Office of School Improvement

Overview

Office School Improvement
Staff

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.

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Amanda Merritt
Senior Leadership Coach

Amanda Merritt provides support to teachers, local instructional coaches, and school and district leaders on school improvement processes. She also serves as a grant writer and grant manager for a variety of projects.

Before joining SREB, Amanda was a high school math teacher in Georgia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Auburn University, a master’s in middle grades education (math and science) from Columbus State University, and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Georgia State University.

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Dan Mollette
Director, School Improvement Programs and Resources

Dan Mollette is the director of school improvement programs and resources. He joined SREB in 2010 as the director of training and lead math consultant for the school improvement team. He leads the roll out of literacy and mathematics in six SREB states. Prior to SREB, he was a math teacher and math specialist for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. 

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Allyson Morgan

Allyson Morgan
Director, State and District Partnerships

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.

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Richard Morrison
School Improvement Leadership Coach

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 (NISL). 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 by Governor Phil Bryant, where he served as vice-chairman for two years.

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Danielle Morton
School Improvement Leadership Coach

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.

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Marsha Moseley
School Improvement Leadership Coach

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.

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Zach Riffell
School Improvement Instructional Coach

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.

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Debbie Robertson
Senior School Improvement Leadership Coach

Debbie Robertson is a senior school improvement leadership coach. She joined SREB in 2016 as a Mathematics Design Collaborative consultant. Prior to SREB, Debbie served as a middle school math teacher in Escambia County, Florida, followed by two years as a district-wide instructional coach. During that time, she also taught Geometry at the high school level.

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Daniel Rock
School Improvement Instructional Coach

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.

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Jon Schmidt-Davis
Program Director, Learning-Centered Leadership Program

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.

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Tim Shaughnessy
Program Director, Career Pathways

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.

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James (Tom) Siler
Director, State & District Partnerships

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.

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Susan Simpson

Susan Simpson
School Improvement Instructional Coach

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. 

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Gail Snider
School Improvement Instructional Coach

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. 

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Bob Stokes

Bob Stokes
School Improvement Leadership Coach

Bob Stokes, Senior Leadership Coach, 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.

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James Stone

James Stone
Director, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education

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.

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Marty Sugerik
School Improvement Instructional Coach

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.

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Kirsten Ewart Sundell
Division Director, Product Development and Communications

Kirsten Ewart Sundell is the division director of product development and communications at the Southern Regional Education Board. In this role, she contributes to the creation and dissemination of timely, impactful publications that empower educators, school administrators, district and state education agency personnel, and policymakers to solve pressing problems in education. She is the co-author of Bridging the Computer Science Education Gap, which offers states actions they can take to help more students learn computer science and explore computing careers.

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Joseph Tadlock
Senior Research Associate

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.

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Sandy Walls-Culotta
Senior School Improvement Leadership Coach

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.