TOWSON, MD–June 27, 2007–Spectrum K12 School Solutions Inc. today announced that it has named Dr. Searetha Smith-Collins as vice president education strategist and Jodie Butler as vice president of government relations.
Smith-Collins is a lifelong educator and businesswoman. Before joining Spectrum K12, she was senior education consultant for Promethean, Inc. and president of SEA-S Consultants. For more than 37 years, she has worked in a variety of positions in education and leadership, from teacher to principal, from curriculum and reading specialist to curriculum executive director and as deputy/associate superintendent and chief academic officer in large urban and suburban school districts. She was also manager of strategic initiatives at Apple Computer, Inc., and executive vice president of Syfr Corporation.
Smith-Collins holds a doctorate degree in policy, governance, and administration and a master´s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a BE degree in English and education from Seattle University. She is an accomplished author, a sought-after education consultant and popular keynote speaker.
Butler´s experience includes leadership roles in state government, education, a computer technology company, nonprofit organizations, and statewide education associations. In the 1990s, Butler, a former teacher, served as the Iowa governor´s education policy director for five years, helping him initiate innovative technology programs for Iowa schools.
She also served as the governor´s representative at the National Education Summit during the creation of Achieve, a public-private organization aimed at improving the quality and rigor of public schools. Butler represented the National Governor´s Association on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) during its 2000 study and helped prepare recommendations authorized by the National Assessment Governing Board. Butler was also a manager of state-level initiatives and key accounts at Apple Computer and has managed her own consulting firm. She is a graduate of Wayne State College and holds a masters degree from the University of Iowa.
"Searetha and Jodie add considerable skills and experience to Spectrum K12´s established leadership in education and education technology," said Jim Marshall, CEO. "Their backgrounds include a wide range of strengths in solving education problems on the local, regional and national levels. We´re very excited to welcome them aboard."
About Spectrum K12 School Solutions
Spectrum K12 School Solutions Inc. is the leading provider of special education and IEP management software serving almost 10% of the U.S. K-12 student population including 20 of the top 100 school districts in the United States. Spectrum K12 helps school districts close the achievement gap for special education and at-risk students through more effective management of the individualized learning process for all students receiving special services or interventions. Spectrum K12 works collaboratively with districts of all sizes to deliver scalable, easy-to-use software solutions that lift the administrative burden from education professionals so they can focus on the most important part of their work: educating children and improving student achievement. For more information visit www.spectrumK12.com.