There’s no replacement for experience —
meet our team of K-12 experts
No one knows the K-12 education landscape better than the teachers, staff, administrators and district leaders who dedicate their careers to student success.
That’s why TalentEd relies on a team of K-12 education veterans across the country to advise, inform, and guide our service, solution and resource development. We call our team of education veterans Strategic Education Advisors — because they’ve seen first-hand the challenges schools and district face and know how to help solve them — but our customers usually refer to them as peers.
“Before I even thought about what I wanted, TalentEd thought about what I needed. That helps me do my job better.”
MEET OUR STRATEGIC EDUCATION ADVISORS
François Allaire, Strategic Education Advisor
François Allaire worked in K-12 education for more than seven years. He served as a human resources & computer technology consultant at Des Patriotes School Board in Saint-Bruno, a human resources consultant at Maguerite-Bourgeoys School Board in Montreal, and a computer science teacher at Chambly Regional School Board.
François also worked for Gestion du Réseau Informatique des Commissions Scolaires (GRICS) — a K-12 administrative software company — for 24 years, serving as a payroll and HR specialist.
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.
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.
Tony Davis, Strategic Education Advisor
Tony Davis worked in public education for 28 years. He held roles as a principal, assistant principal, teacher, department coordinator, athletic director and professional development trainer for certified staff.
Tony also worked for McRel International — a TalentEd strategic partner — for more than 10 years, holding multiple positions.
In his role as a TalentEd strategic education advisor, Tony provides insight into executive leadership coaching, design and development of performance evaluations, professional development, program implementation, data collection and analysis, and technology integration.
Tony earned a Doctor of Philosophy in leadership and policy studies from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
Don Fraynd, Strategic Education Advisor
Don is an experienced educational leader and has served in the roles of teacher, principal, and Chief School Improvement Officer. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Don accepted a position as principal in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and under his leadership, his school was rated one of the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Later, he co-founded TeacherMatch, a research consortium focused on helping districts make more effective hiring choices. Don is now excited to help schools and districts transform their HR processes with the powerful suite of TalentEd solutions.
Howard Kutcher, Strategic Education Advisor
Howard Kutcher is a 24-year veteran educator. He held roles as a director of human resources, executive director of teaching and learning, director of training and organizational development, principal, assistant principal and teacher.
He also served as president of the Maryland Association of School Personnel Administrators.
In addition to serving as a TalentEd strategic education advisor — where he provides insight into performance evaluations, professional development for classified staff, data collection and analysis, technology integration, school-based management and absence management — Howard is the director of district support for Upbeat.
Howard received his Doctor of Education in public policy and public policy analysis from the University of Delaware.
Clara Pitoscia, Strategic Education Advisor
Clara has held roles as an educator in Canada for over 30 years. Most recently, she was superintendent of human resources & employee relations for a Greater Toronto Area district in Ontario K-12 schools. Prior to that, Clara served as superintendent of education, principal, department head and teacher.
Clara also worked with and presented on behalf of numerous provincial educational organizations, including as an Ontario Catholic Schools Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) labour relations panelist, executive director of the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO) and a Ministry of Education curriculum committee representative.
She holds a Master of Education in organizational administration from the University of Ontario: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto at the Intermediate and Senior levels, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in French language studies and a Specialist certification in Special Education.
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.