Extraordinary Coaches 2017-01-30T22:14:05+00:00

These professionals will donate their time to “coach” a teacher leader during the graduate course module on leadership. Read about their accomplishments, review their books, and visit their websites to expand your own learning.

Dolores Hirschmann :

Dolores Hirschmann

Dolores is a STRATEGIST & COACH. She helps IDEAPRENEURS™ clarify their “idea worth sharing”, design their communications strategies and implement business growth systems. Her clients become speakers, authors and take their message to larger audiences like TEDx and beyond. She works through group coaching, workshops, one on one coaching as well as public speaking. Dolores is a writer and both her novel ”New Beginnings” and her book “18 Minutes of Impact: Move Your Audience to Action the TED Way” are available in Amazon. Dolores is a TEDxOrganizer and participant in TED conferences. She is a CTI certified and ICF accredited coach and has a business degree from the Universidad de San Andres, Argentina. Originally from Buenos Aires, Dolores speaks fluent Spanish, English and French and lives in Dartmouth, MA with her husband and four children.

Founder – CEO - TEDxOrganizer

Guiding entrepreneurs to CLARITY for business growth



E-BOOK: 18 Minutes of Impact: Move Your Audience to Action the TED Way.

Courtney Lynch :

Courtney Lynch

Courtney has found success by living her life as a leader.  Notable achievements include her nine years of service as a Marine Corps officer, managing a top-notch sales team for Rational Software, earning her law degree at William & Mary, practicing at one of the nation’s leading law firms, and creating Lead Star (www.leadstar.us)-- a premier leadership development consulting firm that works globally with leading organizations.  She also serves as the Director of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Partner Network.

Beyond Courtney’s government and corporate accomplishments, she is a business owner, thought leader, and the New York Times best-selling author of Spark and Leading from the Front.  Her success has been recognized throughout her professional career, but most recently she was awarded the National Stevie Award for Best Female Entrepreneur and BusinessWeek profiled her achievements as a leadership expert.  A dynamic guest on CNBC, FOX News, and CNN, Courtney’s efforts with Lead Star have been noted in publications ranging from Fast Company, and Inc., to The New York Times.

Courtney is married to Patrick Lynch, and is the proud mother of three children. She resides in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Jane A. G. Kise, Ed. D. :

Jane A. G. Kise, Ed. D.

Jane A. G. Kise, Ed. D., is the founder of Differentiated Coaching Associates. For the past 20 years she has worked as a consultant, specializing in teambuilding, coaching, and professional development. She is also the author or coauthor of over 20 books, including Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences: Polarity Thinking for Our Schools; Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change; and Intentional Leadership. She holds an MBA in finance from the Carlson School of Management and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas, both in Minnesota.

Kise has worked with diverse organizations across the United States and in Saudi Arabia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Her clients include Minneapolis Public Schools and various public and private schools, The Bush Foundation, NASA, Twin Cities Public Television, and numerous other institutions. She is a frequent workshop speaker and has presented at Learning Forward, ASCD, NCTM, NCSM, World Futures, and Association for Psychological Type International (APTi) conferences, including keynoting in Miami, London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney and Auckland.

Kise’s research on coaching teachers for change received several awards. Her research on patterns in Jungian type and how students approach mathematics became a TEDx talk.

Website: www.janekise.com

Dr. Russell J. Quaglia :

Dr. Russell J. Quaglia

Dr. Russell J. Quaglia is a globally recognized pioneer in the field of education, known for his unwavering dedication to school voice and aspirations.  Dr. Quaglia has been described by news media as the world's foremost authority on the development and achievement of student voice and aspirations.  His innovative work is evidenced by an extensive library of research-based publications, prominent international speaking appearances, and a successfully growing list of aspirations ventures.

Among these ventures, Dr. Quaglia authored the School Voice suite of surveys, including Student Voice, Teacher Voice, Parent Voice, and iKnow My Class.  His recent book, Student Voice: The Instrument of Change published by Corwin has become a best-seller and is receiving international acclaim.  This past year he has published three other books:  Teacher Voice: Amplifying Success; Principal Voice: Listen, Learn and Lead; and Aspire High: Imaging Tomorrow’s School Today.

Dr. Quaglia also co-founded and currently chairs the Aspirations Academies Trust, a sponsor of primary and secondary academies in England built upon his aspirations research.  Most recently he has founded the Teacher Voice and Aspirations International Center, dedicated to amplifying the voice of teachers in order for them to realize their aspirations and reach their fullest potential.

Dr. Quaglia earned his bachelor's degree at Assumption College, a masters degree in economics from Boston College, and master of education and doctorate degrees from Columbia University, specializing in the area of organizational theory and behavior. He has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates in humanitarian services for his dedication to students. Dr. Quaglia's work has also led him to serve on several national and international committees, reflecting his passion for ensuring that students', teachers’, and principals’ voices are always heard, honored, and acted upon.

Founder, Quaglia Institute for School Voice and Aspirations


Twitter: @DrRussQ

Dr. Lyn Sharratt :

Dr. Lyn Sharratt

Lyn Sharratt is a highly-accomplished practitioner, researcher, author, and presenter. She coordinates the doctoral internship program in Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Lyn is the former Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Services in the York Region District School Board, a large Canadian school district, where she and her curriculum team analyzed assessment data and developed a comprehensive, high-impact literacy improvement program, which they launched with the cooperation of senior leadership, principals, and over 9000 teachers.  She is lead author, with Michael Fullan, of Realization: The Change Imperative for Increasing District-Wide Reform (Corwin, 2009) and Putting FACES on the Data: What Great Leaders Do! (Corwin, 2012, published in English, Spanish and Arabic). Lyn is lead author of Good to Great to Innovate: Recalculating the Route K-12, (Corwin, 2015) with Gale Harild and Leading Collaborative Learning: Empowering Excellence (Corwin, 2016) with Beate Planche.  There are over 500 “Sharratt Schools” across the globe, representing thousands of students. Lyn is passionate about all students becoming “Literate Graduates”! Visit her at www.lynsharratt.com; Twitter @LynSharratt; Linked-In https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/lyn-sharratt/8/16a/944 where Lyn owns the “Educational Leadership” Linked-In group which has 64,000 members. View Lyn speaking in Ontario about leadership, system and school improvement: http://learnteachlead.ca/projects/system-improvement/?video=0&active=3.

Megan M. Allen, EdD :

Megan M. Allen, EdD

Megan M. Allen, EdD, is a National Board Certified Teacher, the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for 2010 National Teacher of the Year. She currently is serving as the director of the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. She has taught for ten years, most as an elementary and special education teacher, serving in Title One schools in Hillsborough County, FL.


Megan is a huge policy nerd who enjoys blogging for Education Week at An Edugeek’s Guide to K12 Practice and Policy and for the Center for Teaching Quality at Musings of a Red Headed Teacher.  She is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Teacher Advisory Board for Teaching Partners. @redhdteacher

Jennifer Abrams :

Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer Abrams, a former English teacher and new teacher coach, is currently a communications consultant who works with educators, health care personnel and others on new employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces.

Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs. Jennifer is featured in ASCD’s video series, “Master Class,” and in the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Education’s “Leadership Matters: Supporting Open-to-Learning Conversations” video series. She was one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know” featured in the blog ‘Finding Common Ground’’ from Education Week and was also awarded the International Educational Entrepreneur Award for 2015 by the International Academy for Educational Entrepreneurs. Jennifer’s monthly newsletter, Voice Lessons, is at www.jenniferabrams.com and she can be found on Twitter @jenniferabrams.

Kristen Lee Costa, EdD, LICSW :

Kristen Lee Costa, EdD, LICSW

Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris” , is an award-winning behavioral sciences professor, clinician and author from Boston, Massachusetts.

As the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Sciences at Northeastern University, Dr. Kris’s research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and underserved populations. She operates a clinical and consulting practice devoted to preventing and treating burnout and is the author of RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress, Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Motivational Book of 2015. She is a regular contributor for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Dr. Kris’s work has been featured on NPR and CBS radio.  Link to book

Maria Clark, CSC, CPLC :

Maria Clark, CSC, CPLC

Maria Clark is a personal & spiritual development coach, author and speaker. Maria created and developed The Emergence Coaching Platform™, which is a unique signature system, focused on the art of self-inquiry, disrupting the story and cultivating whole-hearted living. Maria has received advanced certifications in several coaching and healing modalities and has been facilitating private and group coaching for over ten years.

Maria recently founded The Grace Initiative™, a blog and podcast program established to inspire and promote global healing through conversations and stories centered on the healing power of grace. Maria is a co-author of Soul Whispers II: The Secret Elements in Soul Coaching®. She has been a guest speaker on Healing Journeys at A2Zen.FM radio, DreamVisions7radio.com, the Planetary-Spirit.com and Evolving Soul Blog Talk Radio.

As a former corporate executive and nonprofit advocate, Maria worked for several Wall Street investment banking firms running large corporate travel departments. Maria was the owner and operator of three family businesses and additionally she                co-founded two nonprofits.

Founder- Inspired Ideas™




Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) :

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D)

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on collaborative leadership, fostering inclusive school climates, and connected learning.  Additionally, Peter is a Visible Learning Trainer for John Hattie, and Instructional Coach for Jim Knight. He is the Series Editor for the Connected Educator Series (Corwin Press) and the Impact Series (Corwin Press).

His Finding Common Ground blog is published by Education Week. He is the 2013 School Administrators Association of New York State's (SAANYS) Outstanding Educator of the Year, and the 2015 Education Blogger of the Year (Academy of Education Arts & Sciences).

Peter is the author of several books including Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most (Corwin Press/Learning Forward) and the forthcoming Collaborative Leadership: A Collective Efficacy Approach to Improving School Climate (Corwin Press. 2017).

His articles have appeared in education journals at the state, national and international level. He has written for Principal Magazine, Education Week, Educational Leadership, The Huffington Post, PBS, ASCD Whole Child, Connected Principals, Smartblogs and ASCD Express.

Peter has presented at forums, conferences, and panel discussions at state, national and international conferences. Some of the highlights has been to present for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), ASCD and NBC's Education Nation.

Rosalind Wiseman :

Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman has had only one job since graduating from college—to help communities shift the way we think about children and teens’ emotional and physical wellbeing. As a teacher, thought leader, author, and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, the use of social media, and media literacy, she is in constant dialogue and collaboration with educators, parents, children, and teens. Rosalind is the founder of Cultures of Dignity and is the author of the flexible, dynamic curriculum Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice. She is also the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls.

website: culturesofdignity.com

Kristina Lamour Sansone :

Kristina Lamour Sansone

Kristina Lamour Sansone found refuge from her own learning challenges in graphic design, a communication and learning process that connects pictures and words into one simultaneous language. Over more than twenty years of practice, teaching, consulting, and research, her primary goal has been to connect the graphic design process with teaching and learning, including assessment, the Reggio Emilia approach, STEM, English Language Learners and Universal Design for Learning. She recently published a chapter titled, Using Strategies from Graphic Design To Improve Teaching and Learning in Essentials of Teaching and Integrating Visual and Media literacy: Visualizing Learning, Springer Publishing. She holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from The University of the Arts, an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from Yale University College of Art, and a C.A.G.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University’s School of Education.

Lee Teitel :

Lee Teitel

Lee Teitel teaches courses on integrated schools and leading and coaching for equity and diversity, leadership development, partnership and networking, and on understanding organizations and how to improve them. He is the faculty director of the newly launched Reimagining Integration: The Diverse and Equitable Schools Project at HGSE. For eight years, he directed the School Leadership master's program; prior to that he was the founding director and then faculty senior associate of the Executive Leadership Program for Educators, a five-year collaboration of Harvard Graduate School of Education, Business School, and Kennedy School of Government that focused on bringing high quality teaching and learning to scale in urban and high need districts.

Teitel is co-author, (with Liz City, Richard Elmore, and Sarah Fiarman) of Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning, (Harvard Education Press, 2009). His most recent book is School-Based Instructional Rounds: Improving Teaching and Learning Across Classrooms, (Harvard Education Press, 2013).

Teitel has taught at HGSE since 1999 as a part-time lecturer and then visiting professor (2004-2005). He came to HGSE full-time in 2006, after more than 15 years in teaching and writing about educational leadership at the University of Massachusetts–Boston, where he was full professor and associate chair of the Department of Leadership in Education.

Jenni Donohoo :

Jenni Donohoo

Jenni Donohoo, PhD, is a best-selling author and professional learning facilitator with more than 20 years experience in leading school change. Jenni’s books include: Collaborative Inquiry for Educators: A Facilitator’s Guide to School Improvement, The Transformative Power of Collaborative Inquiry: Realizing Change in Schools and Classrooms (co-authored by Moses Velasco) and Collective Efficacy: How Educators’ Beliefs Impact Student Learning.

Jenni completed her doctorate in 2010. Her dissertation focused on fostering metacognition in adolescent students. Jenni is the past president of Learning Forward Ontario. In addition to her consulting work, Jenni is on secondment to the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch in the Ontario Ministry of Education. In this role she works alongside system and school leaders in order to improve the quality professional learning and collaboration in schools and districts.

April Frazier :

April Frazier

April believes in yoga and mindfulness as educational justice tools. For the past 10 years she has worked in the educational sector as a middle school teacher and mindfulness and yoga consultant for schools, districts and educational organizations. After teaching she understood the strain and stress of being a teacher and committed herself to supporting teachers and students flourish and be well. Ahimsa MY LLC blossomed from an intention to reconnect teachers, students and school leaders to their inner resources and to support holistic wellness through mindfulness practices . April has felt blessed to partner with schools across the country as well as organizations such as Teach for America, City Year, and Citizen Schools. April currently supports Teachers College, Bank Street, CUNY, and Mount Holyoke Graduate School of Education to integrate mindfulness into teacher preparation programs. April was a student in the first year cohort at Columbia's Spirituality Mind Body Institute, focusing on mindfulness and yoga as a means to reconnect young people with their inner wisdom and spirit. April is grateful that educators are cultivating mindfulness practices to take care of themselves so they can take care of their students.

Dr. Celine Coggins :

Dr. Celine Coggins

Dr. Celine Coggins founded Teach Plus in 2007 to create policy and practice leadership paths for excellent teachers. Celine started her career as a classroom teacher in Worcester, Massachusetts and went on to become a special assistant to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, working on a set of initiatives to improve the quality of the state's teaching force. Under Celine's leadership, Teach Plus has grown from a small group of teachers in Massachusetts to a national network of more 23,000 teachers nationwide. Celine holds a BA in psychology from the College of Holy Cross, an MA in educational research and measurement from Boston College, and a PhD in education policy analysis from Stanford University.


Kat Johnston :

Kat Johnston

Kat Johnston brings ten years of experience in the education sector. Kat has demonstrated ability to impact students and teachers across a variety of contexts—in the classroom as a first-grade teacher in North Carolina, managing nonprofit programs for early childhood education and high school leadership development, and in state-level policymaking.  While working at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, she was the lead author of the 2015 MA Guidelines for Induction and Mentoring Programs and supported Project SUCCESS, a mentor training program under Race to the Top. She pioneered the Department’s teacher leadership work, including the Educator Effectiveness Teacher Advisory Cabinet and Teachers’ Top Three from ESE. In her latest role as Director of Programs, Kat is continuing to focus on empowering teachers working with Maria Fenwick to launch The Teacher Collaborative.

Kat holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Jon Eckert :

Jon Eckert

Jon Eckert is an Associate Professor of Education at Wheaton College. As a Washington Fellow, he served in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and later in the Office of the Secretary, working on policy issues related to school leadership, teacher compensation, as well as teacher quality. Since then, Jon has conducted research for the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, and the Center for Teaching Quality. He began teaching fifth grade public school students in 1996. Since that first teaching job, he has taught students in fourth grade through college outside of Chicago and Nashville. After 12 years in the classroom and a year as 2008 Washington Fellow, Jon joined the faculty of his alma mater, Wheaton College, a small liberal arts college 25 miles west of Chicago. In addition to preparing outstanding pre-service teachers, Jon has continued his research and policy work in teaching effectiveness and related issues. Corwin Press recently released his book, The novice advantage: Fearless practice for every teacher.

Jon has published in Education Week, Phi Delta Kappan, and in peer-reviewed journals. He has presented papers to audiences on Capitol Hill, the American Educational Research Association, the University Council for Educational Administration, and the National Press Club.

Jon earned a doctorate in Leadership, Policy, and Organization from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College.

In his free time, Jon enjoys reading, playing basketball, and trying to keep up with his wife and three kids.

Laura Tuach :

Laura Tuach

Laura S. Tuach is a spiritual coach and vocational advisor. Based in Cambridge, MA, she is an educator specializing in meaning making, authentic leadership, values articulation, and alignment of one’s inner purpose and daily reality. Her expertise includes team building, guided meditation instruction, and coaching individuals and teams for high performance.  She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She is currently the Assistant Director of Field Education at Harvard Divinity School teaching and advising students of diverse faiths, backgrounds and vocational trajectories. While in this role, Laura has served as the convener of the Boston Theological Institute’s Field Educators Consortium and on the steering committee for the Association for Theological Education. She is an ordained United Church of Christ (UCC) minister and an affiliate minister of Harvard University’s Memorial Church and the First Congregational Church of Somerville, UCC.  Prior to working at Harvard Divinity School, she was the Associate Director of Partakers, a faith-based non-profit committed to reducing recidivism through education for incarcerated women and men. She has served in several congregations in Massachusetts. She also worked in the private sector prior to receiving her Master of Divinity.

Mike Flynn :

Mike Flynn

Mike Flynn is the director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College, where he runs the Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching program and leads a wide variety of professional learning opportunities for teachers, teacher-leaders, coaches, administrators, and staff-developers. This work connects him with educators from around the world who are interested in the learning and teaching of mathematics. Mike also teaches the elementary mathematics, science, and technology methods course for undergraduates in the teacher licensure program. Mike is the author of Beyond Answers: ExploringMathematical Practices with Young Children.

Mike’s latest work in higher education centers on creating more interactive and engaging online learning. He designed the dynamic hybrid learning model that blends on-campus and online students for live, interactive learning in mathematics. He also created the Virtual Math Professional Learning Community (#VMathPLC) connecting teachers and math coaches to study current and engaging topics in math education.

Prior to this work Mike taught second grade at the William E. Norris Elementary School in Southampton, MA for 14 years. He is the 2008 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, a 2009 recipient of the National Education Association Foundation Horace Mann Award Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2010 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.

Mike has always been a staunch advocate for education. He served for eight years as an elected member of the school board for the city of Northampton, MA. He served on Governor Patrick's Teacher Advisory Board from 2008 - 2010. He was also appointed to the leadership council of the governor's Readiness Project, a blue ribbon panel of experts in education tasked with redesigning the next round of education reform for the commonwealth and Readiness Finance Commission, the panel charged with rethinking how public education is funded in the state.

Mike speaks internationally about issues related to math education. He is a contributing writing for various journals, blogs, educational resources. You can follow him on Twitter at @MikeFlynn55.