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Jennifer Bryan

jennifer bryan

Dr. Bryan earned her BA in Creative Writing at Princeton, her masters and doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University and studied for a year at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She began her career teaching English and coaching at The Hotchkiss School, taught briefly at Northfield Mount Hermon School and was a graduate level instructor in Group Theory, Dynamics and Practice in the Counseling Psychology department at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA.

Dr. Bryan did her graduate clinical internship in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a post-doctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. She worked in the Counseling Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Northampton, MA in 1994. In addition to providing therapy for adults, adolescents, couples, and groups, she offers clinical and organizational consultation to individual schools, local school districts and social service agencies.

Currently, as founder and principal of Team Finch Consultants, Dr. Bryan specializes in helping PreK-12 communities explore gender and sexuality diversity in school life. Her book From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools was published by Rowman and Littlefield Education in 2012. Her conceptual and pedagogical models related to gender and sexuality in educational settings continue to evolve, keeping pace with the profound and rapid social changes occurring every day in the culture at large.

She is also a grateful spouse and the humble parent of two teenagers.



Steven W. Edwards


A leader nationally recognized by USA Today for his innovative approach to education, Dr. Edwards successfully implemented numerous programs to improve student performance during his sixteen-year tenure as a school administrator. Dr. Edwards also has been instrumental in helping countless school districts tailor similar programs with positive, far-reaching results. In addition, Dr. Edwards is an internationally recognized keynote speaker, facilitator and trainer regularly featured as a content expert on television and radio with appearances on CNN on topics such as school safety, school climate and reform. He has worked in 49 states and 42 countries. As a planner, Dr. Edwards has worked locally, nationally and internationally with both for-profit and non-profit organizations, such as schools, corporations, municipalities and countries. Clients include The United Nations and World Bank. In addition, he has served as an advisor to the White House on education issues. As a planner he has assisted groups and individuals in identifying and achieving individual and organizational goals. Throughout his thirty-five year professional career, Dr. Edwards has published numerous articles on school reform and leadership, and has co-authored five books, which address school reform initiatives and leadership development. He has also served as a professor of educational leadership for both the University of Connecticut and the George Washington University teaching prospective administrators in the Graduate School of Education. Currently Dr. Edwards serves as a visiting lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom. In addition, Dr. Steven Edwards has served as the Vice President for the Children, Communities, and Youth Division of the National Crime Prevention Council in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw initiatives that focus on delivering a crime prevention message to America’s youth and youth around the world. His efforts in this area involved working with schools, youth service agencies, community leaders and policy makers across the country and internationally. Currently, Dr. Edwards serves as a member of several national and international boards including serving as a featured board member of the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University.



Stacey Ellmore

StaceyEllmorep>Stacey joined ACT in the fall of 1992, and has served in numerous capacities supporting secondary schools, districts, and Complex Areas, postsecondary institutions, national programs such as GEAR UP, TRiO, and AVID, and state-level education and workforce agencies, legislatures, and governor’s offices. Prior to ACT, she held positions at the California State University, Sacramento Alumni Association, and for 12 years was a college admission officer at Texas Christian University, supporting students in the school-to-college transition process. Since 2012, Stacey has served as the ACT State Programs lead for large state contracts, including Hawaii statewide ACT Explore, ACT Plan, and ACT Plus Writing.



Randal Fielding


Randall Fielding, AIA, MAIBC, is the Chairman and Design Director of Fielding Nair International, an award-winning school planning and design firm with project in 43 countries. Randy oversees FNI’s mission to improve learning by nurturing the development of creative learning communities that are in consonance with global best practice and research.

Randy shares his vision with over one million people each year through, an online forum for innovative learning environments that he founded in 1998. Randy and his partner, Prakash Nair, co-authored the seminal book on educational architecture, “The Language of School Design, Design Patterns for 2st century Learning,” now in its third edition. His achievements have earned more than a dozen design awards, including the Council of Educational Facility Planners Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. In 2013, two of his projects were selected as finalists for the prestigious CEFPI MacConnell Award, the top honor worldwide for school design.



Larry Kahn and Susan Davis

LarryKahn and SusanDavis

Larry has been working to transform learning at schools since 1999. He is a founding member and past president of the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) Independent Schools Educators Network. His many leadership roles also include his service on the NAIS 21st Century Curriculum Technology Task Force.

Throughout the past three decades, Susan Davis has taught fifth-grade through graduate-level students; in addition, she has given numerous presentations on education and technology and has served in administrative roles focusing on helping teachers learn from one another as they develop best practices for engaging students as independent, creative, collaborative learners. She currently blogs about transformations in education for Getting Smart and teaches 7th- and 8th-grade English at the ‘Iolani School.



Ok-hwa Lee

Okhwa Lee

Prof. Ok-hwa Lee is an educator and futurist in the design of education that is assessable to anyone anytime anywhere. She believes in educational equity and that education is a fundamental right for people. She has been a professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Education, College of Education, Chungbuk National University in South Korea for 19 years, and prior to that she served at two of the national research institutes for 10 years: KEDI (Korea Educational Development Institute) and KAIST SERI (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Software Engineering Research Institute).

As a specialist in educational technology, she has been a leader in the use of technology in education in Korea since 1987. She has been a pioneer of computer education, e-learning, smart education since the concept of ICT application was introduced at the national level in Korea. Her interest has been educational innovation with technology support throughout her academic training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in USA (master’s and Ph.D. programs) and Ewha Women’s University in Korea (BS). She has served on three President’s committees (Republic of Korea) – the President’s Council on Information Strategies; the e-Government Committee of the Local Government Innovation Council; and the Committee for Educational Reform. She received the national medal for her service in the development of e-Government in 2007.

She has been involved in numerous international collaborations to expand and share her interests in educational innovation with the support of new pedagogy and global education. Some of her international collaborations are ACU (ASEAN Cyber University) in south Asian countries, KE LeGE (Korea EU Leaders of Global Education, university students mobility program that includes practicum abroad between Korea and EU for pre-service teachers), BRIDGE (Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) project between Korea and Australia for 19 years which is sponsored by the government of Australia and Korea, Korean member for GELP (Global Education Leaders Program), collaborative research with Finnish universities (the University of Helsinki and Jyvaskyla). She was the chairperson of the professional society “Korean Association for Educational Information and Media”, chair of ICoME (International Conference of Media Education) and chief editor of international online journal.

More recently, she has run an educational social entrepreneurship company called “Smart School” for three years to provide educational services and job opportunities for community members in the region where her university is located. This new experimental work is to provide the equal educational opportunity to people who are less privileged.


Gail Lovely

Gail Lovely

Gail Lovely is a teacher and a learner, through and through. She started her career in public education and credits much of her tenacity to teaching elementary grades in inner city Los Angeles in the 1980s. Gail has a degree in psychology from UCLA and her MS in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. Gail has taught learners from ages 2 to 82 and is passionate about learning with them as she teaches. Gail has her own company that focuses on learning and using technologies in wise and wonderful ways. She is proud of her recently published book “Suddenly It Clicks! - Using an iPad with Your Preschooler” written with Gayle Berthiaume. For more information, see Gail’s complete CV here:



Laura McBain


Laura McBain is the Director of External Relations. Laura has served as founding teacher and principal to two High Tech High school. She currently directs the HTH Education Leadership Academy, a one year hybrid program, geared toward developing educators as change agents. As part of her work she has developed distance programs for educators, including two HTH MOOC courses on school creation and deeper learning. However her true passion lies in working with national and international schools on the success and challenges of school transformation.



Royce Mitchell


Longtime educator and education innovator, Royce Mitchell leads planning and distribution for ACT Aspire throughout the Western Region. Having taught, lead virtual education programs, school partnerships and services and interactive curriculum programs, Royce is thrilled to present ACT Aspire, an exciting new longitudinal assessment system that will revolutionize the testing experience.



Lou Salza


Educator, grandfather, school reformer since the first grade. Head of Lawrence School for students with learning differences; 'Where differences are not disabilities and where great minds don't think alike.'



Kim Saxe


Kim Saxe, director of the Innovation Labs at The Nueva School and lecturer at Stanford University, is a long time educator, and former engineer and R&D director. She has been teaching for over 25 years, the last 18 at Nueva. Kim is routinely visited by teams of educators from all over the world who are looking to implement Design Thinking programs in their own countries. Kim is a pioneer in the field of Design Thinking and Design Engineering in education. She has invented and taught constructivist, project-based curricula across all subject areas in grades K-10. She is able to translate the mindsets and methodologies of Design Thinking, taught to Master's degree students at Stanford, into compelling and broadening experiences for pre-collegiate students.

Kim directs the Design Thinking, Design Engineering, and Entrepreneurship programs at Nueva. She also oversees the school's award-winning, competitive robotics and Tech Challenge teams. Kim has created and piloted a student engineering curriculum that is now taught to all 4th-9th grade students at Nueva. For the past five years, Kim has shepherded hundreds of 8th, 9th, and 10th graders through mentored projects, teaching them project management as they discover their true passions. She continually re-invents Nueva's inspiring and ever-changing 4,000 sq. ft. Innovation Lab, which was designed in partnership with Stanford's Institute of Design ( You can reach Kim on twitter @kimsaxe or by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Terri Trevathan


Terri Trevathan is from the state of Hawaii and holds a B.Ed. in Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education as well as an M.Ed. in Educational Foundations. She has been an educator for 17 years, teaching every grade from Kindergarten to Sixth grade. Terri has taught in the public school systems for both Hawaii and North Carolina, and has utilized the SMART Board in the classroom setting for the past 10 years. Terri is now the certified Education Consultant and Trainer for The Audio Visual Company, specializing in SMART and eInstruction education products.