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State Education Fellows

Meet our Results for America State Education Fellows

In December 2017, Results for America’s State Education Fellows program was founded to help 18 state education agency officials from nine leading states implement the ground-breaking evidence provisions in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve education outcomes for all their students.

In January 2019, eight leaders from four additional states - Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Mississippi - joined the program to help their states use evidence and data to drive faster progress for the students they serve.

The fellowship is the first to bring together senior program and evaluation leaders from state education agencies into a single network focused on accelerating the generation and use of evidence. By supporting these innovative leaders who oversee states’ key education programs and evaluation efforts, Results for America is creating new champions in investing in what works and helping make evidence-based policymaking the new normal in education

STATE EDUCATION 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

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

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

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

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

Stephanie Graff

Minnesota

State Education Fellow

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

Stephanie Graff

Minnesota

State Education Fellow

Greg Keith

Minnesota

State Education Fellows

Director, School Support, Minnesota Department of Education

Greg Keith

Minnesota

State Education Fellows

Yan Li

Mississippi

State Education Fellows

Director, Research and Development, Mississippi Department of Education

Yan Li

Mississippi

State Education Fellows

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

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

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

Heather Boughton

Ohio

State Education Fellow

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

Heather Boughton

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

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

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

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