Professional Development Differentiated
LOVE KIDS, SUPPORT TEACHERS, INVOLVE OTHERS, PASS IT ON...
Dr. James Davis - CEO, Educational Consultant, and National Forum Grant Participant
Dr. James Davis has been an educator for the past 17 years, serving as a Professor, Principal, Assistant Principal of Instruction, and classroom teacher. He has his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Urban Education. His areas of expertise include school turn-around, elementary education, middle grades education, increasing student achievement, and teacher effectiveness. Dr. Davis has presented and been published at both the state and national level. As a former Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year, Dr. Davis works daily in an enthusiastic manner on his personal mission statement, to Love Kids, Support Teachers, Involve Parents, and Pass it on.
Mrs. Suzan Lambert - Director of Innovative Learning, Educational Consultant, and National Forum Grant Participant
Mrs. Suzan Lambert has been in the field of education for over 35 years. She has served as a Special Education teacher, a Curriculum Coach, an Educational Consultant, and an Administrator. During her tenure in public education, Mrs. Lambert served in numerous leadership roles: School Improvement Chairperson, IEP Team Leader, and as a Curriculum Trainer. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher. Mrs. Lambert is currently working with the National Forum for Middle School Reform as a coach for the SEED Grant. In her job as a coach, Mrs.
Lambert travels throughout the state and works with teachers to improve their teaching practices. During her tenure in education, Mrs. Lambert has worked with numerous teachers, administrators, and students to improve student achievement and build school-wide collaboration. Her expertise lies in building rapport, team building, and instructing teachers and administrators to integrate best practices throughout the school to encourage students to be the best they can be.
Mrs. Mary Burr Newsome - Educational Consultant and National Forum Grant Participant
Mary Newsome has been in public education for the past 14 years leading in all aspects of education: the classroom, school level and district level. As a former “Teacher of the Year” and two time “Assistant Principal of the Year”, her niche is in coaching and inspiring teachers/school leaders to challenge the status quo. With a passion to help schools create a climate based upon high expectations, relationships and “no excuses”, she inspires leadership teams to make changes and take risks. She believes in public education and that all students can and will achieve success within their community schools. Mrs. Newsome has presented at both the state and national level. She has led numerous school-turnaround projects. Over the past few years, she has been recognized for her accomplishments at both the elementary, middle and high school levels. Her ability to inspire and rejuvenate the soul of educators has led to significant changes in many of our public schools. Mrs. Newsome is the author of the social and emotional curriculum TRIBE, a program designed to give hope to our middle and high school teens who face mental health illnesses.
Mrs. Christina Davis - CFO and Educational Consultant
Christina Davis is an extraordinary elementary school educator. She has worked in the public school setting, the private setting, and also supported charter schools. Most recently, Mrs. Davis was named a Hometown Hero; for her efforts in the classroom. Her passions include serving at risk students, closing the achievement gap, and working with beginning teachers. Mrs. Davis has a successful track record of working in high poverty schools and having a positive impact. She values relationships with students, teachers, parents, and administrators.
Mrs. Beth Duncan - Educational Consultant
Mrs. Beth Duncan retired after 34 years in education; the last 29 in public education. She is currently working part time as an Assistant
Principal/Interventionist focusing on the at-risk population in a high school. Mrs. Duncan’s experience encompasses regular education, special education, and gifted education. As a former Teacher of the Year, she held leadership positions as a teacher: School Improvement Chairperson, Exceptional Children’s Chairperson, and Lead Teacher (outside the classroom). She spent the last 7 years as an Assistant Principal in two at-risk schools. Both schools improved in academics, behavior, and attendance under the leadership of the administrative teams. Mrs. Duncan has presented at the local and state levels. Her passion is building relationships with students and meeting the needs of all students. She lives by this quote by George Evans: “Every student can learn, just not on the same day in the same way.”
Dr. Jane Bowser - Educational Consultant
Dr. Jane Bowser has been an educator for over 30 years serving as a Professor, Technology Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and classroom teacher. Her areas of expertise include instructional technology, STEM education, strategic planning, program evaluation and gifted education. Dr. Bowser has presented and published at the state and national level and is a Quality Matters Certified Online Instructor. She is a former Teacher of the Year and Sci-Mat Fellowship recipient. She currently coaches local STEM educators across the state.
Mrs. Michelle Cline - Educational Consultant
Mrs. Michelle Cline has been a public educator for 22 years. As a high school English teacher, she taught Inclusion English I and Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition and everything in between, and was named Teacher of the Year as well as a Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction. Mrs. Cline also served as an Assistant Principal of Instruction and a High School Principal for four years. At the local level, Mrs. Cline has been a presenter at New Teacher Orientations for multiple school systems, served on the steering committee for and was a presenter for a Teacher Leadership Program, designed and facilitated a year-long program for New Assistant Principal support, and served on the Ten Year Planning Committee. On the collegiate level, She also served as an adjunct professor at Catawba College, working to coordinate and facilitate field teaching experiences for undergraduate students and has served as a fellow for the National Writing Project through UNC-Charlotte. On the state level, she was an evaluator for the NC Performance Based Licensure Process and a test writer for the English I EOC. She has presented at the NC Administrative Conference as well as College Board’s NC ACT State Conference. Mrs. Cline is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on Blended Learning in the High School. As the principal in an affluent, well performing high school, Mrs. Cline’s strength is in helping students, teachers, administrators determine how to progress from “good to great.” She believes in
empowering teachers and administrators to understand and utilize data to implement action steps in order to achieve true School Improvement Planning and Success.
Dr. Tina Johnson - Educational Consultant
Student-focused, teacher advocate, and research-driven, Tina brings a diversity of educational experiences coupled with a commitment to excellence into each project. Tina has 20 years of combined experience in education as a Japanese Language and Culture teacher at an elementary school and university, parent educator, coordinator of services for homeless students in a district and with the National Center for Homeless Education, educational researcher with SERVE, professional development trainer, instructional coach, and assistant principal. Professional highlights include working with the reauthorization of federal legislation for homeless students; synthesizing research on homework with U.S. Department of Education; evaluating afterschool programs with the National Partnership for Quality for Afterschool Learning; grant writing success with over 4.6 million dollars in acquisition; and the inception and implementation of a district-based licensure program for alternatively certified teachers. Most recently, she serves as an assistant principal at a Title I school. She has trained over 1,000 teachers and conducted over 1,000 instructional coaching visits. She has served as the Training and Learning Chair for the National Association for Alternative Certification and has served as the co-chair of the Professional Development Committee for the American Association of School Personnel Administrators.
Mrs. Lee Hunter - Educational Consultant
Mrs. Lee Hunter has been a certified educator for 28 years working in public school districts in South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina. She has served as an Assistant Principal, Curriculum Facilitator, Intervention Specialist, and Classroom Teacher. Mrs. Hunter is a former school-level Teacher of the Year as well as a top-three finalist for District Teacher of the Year. She is currently licensed to teach students in grades K-6; additionally, she holds an NC administrator’s license for grades K-12. Mrs. Hunter also holds certifications as a North Carolina Master Literacy Trainer and as a state-level Project CRISS Trainer. Additional trainer certifications include The Balanced Literacy Framework, Problem/Project-Based Learning, Guided Fluency Practice and Assessment, Differentiated Instruction, Kagan Cooperative Learning, Co-Teaching, and Thinking Maps. Mrs. Hunter began her career as a classroom teacher in a high-poverty school district in South Carolina. In fact, the bulk of her experience has been in Title I schools throughout the southeastern United States. The nucleus of her work consists of increased student academic achievement through individualized instruction that harnesses the power of effective high-yield instructional strategies. These strategies, when utilized with intentionality and purpose, cause learning for all students. For the past five years, Mrs. Hunter has served as the Assistant Principal and Curriculum Facilitator at Jones Intermediate School in the Mount Airy City Schools’ (MACS) system. Currently, she is the MAPSS Grant Coordinator for ten school districts in North Carolina. Her primary function is to provide instructional support to all MAPSS’ teachers. She also supports Beginning Teachers (BTs) and their mentors as the MACS’ BT Coordinator. She works closely with the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning to impact policy and practice for the K-12 spectrum in her district. Mrs. Hunter truly believes that evidence-based teaching and learning strategies, including The Balanced Literacy Framework, Inquiry-Based Learning, and STEAM, are the linchpins for the repeated high growth for the past five consecutive years in her own school district. In fact, Jones Intermediate School is currently ranked 3rd of all schools in North Carolina in terms of growth according to EVAAS data. She believes, as educators, it is our imperative to make a difference – to be the difference – in the lives of others.
Gretchen (Schultek) Bridgers - Educational Consultant
Gretchen (Schultek) Bridgers is owner of Always A Lesson, LLC. In German translation, Gretchen’s maiden last name “Schultek” means ‘Teacher.’ It must have been fate that she is an educator today! Gretchen is a general education teacher of 8 years, and Teacher of the Year
runner-up two years in a row. She taught grades 2, 3, and 5 at both low and high performing elementary schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. Gretchen is passionate about educating students through engaging, rigorous instruction where increased ownership developed student leaders. In the fall of 2012, Gretchen received her National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist. Gretchen continued teaching and leading after leaving the classroom in 2014 as a New Teacher Development Coach for The New Teacher Project [TNTP]. During this time, she also published her first book for new teachers called “Elementary EDUC 101: What They Didn’t Teach You in College” to help prepare future teachers for the realities of life in the classroom. After years of blogging, on both her personal website and as a featured contributor to the ‘Teaching and Learning in CMS’ school district blog, in June of 2015, Gretchen turned the Always A Lesson blog into an audio blog (podcast) on iTunes and Stitcher. Now educators can learn on the go! With years of mentoring new teachers, providing professional development to school building staff, and presenting at district and national conferences, Gretchen has now invested her time solely to consulting individual teachers and school staff.
Dr. A.T. Pearson- Educational Consultant
Dr. A.T. Pearson is a veteran “Problem Solver” / Educator with over 17 years of experience encompassing every level of education, Pre-K through College/University. He has been a classroom teacher, Adjunct Professor/Instructor, Dean of Students, Guidance Counselor, Assistant Principal (PreK-12) and Principal (PreK-12). In addition to his administrative certifications, Dr. Pearson is also licensed as a Curriculum Specialist and School Counselor. Dr. Pearson holds degrees in Counseling and Psychology, Education, School Administration, and Educational Leadership (Human Resource Development/Career Pathing).
Dr. Pearson’s focus areas are: Strategic Planning, Curriculum and Instruction (K-12), Program Evaluation/Data Disaggregation and Interpretation, Mental Health Services, Special Education, Drop-Out Prevention, Career Development/Coaching, Alternative Learning, Cultural Diversity, and Leadership/Organizational Development. Dr. Pearson has helped to establish schools and transition schools from traditional to non-traditional and from non-traditional to traditional.
A celebrated Teacher of the Year and North Carolina Principal Fellow, A.T. counts these accomplishments as “only the beginning”; His aim is to make a difference in the lives of children and those who teach them.