The team members for Shaker's Strategic Planning process include:
Phillip Caldwell, Ph.D
President & Founder
Dr. Caldwell’s background includes more than 15 years in the education sector as an evaluator, evaluating major initiatives, making policy recommendations particularly around areas of school finance, data-driven decision-making, data quality, and curriculum. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Florida A&M University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education from UW-Madison.
Rajah E. Smart, Ed.D.VP of Strategy, Technical Assistance and Policy
Dr. Smart’s background includes over 20 years in the education sector including teaching, school administration, state education consulting, data systems development, building capacity, auditing, higher education, grant writing, quality assurance development, and program evaluation for continuous improvement. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Western Michigan University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Michigan.
Antoinette Pearson, Ed.DQuality Assurance Lead
Dr. Pearson serves as the Senior Quality Assurance Team Leader. As a consultant, she spent over five years working with the Michigan Department of Education, providing training to district leaders and staff in the area of cultural proficiency throughout the state of Michigan. Consulting includes conducting School Quality Reviews throughout the country, including leading school reviews for the New York State Department of Education, Alabama State Department of Education, and Minnesota Public and Charter School Districts.
Strategy & Project Management
Ms. Ross serves as Senior Strategy & Project Management. As a leadership specialist and skilled program designer and facilitator, Ms. Ross has more than 15 years’ experience working with organizational leaders across industries. Her professional work emphasizes the importance of cultural competency and helping organizations with the practical integration of diversity and inclusion into their existing structures. She collaborates with key stakeholders to gain meaningful insights that aid in the development of various professionals and improve practices and performance.