Dr. Lissa Pijanowski
Karen Branscombe Power
Karen Branscombe is a Senior Associate at Innovate 2 Educate. She is thrilled that each and every day, she is able to work with schools and school districts to impact learning. In her role, Karen provides onsite coaching, advising, and leadership to schools and districts. Karen’s expertise includes needs assessments as well as work with senior staff at the district level. Working through School Improvement Planning requires commitment to the process and Karen is able to provide guidance and expertise in all areas of the process. She enjoys supporting leaders and their teams to build focus and alignment.
Karen is passionate about schools and about student success. She understands the hard work that it takes for a school to be successful. Karen’s past included two years as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education in New Brunswick, Canada, nine years as Superintendent of School District 2 in New Brunswick, five years as a principal, and several years as vice principal and teacher. As both a superintendent and as a principal, Karen developed a collaborative, shared leadership model focused on using data to impact instruction and student success. Karen says that her learning has come from many mistakes, great students and staff, and many mentors. She is most happy when she is sharing her expertise with others. Karen has been the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership work. She has a Masters in School Administration.
Karen lives on the Atlantic Ocean in Eastern Canada and resides in Florida during the winter months. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and trying to golf.
Karen also serves as a Senior Consultant with the International Center for Leadership in Education, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. For more information about ICLE services, Click HERE.
You can contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Cathy Lassiter
Cathy Lassiter is a Senior Associate with Innovate 2 Educate. She supports I2E's work in the areas of leadership development, principal and teacher evaluation, data teams, and the Common Core State Standards. Cathy is the author of The Secrets and Simple Truths of High-Performing School Cultures, and she was a contributing author and content editor for Activate: A Leader’s Guide to People, Practices and Processes. Additionally, Cathy was a primary contributor to The Leadership and Learning Center’s Getting Ready for the Common Core State Standards handbook series, and she was the architect of The Leadership and Learning Center’s Leaders Developing Leaders Seminar Series. Cathy is a high energy, passionate speaker who is in great demand both in the U.S. and in Canada.
Prior to her retirement, Cathy held a number of leadership positions in her district including; executive director of middle schools, senior director of curriculum, instruction and staff development, middle school principal, and high school teacher. While director of curriculum and instruction, her district won the prestigious Broad Prize in Urban Education. She has also served as an adjunct professor for The George Washington University teaching graduate courses in educational leadership.
Cathy also has vast experience working with middle and high school students. As a middle school principal, she concentrated on serving the needs of all students by imposing rigorous standards and high expectations. She was named Virginia’s Middle School Principal of the Year for the success of her school. As a nationally recognized teacher, Cathy proved her ability to successfully reach students from all backgrounds.
Cathy earned her doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from The George Washington University.
Dr. Lassiter is also a Senior Fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. For more information about ICLE services, Click HERE.
You can contact Cathy at email@example.com
Dr. Angela Peery
Dr. Angela Peery is a consultant and author with three decades of experience as an educator. She has spent the last decade completing over 100 speaking and consulting days per year and authoring or co-authoring ten books, including the bestsellers Writing Matters in Every Classroom and The Data Teams Experience: A Guide for Effective Meetings.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Angela was an instructional coach for a chronically low-performing middle school. Her other experience includes ten years of classroom teaching in middle and high schools, four years as a high school administrator, and leadership roles at the building, district, and state levels. In these roles, she developed curriculum and mentored other teachers in standards implementation. She also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, both in-person and online. Additionally, she was a co-director of a National Writing Project site for several years, teaching the summer institute.
Angela earned her doctorate in curriculum in 2000. Her doctoral research highlighted professional development in literacy that she orchestrated with teachers at a K-8 Jewish day school.
A Virginia native, Angela earned her B. A. in English at Randolph-Macon Woman's College and her M. A. in Liberal Arts at Hollins College. Her professional licensures include secondary English, secondary administration, and gifted/talented education. She has also studied presentation design and delivery with experts Nancy Duarte, Garr Reynolds, and Rick Altman. Most recently, she has undertaken graduate study in brain-based learning.
You can contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org