FENICE B. BOYD, Ph.D.
Fenice B. Boyd, Ph.D., is a New York-based SchoolRise® Director of Higher Education Services and Project Leader of the SchoolRise® Teacher Education Fellows. She specializes in Common Core State Standards, writing genres, topics of diversity writ large, and adolescents’ literacy learning and practices in and out of school. She is an Associate Professor at University at Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education. She received her PhD from Michigan State University in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy. Fenice enjoys the opportunities at SchoolRise® because of the high professional and intellectual expectations for classroom teachers. One of her favorite quotes related to education is from Nelson Mandela: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
JACKIE CARROLL, M.Ed.
Jacquelin H. Carroll is a Hawaii-based SchoolRise® Lead Consultant who specializes in language arts, indigenous education, and special education. She works with the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture (INPEACE) on teacher education and college programs and was formerly an instructor with the University of Hawaii College of Education. Carroll received her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii. She has extensive experience K-12 in the role of classroom teacher, curriculum developer, professional development provider, evaluator, and school improvement consultant. She is interested in issues of literacy, struggling learners, and indigenous education. Jackie enjoys the opportunities at SchoolRise® to support classroom teachers in their challenging work with students. She likes the collaborative nature of their work together.
MICHELLE DOHERTY, M.Ed.
Director of Innovation and Partner Services
Michelle Doherty is an Arizona-based SchoolRise® Manager & Lead Consultant of the West Division. She has led professional development for the Standards Based Change Process in her district, run the 21st Century before/after school program at two schools in her district, and is a consultant for a summer learning collaboration program to prevent summer reading loss. She also teaches first grade in a Dual Language classroom and is a mentor teacher. Michelle received her M.Ed. from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in reading and early childhood education. She feels it is a privilege and honor to work with an organization like SchoolRise® that values the uniqueness of every school, respects the core value system that may already be in place, and supports rigorous intentional learning for all students.
JULIE GERMAN-MURREY, Ed.D.
Julie German-Murrey is a Michigan-based SchoolRise® consultant who specializes in school leadership and school improvement. She worked with diverse learners in a variety of middle school settings (rural to urban) for 13 years as a language arts teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She received a Doctorate of Education with a focus in Leadership from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. She also has a Master of Education with a focus in Leadership and a Master of Arts with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. Julie’s favorite quote related to education is from Rita Pierson: “Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.”
JULIE GOTTSCHALK, M.A.
Judi Gottschalk is a California-based SchoolRise® Consultant who specializes in the area of Educational Leadership, Coaching, and Organizational Development. She has served as a School Principal and Co-Director of iLeadAZ, an Aspiring Principals program at Arizona State University. Most recently she has been coaching principals and training districts in Cognitive Coaching. She received her BA from San Diego State University and her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Her favorite quote related to education comes from Howard Thurman Whitman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Rather – ask what makes you come alive; then go and do it! Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
KIM HOKE, M.B.A., M.A.T.
Manager of Needs Assessment
Kim Hoke is a Michigan-based SchoolRise® consultant who specializes in math, social studies, and data analysis. She also serves as SchoolRise’s Needs Assessment Team Manager. She recently retired from teaching in the Berkley, Michigan school district, where she taught 4th grade for 12 years. Prior to that she worked with middle school students in Birmingham, Michigan for six years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master in Business Administration (marketing and market research) from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Arts in Teaching (major in social studies and minor in math) from Wayne State University. She particularly enjoys working with the high-energy people of SchoolRise® and the clients they attract! She ascribes to the Chinese proverb that says, “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
CYNTHIA HOLMAN, B.A.
Cynthia Holman is a Michigan-based SchoolRise® consultant who specializes in 1st through 6th grade language arts and science. She is currently retired after 40 years of teaching in both private and public schools in Illinois and Michigan, 32 years of which were in Howell Michigan Public Schools. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois in Biology and Language Arts; graduate work completed in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. Throughout her teaching career, her dream was to help principals and teachers to work together to improve student learning. SchoolRise® is fulfilling that dream by listening and working with educators and administrators, helping them build on common ground.
Manager of Community Engagement
ALICE KAWAKAMI, Ph.D.
Alice J. Kawakami, Ph.D., is a Hawaii-based SchoolRise® lead consultant who specializes in language arts, classroom organization and management, and indigenous education and evaluation. She was formerly Professor in the College of Education, University of Hawaii. Kawakami received her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Hawaii. She has extensive experience in elementary settings in the role of classroom teacher, curriculum developer, research director, professional development provider, evaluator, and school improvement consultant. She is interested in issues of literacy and equity and indigenous education and evaluation. One of her favorite quotes that she aims to live by is from Paul Halmos: “The best way to learn is to do; the worst way to teach is to talk.”
GAYLE LOVETT, M.Ed.
Gayle Lovett is an Arizona-based SchoolRise® consultant who specializes in literacy and early elementary education. She is currently teaching second grade in an ELL classroom and is also a mentor teacher. She received her M.Ed. from Arizona State University in Elementary Education and has an emphasis in early childhood education and reading. She set out to work with SchoolRise® because she has witnessed firsthand how the SchoolRise® process has helped to empower and support teachers. The change-base model helps the schools to make decisions and provide best practices to ensure their students’ academic success. Her favorite quote comes from Margaret Mead: “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
MARISSA MONTGOMERY, M.Ed, M.A.T.
Manager of Communications + Technology
Marissa Montgomery is a Texas-based SchoolRise® Director of Communications and Technology. Her previous roles include liaison for Partnership READ, classroom teacher (Grades 1, 2, 4), Reading Recovery teacher, and small group literacy instructor (Grades 1-6). She received her M.Ed. in Literacy, Language, and Culture from The University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.A.T. from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She regards working for SchoolRise® as her dream job since it offers opportunities to keep current in the field of education, and she can support her colleagues behind the scenes, while having the flexibility to be home with her young children.
JENNIFER REICHENBERG, Ph.D.
Jennifer Reichenberg is a New York-based SchoolRise® consultant who specializes in literacy curriculum, instruction, and leadership. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Education at Medaille College. She earned her Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning with a specialization in Literacy. The core values of SchoolRise® resonate with her belief that collaborative professional development based upon the unique needs of each local context is fundamental to supporting students’ learning.
DARYL ROBBINS, Ed.S.
Director of Human Resources,
Client Experience + Marketing
Daryl Robbins is a Michigan-based SchoolRise® consultant who specializes in educational leadership, language arts, principal and aspiring principal mentoring, and school improvement. She spent six years as an elementary school teacher and then thirteen years as an elementary school principal, the last eleven of these with the Berkley School District in Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and her Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Teaching, both from Michigan State University. She received her Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Oakland University. Daryl’s favorite quote related to education is from Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”
MICHAEL ROBERT, Ed.D.
Michael Robert is an Arizona-based SchoolRise® Consultant who specializes in school leadership, literacy, early childhood education, dual language studies, and second language acquisition. He is currently principal at Encanto Elementary School in Phoenix. He received his Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University, as well as Master’s degrees in Multicultural Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and in Montessori Elementary Education from Loyola College in Maryland. A favorite quote comes from Maria Montessori: “The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”
DIANE RICHARDS, M.S.Ed.
Diane Richards is a New York-based SchoolRise® consultant who specializes in primary school language arts. She recently retired from the Whitney Point Central School District after a
37-year teaching career, mainly in kindergarten. She continues to be an adjunct lecturer since 2006 at SUNY Cortland, for both the Literacy and Childhood/Early Childhood Departments. Diane received her Masters of Science in Education, with a concentration in Early Childhood in 1987 from SUNY Cortland. She has conducted numerous literacy workshops throughout Broome County schools. Diane’s favorite quote is a Latin Proverb: “By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.”
MARY PAT SULLIVAN, Ph.D.
Mary Pat Sullivan is an Illinois-based SchoolRise® consultant and Accounts Receivable Coordinator who specializes in literacy and early elementary education. She has taught Head Start and kindergarten through second grade in urban and suburban districts across both private and public school systems in Illinois and New Jersey. Currently, she received a Ph.D. in Literacy, Language and Culture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. At SchoolRise®, she particularly enjoys working with the interpretation of student data and other information to help educators make decisions regarding effective assessment and instruction to support student learning.
AMY WAECHTER-VERSAW, M.Ed.
Amy Waechter-Versaw is an Indiana-based SchoolRise® consultant who specializes in elementary literacy instruction. She is a doctoral candidate, and former teacher, coach, and school leader. She received her M.Ed. from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003. A quote that resonates with her comes from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
MARY WALTER, M.S.Ed.
Mary Walter is a New York-based SchoolRise® consultant who specializes in elementary reading, intervention (RTI), mentoring new teachers, and data analysis. She is currently retired after teaching over 32 years as a K-5 reading specialist in both suburban and rural schools. She also has experience as a Reading Recovery teacher, literacy coach, staff development provider, and grant writer. In addition, she teaches an undergraduate elementary literacy course at Daemen College. She received her BS in Elementary Education, N-6 and MS in Reading, K-12 from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. One of her favorite quotes related to education comes from Albert Einstein: “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think!”
ANNETTE YAMAKI, Ed.D.
Annette K. Yamaki is a Hawaii-based SchoolRise® lead consultant who specializes in language arts. She was formerly an elementary principal and has extensive experience as a vice principal, district resource teacher, Headstart, elementary and middle school teacher. She received her M.Ed. in Elementary Education, Curriculum & Instruction and M.Ed. in Educational Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Annette enjoys her work with SchoolRise® because it values and honors educators as professionals, thereby empowering schools to improve and achieve at ever higher levels.
JULIA MEYERS, Ed.D.
Julia Myers, Ed.D., is a Washington-based SchoolRise® consultant specializing in mathematics teaching and learning. She also serves as SchoolRise’s RFP Project Manager (Hawaii RFP). She received her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Mathematics Education, from Montana State University, and has over 25 years of experience in teaching mathematics, preparing pre-service teachers, and collaborating with and supporting in-service teachers in an effort to improve teaching and learning. She has worked with diverse populations across the country and is passionate about ensuring educational opportunity and achievement for all students.