Meet the Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Staff
Dr. Jennifer Sell
Dr. Jennifer Sell is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. She also oversees the Technical Assistance Grant which includes the Statewide Field Team deployed to support districts under the Michigan Department of Education's Statewide System of Support. Dr. Sell's personal "why" is to help districts implement and sustain equitable systems that support each and every learner and intensify growth at all levels. Prior to coming to Calhoun ISD, her experiences range from being a teacher and principal for a large urban school district in Texas (85,000+ students), a principal for a small rural school district in Northern Michigan, and supporting roles in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership development. Dr. Sell received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, her masters in administration from The University of North Texas, her Specialist and Doctoral degrees from Central Michigan University.
Administrative Services Specialist
Deb Shepherd is the Administrative Services Specialist for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She is Dr. Jennifer Sell's assistant. Deb is the SCECH Coordinator for the Calhoun ISD . Deb also assists the consultants on professional learning set up along with other projects. She started with Calhoun ISD in 2004 in Special Education. While in Special Education she worked with Medicaid and professional development.
Don Beck is the Implementation Facilitator for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. He assists districts by supporting school and district improvement, Title I and other state and federal grants, ELL, and Regional Assistance Grant implementation. Don received his teaching degree from Michigan State University, and a master's degree in educational administration from Purdue University. He spent 16 years as a high school ELA teacher before transitioning to a principal, a role he occupied for 5 years. Don also spent two years as Marshall Public Schools' Director of Curriculum and Instruction, where he oversaw grants, McKinney-Vento, foster care, Special Education, and curriculum. Don is a school and district improvement specialist with experience planning and implementing the school improvement process, including reviewing and analyzing school data; targeting weaknesses and gaps; selecting research-based strategies to meet school needs; and implementing schools in developing goals, strategies, and initiatives to increase student learning.
Culture and Climate Consultant
Sarah Stawowy is a Culture and Climate Consultant for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She provides consultation support and professional learning opportunities for educators throughout Barry, Branch, and Calhoun counties. She is a facilitator for the PBIS Coaches Network, Certified SWIS Data Assessment Coordinator, and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer. Sarah is passionate about providing support to the whole school, whole community, and whole child through the lens of a whole person perspective. She has worked on a variety of multidisciplinary teams and is focused on supporting partnerships and collaborations through using best practices and science implementation within the MTSS framework. Sarah comes to Calhoun ISD with 20 years of experience in the field of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as Certified School Social Worker. Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies from Western Michigan University and a Master’s of Social Work Degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Culture and Climate Consultant, PBIS Implementation Facilitator
Jessica Hackworth works as a Culture and Climate Consultant and a PBIS Implementation Facilitator for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She provides coaching support and professional learning opportunities for teachers in Branch, Barry, and Calhoun counties. Jessica is passionate about providing support to the whole school, whole community, and whole child in order to meet the needs of each and every child in Michigan. Prior to becoming an education consultant, Jessica taught for ten years in grades spanning K-8. Jessica received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Olivet College and her Master’s Degree in Education from Marygrove College.
Early Literacy Coach
Anne is an Early Literacy Coach for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She provides early literacy support to districts across Branch and Calhoun Counties. Anne has worked as an elementary teacher and building level instructional coach within her 16 years as an educator. In addition to her classroom experience, Anne has spent the last three years being trained in the research and importance of the GELN Early Literacy Essential Practices. Currently, as an early literacy coach, she works to support the implementation of the General Education Leadership Network (GELN) Early Literacy Essential Practices in K-3 classrooms as well as the School-Wide & Center-Wide Essential Practices K-3.
Early Literacy Coach
Shannon is an Early Literacy Consultant for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She provides early literacy support to districts across Calhoun County. Shannon has worked as an elementary teacher, behavior specialist and Title One teacher within her 19 years as an educator. In addition to her classroom experience, Shannon has spent the last three years being trained in the research and importance of the GELN Early Literacy Essential Practices. Currently, as an early literacy coach, she works to support the implementation of the General Education Leadership Network (GELN) Early Literacy Essential Practices in K-3 classrooms. Shannon also facilitates learning around effective literacy practices with teachers, principals and superintendents and trained co-facilitator of the Statewide Intensive Coaching Institute.
Early Literacy Coach
Lindsey Hughes is an Early Literacy Consultant for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. She provides coaching support and professional learning opportunities for teachers in Calhoun County. Prior to becoming an Early Literacy Coach, Lindsey worked as an elementary teacher. As an elementary teacher, Lindsey worked closely with English Learners and co-taught with the Special Education teachers. She is a licensed Reading Specialist. Lindsey received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Trine University and her Master’s Degree in Reading from Spring Arbor University.
Early Literacy Consultant
Kim is an Early Literacy Consultant for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and also brings experience to the position. She has been an elementary teacher. curriculum leader and instructional coach/consultant for both the CISD and local districts for over 20 years. Kim's experiences have allowed her to work systematically with district teachers and administrators alike, to use data to inform instruction and improve literacy achievement across classrooms, grade levels and buildings. Her passion for early literacy is apparent and backs her strong commitment to teaching all kids that they are readers and writers. Kim received her Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University and her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Spring Arbor University.
Kim Fox works as a Math Consultant for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She provides coaching support and professional learning opportunities for teachers in Branch, Barry, and Calhoun counties. She has also been involved, from the ground floor, in the state initiative with the MSP grant to bring Math Recovery to Michigan. Kim values the constructivist theory when it comes to mathematics and is passionate about helping teachers find the joy in teaching mathematics to their students. Kim is a member of M2C2, MAISA MLT, and the GELN Math Task Force. Her recent contributions include working on the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Mathematics. Prior to becoming an education consultant, Kim worked in a district for 15 years as a teacher, math interventionist, and math coach. Kim received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Alabama and her Master’s Degree in Education from Western Michigan University.
Angela Blood Starr
Safe and Healthy Schools
Angela Blood Starr is the Regional School Health Coordinator serving Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph counties with experience in supporting educators in curriculum, instruction, and assessment related to the field of health education. As a former physical education and health teacher, Angela gained experience in the classroom that continues to influence her guidance to others who support schools. Currently, Angela services a five-county region in the areas of health education, sex education, crisis intervention, the whole child, and trauma. As an iRest®️ Level I Teacher, Angela provides training and support to educators experiencing compassion fatigue through self-care promotion and practice.
Kevin has worked as a Nutrition Educator of the SPLASH program (Shaping Positive Lifestyles & Attitudes through School Health) since 2017 and the Policy Systems and Environmental Change Lead since 2019. He holds a B.A. in Physical Education from Hillsdale College.
Lisa has worked as a Nutrition Educator for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment since 2014. She provides nutrition and physical education lessons for SNAP eligible elementary schools in Calhoun county known as the SPLASH program (Shaping Positive Lifestyles and Attitudes through School Health).
Prior to becoming a nutrition educator, Lisa worked in the health field as an Athletic Trainer for 20 years and a Physical Therapy Assistant for 5 years. Lisa received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine with a minor in Exercise Science from Central Michigan University and her Master of Science Degree in Physical Education Exercise Science with an emphasis in Administration from Michigan State University.
Travis has worked as the Coordinator of the SPLASH program (Shaping Positive Lifestyles & Attitudes through School Health) since 2014. Travis has over 21 years experience in the Health and Wellness field. Before coming to the CISD, he was an adjunct professor at Kellogg Community College and Jackson Community College, he also managed a hospital fitness facility for 12 years. He holds a B.A. from Spring Arbor University, a M.A. from Western Michigan University, and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA.