The Head of School is responsible for the culture, community, and success of each individual school. They set the academic vision for the school, support professional growth for other educators, and work directly with your child as a master educator.
The Core Educator is dedicated to a specific classroom of students and focuses on a deep personal understanding of your child and the classroom community. Partner Educators work across multiple classrooms and provide a specialization for project-based learning arcs and core skills. Partner Educators also build a special relationship with your child in their role supporting the Core Educator.
Personalization Leads work with your child to provide targeted instruction and tailored social-emotional and sensory learning recommendations. They coach classroom educators on instructional planning and strategies to meet the unique needs of individual students.
The School Operations and Innovation Lead manages the logistical and functional operations of each school, including before- and after-school programs and field trips.
Over the past 20 years, Devin’s vision for how to drive high-quality student outcomes enabled him to quickly ascend the roles of educator, school principal, district administrator, and now superintendent. During his tenure serving Vista Unified’s more than 25,000 students, Devin has earned some of the education industry’s most prestigious awards. Last year, he was named AASA’s “California Superintendent of the Year.” In 2015, he was named ACSA’s “California Superintendent of the Year,” as well as Pepperdine University’s "California Superintendent of the Year.” In 2014, he received Classroom of the Future Foundation's "Innovative Superintendent of the Year" award. Since joining Vista in 2012, he has been invited to the White House nine times; both in recognition for district-wide achievements and to partner on national efforts with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, and the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. As AltSchool’s Chief Impact Officer, Devin will guide the design and strategy of the company’s personalized learning platform, as it prepares the platform for expansion into a growing community of private, charter and public schools.
In Pittsburgh Public School District, Sam led one of the nation’s largest efforts to improve teacher quality from 2010-15, managing a massive program across more than 50 city schools, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. He previously designed and opened the Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy, a public magnet school serving grades 6 to 12, which is now the most innovative, integrated, and highest performing public high school in the city. Most recently, Sam was awarded an 18-month executive residency at Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught master’s level courses on education policy and leadership, managing change in challenging environments, and the future of learning and school. As AltSchool’s VP of Schools, Sam will continue to improve the quality of its lab school network, and help define the ongoing work of co-development between educators and engineers.
An education veteran with more than two decades served as a teacher, instructional coach, administrator, and learning designer, Colleen leads education and pedagogy at AltSchool. Her experience includes key leadership roles at schools in the U.S. and abroad in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, and Brazil, in both private and public settings. Prior to AltSchool, Colleen helped launch four schools, and most recently, she served as Chief Learning Designer at ReSchool Colorado. Colleen has a B.A. in English Literature and Business from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
David’s 15-year career in education spans both inclusive and special education settings. His passion for personalized learning began when he was charged with expanding the early years department at Phoenix Secondary and Primary School in Bow, East London. At Phoenix, David built systems of collaboration between educators and parents; designed personalized learning plans for all new students; trained and mentored new staff; led parent training and support groups; and served as a consultant for other educational organizations. Before joining AltSchool, David was Vice Principal at Corbets Tey School in Upminster, East London, where he was instrumental in creating the child-centered curriculum and student assessment protocol. David holds a B.Ed in English and Special Education from the University of Alberta and is completing his MA in Special Education (Autism focus) through the University of Birmingham.