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State Education Fellows

Meet our Results for America State Education Fellows

Since 2017, Results for America has been helping state education agencies (SEAs) implement the ground-breaking evidence provisions in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve education outcomes for all their students through our State Education Fellowship.

To continue this important work and to help state education agencies and their school districts respond to the overlapping crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic collapse, and pervasive, systemic racial inequities, RFA launched the second cohort of the State Education Fellowship in April 2021. The cohort spans the nation with 38 education leaders from 10 SEAs - California, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island.

The fellowship is the first to bring together SEAs’ senior evaluation and program leaders into a single network focused on accelerating the generation and use of evidence. State Education Fellows are champions of investing in what works and are helping make evidence-based policymaking the new normal in education.

STATE EDUCATION FELLOWS


Jonathan Isler

California

State Education Fellow

Administrator of the Data Visualization and Reporting Office (DVRO), California Department of Education

Jonathan Isler

California

State Education Fellow

Cindy Kazanis

California

State Education Fellow

Director of the Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division, California Department of Education

Cindy Kazanis

California

State Education Fellow

Mindi Parsons

California

State Education Fellow

Administrator of the Integrated Student Support and Programs Office, California Department of Education

Mindi Parsons

California

State Education Fellow

Lindsay Tornatore, Ed.D.

California

State Education Fellow

Director of the Student Achievement and Support Division, California Department of Education

Lindsay Tornatore, Ed.D.

California

State Education Fellow

Sarajean Zocklein

California

State Education Fellow

Homeless and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged (SED) Youth Data Steward in the Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability, Reporting Division, California Department of Education

Sarajean Zocklein

California

State Education Fellow

Nate Goss

Colorado

State Education Fellow

Turnaround Program Coordinator, Colorado Department of Education

Nate Goss

Colorado

State Education Fellow

Dr. Matthew B. Courtney

Kentucky

State Education Fellow

Policy Advisor, Office of Continuous Improvement and Support, Kentucky Department of Education

Dr. Matthew B. Courtney

Kentucky

State Education Fellow

Dr. Kelly Foster

Kentucky

State Education Fellow

Associate Commissioner, Office of Continuous Improvement and Support, Kentucky Department of Education

Dr. Kelly Foster

Kentucky

State Education Fellow

Natasha Stein

Kentucky

State Education Fellow

Education Administration Program Manager, Kentucky Department of Education

Natasha Stein

Kentucky

State Education Fellow

Erica Champagne

Massachusetts

State Education Fellow

Director, Office of Effective Practices in Turnaround, Center for District Support, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Erica Champagne

Massachusetts

State Education Fellow

Kendra Winner

Massachusetts

State Education Fellow

Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Office of Planning and Research, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Kendra Winner

Massachusetts

State Education Fellow

Dennis Duffy

Minnesota

State Education Fellow

School Improvement Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Education

Dennis Duffy

Minnesota

State Education Fellow

Greg Keith

Minnesota

State Education Fellows

Director, School Support, Minnesota Department of Education

Greg Keith

Minnesota

State Education Fellows

Dr. Teresa Taylor

Minnesota

State Education Fellow

Director of Student Access and Opportunity Division, Minnesota Department of Education

Dr. Teresa Taylor

Minnesota

State Education Fellow

Alan Burrow

Mississippi

State Education Fellow

Executive Director of District and School Performance, Office of Accountability, Mississippi Department of Education

Alan Burrow

Mississippi

State Education Fellow

Marla Davis

Mississippi

State Education Fellow

State Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Mississippi Department of Education

Marla Davis

Mississippi

State Education Fellow

Ginger Koestler

Mississippi

State Education Fellow

Office Director, Office of Special Education, Mississippi Department of Education

Ginger Koestler

Mississippi

State Education Fellow

Judy Nelson

Mississippi

State Education Fellow

Executive Director, Office of Federal Programs, Mississippi Department of Education

Judy Nelson

Mississippi

State Education Fellow

Sonja Robertson

Mississippi

State Education Fellow

Director, Office of School Improvement, Mississippi Department of Education

Sonja Robertson

Mississippi

State Education Fellow

Seng-Dao Yang Keo

Nevada

State Education Fellow

Director, School and Student Supports, Student Achievement Division, State of Nevada Department of Education

Seng-Dao Yang Keo

Nevada

State Education Fellow

Lynn Hoffman

Nevada

State Education Fellow

Director of District Support Services, Nevada Department of Education

Lynn Hoffman

Nevada

State Education Fellow

Gabby Lamarre

Nevada

State Education Fellow

Title I Director and Federal Liaison, Nevada Department of Education

Gabby Lamarre

Nevada

State Education Fellow

Peter Zutz

Nevada

State Education Fellow

Administrator of Assessment, Data & Accountability Management, Student Achievement Division, State of Nevada Department of Education

Peter Zutz

Nevada

State Education Fellow

Sherry Birchem

Ohio

State Education Fellow

Director, Office of Learning and Instructional Strategies, Ohio Department of Education

Sherry Birchem

Ohio

State Education Fellow

Heather Boughton

Ohio

State Education Fellow

Director, Office of Research, Evaluation & Advanced Analytics, Ohio Department of Education

Heather Boughton

Ohio

State Education Fellow

Patricia Nyquist

Ohio

State Education Fellow

Executive Director, Center for Continuous Improvement, Ohio Department of Education

Patricia Nyquist

Ohio

State Education Fellow

Chris Woolard

Ohio

State Education Fellow

Senior Executive Director, Center for Accountability and Continuous Improvement, Ohio Department of Education

Chris Woolard

Ohio

State Education Fellow

Brook Meiller

Oklahoma

State Education Fellow

Deputy Superintendent of School Support & Improvement, Oklahoma State Department of Education

Brook Meiller

Oklahoma

State Education Fellow

Michael Tamborski

Oklahoma

State Education Fellow

Executive Director, Research and Data Quality, Oklahoma Department of Education

Michael Tamborski

Oklahoma

State Education Fellow

STATE EDUCATION ALUMNI FELLOWS


Lindsey Jaeckel

Colorado

State Education Fellow

Director, School Turnaround Support, School Quality and Support Division, Colorado Department of Education

Lindsey Jaeckel

Colorado

State Education Fellow

Nazanin (Nazie) Mohajeri-Nelson

Colorado

State Education Fellow

Director of the ESEA Programs Office, Colorado Department of Education

Nazanin (Nazie) Mohajeri-Nelson

Colorado

State Education Fellow

Ajit Gopalakrishnan

Connecticut

State Education Fellow

Chief Performance Officer, Connecticut State Department of Education

Ajit Gopalakrishnan

Connecticut

State Education Fellow

Desi Nesmith

Connecticut

State Education Fellow

Chief Turnaround Officer, Connecticut State Department of Education

Desi Nesmith

Connecticut

State Education Fellow

Christine Alois

Delaware

State Education Fellow

Deputy Secretary - Performance Support, Delaware Department of Education

Christine Alois

Delaware

State Education Fellow

Michael Rodriguez

Delaware

State Education Fellow

Associate Secretary of Student Support, Delaware Department of Education

Michael Rodriguez

Delaware

State Education Fellow

Karen Dodd

Kentucky

State Education Fellow

Chief Performance Officer, Office of the Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education

Karen Dodd

Kentucky

State Education Fellow

Carrie Conaway

Massachusetts

State Education Fellow

Chief Strategy and Research Officer, Office of Planning and Research, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Carrie Conaway

Massachusetts

State Education Fellow

Stephanie Graff

Minnesota

State Education Fellow

Director, Office of Equity and Opportunity, Minnesota Department of Education

Stephanie Graff

Minnesota

State Education Fellow

Yan Li

Mississippi

State Education Fellows

Director, Research and Development, Mississippi Department of Education

Yan Li

Mississippi

State Education Fellows

Seana Flanagan

New Mexico

State Education Fellow

Director, Educator Growth and Development, Teaching and Learning/Educator Quality, New Mexico Public Education Department

Seana Flanagan

New Mexico

State Education Fellow

Elisabeth Nixon-Peterson

New Mexico

State Education Fellow

Director, Priority Schools Bureau, School Transformation/Priority Schools, New Mexico Public Education Department

Elisabeth Nixon-Peterson

New Mexico

State Education Fellow

Shelly Ellis

Oklahoma

State Education Fellow

Executive Director School Support/School Improvement, Oklahoma State Department of Education

Shelly Ellis

Oklahoma

State Education Fellow

Tiffany Neill

Oklahoma

State Education Fellow

Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Instruction, Oklahoma State Department of Education

Tiffany Neill

Oklahoma

State Education Fellow

Levi Patrick

Oklahoma

State Education Fellow

Assistant Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Title IV, Part A Director, Oklahoma State Department of Education

Levi Patrick

Oklahoma

State Education Fellow

Brian Darrow

Rhode Island

State Education Fellow

Chief of Staff, Office of the Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education

Brian Darrow

Rhode Island

State Education Fellow

Steve Osborn

Rhode Island

State Education Fellow

Chief for Innovation, Rhode Island Department of Education

Steve Osborn

Rhode Island

State Education Fellow

Krystafer Redden

Rhode Island

State Education Fellow

Division Chief of Staff for System Transformation, Rhode Island Department of Education

Krystafer Redden

Rhode Island

State Education Fellow

Laura Encalade

Tennessee

State Education Fellow

Chief of Staff, Commissioner’s Office, Tennessee Department of Education

Laura Encalade

Tennessee

State Education Fellow

Nathaniel Schwartz

Tennessee

State Education Fellow

Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Data and Research, Tennessee Department of Education

Nathaniel Schwartz

Tennessee

State Education Fellow