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.
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.
Simmi first began to understand what personalized learning and continuous improvement could look like as a special education teacher in the NYCDOE, where she worked with students with moderate to severe needs and ran teaching pilots for the school and district. After receiving her MS in leadership for educational change from Bank Street, she joined Kunskapsskolan USA, charged with implementing a Swedish personalized learning program in a charter middle school in downtown Manhattan. At Innovate Manhattan, Simmi served as data and assessment manager, implementation manager, assistant Head and Head of School. In addition to spending her entire career in personalized and learner-centered communities, Simmi has served as an adjunct instructor at New York University and as a consultant for KIPP DC. She holds a BS in childhood and special education from NYU.
Carolyn has over 30 years of experience in education. She has been a leader and advisor to pre-K to grade 8 independent schools, specializing in personalization and whole-child education. As Director of the Powerful Learning Lab at Stanford’s Accelerated Schools she managed partnerships with over 400 public schools, designed professional training in inquiry-based teaching and led leadership training for partner schools. At the University of Tulsa’s Stoia School for Gifted Children, Carolyn was the Head of Early Childhood program. She began her career as a classroom teacher in the Tulsa Public School where she piloted the first public preschool program in the state of Oklahoma. Carolyn holds an MA in school administration from the University of Tulsa and a BA in Child Development and Elementary Education.
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.