Victoria Oakley has been serving public schools in Virginia for over thirty years as chief academic officer, director of instruction, elementary principal, reading specialist and teacher. She is passionate about leadership coaching and has received training from the National Institute for School Leadership. She believes that all teachers and leaders should receive and engage in effective mentoring and coaching to strengthen and enhance their professional skills and instructional strategies. Ms. Oakley attended the University of Richmond for her undergraduate studies in elementary education and received her M. Ed. in reading and an endorsement in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Mrs. Oakley has spent years promoting reading and literacy at the district, regional and state level. She has served as President of the Virginia State Reading Association, an organization that promotes literacy throughout the state of Virginia.
Focusing on Social Studies and English Language Arts, Lyric Olivarez Belcik has earned the title of lead instructional coach for EdForce™. Ms. Olivarez Belcik has served as an instructional coach to over twenty teachers and has recently entered her ninth year teaching at a Title I school. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin, with minors in History and Psychology. Ms. Oliveraz Belcik has a teaching certificate in Social Studies 8-12 Composite and is certified to teach English language learners and advanced placement history.
Prior to joining the PCG Education and EdForce teams as an instructional coach, Carrie Edell became a licensed elementary and middle school mathematics teacher, serving youth in the Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC areas as a classroom teacher. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Ms. Edell received a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education and felt as though it was important to contribute to her school community. She became the school's theater director and coordinator of after school programs, while also contributing to assist children in poverty. Ms. Edell has two years of experience as a project manager and primary author for an online math course, as well as a manager of course development for the math and science divisions. In her role with PCG Education thus far, she has developed a course to help nontraditional candidates prepare for the required Praxis test to earn their teaching certificate.
With over 25 years of experience in public school settings, Wanda Walker has served as a special education teacher, general education teacher, school improvement specialist, and Director of Exceptional Programs (special education/gifted education). Ms. Walker received her B.S. Ed. In Secondary Education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and an M.Ed. in Special Education from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Ms. Walker also holds an endorsement in Administration and Supervision and served five years as a children’s services program director.
Currently, Ms. Walker provides educational consulting services in Virginia, has served as an adjunct professor for a community college, and serves as a data reviewer and quality assurance coordinator for a local agency. Her goal in joining our team is to assist individuals in successfully preparing to meet requirements to earn their teaching certificate.
Jennifer Carney has been teaching mathematics at the high school level for fifteen years, while instructing at the collegiate level for nine years. Jennifer completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and has numerous year of experience teaching several levels of math. As an EdForce™ instructional coach, Ms. Carney is consistently excited to share her passion for math and education by helping others make the transition into a teaching career.
Denise Lewis has 20 years of experience as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal and International Baccalaureate Head of School. Ms. Lewis earned her Masters of Administration and Supervision K-12 degree from The George Washington University. As a Career Switcher, she has experienced first hand the support that is needed for those that are making that career change. Ms. Lewis looks forward to combining her school leadership experiences with her passion to mentor and coach.
Throughout her 6 years of working as a full-time educator, Alexandra Byers has taught high school English, middle school social studies, and currently teaches middle school Spanish Immersion social studies, Spanish literacy, and Spanish language. Prior to teaching, Ms. Byers obtained her Bachelors in Arts from Bryn Mawr College in History and Sociology and received her Masters in Teaching, with endorsements in Social Studies, ESOL, Bilingual: Spanish from George Fox University in 2012. In leadership, Ms. Byers has served as an English I Course Leader for a Title I school district in Texas and is the founding Secondary Spanish Immersion teacher for Lake Oswego Public Schools in Oregon, developing curriculum, materials, and assessments. In addition to teaching, Ms. Byers founded the inaugural girls soccer and volleyball teams for a charter school in Texas and currently coaches three sports a year, as well as Mock Trial, in Oregon. She is excited to act as an Instructional Coach, developing test prep curriculum for teachers all over the country.
Taryn U’Halie has been teaching for the past 16 years in the Denver Metro Area and New Orleans, as an ESL/EFL and Spanish teacher for K-12 Title I schools and in higher education. Ms. U’Halie holds a M.A. in TESL/TEFL from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Spanish Education K-12 and a B.A. in Dance from Slippery Rock University. She is certified from Louisiana State to teach ELA 7-12, Spanish K-12, and ESL K-12. Recently, she had the opportunity to conduct research and train teachers for the English Language Fellow Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in Kazakhstan. As an EdForce Coach, Ms. U’Halie is a dedicated professional who takes great pride in mentoring new teachers to help them reach their goals as educators.
Kelsey has been in education for the last 11 years. During this time, Kelsey has spent seven years at the middle school level, teaching a variety of subject including, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), speech and debate, technology, and Social Studies, but her primary subject was English Language Arts. Kelsey spent two years at the high school level, as activities director, leadership teacher, and ninth grade AVID teacher. She has spent the last two years working as a new educator mentor in the biggest school district in Oregon, Portland Public Schools. Her focus as a mentor is with secondary middle school teachers, teaching in all subject areas.
Kelsey attended Linfield College where she received her Bachelor’s degree; she has also received a Master’s from Willamette University, and in 2017 she completed her administrative credential through the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators.
In addition to her work with new teachers, Kelsey is also working on the district’s equity and social justice work, by involving herself with student-led initiatives and talent diversity cohorts. Within the racial equity and social justice work, Kelsey has immersed herself in culturally responsive teaching trainings and workshops and has led workshops among her mentor team to further their knowledge and practice in this area. She is also a part of the development team for the English Language Arts guaranteed viable curriculum for middle school.
Kelsey enjoys her work as a mentor and has had great opportunities to learn and grow through this work. She is excited to continue this work with EdForce.
Haley Morris is currently entering her seventh year teaching in the Virginia public school system. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and holds a M. Ed. in Special Education. Haley has taught both primary and upper grades, served as lead science teacher, mentor and chaired various committees. She is passionate about elementary education and excited to help the process of transitioning new teachers into the classroom.
Adia Boone has worked in K-12 and non-profit educational settings for more than 15 years, having led instructional departments in the areas of Social Studies, Art, Physical Education and Special Education. While each of her past positions held unique qualities, coaching teachers and providing guidance and resources regarding curriculum adaptations has always been a primary responsibility. Adia obtained her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University and Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Michigan State University. She has devoted her volunteer activities, academic studies and professional experience to working to ensure that all students have equitable and high quality academic opportunities.
Gabrielle Malo became a certified high school chemistry teacher after completing an MS in Biochemistry and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State University. As a high school chemistry teacher in public schools she taught chemistry for dual-enrollment and IB chemistry. Gabrielle has also taught middle school math and high school biology, tutored high school students privately in math and science, and served as professional learning community leader for chemistry within the science department of her school. In her time as a public-school educator she spent five years teaching in Title I schools. Since 2009, Gabrielle has also worked as an adjunct chemistry instructor at community and technical colleges. She is looking greatly forward to supporting new teaching candidates as they prepare for their certification exams and move into their careers as new teachers.
During her 22 years of K-12 public school education experience, Ms. Pollard served as district trainer, served on the school improvement team, administrative team, technology team, served as site testing coordinator, developed mathematics curriculum, and was a summer school assistant principal. Ms. Pollard also served as a school based cooperating teacher for university student teachers, and mentored new teachers in the district. For eight years Ms. Pollard was an administrator and mathematics instructor for the Math Science Investigators (MSI) summer program at the University of Richmond. She has a Masters of Education with a concentration in Secondary Mathematics from George Washington University, a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently an Occupational and Technical Studies Ph. D. students at Old Dominion University. Ms. Pollard’s extensive background with diverse learners in mathematics and STEM education makes her an asset to our coaching team.
Born and raised in Florida and a graduate of the University of Florida, Amanda taught for six years as a lead exceptional education teacher at the elementary level. She worked with students with varying exceptionalities, including: specific learning disabled, autistic, educable mentally handicapped, and emotionally handicapped. She specialized in intensive reading and language arts instruction in both the small group and general education inclusion setting. In addition, she taught math in the general education inclusion classroom, specializing in inclusion techniques for varying exceptionalities. Throughout her teaching, she developed and implemented indivual education plans, transitional education plans, and gifted education plans for elementary level students. Amanda also developed functional behavior assessments and implemented behavior intervention plans in the general educational classroom for at-risk students. Amanda also served as the head volunteer coordinator and business partner leader for her school. The challenges and success experienced throughout her teaching career were a true blessing and she is excited to share her passion for education and teaching with others.
Sasha Rauch-Kelly has six years of direct-service education experience and currently works in federal education and health care policy. Ms. Rauch-Kelly served as the department chair for her school’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) Department and has worked extensively with English Language Learners. She is dually certified in 6-12 English Language Arts and 6-12 Social Studies and has a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Critical Pedagogy and her School Administration Certificate. Ms. Rauch-Kelly has coached and mentored dozens of teachers as they first enter the profession and is passionate about breaking down barriers to assist individuals in reaching their goals in the classroom. She looks forward to supporting candidates in their preparation for the Praxis or state-level equivalent exam.
Sydney Henry has been teaching middle school science for 5 years. In those 5 years, she has served as Department Chair, been recognized as “Science Teacher of the Year” and served on the STEM Committee. For the last 2 years she has been teaching 8th grade Physical Science and Engineering in Atlanta, GA. Sydney graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, minor in Biology. She is passionate about education and providing new teachers with the tools to be successful in the classroom.
Symantha O’Byrne has 20 years of middle school math and social studies classroom experience in Georgia and Florida. She received her Ed. Specialist degree (Curriculum and Instruction) from Valdosta State University and her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Central Florida. She’s written curriculum at the national, state and local levels and loved every minute of it. Ms. O’Byrne is passionate about making education fit the needs of the student and has spent most of her career helping students who struggle with traditional education find ways to be successful. She’s certified to teach math, science, and social studies, students with exceptionalities and Gifted students