Our Mission

To create engaging learning experiences that touch the heart and enable students to become critically-thinking, responsible citizens.

About us

About us

We believe that an education should help empower humanity. When your work can positively influence a child’s future, you’re driven to do more every day–and do it better than ever before. This connection with students is a source of endless motivation for our entire company, from the warehouse team, to customer service and technology, to the artists in our graphic design department. We may lead the market at creating student engagement, but we’re far from satisfied and too ambitious to stand still.

More than 26,000 schools in all 50 states and in more than 4,000 districts are letting Studies Weekly help them make a difference. Many state departments of education in diverse places such as Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the country of Jamaica–just to name a few–have implemented statewide “textbook” adoptions of Studies Weekly. The entire Studies Weekly family would love the opportunity to help your school or district make the Learn to live! difference.

Leadership

Paul David Thompson
Founder, 32 Years An Educator, May 18, 1936 – July 4, 2013

Studies Weekly began in 1984 when fourth grade teacher Paul Thompson needed a state history textbook to use in his class. He decided to write his own state history textbook — in a weekly magazine format — and Studies Weekly was born.

Ed Rickers
Owner & CEO

With his background in business and a heartfelt desire to improve education, Mr. Rickers is in a unique position to change how students learn K-6 social studies and science.

Executive Team

Steve Rasmussen
Executive vice president, Operations

Franz Belot, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Kevin Carter
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Kathleen Hoover
Vice President, Chief Curriculum Officer

Jeff Clawson
Vice President, Chief Creative Officer

Christine Wzorek
Executive Secretary / HR Director

Troy Biggers
Director of Technology

Management Team

Jennifer Ives
Editorial Manager

Mindy Weber
Curriculum Manager

Kris Gillespie
Art Director

Loki Mulholland
Video Manager

Landon Olson
Production / Operations Manager

Dave Hall
Graphic Design Manager

David Rodriguez, Ph.D
Language Translations Manager

Debbie Singson
Customer Relations Manager

Brenda Nielson
Adoptions Manager

Dan Whiting
Customer Outreach Manager

Nick VanWhy
Web Content Manager

Kim Mogilevsky
Professional Development Director

Make the Learn to live! difference in your school or district