Leadership

President – Dr. Linda Recio

A successful educational consultant, Dr. Recio has held leadership positions in the educational arena for more than 30 years. School systems and state departments of education from across the United States have sought out her expertise and ability to deliver real-world solutions to state and local administrators.

In addition to serving as President of Evergreen Solutions, Dr. Recio leads our Education Consulting Practice, as she did for 15 years at another national consulting firm. Linda’s extensive experience in comprehensive school district management and performance reviews, No Child Left Behind compliance, school improvement planning, and strategic planning has led many public education clients to hire Evergreen Solutions for improvement projects.

Dr. Recio is familiar with school districts in many states, having directed studies in California, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas. While at the Florida Department of Education, she was instrumental in developing the comprehensive audit criteria and data collection instruments utilized to conduct operational and managerial reviews in Florida's 67 school districts. She is also an experienced program administrator. During her 13-year tenure with FDOE, she administered several special statewide programs, including the Community Involvement and Training Program and the State Compensatory Education Program.

Following her 13-year career with FDOE, Dr. Recio joined the Leon County School System as the Executive Director of Planning and Policy Development, where she was responsible for the district's strategic plan, school board policies and administrative procedures, staff plan, interagency and legislative planning, grants administration, and program evaluation.

Dr. Recio holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in science education, both from Florida State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and education from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Executive Vice President – Dr. Jeffrey Ling

Dr. Jeff Ling has worked in the consulting field for more than 20 years and leads Evergreen's Human Resources Consulting Practice. He has developed highly successful human resources management solutions targeted at state and local government as well as higher education markets. Organizations from around the country have turned to his vast knowledge base to improve their ability to deliver. Specifically, his portfolio includes experience in research and evaluation, efficiency review, survey analysis, data management, survey and polling, risk analysis, change management, statistical modeling, and technology planning. He specializes in summarizing major alternatives for decision makers and providing viable recommendations.

Dr. Ling has been instrumental in creating, reviewing, and evaluating the methodology employed by Evergreen Solutions on all human resources engagements. In his professional work, he has interacted with over 400 clients from around the world working in the capacity of Project Principal and Director. His background and skill set make him uniquely qualified for assessing organizational critical needs and strategy. He is an expert in policy development and long-term planning.

Dr. Ling is renowned for his work in a variety of studies, including Management and Process Reviews, Strategic Planning, Compensation/Classification, Business Case Analysis, Staffing Audits, Market Research, Policy Development, Performance Evaluation, Gender/Race Audits, Change Management Studies, Employee Trainings, Satisfaction Surveys, and Strategic Planning.

Dr. Ling holds a Doctorate’s Degree from Florida State University in Political Science and is Executive Vice President of Evergreen Solutions, LLC. Jeff has taught at the College of Wooster, Florida State University, and Iowa State University. His areas of specialization included public management and operations, econometrics, and public sector service provision.

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Administrative Team

Director of Marketing – Kelly Tucker

As the Director of Marketing for Evergreen, Ms. Tucker is instrumental in developing and maintaining client relations, analyzing market trends, and creating strategies to increase marketability in the public sector. She has over 25 years of combined professional and consulting experience with various public and private organizations. Specifically, her expertise and project work fall into two primary areas: legislation, procedure, and policy assessment in the public sector, and the management of various aspects of Florida’s criminal justice system. Her involvement in proposal development; data analysis and interpretation; and marketing, planning, and development make her uniquely qualified to contribute to a variety of projects as well as lead Evergreen's marketing effort.

Ms. Tucker's skills in the marketing arena include public relations, technical writing, brand management, research, and business development. Aside from her consulting experience promoting the United States Tennis Association, she has been involved in the development and administration of several grants for national organizations.

A graduate of Florida State University, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

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Administrative Assistant – Jacqueline Barnes

Jacqueline Barnes has more than 19 years of administrative and clerical experience, including supervising a large word processing department. She has also worked for the Florida Department of Education and a national public-sector consulting firm. Jacqueline has a far-reaching understanding of design, Internet, spreadsheet, and word processing software. Ms. Barnes oversees all purchasing, travel, accounts receivable, correspondence and communications, and scheduling for the Evergreen team.

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Consultant Team

Manager  – Nancy Berkley, SPHR

Ms. Nancy Berkley is a Manager at Evergreen Solutions who has over 30 years human resources experience demonstrating a thorough knowledge of multiple HR disciplines including, recruiting and staffing, workforce planning and retention, on-boarding, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, employee leave administration, voluntary and in-voluntary employee separations, performance management, employee surveys, organizational design and development, organization effectiveness, employee learning, training, and development, employee records administration and retention, and awards and recognition programs. She has consistently enhanced organizational capability by integrating HR with strategic business planning, development and assessment. She has provided individualized executive coaching and led HR team development and high performance teams. She has led corporate change initiatives and built talent-rich organizations by strengthening people and integrating processes and has directed human resources in high-volume, transactional service organizations and high-level, consulting organizations. She has excellent conflict resolution, negotiation, and influencing skills.

Ms. Berkley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida State University and has been certified as a SPHR since 1997.

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Consultant – Michael Misrahi

Mr. Michael Misrahi possesses an academic background in labor relations studies, which is coupled with professional experience analyzing qualitative data. His qualitative and quantitative skills are applied at Evergreen with regard to various analyses of human resources functions and operations. Mr. Misrahi’s compensation and classification consulting work with Evergreen includes: analyzing market survey data to create an analytical picture of where a given organization stands relative to the external market, focusing on competitiveness in compensation plans; working intricately with project managers and team members to create and conduct salary, benefit, and ERP-related surveys for client organizations; and utilizing job assessment tools to analyze the current state of a classification within an organization with respect to its pay, job description, and job title.

Mr. Misrahi has an MBA and an Undergraduate Degree in History from Florida State University.

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Consultant – Lee Bouchelle

Mr. Lee Bouchelle is a Consultant with Evergreen Solutions. He has a strong background in public policy and quantitative analysis, which provides him with the ability to provide knowledge on a variety of public sector studies. He has extensive experience in highly technical economic research and preparation of analyses, having participated in the development of large and complex economic and statistical research projects which analyzed the effects of various business practices or economic programs. With his background as both a researcher and consultant, he has collected, compiled, analyzed and interpreted data from a variety of sources, assisted in analyzing and summarizing employment data, maintained and updated data project files, and assisted in preparing research reports.

Mr. Bouchelle has a Master's of Science degree in Resource Economics and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science/International Relations from the University of Florida. He also is holds a SAS Base Programmer Certification.

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Senior Analyst – Tameka Richardson

Ms. Tameka Richardson is a Senior Analyst at Evergreen Solutions. She has over 15 years of experience providing services to federal, state and local governments and the private sector in performing accounting and procurement comparative analyses. Her experience includes research, auditing, statistical analyses of an organization’s accounting and purchasing data and procurement procedures, data collection and assessment. As a result of her extensive work in the area of research and data collection, she is proficient in the preparation of statistical reporting and in the analysis and interpretation of large data sets for various organizations.

Ms. Richardson has an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

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Consultant – David Bollenback

Mr. David Bollenback's specific experience is in collection and analysis of large, organizational-wide data sets. He is experienced in the collection of both qualitative and quantitative data, and is versed in analysis of compensation data, benefits data, and performance management outcomes.

Mr. Bollenback has a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Florida State University.

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Senior Analyst – Kyle Baker

Mr. Kyle Baker is an Analyst at Evergreen Solutions. His background is in the study of labor markets and education policy evaluations using techniques in econometric modeling which allow him to communicate and engage substantively through data and design. Mr. Baker’s role with Evergreen has focused on compensation and classification studies utilizing market data. His primary responsibilities include working closely with project teams and project managers in coordinating salary and benefit survey initiatives; evaluating market data from surveys, government agencies, and private sector databases to provide comprehensive reviews of compensation packages; and designing clear and concise reports and displays to communicate nuanced results.

Mr. Baker holds a Master's Degree in Economics and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Political Science, with a minor in Mathematics from the Florida State University.

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Research Analyst – Eric McMillan

Mr. Eric McMillan is an Analyst at Evergreen Solutions. His research and data interpretation skills at Evergreen Solutions have been focused on human resource analysis, such as, job description development and market analyses. He is proficient in a variety of qualitative and quantitative tools necessary to complete the studies conducted by Evergreen Solutions.

Mr. McMillan has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting and Marketing from Florida State University.

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Research Analyst – Andrew Gillen

Mr. Gillen is a Research Analyst at Evergreen Solutions. His background is in business management and human resources, and with his professional experience working as an analyst, he is familiar with disseminating large amounts of data and conducting in-depth data analysis. Mr. Gillen’s experience at Evergreen has focused on human resource initiatives including compensation and classification studies and market analyses. Projects have included conducting market salary surveys: collecting and analyzing market data to determine the value of certain jobs within an organization compared to its peers and competitors; and job classification descriptions: and reviewing and adjusting job descriptions to more accurately represent the duties of positions within the organization.

Mr. Gillen has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Shippensburg University.

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Strategic Partners

Dianne Lane, President, Southeast Center for Effective Schools

Dr. Dianne Lane, the president of the Southeast Center for Effective Schools, is a former school district superintendent and school board member with a background in curriculum, instruction, and special education. As a consultant, she has conducted management and performance reviews of educational systems in school districts in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and Oklahoma. The Center has conducted evaluations of Safe and Drug-Free Schools for several school districts, a study of waivers for the state of Florida, and several studies of No Child Left Behind. In the past decade, Dianne has conducted numerous projects with school and district leaders on applying school effectiveness research to drive continuous improvement for student achievement.

Betty Ressel, Managing Partner, Ressel and Associates, LLC

Betty Ressel, CPA, is a Managing Partner of Ressel and Associates, LLC. She has participated in and managed 105 efficiency, performance, and academic audits conducted by the Texas Comptroller’s Office in school districts (100) and Higher Education Institutions (5), as well as reviews of state and local governmental agencies.

From 1993 to 2003, Betty served as the Director of the Texas School Performance Review (TSPR). As one of her first acts in that position, she envisioned and implemented several unique components to the reviews, including documented audit protocols and follow-up progress visits. While the notion of operational reviews was not new at that time, there were no documented processes or standards for conducting such reviews. The TSPR audit protocols for school districts and higher education institutions, which she authored and disseminated nationally after winning the 1999 Innovations in American Government Award, are now continually reviewed and improved to ensure consistency of approach relevancy when conducting a school review.

Betty is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive knowledge of school funding, financial management and school district investments. At the request of the Texas Legislature, she collaborated with a task force to write an investment and cash management guide, Banks to Bonds: A Practical Path to Sound School District Investing.

Christy E. Noe, President/CEO Collaborative Educational Network, LLC

Ms. Christy Noe has extensive professional work experience in curriculum and instruction, Special Education, charter schools, and public policy. She has served as a classroom teacher, principal, district administrator, and founded her consulting firm in 2004.

Prior to her starting Collaborative Educational Network, she served as the state director of charter schools where she assisted the state of Florida Department of Education, school districts, and charter schools in the areas of operations, school improvement, governance, legal issues, and special education. She worked closely with the Florida Legislature in the development of laws related to charter schools and developed the first statewide accountability report in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA). Christy has collaborated with many state departments of education, universities, and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASSDSE), The Education Trust, and many other national organizations as a partner for school reform.

Christy has a comprehensive working knowledge of the state and federal compliance legislation related to education, including NCLB and IDEA and their impact on education systems.

Kim Komisar, Executive Vice President Collaborative Educational Network, LLC

Dr. Kim Komisar joined Collaborative Educational Network in 2011. Prior to her work as an independent consultant, Kim served as a Program Director in the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services. She was responsible for compliance monitoring of school districts; conducting complaint investigations regarding alleged violations of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by school districts; oversight of IDEA due process hearings; and providing training and technical assistance to other state agencies and offices as well as school districts and families. Kim worked closely with FLDOE’s Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice, providing expertise and technical assistance regarding topics such as the McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities, ESE services for parentally placed private school students, and students with disabilities enrolled in charter and virtual schools.

Kim holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of South Carolina. She earned her Master of Education in Special Education and Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College. Her career has included instructional and special education compliance positions in school districts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Florida. In addition, she has served as Adjunct Faculty in Special Education at the University of South Carolina, Coker College, the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, and Furman University.

Legutko Global Enterprises, LLC

Lee and Susan Legutko are experienced consultants in school district operational effectiveness with specific emphasis in the areas of business and operational support. Their specific areas of expertise include budgeting, grants management, financial accounting, technology, cash management, payroll, asset management, purchasing and warehousing, accounts receivable/payable, human resources, contracting, and operational support areas such as food service and transportation. Their expertise and experience allow them to conduct comprehensive reviews of school district operations and methodically identify and implement best practice.

Mrs. Legutko has been a Chief Financial Officer for two Florida School Districts and an Executive Director of Grants Management for one of the largest school districts in the country. Mr. Legutko has been a Chief Business Officer for one of the largest school districts in the country and CFO in three Florida school districts. Combined, Mr. Legutko’s experience with public sector performance reviews has spanned over fifteen years. Due to his acclaim as a national expert in his field, Mr. Legutko was named to the National Performance Management Advisory Commission for the Public Sector in 2008. Both Lee and Susan have conducted advanced professional training in a variety of public school functional area activities. Furthermore, Lee and Susan are active National Budget Reviewers for the Association of School Business Officials’ Meritorious Budget Awards Program.

Mary Chambers, CPA

Dr. Mary Chambers holds a doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in finance from the University of Florida. Last summer, she participated in the Oxford Round Table studying the Design of Leadership Practices for the Future of Public Education at the University of Oxford in England. Mary served more than 30 years in education and held positions such as superintendent, deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent, and director of various functions within the districts. She served two years as a legislative auditor for the Florida auditor general. Mary has performed management reviews and consulting services for businesses and districts nationwide. In 2003, she was recognized by Governor Jeb Bush as a Woman of Distinction. She has conducted more than 25 school district assessments.

Patricia Davis, M.Ed.

Ms. Patti Davis has worked in small and large school districts. She has extensive experience conducting evaluations of education service delivery, as well as federal entitlement programs of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). She has conducted detailed analysis of curricular and instructional delivery systems for all programs with an emphasis on Common Core Standards, school improvement, and student achievement. Ms. Davis has examined all aspects of general education, special education, and federal programs. The evaluation process included an analysis of relevant district data and documents, comparing CCSD with peer districts, state, and national data; and conducting on-site stakeholder interviews. She began her career teaching students with chronic and acute disabilities in prekindergarten through high school. During her years in various public school teaching and administration assignments, she contributed to district strategic planning, school improvement initiatives, and implementation and monitoring of special education programs and services. She was instrumental in designing a districtwide inclusive service delivery model for students with disabilities and a tiered student intervention model prior to referral for special education services.

Ms. Davis has served on the faculty of three state universities, including the University of Florida, College of Medicine; the University of West Florida, as the administrator and instructor for the dual major elementary/ special education pre-service training program; and the Florida State University, where she is currently serving as a member of the faculty. Ms. Davis serves as an education consultant to school districts and state education agencies throughout the United States. She has worked closely with Dr. Linda Recio in conducting district performance reviews, efficiency studies, special education audits, and curriculum and instruction studies.

She holds a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision and Special Education from the University of Florida.

Nancy C. Kline

Nancy Kline most recently served as the Chief Education Officer for Martin County School District, Florida. Prior to this, she was the Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties. In her role as CEO, she oversaw finance and operations of the school district's $275 million annual budget and 3,200 staff members. Areas of expertise include the implementation of educational programming, operations, and management, as well as state and federal educational statutes and compliance mandates. She is experienced in the evolution of developing teams to reach or exceed performance goals and standards. Consistent advancement and execution of educational strategic, financial, operational and programmatic plans.

Warren R. Enterprises, LLC (WRE)

WRE is an MBE consulting firm in Burke, Va., dedicated to business practices that provide maximum benefit to clients. WRE President, Robert Warren, has more than 30 years in the public and private sector in operations, management, marketing, and supervision. He has conducted more than 25 reviews of school district transportation systems including those in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and the District of Columbia. WRE serves as the agent for Evergreen's Virginia office.

Dr. William "Bill" Piotrowski

Dr. Piotrowski is dedicated to the improvement of education and school business processes through the integration of technology and enhanced access to electronic resources - through the utilization of productivity/collaboration tools; by providing direct access to timely, tailored, and useful information for decision makers and managers at the student, classroom, school, and district levels; and by creating a community of anytime-anywhere learners linked to school, home, community, administrative, program, and global resources.

Dr. Piotrowski served as the Executive Director of Technology and Information Services for Leon County Schools; served as the Director of Student Assessment and Research for Leon County Schools; and has taught graduate classes on applied research, statistics, and systems and record security at Florida State University.

Robert Friedman

Mr. Robert Friedman has more than 30 years of experience in MIS applications for school districts and state departments of education across the country. He began his technology career with the Florida Department of Education, where he worked in a variety of capacities for nearly 20 years. In his last position there, he was the program director for the statewide planning and implementation of comprehensive MIS requirements for all Florida school districts. This included the automation of local record keeping, automated state reporting, and electronic student records transfer.

Mr. Friedman then served as executive director of the Arkansas Public School Computer Network and chief operations officer for the California School Information Services (CSIS) program. Since becoming a consultant, he has provided services to a number of school districts and state departments of education, including those in Ohio, North Carolina, and Idaho.

Business Information Services, LLC

Preston Smith, principal owner of Business Information Services (BIS), is a former Capitol Hill news reporter, database manager, and auditor. BIS consists of population projection professors, GIS analysts, data analysts, and programmers. For over seven years, BIS has provided demographic analysis to public school districts, including conducting GIS analysis for new building sites; developing more efficient bus routing; and assisting in bond and levy elections. Mr. Smith has completed 70 demographic studies and other projects for school districts in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Todd Osburn

Todd Osburn has been a public sector consultant for more than 10 years. His experience includes quantitative and qualitative work in human resources management, public education, pay system development, information technology, and government efficiency analysis.

Todd has extensive experience in the areas of statistical modeling, database research, and quantitative analysis. In addition, he has worked extensively in performance management with an emphasis on developing and refining performance measurement indicators used in the continuous improvement process.

Before joining Evergreen Solutions, Todd was a senior compensation analyst for Travis County, Texas; vice president of operations at IMCO; an instructor at Florida State University; and a consultant with a national public-sector consulting firm.

He is a candidate for a doctorate in political science from Florida State University and holds a Master of Arts in political science from Bowling Green State University. Todd is also a magna cum laude graduate of Kent State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

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Jerry Williams, CPA

Mr. Jerry Williams has spent more than 30 years in management, performance analyses, and financial and auditing in public-sector positions. He served as project manager for the Texas Comptroller performance reviews of the Texas school districts of Brownsville, Laredo, Kennedy, Hitchcock, and Morgan. As a consultant, Jerry completed the reviews of financial management in the Los Angeles Unified School System and numerous school districts in the states of Washington and Virginia.

Nicholas Educational Consulting (NEC)

Dr. Karen Rae Nicholas, owner and lead consultant for NEC, has extensive professional work experience in planning, developing, supervising, and implementing academic, support service, transition, and self-advocacy programs for students with disabilities. Karen is an educational consultant who specializes in conducting management and performance reviews, facilitating strategic planning, and conducting staff training for educational systems that provide special education programming within state education agencies and school districts across the United States. She has a comprehensive working knowledge of state and federal compliance legislation related to education — specifically the No Child Left Behind Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973and their impact on educational systems.

Thomas Maureau

Mr. Tom Maureau honorably retired as a Division Commander from the Tallahassee Police Department after 26 years of service. His experience with the force was wide ranging and included management of primary public safety technology projects and applications, management of the E911, Police and Fire Communications Center, Records Management Section, Property and Evidence Unit, Police Information Management Services, Criminal Intelligence Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, State Attorney Liaison Unit, and Criminal Investigations and Patrol. He also served as the Project Manager of public safety information technology projects and as the Public Safety liaison to numerous internal and external IT entities.

Mr. Maureau earned his MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix in 2007. He is a Certified Public Manager, and has experience as a Florida Registered Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic. In addition to other professional certifications, he has a bachelor's degree in Criminology from Florida State University.

Mr. Maureau is an experienced consultant who currently works for Windbourne Consulting, LLC. He works with national public service organizations and entities that support them, including the International Association of Chief's of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Information Managers (LEIM) and various national and regional public safety Information Technology conferences. His professional profile includes the following experiences:

  • Executive management responsibility for over $20 million in public safety Information Technology projects
  • Extensive experience with the design, procurement, configuration, and implementation of numerous public safety IT applications and projects
  • Development of strategic and master technology plans, budget reports, cost analysis assessments, return on investment reports, staff assignments, and recurring maintenance of technology projects
  • Creation of policies, standard operating procedures, business processes, and CALEA accreditation standards

Randall W. Moose

Randy Moose has worked in local government property taxation for over three decades. Beginning as a Real Property Appraiser for Catawba County, North Carolina government in 1974, he has served as Senior Appraiser, Revaluation Coordinator, and finally as Tax Administrator for his jurisdiction before retirement at the end of 2008. Currently, he performs Business Personal Property audits for various jurisdictions through Tax Management Associates, Inc., Charlotte, NC, on a part-time basis, as well as accepting assignments to assist jurisdictions with property tax issues.

Randy has been certified by the North Carolina Department of Revenue as a Real Property Appraiser and as a North Carolina Assessor. He has served on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Association of Assessing Officers and as a charter member of the Steering Committee of the North Carolina Property Tax System.

Dr. Carol Beers

Dr. Carol Beers has served Virginia’s school children in various educational capacities for more than 20 years. She has been a college professor, division reading supervisor, principal, and superintendent. Most recently, she served as the superintendent of Williamsburg-James City County Schools. There, she was responsible for an $85 million budget and 9,500 students.

Prior to becoming a superintendent, Carol served the division as the assistant superintendent for Academic Services. As such, she led efforts to develop elementary, middle, and high school standards; led the revision of the evaluation system for teachers; and led an effort to plan an extended school day for middle schools. In addition, Carol has served as an executive associate professor at The College of William and Mary. There, she was involved in curriculum training and the School Leadership Institute, which trains building administrators and superintendents.

Dr. Beers has provided consulting expertise to the National Bureau of Standards, the Virginia Department of Education, the Etobicoke Board of Education in Ontario, and the Toronto Ministry of Education, as well as several local school divisions in Michigan and Virginia.

Best Practice Design

Ms. Carol Spencer is director of Best Practice Design. She has served as a middle school principal for almost 20 years and has been a school district’s director of curriculum.

Ms. Spencer is nationally renowned for her work in middle-school reform efforts, having served as president of the board of directors for the New England League of Middle Schools and as a member of the board for several years. Her firm, Best Practice Design, specializes in systemic education change initiatives, including whole-school reform, leadership development, and research-based teaching and learning practices.