As the Managing Director, Amy is responsible for leading the discovery-driven process that results in the vision, design, and strategy for ReSchool Colorado. Although she has a broad array of expertise, Amy has focused on the policy aspect of creating a new education system and the system components that requires us to reimagine, such as governance and finance. Prior to launching ReSchool, Amy was Associate Commissioner at the Colorado Department of Education where she created and led the Division of Innovation, Choice, and Engagement. Her work there resulted in the creation of a statewide vision and strategy to personalize learning and ignite the unique potential of each student through Expanded Learning Opportunities. Before her time at CDE, Amy had her first stint with the Donnell-Kay Foundation as the Director of Strategic Partnerships where she launched the Foundation’s work on blended learning. She also worked as a senior consultant with Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, and led new school development efforts for the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Amy is a founder of The Odyssey School, a Denver charter school started in 1998 where both her children attended and she served for many years on the board of directors. She currently serves on the board of directors for the International Association of K12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Amy holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Colorado and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
As ReSchool Colorado's Learning Architect, Emily helps to build the nuts and bolts of a new learner-centered system. Emily is passionately committed to transforming educational systems and developing educational leaders who are equipped to adapt to the changing needs of our students, our communities, and our world. She has spent 20+ years working on all sides of the learning continuum – as a classroom teacher, district administrator, researcher, business entrepreneur, and charter school designer, and in a variety of cities – Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, and in smaller communities – Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Savannah, Georgia and Eden Prairie, Minnesota. As an entrepreneur, Emily worked across 35 school districts in Minnesota delivering keynote presentations, leading training and facilitating problem-solving on issues related to leadership, strategy, and change. Wanting to improve the quality of schools within the city she lived and loved, Emily spent several years as the Chief Academic Officer of the Minneapolis Public Schools. Before leaving Minnesota to move to Colorado, she led a project to redesign the governance structure of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. Emily holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree from the University of Notre Dame as well as a Masters degree from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. Her dream is to build and implement an education system that serves students who have been marginalized or underserved by the current one.
Rebecca focuses on designing and prototyping the Advocate Network model that is an essential system component of ReSchool Colorado. In this capacity, she supports Advocates in building the agency of families and kids to navigate their learning and lives. Prior to joining the ReSchool team in 2015, Rebecca served as the founding Director of Community Engagement at Rocky Mountain Prep, a Denver charter school network. In this role, she connected with over 500 families and helped empower these families with the knowledge and tools to be lifelong advocates for their children’s education and success. Before that, she was an Education Policy Fellow at the Donnell-Kay Foundation, where she published a report on parent empowerment and advocacy titled “The Parent Engagement Continuum in High-Performing Charter Schools" that served as the basis for her strategic vision at Rocky Mountain Prep. Rebecca currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Vermont with a degree in social work and Spanish. She approaches her work through the lens of social justice, with a focus on parent empowerment, increasing choice and access to drive for equity, and grassroots communication and advocacy.