Founder and President
Lisa Westman is an author, speaker, and consultant who regularly works with school systems internationally to provide professional learning on student-driven differentiation, empathy as the foundation of our instructional practices, standards-based learning, and implementing instructional coaching programs. Before becoming a consultant, Lisa taught 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade (gifted humanities, English language arts, social studies) and was an instructional coach specializing in differentiation in Skokie, IL.
Her publications include Student-Driven Differentiation: 8 Steps to Harmonize Learning in the Classroom (Corwin Press, 2018), Teaching with Empathy: How to Transform Your Practice by Understanding Your Learners (ASCD, expected August 2021) and frequent contributions to Education Update (ASCD), Education Week, Education Week Teacher, and Edutopia.
Lisa is married to an educator, is the parent of a sixth-grader, a ninth-grader, an 8-year old Pomeranian Rat Terrier, and an 18-month old Border Collie. She enjoys the Bar Method, loves music and the City of Chicago!
Director of Operations | Curriculum Consultant
Paula Spring joins the team with many years of experience in education. Her roles have included elementary teacher, a consultant at a non-profit, adjunct professor at National-Louis University, instructional technology specialist, and most recently instructional coach. She earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan, a master's degree in elementary education from Northwestern University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from National-Louis University (Technology in Education).
Differentiation | SEL Consultant
Michelle Anderson is committed to educating students, colleagues, families, and the community by establishing strong connections. Michelle believes the power of developing meaningful relationships is critical to successful learning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dominican University in Political Science (2002) and completed a Master’s in Education at Dominican in (2006). In May of 2016, she completed her second Master’s at Concordia University in Instructional Technology and Integration in the Elementary Classroom. Michelle also has a middle school endorsement in social science. She has been a 3rd-grade classroom teacher for 14 years in Oak Park where she has successfully implemented student-driven differentiation. Michelle has served on various school improvement teams, including serving as a PBIS member for 10 years, a Leader in Me Lighthouse team member, and several district curriculum committees. Michelle has presented at ASCD on math differentiation as well as at the ESSA conference on building school community.
Jennifer Eggert is an Innovative Learning Coach at DuJardin Elementary School in Bloomingdale, Illinois. She works with teachers and students to create meaningful and authentic experiences to transform learning. In 2017, she was honored with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and continues to mentor preservice teachers for the non-profit organization. In addition, she designs instructional content for the EdTech company, WeVideo. Follow her on Twitter at @mrseggert13.