Director of EdForce™, Josh Ellis is an experienced leader in educational human capital and talent acquisition for K-12 clients representing multiple school districts throughout the United States. Mr. Ellis has over a decade of experience in talent acquisition, human resources, workforce management, recruiting practices, recruiting metrics, and building custom client solutions in the educational profession. Through his experience, leadership, and access to resources throughout PCG, Mr. Ellis has designed EdForce to be a solution focused partner around the teacher shortage crisis for all K-12 districts.
Program Manager of EdForce, Andrew Feller, has over ten years of teaching and education policy expertise. Mr. Feller earned his Master's Degree in Public Affairs and has experience teaching several content areas in a variety of school settings, including public schools and Title I charter schools. Mr. Feller has spent years recommending and implementing education policies at the district, regional and state levels.
Instructional Coach Amy Howie splits her time as a Senior Associate and Special Education Subject Matter Expert at PCG and Director of Indiana's Project SUCCESS. She has a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision K-12, along with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. Areas of expertise she brings to the EdForce™ team includes use of evidence-based instructional strategies, assessment, special programming, parent and community involvement, and academic and behavioral interventions, specifically aimed at the secondary level.
Larry Marks has forty years of distinguished service in the private and public education sectors and specializes in general education and classroom observation. Mr. Marks has been a mentor, health and physical education teacher, administrative dean, school counselor, assistant principal, and a middle and high school principal. Since retiring as an educator in 2015, Mr. Marks continues to promote the message, "the power of education and the positive impact it can make in the lives of young people." He encourages students to continue their postsecondary aspirations by attending a four-year university, community college, or technical school and highlights the utilization of student apprenticeships to secure employment upon graduation.
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.
EdForce™ instructional coach, Jenny Berry, has been serving public schools in Michigan and Indiana for twenty-four years. As a special education teacher, coordinator and state leader, she has a tremendous amount of experience in the educational field. As the former Indiana Department of Education Director of College and Career Readiness, she has a strong understanding of curriculum and instructional best practices, standards-based learning aligned to state assessments and a multi-tiered system of support to differentiate instruction and engage learners. Ms. Berry is currently a Special Education Case Manager at Anderson Community School Corporation, in Anderson, IN.
In her seven years in the educational field, Ms. Negreros has served as a teacher, science department chair, dean of culture, and assistant principal. She specializes in teaching science related high school courses, such as biology and advanced placement biology, chemistry, neuroscience, and algebra. Ms. Negreros graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and received her Master's degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston in 2015. She currently serves as an assistant principal at a charter school in Houston, TX. With experience teaching science at the high school level, Dulce helps train and coach incoming teachers. As an EdForce™ instructional coach, she enjoys working with the team to develop strong test prep curriculum for various regions.
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.
César Taboada has over 10 years of teaching experience and has helped hundreds of native and non-native Spanish students to better understand and use their language skills. César holds a M.A. in Hispanic American Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and is licensed in Spanish (K-12) as well as in bilingual education (K-6) in that state. He is also the co-creator and Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Casita Institute. As an EdForce instructional coach, César is excited to assist others as they transition into language teaching.
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.
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.
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.
James O’Connor IV (Jimmy) was born and raised in New Jersey. He attended The College of New Jersey where is earned a BS in Physics and Secondary Education. He was privileged to compete as a decathlete for the Track and Field Team. Jimmy has been in the classroom for three years teaching AP Physics, physics, physical science and participated as an AVID teacher. In addition to designing his school’s first AP Physics program, Jimmy was content lead and International Baccalaureate (IB) Leader for cross-curricular skill development through the “Approaches to Learning Skill”. Furthermore, Jimmy continued to contribute to a positive school culture by being an active member in the Green Team and Restorative Justice Team. Jimmy is passionate about education and ensuring that teaching candidates are supported in every step to becoming a teacher.
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.
As an EdForce™ instructional coach, Natalie Slye, brings over twenty years of experience in education as an early childhood educator and elementary school teacher, Pre-K to 5 mathematics instructional coach, interventionist, master teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty member. She holds educator certificates in both Maryland and Virginia and is licensed in the areas of Elementary Education PreK-6, Middle School, and ESOL PreK-12. Mrs. Slye has a passion for supporting and growing highly-qualified teachers, as well as preparing dynamic pre-service teachers. Her experience as a curriculum writer for three Maryland school districts and the Maryland State Department of Education has made her quite adept at unpacking standards and aligning curriculum. She has a deep understanding of elementary content and how young children learn. Mrs. Slye believes in the power of a growth mindset, inquiry-based learning, and formative assessment.
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.
Dr. Griffin holds a Doctorate degree in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Memphis. He considers coaching as a major catalyst for developing teachers - effectiveness and driving dramatic student achievement gains. He is adept in the use of analysis and action planning to examine existing challenges, to prioritize, to set goals, and to assess effectiveness. With 20 years of experience, he has demonstrated knowledge of resources and practices that drive large-scale improvements in practice. Dr. Griffin has served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Schools. Recently Dr. Griffin served as Assistant Superintendent where he coached successful school turnaround efforts in inner city schools.
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.