We’re innovators and experts

MEET CREATIVE CHANGE

Susan Santone

Founder and Executive Director

Susan Santone is passionate educator with over 20 years experience in teacher education, school improvement, curriculum reform, and educational policy. She is the Executive Director of Creative Change Educational Solutions, a non-profit organization focused on curriculum and pedagogy. Through Creative Change, she has led national curriculum reform and teacher education initiatives with clients ranging from Big Ten universities to the United Nations.

She publishes and consults on sustainability, neoliberalism, ecological economics, social justice, and democratic education. She has earned teacher certificates in social studies, music, and Teaching English as a Second Language; and has a Master’s degree in Intercultural and International Management from the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. 

She is an adjunct instructor in at the University of Michigan in the graduate teacher preparation program; and at Eastern Michigan University, also in teacher preparation. Current and past courses focus on the social/political foundations of education, educational policy, and curriculum design.

She is the author of the forthcoming book, Reframe the Curriculum: Design for Sustainability and Social Justice (Taylor and Francis).

View her TEDx talk to learn how curriculum transformation can change the story of students’ futures.

OUR STAFF, BOARD, AND ADVISORS

The people behind CCES include veteran teachers, researchers, university faculty, and content experts in science and social science disciplines.

Shane Emery

Shane Emery

Research Assistant

Shane is a Secondary Education major at Eastern Michigan University working toward certification in English Language, Literature and Writing. He is passionate about using literature as a medium to bring concepts like sustainability, environmentalism, and social equity into classrooms, as well as promoting education practices that support a diverse and democratic society.

Jim Haughn

Jim Haughn

Board Member

Jim is a solo general practice attorney in Toledo, Ohio. He is a member of the Toledo Bar Association, the Wood County Bar Association, and the Ohio state Bar Association. Jim served as a peace corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa in the late 1989-1990, working in agroforestry and desertification abatement.

Martha Kaufeldt

Martha Kaufeldt

Board Member

Martha is a full-time consultant with extensive expertise in Brain Compatible Learning, Differentiated Instruction and Integrated Curriculum for all grade levels. She has taught at all grade levels, served as a district-level gifted coordinator and staff developer, and most recently was the Lead Teacher and restructuring coordinator of a demonstration “brain-compatible” school. In addition, she has coached dozens of elementary schools that are considering implementing multi-age programs and middle and high schools that are developing interdisciplinary teams and alternative schedules. She has a Masters Degree in Human Behavior.

Robin Peshick

Robin Peshick

Communications Coordinator

Robin is a freelance writer and editor with a deep interest in exploring new approaches to environmental education and communication that encourage inclusivity and multifaceted solutions. She has a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and English from Hiram College.

David Reynolds, PhD

David Reynolds, PhD

Board Member

David works at the Labor and Community Studies Center at the University of Michigan/Dearborn, and was formerly a labor educator at Wayne State University. His research and teaching specialties include social movements, labor-community coalitions, curriculum development, and strategic planning. Reynolds serves on the board of Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit (D4) and is a member of the Growing Together or Drifting Apart Taskforce in Washtenaw County.  Prior to this he helped lead Citizen for Responsible Education (CARE), a community-based school improvement coalition in Ypsilanti. His publications include A New Deal: How Regional Activism Will Reshape the American Labor Movement (coauthored with Amy Dean), and Taking the High Road: Communities Organize for Economic Change. His doctoral degree in Government is from Cornell University.

Kim Reynolds

Kim Reynolds

Senior Curriculum and Program Associate

Kim is an experienced middle school science and English teacher, with expertise in online professional development for teachers, and interdisciplinary curriculum development. She earned her elementary teaching certificate at Western Michigan University with endorsements in Science, English, and early childhood. She has a Master’s degree in Social Foundations of Education from Eastern Michigan University.

Shari Saunders

Shari Saunders

Advisor

Shari is a Research Fellow for Creative Change.  She is Associate Dean of Undergraduate and Teacher Education at the University of Michigan School of Education, where she works with prospective teachers in the university classroom as well as in school sites. Her expertise include place-conscious education, restorative justice, and school lunch reform. She has a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Virginia.

Paula Sizemore

Paula Sizemore

Board Member

Paula is a passionate educator with over two decades of public school experience. Paula goes where she is needed: She has taught in public schools, charter schools, college summer camps and was a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education. She believes in social justice for all, and has been influential at every school she’s led or taught, advocating for multicultural competence and inclusive curricula that addresses the true stories and experiences of marginalized people.

Pastor Brian Vieira

Pastor Brian Vieira

Board Member

Brian is an award-winning educator and public speaker with over 25 years of classroom, administrative, and counseling experience. As an ordained minister, he teaches couples how to renew their minds and their marriages. As a state certified educator, he teaches students of all ages how to read, write, and think with confidence and excellence.  Rev. Vieira is the founder and President of ScholarSkills Learning Center and the former principal of ScholarSkills Christian Academy– a New York State registered school for grades 3-7. ScholarSkills equips children for long-term learning and success through its after school tutorial program. ScholarSkills also creates easy to use educational tools for parents to interact with their children, and provides online classes for students of all ages and nationalities. ScholarSkills has also been a curriculum creator and consultant for state and local educational agencies since 2001.

John Warbach

John Warbach

Advisor

John is a Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University and Associate Director for Faculty Research Development of the Land Policy Institute. His career has focused on placemaking, economic development, and sustainable communities. He earned his PhD in Urban Forestry from Michigan State University, his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California-Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University.

“I am in awe and extremely grateful for the amazing collaborative instructional work, classroom learning, and community building that was developed and nurtured through our partnership and your leadership.” Teacher

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