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Meet the Team

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Aisha Atkinson

Years of Experience in Education: 12

 

Experiences:

  • Stafford MSD (TX): Summer Learning Principal, Campus Instructional Leader, PK-2 Reading Language Arts Curriculum Specialist, Instructional Coach

  • Katy ISD (TX): Sheltered ESL Teacher, English Language Arts Teacher

  • Lamar CISD (TX): Guest English Language Arts Teacher Guangdong Province, China; ESL Lead Teacher; English Language Arts Teacher

  • Wayne County Public Schools (NC): English Language Arts Teacher

Degrees:

  • Master: Texas A&M International University 

  • Bachelor: University of Mount Olive, North Carolina

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Dawn Brookhart

Years of Experience in Education: 27

 

Experiences:

  • Be A Change, LLC: Consultant

  • The Reading League PA: Co-Founder and VP

  • AIM Institute for Learning & Research: Senior Director

  • EarlyBird Education: Consultant

  • Danville Area School District: Acting Superintendent, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Technology, Federal Programs Director, Director of Reading and Dyslexia Academy

  • Bloomsburg Area School District: Director of Curriculum/Director of Special Education

  • East Lycoming School District: Junior High Principal

  • South Fayette Township School District: Japanese Teacher

  • Tuscarora Intermediate Unit: Fiscal Assistant/Assistant Business Manager

  • Kyoto, Japan: ESL Teacher
     

Degrees:

  • Master (2): University of Pittsburgh

  • Bachelor: Bucknell University

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Beatrice Cruz

Years of Experience in Education: 23

 

Experiences:

  • Harlingen CISD: Principal, Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach


Degrees:

  • Master: University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX 

  • Bachelor: Evangel University, Springfield, MO

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Christina Meyer Dzurec

Years of Experience in Education: 23

 

Experiences:

  • Be A Change, LLC: Consultant

  • Central Region Educational Cooperative: Structured Literacy Instructional Coach 

  • New Mexico Public Education Department: Literacy Grants Specialist 

  • Santa Fe Public Schools: Reading Interventionist, Classroom Teacher 

 

Degrees:

  • Master: University of New Mexico 

  • Bachelor: University of New Mexico

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Jamie Larson

Years of Experience: 21

 

Experiences:

  • Be A Change, LLC: Consultant

  • Grant Wood AEA, Cedar Rapids, IA: School Improvement Consultant

  • Lasalle Catholic, Cedar Rapids, IA: Principal

  • Northside ISD, San Antonio, TX: Literacy Specialist and Teacher

 

Degrees:

  • Master: Angelo State University-San Angelo

  • Master: University of Texas- San Antonio

  •  Bachelor: Mount St. Clare College

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Sarah Martin

Years of Experience in Education: 16

 

Experiences:

  • Be A Change, LLC: Consultant

  • Martin Literacy, LLC: Owner/Education Consultant

  • Lexia Learning: Professional Learning Solutions Account Executive Manager

  • New Mexico Public Education Department: Assistant Director of Literaciy and Humanities Bureau

  • Central Region Educational Cooperative: Early Childhood Instructional Coach

  • Arlington Public Schools: Reading Specialist, Classroom Teacher

  • Department of Defense Education Activity: Classroom Teacher

  • Fairfax County Public Schools: Classroom Teacher

 

Degrees:

  • Master: University of Virginia

  • Bachelor: Westfield State University

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Christine Moore

Years of Experience in Education: 29

 

Experiences:

  • Be A Change, LLC: Consultant

  • Technically Speaking, LLC: Owner/Educational Technology Consultant

  • El Dorado School District: District Classroom Technology Coordinator

  • Galveston Independent School District: District Magnet Technology Coach, Classroom Teacher, Grade Level Team Leader

  • Galveston College: Title V Technology Coach, Adjunct Education Instructor

  • Brownwood Independent School District: Classroom Teacher, Grade Level Team Leader

  • Weimar Independent School District: Classroom Teacher

  • Rice Consolidated School District: Classroom Teacher, Reading Specialist, Mentor Teacher, Academic Team Leader


Degrees:

  • Master: University of Phoenix

  • Bachelor: Howard Payne University

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Tricia Perez

Years of Experience in Education: 30

 

Experiences:

  • Be A Change, LLC: Consultant

  • The University of Texas at Austin, Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk: Project Manager, Senior Field Trainer Analyst

  • The University of Texas at Austin, Institute for Public School Initiatives: Project Manager, Senior Field Trainer Analyst

  • The University of Texas at Austin, Vaughn Gross Center: Adjunct Professional Development Provider

  • The University of Houston, Children's Learning Institute: Adjunct Professional Development Provider

  • Education Service Center, Region XX: Adjunct Consultant

  • Hondo ISD: Curriculum Specialist, Instructional Coach, Interventionist, Classroom Teacher

  • Medina Valley ISD: Reading Specialist, Classroom Teacher

  • San Antonio ISD: Classroom Teacher, Interventionist


Degrees:

  • Master: University of Phoenix- Phoenix, Arizona

  • Bachelor: Ball State University- Muncie, Indiana

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Toby Soderberg

Years of Experience in Education: 20

 

Experiences:

  • Be A Change, LLC: Consultant

  • Southwest Regional Cooperative - Deming, NM: Project Administrator, Structured Literacy Coordinator, Local LETRS Facilitator, Instructional Coach, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Instructor

  • New Mexico Public Education Priority Schools Bureau: Performance Coach

  • New Mexico State University: Adjunct Professor

  • Western New Mexico University: Adjunct Professor

  • Deming Public Schools: Classroom Teacher, Department Head, Mentor, Teacher on Special Assignment, Assistant Principal, Principal, Instructional Leader


Degrees:

  • PhD: New Mexico State University

  • Master: Eastern New Mexico University

  • Master: Western New Mexico University

  • Bachelor: New Mexico State University

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Stacie Spears

Years of Experience in Education: 28

 

Experiences:

  • Be A Change, LLC: Consultant

  • Making a Difference Independent Contractor

  • Certified Principal Mentor

  • Euclid City Schools: Principal, Assistant Principal

  • East Cleveland City School District: Dean of Students

  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District: Teacher/Intervention Specialist


Degrees:​

  • Master: Cleveland State University

  • Master: Cleveland State University

  • Bachelor: Atlanta University

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Jonna Wallis

Years of Experience in Education:  37 

 

Experiences:

  • Be A Change, LLC: Consultant

  • Scottsdale Unified School District: Secondary ELA Academic Coach

  • Scottsdale Unified School District:  Middle school ELA teacher

  • Creighton School District:  4/5 multi-age classroom

  • Creighton School District:  Collaborative Literacy Project trainer

 

Degrees:

  • Master:  Northern Arizona University

  • Bachelor:  Arizona State University

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Jodie Wymore

Years of Experience in Education: 34

 

Experiences:

  • Be A Change, LLC: Consultant

  • Texas Center for Educator Excellence: Consultant

  • The University of Texas at Austin: Coordinator

  • ComaI ISD: Principal

  • Hays CISD: Principal, Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach


Degrees:

  • Master: Texas State University-San Marcos

  • Bachelor: Southwest Texas State-San Marcos

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Tanesha Yusuf

Years of Experience in Education: 25

 

Experiences:

  • Be A Change, LLC: Consultant

  • Midlothian ISD: Secondary RLA Coordinator

  • Lancaster ISD: Secondary ELAR Specialist

  • Dallas ISD: Instructional Coach, Reading Language Arts teacher

  • Garland ISD: English Department head

  • Eastfield College: Adjunct Professor


Degrees:

  • Master: Texas A&M University-Commerce

  • Bachelor: Louisiana Tech University

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