Lexia® Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, today announced the formation of its customer advisory board, a group of key customers who will support the company’s goal of helping more learners read, write, and speak with confidence.
“It is extremely important to find more ways to foster meaningful conversations with customers so we can better understand their priorities and learn how we can directly address their needs,” said Lexia Learning President, Nick Gaehde. “We now have support from a group of outstanding educators who will help determine how we can best serve present and future customers and enable us to build stronger, deeper relationships with our customer base.”
The Customer Advisory Board consists of school district leadership from across the United States:
Lynmara Colón is the director of English learner programs and services at Prince William County Schools in Virginia. She was named in the NSBA 20 to Watch for Innovative Practices and co-authored “Empower Our Girls: Opening the Door for Girls to Achieve More.”
Amy Denty is the assistant superintendent of teaching and learning at Wayne County Schools in Georgia. She was the 2000 Georgia Teacher of the Year and served as president of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), Georgia’s largest education association.
Dr. Mary Grace is the assistant superintendent for education services at Anaheim Elementary School District in California. She leads the planning, development, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of instructional programs for all students in prekindergarten through grade six.
Dr. Karen Henery is the director of ESOL/multilingual services at Little Rock School District in Arkansas. She works extensively with classroom teachers and building administrators on the delivery of high-quality instruction for English Learners. She also works at the district level on programming and services for English Learners and their families.
Marie Morse is the elementary manager of school leadership & instruction at Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts. Previously, she was the principal of Union Hill School Elementary in the district. Under her leadership, the school rose from one of the lowest to one of the highest rankings in the state.
Dr. Eddie Ruiz is the Florida state director for Charter Schools USA. Under his leadership, the CSUSA Florida schools network has been designated “A-rated” by the Florida DOE for the first time since 2012.
Ernesto Saldivar is the director of Language Acquisition and Literacy at Bloom TWP High School District 206 in Illinois. Before that, he spent 18 years as an English teacher and an assistant principal for Chicago Public Schools.
Kasey Webb is the associate superintendent of academic excellence in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Before that, as the dean of instruction and blended learning at Seton Education Partners, she enabled St. Gertrude Catholic School in Los Angeles to exceed growth goals on NWEA MAP (results were 30% higher than national average).
Nyree White is the director of digital learning at Achievement First Schools, which are in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island. She leads the research, development, and implementation of integrated digital curriculum, instruction, technology tools, and strategies to enhance student learning and build teacher and administrator skills.
Rhonda Zajac is the director of English Language Arts at Syracuse City School District in New York state. After teaching preschool and middle school, she led district level groups for a large-scale curriculum writing initiative. She was then promoted to supervisor and later to director of English Language Arts for grades K-12.
The board’s inaugural meetings occurred on July 20 and 21. Members discussed Lexia’s future strategic direction. “Among the many ways that the board will support Lexia is by helping us better understand the ways our customers think about a variety of topics,” said Gaehde. “The customer advisory board will ensure that Lexia’s products and services continue to meet and exceed the expectations of district leaders and educators while delivering improved outcomes for students.”