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.
Judy Perez, Chief Executive Officer, Founder
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. Prior to founding the iLearn Collaborative, she directed district-wide blended learning at Jeffco Public Schools 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. In her 29-year career as an educator, she led districtwide and statewide implementations in innovative learning environments impacting 50+ Colorado school districts. She led and developed Colorado's largest statewide multi-district online school middle school and a districtwide blended learning program for Colorado's largest school district. She is a recognized national expert in blended and online learning contributing to research for the U.S. Dept. of Ed, iNACOL, State of Colorado, and numerous publications. Judy has consulted for the Secretary of Education Manizales, Colombia, S.A., Universidad Nacional de Colombia, The ASCENT Initiative, and other international agencies. She most proud of her role as mom of blended learners.
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.
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.
Lynée Beck, DCW Program Manager
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.
Rosemary Sweat, Lead Content 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.
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.
John Enright, Engagement Specialist
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.
Jeri Crispe, Consultant
Jeri Crispe is an educational leader with over 25 years’ experience designing, leading and scaling innovative learning models through close collaborations with educators, community leaders and post-secondary partners including state and national thought leaders to ensure equity and access for all students. She most recently served as Vice President of Growth and Innovation at Modern Teacher. Her leadership includes experience in non-profits, grant writing, professional learning, curriculum development, analytics, team building, and strategic initiatives. Formerly, Jeri served as a teacher, principal, non-profit director and director for secondary education where she built high functioning school and district teams resulting in state and national recognitions for student growth and achievement. Jeri has served in rural, urban and suburban school districts in Colorado, Georgia, and Florida. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and outdoor adventures around Colorado.
Brandy Erholtz, Admin Assistant/Registrar
In her almost 20 years of education, Brandy’s had a vast array of experiences. From teaching a self-contained classroom of middle school boys with behavior disorder to co-teaching at a brick and mortar blue ribbon high school with the past 10 years being online teaching special education, and a variety of elective courses, she brings an insightful perspective as both a special education and general education teacher. She earned her Master’s of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from St. Mary’s University (MN) in 2005. She’s certified in K-12 Special Education, Health Education, CTE (ACE) and also passed the PE place test. Her passion for teaching and learning has made her an expert in course curriculum & development. She’s the mother of 2 young boys and has also been helping out with administration and registrar work.
Board and Strategic Advisors
Dwight D. Jones
Dwight D. Jones, Senior Vice President, Equity, Inclusion & Urban Markets
Dwight Jones serves as Senior Vice President of Equity, Inclusion & Urban Markets at McGraw-Hill Education. In this role, he works with leading national, regional and local associations and organizations to find new ways to partner together to address the needs of administrators, teachers and students in some of the largest and most academically diverse U.S. school districts. Having already overseen major education reform efforts as an administrator in similar districts and schools, Dwight is uniquely positioned to lead the company’s K-12 outreach efforts in major urban markets across the United States. Before joining McGraw-Hill Education, Dwight served as Discovery Communications’ Superintendent in Residence and provided strategic guidance and advice to the organization’s Education Division. Prior to that, he served as the superintendent of Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, the nation’s fifth largest school district. During his tenure there, he initiated a school reform agenda designed to raise the academic bar and ensure all of the district’s 315,000 students were prepared for college, a career or the military. In this role, he also implemented graduation initiatives that promoted one of the largest increases in graduation rates among the nation’s largest school districts from 2011-2012. Prior to his time in Nevada, Dwight served as the Colorado Commissioner of Education, overseeing the education of more than 830,000 students across more than 1,700 schools in 178 public school districts. His efforts to revamp state standards, improve accountability and narrow achievement gaps, particularly those related to race and socioeconomic status, have been recognized by governors, legislators and colleagues across the state. He also oversaw the development of the Colorado Growth Model, which depicts the overall achievement of individual schools and districts to administrators, educators and the public and has since been implemented in more than 15 states. Dwight’s other past positions include: Superintendent at Fountain-Fort Carson School District Eight, Fountain, Colorado; Operational Vice President at Edison Learning, Knoxville, Tennessee; and Assistant Superintendent at Wichita Public Schools, Wichita, Kansas. Before taking on those roles, Dwight held several positions as an elementary, middle and high school principal and as an elementary and middle school teacher. Dwight has been recognized by numerous organizations throughout his career. He has been awarded the NAACP’s Heartbeat Award (2013), the Asian Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Award (2013), Chairman’s Award of Excellence, Nevada Latin Chamber of Commerce (2012), Alumni Fellow for Kansas State University’s College of Education (2011), and Troops to Teachers Hall of Fame (2010). Dwight holds a B.S., K-12 Education, Fort Hays State University, and a M.Ed., Administration and Supervision, Kansas State University. A father of three, he and his wife reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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.
Erika Twani is a learning enthusiast and an optimist of a better world built by humans with practical and useful skills, and life purpose. She is the co-founder and CEO of the Learning One to One Foundation, where, along with experts, she explores how to foster human achievement through Relational Learning based on applied neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, pedagogy, and technology. Her philosophy is to simplify complex concepts and make them useful for everyone, starting with children. Erika has advised government officials and education leaders around the world on the use of technology in education, has written various articles on the topic, and worked with public and private schools to guide practical use of Relational Learning.
Far and foremost, Erika’s 20+ years of experience working with corporate technology companies enabled her to shape products and services for worldwide scalability. Innovation on learning usually happens in silos, and Erika wants to empower educators to scale it. The corporate experience also gave her a clear understanding of large organizations’ challenges to motivate employees, foster creativity, and to create a long-lasting relationship with customers and partners, regardless of their location on earth. Corporations benefit from the same principles identified in her work, as they implement simple learning and skill development processes that contribute to individuals’ personal growth, intrinsic motivation, and life purpose. Consequently, individual achievement results in the organization’s success.
Erika is the author of the upcoming book “Becoming Einstein’s Teacher,” releasing in Spring 2020. Erika is also an international speaker, adviser, avid reader, and an adventurer. Most of all, she is a Learner, committed to investing 20% of her time in learning. Her organization serves schools and institutions around the world with professional development, consulting services, and education technology. She has a B.S. in Software Engineering and an MBA in Entrepreneurship. She sits on various boards. Erika lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL USA, with husband, Brian.