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  1. Sarah Ballew

    Professional Learning Communities Teams

    Sarah Ballew is the district mathematics coordinator for grades K-12 at Willis ISD in Texas. She specializes in helping instructional leaders at the elementary and secondary levels implement PLC processes that impact teaching and learning.

  2. Tim Brown

    Assessment Professional Learning Communities Teams

    Tim Brown, a consultant, has 30 years of experience in education. As principal of elementary, middle, and high schools in Missouri, he led each to become a successful professional learning community.

  3. Eric Burns

    Professional Learning Communities Teams

    Eric Burns is the principal at Lynn Lucas Middle School for Willis ISD in Willis, Texas. His focus is coaching collaborative teams through the PLC process and designing effective RTI systems to monitor student performance. He has received accolades including being named Hardy Elementary’s Teacher of the Year in 2012 and Willis Independent School District's Principal of the Year in 2020.

  4. Amy Clark

    Professional Learning Communities Teams

    Amy Clark is the principal of Lamar Elementary in Texas. She is passionate about school improvement, believing this is accomplished through a strong collaborative team and an unwavering commitment to learning for all.

  5. Anne E. Conzemius

    Leadership Professional Learning Communities School Improvement Teams

    Anne E. Conzemius, a trainer and coach, has served as director of employee development and training for Wisconsin’s Department of Employment Relations, and as assistant state superintendent at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

  6. Shawn Creswell

    Curriculum Instruction Professional Learning Communities Teams

    Shawn Creswell is the director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for Conroe Independent School District. With over 20 years in education, she has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal.

  7. Jerrod Dastrup

    Professional Learning Communities Teams

    Jerrod Dastrup is principal at Uinta Meadows Elementary School in Wyoming. He is passionate about the PLC at Work® process and specializes in motivating and supporting teachers and administrators in the areas of PLCs, RTI, school culture, and data analysis.

  8. Chad Dumas

    Professional Learning Communities Teams

    Chad Dumas, EdD, focuses primarily on collaborating to develop capacity for continuous improvement. An international educational presenter and award-winning researcher, he has led nationally recognized improvements for both students and staff.

  9. Robert Eaker

    Leadership Professional Learning Communities School Improvement Teams

    Robert Eaker, EdD, is a professor emeritus at Middle Tennessee State University, where he also served as dean of the College of Education and interim vice president and provost.

  10. John F. Eller

    Leadership School Improvement Teacher Efficacy Teams

    John F. Eller, PhD, has served as director of a doctoral program at St. Cloud State University. He is a former principal, director of a principal’s training center, and assistant superintendent.