Founder and President
Lisa Westman has over 17 years of experience as a teacher (gifted humanities, English Language Arts, social studies), and as an instructional coach specializing in differentiation. Lisa is currently a writer, consultant, and speaker, working with school systems internationally to effectively implement student-driven differentiation, empathetic curriculum, instruction, and assessment, standards-based grading, and instructional coaching programs. Lisa is passionate about teaching and learning; she is dedicated to effecting change which positively impacts both student and educator learning.
Lisa frequently presents for school districts and at educational conferences. She has presented at ASCD, ISTE, AMLE, Visible Learning, IAGC, ICE, IETC, ILASCD, and ICIC. Lisa is a frequent opinion contributor to EdWeek, EdWeek Teacher, Corwin Connect, and her personal blog, Put Me In, Coach.
Her first book for Corwin Press, "Student-Driven Differentiation: 8 Steps to Harmonize Learning in the Classroom" is available anywhere books are sold.
Lisa is married to an educator, the parent of a fifth-grader and an eighth-grader, 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.