Meet the Regional Instructional Services Staff

Carrie Johnson

Assistant Superintendent

johnsonc@calhounisd.org

Carrie Johnson is the Assistant Superintendent for Regional Instructional Services. Carrie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Dayton with double majors in English and History, as well as a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University. Carrie has 13 years of teaching experience at middle and high school, served as a middle school administrator for 3 years, and a curriculum director for 5 years. Prior to transitioning into this role, Carrie worked on the Statewide Field Team as an Implementation Specialist supporting identified districts to implement systems for improvement.

Deb Shepherd

Administrative Services Specialist

shepherd@calhounisd.org

Deb Shepherd is the Administrative Services Specialist for Regional Instructional Services.  She is Carrie Johnson'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

Implementation Facilitator

beckd@calhounisd.org

Don Beck is the Implementation Facilitator for Regional Instructional Services. 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.

Sarah Stawowy

Culture and Climate Consultant

stawowys@calhounisd.org

Sarah Stawowy is a Culture and Climate Consultant for Regional Instructional Services. 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.  

Jessica Hackworth

Culture and Climate Consultant, PBIS Implementation Facilitator

hackworj@calhounisd.org

Jessica Hackworth works as a Culture and Climate Consultant and a PBIS Implementation Facilitator for Regional Instructional Services.  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.

Anne Hosking

Early Literacy Coach

hoskinga@calhounisd.org

Anne is an Early Literacy Coach for Regional Instructional Services.  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.  

Shannon Sweet

Literacy Consultant

sweets@calhounisd.org

Shannon is an Early Literacy Consultant for Regional Instructional Services.  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.

Lindsey Hughes

Early Literacy Consultant

hughesl@calhounisd.org

Lindsey Hughes is an Early Literacy Consultant for Regional Instructional Services.  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.  

Kim Lehman

Early Literacy Consultant

lehmank@calhounisd.org

Kim is an Early Literacy Consultant for Regional Instructional Services, 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.

Heidi Turchan

Literacy Consultant

turchanh@calhounisd.org

Heidi is an Early Literacy Coach for Regional Instructional Services.   She provides coaching support and professional learning opportunities for teachers in Calhoun County. During her 25 years in education, Heidi has worked as a reading specialist/Literacy Coach specializing in dyslexia, AD/HD and high poverty schools and as a Curriculum and Instruction Director.  She has provided early literacy support to teachers in data analysis and implementation of MTSS processes; integration and implementation of the science of reading practices/LETRS professional learning in all tiers of instruction to improve literacy outcomes. Currently, as an early literacy consultant, works to support the integration of 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.

Rachel Gibson

Literacy Consultant

gibsonr@calhounisd.org

Rachel Gibson is an Early Literacy Consultant for Regional Instructional Services. Her efforts support the implementation of the General Education Leadership Network (GELN) Early Literacy Essential Practices for K-3 classrooms in Calhoun County. Prior to becoming an Early Literacy Consultant, Rachel served as a Project-Based Learning Coach, a 21st Century Instructional Technology Coach, a virtual teacher for 4th grade, and a teacher of middle school science, ELA, and AVID. Rachel received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University and her Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Teaching from Sierra Nevada College.  

Jennifer Goldstein

Literacy Consultant

kayj@calhounisd.org

Jennifer Goldstein is the 6-12 Disciplinary Literacy Consultant. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Michigan State University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University. During her 25 year career in education, Jennifer has taught English and French, has supported teachers in all subjects as an Instructional Coach, and has served as an Elementary Principal as well as a High School Assistant Principal.   As a secondary literacy consultant, Jennifer works to support the implementation of the General Education Leadership Network (GELN) Literacy Essential Practices in 6-12 classrooms.

Becky Smith

Math and Literacy Consultant

smithr@calhounisd.org

Rebecca Smith works as a Math and Literacy Consultant for Regional Instructional Services. She provides coaching support and professional learning opportunities for teachers across Calhoun County. Rebecca has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher during her 10 years of experience. Rebecca received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University, and her Master’s Degree in Reading from Grand Canyon University. Most recently Rebecca has been trained in Math Recovery and the Orton Gillingham Dyslexia method.

Kim Fox

Math Consultant

foxk@calhounisd.org

Kim Fox works as a Math Consultant for Regional Instructional Services.  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.

Nicole Vaughn

Math Consultant

vaughnn@calhounisd.org

Nicole is a Math Consultant for Regional Instructional Services. Nicole has worked as a secondary mathematics teacher and building level instructional coach within her 19 years as an educator.  In addition to her classroom experience, Nicole has joined the MiSTEM Network to grow Data Science instruction as a collaboration between the Math Action Area and the Computer Science Action Area statewide. Nicole received her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Western Michigan University and her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University. 

Christine Bailey

School Mental Health Specialist

baileyc@calhounisd.org

Christine Bailey is a School Mental Health Specialist. She has a background serving youth requiring mental health services. Prior to becoming a School Mental Health Specialist, Christine worked in Special Education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Spring Arbor University.

Aric Vaughn

School Mental Health Specialist

vaughna@calhounisd.org

Aric Vaughn is a School Mental Health Specialist. He has worked in K-12 buildings for the last seven years as a School Social Worker, Behavior Interventionist, Student Success Specialist, Substitute Teacher, and  Bearcat coach. As a School Mental Health Specialist, Aric will work with students and adults to increase their emotional intelligence.  Aric earned his Associate's and Bachelor's degrees from Ferris State University. He holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University.

Angela Blood Starr

Safe and Healthy Schools

blooda@calhounisd.org

Angela Blood Starr is the Regional School Health Coordinator serving Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph counties with experience in supporting educators in Regional Instructional Services 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.

Lisa Middleton

SPLASH/Nutrition

middletl@calhounisd.org

Lisa has worked as a Nutrition Educator for Regional Instructional Services 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 Winchell

SPLASH/Nutrition

winchelt@calhounisd.org

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.

Jonah Curtis

SPLASH/Nutrition

curtisj@calhounisd.org

Jonah began his career as a Nutrition Educator for Regional Instructional Services in 2022, working to provide nutrition and physical education instruction for SNAP eligible elementary schools in Calhoun County. Prior to coming to the SPLASH program (Shaping Positive Lifestyles and Attitudes through School Health), Jonah worked in the health field for 15 years. He worked as a strength coach at a fitness facility, as well as operating a community garden and teaching gardening to children. Jonah holds a B.S. in Dietetics and Exercise Science from Central Michigan University and has graduated from the MSU Extension Master Gardener program.

Carrie Johnson
Assistant Superintendent