Your CO ASCD Board

Your CO ASCD Board comes from across the state. With varied experiences throughout the educational world and beyond, your board represents all areas from Pre-K through University levels. We are here to serve your educational needs, provide a place to hear your voice, and be your advocate.

COASCD Board & Communication Committee with Commissioner of Education, Richard Crandall at ESSA Symposium, Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, 4/7/16

Jill Lewis



Jill Lewis is a passionate educator with classroom and coaching experience Pre-K through college levels. During her tenure, she served as an instructional literacy coach while honing her craft in the classroom. Jill observed teachers, presented feedback to colleagues, and held independent dialogue sessions supporting them in implementing best instructional practices. Lewis was an integral member of the school leadership team that propelled the school forward in school climate initiatives, professional development, and parental learning opportunities. She also facilitated multiple team meetings developing processes for compiling, using, and reporting data for the successfulness of students. Jill is Nationally Board Certified in Reading/Language Arts for the Early and Middle Grades.


Jill began her work in higher education at Adams State University in the extended studies program. There she taught classes for second-career teaching candidates providing the necessary skills to be successful. Working as a publishing company consultant, she was lead in the areas of literacy, math, standards, and assessment.


Seven years ago, Jill’s entrepreneurial skills were developed as she opened her own consulting business, Brilliance & Beyond, LLC. As a consultant for schools and districts throughout the country in all areas of curriculum and assessment, she regularly presents at conferences throughout the nation on best instructional strategies, strategic development, teacher leadership, and continues to offer support in refining processes within the educational system.  Furthermore, Jill develops curriculum and delivers online instruction for Adams State University. Lewis is an ASCD faculty member, who works with schools in the areas of data processes, team building, CCSS Literacy and Math, formative assessment, and critical thinking.


Jill is the author of four published study guides: 101 Questions & Answers about Standards, Assessment and Accountability Study Guide, 101 More Questions & Answers about Standards, Assessment and Accountability Study Guide,  Unwrapping the Standards Study Guide, and Reason to Write: Help Your Child Succeed in School and in Life through Better Reasoning and Clear Communication Study Guide. In addition, she authored the children’s book, Eli & the Naughty Guys, available on Kindle.


Lewis received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in history from the University of Central Arkansas, and her master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. Jill is the president of CO ASCD, the oldest educational group in Colorado.


Jill lives in Salida, CO where she relishes her time with her family.  She enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities, reading anything she can get her hands on, and hanging out with her two, beautiful, seven-year olds, Addison and Elijah.

Open --Executive Director Position


Amanda Siewert



Amanda Siewert is a passionate, new educator voice on the board. She has her undergrad from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a license in Elementary Education and Linguistic Diverse Education. Of course, a Masters Degree is next, and that is currently being worked on at Regis in Educational Leadership with a Social Justice focus. She began working with CO ASCD during her senior year of undergrad and has been active since. Her mission statement is: Inspire each child to reach their full potential. That carries over into her interest of creating opportunities for teachers to grow as educators into their full potential. An honor she has received is "Most Promising Teacher" at a large university.



Dr. Dennis Corash

Board Member


Dr. Dennis N. Corash, an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Metropolitan State College of Denver, brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied 35 year career in education.  He has served as a teacher, principal, executive director, and superintendent in urban, suburban, and rural school districts.  He has assisted in the founding of two schools and helped to rebuild and organize two others.  He is also active in the education of gifted and talented students helping found the Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative and was the president of the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented.  Corash has an extensive background in staff development and speaks on a variety of topics at international, national, state and district conferences and workshops. 

Nancy White

Board Member


Nancy White is the 21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist for Academy School District 20, providing professional development and coaching for teachers on strategies to integrate 21st century skills and technology. Nancy is a school librarian by profession, and has worked in elementary and middle schools in Germany and Colorado. She is passionate about helping teachers to become designers of learning, to help students develop 21st century skills through global collaboration, authentic inquiry and problem solving. Nancy was the co-chair of the Colorado Department of Education 21st century skills work group, and co-authored The Colorado Learner’s Bill of Rights. She is an active member of the Educator’s Professional Learning Network on Twitter (@NancyW) and blogs about education and 21st century learning on “Innovations in Education” (


Nancy loves to travel, and took advantage of this during her 3 years living in Germany with her Air Force husband and 2 daughters, volksmarching every weekend in different German towns, and visiting France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Crete, Cyprus, and Poland. Additional hobbies include hiking, skiing, and reading.

Ceri B. Dean

Board Member


(PhD, Curriculum and Instruction), has more than 25 years of experience providing training, coaching, and technical assistance to educators at multiple levels. Prior to establishing Dean Education Consulting in 2016, Ceri served as Senior Fellow and Vice President of Field Services at McREL, participating in McREL’s overall management and strategy development and overseeing the development and delivery of McREL’s training, technical assistance, and consulting services. As the director of several large-scale projects, she established and maintained relationships with state and local education agency staff, designed and conducted projects with them, and developed products and tools that helped them connect research and practice. She has developed and presented over 300 workshops on a variety of topics, including standards, mathematics teaching, assessment, instructional strategies, leadership, professional development planning and evaluation, and system improvement. She co-authored McREL’s materials on school improvement (Success in Sight), data-driven decision making (Power of Data), and instruction (Classroom Instruction that Works, 2nd edition). Ceri is a former high school mathematics teacher with a BS in mathematics education (SUNY Albany) and an MS in atmospheric science (Colorado State University).

Communication Committee

John Thanos

Newsletter Editor & Communications

Committee Chairman


John is a young educator that is excited for an opportunity to be involved with Colorado ASCD.  He currently teaches Middle School Literacy at the Colorado STEM Academy in Westminster, CO, and is the varsity baseball coach at Prairie View High School in Brighton, CO.  John is in the process of completing his master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies through the University of Northern Colorado and will have his administration license by the end of 2016.


John moved to Colorado from the Northwest Indiana/Chicagoland area in the summer of 2015.  While in Indiana, he completed his undergraduate degree at Purdue University, began his Master’s work at Indiana State University, and taught English and Journalism at a suburban high school.

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