School Improvement

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Lessie Anderson
Mathematics Consultant, School Improvement

Lessie Anderson joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2016 as a Mathematics Design Collaborative consultant. Prior to SREB, she was an instructional coach with NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning. She has also served as an education consultant at North Carolina State University, a face-to-face and virtual high school math teacher, and adjunct instructor at the local community college. Lessie holds both a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and master’s degree in secondary mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Lynn Anderson
Coordinator, Counseling for Careers

Lynn Anderson joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2013 as Counseling for Careers coordinator for the school improvement team, bringing 34 years of experience in education. While at SREB, Lynn has developed and implemented a guidance initiative that provides students with the knowledge and skills to align goals, aspirations and interests toward a high school program of study that leads to postsecondary education and training. Counseling for Careers aligns core academics and career and technical programs to high-wage, high-demand career fields.  Prior

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June St. Clair Atkinson
State Liaison, Advanced Career and High Schools That Work

June Atkinson connects SREB with state education agencies to advance High Schools That Work and the Advanced Career pathway program. She joined SREB in June 2017 after serving as North Carolina’s state superintendent of public instruction for almost 12 years. Before serving as state superintendent, she was state director for career technical education and instruction services for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She started her education career as a high school business teacher, having taught in Virginia and North Carolina. 

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Shawn Bender
School Improvement Leadership Coach

Shawn Bender is a school improvement leadership coach at SREB, where he works with principals, assistant principals, and instructional leaders to better the conditions for teaching and learning within districts and schools. He joined SREB in 2018, bringing more than 17 years of experience in the public education sector. He was an elementary school teacher in New York and Georgia for four years before transforming teaching practices as principal at Perkerson Elementary school in Atlanta.

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James Berto
Research Associate

Jim Berto joined the Southern Region Education Board in 2005 as project manager for the Delaware Curriculum and Instructional Review project. Since then, Jim has held several positions, including administrative specialist, TAV coordinator, pathway designer, and research associate.  Currently, Jim provides research and marketing support for SREB’s Advanced Career (AC) initiative. Prior to SREB, Jim was a school career and technical education (CTE) director, systemwide CTE coordinator and marketing teacher with Atlanta Public Schools.

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Steve Broome
Director, State Development for High School and Middle Grades

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 (HSTW). He brings 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.

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Jenn Carter
Accounting Coordinator, School Improvement

Jenn Carter 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.

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Clara Clark
School Improvement Consultant

Clara Clark joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2011 as a school improvement consultant. She brings more than 37 years of experience working on issues of education policy and practice in public education. She has worked as a school coach in New Mexico. Clara has trained and coached teachers and administrators on the practices of the Mathematics Design Collaborative. Additionally, she has coached and trained administrators in walk-through and observation protocols.