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.
Scott Warren is the division director for Making Schools Work. He joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2000 to lead efforts with challenged schools as they implemented SREB’s High Schools That Work for comprehensive school reform. In that role, he directed state initiatives for High Schools That Work /Making Middle Grades Work with a team of leadership and content coaches who support school redesign. Scott has led over 500 school, district, state and national workshops in: creating effective counseling programs, leading quality instruction, redesigning the ninth grade, creating career-themed academies, and raising the rigor of classroom assessments and assignments. He has also contributed in the development of multiple SREB leadership modules.
Katie Wester-Neal joined SREB’s School Improvement research team as an Analyst II in 2022, bringing more than a decade of teaching and research experience in K-12 and higher education. She has worked as an elementary and middle grades teacher, professor, and educational consultant. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of Georgia and holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from Louisiana, she lives with her family in Atlanta.
Gary Wrinkle is the director of state and district partnerships for school improvement. His role includes building the network of schools in Texas that utilize the HSTW School Improvement framework as well as direct consulting with school leadership and teachers to support their needs.
Aimee Wyatt is the Director of State and District Partnerships for school improvement, working in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. She joined SREB in 2017 as a career academy leadership consultant, bringing more than 25 years of experience in education. She was a middle and high school Spanish teacher, geography teacher, assistant principal, and executive principal. Prior to SREB, she was the executive officer for high schools for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.