ABOUT US

Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP) is a team of the country’s top leadership and instructional specialists working shoulder-to-shoulder with educators to develop great leaders, foster effective teaching, and transform school performance.

We bring together the literacy, mathematics, and leadership expertise of three respected organizations —Scholastic, Math Solutions, and the ICLE— to provide unmatched support to districts, schools, and teachers in all 50 states.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Bill Daggett

Chairman and Founder, ICLE

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Bill Daggett

Chairman and Founder, ICLE

Bill can help you with...

  • Leadership development
  • Thought leadership and consulting
  • Executive coaching for senior-level leaders
  • In-person seminars
  • Keynote presentations
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Dr. Willard R. (Bill) Daggett is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move education systems toward more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. He has assisted a number of states and hundreds of school districts with their school improvement initiatives, many in response to No Child Left Behind and its demanding adequate yearly progress (AYP) provisions.

Before founding the International Center for Leadership in Education in 1991, Dr. Daggett was a teacher and administrator at the secondary and postsecondary levels, and a director with the New York State Education Department, where he spearheaded restructuring initiatives to focus the state’s education system on the skills and knowledge students need in a technological, information-based society.

Dr. Daggett has collaborated with education ministries in several countries, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, and many other national and global organizations.

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Ray McNulty

Chief Learning Officer, Penn Foster; Senior Fellow

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Ray McNulty

Chief Learning Officer, Penn Foster; Senior Fellow

Ray can help you with...

  • Keynote presentations
  • Thought leadership and consulting
  • Executive coaching for senior-level leaders
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Ray McNulty is a frequent presenter at the state, national, and international levels on the need for school systems to accept the challenges that lie ahead. He is committed to raising performance standards for both teachers and students and to building solid connections between schools and their communities. Ray believes strongly that education systems cannot wait for the children and challenges to arrive at school; rather, schools need to reach out and help forge solutions.

Prior to joining ICLE, he was a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked with leading educators from around the country on improving our nation’s high schools. Ray also is a past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

An educator since 1973, Ray has been a teacher, vice principal, principal, and superintendent. From 2001–2003, he served as Vermont’s education commissioner. During his tenure, Ray focused on aligning the Department of Education’s work on three key issues: early education, educator quality, and secondary school reform.

Ray is the author of It’s Not Us Against Them—Creating the Schools We Need.

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Sue Gendron

President, ICLE

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Sue Gendron

President, ICLE

Sue can help you with...

  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • Executive coaching & leadership development
  • In-person seminars & keynote presentations
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Sue A. Gendron’s passion is working with school systems to move to a learner-centered system of standards-based education. Her career in education spans service as a kindergarten teacher, primary school principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools in Windham, Maine. She served as Commissioner of Education for the state of Maine from 2003 until 2010 before assuming the role of Policy Coordinator for the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium. Most recently, Sue joined the International Center for Leadership in Education as Senior Fellow, where she leads a team of former state commissioners/superintendents to provide coaching and executive training and support to state education leaders and their staffs.

Sue was a member of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Board from 2006–2010 and served as its President from 2009–2010. She held several leadership positions with CCSSO, including board liaison for the Education Information Management Advisory Consortium (EIMAC) and member of the Presidential Transition Task Force. She also served as Chair of the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) Board and trustee of the University of Maine system.

Sue has received many honors, including the Maine School Superintendents’ Distinguished Educator Award, 2001; the Maine Superintendent of the Year Award, 2002; the Maine Education Association—Friend of Education Award, 2005; the University of Southern Maine Distinguished Alumni Award, 2006; the State Education Technology Directors Association—Pushing the Envelope Award, 2008; and the Jobs for America’s Graduates—National Education Leadership Award, 2009.

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Susan Szachowicz

Senior Fellow

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Susan Szachowicz

Senior Fellow

Susan can help you with...

  • Executive coaching for senior-level leaders
  • Addressing school leadership and school improvement challenges
  • In-person seminars
  • Keynote presentations
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Dr. Sue Szachowicz is dedicated to ensuring all students achieve college and career readiness and firmly believes the ideology: “high expectations, high standards—no excuses.” She has served students at Brockton High School, a large (4,300 student) comprehensive urban high school for her entire career and describes herself as Brockton High’s greatest cheerleader. Sue continues to be committed to performance transformation at the school and in the state and has served on numerous state commissions on school improvement, particularly regarding the Massachusetts assessment program.

In 1999 Sue was appointed the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction and in that capacity directed the school’s literacy initiatives to improve student achievement. Before serving in this position, she was a history teacher and a Social Science Department Head at Brockton High School for many years until becoming a Housemaster. She became Brockton High’s principal in 2004 and has also taught graduate courses in history and education at Bridgewater State College and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Sue received both her bachelor’s in History and Sociology and master’s in History from Bridgewater State College and earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Angela Faherty

Senior Fellow

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Angela Faherty

Senior Fellow

Angela can help you with...

  • Common Core State Standards readiness and awareness
  • In-person seminars and keynote presentations
  • Leadership development
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Angela Faherty is a change agent who is constantly learning. She uses her experiences to evolve the traditional instruction model in an effort to provide educators with only the best resources and methodologies. As a Senior Fellow at ICLE, she collaborates with state and district leaders to creatively pursue not only proven strategies, but innovative ones. Angela helps forward-thinking leaders manage and embrace change through thoughtful leadership support and guidance. Her deep and unfaltering passion for improving education enables her to deliver cutting-edge services that sustain the energy and momentum of dedicated educators.

Angela has given over 30 years of service as an educator and considers herself a teacher first and foremost. Having started her career at inner-city public schools in New York City, she is no stranger to the challenges of leading classrooms of students with varying needs. In an effort to find solutions that would benefit all students, Angela moved on to work with various schools across the country. She taught at both the elementary and secondary levels in New York, Missouri, and Utah. Angela moved on to become a member of the faculty of Education, teaching online courses through Walden University. She also served as Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Iowa in Teacher Education. She has had district and state leadership roles in Maine including Director of Special Education, Superintendent, and State Commissioner of Education. As commissioner, she initiated extensive programs and projects and coordinated a multi-state collaborative for educational reform. Before joining Scholastic, she brought her innovative style of leadership to the College Board, where she was the Executive Director of SAT State and District Initiatives.

Angela holds a doctorate in Education from the University of Missouri–Columbia. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Education from City College of the City University of New York.

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Jim Warford

Senior Advisor

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Jim Warford

Senior Advisor

Jim can help you with...

  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • In-person seminars and keynote presentations
  • Leadership development
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Jim Warford’s unique combination of educational, business, and creative experience allows him to translate his vision and passion for school improvement into well-executed, systemic changes resulting in dramatic increases in student performance.

Jim currently serves as Senior Advisor and Keynote Speaker for the International Center for Leadership in Education, working with states, districts, and schools nationwide. Previously, he was Executive Director of the Florida Association of School Administrators for five years, representing over 10,000 school leaders.

In early 2003, Jim was appointed as Florida’s first-ever Chancellor for public schools, where he was responsible for the $16 billion public school budget and for focusing every bureau within the Department of Education on the goal of raising student achievement. He created and implemented Florida’s Continuous Improvement Model used by the Assistance Plus program, the largest state intervention in low-performing schools in the nation, which resulted in over 80% of these schools moving off the list of failing schools.

As Superintendent of the Marion County Public Schools, Jim implemented the Continuous Improvement Model district-wide. As a result, school grades went from three “F,” eight “D,” and only one “A” school in 1999 to 20 “A,” 16 “B,” and no “F” schools in 2003. Under his leadership the high school dropout rate was cut almost in half, and Marion County had the lowest elementary class size in Florida.

Jim was named Vanguard High School Teacher of the Year three times. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

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Irving Jones

Senior Consultant

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Irving Jones

Senior Consultant

Irving can help you with...

  • Executive coaching
  • Developing teaching strategies that engage active learning
  • Dropout prevention
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Dr. Irving Jones is a Senior Consultant for the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Irving’s experience growing up in New York’s South Bronx led him to focus his extensive knowledge and experience on providing improvement strategies for struggling schools and providing support for school leaders. His commitment to ensuring data-driven guidance results in quality and effective direction.

Irving has spent 30 years in public education and is recognized as a national leader on topics of educational leadership. Over the last 21 years, he has presented at international, national, state, and local conferences on education reform and strategy.

Irving received his bachelor of arts degree from William Penn College, master of education degree in Educational Administration from the University of Virginia, and doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Irving has served on the African-American Teaching Fellows Board, the Martha Jefferson Hospital Leadership Board, the Thomas Jefferson Area United Way Board, and the Court-Appointed Special Advocate Board for Juvenile Offenders. Irving was selected as the 2002 Outstanding High School Principal for Virginia. In October 2002, Irving was named the 2003 NASSP/MetLife National Principal of the Year.

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Linda Jordan

Director of Content Development

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Linda Jordan

Director of Content Development

Linda can help you with...

  • Personalizing learning through rigor and relevance
  • Executive coaching and leadership development
  • In-person seminars and keynote presentations
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Linda Jordan loves that she can impact student learning for the better on a daily basis. As the Director of Content Development, Linda uses her background in neuroscience and education to develop groundbreaking strategies for comprehensive school improvement. She builds teachers’ expertise by facilitating their own understanding of how to better help their students. Linda focuses on differentiated learning and provides teachers with gentle guidance on maneuvering the intricacies of brain development. She is a firm believer that every student should have access to teachers who not only know how the brain works, but who tailor their instruction to meet student needs. She frequently works one-on-one with educators to present the most current findings for enhancing student learning.

Linda continues to build on over 35 years of experience in education. She started her career as a classroom teacher in the West Ottawa Public Schools in Michigan. It was there that she learned that the best instructional strategies are those that are always brain compatible. She went on to do consulting work for a variety of educational companies and institutions, where she worked in both a national and international capacity. Before beginning her work at ICLE, Linda taught pre-service and in-service teachers as a professor of Education at Hope College and published numerous articles on her findings in brain and education research.

Linda is currently a doctorate candidate in Educational Administration and Leadership at Michigan State University. She also holds three master’s degrees in Education with an emphasis on science and has a bachelor of science degree in Child Development from Central Michigan University.

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IMPLEMENTATION SPECIALISTS

Sam Howe

Vice President, Academic Planning & Analysis

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Sam Howe

Vice President, Academic Planning & Analysis

Sam can help you with...

  • Analysis of literacy and mathematics gaps, achievement data, and READ 180 gains
  • Strategic and financial planning for literacy initiatives
  • Implementation fidelity metrics
  • Demographic trend analysis
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Sam Howe leads a team of consultants who provide pro bono data analytics, consulting, and decision support. Over the past decade, Sam has worked with over 500 state and district leaders to help them chart a course for closing the gap in academic achievement. Using data as his starting point, Sam can help forecast academic needs, as well as plan service delivery for students at all levels of proficiency. His practice area also includes a deep understanding of changing demographic patterns and how that is likely to impact achievement. Sam frequently partners with educational leaders to present data to state and local boards of education.

Sam started his career as a science teacher and computer center director and has taught every grade from K–12, with the majority of his teaching experience at the middle school level. In the late ’80s, he served as a school board member in suburban Philadelphia. In 2006, he served on the advisory board for the National School Board Association’s Next Chapter publication, a primer on Reading Next for school board members.

Sam has a bachelor of arts degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and has done graduate work in molecular biology, computer science, and communications at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of two books, 12 educational software titles, and approximately 40 professional publications in educational technology.

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Karen Burke

Director of Academic Planning

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Karen Burke

Director of Academic Planning

Karen can help you with...

  • Driving awareness around the Common Core State Standards, text complexity, and the importance of text-dependent questions
  • Creating math solutions to support students in need of intervention
  • Building comprehensive professional development plans for districts
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Dr. Karen Burke believes that there are three ways to increase student achievement at scale: increase the level of knowledge and skill the teacher brings to the instruction process, increase the level and complexity of the content that students are asked to learn, and change the role of the student in the instructional practice from passive to active. These core beliefs help her to design research-based solutions that guarantee accuracy and success for school districts.

Karen has served students for over 30 years as a classroom teacher, principal, Title I Director, NCLB Coordinator, and Curriculum Director, and as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Maine. Additionally, she has served as a Distinguished Educator for the Maine State Department of Education. She is currently an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, working with graduate students.

Karen has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Teacher of Spanish. She earned two master’s degrees, one with a concentration in Reading and the other with a concentration in Mathematics, from the University of Southern Maine; her Certificate of Advanced Study for Administration from the University of Maine in Orono; and her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.

Karen was the recipient of the Maine ASCD Educational Leader of the Year Award, Maine’s Literacy Award, and the Nova Southeastern Noreen Webber Child and Youth Studies Honor Award.

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Paul Ezen

Director of Academic Planning

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Paul Ezen

Director of Academic Planning

Paul can help you with...

  • Leadership development
  • Comprehensive school improvement
  • Translating policy into actionable instructional improvement
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Dr. Paul Ezen has dedicated his career to education leadership, mentoring programs, strategic planning, and comprehensive school improvement with a focus on high school redesign.

Throughout his 35 years in education, Paul has served as a principal, interim commissioner, and Deputy Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Education. As Deputy Commissioner, Paul helped to develop a new state assessment that aligned with the standards set forth in No Child Left Behind. He also contributed to the development of the New Hampshire Approval Standards.

During Paul’s 15 years at Kearsarge Regional High School in North Sutton, New Hampshire, he played an integral role in a major school-to-career initiative and oversaw a $7 million building addition and renovation program. During his tenure, the school went from having only 10 computers for student use to more than 180.

Paul was named New Hampshire High School Principal of the Year in 1999–2000.

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Tracy Weeden

Director of Academic Planning

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Tracy Weeden

Director of Academic Planning

Tracy can help you with...

  • Curriculum assessment and mapping
  • Preparing for the Common Core State Standards and Texas STAAR
  • Leadership development
  • Professional learning solutions
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Dr. Tracy Weeden serves as a change agent and servant leader to forward-thinking organizations. She enjoys strategically planning with Directors of Curriculum and department managers for scalable teacher professional development on curriculum, instruction, and assessment tools. As Director of Academic Planning, Tracy utilizes research-based strategies to provide a holistic perspective on what is required to transform teaching and learning so that students become innovators in the 21st-century global workplace.

Tracy began her professional journey in education as a high school English and Theatre Arts teacher in Detroit, in the same inner-city high school she once attended. She later served as a high school English and reading teacher in the Katy Independent School District (ISD), where she also piloted a successful GED program for district at-risk students. Tracy grew to become Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and provided oversight for the development of curriculum support for the Early Childhood, English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Educational Technology, Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education Departments for the Houston Independent School District, the seventh-largest urban district in the country.

Tracy completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Detroit Mercy and both her masters of education in Administration & Supervision and doctorate of education in Administration & Supervision at the University of Houston.

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Duncan Young

Senior Vice President

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Duncan Young

Senior Vice President

Duncan can help you with...

  • Comprehensive school improvement consultation and planning
  • Needs assessment for academic performance improvement
  • Change management advice and consultation
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Duncan Young leads the Scholastic Achievement Partners professional services team of over 500 individuals providing professional development, school improvement, and program implementation support across the country.

Duncan particularly enjoys working collaboratively with district leaders to diagnose academic improvement challenges and create powerful, integrated plans to improve performance. He is consistently amazed by the creativity, passion, and ingenuity that are evident in our nation’s schools.

Duncan has had a non-traditional career, which he began as a US naval officer focused on meteorology and oceanography. He spent numerous years in the private sector as a management consultant with Bain & Company, specializing in working with organizations to develop plans for business change and transformation. He has spent seven years with Scholastic in a variety of roles, including oversight of the development, design, and launch of award-winning online instructional resource tools. Duncan has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and a graduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Carol Chanter

Vice President, Implementation

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Carol Chanter

Vice President, Implementation

Carol can help you with...

  • Literacy intervention and solutions
  • Instructional leadership and curriculum support
  • Implementation fidelity
  • Common Core State Standards readiness and awareness
  • Special education instructional support
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Dr. Carol Chanter has over 25 years of experience in the K–12 setting as a special and general educator and as a school and district administrator. She liaises with school and district leaders nationwide regarding best practices in program implementation, intervention, and school turnaround.

Carol has authored and coauthored several articles on her areas of interest and expertise, including general and special education, educational leadership, and secondary reading. She has presented at numerous conferences and has taught courses at the University of Central Florida in organization and administration of schools, contemporary issues in education, management of reading programs, and secondary reading.

Carol earned her bachelor of arts in Education from the University of Florida, her master’s degree in Learning and Behavior Disorders from the University of Kentucky, her specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University, and her doctorate in Educational Research, Technology, and Leadership from the University of Central Florida.

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Patricio Dujan

Vice President & General Manager

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Patricio Dujan

Vice President & General Manager

Patricio can help you with...

  • Comprehensive Math Solutions planning
  • Common Core mathematics instruction needs
  • Mathematics leadership and instructional coaching
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Patricio Dujan has nearly 20 years of experience in education, helping to support and improve teaching best practices. Patricio leads Math Solutions, the country's leading organization committed to producing high-quality and timely educational materials and improving teacher effectiveness. As part of the SAP team, and prior to join Math Solutions, Patricio has worked on implementation best practices, technology support, data analytics, and operations.

His passion for education was cultivated by a family of educators who led him to pursue teaching as a Teach for America corps member in middle and elementary schools in Newark, New Jersey. Prior to joing Scholastic, Patricio's five years of teaching experience at both the elementary and middle school levels gave him an appreciation for the rewards of teaching and an understand of the challenges of such an imperative task.

Patricio was born in Argentina, but has deep roots in California. He attended UC Berkley, where he received his bachelor of arts in Psychology and Spanish, and then earned a master of arts in International Affairs from UC San Diego.

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Todd Daggett

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

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Todd Daggett

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Todd can help you with...

  • Comprehensive school improvement, consultation, and planning
  • Needs assessment for academic performance improvement
  • Change management advice and consultation
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Todd Daggett leads the International Center for Leadership in Education’s incredible team of educators —ranging from former state chiefs to superintendents, principals, and teachers. Over the past 15 years, he has honed his skills in listening to the needs of the client, carefully assessing needs, and delivering the highest-quality solutions.

Todd started the consulting services division of ICLE in 2002 and has since grown it into the most impactful K–12 consulting organization in the country. ICLE’s mission-driven team inspires him every day to work to ensure that all elements of our education system are aligned to student learning and student achievement, and brought to scale in schools nationwide.

Todd brings a unique background to educational services; he’s worked extensively in the hospitality industry and earned his degree from the Culinary Institute of America. He grew up surrounded by educators and inspired by the incredible work happening in the nation’s most innovative schools.

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Marji Freeman

Vice President, Professional Learning

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Marji Freeman

Vice President, Professional Learning

Marji can help you with...

  • Creation and implementation of comprehensive math improvement plans
  • Design and facilitation of professional learning and coaching plans
  • Transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
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As Vice President of Professional Learning, Marji Freeman oversees a team of over 100 Math Solutions instructors and consultants to support teachers and leaders' instructional excellence in mathematics. For close to 30 years, Marji has been planning, developing the content, and providing sustainable professional development opportunities for schools and districts across the country. In addition, Marji served on the Math Solutions Professional Development team and was chosen by the Phil Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy to develop and teach a course in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association.

Prior to joining Math Solutions, Marji worked as a middle school mathematics teacher for North East Independent School District (NEISD) in San Antonio, Texas. It was there that she helped build the curriculum for gifted middle school students. Marji’s commitment to education earned her the title of Middle School Teacher of the Year and Teacher of the Year in 1985 at NEISD. She is also the recipient of the Texas State Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematical Teaching. Marji is the author of Creative Graphing (ETA/Cuisenaire, 1986), and she coauthored the book Number Power: A Cooperative Approach to Mathematics and Social Development (Addison-Wesley, 1992).

Marji holds a master of arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a bachelor of arts degree in English with a minor in Mathematics Education from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an associate of arts degree from Laredo Junior College.

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Jeanette Thomas

Vice President, Professional Learning

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Jeanette Thomas

Vice President, Professional Learning

Jeanette can help you with...

  • Needs assessments for academic performance improvement
  • Creating professional learning plans
  • Developing district-wide literacy plans
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Jeanette Thomas’s 20+ years as a literacy professional development facilitator, consultant, teacher trainer, coach, curriculum writer, and adjunct professor come to bear in her comprehensive literacy program development, implementation, and evaluation efforts in districts nationwide. Having gathered significant knowledge and understanding of current research and best practices in teaching and learning, Jeanette now leads the ICLE Education Partnerships team.

Jeanette began her career as an elementary and middle school teacher and Grades 1–8 reading specialist. As a teacher supervisor, she coached and mentored new and veteran teachers in effective instruction and assessment practices, organizational skills, lesson planning, classroom management skills, and literacy professional development. After assisting with the writing of the Missouri Communication Arts Curriculum Framework for Grades K–12, she began to design and provide tailored literacy professional development for local school districts. Jeanette has served as a leader and board member for organizations including the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association, and is a presenter at national conferences. She has also served on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) task force and as an adjunct professor at Missouri Baptist University.

Jeanette holds a bachelor of science in Elementary Education from Lakeland College, a master of science in Elementary Education from the University of Toledo, and an Educational Administration Certification from Southwest Baptist University.

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Carolyn Felux

Education Director

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Carolyn Felux

Education Director

Carolyn can help you with...

  • Common Core mathematics instructional practices
  • Creation and implementation of strategic, district-wide math improvement
  • Mathematics leadership development
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Carolyn Felux is an Education Director at Math Solutions. She is passionate about implementing research-driven best practices and collaborates with clients to define and assess effectiveness, response, and impact of professional development.

Carolyn has worked as an Education Specialist/Coordinator, where she planned and taught in-service courses in mathematics for teachers, administrators, and school leadership teams. Carolyn’s dedication to improving instruction led her to become involved in long-term efforts to support school-based change in mathematics instructional programs. She has coached and mentored district leaders and frequently presents at local, state, and national mathematics conferences, sharing research-driven ideas based on over 10 years of teaching experience.

Carolyn received her bachelor of science in Elementary Education from Southwest Texas State University and earned her masters of arts in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Lindsay Litzinger

Common Core Strategic Partnerships

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Lindsay Litzinger

Common Core Strategic Partnerships

Lindsay can help you with...

  • District-wide needs assessments and strategic planning
  • Common Core awareness, transition, and planning
  • Executive and leadership team coaching and development
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Lindsay Litzinger is a proven leader with a passion for advancing student and teacher performance and achievement by providing engaging and diverse experiences across the content areas through unparalleled support. Lindsay manages a team of highly effective consultants and works with them to help school districts in the West region close the achievement gap and build an exceptional academic environment. She collaborates with educational leaders to craft curriculum and professional development plans to address the needs of their diverse student body. Lindsay has increased reading and math achievement statewide. Through the training and coaching of district stakeholders, she hopes to continue enriching the lives of students, teachers, and the surrounding community.

Lindsay has been an educator for over five years, starting her career at the Discover School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She has led various projects in bilingual and ESL education to enable English language learner students to work at grade level by the time they complete their program. Lindsay understands the importance of cultivating an enriching arts education program. As the Elementary Drama Club Coordinator, she developed opportunities for students to use critical thinking and creative writing as a means of problem solving. Before coming to Scholastic, Lindsay worked for the Stark Hearing Foundation, where she used her extensive travel experience to create outreach and improve deaf education for children on a global level.

Lindsay graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor of arts in Elementary Education, a minor in English, and a teaching certificate in Reading and Language Arts Specialization.

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Julie Bischoff

Director of Implementation

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Julie Bischoff

Director of Implementation

Julie can help you with...

  • Implementation fidelity
  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
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Julie Bischoff strives to ensure school improvement implementations achieve concrete, measurable results that meet customer-defined expectations and outcomes. She works to ensure school improvement plans are implemented at the district and school level with fidelity to ensure successful and effective transitions. Julie has 15 years of experience in English language learner and speech pathology teaching and coaching, with an emphasis on teacher effectiveness and network technology.

Julie began her career as a middle school teacher supporting English language learners and students with language delays in the areas of reading and language acquisition. Later, as a district-level Speech Language Pathologist in Osceola County, Florida, Julie worked collaboratively with teachers to provide differentiated instruction and to develop centers, classroom activities, and independent work to support language development in Grades K–5.

Julie received her bachelor of science in Speech Language Pathology. She holds a master of science in Speech and Language Disorders from the University of Central Florida.

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Tammy Key

Director of Implementation

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Tammy Key

Director of Implementation

Tammy can help you with...

  • Using data to drive academic decisions
  • School and administrative leadership development plans
  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
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Tammy Key is committed to transforming lives through education. As Director of Implementation, Tammy helps to ensure that educators throughout the entire North Region implement their school improvement plans with fidelity so that their students benefit to the fullest. She currently leads a team of aligned SAP Implementation Managers and consultants in premier service design and delivery. Tammy, who works alongside a team of specialists, is focused on ensuring that districts receive customized feedback tailored to their individual needs.

Tammy’s passion for education is what sparked her career, which began with over four years in the classroom at both the elementary and middle school levels. It was not long before she realized she wanted to help educators with curriculum coaching and instructional leadership. Soon after, her work as a dedicated educational consultant began. After over 10 years in education publishing, Tammy moved to Scholastic, knowing that the company stays at the helm of innovative educational technology and wanting to be a part of the movement. Tammy uses her experience in education to make her contributions to the company’s work relevant and meaningful.

Tammy received her bachelor of arts in Sociology from William Paterson University of New Jersey and is certified in Elementary Education. She earned her master’s degree in Educational Technology from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. Tammy serves on various committees and volunteers with local nonprofit organizations committed to improving educational resources for children.

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Tammy Ledenko

Director of Implementation

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Tammy Ledenko

Director of Implementation

Tammy can help you with...

  • Implementation fidelity
  • English language learner instructional support
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
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Tammy Ledenko is a reading specialist who mentors and trains a team of implementation consultants to ensure the successful development and implementation of school improvement plans. She has first-hand experience with numerous districts to create customized solutions for raising student achievement.

Tammy began her career as an educator in Ohio, serving as a classroom teacher, Title 1 reading teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, and literacy coordinator. As a literacy coordinator, she taught ongoing professional development courses in which she trained and coached both teachers and administrators on the components of an effective comprehensive reading program. In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education, Tammy has instructed state-sponsored professional development classes and served as a Reading First Ohio expert panel member.

Tammy is a National Board Certified Teacher with a bachelor of science degree in Education from the University of Toledo and a master’s degree in Reading from Youngstown State University.

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Denise Myers

Director of Implementation

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Denise Myers

Director of Implementation

Denise can help you with...

  • Implementation fidelity
  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
  • Data-driven decision making
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Denise Myers believes that a strong foundation in reading is the first step towards improving student achievement. Denise focuses on optimizing school improvement implementations. She oversees her implementation services team's training and professional development. Currently, her team consists of 50 implementation consultants and project managers throughout the Southwest region. Denise also conducts site visits to audit implementation projects, deliver data-analysis presentations, and make recommendations to current plans and programs.

Denise has worked in the educational technology field for over 16 years and has taught a variety of ESL, Adult Basic Education, and GED preparation classes. This experience helped her become aware of the need for early intervention reading programs.

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Kristen Painter

Director of Implementation

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Kristen Painter

Director of Implementation

Kristen can help you with...

  • Instructional and leadership coaching
  • Common Core transition implementation
  • Professional learning plans
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Kristen Painter ensures quality implementation of projects through skillful communication with school districts. Prior to her role as Director, Kristen was an Implementation Consultant where she provided training and coaching to teachers, school instructional leaders, and principals in literacy achievement. She coordinated district-based and school-based instructional and leadership implementation for Scholastic literacy programs as a tiered solution for literacy achievement.

Before joining Scholastic, Kristen was an independent Literacy Consultant where she provided professional development to schools and districts in literacy and literacy-related issues, such as curriculum coaching and instructional leadership. She was also a Staff Developer for the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University where she provided professional development in reading and writing instruction to several NYC schools. Kristen has years of experience as a teacher throughout various elementary schools in Missouri.

Kristen earned her bachelor of science in Elementary and Middle School Education from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in Teaching and Learning from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University.

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TJ Mears

Executive Director of Education Partnerships

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TJ Mears

Executive Director of Education Partnerships

TJ can help you with...

  • Addressing school leadership and school improvement challenges
  • School- and district-level instructional leadership
  • Increasing the level of rigor and relevance in classroom instruction
  • Designing instructional support systems
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TJ Mears enjoys collaborating and problem solving to identify needs and design change processes to ensure college and career readiness for 21st-century learners. His passion is identifying, creating, and supporting quality leadership and instruction.

TJ has served as a senior consultant, national keynote speaker, executive coach, instructional coach, and senior advisor for the International Center for Leadership in Education. TJ has also been a teacher in Grades 4–12 mathematics and science, a school and district-level administrator, and a national consultant in the field of curriculum and instruction. Some of TJ’s most noted accomplishments include: the codesign and implementation of the Tulsa Public Schools’ Leadership Academy and new teacher support system, and instructional coaching for more than 150 school systems in the United States and internationally.

TJ holds certifications as a classroom instructor and educational leader as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Science and Math from Oklahoma State University.

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Lanette Reese-Jones

E.D. of Education Partnerships

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Lanette Reese-Jones

E.D. of Education Partnerships

Lanette can help you with...

  • Comprehensive school improvement
  • Leadership development
  • Data-driven strategic planning
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Equipped with result-driven methodologies, Lanette Reese-Jones works with teachers and school leaders to plan out sustainable programming. She strongly believes in exceeding her clients’ expectations, which is why she follows up her diagnosis with evaluation and feedback post-implementation. Her thorough and thoughtful analysis ensures strategic focus and success.

As Sustainability Manager at Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, Lanette worked with 11 Small Community Grant schools and 11 high school leadership teams to design and implement sustainable initiatives. She also analyzed and reviewed grant data with high school leadership teams to help drive their progress toward grant goals. Her commitment doesn’t end there; Lanette served as Assistant Director in the Office of Secondary School Reform for the School District of Philadelphia, where she managed the dual enrollment program in 62 Philadelphia high schools. Lanette also spent three years in program development with Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, where she showed a tireless commitment to creating a positive academic environment for teen mothers and fathers.

Lanette holds two graduate degrees: the first, in Higher Education Leadership and Management from Drexel University, and the second, a Community and Regional Planning degree from Temple University. She moved to Philadelphia in 2002 after receiving her undergraduate degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio.

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Joe Shannon

Senior Executive Director of Education Partnerships

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Joe Shannon

Senior Executive Director of Education Partnerships

Joe can help you with...

  • Addressing school leadership and school improvement challenges
  • School-level instructional leadership
  • Using data to drive academic decisions
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Joe Shannon brings an incredible passion to developing and fostering school improvement in school districts by working to address the priorities of school personnel. Through a Needs Assessment, Joe constructs personalized solutions for districts and schools, and he provides leadership coaching for administrators and school staff. His commitment is unending, and he is involved in the progress of a project from inception through monitoring the status post-implementation.

Joe builds on 26 years of experience in public education and has spent the past 10 years working on effective professional development. Prior to joining ICLE, he served as a middle school principal at Broadalbin-Perth Middle School in New York. During his four-year tenure, Joe embraced the middle-level school philosophy of striving to provide academic excellence to students, while being keenly aware of students’ developmental needs and being socially equitable to all students. As a school administrator, Joe was involved extensively in curriculum and staff development, character education, and whole-school improvement.

Joe served as the regional liaison for the Statewide Network of Middle School Liaisons in New York. He is currently a member of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.

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Michael Todd

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

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Michael Todd

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Michael can help you with...

  • Comprehensive school improvement
  • Leadership development
  • Data-driven strategic planning
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Dr. Michael Todd aims to use every opportunity as a learning experience for students, faculty, and community members. A lifelong educator, he holds strong to his belief in setting and supporting high achievement expectations for all. Michael constructs personalized solutions for districts and schools and provides leadership coaching for administrators and school staff. He also works to develop strategic plans with district-level leaders and department managers for scalable teacher professional development on curriculum, instruction, and assessment tools. Michael employs research-based strategies to provide a holistic perspective on what is required to transform teaching and learning for the 21st century.

Michael's extensive background in teaching contributes to his expertise in developing and maintaining productive learning environments. Having been in education for over 18 years, Michael has spent the majority of his career in public administration, working with central office staff to increase district performance by providing administrative aid to support schools' specific needs. Michael has extensive experience providing diagnostic reviews of districts and schools and serves as a chairperson for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditations. He is also an active member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Florida Association of Staff Development. Michael travels around the country to give presentations on school improvement and leadership strategies.

Michael holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida, two master of education degrees from Valdosta State University, and a bachelor of science in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Florida.

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Scott Traub

Executive Director of Education Partnerships

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Scott Traub

Executive Director of Education Partnerships

Scott can help you with...

  • District-wide needs assessments and strategic planning
  • Common Core awareness, transition, and planning
  • Executive and leadership team coaching and development
  • Data analysis and reporting
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Scott Traub works one-on-one with educators to uncover the unique strengths and challenges of a school or district before creating customized implementation strategies. Regular site visits allow Scott to monitor school performance with careful management and document implementation effectiveness.

With more than 14 years in the education field, Scott has held a variety of roles both within and outside of the classroom. As a senior administrator for the Stockton Unified School District, Scott developed and implemented their K–12 instructional assessment system. He oversaw assessment, statistical analysis and reporting, and research and program evaluation on federal, state, and local levels. He has also served as a principal at Aspire Public Schools in Stockton, California, and started the organization’s second high school. These experiences, combined with his years as a high school science teacher, enrich Scott’s understanding of the specific needs and actions of school-level personnel.

Scott received both his bachelor’s degree and master’s in Education, Curriculum, and Teaching from Fresno Pacific University. He is also certified by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and frequently presents at conferences nationwide.

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Kathy Attaway

Director of Professional Learning

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Kathy Attaway

Director of Professional Learning

Kathy can help you with...

  • Using data to drive academic decisions
  • School and administrative leadership development plans
  • Raise student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
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Kathy Attaway believes that focusing both school and community on school improvement and individual student achievement is the key to success. She attributes her skills of instruction, curriculum development, and data analysis to her over 30 years in education.

Kathy began her career as a teacher and administrator in Port Arthur Independent School District, Texas. Under her leadership, the school moved from a state rating of Academically Acceptable to Exemplary in just three years. After leaving Port Arthur ISD, Kathy worked as a principal in Katy ISD. The school was the first in Katy ISD to twice achieve recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. After 30 years working in the public school arena, Kathy began work in the parochial school arena, working in both elementary and secondary education. She worked as a counselor/accreditation facilitator at the high school level for a year, and then served as a principal of a PreK–8th grade campus. Kathy currently holds a position as part-time Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Lamar University.

Kathy was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University, and a master of supervision in Curriculum and Instruction, and a bachelor’s degree from Lamar University. Additional professional certifications include Superintendent, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction in General Education and Special Education (Grades PreK–12), Mid-Management Administrator (Grades PreK–12), Elementary Art (Grades 1–8), Special Education (Grades PreK–8), and Early Childhood Education (PreK–K).

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Lisa Bush

Director of Professional Learning

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Lisa Bush

Director of Professional Learning

Lisa can help you with...

  • Mathematics leadership and instructional coaching
  • Instructional coaching to build effective math teaching practices
  • Transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
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Lisa Bush makes it her mission to support teachers as they strive to help their struggling students in becoming mathematically powerful. As the Director of Professional Learning for the West region, Lisa designs professional development plans for teachers that meet the rigor of Common Core State Standards. She customizes one-on-one coaching with educators, tailoring her approach to meet their needs. Lisa frequently collaborates with school and district leaders to ensure that they receive the most up-to-date tools and resources to provide to their teachers. Lisa’s honest and open approach increases engagement and dramatically raises student achievement levels.

Lisa has given over 20 years of service as an educator. She started her career at Deer Valley Unified School District as a high school mathematics teacher. It was there that she noticed a common problem plaguing all struggling students: they didn’t believe in themselves. Lisa took it upon herself to work with these students to boost their confidence in mathematics and motivate them to go the extra mile. Lisa moved on to share what she learned with educators as a Teacher Induction Program Specialist. During this time, Lisa also taught courses in education at Arizona State University. Lisa went on to become an independent consultant and became a math content developer for Grand Canyon University. Wanting to reach students and educators on a larger scale, Lisa joined the Math Solutions team and has held various leadership positions before assuming her current role.

Lisa holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Northern Arizona University.

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Monica Cole

Director of Professional Learning

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Monica Cole

Director of Professional Learning

Monica can help you with...

  • System-wide school improvement
  • In-classroom support
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
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Monica Cole strives hard to ensure school districts are receiving quality care and professional guidance for their school improvement needs. As Director of Professional Learning, Monica manages a national team of experts and equips them with the most up-to-date tools and resources to effectively partner with schools and districts. She collaborates with implementation teams, district leaders, and school principals to help develop specialized content, tools, and resources. Using cutting-edge research, Monica is able to provide creative, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking leadership in a team environment.

Monica’s passion for educational technology began early in her career when teaching READ 180® to students enrolled in a nonprofit alternative education program in San Diego. Monica decided she wanted to begin a career with Scholastic once she realized the profound effect that READ 180 was having on her students’ academic and leadership performance. Over the years she has held various roles in the education department, giving her a wide and varied understanding of the different resources to help support student achievement.

Monica holds a master’s in Management from National University as well as a bachelor’s degree and a multiple-subject teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University.

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Renee Everling

Director of Recruiting and Consultant Development

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Renee Everling

Director of Recruiting and Consultant Development

Renee can help you with...

  • Mathematics leadership development
  • Instructional coaching support
  • Common Core mathematics needs
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Renee Everling facilitates on-going learning opportunities while providing Math Solutions professional development for district-level administrators, school-based math leadership teams, and classroom teachers across the United States. Renee aims to use her knowledge and experience to coach teachers to encourage students in becoming active and excited learners. She also recruits new consultants and provides support for an ever-expanding team of experts.

With over 14 years of experience in public education at J.F. Burns Elementary and Kings Mills Elementary in Kings Mills, Ohio, Renee is able to draw upon her varied resources gathered from classroom instruction. She has also worked as an Educational Technologist, conducting staff development sessions aimed at integration of technology into the curriculum.

Renee earned her bachelor of science in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University and her master of education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati. She has completed Post-Graduate coursework at the University of Cinncinati, Miami University, College of Mount Saint Joseph, Walsh University, University of Dayton, and Portland State University. She's also been the recipient of a host of awards, the most notable of which is the Presidential Aware for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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Felicia Fowler

Director of Professional Learning

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Felicia Fowler

Director of Professional Learning

Felicia can help you with...

  • Professional learning plans
  • Common Care transition implementation
  • Instructional and leadership coaching
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Dr. Felicia Fowler is committed to providing customers with the most current tools and resources for effective instructional strategies. She currently works with development, management, and documentation of implementation plans and processes to track progress and provide customized feedback. Felicia conducts regular site visits to audit implementation projects and respond to educator needs and concerns. Felicia is focused on helping schools achieve today's higher standards.

Felicia has over 15 years experience in K–12 education as a teacher and district administrator. She has been an Instructional Technology Coordinator, Staff Development Coordinator, elementary and middle school teacher, reading specialist, and a reading curriculum developer. She frequently presents at conferences on literacy, inclusion, and technology integration. Felicia is also an adjunct professor at several local universities, where she instructs pre-service and in-service teachers on integration of technology into classroom instruction, assessment, effective classroom management, and literacy/reading strategies.

Felicia holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, a master of science degree in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, and a doctorate in Instructional Design and Technology, all from the University of Memphis. She also holds endorsements in Reading from the University of Memphis, and in Administration and Supervision from Freed-Hardeman University. She is a 2009 Learning Forward Academy graduate.

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Mike Gould

Director of Professional Learning

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Mike Gould

Director of Professional Learning

Mike can help you with...

  • Formative assessment for driving math instruction
  • Creating and implementation of strategic, district-wide math improvement plans
  • Transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Instructional coaching to build effective math teaching practices
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Mike Gould has provided K–12 professional development for district-level administrators, school-based math leadership teams, and teachers across the country for 30 years. Mike began his career teaching junior high and senior high school mathematics. As the Roseburg, Oregon, District Math Specialist, he worked directly with the Oregon Department of Education designing statewide open-ended assessment tasks and was the lead trainer for scoring student work.

Mike received the Oscar Schaaf Secondary Mathematics Education Award for years of service in the area of improving mathematics education in Oregon. He has been a speaker at many regional and national math conferences. Mike has worked as an instructor and school site facilitator for several National Science Foundation Grants designed to improve Mathematics teacher practices. Mike has been a board member of the Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the State Representative for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and is a member of the Professional Development Service Committee for NCTM.

Mike graduated with honors from California State University of Chico with a bachelor of science in Mathematics. He has completed graduate work in mathematics at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and The Ohio State University.

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Joan Johnson

Director of Professional Learning

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Joan Johnson

Director of Professional Learning

Joan can help you with...

  • Implementation fidelity
  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teahing practices
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Dr. Joan Johnson is committed to fostering excellence in teaching, and delivering services that exceed client expectations. She partners with school leaders to create customized, systemic plans for district-wide school improvement. She follows implementation plans, tracking progress to provide results and feedback to key stakeholders.

Joan began her career as a classroom teacher, a Curriculum Specialist for language arts, reading, and world languages,and a Director of Curriculum (K–12) for a large school district in Minnesota. In her curricular roles, she facilitated the development of language arts and reading programs for students in Grades 6–12, aligned district and state standards, monitored student progress, and taught ongoing professional development courses for teachers. Joan eventually went on to become a professor in the College of Education at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. There, she taught core and elective graduate courses leading to a master’s degree in Education. Her areas of interest and expertise include reading and writing across the curriculum, educational leadership, and cognitive coaching.

Joan graduated from the University of Minnesota with bachelor of science degrees in English/Language Arts and French Education. She completed a master’s degree in Second Languages and Cultures and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

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Nikki LaLonde

Director of Professional Learning

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Nikki LaLonde

Director of Professional Learning

Nikki can help you with...

  • Instructional coaching to build effective math teaching practices
  • Deepening teacher context knowledge
  • Curriculum review and adoption
  • Common Core mathematical practices
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Nikki LaLonde is a problem solver who prides herself on her ability to clearly communicate and help implement simple solutions. She works in collaboration with districts while directing implementation training, professional development resources, and content, all of which are vital to successful school-performance transformations. During regularly conducted site visits, Nikki audits implementations for fidelity, responds to educator needs and concerns, and makes recommendations to enhance both teacher performance and student learning and comprehension.

Nikki offers 11 years of experience in the classroom as a middle school mathematics teacher and has over two years of middle school administrative experience. Nikki has participated extensively on school improvement committees and in the development of middle school leadership courses. She has also supported the director of curriculum in maintaining consistency and excellence in Grades K–8 math curriculum.

Nikki received her bachelor of arts from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where she also served as a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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Mark Reinsbach

Director of Professional Learning

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Mark Reinsbach

Director of Professional Learning

Mark can help you with...

  • Common Core State Standard transitions
  • Using data to drive academic decisions
  • Change-management advice and consultation
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Mark Reinsbach works strategically to foster school-performance transformations through successful and results-driven implementations. Mark closely monitors implementation successes, documents challenges, and adjusts action plans to address specific school and district needs. He does this while managing a team of equally passionate and detail-driven consultants.

Mark has over 16 years experience in education. Before joining the Scholastic team, he served as principal of Bennett Elementary School in Bennett, Colorado. He assumed this role after two years in the elementary classroom. Before his work at Bennett, Mark spent six years in K–12 education at Madison Public Schools.

Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Chadron State College and a master of arts in Education–Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.

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Diane Reynolds

Director of Professional Learning

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Diane Reynolds

Director of Professional Learning

Diane can help you with...

  • Deepening teachers' context knowledge
  • Instructional coaching to build effective math teaching practices
  • Supporting effective instructional practices
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Diane Reynolds creates a tailored approach for success in the classroom while sticking to her most fundamental belief: through professional learning, a positive impact in the lives of educators and students can be made. It is with this belief, along with her expertise and passion for math, that Diane partners with district leaders, administrators, and teachers to address their professional development needs and ensure that Math Solutions’ programs are implemented with fidelity. As Director of Professional Learning, she knows that all children are capable of learning and loving math.

“I was never an accountant; although I did begin my bachelor’s degree as an accounting major. I quickly realized that I wanted to work with people, so I changed my major to education. I worked in Richardson ISD and Mesquite ISD, and retired from Rockwall ISD as Elementary Math & Science Coordinator. The work with curriculum and professional learning did occur in Mesquite to some extent, but to a much greater degree in Rockwall. During my years in Rockwall, I participated in National Staff Development Council’s Academy 2011 (now known as Learning Forward).

Diane holds a master of education and a supervisor certificate from, respectively, the University of North Texas and Texas A&M. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in Elementary Education and is a recipient of the very competitive Apple Corps Award.

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Lisa Rogers

Director of Professional Learning

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Lisa Rogers

Director of Professional Learning

Lisa can help you with...

  • Creation and implementation of strategic, district-wide math improvement plans
  • Design and facilitation of professional development and coaching plans
  • Transition to Common Core State Standards for mathematics
  • Curriculum review and adoption
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Lisa Rogers is a Director of Professional Learning for the South East. She supports instructors, as well as provides guidance, support, and professional development to K-12 mathematics teachers, coaches, school-based math leadership teams, and administrators, as they implement new instructional strategies and curricula. She collaborates with district and school hosts to align support with resources, standards, assessments, and instructional plans. Lisa facilitates teacher development and learning through lesson-observation cycles and instructional planning that addresses how children best learn math content. Lisa has managed partnership projects across the country, but now focuses on the South East.

Lisa brings to her work more than nine years of experience as a mathematics educator in Indianapolis Public Schools and Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Florida.

She has a bachelor of science in Elementary Education from Ball State University and is a frequent speaker and presenter at national conferences. Lisa was named the 2001–2002 Math Teacher of the Year in the Lee County School District.

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Linda Schoenbrodt

Director of Professional Learning

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Linda Schoenbrodt

Director of Professional Learning

Linda can help you with...

  • Transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Instructional coaching and support
  • Implementation of comprehensive math improvement plans
  • Supporting effective instructional practices
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Linda Schoenbrodt is a math specialist who helps lead Math Solutions implementation services and support and who has created resources to ensure the delivery of quality math solutions. Linda has also worked closely with Scholastic publishers and designers to create and enhance programs that she and her team implement to the fullest.

Linda has over 25 years in the field of education. She has spent much of her career with Baltimore County Public Schools where she has worked as a classroom teacher, a Curriculum Facilitator for Elementary Mathematics, and a Elementary Math Coordinator. Linda has also served as an adjunct professor with the University of Maryland’s Urban Teachers Program and was awarded Mathematics Educator of the Year in 2000 by the Maryland Council Teachers of Mathematics.

Linda received her master of arts in Education with a certificate in Administration and Supervision. She also holds a bachelor of science in Early Childhood Education and a master’s equivalency in Learning Disabilities. She has received memberships from the National Council Supervisors of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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LM Sheffield

Director of Professional Learning

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LM Sheffield

Director of Professional Learning

LM can help you with...

  • Creation and implementation of comprehensive education improvement plans
  • Design and facilitation of professional learning and coaching plans
  • Transition to the Common Core State Standards
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LM Sheffield understands that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to comprehensive school reform. She brings over 15 years of experience in teaching and educational leadership to her role as Director of Professional Learning. LM works closely with educators to help them unlock their potential and develop new tools and strategies that support enhanced student learning. Using her extensive knowledge and unique guidance, she collaborates with school leaders and teachers to formulate plans that are tailored to their needs.

LM started her career in education teaching elementary and secondary students in public and independent schools. She has served as a head of school, director, teacher leader, educational leadership coach, and adjunct professor, as well as serving as a consultant with the Ohio Department of Education and the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Voices Programs with assignments in school communities nationwide and in South Africa. LM is devoted to humanitarian initiatives and has volunteered her time with Habitat for Humanity and with People to People International as a goodwill ambassador.

LM holds a master of arts in Teaching and an master of education in Educational Leadership from Ursuline College as well as undergraduate degrees in English, Interior Architecture, and Historic Preservation. She is certified in professional teaching and has completed coursework toward a doctorate in Leadership and Change.

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Genni Steele

Director of Professional Learning

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Genni Steele

Director of Professional Learning

Genni can help you with...

  • Implementation of comprehensive math improvement plans
  • Instructional coaching and support
  • Common Core transition needs
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Genni Steele’s dedication to improved practices in education shines in her management of the Math Solutions team, which provides high-quality professional development tailored to meet the demands of new educational practices. When working with clients, she determines their needs and helps them develop plans for professional development to provide a rich and engaging learning experience.

Genni is a veteran teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching mathematics, and was the Middle School Curriculum Leader in Mathematics in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. There, Genni helped coordinate the implementation of integrated mathematics curriculum and developed and implemented annual focus for middle school mathematics. Much of her work included preparing and mentoring new mathematics teachers. Genni frequently presents at national, regional, and local educational conferences.

Genni received her bachelor of science in Mathematics and Physical Education from Mankato State University. She later earned her master of education in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Mathematics Education from the University of Minnesota. She is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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Julie Barbella

Implementation Manager

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Julie Barbella

Implementation Manager

Julie can help you with...

  • Using data to drive academic decisions
  • School and administrative leadership development plans
  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
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Julie Barbella strives to help schools and districts improve teacher and student performance. As Implementation Manager, Julie and her team of consultants support differentiated instruction and program fidelity, with face-to-face professional development and job-embedded coaching. Julie reviews reports and test scores to make sure district implementations are producing data-driven results. Julie strives to ensure that there is ongoing dialogue between the national team and school leaders in order to secure higher levels of student achievement and success.

Julie’s passion for education started when she began her career in the classroom teaching Grades 4–6 at St. Finbar Elementary School in New York City. This experience inspired her to move forward and find unique ways to bridge the achievement gap. Julie entered the field of educational publishing and, before assuming her current role, worked in the field providing analysis of data-driven instruction and delivering classroom program implementation support and training. Her extensive experience includes achievements as an Implementation Manager, consultant, account representative, and training manager.

Julie graduated cum laude from Georgian Court College where she received her bachelor of arts in Humanities.

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Brigitte Bjorklund

Implementation Manager

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Brigitte Bjorklund

Implementation Manager

Brigitte can help you with...

  • Implementation fidelity
  • In-classroom support for Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
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Brigitte Bjorklund manages an implementation team who provide and implement tailored solutions to meet district and school specific needs. She ensures that her team uses the most up-to-date research-based strategies to provide tools and resources that aid in effectively and efficiently preparing for new, higher standards.

With over 20 years of experience in education, Brigitte began her career in education as an elementary classroom teacher for Grades 3–6 at Hopkins Schools in Minnesota. During her eight years at Hopkins, Brigitte first began working with Read 180® as an intermediate reading-intervention teacher. She has since worked as a certified trainer and coach on a variety of subjects, a master teacher, and an adjunct graduate instructor at Hamline University. Inspired by the significant progress her students made in the READ 180 classroom, Brigitte moved on to work for Scholastic, where she makes it her mission to provide endless support for teachers working to help struggling students.

Brigitte received her bachelor of science from the University of Minnesota and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Hamline University in 1999.

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Audrey Danforth

Implementation Manager

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Audrey Danforth

Implementation Manager

Audrey can help you with...

  • Implementation fidelity
  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
  • Data-driven decision making
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Audrey Danforth fuels her love of education through her work providing teachers and school leaders with the tools they need to raise student achievement. As Implementation Manager, she leads a team of consultants to provide data-driven strategies and tools to school leaders and teachers. Audrey’s team provides educators with the tools they need to raise test scores. Audrey ensures that there is ongoing dialogue with school districts to compose tailored solutions that meet the individual needs of the schools she works with.

Audrey has been an educator for over 20 years. She started her career as an elementary school teacher teaching K–3 students. She believes that all students can love and enjoy reading. It is this belief that drove her to help struggling students as a reading recovery teacher, and she eventually became a district literacy specialist. She initiated various projects to increase and promote literacy, including Project ForW.A.R.D. (For Writing and Reading Development) and Project W.R.A.P. (Writing, Reading, and Parents). These achievements have made her the recipient of the Making the Grade Award from the state of Maine for her contributions to literacy. Audrey is also the author of five children’s books published by Seedling Publications.

Audrey received her master of literacy from Cambridge College and her bachelor of science in Education from the University of Maine.

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Rebecca Danylchak

Implementation Manager

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Rebecca Danylchak

Implementation Manager

Rebecca can help you with...

  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
  • Using data to drive academic decisions
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Rebecca Danylchak is passionate about giving teachers and students the resources they need for success in the classroom. As Implementation Manager, Rebecca manages a talented team of consultants for the South region. As a former teacher, she understands the necessity of accommodating instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students and partners with teachers to provide support and guidance. With an understanding of the necessity of fostering a culture of success, Rebecca collaborates with district leaders to map curriculum and support teacher effectiveness. Rebecca is committed to ensuring that all students receive quality care and instruction.

Rebecca has remained passionate about education throughout nearly two decades working in the field. As a Teach for America member, she had extensive experience with elementary special education students with severe disabilities. She went on to become a special education teacher for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System where she taught a class of special education students and piloted the school’s corrective reading program. She was also an advisor, faculty counselor, and PTA secretary.

Rebecca has a bachelor’s in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and received intensive training at the Teach for America Summer Institute in Houston.

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Wendell Douglas

Implementation Manager

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Wendell Douglas

Implementation Manager

Wendell can help you with...

  • Implementation fidelity
  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
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Wendell Douglas’ personal goal is to increase student achievement. As Implementation Manager, Wendell works with a national team of consultants and coordinates with schools and districts to support their school improvement goals. He helps school and district leaders build capacity in the district by ensuring they are fully utilizing their internal resources. He and his team of consultants visit schools regularly to provide customized trainings and in-class coaching.

Wendell has been an educator for over 30 years. Passionate about education, he started out as a high school teacher in Morgan City, Louisiana. Striving to ensure that all students succeed, Wendell moved on to become school principal. Wendell expanded his experience as a leader, taking on various other leadership roles in schools throughout Louisiana and Minnesota. Wendell has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Nicholls State University and served as Assistant Director of the Office of Educational Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He has supported the Louisiana State Department of Education as a Coordinator for Professional and Program Development for the Louisiana Teacher Evaluation Program, and in addition to his work as an educator and administrator, Wendell has published two books and various articles on professional development and education.

Wendell holds a doctorate in Christian Counseling from the Andersonville Theological Seminary and a master of education in Administration and Supervision of Education from Nicholls State University.

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Kristen Fuller

Implementation Manager

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Kristen Fuller

Implementation Manager

Kristen can help you with...

  • Instructional coaching and support
  • Implementation of comprehensive school improvement plans
  • Supporting effective instructional practices
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Kristen Fuller’s goal is to inspire and meaningfully impact a new generation of successful students while leading a team of consultants who share this vision. Kristen spends her time guiding students and educators toward measurable curricular achievement and growth. In her five years at Scholastic, Kristen has managed numerous teams independently across North and South Carolina. Currently, Kristen manages a team of consultants to help address school improvement challenges and raising student achievement aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Kristen contributes 12 years of teaching secondary language arts, speech, debate, creative writing, and reading intervention to her role as an Implementation Manager. Her passion as a writing-instruction teacher was evidenced when she partnered with Dolphin Entertainment in Miami, Florida, to create a joint venture for discovering talent through script writing and production projects while teaching at Westminster High School. Kristen contributes experience from teaching in various classroom scenarios, from Hollywood sets to private- and public-sector teaching across all grade levels.

Kristen received her bachelor of arts in English with a minor in Communications from Appalachian State University. Her master’s work was completed in Education at Barry University.

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Kevin Grevemberg

Implementation Manager

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Kevin Grevemberg

Implementation Manager

Kevin can help you with...

  • Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards
  • Design and facilitation of professional development and coaching plans
  • Creation and implementation of strategic, district-wide improvement plans
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Kevin Grevemberg wants to see all students excel and live life as successful citizens. With this belief, Kevin works to help educators utilize only the best tools and resources available. As an Implementation Manager, Kevin works all across the state of Louisiana to ensure that all programs and school improvement plans are implemented with fidelity. He works strategically with his team of consultants to create customizable and research-based solutions for school districts. Kevin frequently collaborates with school- and district-level leaders to provide a tailored diagnosis that meets the Common Core State Standards and increases student performance.

Kevin has been an educator for over 20 years and still maintains the heart of a teacher. He started his career as a middle school teacher in Louisiana. He went on to become an elementary school teacher for the Houston Independent School District, holding various positions including District-Wide Literacy and Teacher Specialist. Kevin believes it was his students who molded him, making him want to be the best teacher that he could be. Ambitious to help students on a much larger scale, Kevin moved on to work with Scholastic as a consultant before assuming his current role.

Kevin holds a bachelor of arts in Education from the Baptist University of Shreveport. He is currently working toward his master’s in Education from McNeese University.

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Lucy Hardison

Implementation Manager

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Lucy Hardison

Implementation Manager

Lucy can help you with...

  • Implementation fidelity
  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
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Lucy Hardison is a dedicated and results-driven Implementation Manager. Lucy collaborates with a team of consultants to provide effective strategies for school improvement. Using research-based approaches, Lucy helps develop a curriculum that meets the needs of the school or district and is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Lucy strives to ensure that district leaders, principals, and teachers have the tools and resources they need for comprehensive school improvement.

Lucy has over 25 years of experience in the field of education, which she began as an elementary school teacher at Greensborough County Schools. During her time in the district, she planned, designed, and taught learning activities in all curriculum areas for kindergarten through second-grade students. Since then, she has held many positions in instructional technology. Her experiences encompass designing training modules for live and remote training courses, delivering professional development/training, and coaching and consulting for administrators, teachers, and parents. The diversity of environments she has worked in extends to school districts in 48 states and three countries. Prior to joining Scholastic, Lucy worked with a variety of educational technology companies, including Renaissance Learning, Plato Learning, and Leap Frog.

Lucy received her bachelor of science in Elementary Education from North Carolina A&T State University and her master of arts in Instructional Technology from Ohio State University.

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Connie Harmon

Implementation Manager

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Connie Harmon

Implementation Manager

Connie can help you with...

  • Creation and implementation of strategic, district-wide improvement plans
  • Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards
  • Design and facilitation of professional development and coaching plans
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Connie Harmon believes every student deserves a fighting chance. As an Implementation Manager, Connie leads a team of consultants in the North region of the United States. She helps districts meet specific goals, customized by creating systemic school improvement plans. As a former teacher, she knows the importance of tailoring instructional strategies to meet the needs of each and every student.

Connie began her career as an English teacher at the Hickman Mills High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Solidifying her foundation in teaching, Connie moved on to teach at Antioch Middle School where she was an educator for over 10 years. It was there that she honed in on her instructional skills and motivated students by promoting an active learning environment and positive classroom atmosphere. Connie then became a Staff Development Coordinator of Secondary Literacy for the North Kansas City Schools, where she coordinated a district-wide curriculum redesign plan and the implementation of READ 180® in 12 schools. Inspired by READ 180’s results, Connie chose to begin her career with Scholastic, supporting the program implementation in districts across the region.

Connie holds a master of science in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction and a bachelor of science in Education from the University of Kansas.

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Roberta Harrison

Implementation Manager

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Roberta Harrison

Implementation Manager

Roberta can help you with...

  • Using data to drive academic decisions
  • School and administrative leadership development plans
  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
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Roberta Harrison is dedicated to providing tools for teachers and educators that ensure student success. As an Implementation Manager for Scholastic, Roberta mentors a team of consultants and manages implementations across six states in the West region. She collaborates with school and district leaders to map curriculum and provides professional development and support for teachers. Roberta strongly believes in exceeding her clients’ expectations and regularly follows up with schools and districts to make sure that all school-improvement plans are being implemented with fidelity.

Roberta’s education career spans 33 years. This includes 12 years of training and coaching teachers in program, curriculum, and research-based pedagogy across 47 states, Asia, Canada, and Mexico. She has classroom teaching experience in elementary, middle, and high school; five years as a reading specialist; and five years of university-level teaching in undergraduate and graduate education courses. She also served as a K–12 curriculum coordinator in Northern Idaho, directing curriculum writing and adoptions in math, science, language arts, and history. Roberta has also authored several curriculum and technology books published by Teacher2Teacher.

Roberta completed graduate work at the University of Idaho. She holds a bachelor of art education in Elementary Mathematics and a K–12 Reading Specialist Endorsement from Eastern Washington University.

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Kathy Hitt

Implementation Manager

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Kathy Hitt

Implementation Manager

Kathy can help you with...

  • Design and facilitation of professional development and coaching plans
  • Common Core awareness, transition, and planning
  • Executive and leadership team coaching and development
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Kathy Hitt has worked with teachers and administrators on 31 campuses in her current role as an Implementation Manager serving primarily Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Her enthusiasm for providing the best possible care enables her to coach teachers and provide professional development that exceeds expectations. She frequently collaborates with school and district leaders to share data for monitoring student progress with districts, and her enthusiasm and expertise help her bring comprehensive reform to struggling schools.

Kathy has devoted nearly 20 years of service to public education, starting as a teacher and administrator in the Dallas area. She has worked with a variety of students including kindergarten, gifted, and English language learners, and she specializes in literacy and professional development. Before coming to Scholastic, Kathy worked with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she won the Consultant of the Year award for demonstrating proven excellence in her field.

Kathy received her bachelor of arts in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona and her master of education in Early Childhood from Texas A&M–Commerce, and she completed the coursework for her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at North Texas University.

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Anna Ishihara

Implementation Manager

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Anna Ishihara

Implementation Manager

Anna can help you with...

  • Implementation fidelity
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
  • Curriculum review and adoption
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Anna Ishihara has made it her life’s work to promote literacy, and she strives to ensure that school districts are receiving the most current research-based solutions to help struggling students. As an Implementation Manager, Anna leads a team of highly qualified consultants to deliver services that support ongoing implementation while simultaneously working to build capacity within the team. She initiates ongoing dialogue with school administrators to develop a plan that meets the individual needs of a school or district, while continuing to support them through data-driven solutions. Anna is confident that her team can provide successful implementation with fidelity.

Anna has been an educator for over eight years, teaching multiple elementary-level subjects. She knows how frustrating it can be to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of all the students in the classroom. In the beginning of her career, she found herself shocked by the number of students struggling with reading and made it her mission to provide lesson plans and materials designed to promote the love of reading among her students. Anna now enjoys helping teachers discover programs like READ 180® that help them support literacy education.

Anna holds a master’s degree in Education from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in Education and Sociology from Pitzer College.

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Ashley Kaczanowski

Implementation Manager

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Ashley Kaczanowski

Implementation Manager

Ashley can help you with...

  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
  • Implementation fidelity
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
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Ashley Kaczanowski is dedicated to ensuring quality education for all students. As an Implementation Manager for Michigan and Northeast Ohio, Ashley manages a talented team of consultants who partner with school districts in creating sustainable plans for school improvement. As a former teacher, Ashley knows that it’s important for teachers to have tailored support in order to truly meet the needs of struggling students. She works one-on-one with educators to produce a customized plan that incorporates the best of all intervention strategies and resources.

Ashley began in the field as a higher-education admissions counselor with the University of Phoenix, where she helped numerous students enroll in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. In this position, Ashley first realized the joy of educating students. Soon after, she began her career as a fourth-grade teacher at Cherokee Elementary School in Clinton Township, Michigan, where she worked with a diverse group of students and successfully devised creative and engaging lessons. Passionate about her job but wanting to reach other struggling students on a larger scale, Ashley joined Scholastic as an Implementation Manager, but continues to volunteer her time as a substitute teacher for various elementary schools.

Ashley holds a master of arts in Education from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor of science in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Central Michigan University.

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Nadia Khan

Implementation Manager

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Nadia Khan

Implementation Manager

Nadia can help you with...

  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
  • Data-driven decision making
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Nadia Khan is devoted to helping schools meet the needs of struggling students. As Implementation Manager, she manages a team of consultants and works with school and district leaders to create and deliver customized plans for school improvement. She strives to ensure implementations achieve concrete, measurable results that meet customer-defined expectations and outcomes. She encourages ongoing dialogue between school leaders, administrators, and teachers and continuously tailors implementation strategies to meet their needs. Nadia enjoys being able to support teachers and leaders by providing them with the tools they need to ensure increased student achievement.

Inspired by her mother who was a high school English teacher, Nadia decided to pursue education and started her career as a New York City teaching fellow at the Acorn Community High School. As a special education teacher, Nadia was constantly working to find innovative ways to reach her students and help build their reading skills. When her school decided to use Scholastic’s READ 180® intervention program, Nadia was impressed by the program’s ability to engage students and significantly enhance their reading experiences. She went on to join the Scholastic Education team, where she held various leadership roles before coming into her current position. Nadia loves that she is able to be there for the students and reach them on a larger scale through her work at Scholastic.

Nadia holds a master of education from Pace University and a bachelor of arts from Haverford College, where she focused on Sociology and minored in Biology.

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Karen Krey

Implementation Manager

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Karen Krey

Implementation Manager

Karen can help you with...

  • District-wide needs assessments and strategic planning
  • Common Core awareness, transition, and planning
  • Executive and leadership team coaching and development
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Karen Krey loves a good challenge and works with determination to produce viable solutions for academic achievement. As Implementation Manager, Karen and her team of consultants support program fidelity and differentiated instruction with face-to-face professional development and job- embedded coaching. She reviews reports and test scores to make sure district implementations are producing data-driven results. Karen strives to ensure that there is ongoing dialogue between the national team and district leaders in order to secure higher levels of student success.

Karen has 25 years of experience as an educator and has filled numerous roles in a variety of settings. She began her career as a special education teacher for Grades K–6 at the Beaver Dam School District in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, before moving on to teach at various school districts in Wisconsin and Texas. With her expertise in special education, Karen has developed various programs and trainings designed to help her peers produce content and strategies that help meet the needs of an underserved student population. Her passion for education and reaching special education students on a larger scale led her to Scholastic, where she uses her extensive experience to help support teachers and school leaders.

Karen holds a master of science degree with certification in Educational Diagnostician from the University of Houston and a bachelor of arts degree in Education from Carthage College.

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Cathy Mattia

Implementation Manager

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Cathy Mattia

Implementation Manager

Cathy can help you with...

  • Instructional and leadership coaching
  • Common Core transition implementation
  • Professional learning plans
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Cathy Mattia supports schools and districts across the state of Florida as an Implementation Manager. Her strong literacy background allows her to help all teachers as they work to meet the increasingly complex literacy standards associated with the changing educational landscape and the Common Core State Standards. She collaborates with the national team to ensure that schools and districts have the resources that they need for greater student achievement.

Cathy has been an educator for over 10 years and began her career as a social studies, reading, and language arts teacher at Forrest Grove Middle School in Florida. During her tenure at Forrest Grove, Cathy successfully worked with students performing in the lowest quartile. She also coordinated her school’s school-wide literacy program, which included a motivational independent reading program, a coordinated school-wide reading of multiple novels across grade levels and subject areas, biannual “Big Book Giveaways,” and the annual “Battle of the Books.” This work led her school to being recognized as the International Reading Association’s Exemplary Reading Program for the state of Florida. Cathy was also the school’s Teacher of the Year for two consecutive years and was the District Teacher of the Year in 2003.

Cathy holds a bachelor of science degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida, as well as a master’s degree in K–12 Reading.

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Doris Melling

Implementation Manager

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Doris Melling

Implementation Manager

Doris can help you with...

  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
  • Data-driven decision making
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Doris Melling brings many years of experience in staff development. As an Implementation Manager in the South region, Doris manages a team of consultants and works with school and district leaders to create and deliver customized plans for school improvement. She strives to ensure all Scholastic implementations lead to concrete, measurable results and meet customer-defined expectations and outcomes. She encourages ongoing dialogue between school leaders, administrators, and teachers to continuously tailor plans and approaches to meet their needs. Doris is dedicated to helping all students succeed, and in providing educators with current research knowledge and instructional strategies.

Doris has been an educator for almost 30 years. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Texas City Independent School District (ISD). Passionate right from the beginning, Doris moved up the ranks and soon became principal. It was in this role that she learned the importance of supporting teachers and their need to raise the bar on school standards and ensure student success. Doris moved on to lead various school districts in Texas and was titled Pearland ISD Elementary Principal of the Year. Now as a member of the Scholastic Achievement Partners team, Doris continues to share her breadth of knowledge through various leadership roles.

Doris holds an master of education in Educational Management from the University of Houston, a master of science from the University of Houston, and a bachelor of arts in Elementary Education.

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Noelle Morris

Implementation Manager

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Noelle Morris

Implementation Manager

Noelle can help you with...

  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
  • Data-driven decision making
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Noelle Morris brings a wealth of experience in plan creation and instructional leadership. As an Implementation Manager in the North Central region, she ensures the thorough implementation of school improvement plans, monitoring both teacher and student understanding and achievement. As part of the original READ 180® implementation team, Noelle is a pro in scrutinizing data and building customized models to match the needs of each and every school and classroom she works with. Noelle simultaneously oversees a team of consultants who work with her in executing these implementation strategies on district-wide levels across the region.

Noelle’s teaching and education consulting career spans over the past two decades. Her experience working as a language arts teacher in Orange County contributed to her expertise in the methods and practices that work best with a variety of students. While in this position, Noelle was awarded Teacher of the Year. Since then, she has served in a variety of roles for Scholastic including Senior Editor, Independent Education Consultant, and now, her current job of Implementation Manager. This experience has given her the expertise and credibility one needs to successfully work with diverse schools and students. Noelle continues to maintain a READ 180 blog focused primarily on student engagement.

Noelle received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she majored in English.

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Emily Polich

Implementation Manager

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Emily Polich

Implementation Manager

Emily can help you with...

  • Using data to drive academic decisions
  • School and administrative leadership development plans
  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
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Emily Polich brings dedication and a love of learning to her role as an Implementation Manager. She is a problem solver who prides herself on her ability to clearly communicate and help implement clearly defined solutions. Emily works in collaboration with districts to ensure successful school performance transformations. She manages a team of consultants, leads implementation trainings, and provides professional development resources and content. Emily works to respond to the needs of educators. Her personal goal is to create a customized approach for every teacher she works with and to help set and support high achievement expectations for all students.

As a Teach for America fellow, Emily worked as a special education teacher in the William E. Orr Middle School in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was there that she developed and oversaw the school’s initiative to create a school campus which promoted instruction and celebrated learning. She was also in charge of designing and implementing educational and behavioral intervention plans for students with diverse backgrounds and needs. Her dedication and hard work earned her the New Teacher of the Year and the Nevada P.I.E. Inspirational Educator Award. Before coming to Scholastic, Emily was a part-time instructor at Nevada State College, where she taught general and special education teachers on inclusion strategies. Emily continues to help students thrive academically by providing their teachers with cutting-edge research-based tools and resources.

Emily received her master of education from the University of Nevada and a bachelor of arts in Political Economy/International Perspectives and Spanish from Tulane University.

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Kristi Richmond

Implementation Manager

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Kristi Richmond

Implementation Manager

Kristi can help you with...

  • Implementation fidelity
  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
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Kristi Richmond manages a talented team of consultants for the Northeast region in her role as an Implementation Manager. She and her team provide high-quality professional development and consulting for teachers and school administrators. Understanding how important it is to foster a culture of success, Kristi collaborates with district leaders to map curriculum and support teacher effectiveness. She is committed to providing the most cutting-edge research-based strategies and tools to ensure that all struggling students receive the help they need to achieve academic improvement goals.

Kristi’s passion and endeavors are rooted in her experience in the classroom. Committed to working on behalf of students, she began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in the Saint Paul’s School in Florida. At Saint Paul’s School she planned a program of foundational academic and developmental skills to meet the individual needs, interests, and abilities of her students. She moved on to work for the Hardyston School District in New Jersey, where she used her talent and experience to maximize student achievement, supporting student learning across all content areas. Driven to touch the lives of as many students as possible, Kristi joined the Scholastic team and continues to make a difference in the classroom.

Kristi holds a bachelor of arts in Family and Childhood Studies with a concentration in Early and Middle Childhood Education from Montclair State University.

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Denice Rodaniche

Implementation Manager

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Denice Rodaniche

Implementation Manager

Denice can help you with...

  • Using data to drive academic decisions
  • School and administrative leadership development plans
  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
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Denice Rodaniche’s extensive experience in effective learning allows her to engage teachers while assisting them in the development of truly meaningful content. As Implementation Manager in the East region, Denice works with a national team of consultants to coordinate and execute carefully constructed school improvement plans. She frequently collaborates with school and district leaders to diagnose need-based solutions for effectively facilitating teacher development and learning. Denice is committed to ensuring that all students receive quality care and instruction.

Denice brings 27 years of service in public education with various schools in Panama, including the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. Working as a master teacher across elementary and middle schools, Denice chaired both the building leadership and school improvement teams. She was also a three-time member and chairperson of the NCA accreditation team. It was there that Denice developed extensive experience in designing curriculum and initiating professional development trainings for teachers. Wanting to extend her reach and help more students, Denice joined Scholastic and since then has held various leadership positions before moving into her current role.

Denice is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the National Council of Teachers of English. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Education from Pennsylvania State University.

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Cindi Sanchez

Implementation Manager

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Cindi Sanchez

Implementation Manager

Cindi can help you with...

  • Data-driven decision making
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
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Cindi Sanchez brings with her a vast amount of experience in staff development. As an Implementation Manager in the South region, Cindi manages a team of consultants and works with school and district leaders to create and deliver customized plans for school improvement. She strives to ensure all implementations achieve concrete, measurable results that meet customer-defined expectations and outcomes. She encourages ongoing dialogue between school leaders, administrators, and teachers and continuously tailors implementation strategies to meet their needs. Cindi is dedicated to helping all students succeed and to providing educators with current research knowledge and instructional strategies.

Cindi’s teaching career spans 10 years in the Texas public-school system. This experience has given her the training to tackle all areas of literacy instruction: reading intervention, English as a second language, bilingual education, and core elementary and secondary disciplines. The education publishing industry opened its doors to Cindi 25 years ago, and since then, she has provided professional development, product training, in-classroom support, and hands-on workshops throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Germany.

Cindi received a bachelor’s degree from St. Edwards University in Austin and holds a master’s degree in Education with specialization in Reading Instruction from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Colleen Solomon

Implementation Manager

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Colleen Solomon

Implementation Manager

Colleen can help you with...

  • Raising student achievement to meet the Common Core State Standards
  • Designing and facilitating professional development and coaching plans
  • Creating and implementing strategic, district-wide improvement plans
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Colleen Solomon is dedicated to providing teachers and educators with the tools they need to ensure student success. She collaborates with school and district leaders to implement systemic approaches to school improvement that will support all levels of educators. Colleen manages a team of consultants who support districts by providing implementation trainings and the professional development resources vital to successful school performance transformations. She and her team offer customized support in an effort to meet district-specific needs.

Colleen spent over 20 years as a public educator with the Burbank Unified School District. She began as a resource specialist teacher for Grades K–6 at Roosevelt and Washington Elementary before becoming a K–6 curriculum specialist for K–6 with the district. Dedicated to her students and passionate about literacy, Colleen became a reading recovery teacher and subsequently a literacy trainer. In addition to her work in public education, Colleen has worked at local, state, national, and international conferences speaking on topics including, but not limited to, Early Childhood Education and Content Area Comprehension.

Colleen received her master of education in Special Education from the University of Nevada and her bachelor of science in Child Development from San Diego State University. She also has her associate of arts in Child Development from Diablo Valley College and a number of certificates in various areas from California State University and Loyola Marymount University.

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Patricia Starek

Implementation Manager

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Patricia Starek

Implementation Manager

Patricia can help you with...

  • Implementation fidelity
  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • Instructional coaching to build effective teaching practices
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Patricia Starek believes that every child should have an opportunity to succeed in the classroom. As an Implementation Manager, Patricia manages an extremely talented team of consultants who help support school districts in parts of New York and Northern New Jersey. She frequently collaborates with districts to develop implementation plans, providing oversight, sharing best practices, and ensuring quality implementation trainings from her and her team. She also provides in-classroom coaching to teachers to strengthen program implementation results through program fidelity, differentiated instruction, and classroom management support. Patricia knows that if given an excellent set of tools and resources, teachers will be better equipped to meet the needs of their students and ensure success.

Patricia began her education career in the classroom as an assistant teacher at the Estes Hills Elementary School. Inspired by the profound role that teachers played in shaping their students’ lives, she chose to continue working at various schools. Eventually, Patricia obtained a degree in Education, became a full-time teacher, and eager to make a positive impact, she held a variety of leadership roles across multiple school districts. Wanting to reach a wide breadth of students and engage them in reading, Patricia eventually moved on to work for the New York Department of Education, where she helped train regular and special education teachers on cultivating their understanding and practice of constructivist facilitation. Before coming to Scholastic, Patricia also worked as an educational therapist to help struggling adolescent readers.

Patricia received her master of science in Education from the Bank Street College of Education and her bachelor of arts degree from the College of Wooster.

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Chrissie Swilley

Implementation Manager

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Chrissie Swilley

Implementation Manager

Chrissie can help you with...

  • Customized systemic school improvement plans
  • Common Core State Standards readiness & awareness
  • Data-driven decision making
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Chrissie Swilley is the Implementation Manager for the state of Georgia. Her team of consultants customize and conduct trainings and in-class coaching to help meet district-specific needs aligned to the Common Core State Standards. As a former teacher, she understands the necessity of accommodating instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students, and she partners with educators to provide support and guidance.

She holds 25 years of experience in the classroom, having taught literacy across a variety of grade levels, from kindergarten all the way up to the 12th grade. Chrissie also spent time as a district literacy coach in Okaloosa County School District. As a literacy coach, she initiated school-wide professional development with best practices for reading across content areas as well as in literacy classrooms. Chrissie was awarded Middle School Teacher of the Year 2002–2003 and Teacher of the Year 2003–2004. She has obtained certification in Elementary Education, Administration and Educational Leadership, and a Reading Endorsement.

Chrissie graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Elementary Education with a K–12 grade emphasis in Literacy. She went on to get her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.

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Kristi Cohen

Project Manager, West Region

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Kristi Cohen

Project Manager, West Region

Kristi can help you with...

  • Mathematics professional learning plans
  • Instructional coaching and support
  • Common Core mathematics needs
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Kristi Cohen understands that one size does not fit all when it comes to providing clients with effective and research-based professional development strategies. She strongly believes in providing customized support for district-specific needs. Kristi designs and provides professional development for K–8 classroom teachers, math coaches, and administrators across the country.

Kristi began her math-teaching career volunteering in her daughter’s fourth grade math class. She was so captivated by the students’ engagement in problem solving mathematics that she returned to school, got her masters of arts in Teaching, and became certified to teach math. Kristi taught solely at the middle school level, serving students of different socio-economic backgrounds, English language learners, and special education students. She has been committed to improving math instruction for children in our nation’s schools and knows that she continues to serve children and reach a wider audience through her Math Solutions work.

Kristi has addressed regional and national math conference audiences, engaging participants in math and conversations about how to make middle school math content accessible and meaningful to all students.

Kristi holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her masters of art in education from George Fox University.

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Mary Mitchell

Regional Manager of Professional Development

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Mary Mitchell

Regional Manager of Professional Development

Mary can help you with...

  • Mathematics leadership development
  • Deepening teacher context knowledge
  • Supporting effective instructional practices
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Mary Mitchell designs and provides K–8 professional development for district-level administrators, school-based math leadership teams, and teachers across the country. Her main priority is the students and teachers that she serves. Mary strongly believes in customizable and research-based solutions for school districts. She devotes her time to observing individual schools and classrooms to provide a tailored diagnosis.

Mary is a National Board Certified teacher and has taught in the elementary classroom for over eight years. Mary was the District Elementary Math Specialist and a math coach for the Forest Hills School District in Cincinnati, Ohio. In these roles, Mary supported teachers and administrators with the implementation of a standards-based and unit-based curriculum centered around mathematics. She planned and implemented professional development across the district in order to deepen teacher content knowledge and support effective instructional practices.

Mary holds a bachelor of arts in Elementary Education from Northern Kentucky University and a master of Teaching from Marygrove College.

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Lu Ann Weynand

Development Manager

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Lu Ann Weynand

Development Manager

Lu Ann can help you with...

  • Creation and implementation of comprehensive math improvement plans
  • Design and facilitation of professional learning coaching plans
  • Transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
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Lu Ann Weynand designs and provides Math Solutions K–8 professional development for district-level administrators, school-based math leadership teams, and teachers across the country. Most recently, Lu Ann has developed professional development experiences to help middle school teachers better understand the shifts called for in the Common Core State Standards domains of Ratios and Proportional Reasoning and Expressions, Equations, and Functions, as well as high school teachers in the conceptual areas of Algebra and Functions. When working with teachers, Lu Ann establishes a culture of collegiality and collaboration which encourages participants to learn from one another as they examine critical aspects of teaching and learning. She builds teachers’ expertise by facilitating their own understanding of how to better help their students.

Lu Ann builds upon nearly 30 years of educational experience as an elementary and middle school teacher in the San Antonio, Texas, area. Lu Ann also worked as the K–12 Mathematics Program Coordinator for 14 years in the North East Independent School District (NEISD) in San Antonio, where she coordinated ongoing programs in mathematics instruction. She also has consulted with the Dana Center at the University of Texas as a contributor and reviewer for various publications.

Lu Ann holds a master of science degree in School Administration from Texas A&I University and a bachelor of science degree in Education from Southwest Texas State University. In 2004, she received the NEISD School Board Recognition Award for Excellence in Mathematics Education.

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Sheila Yates

Professional Learning Specialist

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Sheila Yates

Professional Learning Specialist

Sheila can help you with...

  • Supporting effective instructional practices
  • Transition to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
  • Mathematics leadership and instructional coaching
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Sheila Yates provides Math Solutions professional development across the country for teachers and district-level administrators. Her dedicated style centers around one-on-one coaching to apply the professional development she fosters into her clients' classroom on both the elementary and middle school grade levels. She is known for her district-level work in aligning math curriculum and mentoring teachers.

Sheila’s background includes over a decade of teaching in public education. She began her career as a middle school math teacher in El Paso, Texas. Next, she became a middle school math teacher for Jefferson County Schools in Colorado, and cochaired the Math Department. Sheila then went on to become a high school math teacher for Jefferson County Schools in Colorado, where she was also co-chair of the Math Department in addition to helping plan the curriculum and mentoring new teachers. Finally, Sheila worked as a Curriculum Specialist for Grades K–12 in the Putnam City School System. Her work was multifaceted, ranging from providing support and guidance to teachers, to choosing textbooks for the coming school year, to restructuring the mathematics curriculum, resulting in a 30% increase in state scores.

Sheila received her bachelor of science in Math from the Metropolitan State College of Denver, her master of arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver, and her master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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Le'Vada Gray

Director of Professional Learning

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Le'Vada Gray

Director of Professional Learning

Le'Vada can help you with...

  • Designing Professional Learning for Teachers and Administrators
  • Instructional coaching to build effective math teaching practices
  • Transition to Common Core State Standards for mathematics
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Le’Vada Gray works closely with teachers to help prepare them in implementing effective instructional strategies for mathematics. She has a unique way of connecting to teachers through conversations and classroom observation that helps her provide guidance that is tailored to every situation. She brings extensive knowledge on how to support diverse learners and how to support teachers in implementing effective instructional strategies for their student populations.

Before bringing her expertise to Math Solutions, Le’Vada worked with the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning where she designed and developed strategies and lessons based on culturally relevant and responsive pedagogical practices. She has also worked at Today’s Fresh Start Charter School as Site Administrator, where she would observe and evaluate classroom instruction and management systems to help provide the staff with professional development. As a Student Advocate at the Culture and Language Academy of Success, Le’Vada created and designed standards-based thematic units and designed professional development in mathematics.

Le’Vada has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University with a concentration in Spanish and Sociology. She’s completed graduate work at Mills College and received her master of science in Educational Administration at National University in Los Angeles. She is a recipient of the Marcus Foster Educational Grant.

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Jose Ortiz

Strategic Partnerships Advisor

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Jose Ortiz

Strategic Partnerships Advisor

Jose can help you with...

  • Increasing the level of rigor and relevance in classroom instruction
  • Meeting the needs of all learners
  • Developing district-wide ELL plans
  • Aligning special education systems to improve student learning and achievement
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Dr. Jose Ortiz is a lifelong educator who believes in setting and supporting high expectations for achievement for all learners. He has specialized training and expertise in bilingualism and bi-literacy, dual-language immersion, and data-driven decision making.

His extraordinary career began in the classroom, teaching bilingual elementary and high school students across multiple content areas including math. Before becoming the Bilingual and ESL/ELL Programs Supervisor for New Haven (Connecticut) Public Schools, Jose was the principal of a K–5 intra-district dual-language immersion magnet school. In addition to organizing all professional development for teachers, he improved leadership capacity by implementing and monitoring the school improvement plan and NCLB initiatives. When he moved on to become associate principal of a Connecticut middle school, Jose created the district-wide professional development plan for Grades 6–12 bilingual and core-area teachers, and he engaged teachers in data-driven conversations which created a strategy to advance academic achievement for all students. He currently serves on the board of the Connecticut Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Jose received his undergraduate degree from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico and his masters in education and doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in bilingual/bicultural education from the University of Connecticut.

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