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.
Jess Barrow is EdReport.org’s Communications Manager. Jess joined EdReports from Denver Public Schools where she focused on communications strategies and tactics to support a teacher leadership model being implemented across the district. Prior to working with DPS, Jess lived in Chittagong Bangladesh where she directed an English language foundation program at the Asian University for Women. She has been dedicated to the field of education throughout her career and has worked for school districts, government agencies, and non-profits in hopes of serving teachers and students and sharing their amazing stories. Jess earned her M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College and her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.
Instructional Materials Review Specialist
Dana Cartier is an Instructional Materials Review Specialist for EdReports.org. Prior to joining EdReports.org, Dana was part of the Anchor Educator Working Group that developed the K-8 Mathematics evaluation tool and was the Chair of the Anchor Educator Working Group that developed the High School Mathematics evaluation tool. As a Math Content Specialist for the Illinois State Board of Education, Dana created and provided engaging professional development to teachers and district leaders on the state standards, curriculum, and assessment. She also created a variety of free, online, high-quality, aligned resources for Illinois educators. She has experience teaching at the high school and university levels in Alabama. Dana is a proud graduate of the University of Mississippi where she earned her B.S. in Mathematics and her M.Ed. in 5-12 Mathematics.
Shannah Estep most recently served as the Director of the Standards, Assessment and Instruction initiative with the CORE Districts and led a team comprised of 50 senior instructional leaders representing each of those districts. Shannah brings more than 25 years of experience in education, including writing curriculum and assessments for AIMS Education Foundation and teaching at Fresno Pacific University, as well as acting as a professional development specialist, and coach for districts across the country in the area of mathematics education and reform. Shannah began her career as a math and science teacher and through her years in the classroom, has taught multiple grades K-12. She is a proud graduate of California State University, Fresno where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.
Director of Mathematics Review
Stephanie Fisher, MS.Ed, Ed.D, is the Director of Mathematics Review for EdReports. Previously, Stephanie was the Director of Curriculum and Standards Research and Manager of Global Standards and Scales at Global Schools, Pearson, developing systems to conduct alignment of international curricula standards in Mathematics and Literacy. Prior to that, Stephanie worked at the National Center on Education and the Economy, and America's Choice bringing large scale school improvement to urban districts across the United States with an emphasis on Performance Standards. Stephanie has worked at New Visions for Public Schools, co-facilitating and developing The Leadership Academy, and served as Director of The New Standards in Education project at the University of Pennsylvania. Stephanie taught middle school mathematics, served as a principal in a large urban middle school, and is an avid learner. She earned a B.S. Design from SUNY College at Buffalo, an M.B.A. from the University of Buffalo in Finance, an MS.Ed from Sunbridge/Teachers Colleges in Curricula Design. She continued her studies in an MFA program at the Tyler School of Art for fiber, and at the University of Pennsylvania for a Doctorate in Education, and holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Administration.
Instructional Materials Review Specialist
Connie Hebert is an Instructional Materials Review Specialist for EdReports.org. Connie first joined EdReports.org as an ELA Lead Reviewer and then as an ELA Review Consultant. Connie has thirteen years’ experience as an elementary teacher. Connie also served the state of Louisiana as a Teacher Leader Advisor and served on several state committees, including the Louisiana Standards Review Committee which was charged with helping to review and develop the K-12 Louisiana Student Standards for ELA. She was honored to be selected a finalist for Louisiana State Teacher of the Year in 2014. Connie is a proud graduate of Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where she earned her B.A in Elementary Education.
Chief Operating Officer
Donnidra Johnson is the Chief Operating Officer of EdReports.org. Prior to joining the team, Donnidra served as Chief Operating Officer at KIPP Dallas – Fort Worth Public Schools where she oversaw all business operations for the growing region and managed and supported the Finance, Operations, and Talent departments. She led regional initiatives to design, implement, and monitor systems and practices that enhanced organizational efficiency and scalability. Donnidra also led the continuous assessment of KIPP DFW's expansion plan to grow from one to ten schools in southern Dallas and played an instrumental role in realizing growth by a factor of at least five in total talent count, student enrollment, schools served, and annual operating revenue over six years. Prior to KIPP, Donnidra served as a public accountant at Ernst & Young. She also has strategic planning, operations, business consulting, and nonprofit board experience with Humana, KIPP NYC, Future Leaders Institute Charter School, and Christian Community Storehouse. Donnidra earned a B.S in Business Administration from the University of Florida, a M.S. in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and a M.B.A. with specializations in Strategy and Entrepreneurship & Innovation from New York University.
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 B.A. in English from the University of Washington and her M.A.T. 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 B.A. in elementary education with a minor in special education from Chadron State College (Chadron, NE) and her M.S. in Education with a focus on Educational Technology from Lesley University (Cambridge, MA). She is completing her Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Mia Peterson is EdReports.org’s Communications 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 M.B.A. from Regis University and a B.A. from Drake University.
Jamie Siers is EdReports.org's Program Manager. Jamie came to EdReports from Grantmakers for Education (GFE), where she worked for nearly 300 education philanthropies, with thousands of staff, to keep them engaged and united in the common goal of strengthening education for all learners. Jamie has also worked as a consultant, advising school districts on strategy and communications best practices to help advance their missions and engage parents and other stakeholders in their community of learning. Having been raised in a family of educators, she is eager to contribute to that tradition, which is why, after years of experience working in the public and private sector in internal communications, program management, and logistics, she is never happier than when she's working to improve K-12 education. Jamie earned her M.A. in international development from the University of Denver and her B.A. in political science from the University of Iowa.
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 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.
Early Literacy Consultant
Katharine Overhauser-Smith is an instructional coach and literacy specialist at Michael Anderson Elementary School on Fairchild Air Force Base. Katharine joined EdReports.org as an English Language Arts reviewer in 2015. She has been a teacher for 12 years serving as a classroom teacher in grades 3-5, a STEM teacher in grades 6-8, a highly capable teacher in grades 3-6, and an instructor in early literacy at Washington State University. She has her National Board Certification in Middle Generalist. Katharine earned her B.A. in Sociology at the University of Washington and earned her Master’s degree in Teaching at Washington State University. She is currently completing her Ph.D. at Washington State University in Language, Literacy, and Technology. Katharine’s research focuses on critical content analysis of picture books depicting military children.