Strategic Education Advisors 2017-11-27T15:17:25+00:00

Choose a partner that understands your challenges — through dedicated research and first-hand experience

K-12 talent management teams have a responsibility to surround students with the best possible educators. And they can’t afford to partner with a technology provider that doesn’t understand the importance and difficulty of meeting that goal.

TalentEd research experts work tirelessly to uncover how schools and districts can more effectively recruit, hire, develop and manage quality educators, and our K-12 education veterans have seen first-hand the challenges schools and district face — and how to best solve them.

“Before I even thought about what I wanted, TalentEd thought about what I needed. That helps me do my job better.”

Bernadette Gerace, Director of Human Resources, Prosper Independent School District


Lisa Andrejko, Ed.D., Strategic Education Advisor

Lisa served as superintendent in two Pennsylvania school districts, and is currently an education advisor for teacher supervision, evaluation, educational leadership, and professional learning.

She has consulted for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education Future Ready Schools, state departments of education and multiple regional, national, and international educational organizations. She has been published several times and was recognized nationally as a Tech Savvy Superintendent by eSchool News and as a Top 40 Education Innovator by the Center for Digital Education in 2013.

She has a doctorate in education leadership from Lehigh University, and a master’s degree in education technology.

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Melva V. Cárdenas, Strategic Education Advisor

A 33-year veteran educator and HR leader, Melva Cárdenas held roles as a teacher, principal, and HR executive director in Midland and Round Rock Independent School Districts, both in Texas, and currently serves as a field supervisor for an educator certification program and a strategic education advisor at TalentEd.

Since retiring from the public schools in 2008, she served as director of educator certification at the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and executive director for the Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators (TASPA).

Melva earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and a Master of Education in school administration from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. She holds Texas educator certificates in elementary grades 1-8 with Bilingual and English as a Second Language endorsement and mid-management administrator, and is a certified T-TESS appraiser and trainer.

Fred Scott, Strategic Education Advisor

Fred is a 33-year K-12 veteran who held roles as an elementary teacher, middle school mathematics teacher, technology trainer, staff developer, elementary support administrator, instructional technology specialist, elementary principal and professional development specialist. He now serves as an education advisor for TalentEd.

Fred has earned Teacher of the Year and REB awards during his tenure as a teacher, and was the first African-American male to be published in the national Leading & Teaching Technology magazine. In addition, as a teacher, he was selected into Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Who’s Who in Young Men in America. Fred has presented at many conferences as well as over 300 workshops on instructional technology in classroom, professional learning, evaluation, and software applications. His former district named him “TalentFred” for his outstanding work in leading 64 schools, and over 4200 employees successfully in their evaluation system.

He has a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Hampton University, a Master of Arts in instructional technology & leadership from the Teachers College of Columbia University, a mathematics post certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University, an administration and supervision post masters certificate from Virginia State University, and an NK-8, General Mathematics, Administration & Supervision certification in the state of Virginia.

In his career, Fred is most proud of teaching students, leading students and empowering educators to appreciate learning to support student growth and development.


Nick Montgomery – Chief Research Officer

Nick Montgomery is an education data scientist and entrepreneur, with a background in computer science and education research, who brings a wide breadth of experience and superb analytical and translation skills.

Nick directs the research agenda for TalentEd, along with the translation of best-in-class instruments to our revolutionary platform. Previously he worked for TeacherMatch. Prior to that, he directed and scaled UChicago Impact — an organization providing nationwide school improvement data tools built from high-end research to over 4,000 schools nationwide.

Nick holds a Master of Arts in education research from the University of Michigan, and Bachelor of Arts in computer science from Brown University. Nick cultivated his research expertise at the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

Jonathan Cottrell, Ph.D., Research Scientist

As a research scientist at TalentEd, Jonathan is responsible for the maintenance and creation of hiring assessments — such as the Educators Professional Inventory (EPI)® tools — checking for good psychometric properties, adding items to scales, and aligning existing measures to desired student outcomes.

Jonathan has four years of experience working in education and has been published more than a dozen times, including as the lead author of “A look in the mirror: The mastery-oriented IO psychologist” and “Explaining the Black-White Gap in Cognitive Test Scores: Toward a Theory of Adverse Impact.”

He earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology and statistics at the University of Maryland College Park and a Doctor of Philosophy in industrial and organizational psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lucas Thatcher, Ph.D., Data Analyst

As an associate data analyst at TalentEd, Lucas builds analytics dashboards for various TalentEd solutions and performs statistical analysis used to build performance indicators and predictors.

Lucas has nearly eight years’ education experience and has been published several times, including as co-author of “Statistical Investigation of Hourly OMNI Solar Wind Data” and “Synthetic Four-Solar-Cycle Wind Model Generated from the OMNI Data Set.” He has also held roles as a research associate and data science fellow.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in physics from Colby College, a master’s degree in predictive analytics from DePaul University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in physics from Dartmouth College.

Liza Lopez, Data Analyst

As a data analyst at TalentEd, Liza works with the research team to enhance analytics solutions and deliver more useful and actionable insights for K-20 customers.

Liza has more than seven years’ experience working in education, oil, and real estate, and has analyzed finance and marketing information, in addition to the talent management data she currently helps turn in to powerful insights.

She has a Bachelor of Science in accountancy at DePaul University.

Zachary Freundt, Data Analyst

In his role as a data analyst, Zachary helps determine key performance indicators within the SmartFind Express database and assists with the creation and maintenance of the tableau analytics dashboards.

Zachary recently earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Illinois Wesleyan University and has a Business Data Analytics Certificate from Loyola University Chicago.

Peiyu Lin, Data Architect

A fiver-year veteran of the research team, Peiyu engineers changes, enhancements and new applications for TalentEd assessments and constructs internal and external data for research and reporting.

Peiyu has more than 32 years’ education experience, including instructional roles in higher education.

She holds a Master of Elementary Math Education from China, as well as a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, and a Master of Science in computer science, both from Loyola University of Chicago.