The GoodLife Agency, the lead grant agency, and three (3) local education agencies in Metro Detroit are the recipients of a three (3) year, $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher and School Leader (TSL) program.

Eagles Nest Academy, George Washington Carver Academy, and River Rouge School District will use these funds to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness and improve student learning and academic performance in six (6) high-need schools.

The LEAs have received the CARES funding (one-time money) to support school operating budgets without solid plans for how to sustain these initiatives post-pandemic for our high-need schools. Our LEAP project will provide a well-developed and tested model to attract or retain staff with targeted professional development, and ESL, special education, social work, and trauma support to address trauma arising from the pandemic.

ABOUT

OUR TEAM

“We are a collaborative partnership seeking to enhance teaching and learning and school leadership practices through an empowering and accountable system.”
- LEAP TSL

Vivian is an expert in organizational systems design and human performance and improvement. She has worked in the public and nonprofit sector as a dedicated professional to empower and promote innovative staff performance improvements initiatives for organizations across the U.S.


Vivian Palmer

Rya is an expert in business strategy, project management, operations management, branding, and marketing with over six years of experience working with agencies, non-profit organizations, and small businesses. She has experience and skills in developing marketing strategies, project plans, and operations.



Rya Hodges

Lois is a versatile leader with experience in K-12 and community college. She is a resourceful administrator with a history of maximizing resources, implementing new programs, and improving through best practices. Lois is the visionary behind LMcIntosh Career Consulting; she believes in exposing students to careers that begin at an early age.



Lois McIntosh

Margot is a highly organized structural thinker who analyzes the big picture without missing the details. She excels in project management and business development, supporting client relationships, and providing strategic operational expertise.



Margot Plotz

Matthew’s research centers on program evaluation feedback with an emphasis on measures of teacher performance and compensation reform. He specializes in data management and governance and is implementing a large-scale research project on the impact of chess on student achievement in Missouri.




Dr. Matthew Pepper

 Stacy serves as the HCMS Specialist with LEAP TSL. She graduated from Michigan State University with my Bachelors of Arts, and my Masters of Arts with a concentration in Human Resources. She previously worked with the State of Michigan with the Department of State for 11 years.




Stacy Smith

Dr. Carolyn Carter is a former reading and English professor at Indiana University@ Fort Wayne, University of Toledo, and Eastern Michigan University. She served as deputy superintendent in the Jackson Public Schools and assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in Highland Park Public Schools.




Dr. Carolyn Carter

Ivet is an Organizational Psychologist and seasoned consultant. Her interventions span across several spheres of organizational life, from Human Resources management to strategic planning to organization design and change.





Ivet Bandirma

Dr. Parks is happy to serve the organization with fiscal and grant management. Tammy has over 10 years experience in corporate finance and project management, and over 5 years in administrative leadership on government projects.





Dr. Tammy Parks