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Education Team 2017-07-07T22:57:52+00:00 is a professional partnership of highly trained consultants. We believe in a personal, systematic approach, matching our team members’ expertise to the client’s needs.

Amy McCammon

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Professional Abilities

  • Business developer emphasis on Educational Cooperatives
  • Expert in School Innovation and Reform
  • Project Management

Amy McCammon holds a Master’s Degree in Education emphasis on Educational Technology. She has been integrating technology into her curriculum since 1990 and has provided numerous workshops to support the 1:1 initiative,  Microsoft (™) in the classroom, Google in the Classroom, Creating a Blended Learning classroom and utilizing open source. As an Educational Consultant she has the opportunity to collaborate with innovative school leaders and teachers, provide strategic support for operations, curricular design, and instructional strategies. She helped to coordinate and provide technical support for the start-up of two internationally focused schools in the L.A. area and co-founded two innovative Charter Schools in the Pasadena, CA area which focus on personalized learning, social leadership and healthy living. She has also developed two California Consumer Cooperatives and has performed the roles of Director of Operations and Manager of the Fiscal/Human Resources in both cooperatives.

Scott Houston  e-mail-icon-small google-plus

Scott Houston has taught for a total of 11 years in elementary, middle and high school. He is National Board Certified in early adolescent mathematics. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education emphasis on middle school. He has been an educational consultant for the last eleven years and has helped teachers with direct instruction, early literacy, math strategies, science strategies, reciprocal teaching, SDAIE strategies, and textbook implementation.

Kirk Melkonian e-mail-icon-small linkedingoogle-plusning twitter-new

Kirk Melkonian holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a California Multiple Subject Credential. Kirk has experience in educational consulting, coaching, school leadership, project management and classroom teaching.  As a consultant, his focus is on providing research-based coaching and consulting in a wide spectrum of professional development services, including: Strategy, Leadership, Blended-Learning Module Design, PLC Facilitation, Program implementation, Inquiry-Based Learning, Common Core Implementation, and Innovation. His range of clients includes public schools, charter schools as well as globally focused schools with an international based curriculum.

Kate Bean – e-mail-icon-small

Kate Bean holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration as well as a California Administrative Credential. Kate is the Executive Director and founder of Aveson Charter Schools. Aveson schools are composed of two public charter schools serving over eight hundred K-12 students in the Pasadena/Altadena area. The focus is personalized learning, social leadership and healthy living. Kate’s previous work in K-12 education included nationwide sales, consulting, and training. Kate has owned and operated Life in the Balance, a personal and business coaching enterprise. 

Sebastian Cognetta -Ed.D e-mail-icon-smalllinkedingoogle-plustwitter-newusc

Sebastian Cognetta Ed.D. Dr. Cognetta is currently the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Aveson Charter Schools. He has served as an account manager for the consulting division, overseeing the implementation and managing client relations for the majority of the company. Sebastian has extensive experience in data analysis, administrative coaching, and K-12 literacy and mathematics. Sebastian has worked in professional development and school change throughout the United States focusing on leadership and administrative support.

Ron Carmi – e-mail-icon-smalllinkedin

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.

Chris Foster – Ed.D e-mail-icon-small

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.

Melinda Pierson – Ph.D e-mail-icon-small csf amazon

Melinda Pierson Dr. Melinda Pierson is currently the Chair of the Department of Special Education at Cal State Fullerton.  Prior to coming to Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Pierson 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.

Sonaleena Hargrove – Ed.D e-mail-icon-smalllinkedin amazon  prezi usc

Sonaleena Hargrove, Ed.D. has completed numerous professional development trainings and projects for school districts, charter schools, non-profit education organizations, and communities of parents.  Dr. Hargrove began her teaching career in urban schools in Los Angeles, California, where she taught students of diverse linguistic, academic, and developmental backgrounds in elementary and middle schools. She completed her B.S. in Education, M.S. Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at USC.  Her recent accomplishments include training parents to support reading literacy in students at home using Response to Intervention, and training teachers for The Earth We Share Space Race STEM program by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence.

Jessica Tena e-mail-icon-smalllinkedin

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.

Shelia Wells e-mail-icon-smalllinkedin

Shelia Wells holds a Master’s of Education from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor’s in Public Relations from California State University, Long Beach.  Shelia has taught elementary and middle school in California.  She has also served as a district coach and trainer for Math Matters, Open Court, Houghton Mifflin Reading and the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment, (BTSA) In addition to the above experiences, Shelia Wells has worked as a Consultant throughout California for the last 8 plus years providing elementary and middle school administrators as well as teacher’s literacy support.  Shelia has also provided Language Arts textbook support for K-8 teachers per the California AB75/AB466  No Child Left Behind Federal Initiative. Shelia has provided various professional developments relative to teaching children and adolescents how to read.  She has also provided professional developments, trainings, and classroom support to administrators and teachers on essential literacy skills, fluency, vocabulary comprehension and writing. Previously, Shelia supported various urban, suburban, and rural districts as a District Implementation Advisor as well as an Executive Coach for Reading First, and non Reading First Schools.  These cities and states include San Bernardino, Fontana, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Fairfield, and Stockton, California; St. Louis, Missouri; Anchorage, Alaska; Barrington, Illinois; Miami-Dade, Florida; Muskegon and Detroit, Michigan, and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Jenni Krough – Ed.D e-mail-icon-smalllinkedinusc

Jenni Krough, Ed.D has worked in various capacities in the field of education from elementary to post-graduate levels.  She has served as a master teacher, student teaching coordinator, methods instructor and curriculum advisor.  Jennifer has extensive experience working with educators in the design and implementation of differentiated curriculum and instruction, with a specific focus on meeting the needs of gifted and high ability learners.  She attended the University of Southern California where she earned a BS in Education, MS in Educational Administration and Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  Currently, Jennifer teaches for the MAT@USC Program and also consults for schools and districts throughout California in both private and public sectors.