Dr. Maria Klawe

Chair | President, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

Maria is Harvey Mudd College's fifth president, starting her tenure in 2006. Maria is a renowned mathematician, computer scientist and scholar and first woman to lead Harvey Mudd since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining Harvey Mudd, Maria served as dean of engineering and professor of computer science at Princeton University. Prior to Princeton, Maria was at the University of British Columbia where she served as dean of science from 1998 to 2002, vice president of student and academic services from 1995 to 1998 and head of the Department of Computer Science from 1988 to 1995. Prior to that Maria spent eight years with IBM Research and two years at the University of Toronto. Maria is one of the ten members of the board of Microsoft Corporation, a board member of Broadcom Corporation and Math for America, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a trustee for the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley and a member of both the Stanford Engineering Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for the Computer Science Teachers Association. Maria was recently named number 17 on Fortune's World's 50 Greatest Leaders.

 

Darren Burris

Director of Instruction, STEAM, Boston Collegiate Charter School | Boston, MA

Darren Burris is currently the Director of Instruction for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) at Boston Collegiate Charter School in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.  In his current role Darren is fortunate to work alongside and support elementary, middle, and high school teachers as an instructional coach in science, mathematics, and art.  Prior to this role, he was a high school mathematics teacher both at Boston Collegiate as well as at Abraham Lincoln High School in the School District of Philadelphia.

 

Kisha Davis-Caldwell

Director of Outreach and Engagement, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; and former Elementary Mathematics Coach | Howard County, MD

Kisha Davis-Caldwell is a National Board Certified Teacher in early adolescent mathematics. She is currently the Director of Outreach and Engagement at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Her teaching career spans 20 years in various grades, at both public and private schools in the U.S. and abroad. Kisha's leadership experience includes curriculum development, instructional mentoring, and professional development facilitation. Prior to the National Board, Kisha was an Elementary Mathematics Coach for Howard County Public Schools. As the recipient of the Freeman Foundation Award and a participant in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Program, Kisha has a global perspective on education. This perspective has been shaped by her experiences studying abroad at the University of Beijing, teaching in Japan, and exploring schools in Australia, China, England, Italy, and New Zealand. From 2010-2012, Kisha served as Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow for the National Science Foundation and the White House's Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Kisha is a member of NCTM, NEA, MSEA, and HCEA, and she serves as a member of NEA's Common Core Working Group. She is also an adjunct professor for National University, where she works with teachers pursuing their master's degree and National Board Certification.

 

Michael Hyde

MANAGING DIRECTOR ACCENTURE FINANCE | Raleigh, NC

Michael Hyde joins the EdReports board offering a wealth of financial services experience.  He is a managing director in Accenture’s Finance and Risk Practice and has led Finance Consulting Engagements and complex Business Process Services programs for clients in finance, treasury, and procurement areas across multiple industry groups for over 30 years.  His technical expertise includes finance and accounting operations improvement, finance technology modernization, process simplification and automation.  He has supported financial systems and processes in a wide range of industries including U.S. Life Insurance and high tech equipment companies that span the globe. Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.

 

Dr. Lillian Lowery

VICE PRESIDENT P-12 POLICY, RESEARCH & PRACTICE, THE EDUCATION TRUST | WASHINGTON, DC

Lillian is the Vice President of PreK-12 Policy, Research, and Practice of the Education Trust, a national non-profit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and low-income students. The Education Trust suppports its advocacy with data analysis, equity-focused legislative proposals, partnerships with leading organizations, and proven strategies to improve the educational outcomes of our nation's youth. Prior to this role, Lillian was the President and CEO of FutureReady, the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools and Secretary-Treasurer of the State Board, and the Delaware Secretary of Education from 2009-2012. As the State Chief, she facilitated a broad-based statewide strategic planning and grant application process, resulting in Delaware being selected one of the first states to be awarded a coveted federal Race to the Top grant. She led efforts to establish Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Units as well as Turnaround Units within the Department, which have assisted in the implementation of the grant and the improvement of instructional opportunities for students. Lillian has worked in various education institutions and programs since 1976. She served for three years as the Superintendent of the Christina School District in New Castle County, DE. She has served as an Assistant Superintendent in Fairfax County, VA, and an Area Superintendent in Fort Wayne, IN. She held other administrative positions, and began her career as an English teacher at the middle and high school levels in Virginia.

 

Audra McPhillips

Mathematics Specialist and Coach | West Warwick, RI

Audra McPhillips is the Mathematics Specialist and Coach PreK-12 for the West Warwick Public Schools.  She is a National Trainer for AFT's Educational Research and Dissemination Program in all three of their Thinking Mathematics and Common Core Professional Development Modules.  Audra was a member of the AFT national review team for the Common Core Mathematics Standards and currently serves on the Educator Leader Cadre from RI for the PARCC Assessment.  Audra also takes part in Teacher Item Review and Core Leadership Group Review for the PARCC items.  She is an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Johnson and Wales University in the School of Education.  Audra was recently featured in Learning First Alliance's Getting It Right Podcast series as well as on the Teaching Channel as part of a series on Mathematical Reasoning in the Classroom.

 

Dana Nerenberg

Principal, Sitton Elementary School | Portland, OR

Dana will join Sitton Elementary School as principal in fall 2014. Before coming to Sitton, Dana served as principal of Hyde-Addison Elementary School, a high performing District of Columbia Public School from 2007-2014. In this time the school has doubled in size, expanded its inclusion program, and become a founding school in the DC Collaborative for Change. Hyde-Addison was recently recognized as a Rewards School. Dana is also an adjunct professor with the Urban Teacher Academy at the University of the District of Columbia. Prior to becoming a principal, Dana was an elementary teacher in urban and rural public schools for nine years. An alumna of Teach for America and New Leaders for New Schools, Dana is committed to supporting and serving all learners and providing rigorous responsive learning opportunities for all students. Dana holds a bachelor's degree in history and public policy studies from Duke University and a master's degree in school administration from Johns Hopkins University. Dana is currently finishing earning her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland. Dana Nerenberg has served on the Governance Committee of AppleTree Institute's Board since the spring of 2012.

 

Dr. Sonja Santelises

Vice Chair | Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools

Sonja is the Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, a district of over 180 schools and 80,000 students. Prior to this, she was the Vice President for Education Trust's K-12 research, practice, and policy work. Prior to joining Education Trust, Sonja was the chief academic officer for Baltimore City Public Schools where she focused on setting academic priorities to raise student achievement across all schools. Sonja came to Baltimore City Schools from Boston where she served as assistant superintendent for pilot schools, a network of 23 schools. Sonja also served as the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning/professional development in Boston. Prior to that, Sonja lectured on urban education at Harvard University. She was also a senior associate with Focus on Results Inc., for six years, where she worked with five major urban districts coaching superintendents and training school leaders. Sonja also served as executive director of the New York City Algebra Project. She began her career in education as director of professional development and teacher placement with Teach For America and worked at a year-round school in Brooklyn where she was a founder, teacher, and curriculum specialist.

 

Lauren Stuart

National Board Certified English Language Arts teacher, El Rodeo School, Beverly Hills Unified School District | California

Lauren is a National Board Certified English Language Arts teacher at El Rodeo School in the Beverly Hills Unified School District. As a Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow, she has worked on the issue of teacher preparation. As a Teach Plus California fellow, she worked on legislation to lengthen the amount of time given for teachers to earn tenure. In addition, Lauren is a Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow, studying global education and will be spending time abroad Spring 2018 in a cultural exchange. She is also a member of the Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council and the Better Together Teacher Advisory Board. She began teaching in 2006 with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Lauren has a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Education from Pepperdine University.  

 

Peter Tang

Secretary | Tennessee Educator Fellowship Coordinator, Tennessee SCORE, Nashville, TN

Peter is the Tennessee Educator Fellowship Coordinator with the the Tennessee SCORE. Prior to joining SCORE, Peter served a teacher in Memphis, TN. His previous teaching experiences include serving as Master Teacher at Kate Bond Middle School, teaching seventh grade math at Westside Achievement Middle School in Tennessee's first turnaround school district, and teaching eleventh grade English at East High School. Peter is an alumnus of the Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellows program where he had the opportunity to brief policymakers at the national and state levels regarding teacher development and rigorous academic standards. He wrote a chapter on the challenges of Measuring Teacher Effectiveness for the book, Learning from the Experts: Teacher Leaders on Solving America's Education Problems that was published in 2013 by Harvard Education Press. Peter is also a Tennessee Department of Education Common Core Coach. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Peter received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Amherst College in 2010.

 

Val Zavala

Vice President of News and Public Affairs, KCET | Los Angeles, CA

Val is Vice President of News and Public Affairs at KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, and anchor of KCET's weekly award-winning newsmagazine, "SoCal Connected." She has been at KCET since 1987 playing a vital role in the long-running newsmagazine, Life & Times, as well as other news programs and specials. Her work has won 16 L.A. Area Emmys, eight Golden Mikes and numerous L.A. Press Club awards. Val came to KCET with six years reporting experience at commercial news stations. Over her 23 years at KCET she has covered major issues impacting Southern California politics, education, healthcare, environment, demographics, arts and culture. Val has been honored by numerous community organizations including the California Chicano News Media Association (2009 Gala), and Hispanic Americans for Fairness in Media for integrity and longevity in the field of television journalism (2006). She was named one of the 100 most influential Latinas by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2006. She was a Senior Fellow for UCLA's School of Public Affairs (2007-2008). She also serves as a trustee for Mt. Saint Mary's College. In 1992 Val was selected for a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, a prestigious mid-career program for journalists.