Meet the Team

Led by a shared vision, our team brings together a diverse range of expertise, encompassing curriculum development, administrative efficiency and strategic leadership. We believe in the transformative power of education and strive to foster environments where learning flourishes, educators thrive and students excel. In a world where education shapes the future, Focused Schools, LLC is your partner in realizing ambitious goals.

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Kerry Purcell

Managing Director
“Every Student. Every Day. No Exceptions.”

― Focused Schools

Brett Bishop

Lead Education Consultant
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

― Margaret Mead

Robin Samana

Education Consultant
“Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvements one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens – and when it happens, it lasts.”

― John Wooden

Kathy Crum

Education Consultant
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

― Maya Angelou

Janice Hanada

Education Consultant
“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate and to connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.”

― Daniel H. Pink

Tony Hill

Education Consultant
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

― Maya Angelou

Dillon Rogers

Finance and Operations Manager
“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.”

— LL Cool J

Lisa Dakin

Education Consultant
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

— Nelson Mandela

Sandy Blazer

Education Consultant
“Daring leaders who live into their values are never silent about hard things.”

― Brené Brown

Lawrence Taylor

Education Consultant
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

― Colin Powell

Ashley Santiago

School and District Improvement Manager
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

― The Beatles
Miriam Friedman

Miriam Friedman

Leadership Development and Research

“Great leaders can see the greatness in others when they can’t see it themselves and lead them to their highest potential they don’t even know.”

― Roy T. Bennett


JoAnne Kostiuk

Project Manager
“Change your thoughts and you change the world.”

― Norman Vincent Peale

Marcia Oldham

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

― Malcolm X

Jacqueline Chavis

Education Consultant
“Always pray to have the eyes that see the best, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith.”

Ruth Ashley

Education Consultant

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

― John F. Kennedy


Tom Malkus

Education Consultant
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.”

― Helen Keller

Gwen Collins

Education Consultant
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

― Frederick Douglas