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Our Associates

Learn from the best of the best. Each of our associates is selected through a rigorous process that carefully weighs qualifications and experience. Personally trained by Dr. Marzano, our associates specialize in long-term school improvement efforts in K–12 public and private school districts and individual schools. The depth and breadth of their collective educational experience is staggering—and now you can leverage it to add reach to yours.

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  1. Seth D. Abbott

    Competency-Based Education

    Seth D. Abbott is a teacher at John E. Flynn A Marzano Academy in Westminster, Colorado. During his 13 years of teaching in Westminster Public Schools, his inventiveness has brought him to the forefront of the personalized competency-based education movement.

  2. Mario I. Acosta

    School Leadership

    Mario I. Acosta, EdD, spent 20 years of his educational career as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, academic director, and principal leading schools with diverse profiles in the state of Texas. He was named the 2022 Principal of the Year in the State of Texas while he was the principal at Westwood High School, a U.S. News & World Report top-50 campus and member of the High Reliability Schools (HRS) Network.

  3. Debbie Aholt

    Debbie Aholt is a leadership coach in Meridian, Idaho. She has over 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, building administrator, and leadership coach. Debbie works with districts and schools to support systemic transformations that impact student and adult learning.

  4. Jennifer Alvarado

    Leadership Professional Learning Communities

    Jennifer Alvarado has served over 25 years in education as a teacher, school leader, district-level program director, and district-level curriculum, instruction, and professional development coordinator. She is passionate about empowering teachers to excel in their craft so that they, in turn, can inspire all students to reach their potential.

  5. Alexander S. Aschoff

    Competency-Based Education

    Alexander S. Aschoff is district coordinator of science for Proviso Township High Schools in Forest Park, Illinois. He coaches teachers to deliver quality science curriculum that aligns with the district’s strategic plan to be an equity-focused institution of educational excellence.

  6. Ashley Avila

    Competency-Based Education

    Ashley Avila is an implementation specialist for Marzano Academies, a current associate for Marzano Resources, and coauthor of Teaching in a Competency-Based Secondary School: The Marzano Academies Model.

  7. Tina H. Boogren

    Instruction Leadership Social-Emotional Learning Teacher Efficacy

    Tina H. Boogren, PhD, is a fierce advocate for educators, particularly for their well-being. She is the author of numerous best-selling books centered around her passion areas of quality instruction, coaching, mentoring, and wellness and is codirector of Solution Tree’s Wellness Solutions for Educators with Dr. Timothy D. Kanold. She also hosts a weekly podcast,Self-Care for Educators with Dr. Tina H. Boogren, and has been recognized as one of the Top 30 Global Gurus in Education.

  8. Toby Boss

    Toby Boss, EdD, has over 40 years of experience in education. He spent 22 years as a classroom teacher before assuming the role of district administrator and then taking a professional development consultant position at a regional service agency. As a High Reliability Schools associate, Dr. Boss works directly with schools to help design systems of continuous improvement through coaching and support.

  9. Kathy Cawthron

    Kathy Cawthron has worked in public education for 34 years, with 26 of those years in campus and district leadership roles. She led her last two campuses through High Reliability Schools Levels 1–3 certifications and rebranded her former elementary campus as an arts integration academy.

  10. Amber Clark

    Amber Clark is the principal of a Marzano Academy and has nearly two decades of combined teaching and leading experience in elementary and secondary schools and at the college level. Personalized Competency-Based Education is her passion, with a focus on mentoring and growing Effective Teachers, ensuring Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum and Social Emotional Learning for healthy school culture.

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