Jacob has been in education for over 20 years. He started as a high school math teacher in New Jersey for five years. He was the youngest candidate accepted into the first cohort of the New York City Leadership Academy under the direction of Bob Knowling and Sandra Stein. He completed his Master's Degree at Fordham University where he became a lifetime member of Phi Kappa Phi for academic achievement.
In 2006, Jacob became one of the youngest principals in NYC where he led a failing school to achieve a Well-Developed rating on the Quality Review, from an F to A on the School Report Card, and removed the school from the Persistently Dangerous School List and The Failing School List for the State of New York. He raised over $3 million dollars to improve the quality of the school including a state-of-the-art library and computers for all his students allowing for huge strides to be made in systemically implementing technology throughout his school.
After 10 and a half years as a principal, Jacob stepped into the world of educational consultant where he shares his expertise in school leadership and systemic change with schools throughout the nation. Within this field, Jacob created a vision and co-wrote several curriculums for leadership development, built up and trained a team to deliver content, developed and monitored an evaluation plan to authentically measure participant learning, and orchestrated an expansion in programming resulting in over $1 million worth of partnerships in a single year. He is currently studying Organizational Change and Leadership for his Doctoral Program at USC.
Dr. Jann Coles is a leadership development consultant and emotional intelligence coach for education, business, and non-profit organizations and facilitates Respect for All workshops for school personnel on all levels. She is an adjunct associate professor at Hunter College and Teachers College, Columbia University. She previously taught at Fordham University Graduate School of Education and Baruch College in New York City, where she developed courses in leadership, change and diversity.
Dr. Coles earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and a Masters Degree in Adult Education and Human Development from Fordham University. She received a Fine Arts Degree from New York University. She is a winner of the School and Business Alliance Corporate Partnership Award, the Conference Board Business and Education Council Best of Class Award, Middle Schools Association Annual Award, Black Achievers in Industry Award, and received Special Commendation by Barbara Bush for Outstanding Service to Learning Disabled Children.
Dr. Rosetta Wilson is the President and CEO of The Wilson Education Group. She has been an educator for more than 20 years. She has a passion for curriculum and instruction and says that
her most rewarding job was that of a principal. As a result, she greatly respects the work of teachers and school leaders and feels honored to be able to support them whenever she can.
Dr. Wilson holds a BS from Drexel University, a MA from New York University, and an EdD from
Fordham University. Dr. Wilson served in various positions from teacher to Assistant Superintendent. She has studied school change and transformation both domestically and
international, focusing on the systems and structures that lead to successful sustainable changes in urban and suburban school districts.
Dr. Marshaé Newkirk is a career educator with over 20 years of experience serving public school students and families in New York and New Jersey. Her work as a teacher in the South Bronx, NY served as a springboard for a career in educational leadership and advocacy for children in historically marginalized and under-appreciated communities. She is the lead founder of an independent charter school in Newark, NJ, where she served as the School/Executive Director for 8 years. Marshaé currently serves as a leadership coach and trainer for new and aspiring school leaders. In addition, she is an independent consultant offering leadership coaching with a focus on reimagining “best-practices” in schools in order to disrupt the status quo. Marshaé has earned Masters Degrees in Elementary Education and Administration and Supervision from Lehman College and Fordham University respectively, and holds a doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.