THE RTM K12
NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD
The RTM K-12 National Advisory Board gathers annually to collaborate and provide our team with direction and feedback to ensure that our work within the K-12 community is timely, accurate and impactful. The Board is comprised of industry thought leaders and consultants that are true innovators driving change in the K-12 sector. If you are interested in getting involved, please email email@example.com for more information – we would love to hear from you!
- Ash MahajanChief Information & Technology OfficerAdams 12 Five Star Schools(CO)Ash MahajanChief Information & Technology OfficerAdams 12 Five Star SchoolsView Bio
Ash has served since 2012 as the Chief Information and Technology Officer for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, a district that serves 38,000 students across five cities in the northern part of the Denver metro area. At his current stop he has been learning about turnaround at a K12 IT department through a refocusing on customer service, process improvement, and culture/staff change, all with a passion for the core business: education. His previous stops in IT leadership have included higher ed, pharmaceuticals, retail, technology sales, and international banking. Outside of customer service, his other passion is exploring and sustaining a work and team culture that promotes wellness and self-actualization, so that people are not only bringing their best selves to work, but are perhaps living their best lives.
- Dr. Sheryl AbshireChief Technology OfficerCalcasieu Parish Public Schools(LA)Dr. Sheryl AbshireChief Technology OfficerCalcasieu Parish Public SchoolsView Bio
As the Chief Technology Officer for the Calcasieu Parish Public Schools for nineteen years, Dr. Abshire is a catalyst to initiate the integration of technology throughout the nation and internationally by providing leadership on numerous national, state and district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum in changing educational practice. A forty-three year veteran educator, she has worked as a school principal, K-5 teacher, library/media specialist, classroom teacher, and university professor. In 2010 she was appointed by the FCC to the USAC board representing the nation’s schools and libraries on ERATE matters. Sheryl was the 2013 National Coalition for Technology in Education & Training Community Builder Award winner for exemplary service in support of policies and practices designed to facilitate the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning across the nation’s education system. ISTE awarded Sheryl the first Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award in 2009 for her decades of work promoting educational technology. Dr. Abshire is the past president of the Louisiana ISTE affiliate – LACUE where she presently serves as the Vice President of Advocacy and Programs. She was the first teacher inducted into our country’s National Teachers’ Hall of Fame and serves on the board and is past chair of Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Additionally, she serves on the K-12 Advisory Board for Blackboard, Dell's Platinum Advisory Committee, eSchool News and Scholastic Administrators Advisory Boards.
- Dr. Steve JoelSuperintendentLincoln Public Schools(NE)Dr. Steve JoelSuperintendentLincoln Public SchoolsView Bio
A native of Long Island, New York, with degrees from Doane College, University of Nebraska, and Kansas State, Dr. Joel has extensive experience as a superintendent in Kansas and Nebraska. Prior to his current role as Superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools, Dr. Joel served for ten years as superintendent in Grand Island and eight years in Beatrice. Located in the heart of the plains, LPS is renowned for its long-standing legacy of educational excellence: a district serving more than 40,000 students and 8,000 employees.
- Dr. Susan EnfieldSuperintendentHighline Public Schools(WA)Dr. Susan EnfieldSuperintendentHighline Public SchoolsView Bio
Knowing every student by name, strength and need is the promise of Highline Public Schools. Under the leadership of Superintendent Susan Enfield, the district is implementing a bold, four-year strategic plan that calls for at least 19 out of 20 students being proficient by third grade, passing Algebra by ninth grade and graduating bilingual, biliterate and tech-savvy, tech-literate.
A former high school teacher, Susan served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before joining Highline in 2012. She previously held leadership positions in Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA), Portland Public Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Susan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program.
- Dr. Tanzy KilcreaseAssistant Superintendent of Teaching & LearningBibb County School District(GA)Dr. Tanzy KilcreaseAssistant Superintendent of Teaching & LearningBibb County School DistrictView Bio
Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease is a 26-year educator who serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for the Bibb County School District. Her love for children inspires her work in education. In fact, she left the field of journalism in order to return to school and realize her true calling in education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Georgia College, and a Master of Education and Specialist in Education from Georgia College and State University. Dr. Kilcrease earned her doctorate in Administration and Supervision from Argosy University. She is certified in Leadership, Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Gifted, Teacher Support Coach, ESOL and Microsoft Innovative Educator. She has graduated from the Georgia Superintendent Professional Development Program, and she is a nationally certified trainer for “Fierce Conversations”.
She began her career as a middle school teacher then moved into leadership positions, becoming an assistant principal and serving as a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She served as the Director of School Improvement in Peach County then returned to the Bibb County District in 2011 as an Associate Superintendent. As principal, her work was published in two books, one titled Are We There Yet: Continuing to Close the Achievement Gap and Creating School Cultures that Embrace Learning: What Successful Leaders Do. Two schools she served became Title I Distinguished Schools, and the high school was recognized in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators’ magazine for having a 46% change in graduation rate since 2011. She was also the 2012 recipient of the Deana Burgess Award from Georgia College and State University for mentoring aspiring leaders, which is another one of her passions.
Under her leadership as Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning her team has established expectations for curriculum, instruction and assessment to provide consistency in practice across the district. She has developed professional learning on Formative Instructional Practices (FIP) and “Get Better Faster” that has been presented throughout the state of Georgia. A District Literacy Leadership Team, which encompasses community members, has been established to monitor the District’s Literacy Plan. The district was also one of the 38 recipients of the L4GA Grant affording the Westside zone with over $1.6 million dollars for improvement in literacy. The BSCD team received the College Board Linking Award for the concerted effort of providing Bibb County students with SAT preparation and SAT Day. The district’s work with elementary schedules was also featured in the District Management Journal, a national magazine, in an article titled “Raising Achievement and Addressing Equity at Bibb County Schools”. In March 2019, she will present on the District’s Literacy Plan at the ASCD National Conference.
Dr. Kilcrease is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL), the Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors (GACIS) and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).
- Gautam SethiChief Technology Officer and Acting Chief Operating OfficerDouglas County School District(CO)Gautam SethiChief Technology Officer and Acting Chief Operating OfficerDouglas County School DistrictView Bio
Gautam joined Douglas County School District in 2014 with over 18 years of Information Technology experience. In those years, he worked as a technology consultant for companies like Verizon and Johnson & Johnson prior to joining New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE). It was at NYCDOE he discovered his passion for solving deeply complex educational and operational problems using technology. During his 8 years at NYCDOE, he managed various IT projects impacting the 1.4 million students and 1,600 schools. He then moved from the largest school district in the US to Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to work in an urban environment with significant equity issues as it relates to technology. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Delhi University, India and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Emory University, Atlanta.
- Grant BennettSuperintendentPerris Union High School District(CA)Grant BennettSuperintendentPerris Union High School DistrictView Bio
Grant Bennett is the Superintendent of the Perris Union High School District. He has been a member of the Perris Union High School District for the past 25 years.
Grant started at Perris High School as a Teacher, Baseball Coach and Athletic Director. He then went onto become the Principal at Perris High School. Later he became the Principal for the brand new Heritage High School, which he opened. Grant then moved to the district office, where he first served as the Director of Pupil Services before moving over to Curriculum and Instruction. For two years, Grant was the driving force behind the implementation of the Common Core in English and Math for the Perris Union High School District. He then spent one year as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, before becoming District Superintendent.
Grant received his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree from National University in Educational Administration. He has been heavily involved in the Perris Community, serving for more than 12 years on the Board of Directors for the Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce, including 5 years as President. In addition, Grant has been a member of the Rotary Club of Perris for more than 17years.
Grant has been married for nearly 33 years to his wife Pam and they have three grown children.
- Heather WarrellExecutive Administrator of Digital InnovationJefferson County Public Schools(KY)Heather WarrellExecutive Administrator of Digital InnovationJefferson County Public SchoolsView Bio
Heather Warrell is a champion of ruckus makers, purple cows, and those who fly close to the sun. Heather currently leads the #KYGoDigital movement in her state, and passionately serves schools and districts across Kentucky to leverage the power of digital tools to “work smarter not harder” for kids. Heather began her career as a middle school teacher, led as a library media specialist, and then as a vice principal of culture and innovation. Her former school, Thomas Nelson High School, is widely recognized as one of the most forward-thinking schools in the state of Kentucky. Heather is a co-founder of #EdCampKy and leads the Kentucky Online Virtual Network (KOVN) which is a coalition of district-level online course providers spanning courses across Kentucky, the nation, and world. She currently serves as the Executive Administrator of Digital Innovation for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY and as an online/virtual consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education.
- Jeff KohrmanInformation Technology OfficerSpring Independent School District(TX)Jeff KohrmanInformation Technology OfficerSpring Independent School DistrictView Bio
Jeffry Kohrman is the Spring Independent School District’s Information Technology Officer. A U.S. Army veteran with more than 30 years of IT experience. Jeff manages operational and project related technology activities at both the district and campus levels. His team is responsible for all data center activities, customer support, application support and data compliance.
His lengthy career includes many highlights and accomplishments while leading various project management teams within the area of IT infrastructure, including application development, desktop engineering, end-user security strategies and wireless technology. He has served as program manager at the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation/TEA, Senior Director at AIGT and American General Life companies, senior performance analyst at Compaq Computer Corporation, Manager of desktop services at Exxon Chemical Company USA as well as several Y2K consulting projects.
Jeff’s professional experience in generating IT strategies and support systems supports Spring ISD efforts to ensure first-class project management and operational support for our students, parents and personnel with the district’s IT systems.
- Jeff McCoyAssociate Superintendent of AcademicsGreenville County Schools(SC)Jeff McCoyAssociate Superintendent of AcademicsGreenville County SchoolsView Bio
Jeff McCoy is currently serving as the Associate Superintendent of Academics for Greenville County Schools in South Carolina. Greenville County Schools is the largest district in South Carolina and 45th largest in the nation with over 76,000 students. Jeff started his career in Greenville County Schools as a middle school teacher in 2000 and has held various district leadership positions throughout his sixteen year career. He is currently an adjunct professor at Furman University and serves on multiple state and national committees.
- Joseph WilliamsExecutive Director of TechnologyPerris Union High School District(CA)Joseph WilliamsExecutive Director of TechnologyPerris Union High School DistrictView Bio
Joseph Williams is the Executive Director of Technology for Perris Union High School District (PUHSD). As an education innovator, he took what he learned in the classroom as he worked as an English teacher, literacy coach, and technology coach. Eight years ago, Mr. Williams assembled a team of educators to develop, plan, implement, and manage the Scholar+ teaching and learning initiative that has transformed PUHSD.
Mr. Williams became a Google Certified Teacher in 2008 and was the 2015 Technology Administrator of the Year for ACSA Region 19. Mr. Williams has sat on numerous education panels including speaking at the White House and on Capitol Hill on the subjects of Makerspaces and 3D printing on school campuses. Mr. Williams was honored to be recognized by Education Week for their 2017 Leaders to Learn From.
Always eager to contribute, Mr. Williams has been a co-author on the RTM Blueprints, presents at RTM events, and is on the RTM K-12 National Advisory Board.
- Kirk LangerChief Technology OfficerLincoln Public Schools(NE)Kirk LangerChief Technology OfficerLincoln Public SchoolsView Bio
Throughout his 25 years with Lincoln Public Schools, Kirk Langer has held a variety of technology positions directly supporting the use of technology - as a catalyst for increasing business productivity and teacher effectiveness in support of student learning. In the aftermath of a catastrophic fire 5 years ago, Kirk has been a driving force in a transformation that has moved Lincoln Public Schools from a district that integrates technology, to a district where technology is integral to the delivery of service and instruction. Endeavors over the past four years have combined, connected and aligned the efforts of stakeholders in Curriculum, Technology, Finance and Facilities. The recently adopted CLASS (Connected Learning for the Achievement of Students and Staff) Technology plan provides a systemic and sustainable framework to leverage work to date and further unify efforts moving forward. Most recently, Kirk’s efforts have reached out to the community where he is working with the city's libraries and leadership to ensure Lincoln Public Schools’ learners have viable network connections regardless of where they live or any socioeconomic limitations.
- Mark FinstromChief Technology OfficerHighline Public Schools(WA)Mark FinstromChief Technology OfficerHighline Public SchoolsView Bio
Mark Finstrom serves as Chief Technology Officer for Highline Public schools, serving nearly 22,000 students in Washington State. A 20-year technology veteran, he has in-depth expertise in strategic planning and operations. Mr. Finstrom is a member of cabinet, designs and orchestrates Highline’s strategic roadmap, leads the technical team and works closely with end-users and partners. Mr. Finstrom is a nationally recognized technologist. He holds a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) certificate and is involved in several national and regional education groups. He serves as a board member for the Association of Computer Professionals in Education and a board member for the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum Education.
Mr. Finstrom volunteers his time to advocate for technology in education by chairing advisory boards for the Consortium of School Networking, WA K20 and Century Link CTOs. He is a contributor to education and technology publications and speaks at industry events, conferences and webinars. Mr. Finstrom is committed to equity in education, high expectations for all, and partnering with families and the community to ensure that all learners achieve their potential. His team’s work embodies the district’s strategic plan by striving to integrate tech-savvy and tech-literate goals into every pillar of the district’s work.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Finstrom served as the Operations Manager for Boulder Valley School District. There he was responsible for developing strategies to bridge the gap between traditional technologies and next-generation instructional tools. Mr. Finstrom has been instrumental in operational- and productivity-enhancing solutions while working in Minnesota, Colorado and Washington State.
He was an active farmer with his father and worked the family farm for nearly 20 years.
Mr. Finstrom graduated from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, IA. He earned his BS from the University of Northwestern and his MA from the University of St. Thomas.
He currently resides in Auburn, WA with his wife and three children.
After hours, Mr. Finstrom enjoys spending time with his family, recreating outdoors, and creating and building solutions for projects at work and at home.
- Marlo GaddisChief Technology OfficerWake County Public School System(NC)Marlo GaddisChief Technology OfficerWake County Public School SystemView Bio
Marlo Gaddis is the Chief Technology Officer of the Wake County Public School System. Curiosity and the constant drive to make things better for others led her to uncover a passion for education and later, a love of technology. She has a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Elon College (now Elon University) where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She also has a Masters in Instructional Technology from North Carolina State University and a Graduate Certificate from Johns Hopkins University in School Administration and Supervision. She served three other NC Districts of various sizes in the past as 21st Century Learning Coordinator, Lead Teacher for Technology (K-5) and Media (K-12); Lead Teacher for Math, Science, Social Studies and Technology (K-5); district and school Technology Facilitator; and Kindergarten and First Grade teacher.
Marlo currently serves on advisory committees for the NC Department of Public Instruction and the NC Digital Learning Plan. She is a past president for NCTIES (North Carolina Technology in Education Society) and Board Member of NCASA (North Carolina Association of School Administrators).
- Scott BaileySuperintendentDesert Sands Unified School District(CA)Scott BaileySuperintendentDesert Sands Unified School DistrictView Bio
Scott Bailey is the proud Superintendent of Schools for the Desert Sands Unified School District, which serves 29,000 students in the Coachella Valley of Southern California. Prior to his superintendency, Scott served in various teaching and administrative roles in districts ranging in size from 9,000 to 314,000 students. His career experience spans nearly 30 years, and includes teaching experience in Joplin, Missouri’s R8 School District, teaching and school administrator experience in Las Vegas, Nevada’s Clark County School District, and school and central office administrative experience in Reno, Nevada’s Washoe County School District. Throughout his distinguished career, Scott earned the distinction of Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year, and received numerous senatorial, gubernatorial, and congressional recognitions. In 2010, Scott was appointed to the Baldrige Board of Examiners by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. A life-long learner, Scott has taught graduate level courses for Nova Southeastern University, and spent several years learning corporate structures as a part-time cast member at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Scott is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt by the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and holds four FEMA certificates in emergency response. His reputation for thinking creatively “inside the box” led to his recognition as a 2019 Superintendent to Watchby the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). He is passionate about continuous improvement, enjoys engaging in global professional learning networks, and serves on numerous local, state and national boards and committees. His quotable quote, “We need to teach students the way they want to learn, not necessarily how we were taught”. You can follow him on Twitter @scaughtsb
- Traci HoganAssistant Superintendent for Special EducationGreenville County Schools(SC)Traci HoganAssistant Superintendent for Special EducationGreenville County SchoolsView Bio
Traci M. Hogan is the Assistant Superintendent for Special Education for Greenville County Schools in Greenville, SC. Greenville County Schools is the largest school district in South Carolina and serves over 76,000 students. Ms. Hogan is responsible for the programming and services for over 11,000 students with disabilities. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Disorders from Marshall University and holds elementary principal and superintendent certifications. Ms. Hogan has 23 years of experience in special education which includes working with the South Carolina public school system and the private health sector. She has experience in administration at small, mid-sized, and large districts as well as varying geographical areas. Ms. Hogan completed the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program through the Institute for Educational Leadership where she worked diligently on the legislation that now enables certain students with disabilities in the South Carolina to earn a state employability credential. She has participated in the Women’s Leadership Institute through Furman University’s Corporate and Professional Development and was a member of the Upstate XXVI Upstate Class of the Diversity Leaders Initiative through the Riley Institute at Furman University. Ms. Hogan is a member of many professional organizations and has worked on a variety of state task forces. She is currently a member of the Executive Board for the South Carolina Association for the Supervision and Curriculum Development (SCASCD.) In May 2019, Ms. Hogan was named the District Administrator of the Year by her peers in Greenville County Schools.