Our Mission

Enlighten AI’s mission is to put the power of AI in the hands of educators, equipping them to enhance their impact and make their work more sustainable.

Our core values

We empower

By developing innovative AI tools tailored to teachers' needs and preferences, we enhance their capabilities and enable them to focus their time and energy on higher order tasks.

We integrate
AI responsibly

We design our AI solutions to complement and augment the irreplaceable human touch in teaching, ensuring that technology serves as an effective tool in educators' hands without undermining their authority or perpetuating harmful biases.

We prioritize
student outcomes

Students are at the heart of our mission, and all of our efforts and innovations are driven by a relentless commitment to foster elevated academic growth, nurture meaningful relationships, and unlock the full potential of every learner.

Our Beliefs

Teachers are irreplaceable.

We believe that the expertise, compassion, and dedication of teachers cannot be replaced by technology. AI should be utilized as a tool to enhance their capabilities, allowing them to focus on high-impact tasks and fostering deeper connections with students.

Feedback is the essence of learning.

We believe personalized, timely, and high-quality feedback is crucial to student achievement. By improving the feedback process, we can empower students to grow their writing skills, boost their confidence, and become more effective communicators.

Educators need more time.

We believe that the demands placed on teachers and educators often exceed what is reasonable or sustainable. We aim to equip educators with tools that enable them to get more done in less time, enabling them to sustainably meet expectations.

AI should be a tool in educators’ toolboxes.

We believe that AI has the potential to positively impact schools, and that teachers and school leaders can, should, and will shape how it is used. We keep educators in the driver’s seat, empowering them to tailor our tools to their classrooms and needs.

Our Team

Gautam Thapar

CEO & Cofounder

Gautam is a former US History teacher, Principal, and social impact entrepreneur. Most recently, he founded and was the Executive Director at Invictus Academy of Richmond, a high-performing independent charter school in the East Bay Area in California. He graduated from Stanford in 2010 and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan in 2016.

TyAnthony Davis

COO & Cofounder

TyAnthony is a former 4th grade teacher, Principal, and social impact entrepreneur. He founded and served as COO for Vox Collegiate of Los Angeles, a high-performing independent charter school in South Los Angeles, CA. TyAnthony graduated from Yale in 2009, and earned his JD from Harvard Law in 2015.

Praveen Wicliff

Technical Lead

Praveen is a seasoned technology leader and full-stack software engineer with over 20 years of experience. During his career, he has served in roles ranging from lead developer to CTO across a range of companies and domains. He graduated from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science in India in 1998, and earned his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in 2000.

Sukidhar Darisi

Software Engineer

Sukidhar is a recent graduate who loves programming and is hungry to build great products. In college, Sukidhar acquired full-stack engineering skills, and grew a passion for the Elixir programming language. He is excited about applying the latest technology to power Enlighten AI’s products. He graduated from the Manipal Institute of Technology in 2022.