Dr. Candice McQueen

Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Candice McQueen is the chief executive officer of NIET, leading the organization’s vision-setting, strategy, and partnership development. Candice has grown the organization by 50% in her first two years at NIET.

Dr. Joshua Barnett

President and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Joshua Barnett is president and chief operating officer for NIET, responsible for supporting NIET partnerships with strategic oversight of research, higher education, and all service delivery operations. Joshua also serves as the principal investigator for NIET's federal projects.

Vicky Condalary

Senior Vice President of Services
Before serving as senior vice president of services, Vicky was executive director of the LA BOLD Project, assistant director of school services and was the project director for TAP Connect, a SEED grant in partnership with Texas Tech and five independent area school districts.

Laura Encalade

Executive Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships
Laura Encalade serves as the executive vice president of strategy and partnerships for NIET. Laura supports strategic planning efforts, new partnership development and innovative projects, and the creation of new services and technologies for the organization.

Sara Gast

Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Strategic Communications
Sara Gast is the chief of staff and executive director of strategic communications. Sara serves as an advisor to the CEO, leads NIET's communications efforts, and manages special projects while collaborating with and supporting colleagues throughout the organization.

Stephanie Mosqueda

Vice President of Virtual and Learning Technology Services
Stephanie Mosqueda oversees NIET's web-based tools, as well as content and technical assistance support for partners.

Dr. Patrice Pujol

Senior Executive-in-Residence
Dr. Patrice Pujol serves as senior executive-in-residence at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET). In this role, she is responsible for the advancement of NIET's strategic plan and business development activities.

Molly Sears

Chief Financial Officer
As chief financial officer, Molly provides leadership, management, and oversight for all fiscal activities related to the operations of NIET.

Dr. Ann Shaw

Executive Director of Professional Development
Dr. Ann Shaw has over 25 years teaching experience and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Throughout her career Shaw has served as a regional master teacher for SC TAP, master teacher, instructional coach and teacher.

Kristan Van Hook

Chief Policy Officer
As chief policy officer at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), Kristan Van Hook develops and implements strategies to build support for NIET's education initiatives, with a focus on increasing teacher and school leader effectiveness.

Dr. Tanée Hudgens

Senior Director of Research
As senior director of research at NIET, Dr. Tanée Hudgens is responsible for establishing, managing, and overseeing research and evaluation initiatives within the organization.

Dr. Davita Lancelin

Executive Director, Service and Operations
Dr. Davita Lancelin is executive director of service and operations as well as supports Louisiana districts and schools through the LA BOLD Teacher Incentive Fund Grant.

Nicole Bolen

Director, Arkansas Rural Education Network (AREN)
With over 23 years of experience, Nicole Bolen supports districts and schools in the AREN partnership and serves on the content development team, contributing to various NIET projects.

Dr. Sharon Cochrane

Tennessee Networks and East Team Special Projects Director
Dr. Sharon Cochrane supports the Tennessee Rural Acceleration and Innovation Network (TRAIN). She pairs her passion for instruction with leadership training to help educators to best leverage systems, structures, resources, and stakeholders to improve student outcomes.

Pilar Holtrop

Director, West Team
Pilar Holtrop serves schools and districts in the West, and brings two decades of experience with NIET's work in the state.

Jodi Leckbee Chan

Director, Texas
Jodi Leckbee Chan has worked as a project director for the SEED 1 and SEED 2 grant projects, an executive master teacher, and senior specialist with schools in Texas and across the U.S. for going on 12 years.

Jen Oliver Brady

Director, Indiana and Indiana TSL
Jen Oliver Brady provides on-site training, support, and in-depth coaching to district and school leaders, teacher leaders, classroom teachers and university faculty. 

Keely Potter

Director, East Team
Keely Potter brings her background as an educator and a director at the Tennessee Department of Education to NIET, where she primarily supports schools in the state.

Dr. Amy Wooten

Executive Director of Higher Education Partnerships and Special Projects
Dr. Amy Wooten develops service offerings to enhance the effectiveness of teacher and administrator preparation programs, fostering partnerships with preparation programs, supporting policy discussions, and providing leadership for special projects.

Dr. Hank Staggs

Director of Accelerating Character Education and Development (ACED)
Hank Staggs leads work to expand NIET's suite of high-quality trainings to support principals and district-level principal supervisors in successfully integrating character development into the instruction and culture of their schools.

Payton Parker

Senior Director of Grant Management and Business Operations
Payton Parker assists project directors in their oversight, coordination, and management of the on-site activities related to federal projects.

Teddy W. Broussard

Senior Trainer
In his recent years with NIET, Teddy Broussard has served as senior program specialist, project director, assistant director of school services, director of training and senior trainer. 

Lindsey Parker

Assistant Director of Professional Development
Lindsey Parker works closely with the TAP efforts in Louisiana in both Madison and Caddo Parishes, focused on increasing educator effectiveness and improving student achievement growth.

Jana Rausch

Director of Communications
As director of communications, Jana Rausch has established more than 15 years of experience working with Lowell Milken’s groundbreaking education initiatives spanning K-12 to higher education.

Paulette Rowell

Senior Manager of Virtual and Learning Technology Services
As senior manager of virtual and learning technology services, Paulette Rowell provides technical assistance support for multiple web-based platforms that integrate NIET best practices.

Sheila Talamo

Coordinator of School Services
Sheila Talamo coordinates a variety of NIET support and training services provided to district and school partners.

Shelia Banks

Senior Specialist, LA BOLD
Before joining NIET, Shelia Banks successfully grew traditional and charter schools as TAP director and executive mater teacher for Orleans Parish Schools.

Julie Barbee

Senior Specialist, LA BOLD
As a senior specialist for NIET's LA BOLD Project, Julie's work centers on supporting Rapides Parish Schools and district personnel to impact instructional practices and grow students.

Nicole Bevilacqua

Senior Specialist, Texas
Nicole Bevilacqua has over 15 years' experience in education and has traveled Texas and the country providing leadership training and support for organizational change, impact, and effectiveness for school leaders at all levels.

Colleen Bergren

Senior Specialist, Indiana
During Colleen Bergren's tenure as an educator and leader, she has served in numerous roles supporting and leading pre-K-12 educators and undergraduate students in rural, urban, and suburban areas.   

Melissa Blossom

Senior Specialist, Indiana
Melissa Blossom joined NIET after serving as director of school improvement at the Indiana Department of Education. Prior to IDOE, she worked in secondary education as an administrator and social studies teacher.

Bobbie Jo Bright

Senior Specialist, Arkansas
Bobbie Jo Bright brings more than 25 years of experience as an educator to her role at NIET and has served in a variety of school communities.

Angelina Burrows

Senior Specialist, Indiana TSL
As a lifelong educator and first-generation college graduate, Angelina Burrows is passionate about helping educators and school leaders become the best in their field.

Shayla Canady

Senior Specialist, Arkansas
A lifelong learner, Shayla Canady has served in a variety of educational roles − including TAP mentor teacher, master teacher, and administrator − and holds a decade of experience using NIET's rubrics.

Kristina Carssow

Senior Specialist, Texas
Kristina Carssow has 18 years of experience as a campus teacher, TAP master coach, instructional coach, and assistant principal.

Jill Crain

Senior Specialist, Louisiana
Jill joins NIET with 23 years of educational experience, and currently supports Louisiana partners.

Dr. Angela Davis

Senior Specialist, Louisiana
Dr. Angela Davis' experience in a variety of roles in education and passion for increased student achievement have inspired her to ensure equitable instructional practices are present in all classrooms.

Trey Forrester

Senior Specialist, South Carolina SEED
Trey Forrester is an NIET senior specialist in South Carolina. He joins NIET after serving as an educator at diverse levels and specialties for 15 years.

Erin Foster

Senior Specialist, Indiana TSL
Erin Foster primarily provides support for NIET's Indiana partner schools, capitalizing on her drive to influence positive change for students through her zeal for working with educational leaders.

Amy Gayle

Senior Specialist, Louisiana
Amy Gayle is an instructional leader with a passion for positive school culture and strong teacher support. Prior to NIET, she served in a variety of different roles in education, including classroom teacher, coach, master teacher, and administrator.

Angela Griffis

Senior Specialist, Texas
Angela Griffis supports district and school leaders in implementing best practices of highly effective schools, increasing teacher effectiveness, and positively impacting student achievement.

Dr. Kate Hall

Senior Specialist, East Team
Dr. Kate Hall has over 12 years of experience in education, having served as assistant principal, reading coach consultant, and classroom teacher in Tennessee. She has trained educators and coaches across the state.

Theresa D. Hamilton

Senior Specialist, LA BOLD
Theresa Hamilton provides support to East Feliciana and Madison Parish School Systems as a senior program specialist.

Jennifer Hazelwood

Senior Specialist, Louisiana
Jennifer Hazelwood, a current NIET senior specialist for Louisiana, worked in Jefferson Parish for 22 years before coming to NIET.

Kim Herring

Senior Specialist, East Team
Kim Herring joins NIET after serving Cumberland County Schools for 31 years as a high school math teacher, then district administrator of school information and testing coordinator. She has broadened her impact on state and district committees on math and data.

Sarah Jolly-Swift

Senior Specialist, Louisiana
Sarah Jolly-Swift joins NIET after serving Louisiana's Rapides Parish School System for the past 13 years. Sarah is a passionate advocate for educational equity and access to effective instruction for every child, every day.

Tiffaney Kelly

Senior Specialist, Louisiana
Tiffaney's work as centers on supporting schools and district personnel to positively impact instructional practices and improve student achievement.

Angie Kendall

Senior Specialist, Indiana TSL
Angie joins NIET after having served as a TAP master and mentor teacher in Perry Township Schools, Indiana, for seven years, as well as having worked in Reading Recovery and Project Lead the Way.

Kyle Kovach

Senior Specialist, East Team
Kyle Kovach joined NIET as a senior specialist for the East team after spending the previous 12 years serving the students and families in West Greenville, South Carolina. He has held diverse roles in education, both in the classroom and in administration.

Kelly Minick

Senior Specialist, East Team
Kelly Minick's educational experience spans nearly two decades in South Carolina. Prior to her time at NIET, she spent 14 years as a secondary English instructor who worked to grow learners' love of writing, critical thinking, and to build their ability to see the world with a multi-lens approach.

Claire Murray

Director, South Carolina SEED
As an English Language Arts teacher and response to intervention coordinator, Claire empowered students to find their voices and celebrate learning. She has served as a mentor teacher, master teacher, and regional master teacher for SC TAP.

Rossette Osamba

Senior Specialist, Texas
As she approaches the 20-year milestone in education, Rossette Osamba strives to serve as a resource to school teams in providing professional developments that aid in their improvement of practices and exemplary leadership.

Courtney Rayburn

Senior Specialist, Arkansas
Courtney Rayburn has over a decade of urban, rural, and suburban educational experiences including serving as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, testing coordinator, and RTI coordinator.

Amber Simpson

Senior Specialist, Texas
Texas Senior Specialist Amber Simpson spent much of her 20 years in education as a teacher leader before coming to NIET.

Tanjela Sims

Senior Specialist, Indiana TSL
Tanjela Sims boldly embraces a growth mindset, positivity and a "can-do" spirit as a senior program specialist.

Natalie Szakacs

Executive Senior Specialist
Natalie Szakacs works with district and school partners to increase their impact on instructional excellence and student achievement.

Laura Tew

Senior Specialist, East Team
As a senior specialist, Laura supports schools across South Carolina and Tennessee.

Devon Willis-Jones

Senior Specialist, Louisiana
Devon Willis-Jones' dedication to the education profession spans over 15 years. Prior to her NIET role, Devon served as principal of Jeanerette Elementary School in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, for seven years.

Kevin Winters

Senior Specialist, East Team
Kevin Winters brings 13 years of experience as a teacher and instructional leader in Tennessee, including the roles of classroom teacher, master teacher, technology coach, and instructional coach.

Michelle Wolfenbarger

Senior Specialist, East Team
Michelle Wolfenbarger has served in various roles in education in Tennessee since 2001, most recently as a Knox County principal. She is a certified cognitive coach and has experience in various types of school communities.

Jennifer Woods

Senior Specialist, East Team
Jennifer Woods joins NIET with over 24 years of educational experience at the secondary and district levels.

Dr. Jessica Hall

Senior Research Associate
Jessica brings her expertise as a researcher and former English teacher to her work at NIET.

Dr. Trevor Leutscher

Senior Research Associate
Dr. Trevor Leutscher's work at NIET involves conducting studies to evaluate and improve NIET's programs.

Dr. Handrea Logis

Senior Research Associate
Dr. Handrea Logis supports all aspects of the NIET research activities, such as monitoring data collection efforts for the SEED grants, performing quantitative analysis to evaluate the impact of NIET's initiatives, as well as providing data and research support for various projects.

Dr. Marina Serdiouk

Senior Research Associate
Dr. Marina Serdiouk brings her experience as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Virginia, and a researcher at Marzano Research in Denver, Colorado.

Julee Broscoff

Julee Broscoff has served in public education for 32 years as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, Reading First director, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and superintendent of Slaton ISD, Texas.

Bobby Cox

Bobby Cox is responsible for expanding the reach of NIET's work, relationships, and partnerships in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky. Bobby joins NIET after serving Warren County Schools, Tennessee, for 29 years − including eight as superintendent.

Matt Connor

As controller, Matt Connor assists in financial and accounting functions of NIET with the goal of helping the organization meet its mission.

Christina Faas

Grant Specialist
Christina Faas supports the senior director of grant management and business operations in the oversight and management of NIET's sponsored projects as well as NIET's grant management practices, policies, and procedures.

Michael Hegarty

Special Events Manager
Michael has been with NIET since 2016 after serving for five years as the director of communications and outreach for the Arizona State University "Ready-for-Rigor Project."

Caroline Martin

Director of Strategic Projects
Caroline Martin works to enhance strategy and innovation, and increase efficiency and effectiveness both internally and across projects focused on teacher and leadership development with external partners. 

Larry Murphy

Director of Strategic Projects
Larry Murphy directs the planning, implementation, and assessment of projects and services for NIET and its partners across the country.

Dr. Tad Savage

Assistant Director, Accelerating Character Education and Development
Dr. Tad Savage brings 33 years of experience as a student-centered leader who prioritizes relationships and character development.

Hannah Rush

Digital Communications and Content Manager
Hannah Rush contributes to the organization's internal and external communications outreach products, including training materials, social media, newsletters, and more.

Lauren Waldow

Virtual and Learning Technology Services Systems Analyst
Lauren Waldow assists with designing support documentation and tutorials, serves as a resource for internal and external training, and provides technology support to partners, field staff, and NIET leadership.

Amanda Warwick

Policy Associate
Amanda Warwick supports NIET's policy efforts at the federal and state levels.

Robbin Boudreaux

Administrative Assistant
Robbin Boudreaux supports NIET in assisting staff, and monitoring schedules, correspondence, telephone, and travel.

Janice Mann

Executive Assistant to the CEO
Janice Mann, executive assistant to CEO Dr. Candice McQueen, comes to NIET with 45 years of service from the Tennessee Department of Education.