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Our story

Over ten years ago, Hāpara began the journey to provide teachers with simple solutions to deliver digital instruction and personalized learning. When a group of educators in New Zealand started working with Google Apps in their schools, they found a need to better organize digital classroom routines and gain greater visibility into learners’ work. They collaborated with developers to create the first Hāpara product: Teacher Dashboard.

Since then, Hāpara has expanded to the United States, Canada and Australia, and 40+ other countries to offer a one-stop solution for digital teaching and learning. We empower educators to empower their learners. Students develop agency in their learning and in the wider world. Today Hāpara tools keep learners safe, instill digital citizenship, build executive function skills, help educators provide formative feedback and meet the unique needs of every learner.


( How to pronounce hā • pa • ra )

Language: Māori
(noun) dawn.

Our values

The Hāpara Instructional Suite is reflective of how we think about learning and its role in creating a better world.


When educators engage more deeply with learners and strengthen connections with them, collaboration and teamwork become second nature in the classroom.


By empowering educators, they empower students to become involved in their own learning.


Creating a school experience that is more collaborative and engaging nurtures social equity, equipping learners to impact the world in a positive way.


Understanding exactly what students are doing allows educators to set goals and improve learning experiences.


We believe technology should support the human relationships that define educational experiences.

Our leadership team

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Wayne Poncia, President

Wayne Poncia is a well-known thought leader in educational innovation in the United States and Canada. He has provided leadership to Silicon Valley edtech companies whose products are used by millions of users. He has been a prominent player in introducing digital learning and education-focused applications on four continents. As President, Poncia looks after the product development, sales and customer success teams in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, UK and USA. He is responsible for portfolio planning, innovation horizons, resource allocation and product success.

Robert Bailey
Robert Bailey, VP of revenue

Robert brings years of successful sales, marketing and entrepreneurial experience to his role as VP of Revenue at Hāpara. Outside of Hāpara, you may find him playing tennis, working through his bucket list, painting his face for Seahawk games or traveling the world.

Nara Chilluvuri
Nara Chilluvuri, VP Product Engineering

Nara has close to two decades of product management experience. He has held numerous roles in software companies including directing engineering teams and product architecting. Nara heads product direction, design & development at Hāpara. In his spare time he coaches cricket, volunteers for social causes, and experiments with cooking at the expense of his family.

Ryan Glassman
Ryan Glassman, Director of Sales

Ryan helps school systems to find the best Hāpara solution for their needs. He is datadriven, applying his skills to helping Hāpara clients, and also to his pursuits as a homebrewer and youth football coach.

Lindsay Dixon Garcia
Lindsay Dixon-Garcia, Director of Marketing and Customer Communications

Lindsay started her career as a Spanish teacher. After 12 years of teaching kids of all ages, Lindsay merged her love of words and educating others into a career in technical communication. Her focus at Hāpara is helping educators love its digital tools as much as she does. When Lindsay isn’t working she is usually spending time with her kids and hubby, playing with her two very naughty dogs or out for a run.

Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts, Director of Engineering and Architecture

Martin comes to us from Peace Software where he worked on agile/SOA rebuild projects. He keeps our developers moving efficiently by streamlining code and process. In his free time, Martin enjoys playing hard court bicycle polo.

Jean Luc Nishimwe
Jean Luc Nishimwe, Head of People and Culture (NZ), Implementation and Support

Jean Luc has a decade worth of experience in Customer Service. He has held numerous roles in information Technology companies including leadership roles in Training, Support, and Engineering. Jean Luc heads the Customer Support and Implementation teams in Hāpara. In his spare time, he enjoys lifting heavy objects and enjoys playing sports.

Our style

We ask that you keep our logo, font styles and brand colors intact. Please do not make your own modifications.


You’ll notice that Hāpara is spelled with a macron (horizontal line) over the first “a.” That’s because our name comes from the Maori word meaning dawn. We kindly ask that you include the macron when referring to our company name.


Hāpara Highlights

We use the Aleo font for all primary text.

A Chrome browser monitoring tool

For secondary text, we use Open Sans.

Our brand colors

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Our products 

Highlights (for educators)

This Chrome browser monitoring tool allows teachers to view learners’ browsing activity, guide their browsing and help them become better digital citizens with personalized, private feedback.

Deledao ActiveScan, presented by Hāpara (for schools and districts)

This K-12 web filter is powered by artificial intelligence, understands context and analyzes images, video and text in real time. It protects student data and information with technology that blocks ads and tracking, anonymizes Google searches and more. Teachers can also approve websites for learners, facilitating important conversations about digital citizenship. 

Teacher Dashboard (for educators) 

Teachers can view and access learners’ Google Workspace for Education files in one central hub . This makes it easy for teachers to give personalized feedback to learners. Teachers can also create differentiated groups and quickly share files and Google Classroom content.

Workspace (for educators and learners) 

This tool allows educators to find or build digital assignments and projects they can differentiate for groups or individual learners. It also gives learners a simple yet interactive interface to manage assignments, choose how they want to show their learning and collaborate across the class.

Student Dashboard Digital Backpack (for learners)

This online student planner is a one-stop hub for students to manage their assignments and class communication. Student Dashboard provides access to all of their Google Classroom assignments and announcements, Drive files and Hāpara Workspaces. It even gives them reminders when something is due (or late!) — all in one place.

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