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Management Team


Lynn Hatton Hodson
Chief Operations Officer

Lynn Hatton Hodson's entire professional career has revolved around helping both students and institutions to accelerate their respective achievements. For 15 years, Lynn led The Princeton Review of Southern California whose operation was widely regarded as the most successful in the country. Soon thereafter, she founded Adelante Educational Services, a company solely focused on increasing student support in underserved communities. Lynn’s gift is to develop sensible, effective and mutually beneficial partnerships with the end goal of helping students be successful whether they attend a four year university or go directly into their career. Her role in InnovateED is to facilitate community school reform, oversee student based programs and provide all business support. Lynn has served on several state and county educational committees and sits on the Board of Trustees in her district. Lynn is very active in her community and volunteers in animal rescue and mentors foster youth. Lynn is married to a retired Lt Col and current CBO and has two children.

Jay Westover

Jay Westover
Chief Learning Officer

Jay Westover has provided leadership training and school improvement consulting in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, state departments of education, colleges, educational service centers and school districts across North America. Over the past decade his work has focused on developing capacity of school district systems to close the gaps of college and career readiness.  The Four Disciplines of Systems Leadership been the centerpiece of state-wide, regional and local partnerships including the Association of California School Administrators, more than a dozen County Offices of Education and over 100 school districts.

Jay’s role at InnovateED is lead advisor for state-level, county-wide and local school district partnerships, client executive leadership coach, and guiding expansion of consulting services.  His passion is working along-side leaders to simplify the complexities of developing school district capacity and coherence.

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For over 20 years Jay has had the privilege of serving educators as a leadership consultant and formerly in the roles of county office administrator, school administrator and teacher. Jay is an active supporter of community-based projects, and is a member of several organizations that promote the success of at-risk youth. He is married with three children.


Vanessa de Guzman

Vanessa began her teaching career at Teach for America in Oakland Unified School District and then at the American School of Lima in Peru.  She was the Director of PD for the charter management company known then as Edison Schools that managed over 200 schools in 26 states.  Vanessa has also developed and written the Teaching for Results Secondary Science Content Seminar, a multiple-state alternate teacher certification pathway for The New Teacher Project.  For over 12 years Vanessa has trained and coached both district/school administration and instructional staff and is currently the Executive Director at InnovateEd. 


Nancy Hubbell

Nancy Hubbell recently retired from Laguna Beach Unified School District where she served as Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services and Human Resources. Throughout her thirty years in public education, she has been privileged to work in school districts in Southern California as well as in the Orange County Department of Education. Nancy has served as a county office program administrator and trainer, district director of special education and student services, school psychologist, counselor, and secondary teacher. She has provided training in systems change for improving student learning and behavior through the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs and the Center for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support. Focusing on school-wide systems and the use of data for decision making, the trainings emphasized multi-year initiatives for durable and sustainable change. 

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Nancy has served as a systems change coach in multiple districts in Orange County, working with teams of site administrators, teachers, and staff to improve student outcomes in learning and behavior. During Nancy’s tenure in Laguna Beach Unified School District, she supported collaboration for continuous improvement that has resulted in the development of exemplar school sites combining Professional Learning Communities with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for improving student learning and behavior as well as developing college and career readiness. The district’s schools are honored to host visiting teams from other school districts and to extend their collaborative approach into communities of practice in Orange County.