What is Pando?

Pando is the name of the largest—and possibly oldest—organism on earth, a massive colony of aspen trees in the midwestern United States that has survived for over one million years on its expansive system of roots.

Pando is Latin for “I spread,” and we believe this description is just as fitting for an educator’s ever-reaching impact as it is for a sprawling network of aspen roots.

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Our Mission

is to play a supporting role in TK-12 transformation by equipping current and future educators with the knowledge and skills they need to make a lasting impact.

Our Vision

is to help schools become beacons of pride in their communities; epicenters of lasting social impact for the families they serve.

Our Founders

Dr. Derek Rouch

I've worn many hats in my public education career: paraeducator, teacher, instructional coach, district administrator, CTO, and governing board member.

I've had incredible teachers throughout the years, and I've grown a tremendous amount as a result. I am on a mission to help others do the same.

Carrie Rouch

I love helping teams reach their goals. I’m a detail-oriented professional with nearly 20 years’ experience in office management and preschool administration.