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Professional team

Tom Begich Sarah Sledge became the new Executive Director of the Coalition for Education Equity (formerly CEAAC) in December 2015. Previously, she worked for six years with United Way of Anchorage, mobilizing community impact efforts to improve child and youth outcomes. A former 5th grade teacher in rural northern Virginia, Sarah brings experience in public education, non-profit administration, strategic planning, and facilitation.
She has a passion for helping people, teams, and organizations thrive and is also an avid traveler, cook, and musician.

 

Tom Begich Tom Begich is Government Relations Director for CEAAC. Tom brings more than 30 years experience working in the Alaska political environment with leadership across the aisle. In that capacity, he has served as a consultant, legislative aide, senior administration staff and as a strategic planner. He also is a nationally known trainer and facilitator, and a successful musician.

 

Lora_Jorgensen Lora Jorgensen directs the Ed Connector, (edconnector.org) CEAAC’s free service to assist Alaska school district administrators statewide through collaboration and better access to resources. Her office is co-located with the University of Alaska’s Center for Alaska Education Policy Research at the Institute of Social and Economic Research. Lora brings extensive experience as an educator, non-profit sector entrepreneur, and leadership developer to the daily work of serving districts and curating the Ed Connector web portal. She is also an accomplished athlete and entrant in the Iron Man Triathlon.

 

Courtney Breest
Courtney Breest is the Spike Jorgensen Scholarship Director of CEAAC. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska and went to school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Throughout her professional career she has studied and worked with many communities within Alaska, and internationally.  Locally, Courtney is the campaign manager for School Bonds Yes! and works as the outreach and communications coordinator for Alaska EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), a scientific research program at UAA.

 


Educator Quality and Quantity Project Leaders

Jerry Covey Jerry Covey, Jerry is co-leader of CEAAC's Educator Quality and Quantity Project, a multi-year effort to  increase the number of Alaskans going into the teaching profession, prepare them better for our schools, and retain them longer in their jobs. He previously led our Residential Learning Center Project, which aims to create opportunities for students in small rural high schools to receive greater educational opportunities while remaining enrolled in their home villages. That project reached fruition with strong legislative support and funding from Juneau. Jerry is a former Commissioner of Education and one of Alaska's most respected educational leaders.

 

Barbara Adams

Dr. Barbara L. Adams, Adams Analytic Solutions: Barbara is co-leader of CEAAC's Educator Quality and Quantity Project, a multi-year effort to increase the number of Alaskans going into the teaching profession, prepare them better for our schools, and retain them longer in their jobs. Dr. Adams is a mixed methods researcher with an interdisciplinary PhD from University of Alaska Fairbanks, with a background in applied mathematics and statistics. She has conducted educational research in Alaska since 2000 centering on Alaska Native and rural classrooms and teachers. In addition to conducting research she has also created culturally relevant math curriculum for elementary teachers, designed and conducted teacher professional development, taught research courses to graduate students and supplied data for policy makers.

 

 

updated 12/09/2015