The Student Relations Team creates and offers connections between Pearson and higher education students everywhere through our core programs and partnerships:
- Campus Ambassador Program — our on campus job opportunity
- Student Advisory Board — the student think tank
- Free Agent — freelance opportunities with Pearson
- Intern Program — summer internships across North America
- Pearson Prize — funding support for students' final college years
- Leadership Development Program — a unique career opportunity for graduates
We interact with students daily through our social media channels, and invite you to contact us with any questions, ideas, thoughts or comments.
- Learn more about John ›
- John Tweeddale
- Chief Customer Experience Officer
- Learn more about Allison ›
- Allison Jones
- Learn more about Andrea ›
- Andrea Shaw
- Director of Programs & Partnerships
- Learn more about Katherine ›
- Katherine Kollef
- Learn more about Kara ›
- Kara Manis
Chief Customer Experience Officer
John's overarching aim is to "provide outstanding experiences for all Pearson customers – students, faculty and administrators". His deep understanding of customers began years ago when he started his career with Pearson as an Inside Sales Representative. Since then John has worked with all kinds of Pearson customers in many different roles across North America and Europe. From sales and marketing to strategy and efficacy, John's passion to understand and delight our customers continues to propel him forward.
Prior to his current role, John spent several years in London leading Pearson's Europe/Middle East/Africa publishing team. He returned to the states in 2006 as the National Sales Manager for Pearson's Humanities, Social Sciences and Languages team, and now serves as Chief Customer Experience Officer for Pearson North America.
John holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from William Jewell College. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife, their twins, Ian and Hannah, and their youngest daughter, Emma.
Allison is a Wisconsinite who aspires to be a true New Yorker — even after living in NYC for 7+ years! She loves new experiences and working with the interesting, naturally curious and passionate people at Pearson. She has worked in a variety of roles from Sales and Sales Management, to Strategic and Product Marketing, to Sales Systems and Software Training, and now leads the Student Relations team. If Allison won the lottery she’d travel more, learn more, cook more, golf more (and teach kids to golf — so many life lessons in golf!) and take and share more photos of all of those things.
AVP / Marketing Programs Director
An East Coaster now living in sunny Northern California, Andrea can be found on the soccer field (watching her two boys play), biking, kayaking or teaching yoga to little kiddos. Her career in Education includes a six year stint as Director of Marketing and Admissions at two colleges in the Boston area and teaching marketing strategy at both the undergraduate and graduate level. At Pearson, she is part of our Student Relations team to engage our Ambassadors and is most excited about driving our new "One Professor" campaign to honor the Educators who impact the lives of students both in and outside of the classroom. Once her kids get off to College (which is still a few years away), Andrea’s dream is to do a yoga retreat in Bali and travel to India to see the Taj Mahal.
Digital Marketing Coordinator
After a brief fling with science, Katherine began her love affair with books while studying English at Boston College. Pursuing her passion for the written word, she obtained her Masters in Publishing and Writing at Emerson College and discovered a penchant for marketing she could not ignore. She now works with the most energized people she knows and is thrilled to combine her academic pursuits with Pearson's mission of helping students achieve success through exceptional learning tools and technologies. Catch her in the Twittersphere! She'll be the one tweeting about books, amateur foodie pursuits, and marketeering in the digital age!
When Kara is not dreaming of her return to the Island of Grenada where she and her husband lived for over a year, she can be found managing the energetic and passionate Pearson Students. Kara started her career in publishing with Pearson back in 2008 and is so excited about her new role with the Student Relations team. In her free time, Kara loves exploring the Northeast, video chatting with her favorite children's home in Grenada, and taking pilates reformer classes around her new home in Hoboken.