Nicholas Torres (nick@socialinnovationspartners.org), Co-Founder, MEd, has over 20 years of experience in executive management. He built and led one of the largest and most nationally recognized human services organizations, founded and governed two charter schools, founded a nonprofit focused on scaling high impact social enterprises including school based health centers and high school/college access and completion pipelines, and founded a social sector consulting organization.  Currently, he is President of Social Innovations Partners  which publishes the Social Innovations Journal and manages the Social Innovations Lab and Institute. He is also a member of Education Plus Health where he supports the scaling and replication of high impact models and social enterprises.  He serves as adjunct faculty at University of Pennsylvania’s. He serves on many regional boards of directors, including foundations, governmental agencies, and quasi-private/government agencies.  He started Parent Reading Coach with his colleagues because he believes parents and caregivers are the primary vehicles toward quality education and should have the educational tools and knowledge to educate their children.  


Mary Schuler (mary@educationplushealth.com), Co-Founder, MA, Specialized Trainer/Tutor, is an experienced and result-oriented Special Education teacher and tutor with 50 years of experience in the special education field. Obtaining her B.A. in Elementary Education from the College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her M.A. in Special Education.  Schuler taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, 5th grade, and Special Education in Public School Settings. While teaching and tutoring, she discovered that solving learning problems isn’t accomplished by just requiring the students to do more schoolwork.  After working with a number of public school students for over a year, three times a week for an hour at a time, she realized that having them accomplish just one year of growth during that time would just not be enough.  As a result she developed/founded the literacy, math, and writing foundational approach resulting in hundreds of students achieving academic and life success. She now works with Education Tutoring Company to train/coach parents/teachers on the literacy, math, and writing foundational approach.

Carolyn Torres (c.torres@laschools.net), M.Ed, Specialized Blended Learning Advisor, has remained a National Board Certified Teacher since 1995 when National Board Certification began. She has renewed her certification twice. She has been an active mentor, teacher, and math coach. She was a national NSF Coalition of Essential Schools Fellow, a Master Teacher for the New Mexico Electronic Bridge Project , a Founding member of the Education Plus Academy Charter School (in Pennsylvania), and also represented New Mexico when she worked with the national PARCC Performance Level Descriptor committee. Carolyn Torres was the 2014 New Mexico State Teacher of the Year. She co-authored a 3rd grade online curriculum for Lincoln Learning Solutions.

 

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Debra A. Pearson (dpearsontutoring@yahoo.com), M.Ed., Specialized Blended Learning Trainer and Tutor, is an experienced and result-oriented Special Education teacher and administrator with close to 25 years of experience in the special education field.  Ms. Pearson has her B.S. Ed. From East Stroudsburg University, Special Education Instructional II Certificate from Penn State University, and M.Ed. from West Chester University.  She is an expert in cyber/blended learning instruction through her 8+ years working in cyber school environments. In addition, Ms. Pearson is a successful entrepreneur as she owned and operated 4 health and fitness/weight loss franchises.