Chief Executive Officer
Bob is one of the co-founders of Elevated Achievement Group, a professional learning company dedicated to helping educators develop student ownership at all grade levels and at all types of schools. His work at Elevated Achievement led him to co-write the books, Developing Student Ownership, a practical guide for educators to motivate students to own their own learning, and Developing Instructional Leadership, a comprehensive and functional guide for principals to create a culture of ownership in their schools. His belief in and focus on student ownership is reflective of his years of experience in the professional development world.
Bob began his tenure in education as a bilingual teacher in Southern California in the early ‘90s, when he worked with English learners at all proficiency levels. He then began working directly with teachers and was an instructional coach for a national professional development company. He has worked extensively across the United States supporting district administrators, school administrators, teachers, students, and parents at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to implement standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment. It was during these eighteen years as an instructional coach that he saw the value in motivating students to own their learning. He put some of this thinking into practice when he was the lead author on an intensive reading/writing program that supported older students two or more years below grade level. For the past few years, he has helped develop accountability measures that support the implementation of systemic change in those schools and districts that truly want to become student-centered—by focusing on those practices that lead to student ownership.
As Chief Executive Officer, his duties include working directly with clients to facilitate professional learning opportunities that best support elevated achievement such as modeling, mentoring, co-planning, co-teaching, observational feedback, and reflection on professional growth. He also assists clients in identifying specific focus areas of growth using Elevated Achievement’s Strategic Learning Practices and Learning Framework.
Chief Financial Officer
Jane is co-author of the books, Developing Student Ownership and Developing Instructional Leadership, as well as co-founder of Elevated Achievement Group. She founded this professional learning company with the express desire to focus on supporting educators as she feels they need to be supported—with a collaborative approach instead of a top-down approach. This desire to work cooperatively and collaboratively with teachers, coaches, and administrators stems from her varied experiences over the past twenty-five years in education.
Jane began her career in 1991 on the East Coast as a self-contained classroom teacher in a diverse school setting with a majority of her students receiving Title I support. This initial experience infused Jane with a passion for educational equity that has influenced her subsequent career focus. This focus led her to begin consulting work with a national textbook publisher where she supported adults at all levels in the educational system. This work included support for all types of districts—urban, suburban, and rural—as they implemented the latest curriculum, managing a team that worked directly with administrators and teachers, and developing processes that successfully supported the implementation of research-based reform. She has taken these skills and has developed processes that support the implementation of research-based reforms that focus on increasing student ownership.
As Chief Financial Officer, Jane not only looks after the business aspects of Elevated Achievement Group but also understands educational funding at the federal, state, district, and school levels. Her work includes the development and delivery of professional learning support for clients as they begin identifying strengths and gaps in current practice. Her work focuses on improving student learning and understanding the necessary actions of adults in the system to ensure academic success occurs for all students.
Director of Production
Lesley joined Elevated Achievement Group because she believes all children deserve the chance to own their learning and all educators deserve robust support to empower their students’ ownership. Her philosophy of student and educator empowerment evolved through twenty years in public education, professional development, and educational publishing.
After deciding at age five to be a teacher, Lesley achieved that goal in 1998 and spent the next eight years working as a public school teacher in Texas. Lesley then channeled her passion for education into a Masters’ degree from the University of Texas. During this time, she discovered that she was also adept at supporting students and teachers through curriculum development and professional development. She worked as an editor at various levels producing education materials at national educational publishing companies, including Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt. This experience afforded her opportunities to bring real-world classroom experience to both content and professional development for Pre-K–12 teachers across the country.
Lesley works with teachers through modeling, mentoring, co-planning, co-teaching, observational feedback, and reflection opportunities that empower them to increase their students’ ownership. As the Director of Production, Lesley ensures the high quality of Elevated Achievement’s materials to which our clients have grown accustomed.
Marilyn M. Saucedo, Ed.D.
Marilyn is a leadership-oriented professional educator with 16 years of experience as a classroom teacher, as well as 16 years as a school site and district administrator. Her belief that every child deserves to receive whatever support is needed to develop academically grew during this time and has become the driving force behind her work and her core values.
The child of immigrants, Marilyn was instilled from an early age with a clear understanding of the importance of a strong education for future success. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Clemson University and her doctorate from Brandman University. While she began her teaching career in South Carolina, she subsequently moved to California in the ‘80s where her first assignment was working as a classroom teacher with students new to the United States. During her tenure as a classroom teacher, Marilyn taught English as a Second Language, Spanish, World History, and Math in both bilingual and in mainstream classroom settings. A strong coach and trainer who can develop strategic, innovative and caring leaders, practitioners, and scholars, she has demonstrated the ability to work with a variety of partners and stakeholders. As a school and district administrator, Marilyn has worked directly with district and school site administrators, teachers, students, and parents to build capacity for learning through collaborative partnerships.
Marilyn is a member of the Elevated Achievement Group team as an instructional coach where she provides support to teachers, coaches, and administrators in their work of developing student ownership of their own learning. Her duties includes working with teachers through modeling, mentoring, co-planning, observational feedback, and reflection. She also gathers data for the comprehensive analysis during an academic climate review of a classroom, school, or district.
Renee has dedicated her career to the field of education, private, public and online. For over 25 years, she has provided administrative and consulting services to under-performing schools throughout the United States with professional staff development, data-driven decision-making support, research-based instructional strategies, and leadership and career development for school administrators. She strives to make professional learning accessible, meaningful, and applicable to all and enjoys working with educators to make instructional decisions that ensure students own their learning.
Renee joined the California public school system in 1993 as a teacher and was quickly promoted to positions of increasing responsibility in designing staff development, coaching teachers, supervision, and operations. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from Cal State University, Fresno and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from Chapman University, Renee held positions as a public school principal (K-5) and district level administrator in the Palm Springs Unified School District and Morongo Unified School District respectively. She then served as a K-12 administrator for Teacher Instruction and Engagement at Desert Christian Academy in Bermuda Dunes, California, where she provided professional development and coaching support to K-12 teachers in the areas of lesson planning, effective lesson delivery, implementation of research-based instructional practices, and data-analysis and action-planning with formative assessment data.
As a member of the Elevated Achievement team, Renee provides support to administrators and teachers in their work of developing student ownership in their schools and classrooms. She utilizes her valuable experience to support Elevated Achievement’s partners in facilitating the development, communication, and implementation of shared learning initiatives with staff, students, parents and caregivers, and community members.
External expertise is often the catalyst that teachers need during the interpretation process to shift the conversation from blaming others to thinking about what they can change.
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