TEAM

PEBC's team of educators and learners are renowned as leaders in their fields, with decades of direct experience in schools as well as deep knowledge of theory and best practices.

PEBC Staff

Sue Sava
PRESIDENT & CEO

Sue Sava, MA
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Kari Colley
Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Kari Colley
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Brian Crowther
San Luis Valley Field Manager

Brian Crowther
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Craig DeLeone
Senior Director of Business Development

Craig DeLeone
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Lynne Forstot
Manager of ECE Initiative

Lynne Forstot
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Rose Hagood
Director of Operations

Rose Hagood
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Lindsay Hall
Manager of Resident Development

Lindsay Hall
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MANAGER OF RESIDENT DEVELOPMENT

Jenny Hochmiller
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Wendy Ward Hoffer
Senior Director of Content Development & Publications

Wendy Ward Hoffer
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CONTROLLER

Jeff Johnson
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Michelle Morris Jones
Senior Director of Professional Development Design

Michelle Morris Jones
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John Kearney
Director of Recruitment and Alumni Engagement

John Kearney
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Ellin Oliver Keen
Senior Consultant, Professional Learning

Ellin Oliver Keene
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Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Policy

Evan Kennedy
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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Brittany Kindgren
she/her/hers

Senior Director of Professional Learning

Moker Klaus-Quinlan
she/her/hers

Senior Program Manager - TEACH Colorado

Annette Konoske-Graf
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Heather Kuzma
Director of Amplified Learning

Heather Kuzma
she/her/hers

Katrina Litzau
Manager of Resident Development

Katrina Litzau
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Jessamyn Lockhart
Senior Director of Residency

Jessamyn Lockhart
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Rachele McCawley Robertson
Director of Clinical Experiences

Rachele McCawley Robertson
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Kim McGrigg
Director of Communications

Kim McGrigg
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Brianna Mestas
DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

Brianna Mestas
she/her/ella

Scott Murphy
DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP

Scott Murphy
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Annie Patterson
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF LAB NETWORKS

Annie Patterson
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SOUTHWEST FIELD MANAGER

Joe Pecorino
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Mike Neustedter
MANAGER OF RESIDENT DEVELOPMENT

Julian Roldan
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Program and Event Manager

Ashley Ruhl
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RECRUITMENT MANAGER

Annie Scott
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Lisa Scott
Program Manager

Lisa Scott
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Jon Sisk
Director of Technology

Jonathan Sisk
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Dana Sorensen
Senior Director of High Performing Systems

Dana Sorensen
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Lindsey Thomson
Eagle County Field Manger

Lindsey Thomson
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Tracy Wagers
Manager of Resident Development

Tracy Wagers
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Sathya Wandzek
Director of Field Staff Collaboration

Sathya Wandzek
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PRESIDENT & CEO

Sue Sava, MA
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Sue Sava is a fourth generation teacher who is passionate about elevating teacher voice in policy and uplifting the status of the profession. Sue joined PEBC in 2015 as the Executive Director of Stanley Teacher Prep. She then became Vice President and Chief Policy Officer and has been instrumental in leading the vision for PEBC’s policy work. She was named president & CEO, unanimously by the PEBC Board of Directors, in July 2019.  Sue led the vision and executive level work for Stanley Teacher Prep, which merged with Boettcher Teacher Residency in 2015 to become the most effective residency model in Colorado. Sava has worked in education for more than 28 years in a range of roles including 12 years teaching at Stanley British Primary School.  Sue earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from UCD and a Bachelors’ degree in History from Princeton University. Outside of work, Sava enjoys practicing yoga and spending time in the mountains with her family. Favorite children’s book: The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor.

Email:[email protected].org

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 137

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Kari Colley
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As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Kari Colley oversees the development and facilitation of curriculum across PEBC’s Teacher Residency program.

Prior to PEBC, Kari worked in public and private elementary schools in Colorado and California as a classroom teacher, EdTech consultant, and a research assistant. She earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Diego.

Kari finds her balance enjoying the Colorado outdoors with her husband and three young boys- from camping to hiking, she is happiest exploring and living life with her family.

Favorite children’s book: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 132

San Luis Valley Field Manager

Brian Crowther
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Brian Crowther is the San Luis Valley Regional Field Manager, clinical instructor and field coach. Prior to joining PEBC in 2017 Brian worked as a High School Business Teacher, Elementary Principal and Superintendent of Schools. He is also currently an Interim Superintendent part time at Sargent School District in the San Luis Valley. When not working with teachers and schools you can find him riding his motorcycle, gardening, raising animals, or spending time with family and friends.

Senior Director of Business Development

Craig DeLeone
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Craig oversees business development efforts related to PEBC’s professional learning and teacher residency program opportunities including: job-embedded coaching, lab classrooms, courses and institutes. He manages both new and current customer inquires, writes and executes contracts, and works with clients on budgets and grant opportunities. Craig loves working with teachers and school leaders to develop professional development plans and bringing those plans to life.

Originally from Connecticut, Craig came to Colorado in 1996 to pursue his degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He currently lives in Denver with his wife, Karen and his 3 dogs. When Craig isn’t in the office, you can find him playing drums in his bands or hiking the Front Range.

Favorite children’s book: The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 111

Manager of ECE Initiative

Lynne Forstot
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Lynne Forstot is the Manager of Early Childhood Education (ECE) Initiatives. She has taught students between the ages of preschool to sixth grade, in both public and private schools.

Lynne joined PEBC in 2014, when the Stanley Teacher Preparation Program merged with the PEBC Teacher Residency.  She has mentored and coached residents and teachers.  She works to develop classrooms where equity and individuals are valued.  Lynne supports teachers to create classroom environments where students can engage in meaningful learning experiences to achieve higher levels of competence. She has also taught communication workshops to parents and teachers.

In her spare time, Lynne loves spending time with her grandchildren and extended family, reading, traveling,  and attending the theater.

Favorite children’s book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 143

Director of Operations

Rose Hagood
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Rose Hagood leads day-to-day operations at PEBC. She implements and oversees organizational systems and processes. Rose provides strategic and operational direction as well as project management to PEBC initiatives, services, programs, and program evaluation. Before coming to PEBC, Rose worked as the Program Associate at CulturalDC and has a worked in a variety of education and arts organizations in Denver, Washington, D.C., and New York.

Rose has a master’s degree in art education from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and art history from Northern Arizona University.

When she is not in the office, Rose enjoys cooking, crafting, traveling and spending time with her husband, two kids, seven chickens and very energetic cattle dog (all while drinking lots of coffee).

Favorite children’s book: The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 117

Manager of Resident Development

Lindsay Hall
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As a Clinical Instructor, Lindsay helps to plan and facilitate the licensure coursework for pre-service teachers in the PEBC Residency program. Prior to joining PEBC, Lindsay worked as a high school social studies teacher. She holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Colorado State University. When Lindsay is not working with residents, she is often cooking, water skiing and surfing, gardening, or exploring her beautiful home state with her husband, daughter, and two boxer pups.

Favorite children’s book: Corduroy by Don Freeman

Email: [email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 133

MANAGER OF RESIDENT DEVELOPMENT

Jenny Hochmiller
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Jenny Hochmiller is a Manager of Resident Development, meaning she supports the teacher preparation work with the urban cohort at PEBC, providing high quality instruction and coaching to teachers who are working towards their licensure across the entire front range.  She holds a strong passion for building out a strong teacher pipeline for schools, ensuring new teachers are met with the full support they need to thrive within their profession, and being a champion for equity within every school environment & educator she supports.  

Prior to joining PEBC, Jenny spent a decade in the Montbello community (Montbello High School & Northeast Early College), working as an educator in a diverse range of roles – teacher (Math, English Language Development, Special Education), track & cross country coach, teacher coach, and assistant principal.  

Jenny earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematical Sciences (also studying Spanish, Teaching English as a Second Language, & Secondary Education) from the University of Northern Colorado.  She earned her graduate degree in Leadership of Educational Organizations from the University of Colorado Denver.

In her spare time, Jenny loves going on adventures with her husband Ryan and their daughters Ariana and Raegan.  This includes getting outdoors, exploring the city, and being in community with family and friends.

Favorite children’s book: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

Senior Director of Content Development & Publications

Wendy Ward Hoffer
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Wendy Ward Hoffer, PEBC’s Senior Director of Content Development and Publications, believes that math education is an important lever for civil rights activism. She designs and presents professional learning for teachers at all levels and across the curriculum focused on creating learning opportunities that honor students’ thinking. Wendy, a proud nerd, is the author of five books on teaching for understanding and the co-creator of PEBC’s math and science institutes, as well as many of our newest online courses. 

Prior to her work with PEBC, Wendy taught middle school math and science at Expeditionary Learning schools, where she earned National Board Certification. Originally from Los Angeles, Wendy is the daughter of an immigrant, attended Dartmouth College, and earned her masters degree in education from Stanford University. 

Wendy loves to swim, sing in Sanskrit, crush the New York Times mini-crossword and, above all, spend time with her teenage children.

Favorite children’s book: One Grain of Rice by Demi

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 115

CONTROLLER

Jeff Johnson
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Senior Director of Professional Development Design

Michelle Morris Jones
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Michelle Morris Jones supports teachers, leaders, and systems to create professional learning opportunities that promote agency, ensure equity, and foster understanding for each and every learner.  She believes that learners deserve to experience learning opportunities that provide intellectual bite while being meaningful, asset-based, and culturally sustaining. 

As the Director of Professional Learning Design, Michelle supports action planning, course development, institute design, and publications that lead to learner inspiration and innovation. She co-facilitates the Thinking Strategies Institute, Making the Workshop Work, Impact Facilitation and teaches a handful of online courses related to the PEBC Teaching Framework.  When she’s not working with teammates or clients she is producing PEBC’s Phenomenal Teaching Podcast which strives to share the stories of how teachers, leaders, and authors are teaching for agency, equity and understanding. Michelle is committed to expanding her understanding of culturally sustaining and responsive pedagogy and bringing others into this important conversation.

She received her degree in Communication Disorders & Speech Science along with an Elementary Education Certification from CU Boulder. After teaching in a variety of urban settings Michelle earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy, Language and Culture from CU Denver which elevated her understanding of the importance of creating equitable systems and structures for students and teachers so that everyone has access to high quality learning opportunities. 

In her spare time Michelle and her husband enjoy spending time with their young adult and teenage children, sports, gardening, and reading great books. 

Favorite children’s book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 124

Director of Recruitment and Alumni Engagement

John Kearney
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John Kearney serves as The Director of Recruitment and Alumni Engagement for the PEBC Teacher Residency.  In that capacity, he works to recruit a talented and diverse cohort of pre-service teachers in urban and rural settings throughout Colorado as well as support the vast network of PEBC alumni.  

Prior to joining PEBC, John taught middle and high school social studies in the Aurora Public Schools. During his time as a classroom teacher John served as a mentor teacher in the PEBC Teacher Residency. He holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications from Elon University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from The University of Colorado-Denver.

John enjoys college basketball, golf, and getting up to the mountains with his wife and daughter. 

Favorite children’s book: What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 114

Senior Consultant, Professional Learning

Ellin Oliver Keene
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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.

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Policy

Evan Kennedy
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Evan Kennedy has spent the past 10 years working with mission-driven nonprofit organizations in the education sector, helping develop the structures, processes, and partnerships that lead to positive outcomes for students and communities. At PEBC, Evan focuses on partnerships and sustainability for the PEBC Teacher Residency. Additionally, Evan represents PEBC on various statewide working groups and advisory boards, and in the policy space, helping to elevate the voice of teachers, business leaders, schools, and systems in support of legislation to strengthen Colorado’s K-12 system. Prior to joining PEBC, Evan served as Program Director for Playworks in Northern California.  

Originally from Middletown, Connecticut, Evan holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science from Quinnipiac University, and was an Education Policy Fellow at the School of Public Affairs at UC Denver in 2018. A voracious reader and avid explorer, you can find Evan playing and relaxing in all corners of the Centennial State, especially if there is a good disc golf course nearby. He lives in Denver with his beautiful wife, their dog, and two increasingly feral children.

Favorite children’s book: Drawn Together by Minh Lê

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 148

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Brittany Kindgren
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As the Administrative Assistant at PEBC, Brittany will assist the President/CEO with administrative tasks and facilitates communication, scheduling, and other miscellaneous tasks or projects. She brings years of experience as a Family Liaison, Educational Consultant, and Kindergarten Assistant and a BS in Elementary Education to the team. Brittany is a Denver native who attended University of Vermont and spent 4 years living in Boston before moving back to the Colorado sunshine. Outside of her work at PEBC, you can find Brittany running, skiing, hiking, or traveling with her husband, son, and loyal yellow lab.

Favorite Childrens’ Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 107

Senior Director of Professional Learning

Moker Klaus-Quinlan
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Moker Klaus-Quinlan partners with teachers, teams, schools, and districts through coaching, facilitation, and professional learning.  Relentlessly asset-focused, she has worked with K-12 educators across all content areas, in Colorado and nationally, since 2003. . She leads the Effective Mentoring & Coaching Institute, co-facilitates the Math Institute, and is a designer/instructor for PEBC’s 45-hour CLDE relicensure course. She brings her experience teaching elementary and middle school, serving as a reading specialist, ELL/CLD coordinator, mentor teacher, instructional coach, and adjunct professor. Co-leader of PEBC’s Equitable Practices Initiative, Moker is passionate about engaging educators in the pursuit of student agency and equity and facilitating learning around culturally responsive/sustaining education practices.

Moker achieved 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.  Moker loves rooting for her daughters at their sporting events and listening to audiobooks while walking her dogs.

Favorite children’s book: Life by Cynthia Rylant

Senior Program Manager - TEACH Colorado

Annette Konoske-Graf
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Annette Konoske-Graf is the Senior Program Manager of TEACH Colorado, of which PEBC is a proud partner. Launched in 2019, TEACH Colorado is a statewide, cross-sector initiative aimed at improving the quality and diversity of Colorado’s teacher pipeline. Annette has worked in a variety of education and philanthropic organizations in San Diego, New York, and Washington D.C. She spent two years teaching ninth- and tenth-grade English literature in Little Haiti, Miami. Annette was named runner-up as Miami-Dade County’s 2013 Rookie Teacher of the Year. As an education policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, she worked with more than 65 leading education organizations on the TeachStrong initiative, building partnerships to elevate the teaching profession.

Annette has master’s degrees in journalism and international affairs from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a board member of Friends of Profamil Haiti, Haiti’s leading reproductive health organization. When Annette is not in the office, she enjoys live music, writing letters, hiking, and random acts of kindness.

Favorite children’s book: Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon

Director of Amplified Learning

Heather Kuzma
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Heather Kuzma 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.

Favorite children’s book: Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 139

Manager of Resident Development

Katrina Litzau
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Katrina Litzau is a Manager of Resident Development with the PEBC Teacher Residency.  With a focus on culturally responsive pedagogy, she brings research based practices into the coaching and instructional spaces.  Katrina is committed to creating space for teacher residents to flourish into outstanding teachers.  

Prior to PEBC, Katrina served staff and students in Adams 12 Schools as a professional learning specialist, instructional coach, and intermediate teacher in Title 1 schools.  

Currently, Katrina is pursuing an Ed.D. in Leadership for Educational Equity at the University of Colorado – Denver.  The focus of her DRP is on the development of mentor identity centered on mentors in the PEBC Teacher Residency.  

Katrina’s reason for working for social justice is found in her daughter as she strives to create an equitable future.  She is the chauffeur for music lessons, theater rehearsals, volleyball practice and anywhere else her daughter needs to go.  In between, she might find a little to be creative, read, and cook for family and friends.

Favorite children’s book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 127

Senior Director of Residency

Jessamyn Lockhart
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In her role as Senior Director of Residency, Jessamyn Lockhart oversees the PEBC Teacher Residency program across the state. This includes working with all of the brilliant urban and rural residency staff to ensure programmatic excellence and sustainability.

Jessamyn is a graduate of Stanley Teacher Prep and prior to joining PEBC in 2015, taught 1st and 2nd grade at Mountain Phoenix Community School, a Waldorf Charter School in Jefferson County. Jessamyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tufts University, a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver and recently earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Denver. Jessamyn’s dissertation, entitled “Excerpts from Silence – Radical Critical Feminism and Adolescent Girls’ Social Emotional Development: A Case Study of Red River Middle School”, analyzed the ways in which dominant patriarchal structures in America influence our educational system and how schools can disrupt systems of oppression through intentional curricular choices.

In her free time, you can find Jessamyn and her husband introducing their young son to all of the natural wonders of the outdoors through trail running, backpacking, and kayaking.

Favorite children’s book: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 146

Director of Clinical Experiences

Rachele McCawley Robertson
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Rachele McCawley Robertson is the PEBC Teacher Residency’s Director of Clinical Experiences. She collaborates with various residency stakeholders across Colorado to ensure support for PEBC Teacher Residents in their classroom placements through mentorship and coaching. Robertson joined PEBC in 2016 as a field coach in the Denver metro area.

Prior to joining PEBC, Robertson taught high school science at William Smith High School, a project-based Expeditionary Learning high school serving a diverse population of learners, in Aurora, CO. She was also formerly a resident in PEBC’s residency program and has served as a mentor teacher for two teacher residents. She knows firsthand the power of the residency model in preparing new teachers to meet the needs of their students and is extremely grateful that she gets to work to support new teachers entering the profession as her day job.

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.

Favorite children’s book: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 126

Director of Communications

Kim McGrigg
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Kim McGrigg has dedicated her career to nonprofits that focus on helping people reach their potential. 

As the senior communications and operations director for PEBC, Kim oversees external and internal communications. In addition to advising and collaborating with staff regarding external communication, writing content, and creating collateral, she also provides vision and strategic direction to the organization’s leadership team. 

Prior to joining PEBC, Kim served as the senior director of communication for Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain. Kim earned her master’s degree in mass communication from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Since becoming an empty-nester, Kim’s favorite out-of-office activity is hitting the hiking trails with her husband and their four legged friends.

Favorite children’s book: Ish by Peter H. Renyolds

Email:[email protected]

Phone: 303.861.8661 ext. 112

DIRECTOR OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

Brianna Mestas
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Brianna Mestas is an alumna of the PEBC Teacher Residency Program. She completed the program in 2008 and then returned to the PEBC community as a Clinical Instructor and Instructional Coach with the residency in 2018. 

After two years of training culturally responsive pre-service teachers, Brianna transitioned into the role of  Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), where she supports the organization in systems change efforts. 

She attended CU Boulder where she studied Ethnic Studies and Sociology. She conducted an honors thesis on Queer Xicana Student Activism. She is currently a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Denver, where she also earned her MA. Her research focuses on the intersections of social justice, elementary education, and teacher preparation.  

In her spare time, Brianna loves supporting local music, embarking on paddle boarding adventures, building comunidad, and spending time with loved ones. 

Favorite children’s book: We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

Mail:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 119

DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP

Scott Murphy
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Scott Murphy is forever an educator who believes in the power of every person, school and community in which he partners.  In his mission of every person a capable scholar, leader and learner, he supports school and district leaders to create empowering environments worthy of each and every student and teacher.  His work toward equitable communities and practices leads Scott to efforts in Kentucky, Wyoming, Idaho and across the rural and urban parts of our great state of Colorado.

Scott has walked the educator path as an Language Arts teacher, principal, coach and director in public schools for 30 years.  He is the author of the Future Protocol for visioning with organizations and facilitates various leadership labs with PEBC.  He earned his masters in communication from University of Colorado and his bachelors in English from San Jose State University in California where he grew up.  When not in schools, Scott can be found with family and friends climbing rocks, skiing, biking or playing guitar around a campfire.

Scott writes many blogs about leadership and schools which can be found on LinkedIn:  Scott Murphy

Favorite children’s book: The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 138

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF LAB NETWORKS

Annie Patterson
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Annie Patterson, Senior Director of Education, leads the PEBC Lab Network and has led extensive work with schools and systems to develop classrooms that bring equity, agency, and understanding to life in K-12 classrooms both locally and nationally. She is a lifelong learner who focuses on designing professional learning that brings learning communities together to create classrooms worthy of students. Through facilitating and coaching, Annie works closely with teachers, instructional coaches, and district leaders to customize professional learning to increase student achievement for each and every learner. A co-facilitator of the Thinking Strategies Institute, Investigating Thinking Strategies, Annie also leads teacher inquiry groups that focus on argument writing. 

Annie joined the PEBC in 2002 and brings over 31 years of experience in education. A former middle school teacher, Annie taught Language Arts, reading, social studies and math. She earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Reading and Writing, from the University of Colorado. She is the recipient of the 2012 O’Rourke Award from Learning Forward Colorado for distinguished achievement in educator staff development. When she isn’t learning in a classroom, Annie loves spending time hiking with her family and her dog, Henry.

Favorite children’s book: The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 110

SOUTHWEST FIELD MANAGER

Joe Pecorino
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Joe Pecorino joined PEBC in the fall of 2020 as Southwest Field Manager for the PEBC Residency Program.  In this role he supports and coordinates the recruitment, placement, training, and coaching of residents and teachers of record throughout the southwestern school districts. It is through this role that Joe trains teachers to support ALL learners through the use of equitable and anti-racist practices. 

Prior to joining PEBC, Joe spent 10 years as a Secondary Social Studies teacher, and another 10 years in various administrative roles.  After serving as a secondary assistant principal for 5 years in Fruita and Durango, CO, Joe moved to elementary school to become a more well-rounded leader as an assistant principal and principal.  His interest in education has always been grounded in his passion to ensure an equitable education for students from all backgrounds. 

Joe has lived in a variety of states, though he spent his K-12 schooling in central New Jersey before earning his BA in Secondary Education and Social Science at Providence College in Rhode Island. After teaching and coaching for 2 years in New Jersey, Joe and his soon to be wife moved to Colorado. While based in Denver, Joe earned his MA in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from University of Colorado-Denver.  Soonafter, he moved to the western slope to serve at Fruita Monument High School, before moving to Durango and working at Durango High School, Riverview Elementary, and Sunnyside Elementary. It is there that they live with their Ugandan-American son.  Outside of work, you can find Joe somewhere around Durango on his bike, the river, or skis, oftentimes with his wife and son along for the fun!

Joe’s favorite children’s book is The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 106

MANAGER OF RESIDENT DEVELOPMENT

Julian Roldan
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Julian Roldan joined PEBC in 2021 as a Manager of Resident Development. As a coach and instructor, he values equity, building positive relationships and culture, and adopting inclusive practices in the classroom.

Prior to joining PEBC, Julian served in several roles for Denver Public Schools including instructional coach, literacy interventionist and 3rd grade teacher in a bilingual classroom. Having transitioned from the corporate accounting world to teaching and education, he is excited to support residents as they follow their passions in their new teaching career.

Julian has his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver via the Denver Teacher Residency program.

In his spare time, Julian enjoys tackling endless home improvement projects in his old Denver bungalow. He also finds his balance through running, indoor climbing, and traveling with his wife. He spent his childhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico until age 12 when his family moved to Colorado.

Favorite children’s book: Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya.

Program and Event Manager

Ashley Ruhl
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Ashley Ruhl is the Program & Event Manager at PEBC. She is responsible for coordinating and managing operational logistics for PEBC program and events, with particular emphasis on PEBC’s Professional Learning Institutes.

Prior to joining PEBC, Ashley worked as an elementary school teacher in both Seattle and Salt Lake City.  Her passion for supporting students and making the education field a more equitable place brought her to PEBC where she feels she can make an impact.

Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences, elementary education from Seattle Pacific University.  In her free time she enjoys getting outside in her hometown of Portland, Oregon and watching Seahawks games with her cat Jezzy.

Favorite children’s book: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 135

RECRUITMENT MANAGER

Annie Scott
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Program Manager

Lisa Scott
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As Program Manager, Lisa Scott provides operational support for the PEBC Teacher Residency. She is honored to support new teachers throughout the journey of the residency year and beyond as they navigate the enrollment and licensure process. Prior to joining PEBC, Lisa worked in reading instruction in Denver Public Schools and is a graduate of the Stanley Teacher Preparation Program (which merged with the PEBC Teacher Residency in 2015). Lisa has been with PEBC since 2015 and with Stanley Teacher Prep since 2013.

Lisa holds an MA from the University of Colorado Denver in Educational Psychology and a BA in History from the University of Oregon. Lisa loves to hike, garden, read and laugh with her family and friends. 

Favorite children’s book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 141

Director of Technology

Jonathan Sisk
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Jonathan Sisk is PEBC’s Director of Technology. Jon originally attended school for Chemical Engineering but switched full time to IT when his company IT Jon, Inc. took off in 2001. Jon has maintained PEBC’s technology infrastructure since 2009. He provides technical support for staff, teachers and residents, develops and supports the website, edits and produces videos, and provides technical assistance for marketing and communications.

Favorite children’s book: The Way Things Work by David Macaulay

Senior Director of High Performing Systems

Dana Sorensen
she/her/hers

Sorensen joined PEBC in 2010 and consults both locally and nationally, co-facilitates the Thinking Strategies Institute and supports data collection and evaluation of services. Sorensen has had the privilege of serving in many roles during her 30 years in education resulting in her steadfast belief in students, teachers, and administrators. Sorensen began her career in Houston Texas and spent fifteen years there working in third grade, Reading Recovery and as a literacy specialist. Beginning in 2004, she coached teachers and served as Director of Professional Development in a Denver area school district.

In addition to her educational roles, Dana takes a particular interest in being a training associate for Cognitive Coaching and works with systems thinking through the Water’s Foundation. She earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Type D Administrative certifications from Regis University.

Favorite children’s book: Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Bildner

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Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 128

Eagle County Field Manger

Lindsey Thomson
she/her/hers

As Residency Field Manager in Eagle County, Lindsey Thomson leads PEBC’s teacher preparation work as an instructor and coach, supporting candidates throughout their residency year and into post-residency pathways. She currently teaches English as a Second Language at Colorado Mountain College and has taught in high schools in Colorado and South Korea.

Lindsey earned her BA in Cross-Cultural Studies from Whitworth University and her Master’s in Teaching (Secondary) from Gonzaga University.

When she isn’t teaching, Lindsey enjoys rock climbing, Nordic skiing, camping, and exploring the world with her husband and two young daughters.

Favorite children’s book: Mo Willem’s Elephant and Piggie series

Manager of Resident Development

Tracy Wagers
she/her/hers

Tracy Wagers (she/her/hers) supports new teachers as a Manager of Resident Development for PEBC’s Residency team.  Her approach as a coach and instructor includes an emphasis on social-emotional learning, inclusion, and creating safe spaces for growth and reflection.

Prior to joining PEBC, Tracy served as principal of an alternative middle and high school for students with learning differences. She also taught secondary language arts in the Denver Metro Area for eleven years and has endorsements in special education and gifted and talented support. 

Tracy earned a Master’s in Humanities from CU-Denver, focusing on creativity and spirituality in education, and a BA in English from CU-Boulder.  

Tracy is the mother of twins, a girl and a boy, and sees her parenting as a crucial opportunity for anti-racist work. She believes that humility is key to being a lifelong learner.  Tracy grew up on a wheat farm in eastern Colorado and is passionate about living in a way which prioritizes people over things.

Favorite children’s book: Anh’s Anger by Gail Silver

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Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 102

Director of Field Staff Collaboration

Sathya Wandzek
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Sathya Wandzek pursues mathematical agency and understanding for each and every learner, student, teacher and leaders. As a staff developer with PEBC over the last 8 years she is a presenter of; The Math Institute, Investigating Thinking Strategies institute, and co-creating/presented the Foundations of Numeracy Institute. All of these allowed her the opportunity to cultivate understanding and agency with teachers across the country. Her national work grants her to see many perspectives and pedagogies that support and push Sathya’s equity and inclusion beliefs and ultimately the work she continues to do through coaching and professional Development with teachers and Leaders. 

Sathya has her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from CU Boulder, and was a cohort member of the PEBC 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 PEBC teacher residents, lead a curriculum development PLC, and be a lab host to the district. Along with this work in the classroom Sathya has also had the liberty to be the Dean of Instruction at an elementary school in DPS where she focused on Agency and Equity for each and every learner through the workshop model and thinking strategies.

These experiences have been the foundation to her work that she now does with PEBC that crosses all contents and grade levels. Along with being a hard core math nerd she also enjoys time with her family camping, hiking and anything with a little bit of a challenge.

Favorite children’s book: Bill and Pete Book by Tomie dePaola

Email:[email protected]

Phone:303-861-8661 ext. 140

 

Staff Developers

Patrick Allen (He, Him, His)

Sarah Littman Berger (She/Her/Hers)

Andra Brill (She/Her/Hers)

Lori Conrad (She/Her/Hers)

Ashley Kelly (She/Her/Hers)

Nancy Meredith (She/Her/Hers)

Kristin Meyers Blake (She/Her/Hers)

Suzanne Nisely (She/Her/Hers)

Stevi Quate (She/Her/Hers)

Dave Schmid (He, Him, His)

Laurie Wretling (She/Her/Hers)

Careers

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Director of Development

The Director of Development will provide vision and strategic direction for all fundraising programs, including special events, federal and state grant submissions, local and national foundation research and submissions.  The Director of Development will be the primary fundraiser for the organization, in partnership with the senior executives of PEBC. 

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Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant will assist the President/CEO with administrative tasks and facilitate
communication, scheduling, and other miscellaneous tasks or projects.

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