Office of 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.
Allyson Morgan is the director of state and district partnerships for Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi. She joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2014 as a school improvement consultant to the High Schools That Work team. In that role, she led efforts in Alabama, Georgia and Florida districts and schools to effectively prepare all students for college and career. She brings to SREB more than 25 years of experience in change leadership as it relates to improving teaching and learning practice in public education.
Richard Morrison joined SREB as a School Improvement Leadership Coach, bringing more than 34 years of experience in public education. He currently supports middle grades and high school administrators in Mississippi and Alabama. Prior to coming to SREB, Richard served as a nationally certified coach and national facilitator for the National Institute for School Leadership. He was honored to be selected as Mississippi’s Assistant Principal of the Year in 2005 and as the Mississippi Administrator of the Year in 2011. In 2012, Richard was appointed to the Mississippi State Board of Education, where he served as vice chairman for two years.
Danielle Morton serves as a school improvement coach at SREB, where she works with schools, teachers, and district administrators throughout the nation on how to improve career and technical education within their community. Prior to joining SREB in 2021, Danielle served as an educator, director and principal, totaling over 29 years of CTE experience.
Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science in family and consumer science from the University of Montevallo and a master’s in education leadership from the Grand Canyon University. She lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Marsha Moseley joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2018. As a School Improvement leadership coach, she works with administrative leaders and teachers to create a culture of high expectations and improve classroom instruction. A former early childhood and middle level language arts teacher, Marsha brings over 34 years of experience in public education. Her varied district leadership roles include overseeing child development centers, training curriculum specialists and literacy coaches, coordinating federal programs, and serving as ELA K-5 coordinator, executive director of special services, and director of middle level curriculum and instruction.
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.
Zach Riffell joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2013 as a project manager for Advanced Career, where he brings more than 10 years of experience in secondary education and training for careers. While at SREB, Zach has led curriculum development and promoted the Advanced Career program across the country – securing business, government and postsecondary partners for the program. Prior to SREB, he was the head of a construction academy at a high school in Florida.
Debbie Robertson joined SREB in 2016 as a mathematics instruction coach, providing professional development and coaching support to teachers and district leaders. Prior to SREB, Debbie served 13 years as a middle school math teacher in Florida and two years as a district math and science instructional coach supporting nine schools.
Daniel Rock joined the School Improvement team at SREB in 2013. As an instructional coach, he supports teachers, leaders and schools across the country as they work to improve learning outcomes for students at all levels. His work in schools focuses on literacy, building coaching models and sustaining continuous improvement teams. From 2014 to 2018, Daniel helped coordinate a grant that trained thousands of teachers across 13 states in designing quality literacy-based assignments.
Jon Schmidt-Davis, program director of the Learning-Centered Leadership Program, provides overall direction for the work of the LCLP and coordinates leadership training and professional development to meet the needs of state and district clients. Jon has investigated and written on school leadership topics, including turnaround leadership, succession planning for school-level leaders, state and district supports for school leaders, and state policies supporting effective school leadership.
Tim Shaughnessy joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2015. He brings years of experience as a past community college leader, state legislator and healthcare executive. In his role at SREB, Tim works with the school improvement team to develop and strengthen career and technical education pathway programs of study. He also helps identify the critical success factors necessary for states’ successful implementation of effective, efficient and sustainable pathway models.
Ashley Shaw joined SREB in 2023 as a Communication Specialist. She supports the Office of School Improvement and brings more than 10 years of marketing, editing and communications experience from a range of industries including employment law, fundraising and education. She teaches higher education classes in composition and digital publishing, including early college (dual enrolled) classes for high school students across the state of Georgia.
James Thomas (Tom) Siler is the director of state & district partnerships for the school improvement team. He joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2015 as director of statewide initiatives. He brings more than 35 years of experience as a former school leader and district superintendent. While at SREB, Tom has developed partnerships with districts and schools in several states and works toward improving student outcomes. Tom holds a master’s, education specialist degree and Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina.
Susan Simpson joined SREB as an instructional coach in the office of School Improvement in 2017, bringing more than 28 years of experience working on issues of practice in the public education sector. In this role, Susan partners with districts and schools to design, implement and study research-based continuous improvement initiatives that align with district priorities and needs. In this role, she provides teachers and leaders with coaching support that empowers them to improve their school and classroom practices for maximum impact on student learning and success.
Gail Snider is a school improvement instructional coach. She joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2011 when Arkansas piloted the Literacy and Mathematics Design Collaboratives statewide. She has a master’s in education with a teacher-leader focus from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. After teaching math in middle and high school for 15 years, Gail worked as a math specialist for the Arkansas Department of Education.
Bob Stokes joined SREB in 2012, bringing many years of experience in the work world, the military and the field of education. Prior to coming to SREB, he spent time in Kentucky and Tennessee as an academic, CTE and special education teacher as well as 10 years as a principal. In all of these roles, he saw the value of asking students about their career goals and helping them develop a clear vision for a successful future.
James (Jim) R. Stone III joined the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education at the Southern Regional Education Board in 2014 as director. In this capacity, he has worked with project-based learning, Teaching to Lead, and other career and technical education initiatives. Prior to SREB, Jim held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Minnesota and most recently as a distinguished scholar at the University of Louisville.
Marty Sugerik joined SREB’s school improvement team in 2011, bringing more than 15 years of experience in the public education sector. As an instructional coach for state and district partnerships, he facilitates training, differentiated coaching and high-quality professional development for teachers, support personnel and school and district leaders.
Joseph Tadlock joined the Southern Regional Education Board in January 2017 as senior research associate. Prior to SREB, he worked for the South Carolina Department of Education, and as a special education teacher. He has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, as well as conducting experimental, quasi experimental and correlational research designs.
Sandy Culotta is a senior school improvement leadership coach. She joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2010 as a school improvement consultant. She brings more than 40 years of experience working on issues of education policy and practice in the public education sector. Sandy has provided consultant services to schools and districts in Florida, Georgia, Ohio, and New Jersey in the redesign of high schools based on the High Schools That Work’s (HSTW) framework. She previously served as the manager of project-based learning in career pathway courses.