The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) announced that Catalyst portfolio company PresenceLearning, a provider of live online special education–related services for grades preK–12, has become an ASHA Corporate Partner. ASHA’s partnership with PresenceLearning will help speech-language pathologists (SLPs) access teletherapy at a time when online education tools have proven to be critical to connecting to students and clients.
Catalyst portfolio company PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education related services for K-12 schools, hired education industry veteran Jennifer Berry as its new Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Berry will oversee all of the company’s operations including its clinical management and support teams.
The Lancer Group, an executive search firm for private equity-backed software companies, named Kate Eberle Walker, CEO of Catalyst portfolio company PresenceLearning, to its inaugural “Top 25 Women in PE-Backed Software Companies” list. The list highlights the accomplishments of successful executives leading high–performing and fast–growing organizations. Honorees were nominated by The Lancer Group’s network of private equity partners, board members, and executives as some of the most talented leaders driving value creation in private equity-backed software companies.
Catalyst-backed PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education related services for K-12 schools, partnered with the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE). PresenceLearning will support the professional development of CASE members by providing access to its clinical experts and influential partners, as well as offering exclusive webinars, presentations, and other programming.
Catalyst portfolio company PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online behavioral and mental health services for K-12 schools, partnered with iOpening Enterprises to develop Finding Your Power in Uncertain Times, a 6-week trauma-informed group therapy program designed to help students who are struggling with life’s current stressors including social, emotional, and economic impacts from COVID-19 and civil unrest in their communities.
CEO of Catalyst-backed PresenceLearning, Kate Eberle Walker, discusses her company’s recent $27 million Series D. The pandemic accelerated the completion of the funding round, which helps the company’s expansion of online therapy and assessment services to meet growing school needs.
PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education related services for K-12 schools, received a $27 million Series D investment led by Bain Capital Double Impact. Existing investors Catalyst Investors, New Markets Venture Partners and Catamount Ventures also participated in the round. The latest funding positions the company to accelerate its expansion of online therapy and assessment services to meet growing school needs.
The idea of continuing to serve students with disabilities paralyzed many school leaders in recent weeks, and even led some to cancel school for everyone rather than tackle the challenge of providing special education online. But Kristin Martinez, the clinical director at Catalyst-backed PresenceLearning, which provides online special education services, said school leaders should take heart.
“As schools urgently seek solutions to move services online, we want to make sure that students with special education needs are prioritized,” said Kate Eberle Walker, CEO of Catalyst-backed PresenceLearning. “Over the past ten years we’ve developed a specific expertise in conducting teletherapy sessions for K-12 students and we have a purpose-built platform that is designed by and for clinicians. We realized that the best way we can help right now is to make our platform available more broadly, and to teach school-based clinicians how to approach teletherapy.”
The CEO of Catalyst backed Presence Learning discusses why it matters to have diversity in positions of influence.