Education Advisory Council
Jennifer Anastasoff is a co-founder of Fuse Corps and the founding CEO. Jennifer has significant experience engaging the corporate sector in pro-bono projects in particular in education. Prior to starting Fuse Corps, she engaged top corporate professionals in pro-bono projects as well as in education as founding CEO of a teacher recruiting organization and founder of an international corporate service fellowship program. Her prior work includes teaching through Teach for America and serving as an analyst in the California Legislature. She has spoken and presented papers at Harvard University and its Business School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Comparative International Education Society Conference. Jennifer has a Masters in Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she received the prestigious Public Service Fellowship. And she has been known to karaoke at least once a year, read voraciously, and laugh often.
Sheila Byrd is an education policy consultant providing technical assistance in the areas of strategic planning; academic standards, curriculum and assessment; professional development; and public engagement. Ms. Byrd assists local, national and international organizations with education policy research and reform initiatives. She has worked with over a dozen states on the development, review and implementation of their K-12 academic standards, curricula and assessments. She has been particularly active in the District of Columbia, serving as an advisor for the D.C. Public Charter School Board, the Center City Consortium, and the Friendship Public Charter Schools. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Capital City Public Charter School in Columbia Heights.
In 2000, Ms. Byrd helped launch the American Diploma Project (ADP) under the sponsorship of Achieve, Inc., The Education Trust and The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. The ADP established
college- and career-ready benchmarks now used in 32 states to align K-12 expectations with those of employers and postsecondary institutions. She served as the executive director of ADP until
1996 -1998, Ms. Byrd was the deputy director of California’s Academic Standards Commission, established to develop academic standards for the state’s K-12 public schools.
Prior to 1996, Ms. Byrd was a high school English teacher who served in D.C. Public Schools, in Japanese public schools, and in an International Baccalaureate Programme in Italy. She has authored or co-authored numerous policy reports, including The Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate: Do They Deserve Gold Star Status? and Stars by Which to Navigate? Scanning National and International Standards 2009. She was the co-author of Common Core’s Why We’re Behind. A native Washingtonian, Ms. Byrd holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree from St. John’s College, Annapolis.
After 15 years in K-16 classrooms, Tristan has devoted over 10 years to School Redesign, Teacher Professional Development, and Curriculum Design, including founding PBL Associates (www.pblassociates.com), a teacher professional development company focused on Project Based Learning. He has conducted workshops for over 3000 teachers and administrators in the U.S. and abroad on topics such as: "Project-Based Learning", "Using Technology in the Classroom", "Small School Design", "STEM Education and PBL", and "Summer School Design using PBL." Tristan has presented to audiences at conferences such as: California Mathematics Council Northern Section Annual Conference, Oracle Education Foundation ThinkQuest Live, North Carolina New Schools Thinking and Learning Conference, North Carolina STEM Initiative Summer Institute, and the Ministry of Education for the Kingdom of Jordan.
Tristan has also written curriculum for Apple Computer, Britannica.com, SRI International, Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, National Semiconductor, National Public Television, and National Public Radio.
As a teacher, Tristan focused on turning learning into a truly active process, focusing on minimizing 'dead time', and maximizing 'engaged time.' Learning mathematics involves working with
the tripod of SKILLS (both PAPER and MENTAL), PROBLEM SOLVING, and CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING. Tristan 's teaching emphasizes deep, conceptual understanding in a problem solving environment
rich in common sense and real-world examples. Skills are thus motivated in a natural way. He creates a culture of respect for all efforts and then guides students to develop strategies that
will enhance their problem solving capacities for the rest of their lives.
Tristan hones his technology knowledge by managing a company called Core IT and consulting to a company called Our Home Spaces (www.ourhomespaces.com ) . Core IT provides outsourced Chief Technology Officer services to small businesses in the Bay Area, and Our Home Spaces provides point of use control for energy savings and home automation services using the Apple iPhone as the controlling platform.
Tristan holds an M.S. in mathematics from Tufts University and a California Single Subject Credential and has taught workshops and mathematics in elementary school, middle school, high school, college and private tutoring for 25 years.
Mr. Jaime Dominguez is currently the Head of School at Stuart Hall for Boys, part of Schools of Sacred Heart in San Francisco, California. Mr. Dominguez received his B.S. in Biology from Princeton University and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Michigan State University. Mr. Dominguez began his career in education in New York City as one of the early corps members of Teach for America. Subsequently he taught math and science in Austin, Texas and London, England. Prior to his headship, he was a middle school administrator at the American School in London.
Mr. Dominguez serves on several boards including Teach for America - Bay Area and St. Martin de Porres Catholic School in Oakland, California.
Mike Harris has been teaching in the Redwood City School District since 1996. He started as a Technology Resource Teacher at Clifford and is now a 6th grade Math and Social Studies teacher at North Star Academy. Before teaching, he was in the US Navy, managing distribution centers and training computer end users.
Mike Harris has a BA in Economics from Western Washington State. He has a multiple subject teaching credential that he earned at College of Notre Dame shortly after starting in Redwood City School District.
The Honorable Karen A. Johnson is President of 2KConsulting, a Washington, D.C. based government affairs firm. In this capacity Ms. Johnson oversees the state and federal legislative
activities for a variety of education-focused for profit and not- for- profit entities.
Prior to founding 2KConsulting, Ms. Johnson served as Assistant Secretary of Education for Legislation and Congressional Affairs. In this Senate-confirmed position Ms. Johnson was the Department’s primary contact with Capitol Hill, overseeing the direction, planning and development for the implementation of the Administration’s legislative goals and priorities. As Assistant Secretary, she often joined Members of Congress in their districts addressing the landmark and controversial No Child Left Behind Act. A senior member of the Department’s staff, Ms. Johnson was a key advisor to Secretary of Education Rod Paige, providing strategic counsel on legislative, political and communications issues.
Before entering the Bush administration, Ms. Johnson was vice president of social marketing and public affairs at Porter Novelli, where she had oversight of a number of not-for-profit and foundation clients including Catholic Charities and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Ms. Johnson is a veteran of numerous campaigns and large-scale political management efforts, including the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, where she served as convention manager for public liaison, overseeing the logistics and activities of the convention's 45,000 visitors. Additionally, she managed U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich’s presidential primary campaign and leadership political action committee -- Pioneer PAC.
Ms. Johnson continues to be called up to lend her expertise in the field. In 2006, she was deployed to Oregon where she worked for several months as grass roots coordinator and advisor to Ron Saxton’s Gubernatorial campaign. In 2007-2008, she served as a senior advisor for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s presidential bid and continues to be politically active in her home state of Virginia.
Her campaign work is recognized internationally as well. Ms. Johnson frequently travels to Istanbul on behalf of the International Republican Institute to work with emerging Iraqi women leaders and serves as a mentor to women leaders in Jordan and Egypt through CLIME (Center for Liberty in the Middle East). Most recently she traveled to Albania to work with a variety of coalition groups on the topics of leadership and organization.
Ms. Johnson’s unique political resume earned her a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communications and a frequent speaker at the Fels Institute of Government.
An active member of her community, in recent years Ms. Johnson has focused her efforts on education-related organizations. She is on the Board of the Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School in the District of Columbia, and is a founding board member for Food for Thought, a new not- for- profit venture formed to create “incentive-based” schools worldwide.
Ms. Johnson began her career as a staff assistant for Congressman Duncan Hunter (R- CA). She is a graduate of Appalachian State University in North Carolina, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications. She is the veteran of over a half a dozen marathons and has hiked to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Mr. Page is currently a financial education teacher at Reading High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has worked closely with the University of Cincinnati Economic Center for Education and Research to create a personal finance curriculum that produced results in the classroom. His role at the center was expanded to work with their Financial Education Initiative to help deliver curriculum ideas and content to educators throughout the region.
Mr. Page was awarded the National VISA Financial Innovator of the Month and the University of Cincinnati Financial Education Teacher of the Year for dynamic and innovative coursework that included a financial education game he developed called Awesome Island Game. Details about the game can be found at www.awesomeislandgame.com. His game is an anecdote of the multiple hands-on simulations, enrichment projects, and anchor activities that dominate his classroom. He has scheduled quality guest speakers for his students such as Congressman Steve Chabot, former Congressman Steve Driehaus, and current Vice-Presidents from various companies.
While dedicated to teach students in the classroom, he is equally as passionate to mentor fellow educators outside of the classroom. He has presented at the Ohio Department of Education Teacher’s Academy and Southwest Ohio Financial Education Conference. This spring he will present at the Institute for Financial Literacy National Conference in Chicago, as well as at Ohio’s HSTW Best Practices Conference.
Mr. Page has served on the Ohio Commission for Personal Finance Education and Financial Literacy Implementation Committee to work toward helping Ohio implement the high school financial literacy graduation requirements found in SB311. Consistent with his passion for outreach and engagement, he also holds a position as a Director of Coaching with one of the countries largest and most successful soccer clubs, where one of his primary responsibilities is to manage one of the most respected recreational outreach programs in the country. Mr. Page holds a Master of Arts in Education, and a Bachelor of Business Administration.