO
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Jonathan Kelley

Chief Operating Officer
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Nate Casey

Chief Revenue Officer
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Chris Kerr

Product Manager
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Megan Knutson

Director of Customer Care
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Labiba Khan

Customer Service Specialist
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Noraya Razzaque

Customer Success Specialist
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Flora Russell

Senior Manager, Business Operations
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Michael Jarvis

Head of Growth
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Trilogy Mentors, LLC
1717 E Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23223

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