Karen Underwood

Portrait of Karen Underwood

Karen is originally from Sacramento, California and grew up with both of her parents being teachers (in fact, her mother taught third grade for over 30 years!) When Karen went to college, she majored in political science and minored in education at UC San Diego. It was here that she had invaluable opportunities to meet […]

Lori Cohen

Portrait of Lori Cohen

Lori Cohen has worked in both public and independent schools since 1999, serving as classroom teacher, instructional coach, administrator and workshop facilitator. She holds a BA in English, a California Teaching Credential in English, and an MA in Education—all from the University of California at Davis. Lori actively works towards equity and social justice in […]

Christine Rich

Portrait of Christine Rich

Christine Rich has been a public school educator for 20+ years. She has served as a teacher, administrator and national key trainer for Project G.L.A.D. Christine’s expansive expertise is in the areas of curriculum, instruction, brain-based teaching and learning, special education, literacy development, and language acquisition for English Learners. Her passion is serving, supporting and […]

Cynthia Herrera

Portrait of Cynthia Herrera

Cynthia Herrera began her career in education +28 years ago. She has served as instructional assistant, teacher, assistant principal, coordinator, assistant director and principal at various levels and district office. Her areas of expertise include curriculum, school administration, reading instruction, special education, teaching and learning, professional development and supporting English Learners. Cynthia’s focus is on […]

Luz Castillo

Portrait of Luz Castillo

Luz Castillo has over 23 years of experience in education. Luz’s K-12 background includes teaching and administrative experience supporting teachers, students, and parents at the elementary and secondary levels. Luz has a proven track record of improving learning opportunities and conditions for all students; developing effective relationships with all stakeholders; providing a clear vision toward […]

Scott McGuire

Portrait of Scott McGuire

Scott has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, intervention specialist, district-level professional development specialist, instructional technology coach, Elementary School Principal, and most recently serving as Director of Education Services at Orenda Education, serving to help other schools and districts work to ensure that all students achieve at high levels. He holds his master’s […]

Jeanette Salinas

Portrait of Jeanette Salinas

Jeanette Salinas is a Director of Education Services for Orenda Education. She has over 30+ years of experience in education. She has served as teacher, literacy specialist, instructional coach and principal. Her areas of expertise include curriculum alignment, balanced literacy and instructional design. Jeanette’s experience and enthusiasm fortify her well as she provides teacher and […]

Kurt Wooton

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Sara Shankin

Portrait of Sara Shankin

Sara M. Shankin has worked in education for over 30 years, serving in various capacities including Director of Data Processing, Management Information Services/Instructional Technology and Evaluation. With her extensive technical experience in school districts, she provides support in collecting, reporting and analyzing data to support student achievement. Sara is an integral part of designing and […]