Dwight Carter has been an educator for 21 years. A 2013 NASSP Digital Principal, Carter is a visionary digital leader. He maintains blogs for teachers, parents, and as a Connected Principals blogger, his peers. Likewise, he encourages teachers to take charge of their own professional development by using social media and other tools to network and share ideas. His accomplishments include: 2010 Jostens Renaissance Hall of Fame inductee, 2014 Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Secondary Principal of the Year, and 2015 Ohio Alliance of Black School Educators Principal of the Year. Carter is a published author as well as a local, state, and national conference presenter.
Janice Case is an educator with more than 20 years of experience in both private and public school education. Most recently, Case served as the principal of Potomac Falls High School in Loudoun, VA. Her extensive public school experience includes middle school principal, high school assistant principal, special education teacher, and department chair. For the last 10 years, she has provided consultant services in the way of professional development to schools and school leaders nationwide. In January 2014, Case completed the National Institute for School Leadership Executive Development Program and is certified to train other school leaders.
Carol Conklin-Spillane has been principal of Sleepy Hollow High School (SHHS) in New York, NY, since 1994. The school serves a socioeconomically and ethnically diverse community. Under her leadership, Sleepy Hollow High School was identified as a Best Practices High School by The Magellan Foundation. SHHS was featured on the U.S. Department of Education’s Doing What Works website and named a 2014 MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough School. In 2011, Conklin-Spillane received the Pace University Partnership Award in recognition of all she has done to enhance the professional development of current and future teachers, and in 2012 she was selected as Outstanding Regional Administrator of the Year by the Empire State School Administrators Association.
Michael G. Curran Jr., EdD, coordinates and operates the partnership between a local middle school and the teacher preparation program at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. He has served as a classroom teacher and department chair in New Jersey public schools and as supervisor, bureau manager, and interim assistant commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Education. He takes a practical look at instruction development, personalization, leadership, technology integration, and supervision, focusing on the implementation of the NASSP Breaking Ranks series concepts.
In 2011 when Daisy Dyer Duerr started as principal of St. Paul High School in St. Paul, AK, the school had a few Smartboards, 10 Macbooks, and not much else in terms of technology tools. From her first day, Duerr, who views technology as the great equalizer for poor and rural students, focused on improving the school’s technology. She started by putting an iPad in the hands of every teacher and later ensured that the school had a Netbook cart, used throughout the disciplines for research and report writing, and a Nook cart to encourage pleasure reading for students.
Thomas G. “Tom” Evans has 35 years of experience as both a high school and middle school principal. He has worked on local, state, and national levels to raise expectations and performance levels for all students, teachers, and fellow administrators. Evans is a past president of the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals and has worked as a trainer with the NASSP Assessment Project and NASSP’s Breaking Ranks II for many years, traveling across the country presenting best practices for school reform. He has received the U.S. Department of Education Terrell Bell Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership, and in 2008 he received the MetLife/NASSP State Principal of the Year Award for Maryland.
Jana Frieler is an educational consultant specializing in school improvement through leadership. A leadership coach, Frieler spent 28 years in education as a teacher, principal, director of human resources, and director of professional learning. Frieler is a past president of NASSP and has worked on principal recognition with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Sharon McCarthy is president of the consulting firm Envision, Inc., and an expert in the fields of neurolinguistics, brain theory, and personality styles. McCarthy is the author of two educational texts: Emergence, Convergence, and Discovery: A Pathway in Distributed Leadership and Innovative Interventions for Today’s Exceptional Kids. And she is currently involved in a special project in the area of neurofeedback, a promising technology for students experiencing behavioral problems and those with ADD. Over the last two years, Ms. McCarthy’s Reflective Leadership Program, a widely acclaimed practice-based workshop, has been offered at the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, the New Jersey Education Association, and school districts in and outside of New Jersey.
Virginia “Ginger” Minshew is a 30-year veteran of public education and a principal of Park View High School in Loudoun County, VA. In 2010, Park View, the most diverse high school in Loudoun County, received recognition as a National Breakthrough School by NASSP and the MetLife Foundation. And in 2002, while serving as principal of Farmwell Station Middle School, Minshew was recognized with The Washington Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award. She has also worked as an adjunct professor at George Mason University, Shenandoah University, and The University of Virginia, teaching curriculum and instructional methodology and school law.
John R. Nori is the director of instructional leadership resources at NASSP and coordinates middle level and high school improvement initiatives. Applying his practitioner’s perspective, he focuses on the implementation of the concepts in Breaking Ranks: Changing An American Institution, Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for Leading High School Reform, and Breaking Ranks in the Middle: Strategies for Leading Middle Level Reform. In addition, he is responsible for the NASSP Resident Practitioner Program. He is currently a member of the National High School Alliance and the board of directors of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.
Judith C. Richardson is currently director of NRich, a consulting firm providing administrative and technical assistance to districts and schools. She is a recent retiree from NASSP where she worked with member principals and school leaders across the country to identify best practice resources and assessment tools for equitable school improvement. Before NASSP, Richardson initiated a nationally recognized public-private pre-engineering magnet high school partnership. She has served as an urban secondary school administrator in the District of Columbia public school system, where she also held positions such as high school principal, principal mentor, assistant principal, program director, mathematics chairperson, and teacher.
Matt S. Saferite is the coordinator of professional development for the Bentonville School District in Bentonville, AR. He is the former principal of Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, AR, which has received distinguished recognition at the state and national levels for high student achievement. Saferite completed his doctoral studies in educational administration at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. He now teaches an administrative operations and personnel management course in Bethel’s EdD program and regularly serves on dissertation committees of students completing the program. In addition, Saferite has developed and presently teaches courses in the MEd program at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR.
Anthony Scannella is chief executive officer of the Foundation for Educational Administration, Inc. Prior to that, Scannella served as the director of professional development for the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. A former principal, assistant principal, director of curriculum, and psychotherapist, he is the author of a number of notable education projects and texts, including Sending the Right Signals, a program to eliminate sexual harassment, and Changing Student Behavior: Comprehensive Learning. Scannella has trained at the state, national, and international levels, and currently conducts an annual leadership conference in New Jersey that attracts school leaders from around the country and abroad.
Jared Wastler currently serves as assistant principal and oversees technology integration and professional learning at Liberty High School in Eldersburg, MD. In 2014, Wastler was recognized as the Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year and was named by ASCD as an Emerging Leader. Last year, he was the recipient of the Maryland Learning Forward Innovative Educator Award for Administrator of the Year and was the recipient of the first annual ISTE Administrator Professional Learning Network Award for Exemplary Leadership. Additionally, in conjunction with NASSP, Wastler co-founded and moderates #APChat (Assistant Principal Chat) on Twitter, Sundays at 8 p.m. (ET).