School Change Faculty & Coaches

ACSR facilitators and coaches are drawn from experienced k-12 classroom instructors and school leaders. They utilize effective, innovative facilitation and instructional design strategies based upon the individual learning goals of each course, project or event. Our Critical Skills Master Teachers have extensive experience with the Critical Skills Program and provide customized support for teachers and schools engaged in that work. School Reform Initiative National Facilitators and Coaches provide training and support in the development and maintenance of powerful professional learning communities. Our School Coaches draw from diverse skill sets to provide support for both targeted and large-scale change initiatives in schools and districts.

Paul Bocko

Paul Bocko (SRI National Facilitator, SRI Coach, CriticalSkills Master Teacher, School Coach) focuses his professional work on public school reform.  His mission is to lead with integrity to create innovative, professional and mindful learning communities.  Most recently, Paul has begun consulting with administrators to apply the Common Core State Standards to district wide curricula and partnering with teacher to renew instruction to be consistent with the new standards.

As a school coach for the Antioch Center for School Renewal (ACSR), he collaborates with schools to lead personalized professional development activities. Site-based consultations focus on curriculum design, inquiry, place-based and service learning, program development, school climate, organizational change, and 21st century skills. For the Antioch University New England Department of Education he teaches courses that engage pre-service and experienced teachers in practical application of educational innovations: Real World Sustainability, Connecting Curriculum and Communities, and Real World Learning. He also serves as an advisor in the Educating for Sustainability program.

He is the Curriculum Coordinator for Massachusetts School Union #28; Erving, Leverett, New Salem-Wendell, Shutesbury, MA. Work in these districts centers on facilitating workshops, guiding curriculum development & revision, and consulting with teachers.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire majoring in Sociology – 1992.  He completed his first masters degree at Antioch University New England (AUNE) in 1995 receiving a Master of Science with an environmental education concentration.  He earned a second from AUNE in 2007, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision with Principal Certification. More about Paul…

Kim Carter (SRI National Facilitator, SRI Coach, Critical Skills Master Kim C 2012 originalTeacher, School Coach) is Executive Director of QED Foundation, a multigenerational nonprofit organization of adults and youth working together to create and sustain student-centered school communities. With over 30 years of experience as an educator, she has taught preK through graduate school. She was the founding principal of Monadnock Community Connections School, which received a New Hampshire Excellence in Education Special Recognition Award in 2009 for its commitment to and excellence in personalization and meeting the needs of students. 1991 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year and 1996 New Hampshire Media Educator of the Year, Kim has been actively involved with the Coalition of Essential Schools since 1991, and the National School Reform Faculty, now School Reform Initiative, since 1995, and is a National Facilitator for School Reform Initiative. Kim’s passions include high school redesign, social justice and equity, and democratic schooling.

Celeste DakaiCeleste Dakai (SRI Coach, Critical Skills Master Teacher, School Coach)is a social studies teacher for the Dresden School District in Hanover, New Hampshire. During her 18 years in the Dresden School district she has also been the Curriculum Coordinator for the middle school, the K-12 Facilitator for Social Studies, and taught in the language department at the Richmond Middle School. She is passionate about curriculum and how its delivery can spark a desire in students to be lifelong learners. Her graduate work focused on the role of reflection in learning and its critical place in student understanding of information and developing new skills. Her main areas of focus: curriculum development, instructional delivery, and teacher language in the classroom. Celeste is also a certified Jazzercise instructor owning and teaching classes in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She is the mother of twin daughters, Isabella and Katherine (Bella and Kate), and enjoys spending time with them outdoors, as well as simply watching them figure out EVERYTHING!

Paula Denton, EdDPaula Denton, EdD (School Coach) is a core faculty member in the Department of Education at Antioch University New England. She has twenty-four years of experience as an elementary school teacher and consultant and is the former director of program development and delivery for The Northeast Foundation for Children, home of Responsive Classroom®. Paula is the author of three books – The First Six Weeks of School, Learning Through Academic Choice, and The Power of Our Words: Teacher Language that Helps Children Learn. Her professional interests include integrated learning and supporting children’s intrinsic motivation to learn, multi-age classrooms, the integration of social-emotional learning and academic learning, classroom management, and teacher language.

Susan Dreyer LeonsSusan Dreyer Leon  (Ed.D., SRI National Facilitator, SRI Coach, School Coach) is a core faculty member in the Department of Education at Antioch University New England and is the director of the school leadership program.  She has 15 years experience as a teacher and leader in New York City and Vermont. She has been an active member of the Coalition of Essential Schools network since 1990 and is a an experienced facilitator and learning community coach. Susan’s interests include school change, teacher leadership, student voice, democratic schooling and contemplative practices in education. Susan facilitates the Beginning Coaches Training, the Coaches training for School Leaders, and the Professional Seminar for school leaders. More about Susan…

Maura Hart  (Ed.D., SRI National Facilitator, SRI Coach, Critical Skills Master Teacher, School Coach) is an educational consultant focusing on teacher and school change.  Her areas of focus are: developing safe communities of learning, both in the classroom and in larger school communities; problem based learning; organizational change; and, developing teacher support systems.  Check out her website at successfulschoolchange.org.  Maura is also an adjunct faculty member of Antioch University in the Experiential Educator’s Program and a trainer for SRI Critical Friend’s Group coaches.  She is the mother of two wonderful little girls, Audrey and Grace.  She is a jazzercise instructor in her spare time and lives on a farm with her daughters, husband, horses, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, cats and the dog.

Tom JuliusTom Julius (SRI Coach, Critical Skills Master Teacher, School Coach) has eighteen years experience learning from children in both rural and inner city schools. His teaching is grounded in theory from his studies at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study, Tufts University, and graduate work at Antioch and UMASS/Amherst, as well as in practice from teaching kindergarten, second and third grades. His work with teachers has focused on portfolios and other authentic assessment practices. He has been a national presenter of wholel anguage, hands-on math and integrated curriculum workshops. In addition to his work with Antioch, he is also a founding boardmember of the Surry Village Charter School in Surry, NH. More about Tom…

Andrew PearceAndrew Pearce (Critical Skills Master Teacher) is co-creator of the Single Steps Learning Partnership which is a UK based training, consultancy and job-embedded professional development service. It specialises in empowering educational practitioners to design for learning, infusing 5 Key Concepts – Community Learning, Experiential Learning, Problem-Based Learning, Quality Learning and Reflective Learning. Training events are bespoke and “walk the talk,” providing an active learning approach that is underpinned by formative assessment. Single Steps Learning currently works with individual schools, clusters of schools and Local Education Authorities in the UK, and more recently the USA – training practitioners who work with early years through to high school and colleges. More information can be found at www.singlestepslearning.co.uk.

Andrew worked in both inner city and rural schools in South Wales during his 20 years of teaching. He has many years experience in leadership and management and successfully completed his National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2005. Andrew’s work on developing literacy standards with 10 year olds was recognized nationally and featured on TV and radio. He also co-authored the Community Builder Pack – Critical Skills Programme UK and contributed to many others.

For three years, Andrew was Program Manager for the Critical Skills Programme, UK and supported many teachers, schools and authorities throughout the UK. His calm, humorous approach results in a relaxed atmosphere where learners of all ages feel comfortable enough to take risks and stretch their learning.

Andrew aims to “make a positive difference” to people in all that he does. Outside of his professional life, his passion is music. He is a talented singer/songwriter and particularly loves to play guitar. His songs have featured on radio and his recent album is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Laura ThomasLaura Thomas (SRI Coach, Critical Skills Master Teacher, School Coach), current Director of the Antioch Center for School Renewal, has been working in and with innovative schools since 1993 first as a speech and theatre educator and later as a coach and consultant.  Laura’s expertise lies in the support of system-wide change, the building of learning communities for both adults and students, and facilitative instruction.  She is affiliated with the Coalition of Essential Schools, the School Reform Initiative, and is a past Co-President of the New Hampshire affiliate of Learning Forward. She is a national speaker and the author of multiple articles. Laura currently writes for The Critical Skills Classroom and is a Community  Facilitator for Edutopia. She lives in Keene, New Hampshire with her husband John and her two adorable children Molly and Harry. More about Laura…

Lyn Ward HealyLyn Ward Healy (School Coach) has a passion for helping schools and school leaders focus on their mission – helping students achieve!

Lyn has extensive experience in working with school leaders and teachers. She worked for five years as the Associate Executive Director of the New England League of Middle Schools and helped schools design and implement their professional development plans.  More recently she worked as a middle school principal and a district level administrator for curriculum, instruction and professional learning for the Epping, NH School District. Her teaching career began in the elementary level and she spent several years working with “at risk” students in 7th and 8th grades.

Lyn has coached teachers and leaders around many topics and goals from inquiry to literacy to advisory to Common Core State Standards implementation and assessment.  She has also consulted on teacher effectiveness and curriculum and assessment. Lyn was awarded the James Garvin Distinguished Service Award by NELMS in 2013. She holds degrees from Harvard University, University of New Hampshire and Albion College.

Lynne WilliamsLynne Williams (Critical Skills Master Teacher) is co-creator of the Single Steps Learning Partnership which is a UK based training, consultancy and job-embedded professional development service. It specializes in empowering educational practitioners to design for learning, infusing 5 Key Concepts – Community Learning, Experiential Learning, Problem-Based Learning, Quality Learning and Reflective Learning. Training events are bespoke and “walk the talk,” providing an active learning approach that is underpinned by formative assessment. Single Steps Learning currently works with individual schools, clusters of schools and Local Education Authorities in the UK, and more recently the USA – training practitioners who work with early years through to high school and colleges. More information can be found at www.singlestepslearning.co.uk.

Lynne began her teaching career in London before moving to South Wales. She has taught a range of age groups during her 15 years as a teacher and Senior Leader. However her specialty is in Early Years Education (3-7 year olds). She was ‘seconded’ in 2001 to work as Teacher Advisor in a social and educational inclusion project with Barnardo’s (UK’s largest children’s charity) and has also co-authored several books. These include Creative Activities for Thinking and Learning Skills – Scholastic and Community Builder Pack – Critical Skills Programme UK. Most recently her work with Early Years students was featured in Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Around the World. Lynne was also recruited by the Critical Skills Programme, UK, to work as Research and Design Manager.

Lynne is passionate about learning and inspires others to think ‘outside the box’. She believes that learning should not just be “inspirational, but irresistible” and encourages others to reflect on the possibility of making this become a reality in their classrooms.

In her spare time (of which there is very little!), Lynne enjoys expressing herself by painting on large canvases with acrylics. She also seems to have acquired over 120 unique ‘rubber ducks’!