Meet Our Team and Partners

passion. integrity. expertise.

Our team brings decades of experience in education as teachers, school specialists, leaders, and state policy experts. We bring equal depth in IT development, using the latest web technologies. We are a team grounded in expertise, a passion for the work we do, and a dedication to positive outcomes, focused on student learning and customized client engagement.

Meet Our Team and Partners

passion. integrity. expertise.

Our team brings decades of experience in education as teachers, school specialists, leaders, and state policy experts. We bring equal depth in IT development, using the latest web technologies. We are a team grounded in expertise, a passion for the work we do, and a dedication to positive outcomes, focused on student learning and customized client engagement.

OUR TEAM

Mike SchwartzPh.D., MPA

President

Mike.Schwartz@
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Mike brings decades of education and technology experience to assist states, districts and schools. Following his education in public policy at Harvard University, Mike focused his consulting skills to make a difference in K-12 education. He has worked at the state and local level and served as chairperson and a member of his school board for 10 years. Mike earned his Ph.D., with a focus on the importance of civic responsibility and 21st-century skills, within public schools.

Favorite book: Stop Keeping Score, Brad Lebo

Karen MatsoMSW, M.ED

Director of Professional Development and Literacy Curriculum

Karen.Matso@
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Karen has 20 years of experience as an educational leader, focusing in literacy, special education and RTI, curriculum and assessment. Most recently she has served as an educational consultant in New Hampshire and has facilitated professional development and school transformation initiatives in New Hampshire, Maine, and Connecticut. Karen is a passionate educator and lively presenter.

Favorite book: Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Rebecca Dawson WebbMA

Manager of Communications and Operations

Rebecca.DawsonWebb@
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Rebecca spent 17 years in the classroom, first as a high school English teacher and then as a writing instructor at UNH. Since then she has used her training as a facilitator and coach to led memoir writing workshops and facilitate discussion groups for the Maine Humanities Council. Rebecca has a master’s degree in writing and expertise as a writer and editor, skills she uses as the Lead Speaker Coach for TEDxPortsmouth. Rebecca also has experience helping organizations shape their message and function efficiently and effectively.

Favorite book: Lila, Marilynne Robinson

Heather JenkinsM.ED

Director of Assessment and Math Curriculum

Heather.Jenkins@
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Heather put her love for data analysis and math to work in her careers in both the technology and education industries. With more than 15 years as an early elementary teacher, she is skilled in curriculum design and delivery, PLC’s and data use, and strategies in both ELA and math.

Favorite book: There is a Bird on Your Head, Mo Willems

Lauren MercierM.ED

Professional Development and School Specialist

Lauren.Mercier@
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Lauren Mercier is a public school educator with 17 years experience as a classroom teacher, school counselor, and administrator. She has worked with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Lauren is a strong advocate for students and staff, working collaboratively to resolve social, behavioral, and academic issues.

Favorite movie: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Tammy HiltonM.ED

Professional Development and School Specialist

Tammy.Hilton@
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Tammy brings nearly 20 years of educational experience as a K-12 classroom teacher and instructional specialist. She has a M.S.Ed in Literacy, a CAGS in gifted education, and a BS as a classroom teacher. She also is also certified as an assistant principal.

Favorite book: Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

Ann MordecaiM.ED

Data Specialist

Ann.Mordecai@
DemonstratedSuccess.com

Ann has a unique set of skills that include experience in special education, general education and math education as well as software engineering and project management. This combination has given her the ability to work successfully with grade level teams, vertical teams, and administration to develop and implement plans to move schools to the proficient status on state assessments and direct teams towards the Common Core Math Goals. Ann has developed formative and summative assessments, scoring protocols, data storage and retrieval methods, and most importantly data analysis techniques for use in successful math improvement and intervention programs for both general and special education.

Favorite book: The Red Tent, Anita Diamant

Thomas LedueM.EDL

School Leadership Specialist

Tom.Ledue@
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Tom is an educational consultant and school coach with over thirty years in school leadership and instruction across grades K-12. As an Assistant Principal and Principal for 16 years, he was at the forefront of leading both a high school and an elementary school through strategic change to support dramatically improved student outcomes. Tom is passionate about education; he is always eager to work with teachers and school leaders to improve their craft to support their students and each other more effectively.

Favorite book: The New Age of Adventure; Ten Years of Great Writing An Anthology of the Best of Adventure Magazine by National Geographic

Cyndy CurrierM.ED

School Support Specialist

CCurrier@Mac.com

Cyndy has years of experience working in public schools as a teacher, technology director, and trainer. Cyndy has played many roles, including support with formative assessments, data use by teachers and administrators, educator evaluation systems, and years of support for data collection—assisting schools with local student information systems and state data submission.

Favorite book: Trinty, Leon Uris

Gabriela TimothyM.ED

Professional Development and School Specialist

Gabriela.Timothy@
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Gabriela has a dual master’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is a Doctoral Candidate and is focused on Universal Design for Learning, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Blended Learning, Multi-Tiered Support Systems for Diverse Learners.

Laura SchreiberMA

ESOL School Specialist

Laura.Linnea.Schreiber@Gmail.com

Laura Schreiber is a classroom teacher and comparative education expert based in Maryland, with 15 years of experience working in multiple districts and countries. Beginning in 2008 as a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan, Laura taught English and developed English curricula for rural public schools. Upon returning to the US, Laura taught grades 4 through 6 to a multinational student body in Fairfax County, VA.

Favorite album: Let It Be, The Beatles

Elizabeth DionNew

Office Adminstrator and Event Specialist

Elizabeth.Dion@
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Elizabeth’s background is marketing and channel sales. She has spent the past ten years volunteering and subbing in schools. She believes education is critical for everyone and supports those that are ready to move forward and learn at any age.

Favorite Album: James Taylor Live

India WardellNew

Product Specialist

India.Wardell@
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India is an administrative professional with 10+ years of managerial experience with an unparalleled ability to prioritize and carry out multiple projects and deadlines. Her background includes but is not limited to office management, nonprofit coordination, and classroom education.

Favorite album: Seat at the Table, Solange

Ryan StevensAS / CS

Technology Manager

Ryan.Stevens@
DemonstratedSuccess.com

Ryan has 18 years of information technology experience in education, insurance, and finance. He turns ideas into reality through technology. He spent 9 years as a software developer at the NH Department of Education, helping build information systems, such as Apprenticeship, Career and Technical Education, i4see, Grant Management, Food and Nutrition, Educator Evaluation, and Statistical Surveys.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack

Kevin ScottM.CS

Lead Developer

haisol@gmail.com

Kevin is a Senior Developer and has spent three years with Demonstrated Success. He has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and has been developing database driven software programs for over a decade.

Favorite movie: A River Runs Through It

Steve LauducciNew

Senior Developer

Steve.Lauducci@
DemonstratedSuccess.com

Steve has been working in software development since 1993 and in the area of K-12 education since 1995. His favorite part of his workday comes when he can convince a computer to act in a way that makes someone else’s interaction with that computer easier, or at least a little less frustrating. He also enjoys being able to take complex data sets and render them into clear, easily-understood graphic forms. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Russ EckellNew

Senior Developer

Russ.Eckell@
DemonstratedSuccess.com

Russ Eckell is a software developer and IT technologist with over 15 years of professional experience working in K-12 and higher education. Russ believes that empathy is a super power when it comes to design, code, and support, and applies this belief to his work with Demonstrated Success. He holds a B.S. in Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Maryland.

Favorite album: Vitalogy, Pearl Jam

Joseph SherburneM.CS

Senior Developer

jsherburne@wolfendex.com

Joe has a Masters in IT and has been developing systems for nearly a decade. Joe spent 3 years as a developer for the Department of Education, helping build upon existing systems, such as their student collection, education statistics, and ESOL systems. Joe’s a full-stack developer with a strong focus in database and .NET development.

Favorite TV series: Band of Brothers

Ernest EssahNew

Senior Development

Ernest.Essah@
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Ernest is a software professional with 8 years of IT experience in Microsoft .NET and UI technologies. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. he has been developing software programs for over 8 years. Ernest loves kids, traveling, and spending time with family.

Favorite movie: The Legend of the Seeker

Rory LinNew

Senior Developer

Rory.Lin@
DemonstratedSuccess.com

Rory is a software engineer and consultant focused on web development and passionate about learning cutting-edge technologies and solving challenges. He has over 7 years of experience in both startup and enterprise business environments building solutions where frontend skills, creative thinking, good eye on UI/UX, and high attention to detail are key, and fast turnaround is paramount.

Favorite musical artist: Stone Nayoung (K-pop)

Ryan McDonnell

Developer

Ryan.McDonnell@
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Ryan has a B.S in IT and Web Science from Rensselaer Polytech and two internships with SKS Bottle and Packaging where he worked on their internal websites and apps. He is excited to learn new skills and gain more professional experience.

Favorite album: Prequelle, Ghost

Jonathan NelsonNew

Junior Developer

Jonathan.Nelson@
DemonstratedSuccess.com

Jonathan is in his senior year at the University of New Hampshire, working towards a B.S in Computer Science. He has an interest in software development and is excited to develop his skills and start his professional career with an internship position at Demonstrated Success.

Favorite movie: Star Wars

OUR PARTNERS

Carolyn BerensonNew

Consultant

Carolyn L. Berenson is an adjunct faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University, has researched in depth and presented on online and blended learning for students with disabilities. Her findings are published in the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. She is the founder of i-Pedagogy LLC, which continues her mission to promote online learning that is designed inclusively to build stronger communities of learners. She holds a Masters of Education, a certification in special education, and a graduate certificate in advanced online instruction.

Adriana BrownNew

ESOL Education Specialist

Adriana has over 18 years of public education experience in Maryland. She is a specialist in early childhood education for multilingual learners, teaching kindergarten and 1st grade and then English Language Development. An advocate for multilingual learners and their families, she represented them on the school’s leadership team working to ensure representation in the School Improvement Plan. She piloted a co-teaching model in grades K-5; co-authored the curriculum, aligning content and language objectives for this program; and coached teams using an English language development model, based in project based learning. In the last 4 years, Adriana has focused on teacher training and professional development, working with teachers across the country as a facilitator of online graduate level professional development courses.

Lois CostaNew

Principal, Marston Elementary

Lois Costa is a New Hampshire native who got her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the UNH. She taught third grade for twelve years while completing her administrative certificate at Rivier University. Lois is the principal in Hampton, NH for the Adeline C. Marston School. In 2012, her school was named the Elementary School of Excellence (EDies), and she continues to serve on the state board. In 2014, she was named Principal of the Year and traveled to the Dominican Republic to build a school as part of the Lifetouch Memory Mission. In 2016, she graduated from Southern New Hampshire University as part of the first doctoral cohort with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on school climate as it relates to building leadership and student achievement. Committed to the power of positive leadership, Lois currently adjuncts at Southern New Hampshire University advising doctoral students.

Sarah GalligherNew

Literary Specialist

Sarah has been in education for 17 years. She was integral part of enacting change in an underperforming school and eventually earning the school “The School on the Move” Prize for staggering growth. Sarah brings content knowledge in K-6 and Special Education. She also is a member of her local board. Sarah has been in education for 17 years. She was integral part of enacting change in an underperforming school and eventually earning the school “The School on the Move” Prize for staggering growth. Sarah brings content knowledge in K-6 and Special Education. She also is a member of her local board.

Susan JohnsonNew

Experiential Learning Specialist

Susan Johnson is the founder and director of the expanded learning opportunity program in Kittery, Maine. Susan was recognized by Nellie May as the 2017 Lawrence O’Toole Teacher Leadership Award Winner. A highly innovative educator, Susan understands how student-centered environments prepare our future leaders and workforce to master the academic knowledge, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills they need to thrive.

Jaclyn KarabinasNew

ExpandEd Consulting

Lois Costa is a New Hampshire native who got her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the UNH. She taught third grade for twelve years while completing her administrative certificate at Rivier University. Lois is the principal in Hampton, NH for the Adeline C. Marston School. In 2012, her school was named the Elementary School of Excellence (EDies), and she continues to serve on the state board. In 2014, she was named Principal of the Year and traveled to the Dominican Republic to build a school as part of the Lifetouch Memory Mission. In 2016, she graduated from Southern New Hampshire University as part of the first doctoral cohort with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on school climate as it relates to building leadership and student achievement. Committed to the power of positive leadership, Lois currently adjuncts at Southern New Hampshire University advising doctoral students.

Lindsey MitchellNew

Consultant

Lindsay Mitchell, CAGS, MPA, is a NH educator with 14 years of experience in the classroom and 11 years of experience online. She has a CAGS in Educational Leadership, a Masters Degree in Public Administration, and a Principal Certification. She has presented in conferences, webinars, and had work published through Edutopia.

Ken PageNew

School Leadership Specialist

Ken is a lifelong Vermont educator who moved from Vermont to New Hampshire in 2018. He was a teacher, principal and Executive Director of the Vermont Principals’ Association for 40+ years. He helped to pass a principal mentor law in Vermont to support early career school leaders. In retirement, Ken served as the coordinator of the Margaret Waddington Leadership Initiative with the Center for Creative Leadership (ccl.org) in Greensboro, NC. In July of 2018, Ken came out of retirement to serve as the Interim Executive Director of the New Hampshire Association of School Principals. He now volunteers for CASA and mentors new school leaders. He and his wife Meg, a retired librarian, live in Dublin, NH.

Ron RobertNew

School Leadership Specialist

For 18 years, Ron was at the helm of schools in Hollis, Buxton and most recently in North Berwick where he was named Maine’s NAESP’s National Distinguished Principal. He has been recognized for his ability to involve parents and the community in the school, creating a system of support for students who are struggling and excelling, and for cultivating a positive school climate.

Laura TheobaldNew

Speech and Language Pathologist / Literacy

Laura is a Speech and Language Pathologist specializing in literacy with nearly 30 years of experience in education. She has 2 sons and enjoys spending time with friends and family, pets, and being active outside.

Bill WilmotNew

CAST

Bill supports school teams to rethink curriculum, instruction, and learning environments to provide access to all, using the Universal Design for Learning framework as a tool for redesign. In addition, he has consulted with schools on design and redesign of their programming, especially in the areas of project based learning, social-emotional learning, leadership, and strategic planning. Bill has written and presented nationally on a variety of topics including UDL, project based learning and disabilities, and social emotional learning, and collaborative leadership.

Kimberly YarlottNew

Leadership Specialist

Kimberly, the 2017 NH Elementary Principal of the year, is innovative, forward thinking, and highly skilled with Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. She is certified as a Superintendent and Principal and is skilled in all aspects of school management. She is passionate about educator development, research, proven best practices, and education pedagogy. Strong with data management and student performance analysis, her DOE work includes the Professional Standards Board and Code of Ethics development. She also has past experience as an Adjunct Faculty for Graduate level courses. Kimberly is a strong education professional with a CAGS focused in Educational Leadership and Administration, Masters from Plymouth State University.