Our Team 2017-12-19T22:11:00+00:00

Our network brings experience and connections to a wide range of resources that can help learning organizations reach their goals

Steve Regur, Ed.D.
Steve Regur, Ed.D.The Innovator

Steve Regur Ed.D. is a founder and current CEO of the Educators Cooperative, a leader in innovative K-12 education solutions. Dr. Steve Regur Ed.D. graduated from the USC Rossier School of Education in 2010. His doctoral work evaluated the conditions necessary for districts to support college and career ready skills that prepare students to succeed in a dynamically interconnected world. Steve has a very diverse portfolio that includes his work at Educators Cooperative where he leads a diverse team with a wide range of projects designed to empower teachers and increase opportunities for students, while staying grounded in solid research about teaching and learning. Current projects include realigning district practices to drive 21st Century learning, provide embedded support for blended-learning implementations which utilize the current open-source technology. Steve also developed a strategic planning protocol for Common Core implementation and Next Generation Assessment design that infuses the Balanced Instructional Framework, an instructional design that helps teachers align research-based practices with innovative, student-driven approaches. In the past 15 years, he has authored more than $4.2 million in grants for schools; co-founded two innovative K-5 and two 6-12 public schools; and has helped dozens of schools and districts reach student achievement goals.

E-mail: steveregur@educators.coop

Kirk Melkonian
Kirk MelkonianThe Designer

Professional Skills:

Leadership Coaching
Environmental Learning Design
Curriculum and Resource Design, Development and Implementation
Professional Learning Community Facilitation
Inquiry and Project Based Learning
Blended Learning Design and Implementation

Current and Past Projects:
Performance Outcomes for Global Competence – Partnership with Asia Society
Core Values Framework – Partnership with Rocketship Education
Performance Assessment for Global Competence – Partnership with Asia Society
District-Wide blended learning initiatives using open-source technology
Embedded support for one-to-one implementations
Leadership coaching for managing change

Kirk holds an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business and is an experienced education consultant, leadership coach, project manager and classroom teacher.

Kirk’s portfolio of work includes coaching and consulting focusing on strategy, leadership and implementing a wide variety of initiatives. Some of these projects include implementation of project-based learning at the school level, and design and support for blended learning at the district level. He leads development of innovative projects including the design of resource suite including rubrics, outcomes and student self-efficacy statements and performance tasks to develop global competencies in 3rd – 12th grade, and instructional / learning resources to support the development of social/non-cognitive skills in elementary classrooms. Kirk has also been part of “start-up” charter and pilot schools focusing on individualized, globally focused project-based learning.

E-mail: kirkmelkonian@educators.coop

Scott Houston
Scott HoustonThe Engineer

Professional Abilities:

Published curriculum designer with a focus on student engagement.
Experienced in teaching all subject areas with an emphasis in mathematics and science.
Trainer of several research based techniques.
Expertise in the area of standards and their assessments.
Experienced coach of both veteran and new teachers.

Advisor to schools in L.A. County who are incorporating a global competency emphasis into their curriculum. This includes the International Studies Learning Center, Ambassador School of Global Leadership, Ambassador School of Global Education, and the Vaughn International Studies Academy. This is a direct partnership with the ASIA Society.

Scott Houston holds a Master of Arts in middle school education and a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry. He began his teaching career in Fontana where he taught both middle school and high school over an eight-year period. During this time he also taught night classes for California State University San Bernardino for teachers who wanted to get their Master of Arts degree in Middle School Education. In 2001, he earned his National Board Certification in early adolescent mathematics. He received recognition in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers four years in a row. For the past fourteen years he has been working as a professional educational consultant helping teachers implement research based teaching strategies and most recently preparing districts for the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. He is passionate about collaborating with teachers and designing curriculum that suits their professional teaching style. He also loves dogs.

E-mail: scotthouston@educators.coop

Jessica Tena
Jessica TenaThe Diplomat

Jessica Tena holds a Master’s in Education. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a Single Subject Teaching Credential. She is currently working with K-12 schools throughout the United States as an Educational Consultant to implement Common Core in professional development, coaching, and instructional design. Prior to working as an Educational Consultant she was named 2013-14 District Teacher of the Year for High School in San Diego Unified School District where she taught English in Title 1 schools for over a decade. She also works as an anti-bias education facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League of San Diego. She supports K-12 schools in creating inclusive school cultures, anti-bullying programming, and building student leadership capacity. This work has led her to serve on the National Teacher Advisory Committee for the Anti-Defamation League. She recently finished her certification to become a Freedom Writer Teacher through the Freedom Writers Foundation with Erin Gruwell in Long Beach, California.

E-mail: jessicatena@educators.coop

Melinda Pierson, Ph.D.
Melinda Pierson, Ph.D.The Guardian Angel

Professional Skills:
Professor, emphasis on Special Education
Professional Development
Grant Writing

Melinda Pierson holds a Ph.D. in Education: Emphasis in Special Education from University of California, Riverside. Dr. Pierson is currently the Chair of the Department of Special Education at Cal State Fullerton. Prior to coming to Cal State Fullerton, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Education at Cal Poly Pomona and was a special education classroom teacher for eight years in the Ontario-Montclair School District and San Marcos Unified School District. She taught K-12th grades with a focus on students with mild/moderate disabilities and served as principal for special education programs. Dr. Pierson currently directs the Education Specialist State Intern Grant as well as the International Center for Education at Cal State Fullerton. She has published over 25 articles in top special education journals.

E-mail: melindapierson@educators.coop

Ron Carmi
Ron CarmiThe Musician

Ron Carmi came into the field of education via Teach For America in 1993. He was placed in New York City and taught Math and Language Arts to middle school students. While in New York, he earned a Master’s degree in Education from NYU and began working in the area of comprehensive school reform. For the past 10 years, Ron has worked directly with students, teachers, and principals, focusing on the implementation of researched-based strategies designed to give each student a meaningful learning experience. Ron also has a passion for music and tries to find ways to incorporate the arts into learning whenever possible.

E-mail: roncarmi@educators.coop

Chris Foster, Ed.D.
Chris Foster, Ed.D.The Traveler

Chris Foster, Ed.D. has a public school background as teacher, principal, and superintendent in the California school system. For the past eight years, he has been working in higher education in teacher preparation as well as private consulting. Dr. Foster holds a Doctorate from the University of Southern California as well as certification in multiple and single subjects. He has a wealth of experience in second language acquisition as well as mathematics and science instruction.

E-mail: chrisfoster@educators.coop

Brandy Sick
Brandy SickThe Strategist

Brandy Sick holds a Master’s in Education Leadership and is currently finishing her Administrative Credential from USC. She has worked with schools all over the nation for the past decade building leadership teams, coaching, training on curriculum and strategies and working with instructional design. Prior to being an education consultant she was an elementary teacher and district TOSA. She worked at the Orange County Department of Education as a literacy specialist supporting schools in the county. Brandy has extensive experience working with educators designing and implementing differentiation strategies and planning curriculum to meet diverse learning needs.

E-mail: brandysick@educators.coop