Individually, our core team members have been iterating and refining the practice of online, blended, and personalized learning since its inception, bringing over 100 years of collective experience to this relatively new and evolving practice.  Now that we have joined together at iLC, we look forward to scaling the impact of our work nationally and internationally to promote equity and access in education.

At its heart, however, iLC is first and foremost a collaborative.  The success of our work is built on a foundation of committed members, partners, and practitioners, who devote their time and energies towards advancing the practice of student-centered learning.  We welcome the involvement of all who share our passions.

Our Team

 

Judy Perez, Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Judy has been identified as a national level expert in K-12 online and blended learning by the U.S. Department of Education. She has over 25 years of experience in education with 14 years in online and blended learning. Prior to founding the iLearn Collaborative, she directed district-level blended learning at Jeffco Public Schools, the largest school district in Colorado, and led their online school from turnaround status to Performance accreditation. Judy's career in education includes science teacher, assistant principal, principal, district leader and CAO for the Charter School Institute at the Colorado Dept. of Education. Judy was one of the earliest educators to begin the exploration of how to leverage technology in the classroom, and was a leader for one of the first online schools in Colorado well over a decade ago. She is also the parent of two blended learners.

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June Marcel, Chief Operating Officer
June has more than 15 years of experience, spanning nearly every functional business management role. She most recently worked as an independent consultant in Denver focused on K-12 change management. Her experience includes serving as COO for EducationSuperHighway, which aimed to bring high speed broadband access to K-12 public schools. Here June successfully led efforts to free up $2.5 billion annually in federal funding and obtain the commitment of 39 governors to make this work a priority. Prior to this, she held a variety of leadership roles at Moody’s Analytics, successfully leading change management initiatives ranging from re-branding to post-merger integration.

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John Canuel, Director of Strategic Planning Services
John brings over 35 years of experience K-12 leadership, teaching and learning. He currently consults with various companies, organizations and schools in strategic planning and leadership models to maximize time and resources and focus on student learning. Prior to this work, John served as VP of K-12 Strategy with Blackboard and held various positions with Jeffco Public Schools, including classroom teacher, staff developer, curriculum director, technology/library director. As Jeffco’s Executive Director for Educational Technology Services, John successfully implemented nationally recognized technology integration models and online learning programs.

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Jill Pellegrini, Director of Professional Development
After a brief stint in marketing and sales, Jill followed her heart and has spent the last 20 years as an educator. In addition to her experience in a traditional school setting, Jill has eight years of experience teaching both online and blended classes in English and Humanities. Besides developing courses, she also mentors teachers new to the field of blended learning. Her talent and dedication were recognized when she was granted the 2015-16 Colorado Department of Education Blended and Online Teacher Recognition Award.

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Rosemary Sweat, Program Support Manager, Course Developer & Designer
Rosemary has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. She is endorsed in both Secondary Social Studies and English, and has taught middle school and high school in brick and mortar, online, and blended settings. She also has experience in the expeditionary and project-based learning classrooms. In her various roles, Rosemary consistently incorporated project-based, experiential, and hands-on field work in her content areas. She has overseen myriad educational expos and community events, encouraging award winning student projects.

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Lynée Zajac Beck, OER Program Manager, Course Developer & Designer
Lynée has been in education for over 18 years teaching in brick and mortar, online, and blended classrooms. Lynée specializes in creative, effective and efficient approaches to learning and training. Her experience includes eLearning design and development as well as expertise in various learning management systems. She is licensed in Secondary Science and Mathematics in Colorado and Washington State and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado.

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Jane Good, Learning Management System Administrator
Jane has worked as a high school science teacher for over 25 years with 10 of those being immersed in a fully online or blended environment. She is passionate about helping other teachers gain the skills necessary to embrace the opportunities available to personalize learning in the blended environment.

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John Enright, National Sales Director
John has spent over 20 years in sales leadership positions, bringing extensive experience and success in business development, marketing, demand generation, and business strategy. He is passionate about finding the best solution for both the customer and client, and then driving that forward to a deal to the benefit of both. With a diverse background in education, healthcare, construction, trade shows, state and local government, and media sectors, John has a wealth of best practices to draw on to help iLearn Collaborative scale its impact.

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Board and Strategic Advisors


Heather Hiebsch
Heather Hiebsch helps iLearn Collaborative stay on the cutting edge of blended and personalized learning, offering 20 years of experience in K-12 education and innovation. She is currently Executive Director of TabLab, a non-profit that provides tablet technology and teacher trainers to transform the world’s rural schools. Prior to this, she was the founding principal of the PSD Global Academy, an innovative K-12 hybrid school whose mission was to provide a Global Education in a Local Community. A pioneer in the field of blended learning, PGA became a nationally recognized proof points school, with student outcomes and growth featured in case studies by the Christensen Institute, Evergreen Education, Fuel Ed, Forbes, and EdWeek.
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Alex Magaña
Alex Magaña provides iLearn Collaborative with an experienced perspective on how to increase academic achievement in schools that serve high-poverty/ high-minority populations. In the nine years that Magaña has guided the leadership at Grant Beacon Middle School, the school has been nationally recognized for its innovative practices, and boasts one of the highest growth rates of all middle schools in Denver Public Schools. Due to the successful approach he's built with his team, he was given the opportunity to replicate the model and add an additional school. He is currently leading the expansion of The Network with a focus around the Four Pillars: Personalized Learning, Enrichment Programming, Character Development, and Critical Thinking.
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Stephen Chang
Stephen brings an equity lens to iLearn Collaborative’s programs. Starting his education career with work as Head Counselor at a large economically and racially diverse high school in Berkeley California, Stephen currently serves as a consultant at the National Equity Project, where for over 8 years, he has worked to build culture, conditions, and competencies for excellence and equity in education. In this role, he has coached over 30 principals across 6 states, project managed two comprehensive multi-year high school redesigns and served as faculty for the principal preparation programs for New Leaders and KIPP. He has also served as an Assistant Principal in Denver Public Schools at the Denver Center for International Studies at Montbello.
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Matt Samuelson
Matt Samuelson provides iLearn Collaborative with an education legislation and policy perspective. Currently the Director of Special Projects at the Donnell Kay Foundation, Matt was previously a journalist for eight years, worked for several natural resource and water organizations, and has worked in partnership with both the Building Excellent Schools Today program and the U.S. Green Building Council. Matt has a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver and a law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. His work has focused on blended learning, school facilities, transportation and finance.
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Graham Forman
Graham Forman ensures that iLearn Collaborative’s business strategy and program design can meet the rigor demanded by venture capitalists, supporting our sustainability efforts. He is the founder and managing director of Edovate Capital and has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 2001. He is an avid angel investor and value investor, having managed his portfolio to critical mass and above market returns over the last 10 years. For the last decade and a half he led sales, marketing, and business development for three early-stage, high-growth SaaS businesses selling to the education market. Earlier in his career he was a legislative aide for former U.S. Senator Paul Simon and California State Assemblyman and Senator Jack Scott, who instilled in him a passion for education issues and developed his understanding of legislative and regulatory issues in education. Graham serves on the Board of the Colorado Education Initiative, and holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA from the University of Chicago.
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