Principal, Ferrucci Junior High School and Success at the Core Fellow | Ailene Baxter is the principal of Ferrucci Junior High School in the Puyallup School District, Puyallup, Washington. Recognized by the Association of Washington School Principals as a regional distinguished middle level principal, Ailene recently completed her EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, through the University of Washington in Seattle. She has presented at local, state and national conferences on strategies for transforming professional learning. Ailene uses the Success at the Core Leadership and Teacher Development modules for fostering teamwork, building capacity, and distributing leadership and learning throughout her school. Ailene is a Success at the Core Fellow.
English Teacher, Cascade High School and Success at the Core Fellow | Andrea Brixey is an English teacher at Cascade High School in Leavenworth, Washington. Andrea is a National Board Certified teacher, and holds a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Washington. When not preparing for classes, you can find Andrea in the Cascade Mountains dreaming up ways to use the Success at the Core teaching techniques to deepen her students’ love of words.
Educational Consultant and Online Educator, Core Connections Guest Blogger || Andrew currently serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and ASCD, traveling nationally, training educators and presenting at conferences around his areas of expertise. He has taught both online and in the brick and mortar setting, both while implementing his core tenants including culturally responsive teaching, project-based learning, and game-based learning. He presents and writes for a variety of organizations including the Huffington Post, National Council for Teachers of English, Edutopia, iNACOL, ISTE, ASCD and the National Association of Multicultural Education. Learn more about Andrew at http://www.edutopia.org/user/18710
Education Consultant and Success at the Core Fellow | Beth Ashley is an education consultant with experience as a middle school principal and high school administrator, a teacher at all levels, and a staff developer. She was the principal at Mount Baker Middle School in Mount Vernon, Washington, one of the featured schools in Success at the Core. She is recognized for her ability to lead transformational change for both students and staff. During her principalship, Mount Baker Middle School became an AVID National Demonstration School and a school that grew from being a significantly low-performing school into a school recognized for being in the top 5% in the State of Washington. As a consultant and Success at the Core Fellow, Beth is working with schools, districts, and state leaders in Washington and Alaska to develop teacher and leadership capacity for student success.
Vice President, VOX Global | Channing brings more than 15 years of communications experience to VOX, spanning agency and in-house communications as well as the television news industry. He helps organizations share their stories and connect with communities of people who share those organizations’ interest. Channing oversees strategic communications planning for clients in the education, sustainability and corporate social responsibility space. As the father of a young boy, Channing is particularly interested in the emergence of technology and the role of social platforms in the education of our youth.
Instructional Facilitator, Tiffany Park Elementary | Corrie Freiwaldt is a National Board Certified Teacher who has the role of instructional facilitator at Tiffany Park Elementary in the Renton School District of Renton, Washington. She also works 30% of her time at the district level facilitating elementary science. Previously, she has taught 7th and 5th grade. Corrie has used Success at the Core Teacher Development resources with staff in her district to refine her district’s Vision of Instruction. Through these training sessions, teachers are able to see what best practices look like in a real classroom with similar or tougher demographics and reflect and adapt these strategies to their own practice. Currently she is focused on the Common Core State Standards and how video examples of these standards in action are powerful tools for teachers’ professional development.
Instructional Coach, Kelso High School and Success at the Core Fellow | Deb brings more than 30 years of experience in teaching to her instructional coaching, pre-service workshops and in-service trainings. Teaching in middle schools, junior highs, high schools, community colleges and universities, Deb has focused on Differentiated Instruction, Teaming and Assessment. She utilizes project-based learning, hands on tasks, and “real world” problems to help students understand and learn. Deb has given trainings on teaching and learning mathematics at local and regional conferences around the United States. She uses the Success at the Core Leadership and Teacher Development modules to illustrate quality teaching, teamwork and best practices.
Eric Sheninger is the Principal at New Milford High School located in Bergen County, NJ. As an educational administrator he firmly believes that effective communication, listening, support, shared decision making, and the integration of technology are essential elements necessary for the transformation of school cultures. Eric has emerged as an innovative leader in the use of social media and web 2.0 technology as tools to engage students, improve communications with stakeholders, and help educators grow professionally. Eric is a NASSP Digital Principal Award winner (2012), PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient (2012), winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award (20 12), Google Certified Teacher, Adobe Education Leader, ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar, writer on education for the Huffington Post, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership. His blog, A Principal's Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2011 by Edublogs.
Executive Director, Association of Washington School Principals | Gary Kipp joined AWSP as executive director in September 2003 after nearly 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. The majority of his time in the principalship was focused at the high school level, having spent 18 years leading Mark Morris High School in the Longview School District. Prior to that, he served as assistant principal at Cascade and Monticello middle schools in Longview, Washington. Before transitioning to AWSP, Kipp also served as an assistant superintendent for Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver. Kipp holds a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Washington; he received his undergraduate degree at Washington State University.
Fourth Grade Teacher, Evergreen Elementary School, Shelton, WA, and Success at the Core Fellow | Heather Byington is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches fourth grade English and Spanish curricula at Evergreen Elementary in Shelton, Washington, a dual-language school. In addition to teaching full time, Heather is an instructional coach. As such, she has used Success at the Core resources to prepare for services focused on improving student learning. She has provided many training opportunities at district, state, and national conferences on instructional strategies that meet the needs of English Language Learners and diverse learners. Heather has served on various district and state level committees, advocating for diverse learners. Heather is a Success at the Core fellow.
President, Washington Education Association | Mary Lindquist took office as the WEA president in 2007, and is presently in her last two-year term. Lindquist, a classroom teacher for 33 years, served as a local president and chief negotiator for the Mercer Island Education Association. She joined the WEA Board in 2001 where she served on the executive committee. Lindquist taught high school language arts, debate and social studies. She has received numerous teaching awards, including being named Washington State Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year. In addition to her service as WEA President, Lindquist is the current president of the National Council of State Education Associations (NCSEA) and national leaders of the National Education Association (NEA).
Consultant, State of Washington and Success at the Core Fellow Merrilou Harrison is an educator who has taught all grade levels and been an administrator at all levels. She helps schools and districts become more successful through coaching and leading professional development. Her current responsibilities include being a Leadership Framework Specialist and a Student and Staff Success Coach for the state of Washington. Her consulting work takes her throughout the country working with schools on becoming effective and efficient Professional Learning Communities. Within her work, she often turns to Success at the Core Leadership and Teacher Development modules to help leaders become stronger Instructional Leaders. Merrilou is also a Success at the Core Fellow.
Principal, Leota Junior High School, Woodinville, WA, and Success at the Core Fellow | Obadiah Dunham is the principal of Leota Junior High in the Northshore School District of Woodinville, Washington. A former middle school assistant principal in the Federal Way School District, Obadiah previously taught chemistry and biology at Thomas Jefferson High School, also in the Federal Way School District. He is a Success at the Core (SaC) Fellow who uses SaC’s Leadership Development modules to build and define instructional leadership for school-based leadership teams at Leota Junior High. He also uses SaC’s Teacher Development modules for school-based staff development.
Founding Developer, Success at the Core at Education Development Center | Sonia Caus Gleason advances school reform through a range of professional learning initiatives, writing and research, and advocacy, particularly regarding underserved communities. For the past four years, Sonia has provided leadership in the development and dissemination of Success at the Core, and is guiding the work of SaC Collaboratives in Alaska and Montana, as well as national partners. She is currently writing about how professional learning and leadership looks in schools committed to equity and personalized learning.
Science Teacher, Sunnyside High School and Success at the Core Fellow Tyler Rice is a National Board Certified Science Teacher at Sunnyside High School in Sunnyside, WA. He has led professional development for his colleagues in a variety of formats – including whole staff, professional learning community and professional workshops – and has found Success at the Core to be an excellent resource for high-quality professional development. Tyler's personal blog, Wisdom Begins with Wonder can be found at trice25.edublogs.org and you can follow him on Twitter @MrTRice_Science . Tyler is a Success at the Core fellow.
Instructional Design Specialist at Education Development Center | Sauer is an instructional design specialist who has worked at Education Development Center for the past three years on the design, development, and dissemination of Success at the Core. She has a broad base of experience and skills in strategic communications, instructional design and training, and project management in education, non-profit, and corporate environments. She taught high school history and English for a decade and holds a masters degree in curriculum and instruction.