central-office-staff
Central Office Staff

Tim OttTim Ott

CEO, SPN and Director, CTE TAC of NY

Tim is a lifelong educator with more than 33 years of service to schools nationwide. He was named President of the Successful Practices Network in September 2010 and will manage all education initiatives of the company including the implementation of the new CTE Technical Assistance Center. From 1996-2010 Tim worked closely with Bill Daggett at the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). As Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Tim oversaw all education initiatives for ICLE, including all major education contracts, and the annual Model Schools Conference and symposiums. Tim maintains a consultant role with the International Center where he manages several school turnaround contracts and provides advice and technical assistance on other areas of the International Center’s education offerings.

Tim also worked for 10 years at the NYSED, where he coordinated a number of programs associated with the department’s reform agenda and served as an assistant to the Director of Occupational Education. He conducted numerous workshops and regional meetings and worked with all BOCES and hundreds of schools across New York during his tenure at the department. Tim also served as Director of an Albany field office of the City University of New York Research Foundation. The field office coordinated statewide curriculum development activities and in-service education programs for occupational education teachers. Tim began his career as a physical education teacher and coach in upstate New York.

Contact Tim at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518.723.2070

 

Constance SpohnConstance Spohn

Assistant Director, CTE TAC of NY

Constance Spohn serves as the Assistant Director, and previously as the Lead Technical Assistance Center Specialist of the CTE TAC. She retired from the position of Director of Special Programs at Fonda-Fultonville Central School, Fonda, NY. Her education includes a B.S. and M.S. in home economics education from the State University College at Oneonta, NY. She holds a Ph. D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University at Albany, and permanent certification as a teacher and school district administrator.

Dr. Spohn’s work experience includes teaching career and technical education and special education students. Her students have ranged in age from pre-school to adult. She began her career at the Madison Oneida Counties BOCES in Verona , NY where she taught career exploration courses to special education students and child care services to both special and general education students. From there she moved to the SUNY, College of Agriculture and Technology, Cobleskill, NY as a professor in the Early Childhood Division. She served as an academic advisor to approximately 45 students per year. One of her major responsibilities was to supervise students doing their practicum experiences in elementary schools and community agencies serving children and families. At the University at Albany, she worked as the Coordinator of the Greater Capital District Tech Prep Consortium and Director of the Two-Year College Development Center. Both positions required the planning and implementation of professional development activities on a statewide basis. This was followed by employment with the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery County BOCES as director of the Montgomery County 21st Century Community Learning Center Afterschool Program for middle school students. She also served as Interim Elementary Principal at FFCSD. Dr. Spohn has consulted for the US Department of Education, the NYSED, the National School-to-Work Office and the Center for International Leadership in Education. She is an adjunct professor teaching on-line courses for the Vocational Teacher Preparation program at SUNY OSWEGO.

Dr. Spohn has experience in professional organization leadership on local, state and national levels. She has been state president of the NYS Home Economics Teachers Association and the NYS Occupational Education Association and served on the National Tech Prep Network Advisory Board. She has strong skills in grant writing and administration, curriculum and staff development, and most importantly, collaboration.

Contact Constance at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518.723.2138

 

Tim CornellTim Cornell

SPN, Office Manager and Center Specialist, CTE TAC of NY

Tim currently serves as the office manager to Successful Practices Network along with being a Center Specialist for the TAC. Drawing upon his undergraduate degree in Education at SUNY Cortland, Graduate degree in Education from Emporia State University and years of work in the classroom setting as an educator, Tim provides support to the field staff across New York State. Tim is responsible for logistical support including planning of conferences and meetings along with day to day operations of the TAC at the central office. Tim also plays a role in all fiscal operations of the TAC as a finance assistant.

Contact Tim: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518.723.2051

 

Dick JonesDr. Richard (Dick) Jones

Center Specialist, CTE TAC of NY

Dick has varied and extensive education experience, and understands the importance of education in a changing world. Dick has worked with educators in all 50 states developing the commitment to school change and skills necessary to better prepare students for the future. Dick served in several leadership capacities for two decades in the New York State Education Department, responsible for implementing leadership programs, curriculum development, professional development, integration of education technology and school improvement. He has also worked in the private sector developing technology applications for schools. Dick has demonstrated his leadership in the creation of many new education programs. In his four decades as an educator, Dick has shared with hundreds of audiences his passion for learning and vision for the possibilities schools.

He has received his BS. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. His experience in Career and Technical Education runs deep. He started his teaching career as a high school agriculture teacher. He served as a National FFA officer. He has authored fourteen books on instruction and leadership. His philosophy is "To be an educator, you must never stop being a student."

 

Jerry PedinottiJerry Pedinotti

Data Analyst, SPN and Center Specialist, CTE TAC of NY

Gerald has varied and extensive research and data analysis experience, and understands the importance of using data to guide effective decision-making.

Gerald is Vice President of Tipping Point Analytics, a company that specializes in acquisition, collection, management, and analysis of data for K-12 education, including Career and Technical Education. Gerald has designed and managed databases and industry-recognized national research initiatives for the International Center for Leadership in Education and the Successful Practices Network (SPN).

Gerald is currently a research consultant to the International Center, as well as the Technical Assistance Center of NY, and has assisted hundreds of schools with understanding and reporting their performance data, including state and national test scores, student engagement criteria, disciplinary actions, and demographic indicators. Gerald has experience in collaborating with education foundations and organizations to engage business and industry in the education reform process at the state level.

As a Senior Associate for the International Center until 1998, Gerald was project manager for several major research initiatives for the International Center, including the National Essential Skills Study (NESS), the Lexile Framework for Reading Study, and the “We” Survey suite.

Contact Jerry at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518.723.2044

 

Rosemarie PosillicoRosemarie (Rie) Posillico

Center Specialist, CTE TAC of NY

Rosemarie (Rie) Posillico retired in 2015 after 38 years of teaching/administrative experience in the Capital Region. Prior to retiring, she most recently was the K-12 Director of CTE and Health Education, and Coordinator of the Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP) in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District. She began her career teaching Home Economics at Shaker High School in the North Colonie School District and later was the Department Administrator for Family & Consumer Sciences and Health Education in the Shenendehowa Central School District. Rie holds a BS Degree in Home Economics from SUNY Plattsburgh, a MS Degree in Curriculum Planning & Development from the University at Albany, and a MS in Educational Administration & Supervision from The College of Saint Rose.

Rie’s expertise includes the areas of teaching, program development and assessment, supervision and evaluation, professional development, interschool and community collaboration, resource management, and promoting a positive public image of CTE in local school districts. Recent initiatives include using data to conduct ongoing assessment and revision of CTE programs to ensure a comprehensive, relevant and rigorous curriculum, securing college credit for CTE courses at the high school level, implementing the Engineering byDesign™ technology education curriculum, and gaining NYSED CTE approval for the FACS program of study in Human Services.

Rie has also been a consultant for NYSED in the areas of curriculum and assessment since 1987. During this time she has worked on the NYS Learning Standards and the National Standards for Family & Consumer Sciences Education, assisted with the development of the statewide proficiency examinations in Family and Consumer Sciences, written and revised many Family and Consumer Sciences curricula, co-authored curriculum and assessment documents, and presented on the local, state and national levels.

Throughout her career in teaching and administration, Rie has helped educators enhance their ability to best prepare students for the future. She focuses on using her educational, professional, and leadership background in CTE to initiate, cultivate, sustain, and enjoy effective relationships with school districts, post-secondary institutions and educational/community agencies.

Contact Rie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518.723.2078

 

Gretchen SchwalbachGretchen Schwalbach

Communications Director, SPN and Center Specialist, CTE TAC of NY

Gretchen is a nonprofit communications professional and serves the CTE TAC of NY in the area(s) of marketing, content development, project management, event planning and advocacy. Gretchen has nearly 10 years of experience in event planning, marketing and fundraising in service to k-12 and post-secondary initiatives. Gretchen studies nonprofit/organizational development and management at the School of Social Welfare at SUNY Albany and is particularly interested in the development of mission driven public/private sector partnerships in support of innovative opportunities for all students.

Contact Gretchen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518.723.2052

 

Ed ShaferEd Shafer

Senior Consultant and Center Specialist, CTE TAC of NY

Dr. Edward A. Shafer is a career administrator with over 44 years of experience in the public schools and the not for profit sector. He holds and Ed.D from Teachers College, Columbia in Educational Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Study and Bachelor of Science degrees from the State University College at Oswego. Dr. Shafer has served as a teacher, special education administrator, superintendent of schools, District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of a not-for-profit agency.

Career and Technical Education has been a career long interest and passion for Dr. Shafer. During his service to Madison-Oneida BOCES as District Superintendent the Career and Technical Education program grew from just over 500 students to over 1000 in 2003-04. At the time of his retirement from Madison-Oneida BOCES all CTE programs had received SED approval to grant integrated academic credit and for the students to earn a technical endorsement to their diplomas.

Dr. Shafer was an active participate in the policy debate on the establishment of revised regulations concerning the integrated CTE model in New York State. He was the principal author of Career and Technical Education in a Standards-Based System: New York’s Response. The paper was prepared for the Curriculum and Assessment Committee of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. In addition, Dr. Shafer took part in several key statewide activities concerning the development of Career and Technical Education serving as a member and Chair of the District Superintendents Committee on Career and Technical Education, member of the State Education Department School to Work Advisory Council and member of the Commissioner’s Task Force on the Role, Responsibility and Accountability of Boards of Cooperative Educational Services which, in part, considered the BOCES role in Career and Technical Education.

At the local level Dr. Shafer served as a member of the Private Industry Council and Workforce Investment Board for 17 years and 11 years as a member and chair of the Industry, Education and Labor Council. Throughout his career Dr. Shafer has maintained significant contact with local industry, service and healthcare employers.

Dr. Shafer Served as the Director of the CTE TAC of NY from 2010 to 2014 and recently as Sr. Consultant. During his service to the TAC he has participated in significant studies of CTE programing in Syracuse and Rochester, several suburban and rural districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services. Key participants in these studies were students, business, faculty, staff and administration. Since the inception of the TAC he has participated in over 25 reviews of NYSED Approved CTE Programs. He is the author of two studies on the status of Approved Programs based upon the over 65 program reviews conducted by the TAC. He has a current interest in the integration of academics in CTE and the awarding of academic credit from participation in approved CTE programs.

Contact Ed: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 315.269.7095