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Staff Directory


Linda Bevilacqua - President


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Photo of Linda Bevilacqua Linda Bevilacqua is the president of the Core Knowledge Foundation, where she has worked during the past 21 years to guide the Foundation’s national initiatives. She is frequently sought out to participate in curricular and policy discussions at the national level, for example, by Student Achievement Partners, the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers to consult regarding the development of the CCSS-ELA.

She has authored and contributed to the development of multiple Core Knowledge Foundation publications, including What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Read-Alouds to Get Ready for Kindergarten (2008) and What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Activity Books I and II.

Her most recent work focused on the conceptualization and creation of the Core Knowledge Language Arts Program (CKLA), Pre-K–Grade 5, leading the Foundation's collaborative efforts with NYSED to bring model CCSS aligned ELA curriculum and professional development to teachers throughout the state of New York. These materials are now available to any teacher or parent for free download from the Core Knowledge website at http://www.coreknowledge.org/ckla-files. Linda is presently leading the Foundation’s initiative to develop a comprehensive history, geography, and civics program, with cross-curricular art connections, that will also be offered for free download on the Core Knowledge website; a sample unit on Medieval Europe is already available for download at http://coreknowledge.org/g4-hgca.

Elizabeth B. Imai - General Counsel


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Photo of Elizabeth B. Imai Elizabeth Bland joined the Core Knowledge Foundation in 2013. Elizabeth is a licensed attorney who has been authorized to practice law within the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2010. As such, she oversees the Foundation’s legal matters and ensures the protection of its rights and interests. Elizabeth received her B.A. from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and received her J.D. from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

John Holdren - Director of Publications


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Will Ashby - Customer Service & Web Operations Manager


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Photo of Will Ashby Will joined the Foundation in May of 2013 after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, and brings several years of experience as a customer service representative. Will is also a Spanish translator, has spent considerable time in the nonprofit industry at the United Way in Richmond, and has volunteered in Lima, Peru as an English teacher for children in the Rímac district. Will very much enjoys learning new technologies, playing guitar and crafting music.

Lisa Birckhead - Bookkeeper


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Kathleen Chapman - Copyeditor & Proofreader


Christina Erland - Schools Support & Curriculum Specialist


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Photo of Christina Erland Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary/Special Education and a Master of Education in Reading Education. Christina began her career as a special education and classroom teacher supporting students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. At the Foundation, Christina has provided consultation to schools implementing the Core Knowledge Sequence and CKLA. In addition, she has designed and conducted professional development workshops and presentations. She also directed the professional development for the New York State Project. In this role, she and her team support NY schools implementing CKLA through face-to-face trainings, on-demand webinars, and office hours.

Karen Goss - Customer Service Representative


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Photo of Karen Goss Karen brings over 35 years of customer and financial service experience, both in banking and educational travel fields. Karen attended Piedmont Virginia Community College and James Madison University. She and her husband, Scott, have been actively involved in their community Volunteer Fire and EMS agencies for 36 years.

Sue Herndon - Copyeditor & Proofreader


Rosie McCormick - Director of Content & Writer


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Photo of Rosie McCormick Rosie McCormick, M.A., is the author of over 30 children’s fiction and non-fiction books published in both the US and the UK. She began working for Core Knowledge as a freelance writer in 2009. Rosie joined the CKLA team in 2011 as an in-house writer and editor. Rosie studied English and History at London University, and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Rosie has an extensive background in trade and educational publishing, and has also taught third, fourth, and fifth grades.

Elizabeth Simpson - Design Production Artist


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Richard Talbot - Schools Support & Curriculum Specialist


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Photo of Richard Talbot Jamie comes to us from the Social Development lab at the University of Virginia. He has a B.A. in Biology, a M.T. in Secondary Biology Education, and is currently working toward an Educational Specialist degree with a concentration in Instructional Technology. Jamie has a keen interest in online education - he was instrumental in the selection and implementation of a distance learning system for district level home-bound and alternative students.

Sherman Thompson - Warehouse Manager


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Photo of Sherman Thompson Sherman has been with the Foundation and has managed our warehouse operations since November of 2003. In addition to managing the day-to-day shipping operations, Sherman manages the facilities for the Foundation. Sherman ensures timely order fulfillment and accurate inventory, and ensures our parking lots and sidewalks have been safe during the recent abundance of snow storms.