Who are our Staff?

To date, there are approximately 350 staff members serving in Innovation Zone Schools. Over 3 years, the Innovation Zone has seen a 75% retention rate from year to year for teachers. The Innovation Zone schools are comprised of staff made up of 23% of staff of color and 45% staff of color on the Leadership Team.  In the Innovation Zone, at least 57% of our staff have earned a Master’s degree or higher.

Office of Autonomous Schools Administration

Connor Allman

Connor Allman

Director of Instruction & Leadership Development

Kate Garvin

Kate Garvin

Director of Community Schools, Family Advocacy & Community Engagement

Mario Giardiello

Mario Giardiello

Director of Strategy & Innovation

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by redesigning and leading systems that support the successful implementation of Innovation Plans across the ACTION Zone.

My community needs me to do my job.

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by engaging community as partners in our collective vision for our community. Additionally, I advocate for spaces in our schools for authentic family engagement programs that aim to uplift and promote families to actively partner in their child’s education.

My community needs me to do my job.

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by supporting Principals in the Action Zone to ensure every student is successful and prepared for college, careers and life.

My community needs me to do my job.

Ext. 28376 | cmallman@aurorak12.org

Ext. 28953 | ajgarvin@aurorak12.org

Paige Jovanovic

Paige Jovanovic

Coordinator, Charter School Support & Accountability

Mackenzie Khan

Mackenzie Khan

Director of Charter Schools

Elizabeth B Lewis

Elizabeth 'B' Lewis

Manager, Innovation School Performance

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by supporting charter schools to ensure they remain accountable and compliant in serving all students.

My community needs me to do my job.

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by ensuring high quality educational choice options are available to all Aurora families.

My community needs me to do my job.

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by establishing data driven systems to promote improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.

My community needs me to do my job.

Ext. 28320 | mrkhan@aurorak12.org

Ext. 29210 | eblewis@aurorak12.org

Janelle Marshall

Janelle Marshall

Assistant to the Office of Autonomous Schools Team

Audrey Monaco

Audrey Monaco

TOSA, Instructional Support, Charter Schools

Jodi Pafford

Jodi Pafford

Manager, Innovation School Performance

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by being supportive to the needs of my team, as well as the schools and community we serve, to create positive experiences.

My community needs me to do my job.

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by providing personalized data-informed supports to help establish effective school-wide performance management systems.

My community needs me to do my job.

Jeff Park

Jeff Park

Executive Director

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by setting a standard of excellence in innovation, leadership, and equitable outcomes, modeling self-growth and quality, and supporting every adult and student to meeting that high standard.

My community needs me to do my job.

Ext. 28371 | jwpark@aurorak12.org

ACTION Zone Community School Coordinators

Kianna Crowe

Kianna Crowe

Community School Coordinator, Aurora Central H.S.

Morgan Norwood

Morgan Norwood

Community School Coordinator, Aurora West College Preparatory Academy

Anabel Aguilar

Anabel Aguilar

Community School Coordinator, Boston P-8

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by advocating for and providing students, families and community with resources that help remove barriers and assist with student success.

My community needs me to do my job.

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by coordinating resources and developing partnerships that support Aurora West students and families.

My community needs me to do my job.

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by providing our
Boston community information on school
activities, resources, programs and services
available. I foster an ongoing partnership
between home, school, and community using my
interpretation/translation skills.

My community needs me to do my job.

Ext. 27077 | krcrowe@aurorak12.org

Ext. 26071 | mpnorwood@aurorak12.org

Ext. 20612 | aaguilar@aurorak12.org

Margaret Lautzenheiser-Page

Margaret Lautzenheiser-Page

Community School Coordinator, Crawford Elementary

Susan Gershwin

Susan Gershwin

Community School Coordinator, Paris Elementary

My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.

I do my job by connecting our Crawford Community to after school programs, activities, resources, and services. /span>

My community needs me to do my job.