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  1. Jennifer L. Smith

    Jennifer L. Smith has over a decade of teaching experience in the Wisconsin Public School system. She is currently a math instructional coach and math interventionist in the Hortonville Area School District.

  2. Mary Shay

    Professional Learning Communities

    Mary Shay, EdD, is director of innovation and equity for the Littleton Public School District in Colorado. Dr. Shay started her career in education as an elementary teacher in Nebraska.

  3. Sarah Schuhl

    Assessment Mathematics Response to Intervention

    Sarah Schuhl is a consultant specializing in professional learning communities, mathematics, assessment, school improvement, and RTI. She has been a secondary mathematics teacher, high school instructional coach, and K–12 mathematics specialist.

  4. Julie A. Schmidt

    Response to Intervention Special Needs

    Julie A. Schmidt is superintendent of schools for Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 in Illinois. The district began its professional learning community journey 17 years ago, and all seven schools have been recognized as model PLCs.

  5. Tamie Sanders

    Tamie Sanders has worked in education for almost 30 years. After teaching at the middle school level, she entered school administration and has made it her mission to improve student achievement.

  6. Kimberly Salomonson

    Professional Learning Communities Response to Intervention

    Kimberly Salomonson provides coordination and professional development for state and district work in continuous quality improvement efforts. She served seven years as the director of pupil personnel services with the Sanger Unified School District.

  7. Clara Sale-Davis

    Clara Sale-Davis is the chief academic improvement officer at Brazosport Independent School District. She has served as the Public Education Foundation director for the Benwood Initiative, a collaborative reform effort with the Hamilton County Schools and the Benwood Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

  8. Bo Ryan

    Professional Learning Communities Teams

    Bo Ryan is the principal of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School in Connecticut. He is passionate about building and sustaining professional learning communities and has led two different schools to Model PLC certification.

  9. Kevin Ryan

    Curriculum Instruction

    Kevin Ryan, EdD, is the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning at North Shore School District 112 in Illinois. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing curriculum, instruction, and assessment to improve student growth and success.

  10. Ainsley B. Rose


    Ainsley B. Rose is an author, a presenter, and a consultant. An experienced elementary and secondary teacher and principal, he is former director of education for the Western Quebec School Board.