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Alvin Crawford

Alvin H. Crawford, Jr – General Manager, Education

Mr. Crawford’s focus is on creating solutions to improve outcomes for children through more systemic and effective approaches to teaching and learning. He has over 20 years of experience in education and media. Prior to arriving at PCG Education, Mr. Crawford served as the CEO of Knowledge Delivery Systems Inc. from September 2009 until July 2016. Prior to that, he spent nearly a decade at the New York-based company, SchoolNet, Inc. where he served as Senior Vice President. Mr. Crawford has an MBA in Organizational Studies and Marketing and a Certificate in Leadership for Change from Boston College’s Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys playing tennis, listening to jazz music and playing his saxophone.

Sophia Thwaites – Implementation Manager

Sophia Thwaites – Implementation Manager

Sophia has over fifteen years of experience in K-12 education. She started her career as a middle school teacher and most recently has been managing online and blended professional learning programs for districts and state education agencies throughout the US. She is dedicated to student success, especially ensuring students from diverse ethnic, linguistic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds receive equitable access to quality educational experiences. She received a BA in History from the University of Florida, a postgraduate diploma in History Education from the University of the West Indies and a MA in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a certified teacher in New York and Florida in social studies and biology. Sophia divides her time between New York and South Florida and lives with her husband, three sons, and two dogs. Sophia enjoys pilates, yoga, skiing, the beach, classical music and binge-watching Netflix.

Jennifer Jones– Lead Online Coach

Jennifer began her career in education as a kindergarten teacher and remained in the classroom for years later as a 1st, 4th, and 5th grade teacher. She was named "Teacher of the Year" during her final year in the classroom. She has also held positions as a national educational consultant, an instructional coach, and an Assistant Principal. She is truly passionate about supporting educators in all phases of their professional development. She is a proud graduate of Spelman College (BA Sociology) and Oglethorpe University (M Ed). Jennifer lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she enjoys spending time with her large family, traveling, dining out, and listening to live music.

Joanna Smith – Lead Online Coach

Joanna earned a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Saint Joseph’s University and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The Pennsylvania State University. For the past 16 years she has had the opportunity to work in the field of education in both the traditional classroom and remote setting, instructing both students and teachers. She is thrilled to be able to continue to support teachers and other educators as they pursue professional development that will have a positive impact on both their instruction and student learning. Joanna resides outside of Philadelphia, PA with her husband and four children. In her free time, she loves cheering on her children at their sporting events. She also loves to watch movies and home remodeling shows.

Kristi Alfaro – Online Coach

Kristi Alfaro lives near Charlotte, North Carolina where she has been an educator for over 15 years - a classroom teacher, a reading and math interventionist, and an instructional coach. She has a degree in Elementary Education and Reading, a M.A. in Differentiated Instruction, and is a licensed curriculum specialist and second language educator. Through her years of teaching, she has discovered that she is passionate about life-long learning. Her favorite way to learn and improve her practice is through collaboration with other educators.

Janice Armstrong – Online Coach

Janice’s areas of expertise include language and literature, writing, school and classroom culture, assessment, Common Core State Standards, and differentiating instruction to meet students' unique needs. Janice earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education with a specialization in English from Arizona State University. She also has a teaching minor in Anthropology, an MA in Educational Leadership, and an MFA in creative writing. She has been teaching at both the high school and college level for 19 years. She lives in the Phoenix area with her husband, 11-year-old daughter, and 5 cats (Holstein, Onyx, Loki, Thor, Nobs). In her spare time, Janice enjoys reading, writing, crafting, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Allison Atkins – Online Coach

Allison has worked in education for over 15 years as a middle school language arts and third grade teacher, as an instructional coach and as a district administrator. She is an enthusiastic ASU Sun Devil with a BA in Elementary Education, MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and she is currently a doctoral candidate in Leadership and Innovation. In her spare time Allison enjoys reading, yoga and getting to the beach as much as possible.

Mokysha Benford – Online Coach

Mokysha has served in the field of education for 20 years at the elementary, middle, high school, and collegiate levels. She has served in roles ranging from teacher to building principal to assistant profes-sor. She has traveled nationwide speaking and providing professional development and consulting services. She is unrivaled in her passion for education and building capacity in teachers and leaders. She is a proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin - Hook'em (BA), the University of Houston (M.Ed.), and Texas Southern University (Ed.D.). Mokysha resides in Houston, TX where she enjoys spending time with her two sons, traveling, dining out, sporting events, and listening to live music.

Rana Boone – Online Coach

Rana has more than nineteen years of experience as a teacher, instructional coach, national education consultant, and school administrator. She began her career as a first-grade teacher and has most re-cently led a K-12 school as Principal. She is most passionate about empowering educators across the country with new instructional and leadership skills in order to move their schools forward. Rana is a proud graduate of Howard University, where she earned a BA in Political Science. She received her teacher certification and pursued her Master of Education Administration at the University of St. Thomas-Houston. She is a certified teacher in Texas and Hawai’i. Rana lives on Maui with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys running, pilates, reading, singing, and beach days with her large extended family.

Jessica Chislett – Online Coach

Jessica earned a BA in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Toronto, and a master’s degree in English and Gender Studies from the University of Rochester. Jessica has worked in higher ed and K-12 education for the past 10 years in a variety of roles including as a humanities adjunct, instructional designer, classroom teacher, and professional development coordinator. Jessica lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, toddler son and two dogs. When she gets spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, crafting, and writing.

Emerald Ochonogor – Online Coach

Emerald has worked in the field of education for the past 10 years. She has served as a special education teacher, instructional coach and college access counselor. She is a proud graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (BA), the Arizona State University (M.Ed.), and is currently completing a doctorate in Education Leadership and Innovation. Emerald resides in Peoria, AZ where she enjoys dining out, spending time with family, reading fiction books, and the great outdoors.

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