Professional Learning Team

Meet Teachscape’s dedicated, experienced professional learning team.

We look forward to working with you to improve outcomes and the quality of teaching.

  • Bob Abrams

    Bob Abrams is a seasoned high-school science educator with over 16 years experience, as well as seven years in education administration. He has deep knowledge of technology integration into instruction and has presented at multiple state and national conferences in the areas of technology integration, digital formative assessments, and moving toward the 21st century classroom. His leadership experience includes implementation of classroom walkthroughs as a method of collecting instructional data for school improvement. Bob moderates the weekly education Twitter chat #ILEdChat and is a former Wheel of Fortune champion.

  • Suzanne Abdelrahim Tartir

    Suzanne Abdelrahim Tartir's teaching background and expertise includes elementary education, curriculum and instruction, reading education, multicultural education, teacher education, and education for English language learners. Most recently, she worked as a research associate with the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) at The George Washington University. Prior to that, she supervised, mentored, and taught weekly seminars for pre-service teachers at George Washington. Ms. Abdelrahim holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in reading education from Towson University, as well as a doctorate in education from The George Washington University.

  • Eugene Brown

    Eugene Brown is an experienced administrator with an impressive background as a school leader in a range of school leadership positions, providing intensive and sustained mentoring and collegial support for school leaders. He brings expertise in professional development and understanding the complexity of the role of a leader to the Teachscape team. He has demonstrated success in elevating educational and operational performance through vision, leadership and teambuilding.

  • Lynn Bunnell

    Lynn Bunnell's career in education includes serving as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator, staff development director, elementary school principal, and assistant superintendent of educational services. In her role as assistant superintendent, she developed and implemented the district curriculum as well as the Title 1, English language learners, assessment, and gifted and talented programs. Ms. Bunnell holds a B.S. in education from Oakland University and a master's degree in administration from San Jose State University. She attained Tier 1 and Tier II Administrative Services credentials from Azusa Pacific University and California State University, San Bernardino. In addition, she has a CLAD (Cross-Cultural, Language, and Academic Development) credential to work with English language learners.

  • Sandi Cangialosi-Marino

    Sandi Cangialosi-Marino is a highly respected educational leader with more than 29 years of experience as a teacher, principal, founding director, and educational consultant. Through her work as an instructional leader, Ms. Cangialosi-Marino has built a strong background in designing, implementing, and evaluating school- and district-wide professional development with a focus on literacy (K–8); comprehensive school planning, design, and implementation of standards-based curriculum aligned to state standards; school leadership teamwork; and teacher retention. She holds a master's degree in education from Hunter College.

  • Patty Copeland

    Patty Copeland's extensive experience includes providing professional development, technical assistance, and effective leadership to campuses, districts, and charter schools. She has worked at the state and district level aligning national math standards (pre-K–12) and English language proficiency standards with math instruction and assessment, and she is actively involved in teacher training, with expertise in the areas of secondary math instruction using technology and sheltered instruction for English learners. Ms. Copeland has a master's degree in educational administration from Tarleton State University with an additional graduate specialization in mathematics, and she is certified as a secondary math teacher, math 4–8 specialist, and principal.

  • Karen Estes

    Karen Estes has served as a teacher, instructional coach, administrator, and a school improvement director at elementary, middle and high school levels. Having worked in both urban and rural districts with high poverty and ELL populations, Karen has a proven track record of increasing student achievement and system effectiveness. As a district and regional director, Karen guides districts in the implementation of various federal and state grants, including Title Programs, 21st Century, State Bilingual, Migrant, School Improvement, State Assessment, and Gifted and Talented. Karen coaches various districts through the curriculum, assessment and instructional alignment processes, and she has supported alignment training to the Common Core. Group facilitation and data analysis are her specialties, which in turn help schools and individual teachers make quality decisions leading to sustainable growth. She is a trained literacy specialist within the content areas, and she models high yield strategies within her instruction for both student and adult learners. Karen is highly qualified as a teacher in Secondary English/Language Arts, Science, and Math. She holds a B.A. in Communication and Education from Washington State University, a M.A. in English from Eastern Washington University, and a continuing K-12 Administration Certificate from Washington State.

  • Leona Jamison

    Leona Jamison, who has expertise in 21st-century skills, professional learning communities, cultural competency, action research, project-based learning, and systems thinking, has been a professional educator for 34 years. In addition to teaching at the elementary and middle school levels, Ms. Jamison taught and directed a program for gifted and talented students, and then moved on to become an administrator. While serving as assistant principal and then principal for three diverse urban schools, she directed district Title I and Literacy initiatives. As director of professional development, Ms. Jamison led the $5.9 million Digital Age Literacy Initiative of the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indianapolis, Indiana. During that time, she planned and facilitated training for 35 digital age literacy coaches as well as the district's administrators. Ms. Jamison is a certified facilitator for the Covey Leadership Center and has been a facilitator for the Teacher Leadership Academy in Central Indiana as well as the Indiana Professional Standards Board's Mentor Certification and Novice Teacher Training program.

  • Soha Mahmoud-Tabana

    Prior to joining Teachscape, Soha Mahmoud-Tabana spent 11 years as an elementary school teacher. She holds a B.A. in elementary education from Towson University and a M.A. in counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Soha is an accomplished educator with the ability to teach, motivate, and direct students while maintaining high interest and achievement. Soha spent time as an Instructional Coach in an international school where she facilitated professional development by demonstrating lessons, observing classroom instruction, and coaching teachers. She focused on enhancing teacher ability to provide instruction that builds student understanding and skills, is academically rigorous, addresses curriculum standards, and enhances student ownership of learning. Together with administrators and classroom teachers she looked at student work and designed standards-based, high-quality instruction. In her free time, Soha enjoys traveling with her family and taking on new adventures. She’s looking forward to one day visiting all fifty states with her husband and kids.

  • Norma Maldonado

    As a successful public school educator, Norma Maldonado continues her commitment to children by assisting teachers and administrators through the myriad issues confronting education today. Prior to her role at Teachscape, Ms. Maldonado served as a special education and regular/bilingual teacher, speech pathologist, and assistant principal. As an area curriculum director, she directed curriculum implementation and assisted in the supervision of 36 campuses. Areas of professional development and coaching in which she has expertise include: collaborative communication, data analysis, English language development, special education, early childhood, and educational leadership. Ms. Maldonado holds a B.A. in communication disorders from Our Lady of the Lake University and a master's degree in education from The University of Texas.

  • Barbara Neale

    Barbara Neale has served as a teacher, principal, and district ESL/LOTE/language assessment coordinator in public education. She is known for her district-level work in developing innovative programs for English language learners and alternative educational settings. Currently, Ms. Neale serves as a consultant to public and private schools across the country. She holds a B.S. in elementary education and an M.S. in reading from SUNY Geneseo, as well as an ESL endorsement and a Principal EC-12 certification from Texas Woman’s University.

  • Lynn Owens

    Lynn Owens has served as a teacher, administrator, Reading First leader, business owner, and college instructor. She is the former owner of a supplemental education service (SES) organization, which provided before- and after-school tutoring to students in low-performing schools in Tennessee and Mississippi. Many of the schools that partnered with her organization made significant strides in student achievement. Ms. Owens has presented at a host of conferences on topics such as literacy, classroom management, differentiated instruction, and early childhood. She holds a B.A. in elementary education, an M.E. in educational leadership, and 30 additional semester hours in curriculum and instruction from The University of Mississippi.

  • Jodi Pass

    Jodi Pass is an experienced educator with more than 11 years of classroom teaching experience. She is known for her work in accelerating the progress of struggling readers and has a passion for helping children grow as learners, especially in the area of literacy. Ms. Pass is the owner and operator of Bookworms, LLC, which provides private tutoring services and supports families seeking supplemental literacy opportunities for their children. She also taught special education for many years and worked with students with ADHD, learning disabilities, social emotional disorders, and autism. Ms. Pass completed her early education at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed further special education teacher training at the Educational Service Center in Dallas, Texas. She has a master’s degree as a reading specialist from Northeastern Illinois University, where she teaches education courses in the Department of Reading.

  • Johnita Farmer

    Mrs. Johnita Farmer has over 10 years professional experience as a middle school teacher. She taught Science and Social Studies in the Griffin-Spalding (GA) school system for three years, also serving as Department Chair of Science and cheerleader coach. She then moved to the Fulton County School system and taught 6th and 8th Science for 7 years, served on the Science Fair and Discipline Committees. She is currently using her teaching experience to complete classroom observations in order to improve effective teaching. Johnita completed her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Clark Atlanta University. Four years after teaching, Johnita made the decision to go back to college to obtain her Master’s in Education. She completed her M. Ed. in the field of School Counseling at the University of West Alabama.

  • Jennifer Shepard

    Jennifer taught theater, speech, and English for eight years prior to becoming an assistant principal for 12 years. As an administrator, her passions included coaching and training teachers, molding young adults, teaching life strategies, professional learning communities, delving into data to drive instruction, and creating a positive climate for teachers and students. She has completed the Indiana Principal Leadership Academy, RISE training, and consults with companies teaching employees about communication, change, work climate, having difficult conversations at work, and presentation skills. Jennifer also presents to at-risk students on making good choices and learning positive strategies for life. She enjoys traveling, reading, attending sporting events, community theater and musicals, home improvement projects, and volunteer work.

  • Nancy Sherlock-Robson

    Nancy’s career includes 38 years with the North Penn School District (in southeastern Pennsylvania), where she taught at all levels, as well as served as a curriculum coordinator responsible for professional development and curriculum review for the 150-member secondary mathematics and science departments. Additionally, working with both the Merck Institute of Science Education and ETS has given her the opportunity to pursue interests in the wider field of education. In her personal life, she is happily married to husband Keith, an artist/designer, who continually challenges her to color outside the lines.

  • Kelly T. Clark

    Dr. Kelly T. Clark is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Education at Gardner-Webb University. Prior to coming to Gardner-Webb, she was a middle school assistant principal and a middle and high school Language Arts teacher. She has a passion for supporting learning at all levels, from students to adult learners. Her strengths in the field of education include curriculum development and alignment, application of programs and strategies to fit the needs of various settings, and mentoring teachers at all levels, from pre-service to veteran. Dr. Clark has presented how Gardner-Webb School of Education is using Teachscape to improve teaching, particularly with their pre-service candidates, at various conferences, including AACTE and CAEP. She wrote the white paper, “Using Video for Action Research,” in conjunction with Teachscape. A particular strength is working with other institutions of higher education as they begin implementing Teachscape’s products. When not teaching class, conducting trainings, or attending conferences, she likes to spend time with her husband, step-children, and dogs at home.

  • Yulonda Walker

    Yulonda Walker has served as a teacher, instructional specialist, curriculum leader, and school turnaround coach in public education. She is known for her district-level work in supporting schools through the implementation process of the Race to the Top SIG (School Improvement Grants) for High Priority Schools within large urban areas. Ms. Walker holds a B.A. in biology from The University of Toledo, an M.A. in teaching from Wayne State University, and an education specialist certificate in administration and general supervision from Wayne State University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in K–12 administration with a focus on urban specialization at Michigan State University.

  • Susan Walters

    Susan Walters manages, develops, and facilitates professional development sessions that are founded on research-based strategies for teachers, instructional leaders, and districts. Throughout her career, Ms. Walters has held an array of curriculum, leadership, and professional development positions. She has assisted beginning teachers in becoming acclimated to the school climate through the development of differentiated professional development plans, and she has supported the development of veteran teachers into reflective practitioners through a National Board mentorship. Ms. Walters holds a B.S. from SUNY Buffalo and an M.S. from Elon University. She is also a certified Middle Childhood Generalist National Board teacher.

  • Judy White Martin

    For over 20 years, Judy White Martin has worked with superintendents, principals, and teachers throughout the country – public and private - to design and implement change models, build instructional leadership capacity, and to provide professional development on leadership and instructional practices. With a background in school psychology and education reform, Judy’s focus is always on improved principal and teacher practices that have an impact on student learning. Prior to serving Teachscape, Judy led the education reform initiative in North Carolina for state Superintendent Mike Ward and Governor Jim Martin.