Product Support Specialist
Business Development Specialist
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Vice President Product Development
Vice President Business Development
Founder & President
Dr. Sonja Hollins Alexander has been in the field of education for 22 years with 16 of those being in educational leadership at the school, district and higher education levels. She received her B.S. and M.S.W. from the University of Georgia; Ed.S from Georgia State University and her Ed.D from Argosy University, Atlanta. Sonja has worked in a large urban school district in Metro Atlanta, Georgia as a school social worker, teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant director, and director of professional learning and is also an adjunct university professor.
Through her professional journey, she has had experiences in strategic planning, policy development, project management, stakeholder engagement, grant writing, instructional design, curriculum development, teacher and leader performance evaluations, facilitation of adult learning and is fully engaged in the development and use of online collaborative/instructional resources for teachers and leaders as a professional development tool. These experiences have given Sonja a clear view of the developmental needs of teachers and leaders at the school and district level and the tools required to assist them with meeting targeted goals and objectives.
Sonja is a 21st Century learner. During her tenure as Professional Learning Director, she instituted the PLeCampus – A collaborative Online Community of Customized Professional Development Courses. This work was featured in an article titled “One Stop PD Shop” in ISTE’s Leading and Learning with Technology June 2010 issue. Sonja is also the author of Online Professional Development through Virtual Learning Communities with an expected release date of June 2013 published by Corwin Press. Well designed online professional development supports scalability and sustainability of instructional practices which enhances educator effectiveness, thus leading to student success. email@example.com
Michelle Armstrong is a Partnership Manager with Insight Education Group. Primarily working with the Memphis City Schools District, her focus is helping develop and implement a new teaching and learning framework. The district’s new framework is the foundational piece that now defines effective instructional practices for educators and works in support of the more rigorous demands of the new Common Core State Standards.
Before joining the team at Insight, Michelle worked as a secondary English teacher in both the Boston Public Schools and Memphis City Schools districts. Most recently, Michelle served as principal for six years at a small, urban high school in Memphis, Middle College High. As principal, the school’s successes included attaining a 100% graduation rate, improving ACT scores, increasing value-added growth data, and increasing college credit accrual rates for students through the school’s dual enrollment program, which offers college to students before they graduate high school. These gains were directly tied to embedding leadership structures that helped teachers grow as content leaders, peer coaches, and reflective practitioners.
Michelle holds a Masters degree in education with an emphasis in teaching and curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an undergraduate degree from Emory University. Additionally, Michelle has mentored aspiring school leaders through the nationally recognized training program, New Leaders for New Schools of which she is a past resident. firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Call is a Product Support Specialist at Insight Education Group. He is currently helping with the development of myCore™ - a custom tool for creating and sharing lessons based on the Common Core State Standards. He strives to provide exemplary customer satisfaction and flawless technical assistance to every client.
Prior to joining Insight Education Group, Eric coordinated school-based personnel and special education service providers with the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). He served as a liaison between students, parents, teachers, administrators and legal representatives to guarantee compliance with mandated school programs and reach positive outcomes for special education students.
Eric maintains a firm commitment to engaging families and communities as the most important strategy to inspiring students and improving education systems. As an Eagle Scout, he learned the value of community service and continues in the spirit of volunteerism by tutoring neighborhood students in a weekly program based near his home in Washington, DC.
Eric graduated with high honors from Brigham Young University – Hawaii with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He later earned a Masters in Public Administration degree from the University of North Florida. email@example.com
Carol Cienfuegos is a Managing Director with Insight Education Group. Her work allows her to collaborate directly with teachers and administrators in various school districts to support their professional growth, ensuring high quality education for all students.
Carol brings several years of school-based experience at both the elementary and middle school levels. Having been a classroom teacher, grade level team leader, and instructional coach, she brings an array of expertise in instructional best practices leading to student achievement. Before joining the team at Insight Education Group, Carol served as an Instructional Coach with DC Public Schools. She coached instructional staff members from varying departments through constant observation and the development of coaching plans.
Carol designed and executed many professional development sessions, which resulted in aiding teachers increase their evaluation scores throughout the school year. She led the implementation of the SDSA model to ensure the planning and delivery of rigorous instruction aligned to the state standards.
Partnering with educators to ensure that each and every classroom in their school is providing students with the rigorous instruction they need to be successful is the driving force behind the work that Carol is engaged in. The belief that all children deserve a high quality education is always at the forefront of everything she does.
Carol earned a B.S. in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics from the University of Maryland College Park and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Hood College. She holds teaching credentials in Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as administrative certification. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gigi DeVault is a Business Development Specialist at Insight Education Group. She is responsible for writing and managing proposals for the RFP process. Gigi also contributes marketing content and copywriting to support Insight’s web presence.
Gigi’s first taught students with hearing impairments, multiple disabilities, and autism in public education systems in California and Washington. Through the University of Washington, she provided statewide in-service training to teachers and principals focused on inclusive education and best practices for students with disabilities. She also taught special education teacher preparation courses and research methods to university students. Gigi was a state trainer for a six-university consortium on Positive Behavior Support. She served as a director of special education and as an executive director of an intensive community-based tenant support program for young adults with autism.
In the private sector, Gigi conducted primary, secondary, and syndicated market research, translating findings into actionable insights and collateral for marketing, sales, and client service business units. She wrote responses to RFPs, managed a proposal database, and provided win/loss analyses.
Gigi holds a Bachelor’s in psychology from San Jose State University, a Master’s in special education from St. Martin’s University, and an EdD and an MBA from the University of Washington. email@example.com
Delita Gourdine Welch currently serves as the Office Manager at Insight Education Group, Inc. She brings over 20 years experience as an Executive Assistant and Marketing Manager.
During her 20 years as an Executive Assistant, Delita has worked in the legal, health, architectural, and education fields. Her diverse background has provided her with a unique skill set that has proven to be extremely helpful in her work at Insight Education Group.
Delita is a Certified Paralegal, Certified Life and Professional Coach and is obtaining her degree in Paralegal Studies at National University.
Cheryl Green works as a Consultant with Insight Education Group primarily supporting leadership development related to increasing teacher effectiveness with multiple clients. She comes to Insight with 20 years of combined experience in the education sector, which includes work as a teacher, school leader, district leader, program developer, and management and leadership coach and trainer.
Before coming to Insight, Cheryl served as the Program Director of the Leadership Effectiveness Initiatives for New Leaders. That work included assisting Memphis City Schools with transforming the role of the principal through changes in policy and practice of district school leaders. Prior to leading New Leaders' leadership effectiveness thrust, she also worked as the Senior Program Director of the Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) for New Leaders, which included identifying and awarding over $9 million in incentives to over 1,600 practitioners in Memphis and documenting effective practices for Memphis' EPIC awardees.
Additional experiences include spending 12 years in Mississippi as a teacher and school administrator. She also co-founded the REACH (Revitalizing Educational Awareness for Change) Institute, a regional educational nonprofit that provided college awareness and preparatory activities for approximately 500 students in the Mississippi Delta. Her community service experiences include being a founding board member with the Boys and Girls Club of Clarksdale, MS, Board Member of Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter School, Class I participant with Delta Emerging Leaders, and presenter at the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits Annual Conference.
A native of Westchester County, NY, Cheryl has a B.S. in Secondary Education from Alabama A&M University and an M.Ed in Educational Administration from Delta State University with additional coursework at the Ohio State University and Mississippi State University. Ultimately, Cheryl has a demonstrated commitment to and heart for simply doing what’s best for kids. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Lambrinatos is a Partnership Manager with Insight Education Group. He is mainly responsible for working closely with partners in Syracuse and Baltimore City to: help design and execute instructional initiatives, collaborate in the creation of classroom tools that support excellent teaching, and deliver high quality professional development.
Jerry comes to Insight after an extensive career with Teach For America. Most recently, he was the Director of District & School Partnerships for the organization's Chicago/Northwest Indiana region. In leading the region's partnership efforts, he built strong relationships with a variety of district stakeholders (principals, network chiefs, instructional leaders in central office, executive directors of community based organizations, etc.). He cultivated a portfolio of over 300 individuals, which led to the team securing teaching positions for well over 650 corps members throughout the course of 3 years, all of which occurred by the first day of school despite steep budget cuts across districts. Jerry has also worked in other capacities at Teach For America. In the summer of 2009, he trained a cohort of 15 first-year teachers as a Corps Member Advisor at Teach For America's Philadelphia Summer Institute. He also taught as a corps member in Baltimore City; he taught 10th - 12th grade Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Jerry values education, and he is a fervent believer that every child can and should succeed in the classroom. He is also convinced that people are a schools greatest asset to ensuring that all students become successful. Since his role at Insight is squarely aligned to bringing the best out of a school's people, he approaches his work with a distinct passion.
Jerry holds a Master's degree with a focus on Teaching in an Urban Setting from Johns Hopkins' School of Education. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Northwestern University. email@example.com
Nicole Lee-Lopes is the Business Manager at Insight Education Group. Her primary focus is to balance the company’s budget and monitor its finances. Nicole has worked to install and set-up a new accounting system to suit the growth of Insight and to meet its ever-changing financial needs.
Before joining Insight, Nicole was an accountant for companies in industries such as entertainment, housing and lending and for various private business owners. In addition to completing several accounting courses at UCLA Extension, she has a BA in Film and Television Production from Hunter College. She also enjoys volunteering as an assistant music instructor for an afterschool program in Los Angeles.
Dr. Michael S. Moody is the founder and CEO of Insight Education Group, Inc. In this role, he manages the overall direction of the company and is frequently called upon as a thought leader in the field of district-wide instructional reform. He works extensively with school district leaders on the design and implementation of instructional initiatives.
Michael has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher in public schools in Massachusetts and California. He also served as a school administrator and an instructional coach for UCLA’s School Management Program (SMP). Michael’s experiences as a classroom teacher, school and district administrator and consultant have provided him with the foundation necessary to understand first-hand the needs of students, teachers and academic personnel.
Michael has worked on a wide variety of projects in the field. His successes span from implementation of nation-wide professional development programs to individual lessons with students struggling to achieve. He has supported numerous school and district leaders in the development and implementation of initiatives aimed at increasing teacher effectiveness and served as the Chief Academic Advisor for District of Columbia Public Schools. He is coauthor of Strategic Design for Student Achievement (Teachers College Press, 2009).
A guiding principle in all Michael's projects is to create effective instructional programs capable of providing each and every student with equal access to a quality education. This standard continues to inspire the progress and transformation he seeks to bring about in the field of education.
Michael Moody earned a BA from Marquette University, a Masters degree in education with an emphasis in teaching and curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Doctorate in Urban School Leadership from the University of Southern California. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Novack is a Consultant at Insight Education Group, Inc. In this role, Ashley creates and develops materials that support the implementation of instructional frameworks in districts across the country.
Ashley began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member in Philadelphia, where she taught high school math. After leaving the classroom, Ashley worked for a New Jersey based educational consulting company where she coached teachers, modeled lessons, and analyzed student work to improve student achievement at elementary and secondary levels. In addition, she developed curricular materials, including Common Core aligned lesson plans.
At Insight, Ashley has been instrumental in creating ongoing professional development for Baltimore City Schools’ principals, assistant principals, central office staff, and teachers to support and grow teachers’ practice.
Ashley is driven by the belief that all children, regardless of background, deserve a quality education facilitated by excellent teachers and supported by strong school leaders.
Ashley graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies. She received her teaching certification from the University of Pennsylvania, and she holds teaching credentials in the state of Pennsylvania. email@example.com
Dr. Richard Nyankori is Vice President of Product Development at Insight Education Group. He is currently heading up the development of an online application that helps educators create and share curricula based on the Common Core State Standards called myCore™. Additionally, he is developing a teaching and learning framework based on the Common Core that can serve as the basis of teacher evaluation systems, observation protocols, and teacher professional development.
Richard began his work as a special educator with the Baltimore City Public Schools where he taught mathematics, science, and reading. He is the former Deputy Chancellor of Special Education with the District of Columbia Public Schools. He began designing educational products at Performance Learning Systems and then at The New Teacher Project (TNTP).
Richard believes that students deserve caring, effective teachers who inspire curiosity, compassion, and high academic achievement.
Dr. Nyankori earned his PhD in Education Policy, Planning, and Leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College and Bachelors in Sociology from Emory University. Richard is a proud Teach for America 1993 corps member. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Nyhus is a consultant with Insight Education Group. Jill works on Insight’s product development team and is responsible for ensuring Insight’s products and services are implemented effectively with our clients. Currently, Jill is working on rolling out myCore™—Insight’s award winning Common Core planning tool, codifying Insight’s product development approach, and bringing new Common Core services to market.
Prior to joining Insight, Jill served as Senior Director of Technology in the Office of Family and Public Engagement for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). In that role, she was responsible for implementing DCPS' digital strategy and overseeing the district’s award-winning website. Jill was instrumental in developing Reality PD, a groundbreaking library of video clips showing great teaching by educators in DC Public Schools.
Before joining DC Public Schools, Jill served as the Director of New Media Research and Development at Live Elements. Prior to working at Live Elements, Jill served as Director of Web Strategy and Technology at Cable in the Classroom (CIC), where she led the development of award-winning online initiatives.
Jill’s strong belief that educators should have access to smart and innovative technologies to support great teaching and learning inspires her work.
Jill began her career in education as an elementary and middle school teacher in Prince George's County, Maryland. Jill earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University in the District of Columbia. email@example.com
Ken Omath is the Vice President of Business Development for Insight Education. Ken oversees the Sales, Marketing and Customer Service segments of the company.
Prior to joining Insight Education Ken was the National K12 Sales Director for Revolution Prep where he was responsible for overseeing both the field and inside sales functions for the K12 division at Revolution Prep. Ken has also led sales teams at a number of other education companies, including Teacher Created Materials, PLATO Learning and Sagebrush Corporation. Ken has over 10 years experience in the education industry with his main responsibility being to manage sales and sales operations during this time.
Ken has a B.A. from Bethel University with a double major in Business Administration and Economics. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabrina Plassman is a Partnership Manager with Insight Education Group. Her position with Insight takes her across the country to work with districts to design and implement instructional initiatives, help build tools that support high quality
instruction and deliver professional development.
Prior to joining Insight Education Group, Sabrina worked at KIPP Chicago supporting the data and analytics needs of KIPP's Chicago area schools. She has also worked on staff at Teach For America Chicago, as the Managing Director of District Strategy. In that capacity, she managed the matriculation and placement of corps members, oversaw certification and led the region's state and local policy initiatives.
Sabrina's work is driven by her belief that all students deserve a great teacher. She believes that people, not policy, are the most important part of education and that with high quality, aligned training and support districts can invest in their most important resources – people.
After graduating from Boston College, Sabrina joined Teach For America in Charlotte, North Carolina where she taught sixth grade, primarily teaching English Language Learners with a sheltered instruction model.
Sabrina has an M.A. in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies from Stanford University and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. email@example.com
Brett Shiel is a Managing Director with Insight Education Group, working alongside urban school districts as they build and implement frameworks that guide educators in improving instructional practice.
Prior to joining Insight, Brett spent six years at a high school in Philadelphia, where he was elected by his peers to serve on the school’s Strategic Planning Committee. Brett stayed on to see through the completion of that five-year plan and served on the school’s leadership team. Before working in Philadelphia, Brett taught elementary school in Houston as a corps member with Teach For America.
Brett’s work focuses on implementing district-wide supports and accountability mechanisms that result in dramatic improvements in instructional practice. To that end, he leads professional development for principals, teachers, and central office staff, and also collaborates with district leaders in planning and implementing reform initiatives.
Brett is committed to the power of great teaching as the pathway to unlocking the potential of each student. Rather than providing “short cuts” such as scripted curriculum and pre-packaged programs, Brett believes that expert and passionate teachers are best equipped to bring out excellence within students.
Brett graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in music and sociology. His Masters of Education is from the University of St. Thomas, and his Master of Science is from University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, where he studied Policy Research, Evaluation, and Measurement. firstname.lastname@example.org
Maureen Kay Sigler is a Managing Director with Insight Education Group. Maureen is currently working on the creation of the IEG framework, an exciting new tool that combines her passion for teacher support and coaching with her expertise of the Common Core Standards. This exciting new tool will support teachers and administrators as they implement the Common Core Standards and teacher coaching and evaluation initiatives in their states, districts, and schools.
Maureen began her career as a DC public school teacher through Teach for America. She worked for several years teaching in Washington, DC, in both a public elementary school and at DC Prep, a high performing charter middle school.
After receiving her Ed.M at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Maureen became involved in teacher support and training, working at The New Teacher Project to develop a residency based Master’s in Education program for New York City Teaching Fellows. When she returned to the classroom, Maureen served as a mentor teacher to new and veteran educators and developed a Resident Teacher program for new and aspiring educators at DC Prep.
Maureen’s passion for supporting and developing teachers continued in her most recent position as a teacher educator at Brown University in Providence, RI where she worked for five years. At Brown Maureen focused on preparing pre-service secondary teachers for urban classrooms and worked with several schools to evaluate the way in which they were implementing best teaching practices for diverse students, focusing particularly on the inclusion of students with disabilities into the general education classroom. Maureen was also part of Brown’s Engaged Scholars, an initiative that promotes community based learning and the creation of school and university based partnerships. email@example.com
Jason Stricker is the President of Insight Education Group, Inc. He oversees program implementation and ensures Insight’s partners receive the highest quality services and support from the organization.
Jason’s work in education as a teacher and staff developer is extensive. Prior to starting Insight with co-founder, Michael Moody, Jason taught for several years in Tennessee and California at the elementary and secondary levels. Additionally, he has worked at the district and county office levels in public education and as a consultant for UCLA’s education reform program. Through his experiences, Jason brings to his work an understanding of how educational change affects stakeholders at different levels.
Major milestones in Jason’s work at Insight include co-authoring a book, Strategic Design for Student Achievement (Teachers College Press, 2009), serving as the chief architect of customized instructional frameworks for multiple school districts, and serving as the lead designer of a national teacher certification and training program for The New Teacher Project.
A guiding principle in all of Jason’s work is to ensure equity in the quality of teaching that every child experiences in the classroom. Parents and children deserve the highest quality teachers in every classroom within a school, every school within a district and every district within a state.
Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in education from Belmont University. firstname.lastname@example.org