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Meet the CFA 2.0 Consultants

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Larry Ainsworth served as the Executive Director of Professional Development at The Leadership and Learning Center in Englewood, Colorado, and has assisted school systems in implementing best practices related to standards, assessment, curriculum, and instruction across all grades and content areas.
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Sonja Alexander is an experienced educational leader and consultant who provides customized professional development services that support teacher and leader effectiveness.
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Laura Besser is a lifelong educator who supports teachers and administrators in sustaining best practices for gains in student achievement and transformation of culture.

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Loan Mascorro is an experienced principal and professional development consultant who is passionate in working with educators and school districts.

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Dave Nagel has over 18 years of successful experience helping schools grow and develop their staff to best meet student needs.
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Tremain Nelson has a passion for education that has been apparent through his service as a teacher, administrator, and educational consultant in the K-12 community for over 15 years. He is always ready to share his passion for making a difference in the lives of students.

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Mary Jane O'Connell is an experienced principal and professional development consultant who has a passion for helping school leaders and teachers examine their impact on student learning.
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With over 20 years of experience, Tracey Shiel supports and develops leaders to successfully guide classrooms, schools, and districts to superior academic performance.
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Tommy Thompson is a high school principal in New London, CT. He holds a Sixth Year degree from Sacred Heart University, A Master's degree in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Central Connecticut State University.

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Jay Trujillo is a distinguished educator with over 28 years of professional experience, including 14 years as school principal. Jay has led his schools to extraordinary results. He is a highly sought-after K-12 leadership and educational consultant throughout the United States.

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Kara Vandas is a highly experienced and passionate consultant who works with districts and schools around the country to implement processes and practices that best support student learning.
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Steve Ventura is the founder and a Distinguished Professional Development Consultant for Advanced Collaborative Solutions. Steve has previous experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, and superintendent.
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Dr. Diane Wolf has led the journey of assessment literacy through workshops, PLC's, instructional coaching for teachers and administrators.  She has worked with Pre-K through 12th grade level professionals and content teams in their development of Common Formative Assessments. Diane is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for four counties and 30 school districts.