Meet the Experts
Dr. Diana Dumetz Carry National Executive Director for School Improvement, ETA hand2mind
Dr. Carry completed her doctoral work in the field of Curriculum and Instruction at Loyola University in Chicago – Analysis of a Constructivist School Writing Instruction Program: Implications for Educational Practice and Policy. For the next five years she worked in Title I schools in Chicago, Mesa, and Detroit side-by-side with teachers in their classrooms. These classroom-lab case studies resulted in new vocabulary strategies, hands-on, collaborative writing innovations and achievement successes for students at-risk, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Writing Destinations™–Developing Thoughtful Writers through Dynamic Vocabulary was published in 2008.
Diana draws on a wide array of professional experiences that come from her positions as Chief Academic Officer (Clayton County Public Schools in Georgia); President of American Educational Services (National School Improvement Firm); Director of Curriculum and Executive Director of Teacher Recertification Programs (Chicago Public Schools); Principal and Program Administrator (Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Texas); and classroom teacher in Chicago, Boston, Dallas, San Antonio, and South Bend where she was twice honored as Teacher of the Year.
In her current position as a National Executive Consultant for School Improvement with ETA hand2mind, she collaborates with district superintendents, school-based leadership and teachers on the strategic implementation of core curricula with hands-on resources and professional development.
Mark Schmit Math expert and former classroom teacher, ETA hand2mind
Mark holds a Bachelors' degree in Mathematics, and a Masters Degree in Education, with an emphasis on Motivating the non-motivated learner through Authentic Assessment and Learning. He has been a classroom teacher for 14 years instructing students on Mathematics in grades 5-12. He has served as a Team Leader, Mathematics Chairperson, and a mentor teacher.
Mark draws on a variety of experiences in his professional career. After leaving the classroom, Mark worked with State Departments of Education to develop and implement their high-stakes assessments. His team developed new items, lead item review committees, as well as conducting data reviews.
In his current position, Product Development Manager at ETA hand2mind, Mark has developed products for both teachers and students. These products have been focused on both teacher and student development. Mark also provides teacher training on effective hands-on instruction.
Dr. Jennifer House President and Principal, Red Rock Reports
Jenny provides clients with a strategic vision from both business and education perspectives. Her work is informed by years of experience in district administration as well as industry management. At RedRock Reports she focuses on the impact of funding knowledge on sales, advising clients about funding trends and execution strategies via webinars and in-person presentations. Prior experience includes holding management positions at HP and Apple Computer as well as executive positions at Classroom Connect and Tenth Planet.