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FL Charter School Gets $65M of Fraudulent Donations

Kendall Artusi founded Bright Futures Academy - grew it from 48 to 800 students from 2001-2016. During this time she uncovered and reported that the original board of directors participating in an IRS tax scheme ran $65 million dollars thru the school. Kendall ran the school with a staff of up to 100 employees which operated across 4 campuses in 3 municipalities with no management/support company. In 2016, Kendall began working for Academica and now oversee 8 schools in PBC, writes charter...


S2E7: Justin Zimmerman

Justin Zimmerman joined the Linsly family as Headmaster in 2014, bringing a wide range of experience in the independent school world. After attending boarding school at The Culver Academies in Indiana, he continued on to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he played DIII ice hockey and earned his BS in Natural Science and Biology. He later earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University. Previously, Mr. Zimmerman worked as Dean of Studies and Student Life at...


S2E6: Dr. Robert Dillon

Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educational leader throughout the Saint Louis area over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. He is the author of four books on...


S2E5: Will Richardson

Will Richardson has been working with school leaders from around the world to reimagine practice in the classroom and professional learning. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author on educational technology who is a former public school teacher, a parent of two teenagers, and a pioneer in the use of social media in education. Bio: Will Richardson Twitter @willrich45 Websites: Change.School Peel School Board: Empowering Modern Learners Website: Nipmuc...


S2E4: Wheeling Country Day School

Elizabeth Hofreuter the Head of School at Wheeling Country Day School and Julie Cartwright the Director of Advancement at Wheeling Country Day School talk about how WCDS empowers students to think, to create, and to communicate in a nurturing environment where learning and character are paramount. End of Average by Todd Rose - Amazon Elizabeth Hofreuter's Email: Julie Cartwright's Email: Website: Wheeling Country Day School Facebook:...


S2E3: Evolution of Classroom Design with John Myers

John Myers is Director of Marketing and Training for Haskell. Haskell is dedicated to designing and manufacturing the highest quality furniture for business, education, government, and institutional enterprises. Email: Website: Haskell Facebook: @HaskellOffice YouTube: Haskell - YouTube Produced by Shoop Media for If you are interested in being on the show or know someone who would be a great guest, please connect with Kevin Stoller


S2E2: Dyslexia Interventions with Stacy Fretheim

Stacy Fretheim is the Executive Director of the Wellington-Alexander Center. The Wellington-Alexander Center provides intensive intervention services for individuals with dyslexia or other language-based learning disabilities. The one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive neurodevelopmental screening, assessment and treatment center offers collaborative care for all ages. Website: Wellington-Alexander Center Facebook: @WellingtonAlexanderCenter Phone: (480) 439-0099 Produced by Shoop Media for...


S2E1: The Maker Movement with Mark Hubbard

Mark Hubbard is president and co-owner of Paragon Furniture. Mark’s primary activity is promotion of Paragon products. Mark frequently interacts with dealers, architects, designers, owner representatives and end-users in order to better understand how the instructional tools of education are transforming learning environments and the furnishings within. Website: Paragon Furniture Maker Space: Maker Space Guide Email: Twitter: @ParagonPeople Facebook:...


021: Mike Sinclair

Mike Sinclair currently serves as the principal of Brashier Middle College Charter High School in Simpsonville, SC. He has held this position since 2006 when he opened the school with the charter planning board. Brashier is located on a satellite campus of Greenville Technical College and serves 440 students in grades 9-12 though the middle College model providing dual enrollment courses. The student body annual performs within the top 10 high schools in South Carolina and 97%-100% graduate...


020: Bob Lenz

Bob Lenz became Executive Director of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) on June 1, 2015. Before taking the helm at BIE, he was the co-founder of Envision Education and served as its CEO and Chief of Innovation until 2015. Under Bob’s leadership, Envision Education put into practice a highly successful redesign model that has opened a path to college and college retention for underserved urban students at Envision’s three Bay Area arts and technology high schools. Bob also launched...


019: Jamie Jo Morgan

Jamie Jo Morgan is a wife and a mother to two amazing children, both with special needs. Her older daughter has been through the Gifted and Talented program before, and her younger daughter has Down syndrome and Autism. Jamie Jo's life is filled with excitement, and she uses those experiences to shape herself as a teacher. Teaching is her PASSION! She has been working in education and in a classroom since 2009. She loves to bring her strong Music and Theatre backgrounds into her classroom...


018: Principia - Travis Brantingham and Peter Dry

Travis Brantingham, Head of School Taking the reins in 2014, Travis Brantingham has committed himself to establishing and maintaining the highest standards of teaching and learning; developing student leadership, character, and community; and ensuring that Principia School students benefit from a relevant, hands-on, education that equips them to be effective global citizens. Travis holds a BA from Principia College and an MA from Maryville University. Peter Dry, Dean of Innovation and...


017: Sid Bailey

Sid Bailey is the Director of Leadership Development for the Arizona Charter Schools Association and is astutely aware that all effective schools have an effective leader at the helm. Through the Association’s partner organization, the Center for Student Achievement, Sid provides leadership training for Principals regardless of their level of experience. Leadership development is delivered in many forms including year-long Leadership Institutes, stand-alone trainings, and custom support...


016: Mike Cobb

Mike Cobb is Head of School at All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas. Mike is a visionary, charismatic, results-oriented, school leader with a passion for helping students experience cognitive, social, and emotional growth while fostering a school environment that celebrates the joy of learning. Demonstrated success as a classroom teacher, administrator, campus-wide program developer, international speaker, and admissions/enrollment leader. Email: Twitter:...


015: Abbey Ross

Abbey Ross has spent the majority of her professional career helping students with learning differences, and building unique programs to ensure their success after school. She is a skilled teacher and administrator who takes the time to get to know her students and their families, and works closely with them to devise a plan for success in the classroom. Mrs. Ross graduated from University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Political Science. Afterwards, she joined...


014: Michael Griffith

Mike Griffith has worked in the field of school finance policy for the past 19 years with Education Commission of the States, the consulting firm of Augenblick & Myers and the Michigan State Senate. His research has focused on the condition of state budgets, the adequacy and equity of state finance formulas, and promising practices in funding programs for high-need students. Mike is an expert resource to national news media and has been quoted more than 300 times by such outlets as CNN,...


013: Mike Sinclair

Mike Sinclair currently serves as the principal of Brashier Middle College Charter High School in Simpsonville, SC. He has held this position since 2006 when he opened the school with the charter planning board. Brashier is located on a satellite campus of Greenville Technical College and serves 440 students in grades 9-12 though the middle College model providing dual enrollment courses. The student body annual performs within the top 10 high schools in South Carolina and 97%-100% graduate...


012: Greg Schermbeck

Greg Schermbeck is the founder and principal consultant of SchermCo, an education advising and implementation firm. In October of 2015, he completed the Marshall Memorial Fellowship with the German Marshall Fund. He previously served as Nashville Prep’s (part of RePublic Schools) Founding Dean of Students, Science Department Chair and Director of Innovation. Greg began his career as a Teach For America Corps Member teaching High School Science at West Charlotte High School. He earned his...


011: Francis Pina

Francis Pina is a Boston native and a 9th and 10th grade mathematics teacher at Charlestown High school. He attended Boston Public Schools his entire K-12 education and earned a BS in Economics from Boston University. After working a few years after his undergrad, he attended Harvard Graduate School of Education to earn his Ed. M in Secondary Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction. Francis has extensive experience working with students of diverse populations in the city of Boston and...


010: John Kogan

John Kogan is CEO of Illumeo. John has been CFO at five companies and COO at two, a finance executive at Cardinal Health, and held numerous finance and accounting roles at AlliedSignal and Cisco Systems. John's passion has been professional development for himself and his teams since his first job, and he has pioneered and led organization-wide learning at a number of companies, large and small. He has founded, invested in and been a board member or advisor of a number of companies and...