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Our team is passionate about supporting states in building a diverse, talented educator workforce for every student. 

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From 2012-2019, the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders was a national content center under the federally funded Comprehensive Center Network. Following the grant's conclusion, AIR continues to operate the GTL Center and offer services across a range of core evidence-based talent management strategies.

Passionate, Practitioner-Focused Researchers and Consultants

The GTL Center team has a deep bench of national experts ready to deliver a comprehensive set of services to meet your unique needs. Our team includes former teachers, principals, and teacher leaders, including National Board Certified Teachers. As former practitioners who have worked in classrooms, schools, districts, and state agencies, we know first-hand what it looks like when a school system works, and when it does not. We're passionate about using effective strategies to help states and their districts build diverse, talented teams of educators as the foundation for student success.

Meet the GTL Center Team

Senior Leadership

Lisa Lachlan
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Principal Research Scientist at AIR
Monique Chism
Senior Advisor
Vice President of Domestic Policy, Practice, and Systems Change at AIR
Lynn Holdheide
Senior Advisor
Managing Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
 
Verna Lalbeharie
Senior Advisor, Personalized Learning
Managing Director at AIR
 
 
Cortney Rowland
Senior Advisor
Principal Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
 
 
Matthew Clifford
Senior Advisor, School Leadership
Principal Researcher at AIR
 

 

Subject Matter Experts

Tammie Causey Konate
Equity in Education Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant  at AIR
Etai Mizrav
Equitable Access & Diversifying the Educator Workforce Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Andrea Guiden
Diversifying the Educator Workforce Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Anne Diffenderffer
Anne Diffenderffer
Teaching Conditions Lead
Researcher at AIR
Catherine Jacques, MA
Teacher Leadership Lead
Researcher at AIR
Cheryl Harris
Adult Learning and Engagement Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Fausto Lopez
Social and Emotional Learning Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Mara Schanfield
Social and Emotional Learning Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Garry Davis, MA
Adult Learning and Engagement Specialist
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant
Lois Kimmel
Lois Kimmel
Special Education and Shortages Specialist
Technical Assistance Associate at AIR
Amy Colpo
Amy Colpo, MPP
Special Education and Mentoring & Induction Specialist
Research Associate at AIR
Elizabeth Nelson, MA
Jessica Giffin
Educator Shortages and GIS Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Jenni Fipaza
Equitable Access Evaluation Lead
Senior Researcher at AIR
Rachel Garrett
Research Lead
Prinicpal Researcher at AIR
Katelyn Lee
Micro-credentials Lead
Principal Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Jenni Fipaza
Communications Lead
Senior Communications Specialist at AIR
Keane Alavi
Keane Alavi
Communications Specialist and Project Manager
Research and Communications Assistant at AIR
Katelyn Lee
Katelyn Lee
Project Support
Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR

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