William G. McCallum is a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. Born in Sydney, Australia in 1956, he received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1984, under the supervision of Barry Mazur. After spending two years at the University of California, Berkeley, and one at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, he joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1987. In 1989 he joined the Harvard calculus consortium, and is the lead author of the consortium's multivariable calculus and college algebra texts. In 1993-94 he spent a year at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, and in 1995-96 he spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study on a Centennial Fellowship from the American Mathematical Society. In 2005 he received the Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars from the National Science Foundation. In 2006 he founded the Institute for Mathematics and Education at the University of Arizona. He was Director of the Institute until 2009 and now chairs its advisory board. In 2009 - 2010 he was a lead writer for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. His professional interests include arithmetical algebraic geometry and mathematics education. He has received grants and written articles, essays, and books in both areas. In 2012, he won the American Mathematical Society's Award for Distinguished Public Service.Resources by Team Member
Who We Are
Student Achievement Partners is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving K-12 student achievement through evidence-based action. We believe that challenging academic standards are the foundation for improved outcomes for all students. Our work has a particular focus on ensuring that high-quality, standards-aligned instruction and resources address the barriers created by racism or poverty and reach students on whose behalf we have the most work to do.
Our day-to-day work supports all facets of coherent, content-focused instructional systems that reflect the latest research on what works for raising student achievement. We support individual classroom teachers, districts, states, partner organizations, publishers, and many others to provide students with the rigorous academic experience they deserve.
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How We Work
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We hold no right to intellectual property.
Our goal is to create and disseminate high quality materials as widely as possible. All resources that Student Achievement Partners creates are open source and available at no cost. We encourage states, districts, schools, and teachers to take our resources and make them their own.
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We work with states and districts to obtain the best materials for teachers and students. We are able to independently advise our partners because we have no financial interests with any publisher of educational materials. Student Achievement Partners’ independence is essential to our work.
Student Achievement Partners was founded by David Coleman, Susan Pimentel, and Jason Zimba and became a 501c3 nonprofit in November 2011. The founders were all lead writers of the Common Core State Standards in ELA/literacy and mathematics. They formed Student Achievement Partners to address the ongoing need for practical, evidence-based, support for teachers and school leaders making game-changing shifts to align their instructional materials, assessments, and practice to college- and career-ready standards.
Board and Advisors
- Michael Casserly
- Philip Daro
- William McCallum
- Brian Pick
- William H. Schmidt
- John W. Staley
- Gene Wilhoit
- Lee Wilson
- Sandra Alberti
Senior Fellow for Strategic Partnerships
- Jennie Beltramini
Mathematics Specialist, Professional Learning
- Barbara Beske
Senior Mathematics Specialist, Tools and Classroom Resources
- Nicole Bravo
Project Manager, Professional Learning
- Amy Briggs
- Sabrina Chan
Senior Finance Manager, Finance, HR, and Operations
- Beth Cocuzza
Executive Vice President, Advisory Support
- Shelbi Cole
Senior Mathematics Specialist, Advisory Support
- Kate Crist
Senior ELA/Literacy Specialist, Professional Learning
- Colleen Dietrich
Accounting Manager, Finance, HR, and Operations
- Jessica Eadie
Chief Operating Officer
- Rachel Etienne
Executive Vice President, Professional Learning
- Natasha Ettienne-Modeste
Analyst, Finance, HR, and Operations
- Tori Filler
ELA/Literacy Specialist, Professional Learning
- Astrid Fossum
Senior Mathematics Specialist, Advisory Support
- Stacy Wetcher Gad
Senior Project Manager, Advisory Support
- Lisa Goldschmidt
Executive Vice President, Tools and Classroom Resources
- Raquel Greene
Executive Assistant, Special Projects and Partner Support
- Laura Hansen
Senior ELA/Literacy Specialist, Advisory Support
- Susan Hitt
Digital Content Associate, Tools and Classroom Resources
- Celeste Hogan
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Finance, HR, and Operations
- Katie Keown
ELA/Literacy Specialist, Advisory Support
- Sharmin Khan
- David Liben
Senior Fellow in the area of Literacy and English Language Arts
- Meredith Liben
Senior Fellow for Strategic Initiatives
- Elizabeth Meier
Associate for Special Projects and Partner Support
- Susan Pimentel
- Anna Schattauer Paillé
Project Manager, Professional Learning
- Claire Rivero
Digital Strategy Manager, Tools and Classroom Resources
- Sultana Salma
Coordinator, Advisory Support
- Carey Swanson
Senior Literacy Specialist, Advisory Support
- Delna Weil
Product Manager, Tools and Classroom Resources
- John Young
Senior Fellow for Research
- Jason Zimba
Philip Daro works to advance the design and use of improvement tools at every level of the educational system, and he consults with states and school districts on their accountability systems and mathematics programs. He was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. He directed the New Standards Project and Research and Development for the National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE) - there his responsibilities included test development, development of mathematics curriculum, and staff development programs. He has consulted for the New York City School District, the El Paso Collaborative, Los Angeles School District, Chicago Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, states of Vermont, Georgia, Kentucky, Rhode Island, and California and others. He directed large scale teacher professional development programs for the University of California including the California Mathematics Project and the American Mathematics Project. His sixteen years at the University included six years directing projects to help states develop standards, accountability and testing systems. He has taught mathematics and has held leadership positions with the California Department of Education. He has served on many committees including: NAEP Validity Committee; RAND Mathematics Education Research Panel; College Board Mathematics Framework Committee; ACHIEVE Technical (Assessment) Advisory Group, Mathematics Work Group; Technical Advisory Committee to National Goals Panel for World Class Standards, National Governors Association; Title I Commission organized by Council of Chief State School Officers; Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Research Council; California Public Broadcasting Commission; and The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC). He is currently working with the Pearson Foundation and the Gates Foundation to develop a digital curriculum for mathematics from Kindergarten to the college ready level.Resources by Team Member
William H. Schmidt received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Concordia College in River Forrest, IL, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in psychometrics and applied statistics. He carries the title of University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and is currently co director of the Education Policy Center, co director of the US China Center for Research and director of the NSF PROM/SE project and holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Statistics and Educational Psychology. Previously he served as National Research Coordinator and Executive Director of the US National Center which oversaw participation of the United States in the IEA sponsored Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). Dr. Schmidt has published in numerous journals including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Educational Statistics, and the Journal of Educational Measurement. He has co-authored seven books including Why Schools Matter. His current writing and research concerns issues of academic content in K-12 schooling, assessment theory and the effects of curriculum on academic achievement. He is also concerned with educational policy related to mathematics, science and testing in general. Dr. Schmidt was awarded the Honorary Doctorate Degree at Concordia University in 1997 and received the1998 Willard Jacobson Lectureship from The New York Academy of Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Education. In 2009 he was elected in the first group of Fellows in the American Educational Research Association.
Lee Wilson has worked in the EdTech and publishing space since 1988. His perspective is shaped by 30 years of experience on the business side of the K12 market.
He has been the CEO and President at FreshGrade Education, Filament Games, PCI Education and served as an executive at Apple, Pearson, Harcourt, Common Sense Media, and Chancery Software. Through his consultancy, Headway Strategies, he has worked with over 50 companies across the industry on strategy and go-to-market programs.
He is on the board of Presence Learning. Formerly he served on the AEP Board, the SIIA Board, and was involved in the start of SIF and LRMI.
Lee earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Casserly has served as Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools since January 1992. Casserly also served as the organization's Director of Legislation and Research for 15 years before assuming his current position. As head of the urban school group, Casserly unified big city schools nationwide around a vision of reform and improvement; led the nation's largest urban school districts to volunteer for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); guided the organization to be the first national education-membership group to call for the Common Core Standards; initiated an aggressive technical assistance program to improve urban education; directed the development of public education’s first performance management system; and led the first national study of common practices among the nation’s fastest improving urban school districts. He is currently spearheading efforts to boost academic performance in the nation’s big city schools; strengthen management and operations; and improve the public’s image of urban education. An article in USA Today some years ago called him a “Crusader for Urban Schools.” He is a U.S. Army veteran, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland.
Gene Wilhoit is the CEO of the Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky, and was a Partner at Student Achievement Partners from 2013-2015. Gene served as executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) from 2006 until 2013, having spent his entire professional career serving education at the local, state, and national levels. At CCSSO, Gene spearheaded the states’ collective action to adopt the Common Core State Standards, marshaled a comprehensive restructuring of teacher and leader supports including consensus on preparation reform, stimulated state action to improve data systems and founded the multi-state Innovation Lab Network.
From 1994 to 2006, Gene led two state education agencies, as director of the Arkansas Department of Education and as deputy commissioner and commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education. In those positions, he shepherded finance reform, led equity initiatives, designed and implemented assessment and accountability systems, advanced nationally recognized preschool and technology programs, and reorganized state agencies to focus on service and support. Gene began his career as a social studies teacher in Ohio and Indiana. He served as a program director in the Indiana Department of Education, an administrator in Kanawha County West Virginia, and a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Education before assuming the position of executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) which he held 1986-1993.
Gene holds degrees from Georgetown College and Indiana University. Wilhoit has also studied education administration at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. He is a member of numerous education organizations, serves on several boards, has served on national and state commissions and has written and spoken on a variety of education issues.
He and his wife, Rebecca Campbell Wilhoit, have three children, Christopher, Kara, and Jason.
Brian Pick serves as the Chief of Teaching and Learning for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). Serving on the Chancellor’s management team, he leads the district’s efforts to ensure that teachers are equipped with the best resources and professional learning opportunities so that all students achieve at their highest potential.
Prior to becoming Chief, Brian served in various capacities at DCPS, including policy analyst, chief of staff for school management and support, and deputy chief of curriculum and instruction. Most notably, Brian has led the development and rollout of the DCPS Teaching and Learning Framework, spearheaded DCPS’ Race to the Top application process, which ultimately resulted in a $30M RTTT grant, and led the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Cornerstone assignments. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the 2012 National Curriculum Leadership Award by the Council of Great City Schools. Prior to joining DC Public Schools, Brian taught in California as a Teach For America corps member, and he served as an Education Pioneer.
Brian graduated from Princeton University with a degree in public and international affairs. He completed his teacher credentialing work at San Jose State University, and holds a master’s degree in education policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. John W. Staley has been involved in mathematics education for the past 30 years as a secondary mathematics teacher and district leader in private and public school settings in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, Loyola University, UMBC, and Morgan State University. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park; Masters in Secondary Education from Temple University; Ph. D. from George Mason University in Mathematics Education Leadership. During his career he has presented at state, national, and international conferences; served on many committees and tasks forces; facilitated workshops and professional development sessions on a variety of topics; received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science; and served as President for NCSM, the mathematics education leadership organization. He is currently serving as the vice chair for the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction.
He and his wife Karen have three children Jonathan, Alexis, and Mariah, and is PopPop to Bevelyn Shennai. He truly believes that ALL students can be successful in mathematics.
David Liben is a Senior Fellow in the area of Literacy and English Language Arts at Student Achievement Partners. David has taught elementary, middle school and high school students in public and private schools, as well as community college and teacher preparation courses, in New York City and Vermont. David still spends as much time as possible in schools with teachers and children. Together with Meredith Liben, David founded two innovative model schools in New York City - New York Prep, a junior high school in East Harlem, and in 1991, the Family Academy - where he served as Principal and lead curriculum designer. David synthesized the research behind the Common Core State Standards in ELA, and, with his wife Meredith, was part of the research team that determined the complexity levels for the standards. David holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in school administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.Resources by Team Member
Meredith Liben is the Senior Fellow for Strategic Initiatives at Student Achievement Partners. Meredith has taught and coached in a wide range of settings over the past 35 years. She has taught every grade from kindergarten through grad school and has been collaborating in literacy reform efforts with David Liben for the past thirty years plus in many of these endeavors, including the founding of two innovative model schools in New York City - New York Prep, a junior high school in East Harlem, and in 1991, the Family Academy. Meredith has a bachelor's degree in Classics and Government from Oberlin College and a master's degree and advanced work from the University of Massachusetts and City University of New York.Resources by Team Member
Jason Zimba is a Founding Partner of Student Achievement Partners and was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. He holds a B.A. from Williams College with a double major in mathematics and astrophysics; an M.Sc. by research in mathematics from the University of Oxford; and a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. As a researcher, Dr. Zimba's work spanned a range of fields, including astronomy, astrophysics theoretical physics, philosophy of science, and pure mathematics. His academic awards include a Rhodes scholarship and a Majorana Prize for theoretical physics. Dr. Zimba has taught physics and mathematics to university students and high school students, as well as to adult prison inmates and members of other disadvantaged groups. He is the author of Force and Motion: An Illustrated Guide to Newton's Laws.Resources by Team Member
Sandra Alberti is the Senior Fellow for Strategic Partnerships at Student Achievement Partners. Sandra joined Student Achievement Partners from the New Jersey Department of Education where she served as the Director of Academic Standards and as the Director of Math and Science Education. In these roles, Sandra was directly involved in state standards, assessment, and professional development policy and implementation strategies. Prior to working at the state level Sandra held several district-level positions including school superintendent, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, principal, subject area supervisor and high school science teacher. She holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Rutgers University and master's and doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from Rowan University.Resources by Team Member
Barbara Beske is a Senior Mathematics Specialist on the Tools and Classroom Resources team at Student Achievement Partners. Her work spans multiple initiatives, focusing particularly on supporting high-quality implementation of College and Career Ready Standards for all students. Prior to joining the team in 2012, Barbara spent twenty years teaching math at the middle school, high school and college levels in New Jersey. She also served eleven years on her local school board. Barbara holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Education from Bucknell University.
Amy Briggs is the President of Student Achievement Partners. Prior to joining Student Achievement Partners in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer, Amy served as Vice President at Kaplan K12 and College Prep, with responsibility for implementation of college and test preparation programs in large urban districts. Amy also served as Vice-President at The Grow Network overseeing the program management of district, state, and international assessment reporting programs. She was formerly a management consultant with Bain and Company. Amy holds a bachelor's degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and three children.
Sabrina Chan is the Senior Finance Manager on the Finance, HR, and Operations team at Student Achievement Partners. Sabrina joined the organization in 2013 and has over 10 years of public and private accounting experience specializing in the non-profit and government accounting industry. She previously worked as a Senior Auditor from Marks Paneth LLP. Sabrina holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Accounting from Pace University.
Beth Cocuzza is the Executive Vice President of Advisory Support at Student Achievement Partners. Prior to joining the Student Achievement Partners team, Beth was an independent education consultant focusing on supporting public school districts in New Jersey. Beth also has experience leading mathematics and ELA/Literacy content development for The Grow Network/McGraw-Hill and started her career as a middle school and high school mathematics teacher. Beth is also the mother of two school-aged boys and currently serves as President of her local School Board. Beth holds a bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University and a master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Shelbi Cole is a Senior Mathematics Specialist on the Advisory Support team at Student Achievement Partners. Prior to joining the organization, Shelbi was Director of Mathematics for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Her teaching experience includes working as a high school mathematics teacher and teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in assessment, gifted and talented and mathematics education. Shelbi holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Mathematics Education and a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut.Resources by Team Member
Colleen Dietrich is the Accounting Manager on the Finance, HR, and Operations team at Student Achievement Partners. She joined the organization in October 2011. Colleen has 32 years of experience in administration and finance. She has worked at Bear Stearns Security, American Portfolios, and Sunrise Contracting in roles in both finance and administration.
Jessica Eadie is the Chief Operating Officer at Student Achievement Partners. Jessica joined Student Achievement Partners in 2011 from the New York City Department of Education where she was the Executive Director of Assessment. Jessica holds a bachelor's from Boston College and a master's in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Rachel Etienne is the Executive Vice President of Professional Learning at Student Achievement Partners. As an ELA/literacy specialist, Rachel created and curated online curriculum and professional learning resources and facilitated large-scale training and communities of practice for instructional leaders and teachers across the country. Prior to joining the team, Rachel had a range of experience in literacy education as an elementary classroom teacher and literacy coach in a large K-12 school district, parochial and charter school networks, and adult education programs. Rachel holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University.
Astrid Fossum is a Senior Mathematics Specialist on the Advisory Support team at Student Achievement Partners. Before coming to Student Achievement Partners, Astrid spent 18 years in mathematics teaching and administration, starting with 10 years as an elementary and middle school teacher in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. She served in district mathematics teacher leadership roles and as the Mathematics Curriculum Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools. Astrid has experience teaching pre-service and in-service teachers and administrations at the college level and has served on the board of the Wisconsin Mathematics Council. Astrid holds a bachelor's degree in Art History from St. Olaf College, teaching certification coursework from University of St. Thomas and a master's in curriculum and instruction from Viterbo University.
Lisa Goldschmidt is the Executive Vice President of Tools and Classroom Resources at Student Achievement Partners. Before joining Student Achievement Partners, Lisa was the Executive Director of Assessment Technology at the New York City Department of Education. Lisa also worked at Kaplan K12 Learning Services in both operations and marketing roles. Lisa holds a bachelor’s from Brown University and a master’s in public administration with a focus in education policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Laura Hansen is a Senior ELA/Literacy Specialist on the Advisory Support team at Student Achievement Partners. Prior to joining the team, Laura served as Executive Director at ETS, where she was directly involved with many state testing programs. Before that, Laura was a classroom teacher in Texas for nine years, emphasizing reading strategies and best practices in her classroom. While in the classroom, Laura also worked as a scorer for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. She holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Lifetime Teacher Certificate with Reading Specialization for the state of Texas.
Celeste is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer on the Finance, HR, and Operations team at Student Achievement Partners. She has over 25 years of experience in a wide variety of financial roles and industries. She most recently worked as Vice President of Finance, providing strategic operational and financial support to The Achievement Network. She is a licensed CPA and holds a master's degree in business administration from Bentley University's McCallum Graduate School of Business.
Katie Keown is an ELA/Literacy Specialist on the Advisory Support team at Student Achievement Partners. She began her career as a Teach for America corps member, teaching middle school reading in rural Mississippi. She later moved on to teaching high school English in Illinois. While teaching high school English, her work revising the district's ELA curriculum led to a 24% jump in ACT writing scores across the district. Most recently, Katie worked for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt-Riverside. She started as a Content Development Specialist, working her way up to the role of Supervisor, managing the High School ELA team. She worked on assessments for district and state clients, as well as helped to run the development of assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois.
Elizabeth Meier is an Associate for Special Projects and Partner Support at Student Achievement Partners. Prior to joining the team, Elizabeth assistant taught in an ELL high school classroom and helped develop curriculum for a gap year program. She has experience supporting standards implementation on the math team for the past six years at Student Achievement Partners. Elizabeth holds a bachelor's degree in Public Action from Bennington College where she studied education reform.
Susan Pimentel is a Founding Partner of Student Achievement Partners and was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy. She is also a co-founder of StandardsWork, a nonprofit leading the Knowledge Matters campaign. Before her work on the Common Core, Susan was chief architect of the American Diploma Project designed to close the gap between high school demands and postsecondary expectations. Susan’s efforts have been focused on helping communities, districts and states across the nation work together to advance meaningful and enduring education reform and champion proven tools for increasing academic rigor. Susan serves on the English Language Arts work group for the Understanding Language Project of Stanford University and has been working to ensure English language learners are provided full access to instruction aligned to college- and career-readiness standards. Susan has been the lead consultant, content developer, coach, and trainer for seminal federal adult education initiatives for more than two decades, including Standards-in-Action and Promoting College and Career Ready Standards in Adult Basic Education. Her most recent report, co-authored with Ross Wiener of the Aspen Institute, is Practice What You Teach: Connecting Curriculum and Professional Learning in Schools. Susan served two terms on the National Assessment Governing Board that advises on the nation's report card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). She became vice-chair of the body in November 2012. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a law degree from Cornell University.Resources by Team Member
Anna Schattauer Paillé is a Project Manager on the Professional Learning team at Student Achievement Partners. Prior to joining Student Achievement Partners in 2013, Anna worked for the Northside Achievement Zone Promise Neighborhood, a nonprofit dedicated to building a cradle-to-college pipeline of whole family support to close the achievement gap in Minneapolis, MN. Anna holds a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College where she studied Sociology/Anthropology, Women's Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.
Claire Rivero is the Digital Strategy Manager on the Tools and Classroom Resources team at Student Achievement Partners. Claire leads the organization’s communications and digital promotion work across various channels including email, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, always seeking new ways to reach educators. She also manages Achieve the Core’s blog, Aligned. Prior to joining Student Achievement Partners, Claire worked in the Communications department for the American Red Cross and as a literacy instructor in a London pilot program. Claire holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Public Policy from Duke University and a master’s degree in Social Policy (with a concentration on Education Policy) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Stacy Wetcher Gad is a Senior Project Manager on the Advisory Support team at Student Achievement Partners. Prior to working at Student Achievement Partners, Stacy worked as a consultant to a number of large urban school districts, primarily focusing on accountability measures in a project management capacity. Stacy holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®.
Nicole Bravo is a Project Manager on the Professional Learning team at Student Achievement Partners. Before joining the team, Nicole was an Intern at Student Achievement Partners and most recently worked at Pomona College. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of La Verne and a master's degree from Claremont Graduate University, both in International Relations.
Sultana is a Coordinator on the Advisory Support team at Student Achievement Partners. Prior to joining the team, Sultana was a Youth Leader for the Child Center of New York's summer program where she worked to empower at-risk students with the confidence and skills to succeed in school. Sultana holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from CUNY York College.
Carey Swanson is a Senior Literacy Specialist on the Advisory Support team at Student Achievement Partners. Before coming to Student Achievement Partners, Carey worked as an educational consultant, supporting leader and teacher coaching, professional development, and curricular implementation. Prior to this work, Carey was a school leader at a charter school network in Brooklyn. She has experience supporting kindergarten through eighth grade students as a teacher and school leader. Carey holds a bachelor's degree in film from Northwestern University, a master's degree in teaching from Pace University, and a master's of education degree in School Building Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jennie Beltramini is a Mathematics Specialist on the Professional Learning team at Student Achievement Partners. Prior to joining the team, Jennie coordinated, supported, and facilitated state-wide professional learning on Common Core State Standards for the Washington Education Association. Prior to this work, Jennie spent 19 years teaching, instructional coaching, and leading professional learning in school districts in Washington State. Jennie is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Early Adolescent Mathematics. Jennie holds a bachelor's degree in K-8 Education from Washington State University, a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, and a Certificate of Teacher Leadership from the University of Washington.
Sharmin Khan is the Administrative Coordinator at Student Achievement Partners. Sharmin provides general administrative support on a day-to-day basis with specific projects both internal and external. She has a background in administrative support and comes to us with experience from community-based organizations including the Food Bank for New York City and The Family Center. Sharmin holds a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Hunter College.
Tori Filler is an ELA/Literacy Specialist on the Professional Learning team at Student Achievement Partners. Most recently, Tori worked as a special education teacher at an elementary school in Brooklyn, NY. She also has experience with teacher innovation grants in a school district outside of Boston, MA. Tori holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Colgate University and a master's degree in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.Kate Crist is a Senior ELA/Literacy Specialist on the Professional Learning team at Student Achievement Partners. Prior to joining Student Achievement Partners, Kate worked as an educational consultant supporting the alignment of classroom instruction, materials, and professional learning to college- and career-ready standards. Preceding this work, Kate was a high school classroom teacher, literacy coach, and professional development coordinator for large urban school districts in California and Nevada. Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in World History with a minor in Education from University of California Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in Teaching from University of San Francisco.
Susan Hitt is the Digital Content Associate on the Tools and Classroom Resources team at Student Achievement Partners. Prior to joining the team, Susan was the high school Lead English Language Arts teacher for New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington, NC. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in English along with a teaching certification.
Delna Weil is the Product Manager at Student Achievement Partners. Before joining Student Achievement Partners, Delna launched and managed the research and evaluation department at Global Nomads Group, an international education nonprofit. She has also held roles as a curriculum editor at the University of Chicago and as a classroom teacher. Delna holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature from Barnard College and a master’s in International Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University.
Natasha is the Analyst on the Finance, HR, and Operations team at Student Achievement Partners. Before joining the team, she worked at Laureate Education as a Project Analyst overseeing operations, managing contracts, assisting with financial and data analysis, and HR functions. Natasha holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Saint Joseph and master’s degree in Public Administration and Non-Profit Management from the University of Baltimore.
John W. Young is a Senior Fellow for Research with Student Achievement Partners. He previously held positions as the Head of Research for the International Baccalaureate Organization, Director of the Higher Education Research Group at the Educational Testing Service, and as an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Rutgers University. In 1999, he received the Early Career Contribution Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Committee on Scholars of Color in Education for his research on the academic achievement of students of color. In 2014, he served as the President of the Northeastern Educational Research Association. In his career, he has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and has delivered more than 100 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University, his master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and his master’s degree in statistics and Ph.D. in educational research from Stanford University.
Raquel Greene is the Executive Assistant at Student Achievement Partners. She has a background working for mission-driven community organizations, providing executive support, and handling daily operations. Raquel holds a bachelor's degree in English from Loyola College.