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Executive Leadership

Sue Sava, MA

President & CEO
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303-861-8661 ext. 137
Sava joined PEBC in 2015 as the ED of Stanley Teacher Prep. She then became Vice President and Chief Policy Officer and has been instrumental in leading the vision for PEBC's policy work.She was named President & CEO by the Board of Directors on July 12, 2019. Sava has built strong partnerships such as the TEACH Colorado campaign which includes PEBC, CDE, CDHE, CEI, CEA, and Rose Community Foundation. She serves on the Teacher Informed Solutions for Performance Evaluation Convening alongside Children’s Campaign, Teach Plus and the Rose Community Foundation. Sava participates on the Colorado Education Preparation Innovation Coalition with Keystone Policy Center and was involved in state and national Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) convenings as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Community of Practice on Early Teacher Initiatives. Sue led the vision and executive level work for Stanley Teacher Prep, which merged with Boettcher Teacher Residency in 2015 to become the most effective residency model in Colorado. Sava has worked in education for more than 27 years in a range of roles including 12 years teaching at Stanley British Primary School. Sava has also instructed child development courses and served as a mentor, advisor and Site Coordinator and ED for residency teachers. Sue provides education expertise at the capitol and is consulted on both state and national legislation regarding the elevation of the teaching profession.Sava serves on several metro Denver school boards, is a founding design team member of Joe Shoemaker School and the former President of the Board for SOAR charter school in DPS. She also serves on the advisory board for the Colorado Center for Rural Education at the University of Northern Colorado and the advisory board for the Rural Alliance. Sava is alsoon Metro State University’s founding advisory board to the School of Education. Sava is on the BOCES Board for the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning. She earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from UCD and a Bachelors’ degree in History from Princeton University.

Craig DeLeone

Director of Business Development
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303-861-8661 ext. 111

DeLeone oversees business development efforts related to PEBC’s professional learning opportunities including: courses and institutes, lab classrooms and job-embedded coaching. He manages both new and current customer inquiries regarding services offered and contracting processes.

Prior to PEBC, DeLeone worked in business development with other Colorado non-profits. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Sarah Glover, MA

Director of Integration
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303-861-8661 ext. 144
As the Associate Executive Director of Education - Residency, Glover oversees the Boettcher Teacher Residency initiative. Prior to joining PEBC, Glover worked in Denver Public Schools for 14 years as an elementary teacher, instructional coach, and English Language Acquisition instructor. She also mentored intern teachers, advised mentor teachers, and facilitated professional learning for interns, mentors and site coordinators as part of the Stanley Teacher Prep staff. In 2009, Glover earned a National Board Certification as an Early Childhood (ages 3-8) generalist. She holds a BA from Denison University in Environmental Studies and English, and an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver.

Rose Hagood, MSEd

Director of Operations
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303-861-8661 ext. 117
Hagood manages operations for PEBC’s Professional Learning team. She oversees delivery of Professional Learning events, programs, and services and manages all Professional Learning data. She collaborates with the Education Directors, Field Staff and Lab Hosts to ensure all clients have a remarkable experience with PEBC and works closely with the Director of Operations to strengthen organization-wide operations and systems. Hagood has a background working in non-profit education and arts organizations, including museums, after-school programs, and cultural groups in Denver, Washington, D.C., and New York. She has a Master of Science in Art Education from Indiana University and a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and Art History from Northern Arizona University.

Wendy Ward Hoffer, MA

Senior Director of Content Development & Publications
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303-861-8661 ext. 115

Hoffer works with math and science teachers at all levels to promote student thinking and understanding in their content areas. She travels both across Colorado and nationally to facilitate professional learning and coach teachers interested in elevating their STEM pedagogy. Hoffer is the author of Science as Thinking (Heinemann, 2009), Minds on Mathematics (Heinemann, 2012), and Developing Literate Mathematicians (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2016), and Cultivating STEM Identities (Heinemann, 2016).

Hoffer brings over twenty years of experience that includes teaching math and science in elementary and middle school. Prior to her work with PEBC, Hoffer earned National Board Certification while teaching middle school math and science in one of Denver's Expeditionary Learning schools. She attended Dartmouth College and earned her Master’s in Education from Stanford University.

Moker Klaus-Quinlan, MA

Senior Director of Professional Learning
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303-861-8661 ext. 113

Klaus-Quinlan joined PEBC in 2003, and works with K-12 educators across the content areas, in Colorado and nationally. She supports teachers, teams, schools, and districts through coaching, facilitation, and leading professional learning. She co-facilitates the Math Institute, Foundations of Numeracy Institute, and Effective Mentoring Institute. She has worked extensively with the Boettcher Teacher Residency program as an adjunct professor, clinical supervisor, and coordinator during the expansion to Colorado’s rural San Luis Valley.

She brings her experience as an educator teaching elementary and middle school, as well as serving as a reading specialist, ELL coordinator, mentor teacher and instructional coach. She earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescent English/Language Arts. She earned a Master’s degree in K-12 Literacy from California State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University.

Kim McGrigg

Director of Communications
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303.861.8661 ext. 112

Jessamyn Lockhart, MA

Senior Director of Residency
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303-861-8661 ext. 146
In her role as Director of Rural Residency, Jessamyn oversees the residency sites in the Southwest, San Luis Valley and Northeast areas of Colorado. This includes supporting all rural staff in the development and delivery of curriculum as well as managing coaching and post-residency support. Jessamyn is a Stanley Teacher Prep graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tufts University. Jessamyn also holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver and is presently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Denver. Prior to joining PEBC, Jessamyn taught first and second grade at Mountain Phoenix Community School.

Dana Sorensen, MA

Senior Director of High Performing Systems
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303-861-8661 ext. 128

Sorensen joined PEBC in 2010 and consults both locally and nationally, co-facilitates the Thinking Strategies Institute and oversees the Investigating Thinking Strategies Institute.

Sorensen has served in many roles during her 26 years in education resulting in her steadfast belief in students, teachers, and administrators. She spent fifteen years in Houston Texas teaching third grade, Reading Recovery, and coaching teachers in literacy. Since 2004, she coached teachers and most recently served as Director of Professional Development in a Denver area district. Along with her educational experience, she is a Cognitive Coaching Training Associate and works with systems thinking through the Water’s Foundation. She earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with the Type D Administration certification from Regis University.

PEBC Staff

Mary Helen Cammack

Field Coach, Southwest Residency
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Carla Casalino, MS

Director of Human Resources
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303-861-8661 ext. 105
Casalino has worked in the field of education in a variety of roles since 2010, including multiple years of teaching in secondary schools in Colorado. Casalino received a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University and a Master's degree in Teaching/Learning and Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University Global.

Kari Colley, PhD

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Residency
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303-861-8661 ext. 132
As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Colley oversees the development and facilitation of curriculum across the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program. Prior to PEBC, Colley worked in public and private elementary schools in Colorado and California as a classroom teacher, EdTech consultant, and a research assistant. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Diego and then moved to Colorado to earn a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver.

Brian Crowther

Instructor and Field Coach
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Lauren Ellison

Field Coach
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Lynne Forstot

Site Coordinator
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303-861-8661 ext. 143

Lynne Forstot is a Field Coach for the Boettcher Teacher Residency. Lynne provides training and professional development to those she supervises, as well as to beginning teachers, regarding best-practice teaching methods.

Lynne received her BA in Elementary Education from Queens College. She has worked in elementary education for 37 years, having taught preschool and elementary age children in both the public and private sector. At Stanley British Primary School she served on the Board of Trustees and taught for 19 years in a multiage classroom.

Lindsay Hall, MA

Clinical Instructor
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303-861-8661 ext. 133
Lindsay is a Clinical Instructor for the Boettcher Teacher Residency. Prior to joining PEBC, Lindsay taught high school social studies at Mountain Range High School in Adams 12 Five Star Schools. She holds Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master's degree in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University.

Ashley Hazelwood, PhD

Senior Program Manager, TEACH Colorado
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303.861.8661 ext. 104

Michelle Morris Jones, MA

Senior Director of Professional Development Design
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303-861-8661 ext. 124

Jones has worked with PEBC since 2002, supporting teachers, both locally and nationally, in the area of instructional practices that support literacy and understanding across grade levels and content areas. She co-facilitates the Thinking Strategies Institute, the Foundations of Literacy Institute, the Investigating Thinking Strategies Institute, and the Social Studies Institute.

Her experience as an educator includes teaching elementary and middle school, as well as serving as a Reading Interventionist, parent liaison, and staff developer. She taught for 7 years as an adjunct professor with the Boettcher Teacher Residency, and also provided clinical supervision for Residents. She holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a contributing author to the PEBC publication, The Right to Literacy in Secondary Schools.

John Kearney

Field Coach
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303-861-8661 ext. 114
John Kearney joined PEBC in 2018 and serves as a Field Coach for the PEBC Teacher Residency. Prior to joining PEBC, John taught middle and high school social studies in the Aurora Public Schools. During his time as a classroom teacher John served as a mentor teacher in the PEBC Teacher Residency. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications from Elon University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Colorado - Denver.

Ellin Oliver Keene, MA

Senior Consultant, Professional Learning

Ellin Oliver Keene is author of Talk About Understanding: Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Understanding, To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension, co-author of Comprehension Going Forward and of Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction. Ellin has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, non-profit director and adjunct professor of reading and writing. In addition to her role as Senior Consultant, Professional Learning for PEBC, she works with schools and districts throughout the country and abroad.

Evan Kennedy

Director of Rural Residency, Associate Director of Policy
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303-861-8661 ext. 148
Evan joined the Boettcher Teacher Residency program in 2015. As a Recruitment and Admissions Manager, he is focused on growing and strengthening relationships in Southwestern Colorado, and working with those communities to identify and support resident candidates. Prior to PEBC, Evan held various leadership positions in the non-profit sector, with a focus on delivering high-quality youth development programming and scaling innovative approaches to improve school climate and educational outcomes in public schools. A native of the Nutmeg State, Evan has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Political Science from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Jennifer Kimpson, MA

Field Coach
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303-861-8661 ext. 121
Kimpson serves as the Field Coach & Post Residency Coordinator for the Boettcher Teacher Residency program. Prior to joining PEBC, she served as a school leader, Administrative TOSA, and ELA teacher leader in Aurora Public Schools. She also worked in Jefferson County as a classroom teacher, literacy support teacher, and Director of a before and after school program. Kimpson has spent all of her 20+ years in education working with underserved populations of students and strongly believes that social-emotional learning and academic success go hand in hand. She earned an MA in Educational Policy and Leadership from DU, her K-12 Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement from CU Denver, and a BA in Elementary Education with a reading specialization from the University of Iowa.

Emily Kotnis

Field Coach, Urban Residency
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303-861-8661 ext. 130

Kotnis serves a Field Coach and joined the Boettcher Teacher Residency in 2015. She supports Residents after their first year by providing instructional coaching. 

Kotnis started as an elementary teacher in New York before moving to Aurora Public Schools in 2005. She earned her Master’s degree in Literacy from the State University of New York, Oswego and a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia.

Kristie Krier

Senior Director of Growth & Capacity
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303-861-8661 ext. 145
Krier joined PEBC in 2015 and consults locally and nationally with K-12 educators across the content areas. She supports teachers, teams, instructional coaches, and administrators through coaching, facilitating, and collaborating around professional development. She co-facilitates the Investigating Thinking Strategies Institute, Foundations of Numeracy Institute, and Effective Mentoring Institute. Krier has served many roles during her 20 years in education. She spent 10 years teaching in the elementary grades and was honored with the school district award of Teacher of the Year in 2008. Since 2009, she coached teachers and recently served as a Professional Development Coordinator and lead for Instructional Coaches in a Denver area school district. She is also an Adaptive Schools, Cognitive Coaching, and Emergenetics training associate. Kristie earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University. She holds a Type D Administration certification and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Heather Kuzma, MA

Director of Amplified Learning
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303-861-8661 ext. 139
Heather consults with K-12 educators, in Colorado and nationally, across the content areas. She supports teachers, teams, instructional coaches, and administrators through coaching, facilitating, and collaborating around professional learning. Heather integrates her training in Advanced Cognitive Coaching to engage learners in advancing the teaching profession. Prior to consulting, she spent many years teaching in elementary classrooms. Since 2010, she has coached teachers and leadership teams. She has worked as an instructional coach, a Professional Development Coordinator for Douglas County School District, and most recently worked for Denver Public Schools supporting the teacher leadership initiative. She is also an Associate Trainer for Emergenetics. Heather earned her Master’s degree in Reading and Language Arts from Oakland University. She holds a Type D Administration certification, and also earned her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Katrina Litzau, MA

Clinical Instructor, Residency
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303-861-8661 ext. 127
Katrina Litzau joined PEBC as a clinical instructor for the PEBC Teacher Residency in 2016. During her time with the residency, she has also served as a field coach. Prior to joining PEBC, Litzau served students and teachers in a variety of roles over the last 16 years in public education including elementary teacher, an instructional coach in both elementary and middle schools, clinical professor and professional learning specialist. Litzau has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts degree in Reading From the University of Northern Colorado. She also holds a certification in Educational Leadership from Regis University and an endorsement in English Language Development from Colorado State University. She is now pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership for Educational Equity at the University of Colorado - Denver.

Karen Lunceford

Field Coach, Southwest Residency
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Beverly Lyons

Field Coach, Southwest Residency
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Sharon Maxwell

Field Manager, Southwest Residency
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Brianna Mestas, MA

Clinical Instructor
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303-861-8661 ext. 119
As a clinical instructor with the PEBC Teacher Residency, Mestas supports with the designing, planning and implementation of licensure coursework to pre-service teachers committed to becoming effective culturally responsive educators. Mestas earned her BA in Ethnic Studies and Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Urban Education as a Boettcher Teacher Resident. She taught elementary in Title I schools for five years in the Denver Metro area and spent two years teaching overseas in Panama City. Mestas is currently a PhD candidate in the Curriculum and Instruction program at the University of Denver. She is also serving as a fellow with the Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program and the Moonshot edVentures Fellowship.

Rachele McCawley Robertson, MA

Director of Urban Residency
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303-861-8661 ext. 126
Robertson joined the BTR team in 2016 as a field coach providing instructional coaching and support to teaching residents and mentors during the residency year. Currently, as Director of Urban Residency, she collaborates with the Directors of Rural Residency and Curriculum and Instruction to ensure a cohesive licensure program for residents state-wide and manages relationships with various urban residency stakeholders. Prior to joining the Boettcher Teacher Residency, Robertson taught high school science at William Smith High School in Aurora Public Schools. She was also formerly a resident in the Boettcher Teacher Program, has served as a mentor teacher for two Boettcher residents, and was a national lab classroom host for the PEBC. She earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver and holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Advertising from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Scott Murphy, MS

Director of Leadership
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303-861-8661 ext. 138
Scott Murphy joined PEBC in 2011. He consults both nationally and locally with emphasis on leadership, collaboration and facilitative development. He works with district leaders, principals and teacher leaders on creating engaging environments worthy of our teachers and students. He is a lab facilitator for the Thinking Strategies Institute. Murphy has 24 years of educational experience, having served as high school English teacher, instructional coach, elementary principal and district director of curriculum for Jeffco Schools. He has served as a national facilitator Critical Friends Groups and is the author of the “Future Protocol,” a tool for organizational visioning. He received his Masters degree in Technical Communication from University of Colorado at Denver and his bachelors in English from San Jose State University.

Renee Ostuni

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303-861-8661 ext. 136
Renee is responsible for daily accounting such as Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and deposits. She works closely with the CFO maintaining current and accurate accounting records, and following good accounting practices. Renee has worked for non-profits for over 20 years in administration and accounting.

Annie Patterson, MA

Senior Director of Lab Networks
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303-861-8661 ext. 110

Patterson joined PEBC in 2002 and consults locally and nationally, co-facilitates the Thinking Strategies Institutes, and oversees the PEBC Lab Classroom Network. Lab Classrooms are comprised of exemplary teachers across the Metro Denver area, representing kindergarten through high school, who have received extensive PEBC professional learning and open their classrooms for colleagues as a means to explore research based best practices in action.

Patterson brings over 25 years of education experience that includes teaching middle school reading, language arts, social studies, math, instructional coaching and expertise in adult learning and professional development. She earned her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Reading and Writing, from the University of Colorado, and is the recipient of the 2012 O'Rourke Award from Learning Forward Colorado for distinguished achievement in educator staff development.

Chris Powell

Field Coach
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Ashley Ruhl

Program & Event Coordinator
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303-861-8661 ext. 135

Lisa Scott, MA

Director of Admissions & Alumni Relations
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303-861-8661 ext. 141
In her role as Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations, Lisa Scott oversees PEBC Teacher Residency recruitment, enrollment (including resident licensure through the Colorado Department of Education) and alumni relations. Prior to joining PEBC, Lisa worked in reading instruction in Denver Public Schools and is a graduate of the Stanley Teacher Preparation Program (which merged with the PEBC Teacher Residency in 2015). Lisa has been with PEBC since 2015 and with Stanley Teacher Prep since 2013. Lisa holds an MA from the University of Colorado Denver in Educational Psychology and a BA from the University of Oregon in History.

Missy Shaw

Residency Field Manager
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Jonathan Sisk

Director of Technology
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Sisk has worked with PEBC since 2009, and supports the IT infrastructure of the organization.  He provides technical support for employees, develops and supports the website, edits and produces videos, and provides technical assistance for  marketing and communications. 

Lindsey Thomson

Residency Field Manager
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Tracy Wagers, MH

Field Coach, Urban Residency
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303-861-8661 ext. 102
Tracy Wagers is a lifelong learner, whose passion for teaching and learning has guided her both personally and professionally. Tracy currently works as a Field Coach for the Residency team of the Public Education & Business Coalition. Her work as a coach involves supporting the learning and efficacy of adults from a range of backgrounds as they learn the art and craft of teaching. Prior to joining PEBC, Tracy served as principal of an alternative middle and high school for students with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. In addition, she worked for eleven years as a secondary language arts teacher in the Denver Metro Area. Tracy earned a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on creativity and spirituality in education and bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is licensed in secondary language arts with endorsements in special education (generalist 5-21) and gifted and talented (specialist P-12). Tracy is the mother of twins. She grew up on a wheat farm south of Brush, Colorado and is passionate about improving education, teacher wellness, living in a way which prioritizes people over things, mindfulness, science, art, and the outdoors.

Sathya Wandzek, MA

Director of Field Staff Collaboration
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303-861-8661 ext. 140
As a staff developer for PEBC, Sathya pursues mathematical understanding for all students and teachers. Through presenting the Math Institute and co-creating/presenting the Foundations of Numeracy Institute she gets the opportunity to cultivate mathematical understanding with teachers across the country. Her national work allows her to see many perspectives and pedagogies that support Sathya with her coaching and professional development work. Sathya has her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from CU Boulder, and was a cohort member of the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program where she graduated from Denver University with her Master in Urban Education. While teaching middle school math for 10 years in Thornton Colorado, she had the opportunity to mentor two Boettcher teacher residents, lead a curriculum development PLC, and be a lab host to the district. These experiences have been the foundation to her work that she now does with PEBC that crosses all contents and grade levels. She also enjoys time with her family camping, hiking and anything with a little bit of a challenge.

Professional Learning Field Staff

Sarah Littman Berger, PhD

Staff Developer

Sarah joined the PEBC in 2010. Dr. Berger brings 15 years of teaching experience that includes teaching middle and high school science as well elementary literacy intervention and English as a Second Language. As a Staff Developer, she has worked with elementary, middle, and high school teachers, focused primarily on math and science. Dr. Berger works in Colorado as well as nationally, providing coaching and professional development for teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators. She also co-presents PEBC Minds on Math Institutes locally and nationally. Dr. Berger earned her doctoral degree from the University of Denver with dual foci in Curriculum and Instruction and Quantitative Research Methodology. She attended the University of Colorado, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physiology and Master’s degree in Education. She has presented to national audiences at the Learning Forward Summer Conference and Expeditionary Schools National Conference. Dr. Berger has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Denver, the University of Northern Colorado, and the Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency. She is also the Instructional Coach at a STEM school in northern Denver.

Jenn Brauner

Staff Developer

Since 1997, Jenn Brauner has worked in public schools ranging from a paraprofessional in special education and math to teaching middle school social studies and English language arts. Jenn brings forward these experiences as a PEBC staff developer, working to create engaged learning for both students and teachers through her facilitation and instructional coaching. In addition, she co-facilitates the Social Studies Institute and the traveling Institute for Thinking Strategies, along with being an adjunct for the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program. She has worked in diverse school districts from rural Virginia to more urban Boston and Denver Public Schools. In 2007, her classroom was honored as a featured chapter in That Workshop Book by Samantha Bennett. Jenn earned her Master’s degree from the University of Denver and her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She is grateful to the many educators and students who have opened their hearts and minds to her in her journey as a professional educator.

Lori Conrad

Staff Developer

Much of Lori’s work focuses on supporting teachers and school leaders explore and implement effective literacy practices. This support takes many forms including in-class coaching, demonstration teaching, collaborative planning and leadership team building. Lori also facilitates classroom lab experiences for various PEBC’s Institutes. She connects her years of classroom teaching and professional development experience to her background in Cognitive Coaching and group facilitation to help change instructional practices in classrooms across Colorado and the nation. She’s published numerous articles, contributed to a number literacy texts, and co-authored Put Thinking to the Test (Stenhouse, 2008). Along with numerous certifications, Lori’s educational background includes a Master in Arts degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Linda Fiorella, MA

Staff Developer

Linda focuses on secondary instruction and literacy. She co-facilitates PEBC’s Introduction to Thinking Strategies and Social Studies Institutes, and provides instructional coaching to schools. Linda’s experience as a middle and high school teacher and instructional coach help her to build relationships, provide support, and work successfully with both teachers and coaches. Her past experience beyond the classroom includes Secondary Language Arts Specialist for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, District Literacy Team Member, and Adolescent Literacy Certificate Program Instructor for the University of Colorado at Denver. Linda earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.

Colleen Kerr

Leadership Coach

Colleen Kerr joined the PEBC as a Leadership Coach in 2014. Her work focuses on building capacity as she supports administrators, teacher leaders, school leadership teams and PLCs through coaching, school improvement planning, data analysis for instructional improvement, facilitating and leading professional learning. Colleen has 40 years of educational experience, thirty of which were served as an elementary teacher, district support teacher, and elementary principal for Jefferson County Public Schools. She has had numerous other leadership roles including serving as an Adjunct Professor in the Administrative Leadership and Policies Studies and the University of Colorado, School Leadership Resource Partner, School Improvement Specialist , McREL Success in Sight Facilitator, Supplemental Services (SES) Coordinator and a national Acuity and Engrade trainer for McGraw Hill Education adding to the depth of knowledge she shares and the support she provides to educators. Colleen received her Type D certification from the University of Denver, her Master’s degree from Lesley College and double Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.

Chrysann McBride

Senior Leadership Coach

Chrysann McBride’s focus in education has been on developing leaders, both teacher leaders and principals. She is a Leadership Coach and Dynamic Leadership Institute Presenter for PEBC. She is also a training associate for Adaptive Schools and Cognitive CoachingSM.. Among other work are special instructional improvement projects, leadership team development, and staff development. During her thirty-two years of service in public education, Chrysann served as an executive director for curriculum, instruction, and staff development in Jefferson County School District. Previous to this work, she was an elementary principal, opening a new school. Additionally, she began her career as a teacher, teacher leader and staff developer. Chrysann has deep experience working with leaders, schools, and systems change. Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education from Indiana State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Evansville. She earned her administrative license at the University of Denver.

Nancy Meredith

Senior Staff Developer

Nancy Meredith has been affiliated with PEBC since 2004, first as a teacher under the tutelage of PEBC staff developers then as a staff developer after her retirement in 2008, supporting teachers, both locally and nationally. She co-facilitates the Social Studies Institute and the Investigating Thinking Strategies Institute as well as designs professional development for districts in the area of literacy and instruction across contents at the secondary level. Nancy’s experience has taken her from the elementary self-contained classrooms to the secondary classrooms where she supported special education and at-risk youth as well as provided instructional coaching to Staff. She holds a Master’s degree in Behavioral Disorders from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in literacy from the University of Northern Iowa. She taught public education for 37 prior to her staff developer/director role at PEBC.

Suzanne Nisely, MA

Staff Developer
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Stevi Quate, PhD

Senior Staff Developer

Stevi has many passions in the field of education including student engagement, adolescent literacy, disciplinary literacy, collaboration, adult learning, and powerful instruction. She blends her passions into her work at PEBC as co-facilitator of PEBC’s Thinking Strategies Institute (TSI), Investigating Thinking Strategies (ITS), and teacher-inquiry groups that focus on argument and best practices in writing. Additionally, she is an instructional coach in middle and high schools in Colorado and Kentucky. For over two decades, Stevi was an English teacher in Adams 5 Star District. After she left the district, she was the literacy coordinator at Colorado Department of Education and an instructor at various universities. Additionally, she is the past president of the local affiliates of NCTE and ILA and the former director of Colorado Writing Project and Colorado Critical Friends. Along with John McDermott, she is the author of Clock Watchers and The Just Right Challenge. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Boulder in curriculum and instruction, a Masters from Colorado State University with a focus on the reading and writing connection, and Bachelors degree in English literature from the University of California at Irvine.

Dave Schmid, MA

Leadership Coach

Tracey Shaw

Staff Developer

Tracey Shaw started working with PEBC as a National Lab Host in 2007. In 2012, she took on another role as Staff Developer, working primarily with math and science teachers both locally and nationally. Tracey also co-facilitates the PEBC Math Institute. Her educational career began in 2002 as a mathematics teacher at East High School in the Denver Public School District. After 3 years there, she moved over to Smoky Hill High School in the Cherry Creek School District, Aurora, CO. She continues to teach mathematics there. For 5 years she co-facilitated a cross-curricular Instructional Learning Lab at Smoky Hill that supported teachers with planning and instructing, focusing on Understanding by Design and Workshop Model. Tracey earned her Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in Curriculum and Instruction and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver.

Laurie Wretling, MS

Staff Developer

Laurie works with K-12 math, science, and electives teachers throughout the country to in the areas of STEM, Instruction, and Disciplinary Literacy to make learning relevant, authentic, and engaging. Her passion is supporting teachers as they bring state and national standards to life in their classrooms by promoing and engaging students in 21st century skills. In addition, Laurie co-facilitates the traveling Math and Numeracy Institutes and works closely with school leaders and teachers as an instructional coach to support best practices in the classroom. A Nationally Board Certified teacher in Early Adolescent Science, Laurie has served as an Instructional Coach, Math Challenge Specialist, and K-12 math and science teacher. Laurie has a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and Forestry from the University of Montana in Missoula and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Board of Directors

Thomas D. Brinegar - Chair
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer | Peak Resources, Inc.
Karrie Fletcher - Treasurer
President | Alpine Bank
Celiena Adcock
Industry Manager | Facebook
Amie Baca-Oehlert
President | Colorado Education Association
Tiffany Bray
Vice President Government Programs | DaVita Village Health
Nadia El Mallakh
Assistant General Council, Real Estate Team Lead | Xcel Energy
Lisa Escarcega
Executive Director | CASE
Brian Ewert
Superintendent | Littleton Public Schools
Brooke Fleming
Senior Vice President – Digital Banking | FirstBank Cherry Creek
Patty Fontneau
President, Private Exchange Business | Cigna
Chris Gdowski
Superintendent | Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Jason Glass, PhD
Superintendent | Jeffco Public Schools
Rachel Hall
Principal Advisory Services | Ernst and Young
Katie Kaufmanis
Public Information Officer | Colorado Public Education Retirement Association
Teresa Madden
Retired Xcel Energy
Jon Lehmann - Director Emeritus
Director Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs | Comcast Cable
Dan McMinimee
Superintendent | New America Schools Colorado
Rico Munn
Superintendent | Aurora Public Schools
John Nelson - Director Emeritus
Rick O’Connell, PhD - Director Emeritus
Superintendent (Retired) | Douglas County Schools
Anne Rowe
Board Member | Denver Public Schools
Angelika Schroeder, PhD
Board Member | Colorado State Board of Ed
Scott Siegfried, PhD
Superintendent | Cherry Creek Schools
George Sparks - Director Emeritus
President | Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Lee Wheeler-Berliner
Director | Colorado Workforce Development Council
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