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Wendy York

Wendy York discovered her passion for teaching and learning at age 19 while serving as a substitute teacher in Bryan, Texas. She spent much of her career teaching middle school students and later went on to serve as a Secondary Literacy Coach. In 2008, Wendy was honored as Pinacate Middle School’s Teacher of the Year and was recognized by a non-profit California organization for Outstanding Contributions to Literacy.


Kira Shearer

With a B.S. in Education and a M.S. in Counseling, Kira is a strong advocate for educating the whole child. This passion for student learning has led her to take on a variety of roles during her 25 years in education. She has served as a classroom teacher, district coach coordinator, and administrator for two County Offices of Education. In her work for the Riverside County Office of Education and later the San Diego County Office of Education, she worked closely with district, school site, and community stakeholders to design multi-year initiatives, including Common Core State Standards implementation, Master Plan for English Learners, systems of support for student learning, and professional learning opportunities for teachers, coaches, and administrators.


Sharon McCreight

has a BA from UCLA in musicology and M.Ed. with specialization in Reading. She spent 19 years in Long Beach Unified School District working as a teacher, Literacy Coach, and ELL Specialist before working 6 years as an Instructional Coach in the field of Professional Development for districts across California, as well as Chicago Public Schools and Fort Worth Independent School District. She has worked with districts and school sites in order to support implementation of Common Core State Standards, instructional design and delivery, Process Writing, Direct Interactive Instruction, SDAIE strategies, and curriculum design and pacing. Sharon is dedicated to the goal of college and career readiness for all students by helping to build capacity of school leadership and teacher teams.


Nancy Padilla Ed.D.

Dr. Nancy Padilla has been passionate about teaching and learning for more than three decades, working collaboratively with thousands of students, hundreds of teachers, and dozens of administrators. With a Doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, she has primarily worked with under-served student populations as a teacher, mentor, and school site administrator. An award-winning leader with K-12 principal experience, her schools were recognized for successes at each of the levels--elementary, middle, and high school. After retiring, or rather ‘re-wiring’ from public school service four years ago, she has been coaching administrators and staff in multiple districts while fostering capacity-building leadership, providing high-quality professional development, and facilitating system coherence with lead learners. 


Dr. Jennie Wright Ed.D.

Dr. Wright first discovered a love of teaching during high school when teaching pre-school students. She has a B.S. in Secondary Education, M.A. in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy. She has spent the last 14 years serving in public education in both very high and very low SES communities as a high school teacher, high school Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal and Middle School Principal. Jennie’s moral imperative in education is to provide a rigorous, high quality education to ensure College and Career readiness for ALL students, regardless of background, circumstance or situation. Jennie is married with 2 children and comes from a family of educators including her husband, sister, brother in law, and mother in law.


Mary Buttler

Mary Buttler is a visionary educator who works tirelessly in service of students, teachers and administrators working to create outstanding schools and districts. She has been a teacher, principal, Director, Assistant Superintendent and a Superintendent during 30 years in education. Mary is an experienced manager, excellent communicator and curriculum/instruction expert who has worked at all levels of education, pre-K through college. She has a proven ability to develop and manage new and existing programs in a dynamic, fast moving environment in a manner that increases student achievement. 

Debra Kaplan

Debbie Kaplan

Debbie Kaplan is a highly accomplished and results-driven retired Superintendent with 38 years’ experience providing high-quality education and championing school reform initiatives that improve overall students’ success. She is al a life-long professional educator with expertise developing researched-based curriculum and instructional initiatives that increased student achievement and teacher effectiveness in urban, suburban, and higher education environments.


Dr. Marcie Poole Ed.D.

Dr. Marcie Poole has over 20 years of experience in education, serving in various demographics, as a classroom teacher, Literacy Coach, assistant principal, principal. Marcie believes in educating every child with consideration of both academic and social needs as well as ensuring that children are ready for college and career success.

Marcie has earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a M.A. in Education, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership.


Dr. Amy Bryant Ed.D. 

Amy Bryant’s enthusiasm and passion for education started 21 years ago when she began her career as a Bilingual Elementary Teacher. After becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in English as a New Language, she mentored NBCT candidates while teaching English and History as a Middle School Teacher. Her administrative career began as an Instructional Coach and English Learner Professional Developer. The experiences in that role inspired her doctoral specialization in Curriculum and Teaching. With the hope of affecting change on a grand scale, she served as an Elementary Principal, and at the district level as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Southern California.

Margaret Eszlinger

Margaret Eszlinger

Margaret brings over twenty-five years of dedicated counseling services to InnovateED. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling, holds community college lifetime credentials in teaching Psychology, Counseling, and Pupil Personnel Services. She has served numerous years for NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counseling) and WACAC (Western Association for College Admissions Counseling); chaired National College Fairs for Orange County; participated in conference planning committees and presenting for WACAC; and chaired committees for WASC accreditation.