Susan O’Hara joined the School of Education as REEd’s Executive Director in 2013 with a wealth of experience and background in public education, and working closely with teachers, researchers and community leaders. An educator for 20 years, Susan began teaching mathematics and science to middle and high school students in Ireland. In 2000, Susan was appointed assistant professor in teacher education at Sacramento State University. Most recently, she was associate professor and founding executive director of the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) at Stanford University. Susan’s research has focused on teacher and leader professional learning and the teaching of English learners. Susan holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education from UC Davis, an M.A. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from the University College Dublin.
Joanne Bookmyer, Senior Director, Inquiry and Improvement Science
Joanne Bookmyer joined REEd in 2001 as the Director of Collaborative Projects in 2002. Previously, she was involved in various local, state, and national school reform and improvement initiatives, which included acting in the role of External Evaluator for the federal Sacramento City Unified School District Smaller Learning Community Grant, as Project Manager for a Network for a Healthy California SNAP-Ed initiative, and as the Technical Assistance Team Lead for Sierra Health Foundation’s REACH (Connecting Communities and Youth for a Healthy Future) initiative. In her current role, she is part of the leadership team charged with moving REEd to a structured Networked Improvement Community as a means to accelerate the spread and scale of research-based instructional practices more broadly across schools and districts. Joanne’s research focuses on teacher professional growth systems. Joanne holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University, an M.S. in Higher Education from Syracuse University, and a B.S. in Arts Education from Kutztown University.
Renee Newton, Senior Director, Community and School Partnerships
Renee Newton joined REEd in 2001, where she directed a school-based health access program administered through the Healthy Start Field Office. She was named director of the Center for Community School Partnerships (CCSP) in 2005 where she led a multidisciplinary team in support of school and community partnerships. As Senior Director of Community School Partnerships, Renee has been responsible for strategic planning and partnerships associated with REEd’s major initiatives along with resource generation in support of professional learning and capacity building approaches. Renee holds a B.S. in Applied Behavior Sciences from UC Davis, and an M.P.A. in Applied Health Policy from the University of Southern California.