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Diana Jo Johnston, President and Chief Executive Officer

Diana is the founder, President and CEO of Engage Learning. She has over 30 years of experience in all facets of education. As the President and CEO of Engage Learning, she recruits and trains consultants, leads the development and research of all new projects, and serves as the principal project consultant.

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Heather L. Johnson, Vice President

Heather has been involved in Engage Learning since its conception. She has been instrumental in the development of all learning resources. She serves as the chief financial and operations officer overseeing all client projects and research and development, and occasionally serves as a project consultant. Her expertise is in child development, neuroscience, project management, administration, leadership development and technology. Her many academic interests include the impact of gender on learning, the use of technology to inform content area instruction, and the neurodevelopmental approach to learning and assessment.

Her background in research, psychology and child development has helped to guide the research and development of the Engage Learning materials and processes. Prior to working with Engage Learning, she spent several years working in The College at The University of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate study at The University of Chicago in Law and Psychology and her graduate study in London at the University College London in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology.

Elizabeth M. Lawrence, Research and Development

Liz joined the Engage Learning team in 2005. She manages many of the day-to-day tasks of Engage Learning projects and works to create, coordinate, and edit all research and development of Engage Learning materials. Her focus and expertise is in information management, instructional strategies for the content areas, system learning/development and data management. Her academic interests include cultural anthropology, social change, process learning, language, and the socio-economic underpinnings of equal opportunity education.

Her background is in philosophy and education. Prior to working for Engage Learning, Liz spent two years teaching English in the Guangdong Province of China, and traveling extensively through Asia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

Janice Hertzfeldt, Principal Consultant

Janice Hertzfeldt has been working with Engage Learning since 2001 in many capacities, first as a master teacher, second as an on-site coach and finally as a part-time project consultant. She now serves as a principal project consultant for Engage Learning specializing in Reading Strategies, closing the achievement gap, ESL, differentiated instruction and the writing process. Her interest in teaching reading was her initial passion, but her current academic interests include mathematics content instruction, mathematics assessment, and working with children with behavioral disorders.

Her background is in Education and her stamina and calm analytical approach to the process of teaching and learning make her an invaluable part of the Engage Learning consulting and development team. Prior to working with Engage Learning, Janice served as a classroom teacher, licensed Reading Teacher and licensed Reading Specialist for the Indian Community School and Milwaukee Public Schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Master of Arts in Education from Viterbo University.

Julie Homuth, Principal Consultant

Julie Homuth was invited to become a consultant for Engage Learning after serving as a Model Teacher, completing training through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Technical Assistant Consultant (TAC) program, receiving top teaching honors and scores, and achieving the highest gain in student achievement of any Reading First Classroom in a BIA school. Julie specializes in materials development and student-centered instructional strategies. She is a gifted mentor whose experience and personable style make her accessible to new teachers and well seasoned educators. Her academic interests include developing differentiated educational materials, the development and production of content area mini-lessons and workshops, and promoting independent reading.

Her background is in Education and Business with over fifteen years of experience as a master teacher, grant writer, and educational specialist. Prior to working with Engage Learning, Julie served as the first grade teacher, licensed reading teacher and licensed reading specialist at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School in Hayward, Wisconsin. She completed both her Bachelors degree and Masters of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

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