AMY COLE VREELAND, Founder + Executive Director, amy@trueschool.org
Amy’s experiences have been grounded in social entrepreneurship, including developing programs to cultivate the leadership skills of first-generation college students at a nonprofit startup in Boulder, Colorado; working as a founding high school math teacher in the unprecedented charter school movement in New Orleans, Louisiana; and collaborating with community leaders on the design of locally-led, sustainable enterprises in rural South Africa.

Realizing the potential of applying a participatory design approach to education and recognizing the power of educator-led innovation to drive equity and excellence in schools, Amy left graduate school at Princeton University and founded TrueSchool in 2013. TrueSchool focuses on school to systems change. Over the course of their unique year-long program with school teams, TrueSchool galvanizes cultures of collective efficacy within schools (the strongest research-backed indicator of student achievement) and drives change across systems through powerful cohort-wide data and cases of transformational schools. TrueSchool has supported over 2,000 educators impacting over 100,000 students across the United States. TrueSchool has also collaborated with Microsoft, Stanford University, and Teach for America on the design of education technology and national education initiatives, with an eye towards bringing teacher voice front and center. As a teacher, Amy built an Algebra 1 curriculum focused on project-based learning, which she open-sourced and continues to be used by Algebra teachers today. In addition to her domestic education experience, Amy received the Benjamin Brown Award and spent ten months researching and writing about an education-focused development initiatives in Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil. More recently, Amy spent 18 months working on school system design and public-private-partnerships in education in West Africa. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Amy has participated in the 4.0 Schools Launch Program and the Propeller Social Venture Accelerator. She is an Unreasonable Fellow and Echoing Green Fellow. In 2015, she was honored as “one of the world’s best emerging social innovators.”

MARGUERITE SHEFFER, Manager, marguerite@trueschool.org
Marguerite is in her ninth year of teaching high school—previously in Oakland, California, and now at George Washington Carver Collegiate Academy in New Orleans. She holds a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Mills College. Her research focused on teacher professional development, specifically the connection between teacher-driven inquiry projects, teachers’ sense of efficacy, and the stories teachers tell about their work. Marguerite is passionate about teacher-led innovation.  She has co-led school improvement innovations focused on supporting Emergent Bilingual students, school journalism, and civic engagement for students.  She has worked as a facilitator for teacher-driven inquiry work at Mills Teacher Scholars, and as a coach for prospective and beginning teachers at Mills College, the University of California-Berkeley, Oakland Unified School District, and teachNOLA (TNTP). Marguerite is a Teacher Consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project.

MITCHELL BULLINGTON, Outreach Intern, mitchell@trueschool.org
Mitchell is a sophomore at Occidental College majoring in Diplomacy and World Affairs and Economics. He is specifically focused on studying issues of human development. His research has focused on the role of labor movements and international economic institutions in global development. For the past year he has worked as a tutor with the Neighborhood Partnership Program, providing academic assistance to high schoolers in the Los Angeles area. Previously hetaught at and designed a speech and debate camp at his former high school in New Orleans. He is passionate about helping to fulfill TrueSchool’s commitment to creating social equity through education. At TrueSchool he has worked to recruit and select schools for the TrueSchool Innovation Fellowship. Additionally he is working to help TrueSchool measure its impact on education outcomes. He is an avid sports fan and a music enthusiast.

TrueSchool Coaches + Facilitators

Tiye Jones

TIYE JONES
Tiye is originally from Oakland, CA but now call New Orleans home. She holds a Bachelors from Temple University and a Masters from Louisiana College. She is passionate about education as the pathway for liberation for African-American youth and specifically young women. She knows that young women can and should live out the life of their dreams. She is devoted to community building, healing, and giving back in whatever way she can. She is a lifelong educator and has learned from over 500 young people in New Orleans. As well as worked as a facilitator for Nola Our Way Youth Symposium, Teach for America’s National Office and Tulane University. Dance is one of her first love and she is an active board member of Dancing Grounds. She is a part of No Lye Comedy Collective an all black female stand up comedy, improv and sketch collective. She is also a certified yoga instructor in Trauma-Informed Yoga. She currently working at Tulane University’s Center for Public Service.

Sade Jackson

SADE JACKSON
A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, Jackson is a Louisville, KY native who has dedicated the past 7+ years to educating students. She was a 2012 TeachNOLA fellow, 2015 TNTP (The New Teacher Project) Good2Great educator, 2016 Education Pioneers national talent pool member and 2018-2019 IGNITE teacher leader fellow. In addition to education, she is very passionate about civic engagement and volunteering as a 2011 AmeriCorps alum, 2013 Emerging Philanthropist of New Orleans and Junior League of New Orleans 2015-2016 program evaluation committee member. In 2017, Jackson was selected by the New Politics Academy (Cambridge, MA) national virtual and local program facilitator. Jackson is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and resides in New Orleans, LA with her 1-year-old son.

Andrea Thomas-Reynolds

ANDREA THOMAS-REYNOLDS
Dr. Thomas-Reynolds is a native of Avondale, LA and a graduate of the Jefferson Parish Public School System. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University, a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University of New Orleans, a Master of Science in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University, and is an inaugural cohort graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education Mid-Career Doctorate Program in Educational Leadership and Organization Management. In 2017, she became a Certified Executive Coach and is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

She has a unique background in community economic development, K-12 education, and academia. In addition to serving as a TrueSchool Coach, Andrea is the Founder and President of Pinnacle Learning Systems LLC. PLS provides business development, organization consulting, and coaching services to mission-driven non-profit organizations and education service providers.

Prior to PLS, Dr. Thomas-Reynolds worked as an education systems leader in k-12 education as well as a manager at Pearson. She has also served as Regional General Manager of EdisonLearning and was a Director of the Say Yes to Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently lives in New Orleans with her husband Todd and son Donovan, who attends Jesuit High School. Their daughter Sydney attends Fisk University in Nashville, TN.

Tronn Moller

TRONN MOLLER
Tronn W. Moller is a leadership coach, facilitator, speaker, and trainer. He is also a teaches history at Delgado Community College in New Orleans. He is passionate about working with leaders to solve challenges, develop leaders, and build capacity. He loves using simple and innovative visual thinking tools that help them discover, plan, and live out a new agenda.

Tronn holds a Masters degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a B.A degree from Xavier University in Louisiana.

Anglia Wittmus

ANGLIA WITTMUS
Anglia Wittmus is a National Board Certified Teacher and Gifted Education Specialist that is personable and heartfelt about developing dynamic educators: Educator support and empowerment are essential to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Experience, creativity, and a sincere love of teaching drive her design and facilitation in andragogical professional development. A champion of educator retention, she provides support through meaningful workshop experiences and clear communication for the cultivation of tomorrow’s explorers. She bring over 20 years of classroom experience at the primary, secondary, and post-secondary level. Anglia holds a Master of Science in Classroom Instruction and is currently a doctoral candidate in educational technology and e-learning.

Sandy Phillips

SANDY PHILLIPS
Sandy serves as the Principal of Green Park Elementary School in Metairie, Louisiana. She began her career in the Jefferson Parish Public School System in 1988. She was a classroom teacher, a Dean, and Assistant Principal, and a Hearing Officer. Her undergraduate degree came from Southern University, and she received her two Master’s Degrees from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Leadership. Sandy has served on the Jefferson Association of Principals and School Administrators as the Elementary School Representative. While at Green Park, she led the staff in developing new strategies to improve student achievement, and her school was noted as a School of Top Gains within the parish. She is passionate about delivering TrueSchool’s message of social equity and innovation through education. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, and enjoying time with her family. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Inc.

TrueSchool Advisors

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ANDREA CHEN, Advisor
Andrea currently serves as the Executive Director for Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation in New Orleans. She began her career as a high school English teacher at John McDonogh Sr. High School and subsequently trained teachers at the University of New Orleans and The New Teacher Project. She has worked at the Louisiana Association of Charter Schools where she oversaw grantmaking for over $5 million in charter school startup funds and launched a $1.5 million below-market rate Bridge Loan Fund. She was named “40 Under 40” by Gambit Magazine, 2010 City Business Women of the Year, World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and is an appointed board member of the New Orleans Business Alliance, the official economic development arm of the City of New Orleans. She graduated from Stanford University, attended Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of New Orleans, and was trained in business at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business.

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NASHAY JONES, Advisor
Nashay, Senior Associate in the Global Fellowship Program, manages Echoing Green’s 2015 global fellows through providing support, guidance and connection to community. Nashay is a multi-issue human rights and social justice advocate. Before joining Echoing Green, she managed the youth engagement portfolio within the Democracy and Power fund at the Open Society Foundations. Additionally, Nashay worked at Amnesty International USA in both the regional and national offices where she contributed to various human rights initiatives, such as the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. Nashay received her BA in Political Science from Howard University and her master’s in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Nashay and her family recently moved back to NYC. When not supporting the fellows, you will find her and her family rediscovering Brooklyn through food.

SYLVIE TRAN, Advisor
Sylvie Tran has been working in the Oil&Gas industry for nearly 20 years. She currently works at Shell Oil Company as the Delivery and Integration Manager for Shell Deepwater which is focused on offshore activities in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil. Prior to joining Shell Deepwater, Sylvie worked in various management and project management roles in Pittsburgh, PA and Calgary, Canada covering shale developments, sour gas developments and coalbed methane exploration. Finally, before joining Shell in Canada (2004), Sylvie worked as a drilling engineer and rig supervisor with various oil and gas companies worldwide in Canada, Australia, France and Algeria. Sylvie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. She has served on several Boards, including Carnegie Science Museum, Propel Charter Schools, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and Junior Achievement (Western PA) and has recently been appointed to the Board of the Metropolitan Human Services District in New Orleans.