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PEBC Staff

Mindy Armbruster, PMP

Chief Operating Officer
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720-502-4322

Armbruster has overseen Operations for the past five years, and has been with PEBC since 2005. She manages the organization’s operational and strategic growth initiatives.

Armbruster’s background includes marketing, development and operations management, and she worked for ten years in various marketing positions in the tourism and financial industries in Philadelphia and Washington, DC at Capital One Financial and Spirit Cruises. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Pet Pantry, an organization that provides temporary food assistance for the pets of families in need. Armbruster earned her Bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University.

Scott Andel, CPA CGMA

Chief Financial Officer
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720-502-4328
Mr. Andel is the Chief Financial Officer of the organization and manages all financial and accounting activities of PEBC. In addition, he is involved in the strategic vision and growth planning for the group. Prior to PEBC, he was the CFO for several companies, and grew them rapidly from the startup phase to maturity. Scott is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is also a member of the Colorado Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. Mr. Andel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Columbia College.

Joyce Barkey

Field Coach, Northeast Residency
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Jennifer Berg, MA

Program Manager, Boettcher Teacher Residency
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720-863-1348
Berg joined PEBC in 2015. In her current role as Program Manager for the Boettcher Teacher Residency program, Berg manages program operations. Prior to joining PEBC, she taught for two years in Atlanta as a Teach For America Corps Member; worked as a Grants Manager at a multi-service non-profit in Manhattan; and managed an after-school program in the Bronx. Berg received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Master’s degree in Education Policy from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Mary Helen Cammack

Field Coach, Southwest Residency
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Carla Casalino

Office Coordinator
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720-502-4323
Casalino manages the day to day operations within the office. She also provides administrative support to several members of the executive team. 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.

Ashley Clark, MA

Recruitment & Admissions Manager
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720-377-3932
Clark is a Recruitment and Admissions Manager for the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program. She joined the team in 2015 with a focus on coordinating the recruitment and admissions process for resident candidates. Clark is a native Illinoisan with a background in non-profit development. She graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts in English prior to serving in Denver Public Schools as a City Year corps member. Following her year of service, she received a Master of Arts in English from Loyola University of Chicago and gained experience recruiting, marketing and fundraising at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Clark chose to return to Denver in the hopes of making a positive impact on the education system with the Boettcher Teacher Residency.

Kari Colley, PhD

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Residency
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720-377-2976
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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Craig DeLeone

Associate Executive Director of Business Development
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720-502-4325

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.

Jan DeSautell

Field Coach, San Luis Valley Residency
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Belle Faust, PhD

Executive Director of Strategic Innovations and Evaluation
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720-502-4330

Faust collaborates with Executive Directors and Associate Directors across the organization to align our work with research and evaluation initiatives that demonstrate the impact of PEBC.

Faust has over nineteen years of experience in higher education and non-profit administration. She earned a Ph.D. in Quantitative Research Methods, a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver.

Lynne Forstot

Field Coach, Urban Residency
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720-377-3704

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.

Sarah Glover, MA

Associate Executive Director of Education, Residency
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720-377-3729
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.

Parker Griggs

Recruiter & Admissions Coordinator
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720-377-3745
Parker Griggs is a member of the recruitment team for the Boettcher Teacher Residency. Prior to joining the Boettcher team, Parker was a member of training and management teams for restaurants in both Denver and Boulder. While working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Parker was also given the opportunity to become a marketing intern for a Denver Technology start up

Kyle Gunnels

Senior Director of Communications
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720-377-3551

Rose Hagood, MSEd

Program Manager, Professional Learning
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720-502-4327
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.

Lindsay Hall

Clinical Instructor
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720-377-3412
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.

Wendy Ward Hoffer, MA

Education Sr. Director, STEM Author
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720-863-1213

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.

Michelle Morris Jones, MA

Education Director
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720-502-4331

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.

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

Recruitment & Admissions Manager
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720-377-3749
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 & Post Residency Coordinator
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720-863-1269
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.

Melissa Kircher, PMP

Associate Executive Director of Operations
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720-502-4326

Kircher focuses on creating an exceptional client experience. She develops and directs the operational system and procedures that support the delivery of PEBC’s professional development work. She is responsible for coordinating all local and national project staffing and supporting field staff in the operational aspects of their work with clients.

Kircher’s work background includes product management, marketing, sales and event production in the private sector. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Wyoming.

Moker Klaus-Quinlan, MA

Associate Executive Director of Professional Learning
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720-502-4338

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.

Kristie Krier

Education Director
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720-598-5034
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.

Emily Kotnis

Field Coach, Urban Residency
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720-377-2942

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.

Heather Kuzma, MA

Staff Developer
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720-377-3553
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.

Traci Lacheta

Director of Special Projects
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720-502-4321

Lacheta joined PEBC in 2012, supporting several aspects of development and managing special events. Her role has since expanded to include marketing activities for the entire organization.

Lacheta grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Denver in 2010. Prior to joining PEBC, she worked for 14 years in the private sector in various financial planning and analysis roles. She worked in multiple industries including consumer products, agriculture and health care. She recently served on the Board of Directors of Social Venture Partners Denver. Lacheta earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Iowa.

Andy Lebovich, MA

Business Development Manager
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720-598-5031

Katrina Litzau, MA

Clinical Instructor, Residency
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720-377-2714
Litzau joined PEBC as a clinical instructor for the Boettcher Teacher Residency. She has a deep belief in intentional and job-embedded professional learning. 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, instruction 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.

Jessamyn Lockhart, MA

Director of Rural Residency
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720-598-5035
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.

Karen Lowenstein

Director of Policy
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720-257-5390

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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Rachele McCawley Robertson, MA

Director of Urban Residency
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720-377-0940
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

Education Director
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720-377-3552
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.

Natalie Newton

Chief of Staff
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720-502-4320

Newton has worked at PEBC for 7 years, and manages the daily operations of the office including purchasing, scheduling, travel arrangements, accounting support, special events, and providing general administrative support to the President, CFO and PEBC Board.

Newton has over eighteen years of experience in the education sector having worked in the Aspen School District and at the Logan School for Creative Learning in Denver. Newton earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Psychology from Michigan State University, and is a Notary Public in the State of Colorado.

Renee Ostuni

Accounting Manager
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720-598-5024
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

Education Sr. Director, Lab Classrooms
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720-257-5402

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.

Margot Plotz, MPA

Executive Director of Development
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720-502-4324
Plotz leads the vision and strategic direction for the development and fundraising programs at PEBC. This includes understanding the funding priorities and policy at the federal and state levels, in addition to national and local foundations, for alignment with the organization. Before joining PEBC, she was with McREL International, leading the development efforts to generate new business and revenue to support the long-term financial stability of the organization. She also served as an academic policy officer and administrative and grants coordinator for the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Plotz holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.

Hannah Popkin

Professional Learning Program Coordinator
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720-598-5023

Sue Sava, MA

Chief Policy Officer
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720-598-5025
Sava leads the vision for PEBC's policy work. She participates on the Colorado Education Preparation Innovation Coalition, state and national ESSA convenings including the CO Spoke for Effective Instruction and Leadership, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Community of Practice on Early Teacher Initiatives. Sava led the vision and executive level work for Stanley Teacher Prep. Stanley Teacher Prep is merged with Boettcher Teacher Residency to become the largest residency model in Colorado. Sava has worked in the education field for over 24 years in a range of roles including 12 years teaching at Stanley British Primary School. Sue has instructed child development courses for the residency component of University of Colorado Denver, Masters of Administration, Education and Human Development program. Sava serves on several metro Denver school boards, is a founding design team member of Joe Shoemaker School and is the current President of the Board for SOAR charter school in DPS. Sava also serves on University of Northern Colorado’s Board for the Rural Teaching Center and Metro State University’s founding advisory board to the School of Education. Sava earned a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from UCD and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University.

Annie Scott, MA

Recruiter & Admissions Coordinator
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720-502-4332
Annie joined the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program in the summer of 2016. As a recruiter, Annie is excited to recruit in the Denver Metro area, learning more about how to find committed and passionate teachers. Previous to working at Boettcher Teacher Residency, Annie worked as a lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Paddington Station Preschool. Annie completed the Stanley Teacher Preparation Program in 2013-2014 which has provided her with great insight on how to recruit for the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program. Annie graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in 2016 receiving her Masters in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Human Development. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Educational Foundations with an emphasis on Elementary Education from the University of Oregon.

Lisa Scott, MA

Residency & Alumni Manager
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720-598-5030
As the Residency and Alumni Manager, Higbie coordinates residency communication and events and manages alumni relations. Prior to PEBC, Higbie worked in reading instruction in Denver Public Schools. She is a graduate of the Stanley Teacher Preparation Program (which merged with the Boettcher Teacher Residency in 2015). Higbie earned her Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Oregon and her M.A. in Educational Psychology through the University of Colorado Denver.

Jonathan Sisk

Director of Technology
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Sisk has worked with PEBC for over seven years, 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. 

Sisk has studied Chemical Engineering and operates his own technology company.

Dana Sorensen, MA

Associate Director of Education
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720-377-2757

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.

Jocelyn Stephens, MEd

Executive Director of Education
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720-502-4335
Jocelyn J. Stephens most recently held the role of P-20 Learning Community Director for Aurora Public Schools, an urban, highly diverse school district serving approximately 36,000 students from 130 countries with 120 different languages. She led a network of mostly Title I schools, principals and district support team members within a cross-functional learning community structure designed to decentralize support to schools in order to accelerate student achievement for every student, every day. As an established Educational Leader with over 17 years of demonstrated P-12 instructional and strategic leadership experience, Jocelyn combines collaborative professional learning structures, school turnaround strategies and Design Thinking practices to raise greater awareness and to engage culturally responsive, strategic action to address critical educational dilemmas such as systematic inequities in closing the equity and achievement gaps for all students. Prior to working as a director, Jocelyn served as an elementary teacher, K-8 and high school assistant principal and as an elementary principal. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, from the University of South Florida, an M.A. in Education in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver, state of Colorado certificates in Elementary Education and K-12 Principal Leadership, and post graduate work in Reading Development from Walden University.

Tracy Wagers, MH

Field Coach, Urban Residency
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720-257-5357

Wagers coaches new teachers in the Metro Denver area through the Boettcher Teacher Residency.

Prior to joining the Residency, Wagers served as a School Director of Humanex Academy, an alternative middle and high school for students with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. In addition, she has over eleven years’ experience working in special education, gifted and talented, and secondary language arts. She earned a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver, and Bachelor’s degree in English from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Rosann B. Ward

President & CEO
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Ward has served as President for the past 11 years, and has been with PEBC since 1996. During this time Ward has led the expansion of its professional development work with educators to a national scale, as well as helped to launch and expand the Boettcher Teacher Residency.

Prior to joining PEBC, Ward served as a staff member for Colorado Governor Roy Romer, implementing a statewide adult literacy initiative. Ward also worked in the New York publishing industry as a marketing and editorial specialist at Random House and Simon & Schuster, and as an associate publisher at Atlantic Monthly Press.

She has served on the Board of Directors of SOAR Charter School and currently serves the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning (RMSEL) Board. Recently she served on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s LEAD Compact Working Group regarding teacher licensing, and was an appointee and chair of the Colorado Quality Teachers Commission.

Ward earned a Bachelor’s degree in Classics at Hofstra University, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate.

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.

Kirsten Myers-Blake, MA

Staff Developer


Kirsten focuses on staff development around best instructional practices in reading, writing, and math. She co-authored two of PEBC’s Institutes: Making the Workshop Work and Foundations in Literacy. In addition to these, she co-facilitates Foundations in Numeracy, Math Institutes, ITS and TSI. Kirsten has taught in Colorado, South Carolina and New York. While in New York, Kirsten worked closely with the Reading and Writing Project while earning her Master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is passionate about cultivating a love for the minds of children as well as their future.

Emily Quinty

Staff Developer


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.

Carla Randall, MA

Staff Developer


Carla is a staff developer and elementary instructional coach. She works with teachers to build community, implement workshop models, and integrate thinking strategies into language arts, math, science and social studies curriculums. Carla facilitates lab classrooms for Thinking Strategy and Math Institutes and is a presenter of Investigating Thinking Strategies, a traveling institute. Carla has been working with PEBC for twelve years following 34 years of teaching in Colorado public schools.

Barbara Rodriguez

Leadership Coach


Barb focuses on leadership coaching and works side by side with principals helping them develop systems and structures of shared leadership. Barb uses her extensive experience with Cognitive Coaching to support principals in building leadership teams that empower teachers to transform into leaders as well as developing plans to ensure initiatives that are created are also integrated into the school culture. Barb plays a vital role in supporting the leadership teams in creating and enhancing procedures for professional development and internal communication. Barb is a retired administrator from Jefferson County Public Schools. She earned her Master’s degree from Regis University and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming. Her Administrative degree was earned from UCD.

Dave Schmid, MA

Leadership Coach


Stevie Townsend, PhD

Staff Developer


Stevie joined PEBC as a staff developer in 2012. Stevie has devoted her career to the support of students and teachers in the process of learning. She integrates her own classroom experience and linguistic expertise to provide instructional coaching for teachers, students, and principals. She uses her early experience as an elementary school principal to inform and provide understanding regarding educational organization and systems. After Stevie completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Leadership at the University of Denver, she taught at the University of Colorado Denver in the School of Education and Human Development for 16 years. During that time, she designed and instructed elementary reading and writing courses; mentored teachers, student teachers, and principals in University Partner Schools. She is currently a Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado Denver and a National Staff Developer for PEBC.

Sathya Wandzek, MA

Staff Developer
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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.

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.

Kristin Venable

Senior Staff Developer


Sammye Wheeler-Clouse

Leadership Coach


Dr. Wheeler-Clouse is an expert in school leadership, school improvement, classroom instruction, curriculum, and assessment specifically focused on turnaround schools. She has 36 years in education, working directly with school, district, and teacher leaders on improving student achievement through research-based best practices, transitioning to the common core, and applying effective evaluation to meet standards. As an educational consultant, she has supported school and district leaders in Minnesota, West Virginia, Missouri, Colorado, California, North Carolina, Canada, and Saipan on implementing systemic initiatives to continuous school improvement. In addition, she specializes in supporting school leaders to manage the complexity of change with emphasis on building capacity for shared leadership, data use, and implementation. She coaches both turnaround district leaders and school principals on effective skills in order to improve student learning and teacher effectiveness.

Sue Wilson

Staff Developer


“What kinds of thinkers do we want our students to be? And how do we create learning conditions for students to be thinkers?” Those are the kinds of questions Sue explores with teachers, coaches, and district leaders as a staff developer in Colorado and nationally. She has worked as a classroom teacher, a content curriculum specialist in Jefferson County Public Schools, and as an adjunct professor in the areas of curriculum/instruction and teacher leadership. Sue earned her Master of Arts in Education from Regis University in Denver and her Bachelor degree from the University of Colorado.

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.

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Thomas D. Brinegar - Chair
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Celiena Adcock
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John Barry
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Jonathan Bender
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Bruce Caughey
Retired CASE
Kerrie Dallman
President | Colorado Education Association
Nadia El Mallakh
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Brian Ewert
Superintendent | Littleton Public Schools
Lynn Fischer
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Chris Gdowski
Superintendent | Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Jason Glass, PhD
Superintendent | Jeffco Public Schools
Katie Kaufmanis
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Teresa Madden
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Jim Greenwood
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GG Johnston - Secretary
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Jon Lehmann
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Cathy B. Lucas
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Rico Munn
Superintendent | Aurora Public Schools
Anne Rowe
Board Member | Denver Public Schools
Scott Siegfried, PhD
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Angelika Schroeder, PhD
Board Member | Colorado State Board of Ed
Cindy Stevenson, PhD
Interim Superintendent | Boulder Valley Schools
John W. Low - Director Emeritus
Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
John Nelson - Director Emeritus
Rick O’Connell, PhD - Director Emeritus
Superintendent (Retired) | Douglas County Schools
George Sparks - Director Emeritus
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