Founder & Lead Consultant
DIANE SWEENEY has been an author and educational consultant since 1999. The author of Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2018), Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), Student-Centered Coaching at the Secondary Level (Corwin Press, 2013), and Student-Centered Coaching: A Guide for K-8 Coaches and Principals (Corwin Press, 2011), Diane holds a longstanding interest in how adult learning translates to learning in the classroom. Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver and a Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After teaching and coaching in the Denver Public Schools, Diane served as a program officer at the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) in Denver. Since then she has become a respected voice in the field of coaching and professional development.
LEANNA HARRIS is the co-author of Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016). She has worked as an educational consultant since 1999, partnering with teachers and schools from around the country to improve instruction and student achievement. Before joining Diane Sweeney Consulting, Leanna was a staff developer with the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), and then a school-based instructional coach across grades K-12.
Leanna has a MA in Education from the University of Colorado at Denver and an undergraduate degree in Theology from Georgetown University. She also has a Certificate in Sustainability Leadership and Implementation from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver – environmental sustainability being her passion when not thinking and learning about kids, teachers, and schools.
KAREN TAYLOR has been in education for 30 plus years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, professional developer, and consultant. She served many years in a lead role for the state as a developer of professional learning for instructional coaches. While there, she trained and supported state specialists to deliver instructional coaching training. Karen cherishes opportunities to learn and work alongside educators on the journey to create lifelong learners. She holds undergraduate degrees in Elementary and Learning Disabilities Education as well as a MA in Mildly Handicapped Education from the University of Central Arkansas. She later accomplished post-graduate work for certification as a reading specialist from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.
AMANDA BRUEGGEMAN, Ed.D. is a literacy coach and consultant with over 15 years in education. She grew up on a farm in Southeast Missouri and then worked her way to the suburbs of St. Louis, MO, where she taught at Valley Park and Wentzville for ten years prior to being a coach. Amanda earned her MA in Educational Technology and holds her Doctorate in Teacher Leadership – collective efficacy in relation to working with new teachers and mentors surfacing as her educational focus and now interest. Her passions also include literacy and evaluating our beliefs of our impact on students.
JULIE WRIGHT is a teacher, instructional coach, and educational consultant with over 25 years of experience in rural, suburban, and urban education settings. Julie holds National Board Certification as well as a B.S. in education, a master’s in language arts and reading, a reading endorsement, and extensive school leadership post-graduate work, including a pre-K through grade 9 principal license from The Ohio State University. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Ashland University and University of Wisconsin, teaching graduate courses focused on curriculum, instruction, and assessment and instructional coaching, respectively. Julie is the co-author of What Are You Grouping For? How to Guide Small Groups Based on Readers—Not the Book (Corwin, 2018).
ANN MAUSBACH has spent the last 30 years as an educator. She is the co-author of Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2018). Ann is the author of School Leadership through the Seasons: A Guide to Staying Focused and Getting Results All Year (Routledge Eye on Education, 2016) and Align the Design: A Blueprint for School Improvement (ASCD, 2008).
Ann’s administrative experience includes serving as a Coordinator of Staff Development, Director of Curriculum, Director of Elementary Education and an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. She holds a PhD from the University of Kansas. She currently works as an Associate Professor for Educational Leadership at Creighton University in Omaha, NE.
JOY CASEY grew up in the Denver metro area and attended the University of Denver where she earned her bachelor’s degree in International Business. After graduation she realized her passion wasn’t in business, it was in education. She re-enrolled at the University of Denver in their combined license and masters in education program. Joy landed her first job in education in 27J Schools in Brighton, Colorado as a middle school math teacher. She is currently an instructional coach with a focus on increasing student achievement in all content areas. As an instructional coach, Joy has ran numerous student centered coaching cycles focused on student learning goals and student evidence, and has developed and facilitated professional learning around research based best practices for instruction. Joy is a certified Student-Centered Coaching trainer.
BROOKE O’DROBINAK has been in education for over 25 years. Most recently, she has served in school administration, as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Assistant Principal in Denver, CO. Prior to that, she has been a classroom teacher, district staff developer, university educator, senior state department consultant, and school design consultant. Her work continues to focus on issues pertinent to creating successful schools, including strong school culture, instructional coaching, student literacy, cultural relevance, effective assessment instructional, and curricular practices and professional learning. She earned her BA in Economics and English and a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona, Post-Secondary Degree in Spanish Language and Culture from the Universidad de Sevilla and her MA in Curriculum Leadership from the University of Denver.
JULIE STEELE has been with the Lee’s Summit School District since 1999 where she served as an elementary teacher and mentor for new teachers in a Fellowship Program with the University of Missouri, Columbia. In 2014, Julie became a Tier 1 Instruction Specialist at the district’s central office where she supports K-12 teachers and administrators with designing and delivering high-quality instruction. Julie has worked with Diane Sweeney since 2015 to guide Lee’s Summit’s 23 reading specialists in implementing Student-Centered Coaching and professional learning around literacy. She presents at numerous conferences and provides professional learning sessions around Student-Centered Coaching and high-impact instruction around the country.
Julie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Missouri State University, Elementary Certification from Avila University, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning from Baker University.
RACHEL JENNER started her educational journey as a teacher for students with disabilities at the high school level. After initially teaching self-contained classes, she moved to co-teaching core content classes, where she developed a passion for collaboration and reaching students at a wide variety of achievement levels. In 2015, Rachel moved to Porto Alegre, Brazil, where she and her coaching partner researched, developed, and implemented a coaching program, utilizing the student-centered coaching model. Rachel has an MA in Diverse Needs with a focus on At-Risk Students, and holds certification in Student-Centered Coaching from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently works as a resource teacher at a technical center, utilizing the Student-Centered Coaching model to collaborate with instructors on maximizing student achievement.
DAN SWEENEY was in the sports & entertainment industry and the finance & insurance business before joining the team as Project Manager in 2011. Dan has a Liberal Arts degree from Colorado State University.