Jennifer Getz, Founder
"My partner, my friend, our communities, our future." Jennifer Getz, 2008
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jennifer immigrated to the United States in 1979. Since then, she has been active in both the public and independent school sectors, as well as teaching and publishing textbooks for the business college community. Since her initial overseas trip as a foreign exchange student to the United States in 1968, Jennifer has traveled extensively across the globe, making and maintaining contacts with educators all along the way. In 1999 she was appointed Director of Special Programs at Saint Mark's School in San Rafael, CA. During her tenure, she has fostered relationships with Facing History and Ourselves, The Canal Alliance, Vulindlela, Dialogue, various professional organizations interested in philanthropic giving to education, as well as politicians and educators interested in school-to-school partnerships. Recent presentations of the school-to-school partnership model at CAIS and NAIS conferences have brought many inquiries and a list of schools hopeful of receiving partners.
Stacey Kertsman, M.A.
Stacey's professional experience, education, and personal passions all lend themselves to envisioning and actualizing eduWeavers' mission. Stacey received her M.A. in 2000 from the University of California at Berkeley in the field of Social and Cultural Studies in Education.
Her graduate experience included work opportunities as a consultant at the Center for Work and the Family, a Bay Area educational consulting company and at KQED Radio as an Associate Producer for Forum with Michael Krasny.
Subsequently, she has spent time teaching in the independent school system, as well as acting as an integral member of curriculum development and school restructuring teams. She was recently awarded the title "Teacher of the Future, 2010" by the National Association of Independent Schools for her focus on the use of technology and emphasis of global education in the classroom to create an innovative platform for teaching 21st century skills.
While she has taught across the grade levels and in the University of California system, her most rewarding personal experiences have occurred either when learning from friends and colleagues met during her extensive global travels or when watching her own children interact with peers at schools in the eduWeavers School-to-School Partnership Network.
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Norm Lyons, M.S.
Norm has extensive experience in both business and academic settings. He spent fifteen years in the business world, most of which at Fair Isaac, developing, launching, and managing analytic products and services and performing marketing, information systems, and other types of analytic consulting. He also spent eight years in the academic world, teaching "enriched" mathematics classes at independent schools at the high school and middle school levels. During those years, he spent a great deal of time re-envisioning and redesigning, and then developing and implementing significant enhancements to middle school overall curriculum content and structure, and school-wide culture, academic program, and strategic direction. Norm has a B.A. in mathematics from Middlebury College and an M.S. in operations research from the University of California, Berkeley.