Eric Hirsch is the Founding Executive Director of EdReports. Prior to coming to EdReports.org, Eric was the Chief External Affairs Officer at the New Teacher Center, the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Quality and the Education Program Manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures. He has supported policymakers in 35 states, written and published more than 150 articles, book chapters, reports and policy briefs, and presented at conferences across the country on topics ranging from school governance to teaching quality. He has worked with education leaders in 20 states and 25 large districts over the past decade to gather more than 1.5 million surveys from school-based educators about the teaching and learning conditions in their schools, providing more than 30,000 school reports that help educators and policymakers to create school environments to accelerate teacher effectiveness. Eric received his teacher certification in Massachusetts and his M.A. in political science from the University of Colorado.
Instructional Materials Review Specialist
Chanda Johnson is the Instructional Materials Review Specialist for EdReports.org. Prior to joining EdReports.org, Chanda was the Chair of the Anchor Educator Working Group that developed the K-8 Mathematics evaluation tool. Chanda previously worked for the Louisiana Department of Education as a Math Specialist and a Network Coach helping with the review of instructional materials, the development of instructional materials, and the support of districts as they implemented the state standards. Chanda was a classroom teacher for 11 years in Acadia Parish, Louisiana and continues to teach community college. She is a proud graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she earned her B.S. and teacher certification in ELA and Mathematics, her Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction, and her +30.
Liisa Moilanen Potts
Director of English Language Arts Review
Liisa Moilanen Potts is the Director of English Language Arts Review for EdReports. Previously, Liisa was the Director of Literacy/ELA and Professional Learning Integration for the Washington State department of education (OSPI), where she worked to support statewide birth-to-20 literacy efforts for 295 public districts. Prior to that position she worked as an instructional and leadership coach for public and private schools, focusing on school improvement efforts in reading, writing, cross-content strategies, and building professional learning communities. Liisa was a junior high and high school English teacher for ten years (Iowa and California) and continues to teach English at the community college level. She earned her BA in English from the University of Washington and her MAT in English Education from the University of Iowa and is a NWP Fellow (South Basin, 1997).
English Language Arts Content Specialist
Tricia Parker is the English Language Arts Content Specialist for EdReports. Prior to joining EdReports, Tricia served for seven years as the Director of ELA Education for the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE). In this role, she served Nebraska’s 239 districts, 17 Educational Service Units, and institutions of higher education to meet the needs of Nebraska’s learners. This included leadership work in school improvement, assessment, literacy in career and technical education, and the revision of Nebraska’s content standards in ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies. Tricia also served as co-coordinator for the State Coordinators of English Language Arts (SCELA), a sub-group of the Conference on English Leadership (CEL), and an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Prior to NDE, Tricia was an elementary teacher and high ability learning facilitator in Scottsbluff, Nebraska for eight years. She earned her BA in elementary education with a minor in special education from Chadron State College (Chadron, NE) and her MS in Education with a focus on Educational Technology from Lesley University (Cambridge, MA). She is completing her PhD in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Communications and Outreach Specialist
Mia Peterson is EdReports.org’s Communication and Outreach Specialist. Mia joined EdReports from iNACOL, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, where she worked in membership development and services. Prior to working with iNACOL, Mia worked in Denver Public Schools, where she led an operations team, supported a portfolio of innovation grants, and helped to prioritize access to personalized learning models for all students. She has worked in communications and marketing in non-profit, for-profit, and start-up environments. Mia earned an MBA from Regis University and a BA from Drake University.
High School Mathematics Content Specialist
Tim is the High School Mathematics Content Specialist for EdReports.org. Prior to joining EdReports.org full time, Tim was a member of the Anchor Educator Working Group that developed the review tool for K-8 mathematics and was a member of the Content Review Team that created the inaugural set of reviews for EdReports.org. Most recently, Tim was the Mathematics Curriculum Specialist for grades 6 through 12 with Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY, and in that role, Tim developed curriculum documents, district-level assessments, and professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators that aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Prior to working as a mathematics curriculum specialist, Tim was a classroom teacher for 10 years with courses ranging from Geometry to Advanced Placement Statistics, and he taught in public and private schools in the states of Georgia and Kentucky. Tim received his B.A. from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN majoring in mathematics and Latin, and he earned his M.Ed. from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA majoring in secondary mathematics education. Currently, Tim is working on a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY, and his research will focus on how teachers’ mindset impacts students’ mathematics achievement in grades 9 through 12.
Cristina Virsida is the Administrative Coordinator for EdReports.org. Prior to joining EdReports.org, Cristina was the Program Manager for various K-12 and adult education non-profit organizations focused on continuing education programs in environmental studies, psychoanalytic training, and professional development. Cristina’s experience in developing and supporting educational organizations spans twenty years and her background includes curriculum development, volunteer management, fundraising and media promotion.
Director of Mathematics Materials Review
Amy Weber Salgo is the Director of Mathematics Materials Review for EdReports. Prior to joining EdReports.org Amy was one of the Anchor Educators who developed the evaluation tool and also served on the Content Review Team. Amy previously worked for a Regional Professional Development Program in Northern Nevada helping teachers to implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. Amy was a classroom teacher for 18 years in Washoe County Nevada. She received her B.A. and teacher certification from the University of Nevada, Reno. Amy received her Master's of Literacy and her Educational Doctorate from Walden University. Her research focused on differentiating professional learning for teachers of mathematics in order to meet the needs of the teachers she serves.
Director of Partnerships and Strategy
Lauren Weisskirk is EdReports.org's Director of Partnerships and Strategy. Lauren joined EdReports.org from the New York City Department of Education, where her most recent role was the Executive Director of Organizational and Leadership Development. While at the NYC DOE, Lauren led organizational development for more than 600 staff, oversaw the instructional policy development process that included over 2,500 educator voices, and supervised a team of coaches that supported 80 schools on building structures to align instructional materials and teaching with Common Core shifts. Prior to working at the NYC DOE, Lauren developed the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education's competitive grants program for district and charter schools. Her passion for education began in Indonesia as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow, where she taught English in public high schools. She earned her M.P.A. from New York University and her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.