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Linda Bevilacqua - President
Linda Bevilacqua is the president of the Core Knowledge Foundation. She is the co-author, with E. D. Hirsch, Jr. of three publications, What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Read-Alouds to Get Ready for Kindergarten and What Your Preschooler Needs to Know: Activity Books 1 and 2. She developed the Core Knowledge preschool program and is actively involved in the development of the Core Knowledge Language Arts program, which has been successfully piloted in ten New York City public schools. She has served as a consultant regarding national curricular and educational policies, most recently in the development of the Common Core State Standards, as well as for Head Start, the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Albert Shanker Institute. She earned her BS and M.Ed from the University of Virginia and has taught and supervised programs for children with learning disabilities.
Alice Wiggins - Executive Vice President, School Consultation and Special Projects
Alice Wiggins is the executive vice president for School Consultation and Special Projects. Alice has responsibility for all aspects of Core Knowledge implementation in schools, preschool–grade 8. Alice was the project director, author, and editor of both the recent edition of the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence and Teacher Handbook and the Preschool Snapshot: Implementation and Observation Checklists. She has Virginia teacher licensure in preschool–grade six and holds M.Ed. degrees in both Instructional Design and Educational Psychology. Prior to joining the Foundation, Alice was a member of the research staff and served as the associate director of the Preschool Language and Literacy Lab at the University of Virginia. In addition to research articles, Alice is the author of Preschoolers at Play: Building Language and Literacy through Dramatic Play and a contributing author to Scaffolding With Storybooks: A Guide for Enhancing Young Children's Language and Literacy Achievement and Assessment in Emergent Literacy. Alice's interests and expertise in education are enhanced by fifteen years of experience as a consultant and project manager in the private sector business arena.
Lisa Hansel - Director of Communications
Phone: (cell) 301-526-4497
Lisa Hansel is the director of communications, and she welcomes questions and comments about all aspects of Core Knowledge from educators, parents, the media, and more. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, she was the editor of American Educator, the quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. In that role, she often published articles by E. D. Hirsch, Jr., and Daniel T. Willingham that explained why reading comprehension, critical thinking, and problem solving depend on relevant prior knowledge—and why, as a result, all students need a rigorous, coherent, grade-by-grade curriculum that builds broad knowledge. Lisa has a B.S. in Psychology from Washington and Lee University and an Ed.D. in Education Policy from George Washington University, where she was also an adjunct professor and the writer and editor for the National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform.
Christine Allison - Controller
Christine Allison is a licensed CPA with twenty-five years of experience with public accounting firms and for-profit establishments, including retail and consulting firms. For several years prior to 2005 and while employed by a public accounting firm, she worked as part-time controller for Core Knowledge. Christine grew up in Connecticut and moved to Knoxville, TN, before moving to Charlottesville 15 years ago.
Elizabeth Bland - Operations Manager
Elizabeth Bland joined the Core Knowledge Foundation in 2013 and serves as the operations manager. She oversees the internal day-to-day operations to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of all Foundation endeavors. Elizabeth is a licensed attorney who has been authorized to practice law within the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2010. As such, she will also oversee the Foundation’s legal matters and ensure 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.
Linda Fromm - Director, Business Office
Linda holds the distinction of having served the Core Knowledge Foundation for longer than any other staff member. She joined Core Knowledge in 1993, as one of a handful of employees who did whatever was needed to run the Foundation during those early days. Linda is now the business office director where her duties include managing the day to day bookkeeping responsibilities, as well as human resources and benefits administration. Linda continues to fulfill an essential role doing whatever is needed to keep things running smoothly Foundation wide.
Karen Goss - Bookkeeper, AR/AP
Karen joined the Foundation in December of 2009. She is responsible for daily bookkeeping including accounts payable and receivable, as well as collections. 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.
Melissa Pace - Administrative Project Manager
Melissa is the administrative project manager for the New York State of Education Project. Melissa handles all administrative, programmatic and fiscal operations with regard to the project. Melissa previously worked at the Orange County Public School Board Office as an accountant and prior to that, worked at UVA Alderman Library for 10 years. She received her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Piedmont Virginia Community College and will graduate in the fall of 2012 with a B.S. in Accounting from Strayer University.
Dianne Hamilton - Director, Professional Development, Core Knowledge Schools
Dianne Hamilton is the Professional Development Director for the Schools Department at Core Knowledge. She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education and a Masters in Administration & Supervision. Dianne has over 38 years of experience that includes involvement in urban, rural, and suburban schools. She retired from Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland where she most recently served as a staff developer and coach for those in, and aspiring to, instructional leadership positions. While in that system, she served as project manager for the leadership and technology academies, new teacher training, and MSDE continuing professional development courses. She was also an instructional specialist for school improvement and for English and K-12 reading. As a member of a school team, she wrote the narrative application that carried her school to national Blue Ribbon status and was nominated by her peers for the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. Prior to joining the Core Knowledge Foundation, Dianne worked as a national consultant with a Washington, D.C. educational firm and as an adjunct professor for the Educational Leadership Program of Hood College where she taught Principles of Clinical Supervision and Teaching Learning, and Assessment. Dianne is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Association of Supervision & Curriculum Development, and Learning Forward.
Anita McGinty - Director, Professional Development, New York State Project
Phone: Ext. 385
Anita McGinty serves as the Director of Professional Development for Language Arts New York. Anita joined the foundation in September of 2012. Prior to that, Anita was a Research Scientist within the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia, where she worked across a variety of federally-funded grants focused on enhancing preschool quality through classroom-based interventions and teacher training programs. Anita has also worked as a certified speech language pathologist and served children with language delays and/or reading disabilities, ranging in age from preschool through high school. Anita has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland. Her research expertise relates to language and literacy development in early childhood and on how young children learn within classroom settings. She has written over a dozen scholarly articles and numerous book chapters on intervention effectiveness and intervention implementation and her work has been published in journals such as Child Development; Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; Early Childhood Research Quarterly and has been presented at numerous national and international conferences.
Emma Earnst - Web Content Manager
Emma is Core Knowledge’s web content manager. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in History and an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction. Prior to joining the Core Knowledge team, she worked with two projects of the Virginia Foundation of the Humanities, building a strong foundation in digital humanities. In addition to maintaining this website, Emma works with digitization of teaching materials for Core Knowledge programs. Outside of the Foundation, Emma enjoys editing historical publications and walking her cocker spaniel, Bodo.
Christina Erland - School Consultation and Special Projects Associate
Christina Erland is a School Consultation and Special Projects Associate in the Schools Department. She graduated from Providence College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary/Special Education, and was the recipient of the college's award for highest academic record in her major. Christina began her career as a Special Education teacher working with students who ranged in age, needs, and ability. After working in Special Education, Christina most recently spent taught students in a second grade classroom. In 2009, she became a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant through the Maryland Writing Project. In August 2010, she earned a Master of Education in Reading Education from Towson University. Through this program she also obtained a certificate as a Reading Specialist in grades K-12. In addition, the topic of her seminar research paper focused on the role of background knowledge in enhancing reading comprehension.
Erin Lynch - Events Coordinator
Erin is the events coordinator for the Schools Department. She comes to Core Knowledge with a combination of experience in education and event coordination. Erin completed a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Longwood University and earned a Master’s degree in English Education, also from Longwood University, in December, 2001. She began her career teaching English composition and literature courses at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton and Williamsburg, Virginia. After relocating to Charlottesville in 2008, Erin taught English composition courses at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Her background in event coordination comes from several years in Program Services at Williamsburg Regional Library Theater, and, as faculty advisor for a PVCC student organization, planning volunteer opportunities and large fundraising events.
Julian Molitz - Professional Development Coordinator
Julian has been with the Foundation since 2005. In addition to managing the day-to-day professional development logistics, Julian maintains the school profile database for the Foundation. Julian is an accomplished musician, and can be found performing in the percussion sections of several local symphonies from time to time.
Richard Talbot - Special Projects and Workshop Coordinator
Richard (Jamie) Talbot is the Special Projects Coordinator. 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.
Diane Tureski - Professional Development Specialist
Phone: 347 307-3925
Diane started her career with The New York Public Library as a supervising branch librarian with a specialty in children's literature. She then became an early childhood teacher with the New York City Department of Education through the Teaching Fellows program at Fordham University. While at C.S. 102, The Joseph O. Loretan School in the Bronx, she taught kindergarten and first grades and then became a literacy coach. During the time that she served as a coach, she followed a cohort of 140 students and their teachers from kindergarten to third grade, supporting them in the implementation of the Core Knowledge Language Arts pilot program. She is currently a professional development specialist for the Core Knowledge Foundation.
Melanie Jones - Director of Publication Sales
Melanie manages the operations surrounding the sales of Core Knowledge publications, the online bookstore, customer call center, warehouse & inventory management, and reprint activities. Additionally, Melanie oversees all IT and Website related activities, and is currently managing the implementation of our new Website redesign initiative. Melanie joined the Foundation in January 2008. Prior to joining Core Knowledge, Melanie spent 13 years at the UVa Darden School as a Marketing case-writer and research associate, and helped to implement the MBAExec Program. Melanie studied computer information systems and general studies at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Sherman Thompson - Warehouse Manager
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.
Lee Sensabaugh - Shipping Coordinator
Lee has been with the Foundation since November of 2008. Lee coordinates shipments for all Publications Sales activities, as well as manages the fulfillment process for the Core Knowledge Language Arts Pilot Program. Lee brings to the Foundation a wealth of knowledge in the warehousing and distribution industries, and has made considerable contributions to the Foundation in a very short period of time.
Will Ashby - Publication Sales Coordinator
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 spent time volunteering in Peru as an English teacher to children. Will very much enjoys learning new technologies, playing guitar and crafting digital music.
Khara Pence Turnbull - Director
Khara serves as the Core Knowledge Language Arts Preschool – Grade 2 Director. Khara joined the Foundation in May of 2012. Prior to that, Khara worked as an education research analyst for the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education – The Institute of Education Sciences, and as a research assistant professor within the Preschool Language and Literacy Lab at the University of Virginia. Khara has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Delaware and her interests are in the areas of early language and literacy development. In addition to a number of research articles, some of Khara’s publications include "Language Development from Theory to Practice"; "Scaffolding with Storybooks: A Guide for Enhancing Young Children's Language and Literacy Achievement"; "Emergent Literacy, Lessons for Success"; and "Assessment in Emergent Literacy".
Robin Blackshire - Director, Editorial-Design Coordination
Robin has been with the Foundation since August of 2011. As the research copy editor, she is able to indulge her innate curiosity and fierce attention to detail. In addition to proofreading, she supports both the Language Arts Development and Design teams in researching images that achieve both content accuracy and aesthetic quality. Robin is a graduate of Shepherd University and holds a BFA in Photography.
Mick Anderson - Senior Copy Editor
Mick is a curriculum development specialist focusing on Pre-K. A former editor for the Listening & Learning strand of the Core Knowledge Language Arts program, Mick has been in the educational publishing field for six years. Mick has a BA in Music from The College of William & Mary. He earned an MS in Arts Administration from Shenandoah Conservatory where he was a teaching assistant (History of Western Music) and an interdisciplinary researcher in education and curriculum design.
Angelica Blanchette - Curriculum Development Specialist (Skills)
Ang is a curriculum development specialist for the Core Knowledge Foundation. She has developed the kindergarten and grade 1 Assessment and Remediation Guide for the CKLA program, and will be part of the Grade 4 and Grade 5 CKLA development. Ang is completing her Ed.D. in reading at the University of Virginia. She has worked as a writer/contributor for Pearson Education, and she is a former classroom teacher and literacy specialist with experience working with students and teachers particularly at the elementary level. Her passion is the struggling reader. She is devoted to translating knowledge from literacy research into best practices through curriculum, higher education, professional development, and coaching.
Maggie Buchanan - Curriculum Development Specialist (Listening & Learning)
Maggie has shared her love of science and math with children of all ages in a variety of educational settings for the last thirty years. Maggie is a graduate of Cornell University and holds two Masters degrees; in Elementary Education from Smith College and Science Education from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to joining Core Knowledge, Maggie worked at North Branch School, a PreK-8 school in Afton where she taught upper elementary and middle school students. While there, she worked under a grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment to compile and describe the school’s environmental studies program in a publication called Fostering Appreciation of Our Natural World.
Laura Drummond - Curriculum Development Specialist
As a curriculum development specialist, Laura works to create language arts materials for grades 4 and 5. She previously worked as a writer, developing content for multi-channel retailers and print publications. Laura earned a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia and a Certificate in Publishing from New York University.
Carolyn Gosse - Curriculum Development Specialist (Preschool)
Carolyn leads the team creating Core Knowledge Language Arts curricular materials for preschoolers. She received her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Development and Disorders from the University of Virginia where she worked on a research project evaluating the effectiveness of a preschool curriculum designed to enhance young children’s language and literacy skills. As part of her doctoral work, Carolyn published research articles investigating the links among language, literacy, and classroom experiences in preschool. Carolyn also has an M.Ed. in Speech Language Pathology. Her teaching experience includes a year spent as a Teaching Assistant in a preschool classroom in the United Kingdom.
Sara Hunt - Curriculum Development Specialist (Listening & Learning)
Sara is a curriculum development specialist on the Listening and Learning strand. Previously, Sara worked as an in-house editor for a children’s book publisher where she developed and edited numerous award-winning books for girls. She has experience writing and editing for multi-channel national retailers, as well as several national, regional, and university publications. Sara graduated from Lynchburg College with a B.A. in Journalism, and is the author of two children’s books.
Erin Kist - Curriculum Development Specialist (Listening & Learning)
Erin returns to the Foundation as a curriculum development specialist for the Listening and Learning strand. Erin has worked as a special education teacher at a public middle school in New York City, teaching students with special needs who are also long-term English language learners. Prior to teaching, Erin worked with the Foundation as an editor for the skills strand. Erin holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Virginia and an MS in Teaching Students with Disabilities from the City University of New York.
Rosie McCormick - Creative Development Liaison/Writer
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 Listening & Learning 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.
Cynthia Peng - Lead Curriculum Developer/Instructional Designer
Cynthia is the English language learner (ELL) coordinator for CKLA. She has been working with English learners since 1997. She actively mentored and volunteered for literacy programs in K–8 urban schools throughout Berkeley and Oakland while she studied Mass Communications and Business Administration at the University of California at Berkeley. Cynthia also earned her MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from San Jose State University. She was a lecturer of Academic English to college freshmen at a state university, an ESL teacher at a community college, and an English instructor at a private university prior to joining the Foundation.
Liz Pettit - Curriculum Development Specialist (Preschool)
Liz is a curriculum development specialist creating Core Knowledge Language Arts materials for preschool. Prior to coming to Core Knowledge, Liz worked at the University of Virginia as a research coordinator on several grants studying literacy, language development, and behavior in early childhood education. During this time, she also earned a Teaching License in Secondary English and taught sixth grade Language Arts. Liz is especially interested in how language skills developed early in life impact later school experiences. Prior to entering education, she earned a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Virginia. Outside of the office, you can find Liz gardening, cooking, or buried in a book.
Debbie Samley - Curriculum Development Specialist (Listening & Learning)
Deborah Samley has been with the Foundation since November 2011. She received a B.A. in journalism at Shippensburg University and a J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Prior to joining the Foundation, she taught both high school and middle school history and civics.
Lauren Simmons - Curriculum Development Specialist (Preschool)
Lauren Simmons is a curriculum development specialist focusing on Preschool. Prior to joining the preschool team, she worked in Virginia’s Early Intervention system serving children birth through three in the roles of Service Coordinator and Developmental Services Provider. Lauren also has experience teaching in North Carolina in both the public school Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms. Lauren holds a B.S. in Birth through Kindergarten education East Carolina University where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow scholar. She also completed her M.Ed. in Elementary Education in 2011 from Liberty University. Outside of work, she enjoys attending Major League baseball games with her family and spending time with her twin daughters.
Sarah Zelinke - Curriculum Development Specialist (Skills)
Sarah is an editor for the Skills strand of the CKLA program. She has taught first and second grades in Maryland and Virginia. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary. Sarah also earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus in Reading, from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focused on nonfiction read alouds and content vocabulary learning. She has taught classes at the undergraduate level on reading assessment and instructional materials for reading.
Language Arts Development: Design/Production
Scott Ritchie - Creative Director
Scott Ritchie began working for the Language Arts program's graphics department in 2008. He has previously worked in graphics-related capacities for two other Charlottesville-area businesses. Outside of the Foundation, Scott enjoys information design and experimental music. Scott holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia.
Liza Greene - Art Director
In 2011 and 2012, Liza worked on a range of projects with Core Knowledge prior to joining the Foundation in July 2012. Previously, she spent more than 20 years in publishing at Time Inc. Most recently she was creative director in marketing at TIME magazine, working on branding initiatives for both the magazine and for its key advertisers. Liza is fan of New York and the history of the physical city, which inspired her to write New York for New Yorkers. She holds a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Bridget Moriarty - Graphic Designer
Bridget joined the Foundation’s graphics department in July 2012. She previously worked as an editor and as a freelance web and print designer. Bridget has a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a certificate in Graphic Design from Piedmont Virginia Community College. She also enjoys gardening and live music.
Lauren Pack - Graphic Designer
Lauren joined the Foundation’s graphics department in August 2012. Before the Foundation, she worked as a graphic designer for an ethics compliance company in Phoenix, as well as an education company in Arlington VA. Lauren has a B.F.A. in studio arts from James Madison University with a focus in photography. She also enjoys playing soccer, live local music and interior decorating.