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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. Knox Phillips
    Dr. Knox PhillipsAssociate Superintendent, Office of AccountabilityDeKalb County School District (GA)
    Dr. Knox Phillips
    Dr. Knox PhillipsAssociate Superintendent, Office of AccountabilityDeKalb County School District

    Dr. Knox Phillips is currently an Associate Superintendent with the DeKalb County School District. Dr. Phillips has several years of experience in the field of educational innovation and leadership, both in K-12 Education and in Higher Education. He has secured and managed over $100 million in educational grant funds and developed several innovative academic programs focused on minority student achievement, mostly in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

    Dr. Phillips’ expertise also includes educational research and data analysis, including implementation of data analysis and performance management systems at educational institutions.

    Dr. Phillips has served in previous capacities as executive director at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, director of multiple education programs in both K-12 and higher education, and has worked extensively as a secondary schools administrator and school teacher, college instructor, and school district curriculum director. His research interests include minority student college achievement as well minority student success in STEM fields.

    His educational background includes a B.S. degree in Agricultural Science Education from the University of Florida; an M.S. Degree in Environmental Science Education from the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center at Nova Southeastern University; a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the Fischer Graduate School of Education at Nova Southeastern University; and a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction (STEM Education) from Northeastern University.

    Dr. Phillips enjoys community/civic service and travelling around the world with his family.

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  • 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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  • Dr. Tim Clark
    Dr. Tim ClarkDirector of Curriculum, Instruction & Digital MediaChicago Public Schools(IL)
    Dr. Tim Clark
    Dr. Tim ClarkDirector of Curriculum, Instruction & Digital MediaChicago Public Schools

    Dr. Tim Clark is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Digital Media for Chicago Public Schools. In this role, he provides leadership, guidance, and professional learning strategies for the design and implementation of a districtwide digital curriculum. He has been an educator for over 25 years and has taught all grade levels, ESL & gifted learners, and has served as a technology coordinator and an educational consultant and strategist. Tim promotes Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) and mobile learning to empower students and teachers with their personal technology tools for building learning communities. He is the author of the BYOTNetwork blog at and has been featured in NBC News, EdTech Magazine & many other news outlets. Throughout his career, he has been a vocal advocate for the use of instructional technology and digital content to increase achievement & motivation, encourage collaboration, facilitate critical thinking and construct innovative learning environments.

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  • Gary Brantley
    Gary BrantleyChief Information OfficerCity of Atlanta(GA)
    Gary Brantley
    Gary BrantleyChief Information OfficerCity of Atlanta

    Gary Brantley is the former Chief Information Officer of DeKalb County School District in Atlanta Ga.  DeKalb County School District has over 118,000 users and is the 26th largest school district in the U.S. and the 3rd largest in the state of Georgia.  He has over 20 years technology experience and 17 years of leadership experience.

    Gary earned his Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix.  He also obtained a Master’s Degree from Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology in Computer Information Systems and has completed the CIO leadership institute with their Sloan School of Management. Gary was recently selected as one of Computerworld's Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2017, 2017 GA CIO of the year finalist. Lastly, he is also a recent graduate of Leadership DeKalb and was named one of the “Top Thirty Technologist Trailblazers” by the Center of Digital Education.

    Brantley began his career with IBM before moving on to MCIWorldCom as the Regional Operations Director. There he continued to have an impact on technology and took that expertise to the Ohio State Department as the Director of Technology.  He later became the Chief Information Officer of one of the largest urban school districts in Ohio.  

    Mr. Brantley has served on several technology boards locally and nationally. He is an avid runner and enjoys being involved with youth sports.  He also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

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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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  • Harrison Peters
    Harrison PetersChief of SchoolsHillsborough County Public Schools(FL)
    Harrison Peters
    Harrison PetersChief of SchoolsHillsborough County Public Schools

    Harrison Peters remembers the 10-grade teacher who said he was not college material, and the one who said, I love you, I believe in you and I refuse to allow you to fail; What we tell our children, absolutely matters. Harrison grew up in Pensacola, FL. He was raised by his grandmother who only had a 2nd grade education. As result he was completely dependent upon caring teachers to help him reach his academic potential.

    That’s why, for nearly two decades, Harrison has been fighting for children across the country. He began his career as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in Apopka, FL. Since the classroom, he has served in many leadership roles as Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent. His work in large complex school districts like Charlotte Mecklenburg, Chicago Public and Houston Independent have afforded him the opportunities and challenges of transforming some of the toughest schools in the country. As Chief of Schools on the Southside of Chicago, Harrison is credited with significantly increasing ACT scores, 3rd grade reading, math proficiency, and graduation rates. As a Chief School Officer in Houston, he was part of the leadership team that led a majority vote in favor of a $1.9 billion bond, the largest in the history of the state. While in Houston, he was also awarded the “Outstanding Educator” award by Zeta Tau Lambda. A proud Veteran of the United States Navy, Harrison was assigned to the USS Cleveland. 

    Currently, Harrison serves as Deputy Superintendent-Chief of Schools, for Hillsborough County Schools. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the district’s 250 schools that educate 212,000 students. His team of eight area superintendents, 850 administrators and 17,000 teachers, has achieved record breaking graduation rates, industry certifications, college scholarships, and significant reduction in the student achievement gap.

    Harrison completed his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of West Florida in Elementary Education. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education Leadership at Nova South Eastern University. Harrison and his wife Tarneisha have to sons Devin and Kenneth. With student success as his “north star,” Harrison is convinced that within every child lies an endless potential that, given the right conditions, can produce extraordinary results.

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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 the Perris Union High School District.  As an education innovator, he took what he learned in the classroom as he worked as an English teacher, literacy coach, academic coach, technology coach, Teacher on Special Assignment, and now as Executive Director of Technology. Five years ago, Mr. Williams led a team of PUHSD educators to develop, plan, implement, and manage the Scholar+ teaching and learning initiative that provides Chromebooks to all students, Google Apps for Education, laptops and iPads to teachers, the use of a Learning Management System, and other programmatic elements to provide modern tools for teaching and learning. 

    Mr. Williams was a 2008 nominee for California League of High Schools Educator of the Year, became a Google Certified Teacher in 2008, and is the 2015 Technology Administrator of the Year for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region XIX. 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 is proud that Making in Education is becoming a big part of the world class education PUHSD is offering. 

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  • Kathleen Smith
    Kathleen SmithSuperintendentBrockton Public Schools(MA)
    Kathleen Smith
    Kathleen SmithSuperintendentBrockton Public Schools

    September 1, 2016 marked the first day of Kathleen Smith’s 40th year as an employee in the Brockton Public Schools and the beginning of her 4th year as its very first female Superintendent.

    Accessing her decades of experience in education, Superintendent Smith brings a depth of knowledge of the school district and heartfelt affection for its students and families. Her vision for leading a successful 21st-Century school system is voiced in the district’s mission statement; The Brockton Public Schools ensures student success by fulfilling the educational, social, and emotional needs of all students in the pursuit of instructional excellence.

    Mrs. Smith believes all children can learn and every teacher can and must contribute. Her vision of instructional excellence for every student, every day has garnered Brockton national recognition for literacy and reducing the achievement gap.

    Ms. Smith serves on the boards of the MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce, the Children’s Museum in Easton and the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board and the DJ Dream Fund, Inc. Seldom idle, for SY 2017 she has been appointed co-chair of the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Schools’ Urban Superintendents Network and has accepted an invitation to sit on the Renaissance Learning Advisory Board.

    Superintendent Smith is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the District Administration Leadership Institute and the National Superintendents Roundtable.

    Superintendent Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and elementary education from Westfield State University, a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Bridgewater State University and a juris doctorate from New England School of Law.

    On a personal note, Kathy has been married for 33 years to Gerald B. Smith, also a longtime, 37 years, retired school administrator of Brockton Public Schools. Together they have raised daughters Ashleigh, now living and working in Austin, TX and Jacqueline, living and working in Washington, DC.

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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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