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Board of Directors

Chair

Jon
Lehmann

Director Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Comcast Cable
Treasurer

Thomas
D.
Brinegar

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Peak Resources, Inc.

John
Barry

CEO
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Jonathan
Bender

Partner
Holland & Hart

Bruce
Caughey

Retired CASE

Kerrie
Dallman

President
Colorado Education Association

Nadia
El
Mallakh

Assistant General Council, Real Estate Team Lead
Xcel Energy

Lisa
Escarcega

Executive Director
CASE

Brian
Ewert

Superintendent
Littleton Public Schools

Lynn
Fischer

Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Kaiser Permanente

Brooke
Fleming

Senior Vice President
FirstBank

Karrie
Fletcher

President
Alpine Bank

Patty
Fontneau

President, Private Exchange Business
Cigna

Chris
Gdowski

Superintendent
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Teresa
Madden

Retired Xcel Energy

Jim
Greenwood

Operations Vice President, Vice President Wisdom
DaVita, Inc
Secretary

GG
Johnston

President
Downstream Partners

Vanecia
Kerr

Regional Executive Director
College Track

Cathy
B.
Lucas

Chief of Staff, Associate to the President for Marketing and Communications
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Nadia

El
Mallakh

Assistant General Counsel, Real Estate Team Lead
Xcel Eneregy

Dan
McMinimee

Superintendent
Jeffco Public Schools

Bruce
Messinger,
PhD

Superintendent
Boulder Valley Schools

Jennifer
Oliver

National Communication and Marketing Manager
National Task Force on Violence

Rico
Munn

Superintendent
Aurora Public Schools

Anne
Rowe

Board Member
Denver Public Schools

Scott
Siegfried,
PhD

Associate Superintendent
Cherry Creek Schools

Angelika
Schroeder,
PhD

Board Member
Colorado State Board of Ed

Robin
Wise

President and CEO
Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain, Inc.
Director Emeritus

John
W.
Low

Sherman & Howard L.L.C.
Director Emeritus

John
Nelson

Director Emeritus

Rick
O’Connell,
PhD

Superintendent (Retired)
Douglas County Schools
Director Emeritus

George
Sparks

President
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Executive Suite

Rosann B. Ward

President
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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.

Belle Faust, PhD

Executive Director of Strategic Innovations and Evaluation
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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.

Natalie Newton

Organizational Events Manager & Sr. Executive Assistant
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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

Accountant
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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.

Development and Communications

Traci Lacheta

Marketing Manager
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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.

Margot Plotz, MPA

Director of Development
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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.

Operations

Mindy Armbruster, PMP

Chief Operating Officer
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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.

Craig DeLeone

Director of Business Development
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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.

Rose Hagood, MSEd

Client Services & Events Manager
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Hagood manages the operations of local Professional Learning institutes, the execution of Professional Learning client services and works closely with the Associate Directors of Education to support the Professional Learning field staff. She collaborates with the Director of Business Development to ensure all clients have a remarkable experience with PEBC and works closely with the Director of Operations to strengthen organization-wide operations.

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.

Melissa Kircher, PMP

Director of Operations
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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.

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.

Professional Learning

Wendy Ward Hoffer, MA

Education Sr. Director, STEM Author
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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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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.

Joyce Joyce, MEd

Executive Director of Education
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Joyce has worked with PEBC for over four years, and focuses on leadership development and system improvement. She collaboratively facilitates PEBC’s Dynamic Leadership and Dynamic Schools Institutes, and provides support for leadership coaches. Joyce integrates her experience as an Adaptive Schools training associate, extensive background in advanced Cognitive Coaching, and knowledge of systems thinking, to engage leaders in cultivating and advancing organizational learning.  Joyce is a retired Community Superintendent from Jeffco Public Schools, and past president of Learning Forward Colorado.  Joyce earned her Master’s degree from Colorado State University, and her Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College.

 

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.

Moker Klaus-Quinlan, MA

Associate Director of Education
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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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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

Staff Developer
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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.

Scott Murphy, MS

Education Director
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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.

Annie Patterson, MA

Education Sr. Director, Lab Classrooms
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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.

Dana Sorensen, MA

Associate Director of Education
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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.

Cynthia Stevenson, PhD

Senior Consultant, High Performing Systems
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Stevenson recently joined PEBC as a Senior Consultant providing support to school and district leaders to impact teaching and learning, as well as school system performance. Her work will focus on building capacity in teachers and in leaders.

Prior to joining PEBC, she worked for over 41 years in public education, serving as a teacher, principal, and deputy superintendent prior to being the Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent from 2002 to 2014. She has been recognized by her peers as a former Colorado Superintendent of the Year, as well as one of four finalists for the national award. In 2013 she was selected as a national “Leader to Learn From” by Education Week. She has had numerous other leadership roles, including serving as chair of both the Denver Area School Superintendents Council and Colorado State Principals and Administrator Standards Board, and on the boards of directors of PEBC and Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation.

She earned her PhD in administration, supervision, and curriculum development from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

Boettcher Teacher Residency

Jennifer Berg, MA

Executive Assistant and Data Manager
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Berg joined PEBC in 2015 as an Executive Assistant and Data Manager for the Boettcher Teacher Residency program. 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.

Ashley Clark, MA

Recruiter
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Clark is a recruiter 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.

Lesli Cochran, MA

Associate Director
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Cochran has been affiliated with PEBC since 2005 first as a Classroom Lab Host and National Staff Developer, and now as a Clinical Field Director for the Boettcher Teacher Residency's Adaptive Leadership Degree. She will also be providing mentoring to post residency students as they navigate their transition from Boettcher Resident to Boettcher Teacher.

Cochran’s teaching experience began in 1999 in a northern Colorado middle school where she taught English to grades six, seven and eight. In 2012, Cochran began teaching at Ferguson Alternative High School where she designed and implemented a transitional program for at-risk students who had been out of the school system for a variety of reasons and were looking to return to school. Cochran earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Master’s of Arts in Reading Instruction from the University of Northern Colorado.

Lynn Crowder


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Crowder assists in coordinating events for the residency program in the rural area. Crowder is also the advisor the Boettcher Teacher Residents. She works with the residents for admission to Adams State University, registering for classes and oversees the residents’ degree plans.

Prior to working for PEBC, she worked for 12 years in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Department at Adams State University as the Program Coordinator. During that time she worked with students in the traditional on campus teacher licensing program, the on-line teacher licensing program, and the Early Childhood Education non-licensure program. She also was a facilitator with the Boettcher Teacher Residents for the past two years. Prior to working at ASU, Crowder was employed at the Alamosa High School for 14 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Adams State University.

Parker Griggs

Recruiter
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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

Stephanie Hensley, PhD

Associate Director
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Hensley oversees the Residents and Mentors throughout the rural school districts in southern Colorado. She also collaborates with the Executive Director on the selection and orientation of the rural program faculty. She is an assistant professor at Adams State University, Teacher Education Department.

Prior to joining the Residency, Hensley served as an elementary school teacher and as an Intervention Specialist in the Alamosa School District. She earned a Master’s degree, with a Reading Teacher Endorsement, and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Adams State University. Hensley is currently working on her Ph.D. in K-12 Studies in Education.

Evan Kennedy

Recruiter
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Evan joined the Boettcher Teacher Residency program in 2015. As a Recruiter, 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

Post Residency Director
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Kimpson serves as the Post Residency Director 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

Post Residency Field Coach
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Kotnis serves a Post Residence Field Director and joined the BTR 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.

Katrina Litzau, MA

Clinical Instructor
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Litzau recently joined PEBC as a clinical instructor for the Boettcher Teacher Residency and Adaptive Leadership programs. 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.

Annie Scott, MA

Recruiter
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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.

Tracy Wagers

Residency Field Director
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Wagers oversees the Residents and Mentors throughout the Metro Denver area. She also collaborates with the Executive Director on residency curriculum development and the selection and orientation of the urban program faculty.

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.

Stanley Teacher Prep

Sue Sava, MA

Director of Policy at PEBC
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Sue Sava leads the vision and executive level work for Stanley Teacher Prep. Sue also engages in policy conversations about the education system including work on the Licensing Educators for Academic Development Compact and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Community of Practice on Early Teacher Initiatives.

Sue has worked in the education field for 23 years in a range of roles including 12 years teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Stanley British Primary School. Beginning her career as a resident for Stanley Teacher Prep, Sue has served roles in mentoring, advising, coaching novice teachers, seminar design and admissions.  Sue is an instructor of child development for the residency component of University of Colorado Denver, Masters of Administration, Education and Human Development program.

Sava serves of the boards of Tollgate School of Experiential Learning, Stanley British Primary School, 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 earned a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from UCD and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University.

Lynne Forstot

Senior Education Advisor, Stanley Teacher Prep
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Lynne Forstot is a Senior Education Advisor in the Stanley Teacher Preparation Program. She supervises interns, mentors, and site coordinators at participating public and private schools. She also 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.

Lisa Higbie, MA

Teacher Preparation Coordinator, Stanley Teacher Prep
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Lisa Higbie organizes and facilitates the many aspects that go into Intern growth and development during the resident year. This includes seminar coursework design, serving as liaison with the University of Colorado Denver, and collaboration with Site Coordinators and Mentors to maintain a high level of support.

 

Higbie worked in reading instruction in Denver Public Schools prior to joining the Stanley Teacher Prep program. She graduated from the Stanley Teacher Prep Program in 2011. Higbie earned her M.A. in Educational Psychology through the University of Colorado Denver and her Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Oregon.

 

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

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.

PEBC Lab Classroom Hosts


Patrick Allen

4th Grade
Literacy
Frontier Valley Elem
Douglas Cnty School Dist.

RheaLynn Anderson

7th Grade
Social Studies
Skinner Middle School
Denver Public Schools

Val Beckler

3rd Grade
Literacy
Bill Roberts K-8 School
Denver Public Schools

Ashley Bromstrup

3rd Grade
Math/Science
Creativity Challenge Community School
Denver Public Schools

Jana Durbin

Kindergarten
Literacy
Jeffco Open School
JeffCo Public Schools

Jennifer Engbretson

10th Grade
Math
North High School
Denver Public Schools

Joshua Feiger

7th-8th Grades
Humanities
Centennial Middle School
Boulder Valley School Dist.

Rachel Gardner

4th Grade
Math/Science
STEM Launch K-8
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Lindsay Folker

4th Grade
Literacy
Park Lane Elementary
Aurora Public Schools

Carrie Halbasch

1st Grade
Math, Science
Little Elementary School
JeffCo Public Schools

Christine Jasmann

6th Grade
Language Arts
Blevins Middle School
Poudre School District

Mary Korte

1st-3rd Grades
Literacy
Jeffco Open School
JeffCo School District

Jennifer Kraus

8th Grade
English
Blevins Middle School
Poudre School District

Elizabeth Lakin

9th -12th Grade
English
North High School
Denver Public Schools

Jeffrey Lewis

3rd Grade
Science
Bill Roberts Elementary School
Denver Public Schools

Chris Martin

6th grade
Science
Skinner Middle School
Denver Public Schools

Deb Maruyama

8th Grade
Math
Skinner Middle School
Denver Public Schools

Susan McIver

1st Grade
Literacy
Little Elementary
JeffCo Public Schools

Ryan McKillop

9th Grade
Social Studies
North High School
Denver Public Schools

Ana Mettler

1st-3rd Grades
Literacy
Jeffco Open School
JeffCo Public Schools

Veronica Moreno

2nd Grade
Literacy
Centennial Elementary Elementary
Denver Public Schools

Caitlin Moore

3rd Grade
Math/Science
Bill Roberts Elementary School
Denver Public Schools

Suzanne Nisely

4th Grade
Literacy
Van Arsdale Elementary
Jefferson County Public Schools

Andrea Overton

4th Grade
Math/Science
STEM Launch K-8
Adams 12 Five Star Schools

Rachel Rosenberg

5th Grade
Math, Science
Hallett Elementary
Denver Public Schools

Jamie Salturelli

4th Grade
Literacy
Bill Roberts K-8 School
Denver Public Schools

Allison Sampish

Kindergarten
Literacy
Fall River Elementary
St. Vrain School District

Kathy Sampson

7th-8th Grade
Math
Preston Middle School
Poudre School District

Erika Schenck

9th-12th
Science
North High School
Denver Public Schools

Tracey Shaw

9th-11th Grades
Math
Smoky Hill High School
Cherry Creek Schools

Tami Thompson

5th Grade
Math/Science
Van Arsdale Elementary
Jefferson County Public Schools

Shannon Umberger

3rd Grade
Math/Science
Bill Roberts Elementary School
Denver Public Schools

Alisa Wills-Keely

9th-10th Grades
Literacy
Smoky Hill High School
Cherry Creek Schools
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