Office of School Improvement
Office School Improvement
SREB’s Office of School Improvement has spent decades investigating what works to build and sustain lasting capacity for change in schools nationwide.
Our staff have deep expertise as classroom teachers, school, district and state education leaders, research and evaluation specialists, and policy analysts.
Meeting and Event Manager, School Improvement
Nakeisha Myers joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2023 as the meeting and event manager. She manages the Making Schools Work Conference and the Coaching for Change Conference, and helps coordinate various events in the organization. Nakeisha spent her career focused on events and marketing in education. She earned a bachelor’s in speech with a minor in hospitality administration from Georgia State University.
Meeting and Event Manger, School Improvement
Nakeisha is a long-time Georgia resident who has spent most of her career focused on events, marketing and education. She got her start in the classroom but ultimately realized she could have a greater impact on the administrative side, a decision that has opened many doors and allowed her to align her passions and career goals.
In her spare time, you will likely find Nakeisha exploring her creative side through art, home decor or DIY projects and trying out new recipes.
Vice President, School Improvement
Dale Winkler was named vice president of school improvement in April 2018. He joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2015 as special assistant to the senior vice president of the organization’s school improvement team, where he brings more than 19 years of experience working on issues related to leadership and policy in the area of college and career readiness.
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Program Director, Literacy and Mathematics
Jason Adair is the program director for literacy and mathematics in SREB’s School Improvement division. He leads a team of content coaches as they develop and deliver high quality professional development to teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders. Jason joined SREB’s school improvement team in 2011, bringing more than 10 years of experience in the public education sector. He was a middle school and high school mathematics teacher and instructional coach in Florida for eight years before leading K-12 mathematics in Gaston County, North Carolina.
School Improvement Leadership Coach
Erin Anderson-Williams joined the SREB School Improvement team in 2021, bringing more than 20 years of educational experience in student support, instructional leadership and development. She served as a student services coordinator and social skills teacher for five years in private school in Tennessee before serving as a high school counselor for six years in the public school sector. She served for ten years as a public school administrator prior to supporting middle and high school principals as an executive director of school support and improvement.
School Improvement Instructional Coach
LaTonya Bolden works in SREB School Improvement, where she provides coaching and professional development to educators particularly in STEM content areas. She joined SREB in 2021, bringing 22 years of experience in public education and nonprofit organizations. Her experience in North Carolina, New Jersey, and Georgia includes serving as a science and math educator, academic facilitator, curriculum writer and developer, and instructional coach and mentor.
Senior Director, State & District Partnerships, School Improvement
Steve Broome joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2006 as the director of state development for high schools and middle grades for High Schools That Work, He brought more than 15 years of experience working on issues of education policy and practice in the public education sector. Steve has worked with state and local leaders in 32 states through HSTW.
Contract and Grant Coordinator, School Improvement
Jenn Carter is the contract and grant coordinator for school improvement. She joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2003 as a graphic designer/editorial assistant in school improvement. From 2008 to 2017, she worked in human resources as administrator and later project manager. In 2017, she returned to school improvement as a data management coordinator and then accounting coordinator. Prior to joining SREB, she designed jewelry and was an inventory manager at an international gold marketplace distributor.
Division Director, Education & Workforce
Ivy Coburn is the division director of Education and Workforce initiatives at SREB, through which she brings K-12, postsecondary, workforce and industry leaders together to adopt policies and practices that expand career development and training opportunities for students, create seamless transitions from high school to further studies, and empower students to enter and advance in the workforce.
Senior School Improvement Leadership Coach
Cena Davis is a senior school improvement leadership coach. She joined SREB in 2015 as a leadership consultant with a career pathway focus. Cena brings more than 31 years of educational experience related to teaching, learning and leading change in public education. She previously served as a teacher, principal, Alabama State Department of Education principal coach, and adjunct professor. She also assisted in opening a new school system as a director of curriculum and instruction and CTE coordinator.
School Improvement Instructional Coach
Christi Edwards works in SREB School Improvement, where she provides teacher, district and school instructional support through coaching and professional development in mathematics. She joined SREB in 2021, bringing more than 28 years of experience in public education.