Staff

Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder and Chairman, SPN – Dr. Daggett is a nationally acclaimed author, presenter, thought-leader, and adviser to educators and their stakeholders in planning and implementing systemic school change. He has collaborated with educational ministries in several countries, served and consulted for such organizations as the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Governors Association (NGA), USA Today, the U.S. Department of Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and district- and state-level administrators in every state.

Raymond J. McNulty, Vice Chairman, SPN and Dean of Education, Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. McNulty also served as president of the International Center, having previously served as Senior Vice President. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for the SPN. Before joining the International Center, he was a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked with leading educators from around the country on improving our nation’s high schools. Mr. McNulty also is a past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. An educator since 1973, he has been a teacher, vice principal, principal, and superintendent. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Vermont’s education commissioner. He has presented at the state, national, and international levels on the need for school systems to accept the challenges that lie ahead, raise performance standards for both teachers and students and build solid connections between schools and their communities.

Tim Ott, CEO, SPN – Mr. Ott is a lifelong educator with more than 34 years of service to schools nationwide. He was named CEO of SPN in September 2010 and manages all education initiatives of the organization including the implementation of the CTE Technical Assistance Center. From 1996-2010 Mr. Ott worked at ICLE as Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer. While at ICLE, Mr. Ott oversaw all education initiatives, including all major educational contracts, and the annual Model Schools Conference and symposia. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years at the NYSED, where he coordinated a number of programs associated with the department’s reform agenda and served as an assistant to the Director of Occupational Education. He conducted numerous workshops and regional meetings and worked with all BOCES and hundreds of schools across New York during his tenure at the department. Mr. Ott also served as Director of an Albany field office of the City University of New York Research Foundation. The field office coordinated statewide curriculum development activities and in-service education programs for CTE teachers. Mr. Ott began his career as a physical education teacher and coach in upstate New York.

Todd Daggett, President, Successful Practices Network (SPN) – For the last 20 years Mr. Daggett has supported schools and districts seeking to ensure a rigorous and relevant education for ALL students. Prior to joining SPN in 2016, Todd served in senior leadership positions at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Scholastic with a focus on creating national impact in schools and districts through impactful strategic school improvement consulting, focused professional learning and building leadership capacity. Todd has also served as Director of Consulting & Client Services for the International Center for Leadership in Education and as Owner/Managing Director of the Education Consulting Group. In addition to these activities Todd has served as a school board member and Vice President as well as a volunteer to a number of organizations serving foster children in New York State.

Dr. Richard Jones, Senior Fellow, SPN. Dr. Jones has a wealth of extensive educational experience and understands the importance of education in a changing world. Since the creation of the International Center in 1991, Dr. Jones has traveled to all 50 states and several nations working with educators to develop their commitment to school change and skills necessary to better prepare students for the future. He has also written 13 publications and developed a number of software programs for teachers. Dr. Jones has served in several leadership capacities for two decades in the NYSED, responsible for implementing leadership programs, curriculum development, professional development, integration of educational technology, and school improvement. Dr. Jones has also worked in the private sector developing technology applications for schools, is an accomplished presenter and has demonstrated his leadership in the creation of many new educational programs. In his four decades as an educator, he has shared with hundreds of audiences his passion for learning and vision for the possibilities schools. His philosophy is “To be an educator, you must never stop being a student.”

Susan Szachowicz –Senior Fellow,SPN.  Currently, a Senior Fellow with ICLE, Sue served Brockton High School, a large (4,300 student) comprehensive urban high school for her entire career and describes herself as Brockton High’s greatest cheerleader.  Originally a history teacher, she was the Social Science Department Head for many years, and then became a Housemaster.  In 1999 she was appointed the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction and in that capacity directed the school’s literacy initiatives to improve student achievement.  She became Brockton High’s principal in 2004 and continued to be committed to educational reform at the school and in the state.  She has served on numerous state commissions on education reform particularly regarding the Massachusetts assessment program.  Her leadership at Brockton High has been committed to “high expectations, high standards – no excuses.”   She received both her BA in History and Sociology and MA in History from Bridgewater State College and earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She has also taught graduate courses in history and education at Bridgewater State College and the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Gerald Pedinotti, Senior Researcher and Data Analyst, SPN- Mr. Pedinotti has diverse and extensive experience in education research and understands the importance of using data to guide effective decision-making. He has conceptualized and managed several large-scale projects that involve the acquisition, collection, analysis and dissemination of data for K-12 education. As a Senior Associate for the International Center for Leadership in Education, Mr. Pedinotti was project manager for several major research initiatives, including the Lexile® Framework for Reading Study. He has designed and managed databases and industry-recognized national research initiatives for the International Center, the Successful Practices Network (SPN), and the CTE Technical Assistance Center of New York.

Gretchen Schwalbach, Marketing and Communications Manager for SPN coordinates awareness efforts related to WE Surveys and resources and manages all MARCOM activities and initiatives, including those of the CTE Technical Assistance Center and SPN’s key partners. Working collaboratively with the SPN, CTE TAC, the SPN Coaches, and key SPN partners, Gretchen maintains oversight of all communications and marketing activities including website and digital services management in support of SPN’s content development, WE Surveys, technical assistance, and strategic advocacy and awareness agenda.

Tim Cornell, Office Manager and WE Survey Administrator, SPN. In addition to Mr. Cornell’s office and financial management duties, he manages all administration responsibilities for the WE™ Surveys, including the WE™ Survey website, troubleshooting problems, and report development. With his background in Education having worked in schools and having experience administrating surveys with hundreds of schools nationwide since joining SPN in 2013, he helps to ensure a smooth administration of the surveys and positive experiences for all participants.

In addition, SPN collaborates with a wide range of consultants, data analysist, subject matter experts and others specialists to support Member Schools.