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The RTM K12 National Advisory Board

The RTM K-12 National Advisory Board gathers annually to collaborate and provide our team with direction and feedback to ensure that our work within the K-12 community is timely, accurate and impactful. The Board is comprised of industry thought leaders and consultants that are true innovators driving change in the K-12 sector. If you are interested in getting involved, please email for more information – we would love to hear from you!

Advisory Members

  • Dr. Philip D. Lanoue
    Dr. Philip D. LanoueFormer Superintendent & Author
    Dr. Philip D. Lanoue
    Dr. Philip D. LanoueFormer Superintendent & Author

    Philip D. Lanoue, Ph.D. has a demonstrated record in leading school transformation at the building and district levels. Dr. Lanoue is the 2015 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year, as well as the 2015 Georgia Superintendent of the Year. Before serving at the superintendency level across two systems, Dr. Lanoue was a high school principal in Vermont and Massachusetts, leading four schools toward excellence. While principal of Burlington High School in Vermont, he was named the Vermont National Association of School Principals, Principal of the Year.

    Dr. Lanoue was named as one of the nation’s top 50 educational innovators in digital learning by Converge magazine. He has served on the White House Policy Advisory for the New Generation High School Summit, the ConnectED Future Ready White House Summit, the Advisory Council for the Georgia School Boards Association, and a member of Georgia’s AdvancED Council.

    Dr. Lanoue regularly adds to the public discourse about education, leadership, and the future of children through his blogs, his guest columns, and webinars. He writes a monthly blog for TrustED, Course Correction, and he was named one of the top educational voices (authors, writers, speakers, and experts) who are keeping K-12 issues in the national dialogue.

    Dr. Lanoue has co-authored refereed journal articles in both scholarly and practitioner journals including School Leadership & Management, LEARNing, and Educational Leadership. He has also co-authored chapters in edited books including the forthcoming, Wiley Handbook of Educational Supervision (Wiley & Blackwell). He released his new book written in collaboration with Dr. Sally Zepeda entitled, The Emerging Work of Today's Superintendent: Leading Schools and Communities to Educate All Children, in June of 2018.

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  • Dr. Sheryl Abshire
    Dr. Sheryl AbshireChief Technology OfficerCalcasieu Parish Public Schools(LA)
    Dr. Sheryl Abshire
    Dr. Sheryl AbshireChief Technology OfficerCalcasieu Parish Public Schools

    As the Chief Technology Officer for the Calcasieu Parish Public Schools for nineteen years, Dr. Abshire is a catalyst to initiate the integration of technology throughout the nation and internationally by providing leadership on numerous national, state and district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum in changing educational practice. A forty-three year veteran educator, she has worked as a school principal, K-5 teacher, library/media specialist, classroom teacher, and university professor. In 2010 she was appointed by the FCC to the USAC board representing the nation’s schools and libraries on ERATE matters. Sheryl was the 2013 National Coalition for Technology in Education & Training Community Builder Award winner for exemplary service in support of policies and practices designed to facilitate the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning across the nation’s education system. ISTE awarded Sheryl the first Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award in 2009 for her decades of work promoting educational technology.  Dr. Abshire is the past president of the Louisiana ISTE affiliate – LACUE where she presently serves as the Vice President of Advocacy and Programs. She was the first teacher inducted into our country’s National Teachers’ Hall of Fame and serves on the board and is past chair of Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Additionally, she serves on the K-12 Advisory Board for Blackboard, Dell's Platinum Advisory Committee, eSchool News and Scholastic Administrators Advisory Boards.

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  • Dr. Steve Joel
    Dr. Steve JoelSuperintendentLincoln Public Schools(NE)
    Dr. Steve Joel
    Dr. Steve JoelSuperintendentLincoln Public Schools

    A native of Long Island, New York, with degrees from Doane College, University of Nebraska, and Kansas State, Dr. Joel has extensive experience as a superintendent in Kansas and Nebraska.   Prior to his current role as Superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools, Dr. Joel served for ten years as superintendent in Grand Island and eight years in Beatrice.  Located in the heart of the plains, LPS is renowned for its long-standing legacy of educational excellence: a district serving more than 40,000 students and 8,000 employees.

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  • Dr. Susan Enfield
    Dr. Susan EnfieldSuperintendentHighline Public Schools(WA)
    Dr. Susan Enfield
    Dr. Susan EnfieldSuperintendentHighline Public Schools

    Knowing every student by name, strength and need is the promise of Highline Public Schools. Under the leadership of Superintendent Susan Enfield, the district is implementing a bold, four-year strategic plan that calls for at least 19 out of 20 students being proficient by third grade, passing Algebra by ninth grade and graduating bilingual, biliterate and tech-savvy, tech-literate.

    A former high school teacher, Susan served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before joining Highline in 2012. She previously held leadership positions in Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA), Portland Public Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

    Susan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program.

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  • Grant Bennett
    Grant BennettSuperintendentPerris Union High School District(CA)
    Grant Bennett
    Grant BennettSuperintendentPerris Union High School District

    Grant Bennett is the Superintendent of the Perris Union High School District. He has been a member of the Perris Union High School District for the past 25 years.

    Grant started at Perris High School as a Teacher, Baseball Coach and Athletic Director. He then went onto become the Principal at Perris High School. Later he became the Principal for the brand new Heritage High School, which he opened. Grant then moved to the district office, where he first served as the Director of Pupil Services before moving over to Curriculum and Instruction. For two years, Grant was the driving force behind the implementation of the Common Core in English and Math for the Perris Union High School District. He then spent one year as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, before becoming District Superintendent.

    Grant received his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree from National University in Educational Administration. He has been heavily involved in the Perris Community, serving for more than 12 years on the Board of Directors for the Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce, including 5 years as President. In addition, Grant has been a member of the Rotary Club of Perris for more than 17years.

    Grant has been married for nearly 33 years to his wife Pam and they have three grown children.

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  • Jeff Kohrman
    Jeff KohrmanInformation Technology OfficerSpring Independent School District (TX)
    Jeff Kohrman
    Jeff KohrmanInformation Technology OfficerSpring Independent School District

    Jeffry Kohrman is the Spring Independent School District’s Information Technology Officer. A U.S. Army veteran with more than 30 years of IT experience.  Jeff manages operational and project related technology activities at both the district and campus levels.   His team is responsible for all data center activities, customer support, application support and data compliance.

    His lengthy career includes many highlights and accomplishments while leading various project management teams within the area of IT infrastructure, including application development, desktop engineering, end-user security strategies and wireless technology. He has served as program manager at the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation/TEA, Senior Director at AIGT and American General Life companies, senior performance analyst at Compaq Computer Corporation, Manager of desktop services at Exxon Chemical Company USA as well as several Y2K consulting projects.

    Jeff’s professional experience in generating IT strategies and support systems supports Spring ISD efforts to ensure first-class project management and operational support for our students, parents and personnel with the district’s IT systems.

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  • Jeff McCoy
    Jeff McCoyAssociate Superintendent of AcademicsGreenville County Schools(SC)
    Jeff McCoy
    Jeff McCoyAssociate Superintendent of AcademicsGreenville County Schools

    Jeff McCoy is currently serving as the Associate Superintendent of Academics for Greenville County Schools in South Carolina. Greenville County Schools is the largest district in South Carolina and 45th largest in the nation with over 76,000 students. Jeff started his career in Greenville County Schools as a middle school teacher in 2000 and has held various district leadership positions throughout his sixteen year career. He is currently an adjunct professor at Furman University and serves on multiple state and national committees.

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  • Joseph Williams
    Joseph WilliamsExecutive Director of TechnologyPerris Union High School District(CA)
    Joseph Williams
    Joseph WilliamsExecutive Director of TechnologyPerris Union High School District

    Joseph Williams is the Executive Director of Technology for Perris Union High School District (PUHSD). As an education innovator, he took what he learned in the classroom as he worked as an English teacher, literacy coach, and technology coach. Eight years ago, Mr. Williams assembled a team of educators to develop, plan, implement, and manage the Scholar+ teaching and learning initiative that has transformed PUHSD. 

    Mr. Williams became a Google Certified Teacher in 2008 and was the 2015 Technology Administrator of the Year for ACSA Region 19. Mr. Williams has sat on numerous education panels including speaking at the White House and on Capitol Hill on the subjects of Makerspaces and 3D printing on school campuses. Mr. Williams was honored to be recognized by Education Week for their 2017 Leaders to Learn From. 

    Always eager to contribute, Mr. Williams has been a co-author on the RTM Blueprints, presents at RTM events, and is on the RTM K-12 National Advisory Board.   

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  • Kirk Langer
    Kirk LangerChief Technology OfficerLincoln Public Schools(NE)
    Kirk Langer
    Kirk LangerChief Technology OfficerLincoln Public Schools

    Throughout his 25 years with Lincoln Public Schools, Kirk Langer has held a variety of technology positions directly supporting the use of technology - as a catalyst for increasing business productivity and teacher effectiveness in support of student learning. In the aftermath of a catastrophic fire 5 years ago, Kirk has been a driving force in a transformation that has moved Lincoln Public Schools from a district that integrates technology, to a district where technology is integral to the delivery of service and instruction. Endeavors over the past four years have combined, connected and aligned the efforts of stakeholders in Curriculum, Technology, Finance and Facilities. The recently adopted CLASS (Connected Learning for the Achievement of Students and Staff) Technology plan provides a systemic and sustainable framework to leverage work to date and further unify efforts moving forward. Most recently, Kirk’s efforts have reached out to the community where he is working with the city's libraries and leadership to ensure Lincoln Public Schools’ learners have viable network connections regardless of where they live or any socioeconomic limitations.

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  • Marlo Gaddis
    Marlo GaddisChief Technology OfficerWake County Public School System(NC)
    Marlo Gaddis
    Marlo GaddisChief Technology OfficerWake County Public School System

    Marlo Gaddis is the Chief Technology Officer of the Wake County Public School System. Curiosity and the constant drive to make things better for others led her to uncover a passion for education and later, a love of technology. She has a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Elon College (now Elon University) where she was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She also has a Masters in Instructional Technology from North Carolina State University and a Graduate Certificate from Johns Hopkins University in School Administration and Supervision. She served three other NC Districts of various sizes in the past as 21st Century Learning Coordinator, Lead Teacher for Technology (K-5) and Media (K-12); Lead Teacher for Math, Science, Social Studies and Technology (K-5); district and school Technology Facilitator; and Kindergarten and First Grade teacher.

    Marlo currently serves on advisory committees for the NC Department of Public Instruction and the NC Digital Learning Plan. She is a past president for NCTIES (North Carolina Technology in Education Society) and Board Member of NCASA (North Carolina Association of School Administrators).

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  • Robert Neu
    Robert NeuFormer Superintendent & Leadership Consultant
    Robert Neu
    Robert NeuFormer Superintendent & Leadership Consultant

    Rob is recognized as a leader in bold education reform initiatives in equity, personalized learning, and closing opportunity and achievement gaps. He has more than twenty-seven years of experience in public education as a successful teacher, coach, administrator, and leader; including ten years as superintendent of schools in the states of Michigan, Washington State and Oklahoma. In addition, he spent four years in the private sector as vice president of marketing for a computer consulting firm in Northern Michigan. 

    During his time as superintendent of schools, Rob led the charge in transforming school districts from the status quo of a select and sort system traditionally designed for the select few, into inclusive learning systems for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or socio-economic status. As superintendent he remained steadfast in the belief that every child can succeed, and that there is no such thing as student failure, only system failure. He is currently traveling the United States as an independent education and leadership consultant coaching school districts and education solution providers to design inclusive learning systems and processes that transform school district culture to personalize and individualize student learning and ensure student success, for all students. 

    Rob has presented at several national and international conferences on the topics of equity, social justice reform, and school culture transformation and he is currently co-authoring a book on reclaiming humanity in America’s public schools. He has been recognized for his work in education leadership and contributions to education diversity. He has served on several national education boards and remains active in education leadership advisory today.

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  • Scott Bailey
    Scott BaileySuperintendentDesert Sands Unified School District(CA)
    Scott Bailey
    Scott BaileySuperintendentDesert Sands Unified School District

    Scott Bailey is the proud Superintendent of Schools for the Desert Sands Unified School District, which serves 29,000 students in the Coachella Valley of Southern California. Prior to his superintendency, Scott served in various teaching and administrative roles in districts ranging in size from 9,000 to 314,000 students. His career experience spans nearly 30 years, and includes teaching experience in Joplin, Missouri’s R8 School District, teaching and school administrator experience in Las Vegas, Nevada’s Clark County School District, and school and central office administrative experience in Reno, Nevada’s Washoe County School District. Throughout his distinguished career, Scott earned the distinction of Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year, and received numerous senatorial, gubernatorial, and congressional recognitions. In 2010, Scott was appointed to the Baldrige Board of Examiners by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. A life-long learner, Scott has taught graduate level courses for Nova Southeastern University, and spent several years learning corporate structures as a part-time cast member at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Scott is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt by the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and holds four FEMA certificates in emergency response. His reputation for thinking creatively “inside the box” led to his recognition as a 2019 Superintendent to Watchby the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). He is passionate about continuous improvement, enjoys engaging in global professional learning networks, and serves on numerous local, state and national boards and committees. His quotable quote, “We need to teach students the way they want to learn, not necessarily how we were taught”. You can follow him on Twitter @scaughtsb

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