Lisa Rettler (@rettlerlisa)
Dedicated to transforming education, Lisa Rettler’s learner-centered leadership has resulted in improved student learning, instructional collaboration and a safe, positive school environment. Through her systems-thinking focus, Lisa’s most notable works include implementation of a 1:1 laptop program, personalized learning centers, a standards-based assessment and reporting process, a standards-driven PDSA process connected to Educator Effectiveness, and Anti-Bullying and Advisory Resource Programs.
Lisa’s collegial collaboration includes state and national presentations at CESA 1’s The Institute, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, SLATE, and the National Quality Education Conferences. Lisa and her team were honored with the Team Excellence Award in 2011. She is a frequent, digital collaborator through Twitter.
Lisa spent 14 years as an innovative French teacher who pioneered standards-based practice and virtual teaching in the Waukesha School District. After earning a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, then a second in Educational Leadership, Lisa began serving as associate principal at Asa Clark Middle School in the Pewaukee School District in 2010.
Courtney Voshell (@DRVosh_DHS)
Dover High School Principal Courtney Voshell believes that the key to success for any school leader is to always remember that they are still teachers and to never forget that all teachers need support and feedback.
In 2010, during Voshell’s first year as assistant principal, Dover High School was labeled a failing school. As a new administrator, Voshell harked on her years of teaching experience at the school to provide insight from a teacher’s perspective and share ideas on how she thought the school could improve. She led the implementation of professional learning communities at the school to help teachers collaborate and share best practices and organize data to make data-driven decisions.
As part of her strong belief in the power of personalization in schools, Voshell makes sure to connect with teachers and students by completing weekly walkthroughs, where she provides instructional feedback to teachers and interacts and works with students on their classroom activities. These walkthroughs are just one example of Voshell’s commitment to maintaining an instructional focus as an assistant principal, regardless of the many administration duties that often make that a challenge.
In the two full school years since Dover High School was labeled a failing school, Voshell has helped the school get back on track and meet all student targets on both state assessment and graduation cohort.
“Using her natural leadership style, and her creativity, Dr. Voshell created reforms that addressed in positive and enduring ways many school-wide problems such as at-risk students and those ever-so-important teacher evaluations,” said Dover High School Principal Evelyn Edney. “She has helped the staff establish academic, career and technical, and school climate means to meet the goal of increasing student achievement [and] Dr. Voshell has done wonders for raising student achievement.”
Jared Wastler (@jcwastler)
During his two years at Liberty High School Jared has introduced the RSVP program to increase student participation and voice, piloted school-based social media within the school district, organized and overseen the establishment of independent study courses for students through OpenCourseware programs at MIT, launched a flipped classroom pilot program, and collaborated to launch a Makerspace within the school’s Media Center. Additionally, he has redefined professional learning at Liberty, shifting from a traditional, sit-and-get model to a model focused on digital collaboration, personalized learning plans, and professional learning communities.
Jared co-founded and moderates Maryland EdChat (#mdedchat), a weekly online discussion for Maryland educators on Twitter. He is the recipient of the 2014 NASSP/Virco Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year Award, is a member of the ASCD Emerging Leader Class of 2014, was a 2013 nominee for the Maryland Outstanding Leader Using Technology award presented by MSET, serves on the NASSP Technology Advisory Group, and serves as a volunteer on the Executive Committee of the SIGAdmin group for ISTE. Jared has presented at the ISTE National Conference in Texas, the Edscape Conference in New Jersey, and numerous other conferences throughout the United States.
Jared received his Bachelor of Arts in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland – College Park and his Master of Science in Educational Administration from McDaniel College. Since 2011 he has served as Assistant Principal at Liberty High School in Eldersburg, MD.