Advisory Board


Tim Flanagan is a talented teacher, a recognized “Teacher of the Year” and Fulbright world explorer with multiple degrees including Elementary Education, International Education, ESL, and Instructional Technologies and Digital Media Literacy. He has published works on digital assessment, diversity, and cultural understanding and also teaches at the University of New Haven. During the 2016-17 school year he is taking leave to travel and volunteer around the world as an education ambassador!


James Lombardo has served as Superintendent of schools in Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. As a result of his distinguished service, he earned the honor of Superintendent of the Year from the American Association of School Administrators. His dedication to education is evident in his service to numerous groups and organizations including the Vermont Peace Academy, Connecticut ASCD, a national board member for ASCD, and director of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Vermont.


Ian O’Byrne is an impassioned educator, researcher, and speaker. Ian has been involved in initiatives ranging from online and hybrid coursework, integrating technology in the classroom, ePortfolio systems, and supporting marginalized students in literacy practices. He has published his research findings on the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online spaces. He has taught at the University of Connecticut, the University of New Haven, and College of Charleston. He has a strong online presence on his website, Medium, Academia, Google Community, and Google Scholar.


Kim Theadore teaches literacy in urban districts and works persistently to ensure that every one of her students has equity and access to the best practices for continuous improvement in reading. She won an HCS Foundation grant and has been recognized nationally for her work with underserved students. She recently earned her reading specialist certification.



Kathleen Vespia has served as the Coordinator of Secondary Education and the Education Department Chair at Salve Regina University. Her extensive work with at-risk and underserved students includes the National Dropout Prevention Program, The MET School, and Director of the Network Alternative High School. In addition to consulting and speaking, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Oliver Hazard Perry: Rhode Island’s Tall Ship.



Christine Woodman is a distinguished teacher in the Montville Public Schools. She has served as a member of the Commission for Public Secondary Schools (CPSS) and a board member for New England Association of Schools and Colleges, serving on the Committee on Public Secondary Schools, and leading numerous school accreditation studies. She brings a deep commitment to student learning, precision teaching, and comprehensive assessment.

Stephen L. Burris
currently teaches and coaches for the New London Public Schools where he brings a passion for teaching and a belief that all students have the potential to succeed. He is certified as a physical education teacher and also in athletic administration. He aspires to become an athletic director.

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