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Meet Our Board

GWUOHS is honored to have a committed, caring, and prestigious group of advisors, including leaders from the George Washington University academic community. Our Advisory Board members are committed to the academic and personal growth of all our high school students. The Advisors meet quarterly and provide leadership, strategic planning, resources and direction, ensuring that the mission of the school is fulfilled.

Dr. Michael Feuer

Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Michael J. Feuer became Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Education Policy at George Washington University in September of 2010. Before coming to GW, for the previous 17 years Michael held several positions at the National Research Council of the National Academies, most recently as the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Prior to joining the NRC Feuer was a senior analyst and project director at the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment.  Michael received his BA (cum laude) in English literature from Queens College of the City University of New York, an MA in public management from the Wharton School, and the PhD in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has lived in Israel and France, studied at the Hebrew University and the Sorbonne, was on the faculty of Drexel University from 1981-1986, and has taught courses in education policy and research at Penn and Georgetown.  Michael consults regularly to educational institutions and government in the US, Israel, Europe, and the Middle East.  He has published in education, economics, and policy journals and has had reviews, essays, and poems in newspapers and magazines in Washington, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York.  Michael's book, Moderating the Debate: Rationality and the Promise of American Education, published by Harvard Education Press in 2006, was praised for its application of behavioral science and economics to education.  Michael is President-elect of the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association.  He lives in Washington with his wife, Regine B. Feuer.  The Feuers have two grown children.

Dr. Steven Lerman                                         

GW Provost

Steven Lerman became provost of the George Washington University in July 2010. Since he arrived at GW, Dr. Lerman has overseen a number of major initiatives. These include the reorganization of the university’s three schools that formerly constituted the Medical Center, detailed planning for Science and Engineering Hall, scheduled to open in 2015, and expanded research opportunities for undergraduates. Dr. Lerman, together with President Knapp, has forged a partnership with the Textile Museum, leading to the upcoming construction of a new museum on the university’s Foggy Bottom Campus. In addition, he has worked to create a stronger identity for the university’s Mount Vernon Campus, where he and his wife reside. The university recently opened a state-of-the-art academic building on this campus, which houses the University Writing Program and a portion of the Honors Program, which has been expanded since he became provost. A firm advocate of global education, Dr. Lerman has worked alongside GW’s School of Business to establish partnerships with two institutions of higher education in China. Dr. Lerman currently is leading development of a strategic plan that will guide the university over the next decade.

Dr. Lerman joined the George Washington University from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as vice chancellor and dean for graduate education. He brings to GW more than 35 years experience as a leader and scholar. He began his academic career at MIT as a student, earning a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Analysis. Dr. Lerman joined the MIT faculty in1975 as assistant professor and rose through the ranks, twice serving as chair of the faculty. His awards and honors include the Advisor of the Year Award from the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students, the Maseeh Teaching Award for best departmental teacher and the Class of 1922 Distinguished Professorship at MIT. At GW, Dr. Lerman holds the A. James Clark Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Maxine Freund                                         

GW Associate Dean for Research and External Relations

Dr. Maxine B. Freund is the Associate Dean for Research and External Relations in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. A tenured professor in the Department of Special Education and Disabilities Studies, Dr. Freund has been engaged in the preparation of special and general educators for over 30 years. Prior to her current role, Dean Freund served as the director of the Office for Partnerships and External Relations at GSEHD. Dean Freund holds a B.A., University of Minnesota; Teaching Certification, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., The George Washington University and an Ed.D., The George Washington University.  Her program affiliations include Early Childhood Special Education (M.A. in Ed. And H.D.); Infant Special Education (M.A. in Ed. & H.D.); Special Education (Ed.S.) and Special Education (Ed.D.)

Dr. Michael Castleberry                                

GW Professor of Special Education

Ed.D., 1973,The George Washington University
M.A. 1972, The George Washington University
B.A. 1966, The University of North Carolina

Program Affiliations:

Early Childhood Special Education (M.A. in Ed. & H.D.)
Infant Special Education (M.A. in Ed. & H.D.)
Special Education (Ed.D.)

Selected Publications:

Educators as Learners, with Dr. P. Wald. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, January, 2000.

Collaboration: Taming Diagnostic Data, 51st International Dyslexia Association Convention, Washington, D.C., November 9, 2000

Executive Function in Learning Disabilities, American Speech and Language Association, November 2000, Washington, D.C.

Invited Panelist, Pierce, Pluralism, and Partnership, United States Department of Education, July, 2000.

Dr. Michael Corry                                            

GW Director for the Center of the Advancement of Research in Distance Education

Dr. Michael Corry is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology Leadership and Director of Research for the George Washington University Online High School.

Prior to his current position, he served for over 12 years as the Director of the Educational Technology Leadership program at The George Washington University. Dr. Corry is intimately involved with course design and delivery as well as management of this pioneering program delivered via distance education at GWU. Dr. Corry's research interests include distance learning design, theory, practice and policy, faculty development using technology, E-learning, the integration of technology into K-12 and higher education settings, instructional design and human-computer interaction. He has been the principal investigator on two U.S. Department of Education grants involving "Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology." He has numerous publications and presentations involving his research interests including four books - "The E-Learning Companion: A Student's Guide to Online Success (1st 2nd and 3rd Editions)" published by Cengage & Houghton Mifflin and "Distance Education: What Works Well" published by Haworth Press. He has also designed and delivered workshops involving technology and E-learning.

Dr. Corry holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology. Before coming to GWU he taught at Indiana University and high school in Utah and was an Information Systems Consultant for Andersen Consulting/Accenture.

Margaret (Margie) Jorgensen

Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer

Margie Jorgensen

Margaret Jorgensen, PhD., Chief Academic Officer, an expert in the use of educational assessments as a powerful instructional tool, joined K12 in February 2013 as Chief Academic Officer (CAO). As CAO, Dr. Jorgensen is helping lead K12's ongoing efforts to develop state of the art curriculum, technology, learning systems and teacher support; to improve performance for all students, including advanced learners but especially among the growing population of academically at-risk students in its network of managed public schools; and to innovate with assessments that not only more accurately reflect student progress but also can be used to improve learning and accountability.

As Senior Vice President and before that Vice President, Product Development, Psychometrics and Research for Harcourt Assessment, Inc., Dr. Jorgensen led the development of a series of innovative education and assessment products and was responsible for expanding expertise in assessment across the company's business units. Previously, she was Assistant Vice President for Development, ACT, Inc., where she supervised test development programs, a Senior Examiner for the Educational Testing Service, supporting the state-by-state roll-out of the National Assessment of Educational Progress for the Southern Regional Education Board, and an Assistant Professor at Emory University.

Dr. Jorgensen earned her Ph.D. in Measurement, Evaluation and Statistical Analysis at the University of Chicago, a Master of Science in School Psychology at Miami University, an MBA at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a BA in Political Science at Wellesley College. She is also the author of two books and nearly two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters.

Allison Cleveland

Executive Vice President of School Management and Services

Allison Cleveland

Since joining K12 in 2002, Ms. Cleveland has been instrumental in building the managed public school line of business. Most recently, she served as the Senior Vice President of School Services, overseeing academic and operational services in the managed K12 schools. Prior to that, Ms. Cleveland was the Regional Vice President of the Southern Region, responsible for schools in the Southeast portion of the United States.

In her early years at K12, Ms. Cleveland worked in support of new school start-up and school operations, where she was responsible for the successful launch of K12 Virtual Academies throughout the country.

Ms. Cleveland began her career at Andersen Consulting, where she focused on clients in the telecommunications industry and government. She holds a BSE in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, cum laude, from Duke University and an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University.

Dr. David Pelizzari                                           

Vice President, K12 Inc.

David Pelizzari, Vice President, Content and Curriculum, came to K12 from the Smithsonian Institution.  There he hosted programs seen on C-Span with such guests as Edmund Morgan, Steve Forbes, Garrison Keillor, Henry Kissinger, and many others.  David first came to Washington in 1997 to take a position as Communications Director for Annenberg/CPB within the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, where he was part of the team that created the Private Universe series with Harvard, many educational series for PBS—including French in Action, Destinos, and Connect With English—and the website with all its professional development materials for teachers.  David holds his Ph.D. in English Literature from Yale, where he also taught French cinema and literature.  A former Fulbright scholar teaching ESL in France, his essays and entries on French playwrights were published in 2007 as part of the Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, and he consulted on the Shakespearean pronunciation of Latin for The Eloquent Shakespeare, published in December 2008 by the University of Chicago Press.


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