The Scholastic Achievement Partners team includes over 500 expert leadership and instructional coaches across the country: former state superintendents and deputies, former and current district and school leaders, master teachers, and instructional experts in math, literacy and the content areas. We all stand ready to partner with you on your most pressing challenges.
Sam can help you with:
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 BA degree from Earlham College in Richmond, IN, 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.
Karen can help you with:
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 for school districts that guarantee accuracy and success.
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.
Dr. Karen Burke 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.
Dr. Burke 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.
Tracy can help you with:
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.
Dr. Weeden completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Detroit Mercy and both her MA Ed in Administration & Supervision and EdD in Administration & Supervision at the University of Houston.
Paul can help you with:
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, NH, 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.
April can help you with:
April Croy is a former high school English teacher who offers extensive experience with the full suite of Scholastic literacy achievement offerings including READ 180, System 44, Expert 21, and English 3D. Her passion is assisting with instructional coaching and in-classroom support of teachers and leaders who strive to implement literacy programs with fidelity.
As an editor for READ 180 Next Generation, including the Teacher Dashboards, Assessments, and Reports, April drew from extensive on-the-ground experience and customer feedback. She also developed the coaching resources for READ 180 and System 44, and developed the Implementation Fidelity Reporting System (IFRS) to service districts seeking to monitor student progress toward bridging the literacy gap.
April holds bachelor's degrees in Deaf Education and English Literature from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.
Bill can help you with:
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.
Carol can help you with:
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 nation wide regarding best practices in program implementation, literacy intervention, and school turnaround.
Carol has authored and co-authored 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.
Dr. Chanter earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Florida, her master’s 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.
Carolyn can help you with:
Carolyn 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 at Southwest Texas State University and earned her Masters' of Arts in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Denise can help you with:
Denise Myers believes that with a strong foundation in reading, we can vastly improve student achievement. Denise takes a special interest approach in optimizing implementation of Scholastic's reading intervention programs (READ 180, System 44, Expert 21) for struggling readers. She oversees implementation services and support, including training and professional development, and currently manages a team of 50 implementation consultants and project managers who service Scholastic's literacy programs throughout the southwest region. Additionally, Denise 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.
Duncan can help you with:
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.
Felicia can help you with:
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.
Genni can help you with:
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, MN. 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's of Science in Mathematics and Physical Education from Mankato State University. She later earned her master's 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.
Irving can help you with:
Dr. Irving Jones is a Senior Consultant for the International Center for Leadership in Education. 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.
Dr. Jones 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. Dr. Jones was selected as the 2002 Outstanding High School Principal for Virginia. In October 2002, Dr. Jones was named the 2003 NASSP/MetLife National Principal of the Year.
Vice President, Education Partnerships, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
Jeanette can help you with:
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, middle school teacher and Grade 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.
Jim can help you with:
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.
Joan can help you with:
Dr. Joan Johnson is committed to fostering excellence in teaching. She mentors and trains a team of implementation consultants to deliver quality services that exceed client expectations. She regularly partners with school leaders to implement Scholastic reading intervention products successfully.
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, MN. 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.
Executive Director of Education Partnerships, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
Joe can help you with:
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.
Executive Director of Education Partnerships, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
Jose can help you with:
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 (CT) 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 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.
Dr. Ortiz received his undergraduate degree from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico and his MA in Education and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in bilingual/bicultural education from the University of Connecticut.
Julie can help you with:
Julie Bischoff strives to ensure program implementation achieves concrete, measurable results that meet customer-defined expectations and outcomes. She's implemented instructional technology programs at district and school levels with fidelity. Framing her current work is 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, FL, 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.
Kathy can help you with:
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 ISD, 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 Pre-K–8th grade campus. Kathy currently holds a position as part-time Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Lamar University.
Kathy was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University, a Master's of Supervision in Curriculum and Instruction and Bachelor's degree from Lamar University. Additional Professional Certifications include Superintendent, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction in General Education and Special Education (grades Pre-K-12), Mid-Management Administrator (grades Pre-K–12), Elementary Art (grades 1-8), Special Education (grades Pre-K–8), and Early Childhood Education (grades Pre-K–Kindergarten).
Kristin can help you with:
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.
Kristi can help you with:
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 holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and her MAT from George Fox University.
Executive Director of Education Partnerships,
International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
Lanette can help you with:
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 School 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.
Le'Vada can help you with:
Le'Vada 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 support teachers in implementing effective instructional strategies for their student population.
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's of Science in Educational Administration at National University in Los Angeles. She is a recipient of the Marcus Foster Educational Grant.
Linda can help you with:
Linda is a math specialist who helps lead Math Solutions implementation services and support and 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 the 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 as a Mathematics Curriculum Resource Teacher. 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 numerous awards from the National Council Supervisors of Mathematics and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Lisa can help you with:
Lisa Rogers provides guidance, support, and professional development to K–8 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 improvement plans. Lisa facilitates teacher development and learning through lesson observation cycles and instructional planning that addresses how children best learn math content. Most recently, Lisa has managed partnership projects with Community District 6 in New York City; math coaches in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana; teachers in Dayton, Ohio; and schools in Landover, Maryland.
Lisa brings to her work more than nine years of experience as a mathematics educator in Indianapolis Public Schools in Indiana 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, Florida.
Lu Ann can help you with:
Lu Ann 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 for resource teachers in Louisville, KY and for middle and high school teachers as part of a Gates grant focused on implementing the Common Core State Standards. When working with teachers, Lu Ann establishes a culture of collegiality and collaboration which promotes 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's of Science degree in School Administration from Texas A&I University, and a Bachelor's 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.
Marji can help you with:
Marji Freeman plans, develops the content for, and provides regular, ongoing professional development opportunities for teachers across the country. Marji served on the Math Solutions Professional Development team chosen by the Phil Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy to develop and teach a course in conjunction with the National Science Teachers Association. Her passion for improving the education system has been resounding for the nearly three decades she has dedicated to Math Solutions.
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 grade 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 from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an Associate of Arts degree from Laredo Junior College.
Mark can help you with:
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, CO. 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.
Mary can help you with:
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.
Mike can help you with:
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 state-wide 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 BS in Mathematics. He has completed graduate work in mathematics at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and The Ohio State University.
Nikki can help you with:
Nikki 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.
Patricio can help you with:
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 improving mathematics instruction. He is highly committed to producing high-quality and timely educational materials and improving teacher effectiveness.
His passion for education was cultivated by a family of educators who lead him to pursue teaching in middle and elementary schools in Newark, New Jersey as a Teach for America corps member. Prior to joining Scholastic, Patricio's five years of teaching experience on both the elementary and middle school levels gave him an appreciation for the rewards of teaching and an understanding of the challenges of such an imperative task.
Patricio was born in Argentina but has deep roots in California. He attended UC Berkeley, where he received his BA in Psychology and Spanish, and then earned an MA in International Affairs from UC San Diego. He currently sits on the advisory board of the Fighting Back Scholarship Program.
Chief Learning Officer, Penn Foster; Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)
Ray can help you with:
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.
Renee can help you with:
Renee Everling designs and provides Math Solutions professional development for district-level administrators, school-based math leadership teams, and classroom teachers across the United States. Her commitment to education compels her to create tailored solutions for her clients based on close observations and analysis. Renee aims to use her knowledge and experiences to coach teachers to encourage students in becoming active and excited learners.
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 has been a facilitator of numerous professional development workshops including those for Marilyn Burns and High AIMS Consortium.
Renee earned her BS in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University and her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati. She has completed Post- Graduate coursework at the University of Cincinnati, 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 Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Scott can help you with:
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 the 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, CA, 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 a 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 nation-wide.
Sheila can help you with:
Sheila provides Math Solutions professional development across the country for teachers and districtlevel administrators. Her dedicated style centers around one-on-one coaching to apply the professional development she fosters into her client's classroom on both the Elementary and Middle grade level. 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 co-chaired the Math Department. Sheila then went on to become a high school math teacher for Jefferson County Schools in Colorado, where she was also cochair 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 multi-faceted, 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's of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver, and her Master's in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Sue can help you with:
Susan 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 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.
Tammy can help you with:
Tammy Ledenko is a reading specialist who mentors and trains a team of implementation consultants to ensure the delivery of quality literacy solutions. Additionally, she has developed numerous district program implementation solutions.
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 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.
Tasia can help you with:
Tasia Velasquez has more than 30 years of progressively responsible experiences encompassing all aspects of promoting educational excellence in Grades K–12. As an expert in curriculum development and instruction, she has focused her career on curriculum-based training and professional development to meet the specific needs of teachers, students, and district leaders.
Tasia has served on a multitude of state and local committees. She's a member of the California State Department Language Arts Adoption, Reading Instruction Curriculum Assessment committee, has served on the California State Reading Initiatives, and was appointed to serve as a member of the Burbank School Board.
Ms. Velasquez has earned degrees in Education, the California K–8 Life Credential, and a Reading Specialist Certification from California State University at Los Angeles.
Susan can help you with:
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, 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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