Meet Suzy Dees:
Suzy Dees, Director of Professional Learning at West40 is an experienced Learning Facilitator with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Suzy is skilled in Professional Learning and Development, School Improvement, Team Motivation, and Instructional Coaching.
Some of Suzy’s favorite content areas in which she creates and facilitates on-going professional learning are Inclusion, Co-Teaching, Mentoring and Induction, and Instructional Strategies. When asked about her passion in professional learning, Suzy explains, “I’m truly passionate about helping teachers and school leaders find their greatest areas of need and then assisting them in fulfilling that need.”
Meet Cathy Berlinger-Gustafson:
Cathy Berlinger-Gustafson is a Director for Professional Learning. In her work with schools, districts, and state education agencies, Cathy designs and facilitates presentations, workshops and trainings. Her work includes school and organizational change, professional development processes and systems, and coaching, as well as other topics that support continuous improvement in education.
Prior to consulting, Cathy taught elementary, middle and high school students, was an elementary principal and curriculum director. She has worked in suburban schools, urban schools and in the Department of Defense schools overseas in Okinawa, Japan and Hahn, Germany.
Meet Mike Czerniawski:
All students deserve a great education. To make that happen, I center my work on coaching educational leaders in enhancing district and school improvement efforts. I specialize in helping educators focus on the changes to leadership, instruction, professional learning communities, and climate and culture that propel student achievement. I guide leaders in using systems and practices that make implementation come alive and truly advance the work of the schools.
Since 2000, I have had the opportunity to successfully support school improvement efforts in districts across the country. In that time, almost every single school and district I've worked with has made gains in student achievement and educator effectiveness. I help foster that growth through coaching and professional development for administrators, teachers, and parents and community members. In addition, I am a reading specialist who started coaching when I worked for Dr. Timothy Shanahan at the UIC Center for Literacy.