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Michelle Goodwin, Project Director, a 29 year veteran of education is Associate-SuperintenMichelle Goodwindent for Instruction for Montcalm and Ionia County Intermediate School Districts in Michigan.  In this capacity, she serves the needs of over a thousand teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals by securing or directing professional development in the areas of assessment, preK-12 literacy/Reading First.  She assists with new teacher training, school improvement, and data analysis.  In addition, Michelle serves as the county coordinator for state assessments.  Her collaborative work includes participation in and leadership of the Consortium of Mid-Michigan Instructon Teams and state-level assessments projects.  As a high-school classroom teacher, Michelle taught English language arts to students at-risk and with special needs, most often within a co-teaching arrangement.

 Karen Bailey, Lead Facilitator, has a strong background in multiple educational settings.  She has been Karen Baileya classroom teacher, an assessment item writer for Measured Progress, one of the nation’s premier testing companies, a trainer for the Assessment Training Institute with Rick Stiggins, a trainer with the Dufours and Professional Learning Communities, and the National Professional Development Director for Performance Pathways/SunGard.  A highly energetic and engaging speaker, Karen is committed to helping educators and administrators improve their assessment literacy and to better understand the role it plays in improved student learning and curriculum mapping.  She now heads up Bailey Educational Consulting and is committed to ensuring that the needs of every ‘Chris’, including her 15 year old step son, are at the heart of every educational decision made.

Lynn Heline, K-12 Math and 6-12 History/Social Studies,  joined Ionia County and Montcalm Lynn HelineArea ISDs in the fall of 2010. She brought with her an abundance of classroom teaching and consulting experiences. Having taught mathematics in grades 3-11, most recently Ms. Heline taught middle and high school students in a small New Mexico district that had a very diverse population. That teaching experience provided her a unique perspective on instructional strategies, how assessment and learning must be tied together, and the necessity of paying attention to data and using it to monitor instruction. Chris is the priority when planning a wholistic learning experience for engagement and understanding.

Julie Milewski, Technology and Webmaster and 6-12 Science, was a science teacher for 10 Julie Picyears before becoming a state and federal programs and assessment coordinator.  She then went on to be both an elementary and middle school principal.  Julie now works for the Ionia County ISD as the State and Federal Programs and Science Consultant.  She has an extensive background in science, school improvement, and curriculum and instruction.  No matter where her career takes her, Julie truly believes that ALL students need to be “Chris”; the center of all we do in education.

Connie Hamiliton, Team Member,  is currently the curriculum director and elementary co-principal in imageSaranac Community Schools.  Her instructional experiences include elementary and middle school classrooms.  She has been involved in school improvement for schools and districts for 20 years.  She is a trainer for Thinking Maps and Classroom Questioning and has lead teachers through transitions in curriculum, instruction, and assessments.  She is honored to be a part of the Hair on Fire frontline team, sharing our common vision of creating schools where any “Chris” will experience a rigorous curriculum and are prepared for college and career.

Simone Margraf, TSimone photoeam Member, has taught first, second, and fifth grades.  She currently works as the director of curriculum and federal programs and is involved in the district school improvement process.  As a literacy trainer, She enjoys training teachers in instructional strategies for early literacy and  in the understanding of  reader’s and writer’s workshop.  As a former Reading Recovery Teacher, she truly believes if we as educators focus on the child’s understanding of learning then we will be teaching all the Chris’ in every classroom well!