Our Team: The iTeam

  • Peter Piccolo

    Executive Director of Innovation Education: Southern Methodist University- Cox School of... MORE ▼

    Peter Piccolo

    Executive Director of Innovation
    Education: Southern Methodist University- Cox School of Business

    Quote: Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.- Zora Neal Hurston

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  • Meg McCormick

    Position: Director, Planning and Design Expertise/Education: Masters' Educational... MORE ▼

    Meg McCormick


    Position: Director, Planning and Design
    Expertise/Education: Masters' Educational Leadership;K - 12 Principals License,British Primary Philosophy training, Expeditionary Learning, passionate about shifting the K-12 education paradigm

     

  • Laura Pretty

    Position: Director Expertise/Education: Masters' Bilingual and Multicultural Education;... MORE ▼

    Laura Pretty

    Position: Director
    Expertise/EducationMasters' Bilingual and Multicultural Education; teacher of ESL, Social Studies and Language Arts; passionate about Educational alternatives that give the power to the learners; adult learning

    Favorite Innovation Read: Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal

  • Katherine Casey

    Position: Director, Ecosystem Innovation Expertise/Education: Coro Fellow in Public... MORE ▼

    Katherine Casey


    Position: Director, Ecosystem Innovation
    Expertise/Education: Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, Doctor in Education Leadership, Writer, Strategist, Restless Intrapreneur
    Smartest Failure: Launching a badging platform to flip a graduate classroom...lessons in creative confiidence, holding steady, and pivoting in real time.

  • Lynn Hawthorne

    Position:  Innovation Partner Expertise/Education:   Ed.D., Leadership... MORE ▼

    Lynn Hawthorne

    Position:  Innovation Partner
    Expertise/Education:   Ed.D., Leadership for Educational Equity, University of Colorado, Denver, 2012; M.A. Spanish, Middlebury College; B.A. Spanish, Wheaton College  
    Favorite quote: I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change.  I'm changing the things I cannot accept.  ~ Angela Davis.

  • Rachel Wagster

    Position: Graduate Research Assistant Education: M.A., Counseling Psychology -  School... MORE ▼

    Rachel Wagster

    Position: Graduate Research Assistant
    Education: M.A., Counseling Psychology -  School Counselor Education Candidate; B.A., Psychology with a minor in Spanish 
    Favorite quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
  • Molly Baird

    Position: Graduate Research Assistant Education: Psychology PsyD candidate Favorite... MORE ▼

    Molly Baird

    Position: Graduate Research Assistant
    Education: Psychology PsyD candidate
    Favorite quote: "Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions." -Earl Gray Stevens
  • Elisa Bowers

    Position: Innovation Partner  Expertise/Education: Previously a lower elementary classroom... MORE ▼

    Elisa Bowers

    Position: Innovation Partner 
    Expertise/Education: Previously a lower elementary classroom teacher for public Montessori at Denison Montessori
    Favorite Quote:  "Thinking about thinking has to be a principal ingredient of any empowering practice of education." -Jerome Bruner

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  • Kelli Brown

    Position:Communications Specialist Expertise/Education:Communications, Public Relations,... MORE ▼

    Kelli Brown


    Position:Communications Specialist
    Expertise/Education:Communications, Public Relations, Project Management, Marketing, Strategic Planning| B.A. Temple University, Philadelphia PA

    Favorite Inspirational Quote: Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible – Francis of Assisi

     

  • Amy Burns

    Position: Innovation Partner Expertise/Education:20 years in education, K-12 Teaching... MORE ▼

    Amy Burns

    Position: Innovation Partner

    Expertise/Education:20 years in education, K-12 Teaching Experience, PK-8 Principal Experience

    Favorite Quote: "The innovation point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated
    people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams."
    ~W. Arthur Porter

  • Beth Elmore

    Position:  Design Thinking Partner Expertise/Education:  Ed.D. Organizational... MORE ▼

    Beth Elmore

    Position:  Design Thinking Partner
    Expertise/Education:  Ed.D. Organizational Leadership; Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Fellow, Center for Innovation 
    Favorite quote:  The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.  -  Walt Disney
     

  • George Awuor

    Position: Knowledge Manager Expertise/Education: P.h.D - Design and Planning Favorite Quote:... MORE ▼

    George Awuor

    Position: Knowledge Manager
    Expertise/Education: P.h.D - Design and Planning
    Favorite Quote: You are the lens “We don’t see things as they are — we see things as we are.” Anaïs Nin

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  • Signe Hawley

    Position: Research Partner Expertise/Education: Research MSc Child Development and... MORE ▼

    Signe Hawley


    Position: Research Partner
    Expertise/Education: Research MSc Child Development and Education, monitoring and evaluation, mixed-methodological approach to research, non-traditional education systems, international education,  BA Applied Science &Technology Engineering and Criminal Justice, 

    Favorite Innovation Reads: Design For The Real World by Victor Papanek (1970) 

  • Megan Hennessy

    Position: Innovation Partner Expertise/Education: Elementary Education, Literacy & ESL,... MORE ▼

    Megan Hennessy

    Position: Innovation Partner
    Expertise/Education: Elementary Education, Literacy & ESL, Coaching, BA in Linguistics & Math, Passion for closing the achievement gap 
    Innovation in education will impact the ultimate success of our customers - the students. We must continuously collaborate with school leaders, teachers, parents and students to build and refine the innovative systems that will create change! 

     

  • Brendan Landry

    Position: Innovation Program Manager  Expertise/Education: Program development and... MORE ▼

    Brendan Landry

    Position: Innovation Program Manager 

    Expertise/Education: Program development and curriculum design,planning and project management,small business development, former pre-school teacher

    Favorite Quote: "The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self." -Whitney Young

  • Laura Mitchell

    Position: Innovation Partner Expertise/Education: Personalized Learning, Blended Learning,... MORE ▼

    Laura Mitchell


    Position: Innovation Partner
    Expertise/Education: Personalized Learning, Blended Learning, Elementary Education, Early Literacy, Master's in Curriculum & Instruction
    Favorite Prototype: I love thinking about how to creatively use space in the classroom. During my last year of teaching I worked with my students to redesign our classroom space. It was an ongoing project and we made tweaks and changes almost every week - but it was great to see my students advocating for their needs and preferences.

  • Danna Ortiz

    Position: Strategic Resources Manager Expertise/Education: Strategic Planning, Grants; Masters... MORE ▼

    Danna Ortiz


    Position: Strategic Resources Manager
    Expertise/Education: Strategic Planning, Grants; Masters in Technology, Innovation & Education & Environmental Management; BS in Business/Finance

    Favorite Innovation Read: Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis

  • Richard Resendez

    Position: Innovation Partner Expertise/Education:  Educational policy analysis, comparative... MORE ▼

    Richard Resendez

    Position: Innovation Partner
    Expertise/Education:  Educational policy analysis, comparative education, school design, instructional knowledge and evaluation, and school leadership.
    Favorite: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” –Albert Einstein

  • John Sava

    Position: Innovation Partner Expertise/Education: Previously Middle School Science Teacher at... MORE ▼

    John Sava

    Position: Innovation Partner
    Expertise/Education: Previously Middle School Science Teacher at Stanley British Primary School, K-12 Fitness and Health Teacher at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, Elementary Assistant Principal at Centennial School of EL Education and Dean of Culture at Tollgate Elementary School. 
    Favorite Quote: “I become more courageous by doing the very things I needed to be courageous for – first, a little, and badly. Then, bit by bit, more and better. Being avidly – sometimes annoyingly – curious and persistent about discovering how others were doing what I wanted to do.” (Audre Lorde)

  • Danica Shipley

    Position: Research Partner Expertise/Education: Consumer behavior, sales forecasting,... MORE ▼

    Danica Shipley

    Position: Research Partner

    Expertise/Education: Consumer behavior, sales forecasting, data & analytics, diversity & inclusion. BSBA Marketing with a Minor in Computer Information Systems 

    Favorite poem:
    if you can’t see anything
    beautiful about yourself
    get a better mirror
    look a little closer
    stare a little longer
    because there’s something
    inside you
    -  Shane Koyczan

  • Matthew Smoot

    Position: Innovation Partner Expertise/Education: Technology, Early Childhood and Elementary... MORE ▼

    Matthew Smoot

    Position: Innovation Partner
    Expertise/Education: Technology, Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
    Information and Learning Technologies Emphasis on K-12 Education- M.A., Elementary Education- B.A.
    Favorite Prototype: Having 25- 2nd grade students collaborate on a Google doc with no prior knowledge of how to use Google docs. Great learning experience for both myself and the students and great dialogue after the activity.

  • Jacqueline Tate-Dawkins

    Position: Innovation Partner Expertise/Education: Masters in Elementary Education, Teacher... MORE ▼

    Jacqueline Tate-Dawkins

    Position: Innovation Partner
    Expertise/Education: Masters in Elementary Education, Teacher leadership, cultural competency, professional learning development and facilitation, ELA certification, adult learning 
    Favorite Prototype: A few years ago, I decided to give ownership of my classroom over to my students, no teacher desk, no off limits areas... student designed, led and driven. 

  • Susan Trickett

    Position: Research Partner Expertise/Education: Research & evaluation in education and the... MORE ▼

    Susan Trickett

    Position: Research Partner
    Expertise/Education: Research & evaluation in education and the learning sciences. Ph.D., Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology; M.Ed., Instructional Technology/Instructional Design; B.A., M.A., English Language and Literature.
    Favorite quote: "Not all who wander are lost" (J.R.R. Tolkien)