Stephen Pruitt took office as the sixth president of the Southern Regional Education Board in July 2018. During his career, Pruitt built education policy, assessment and instructional background at the local, state and national levels. He started his education career as a high school chemistry teacher in Fayette County, Georgia, and then served in several leadership roles at the Georgia Department of Education. As senior vice president for Achieve, he worked closely with state agencies and educators around the country to improve science education. Before coming to SREB, he was Kentucky’s state commissioner of education.
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.
Cheryl Blanco has served as vice president for postsecondary education at the Southern Regional Education Board since 2008. She leads SREB’s postsecondary policy initiatives, including the work of the Commission on College Affordability in the South and the Commission on Community Colleges. She has written and overseen publications on several postsecondary issues.
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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.
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.
Barbara Channell joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2002 as an accounting manager in the finance department. She brings more than 30 years of experience working in education nonprofits. While at SREB, Barbara has led projects to improve payment turnaround and accountability to agencies and grantors. Prior to joining SREB, she worked for Emory University for 15 years. Barbara holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Georgia State University.
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.
Twyla Coleman began working with the Southern Regional Education Board in 2012 as a literacy consultant, bringing over 25 years of experience in education. Prior to SREB, Twyla was a middle and high school English and language arts (ELA) teacher. She served as the ELA department chair, team lead, team lead chair and also served on many leadership committees. Twyla has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a major in English language arts and and a minor in physical education. She has a master’s degree in education administration.
Meagan Crowe joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2017 as a policy analyst for high school and postsecondary. Her experience includes working with the Center for State and Local Finance. Meagan holds a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University as well as a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
Christiana Datubo-Brown serves as research associate for education data services, where she assists with analyzing data and producing publications, such as the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education, Featured Facts, and Indicators Report. She joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2017. Prior to joining SREB, Christiana served as a statistical consultant and research assistant at Auburn University.
Beth Day joined the Southern Region Education Board in 2012, bringing 25 years of experience leading strategic communications in education and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining SREB, Beth served as vice president of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education.
Samantha Durrance joined the Southern Regional Education Board in 2017 as a policy analyst for early childhood through middle grades. Her experience includes teaching middle school mathematics and leading the student support team at an elementary school. Samantha holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Emory University and a Master of Public Policy from Georgia State University.
Leslie Eaves joined the school improvement team at SREB in 2016. She began teaching in 2002 at Berry Academy of Technology in Charlotte, North Carolina. That year, she won the CMS First Year Teacher of the Year. In 2005, she joined the staff of Atkins School of Engineering to start and coordinate their engineering program. She joined North Carolina New Schools in 2011 as a math content coach and a general instructional coach, where she implemented school-centered learning strategies and STEM practices.
Paula Egelson joined the Southern Regional Education Board in September 2010 as director of research to the school improvement team. She brings more than 35 years of experience as a K-12 educator, director of reading and school improvement, and senior research analyst. While at SREB, Paula has co-authored research and policy publications on preparing principals to be more effective and improving the quality of career and technical teacher preparation.