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Be equipped to support learners in K-12 and Higher Education Environments through collaboration and partnerships.


Tell your story through strategic communications, positive messaging, white papers, and crisis planning.


Create content to supports the needs of learners through: standards alignment, curriculum development, content marketing, digital badge /micro-credentials

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BUOY is a partnership agency that provides high-quality strategic guidance to ensure success in the K-Higher Education setting. As educators ourselves we bring a background in education, business, marketing, public relations, and curriculum development to combine a unique offering. Our clients include K-12 schools/districts, non-profits, community colleges/universities, and educational vendors.


Founder, BUOY Consultants

25+ Years in education, Jen specializes in public relations, EdTech, and K-Higher content development.

Jen's background includes service in public education as a teacher, administrator, and school board member. Additionally, she was a faculty member at Chapman University's teaching credential program.

Jen earned her M.A. in education w/ a focus on technology.

Director of Marketing & Strategy @ Krause Center for Innovation (KCI)

Before joining KCI, Cate helped found BUOY and has spent 19+ years in education as a teacher, administrator and adjunct faculty member at Foothill College. Cate is also the author of Power Up Your Classroom, Reimagine Learning Through Game Play (ISTE 2019).

Cate earned her M.A. in education from University of San Francisco.

Founder of Net4EdAccess & Director of Business Development for Center for Educational Innovation

Tom's mission is to keep the financial nonprofit organization financially stable and bring innovative products and services to K-12 Eduction. Tom is passionate about serving the underserved. He has served in the same capacity for CALSA and ALAS.

Tom earned his M.A. from University of San Diego.

Founder of Career Climate Change

Dennis' mission is helping people find careers that help make a difference. As former Director of Career and Counseling Services at UC Santa Barbara he spent his career helping students find the perfect career!

Dennis earned his Phd at University of Iowa.

Our Clients Say

We wanted support with the launch of our enterprise platform and BUOY gave the in-person strategic support we needed!” – Jim Hurley CEO/Founder Lesson Planet

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The energy that BUOY puts into everything is amazing!

“In the 35 years that I have been working in the EdTech community publishing magazines, producing conferences/trade shows, working with educators and technology companies, I have had the opportunity to work with many passionate and talented individuals. Their skill sets come in a variety of areas but there are few that encompass the breadth and scope that I have experienced first hand in my work with BUOY.

Wendy LaDuke Founder Tahoe Strategies (Former Publisher eSchool Media & 1105 Media Group) 

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