Staff

Van Schoales Chief Executive Officer

 

Van Schoales is the Chief Executive Officer of A+ Colorado, a community-based “action tank” for education reform. He has over twenty-five years experience leading education reform efforts from the classroom to the statehouse. Mr. Schoales helped develop and has lead number of non-profits, including the Odyssey School, Denver School of Science and Technology, Democrats for Education Colorado, A+ Denver, Bay Area Coalition of Equitable Schools and Chalkbeat Colorado. He has authored and edited a variety of papers on school choice, charter schools, school accountability, student achievement, school design, state policy and other education reform topics. He is regularly quoted in education news stories from The Denver Post, NBC, National Public Radio, Chalkbeat Colorado, Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Education Week, Univision and Fox News. Mr. Schoales earned a B.S. from the University of California (Earth Science) - Santa Cruz, M.S. from Brown University (Geological Sciences), M.A. from San Francisco State University (Education Administration), and an M.A. from Stanford University (Education).

Hayley Reddish  Director of Operations 

Hayley joins A+ Colorado as the Director of Operations. Prior to A+, Hayley worked as a teacher in Denver Public Schools and as a founding staff member of Reading Partners Colorado, a nonprofit focused on early childhood literacy. Before moving to Colorado, Hayley worked in public relations in Washington D.C.

Hayley is passionate about the intersection of policy and practice in education. She is particularly interested in early childhood education and the growing role of technology in education.

Hayley earned her B.A. in Public Policy and Environmental Science from The College of William and Mary and her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado Denver.

Lisa Berdie Policy Director 

As the policy director, Lisa supports A+ Colorado's reform and advocacy efforts by analyzing DPS’ performance, and developing reports and recommendations to improve education outcomes in Colorado.

Lisa became interested in education, and education policy, while tutoring in a fifth grade bilingual classroom. This experience greatly influenced her own research on the educational attainment of Hispanic youth. A native Coloradan, Lisa is excited to work on education reform in Colorado, where, in the past, she has worked with Mi Casa Resource Center and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Lisa joins the A+ team after a stint in management research and consulting with CEB in Washington, D.C.

Lisa holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from Brown University. Outside the office, you’ll find Lisa, well, outside.

Liz Reetz District Advocacy Director 


Liz joins A+ Colorado as the District Advocacy Director.

Before joining the A+ team, Liz worked in Aurora as Program Specialist for RISE Colorado. Liz taught 6th grade Social Studies at the Girls Athletic Leadership School for 3 years as a Teach for America corps member. As a teacher, she helped lead culturally responsive teaching professional development for her school and for TFA. Liz is a Latina and the first in her family to graduate from college which fuels her passion for educational equity.

Liz graduated from Whitman College with a BA in History.


Sari Levy Consultant

Sari Levy is a consultant with A+ Colorado. In recent years, she has also consulted for Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), Education Reform Now, Colorado Legacy Foundation, Charter School Growth Fund, Rebound Solutions and the Travis Manion Foundation. Previously, she was the Associate Director of Get Smart Schools (GSS). Before joining GSS, Sari worked for the Piton Foundation and the Colorado Children's Campaign, and as Deputy Press Secretary for the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 

She earned her M.B.A. in 2007 from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Trinity University. 

Aimee Martinez Consultant


Aimee consults on design for A+ publications.

While in school, she worked at several non-profit organizations, including Washington C.A.S.H, a microloan and financial education organization, where she helped with grant research and analyzing metrics. She also worked as a New Student Mentor, helping new business students navigate their freshmen year of college. Throughout her work, she has become increasing aware of education’s role in economic development and the importance of quality education on a global scale. 

She graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Business Economics.