Meet the Team - Joe Malaquias
Joe Malaquias | September 28, 2020
What's your role at Screencastify?
I'm a Success Manager!
Why did you choose to work at Screencastify?
I first used Screencastify as a teacher myself and fell in love at first sight 😍! After deciding to leave the classroom, I knew I still wanted to work with and around educators. Many of my Screencastify colleagues are former teachers themselves! It’s a great place that not only cares about the Screencastify products but also the ongoing relationships we build with educators around the globe. 🌍
What's the best part about working at Screencastify?
The people! Working with educators and the Screencastify team is amazing. Just like my past experience working in a school building, everyone at Screencastify is super-friendly, creative, and willing to lend a helping hand. I think that’s why we make a great partner with educators. It’s in our blood! 🤝
What new talent did you pick up during quarantine?
My 3rd-grade classroom guinea pig pets, Shadow & Pistachio, also had to work from home with me. They joined in on many virtual calls with their classroom buddies. Along the way, I watched MANY Youtube videos on guinea pigs and ended up building three different cages for them. I am now confident enough to call myself a Guinea Pig Habitat Specialist 🐹🐽. Oh, and I even bought them an Aerogarden just to grow lettuce for them. Fun fact: In Switzerland, it’s illegal to own just one guinea pig because they are social animals. There are even rent-a-guinea options in case one sadly dies and the lonely guinea needs a buddy for their twilight years.
What is your favorite travel experience?
The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia ⚽🏆! I will now make it my goal to try and attend every World Cup from here on out. It is an amazing experience to meet people from around the world in one festive spot. While bonding over cheering on our favorite teams, it feels like the world is headed in the right direction. 🕊
What is your guilty food pleasure?
Cheese and pizza 🧀🍕! Especially cheese curds! New York and Chicago, can we just agree that all pizza is equally great?! Moving to Chicago from New Jersey has opened my eyes to the world of deep dish and curds. However, I still love them all. Mozzarella sticks? Yes, please! Cheese curds? Yes, please! NY Style pizza? Yes, please. Deep-dish? Yes, please! Why the debate?! EAT THEM ALL! Uggh, I need to go for a run now 🏃. Wait, Detroit-style pizza is a thing!? Wait, what about 🍍on pizza? Okay, I’ll stop here.
What is your advice for Screencastify users?
Please don’t feel like you have to be Halle Berry or Tom Cruise in front of the camera 🎥. If you are, that’s great! But, also don’t feel that you can’t just record away. Your students will love you for who you are. You will also start finding creative and unique ways that you can use Screencastify in your classroom. If you come up with an awesome idea and want to share it, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form. I would love to hear how you use Screencastify in your classroom, whether in-person or remotely.