Senior Staff

Preparing all students for success

The staff at ISA sets the tone for what ISA strives to accomplish: Providing the organizational and professional development supports that schools, principals, and teachers need to graduate all students ready to succeed in college and career.

Gerry House, Ed.D.
President

Gerry House has been President of the Institute for Student Achievement since April 2000. Prior to joining ISA, she spent 15 years as a superintendent...

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Gerry House has been President of the Institute for Student Achievement since April 2000. Prior to joining ISA, she spent 15 years as a superintendent for schools in Memphis, Tennessee, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She also has served as a teacher, junior and senior high school guidance counselor, principal and assistant superintendent.

Dr. House is an active leader in the education community, serving on numerous boards, including the Board of Directors of the Educational Testing Service (former chair, 2002-2005), the Advisory Committee of the Harvard Change Leadership Group; Woodrow Wilson Foundation Board of Directors; member of Visiting Committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Board of Trustees of Adelphi University; National Advisory Board for National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education (NCSPE); and The New Teacher Project Board of Directors, among others.

Dr. House has received numerous professional accolades throughout her career. The American Association of School Administrators named her National Superintendent of the Year in 1999 for her extensive school reform efforts in the Memphis school system. Her additional awards and recognitions include: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Education, Alumni Leadership Award (2000); The Harold J. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education Award (1999); Tennessee Superintendent of the Year (1998); and The Council of the Great City Schools’ Richard R. Green Award (1998).

Dr. House was also named twice to the Executive Educator Magazine’s listing of Top 100 Executive Educators in Education.

Dr. House earned her doctorate in Education Administration at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and she holds a master’s degree in Counseling from Southern Illinois University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Education from North Carolina A.&T. State University and is the recipient of Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degrees from Rhodes College and Lemoyne Owen College, both in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Scott Noon
Executive Director for Business Development

As the Executive Director for Strategic Business Development, Scott Noon is primarily responsible for expanding ISA’s school partnerships, marketing...

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As the Executive Director for Strategic Business Development, Scott Noon is primarily responsible for expanding ISA’s school partnerships, marketing and communications efforts, exploring new product strategies, and fostering strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining ISA, Noon has had numerous successes in various executive leadership roles at renowned education companies, serving as the vice president of market development at Teachscape and vice president of business development at Riverside Publishing Co., a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Noon also helped to develop a highly successful dotcom, Classroom Connect, which was sold to Harcourt in 2001.

Most recently, Noon was general manager of the American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson initiative, where he more than tripled the subscriber base of what has become the fastest growing online teacher community in the USA. In this role, Noon led strategy, marketing, communications, professional learning, and outreach for the company. He drove registration growth through digital marketing programs and social networking, while developing partnerships with content providers to expand the resource base.

Noon pursued doctoral studies in Curriculum and Instruction from Illinois State University, earned his Masters in Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and his Bachelors of General Studies from the University of Dayton.

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Rita Hanes
Administrative Director

Rita Hanes joined ISA in November of 2013 as an Administrative Director. Hanes is a seasoned executive with 15 years of experience in strategy, planning,...

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Rita Hanes joined ISA in November of 2013 as an Administrative Director. Hanes is a seasoned executive with 15 years of experience in strategy, planning, operations, partnership development and project management. She received a BA in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Georgetown University. Before joining ISA, Hanes worked at the American Express Company (14 years) where she has held various positions in the Global Merchant Services division. She lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, enjoys endurance sports and has completed 5 triathlons and a marathon.

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Lance W. Ozier, Ed.D.
Senior Literacy Specialist

Lance Ozier is the Senior Literacy Specialist at the Institute for Student Achievement, in the research division of the Educational Testing Service. Dr.Ozier’s...

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Lance Ozier is the Senior Literacy Specialist at the Institute for Student Achievement, in the research division of the Educational Testing Service. Dr.Ozier’s work at ISA includes supporting schools with the implementation of Common Core learning standards through the development of inquiry-based literacy curricula with embedded reading and writing performance task assessments.

Previously, Dr.Ozier worked as a teacher at the elementary, middle and secondary education levels. Having spent 15 seasons in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York at Morry’s Camp, Dr.Ozier is considered an expert on the ways in which schools and non-traditional learning environments shape the educational lives of students by increasing non-cognitive factors and 21st century learning skills. His work has been widely published and referenced in several national publications, including Camping Magazine, The Journal of Democracy and Education and the National Council of Teachers of English Journal.

Dr.Ozier’s keynote presentations have been featured at several national conferences, including The Southern California National Writing Project, The Middle College High School National Consortium, and the American Camp Association.

Dr.Ozier completed his doctoral studies at Columbia University, where he was on the English education faculty of Teachers College and also The City College of New York. He is a member of NCTE, AERA and is volunteering on his second term on the American Camp Association’s national Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation (CARE).

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Nathan Dilworth
Senior Math Specialist

Since 2010, Nathan Dilworth has worked with math teachers in ISA schools to create intellectually engaging math curriculum. Dilworth assists math departments...

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Since 2010, Nathan Dilworth has worked with math teachers in ISA schools to create intellectually engaging math curriculum. Dilworth assists math departments in curriculum development, math teachers with lesson planning and works with students in classrooms to create a team of people engaged in math.

Prior to joining ISA, Dilworth taught Math in the New York City public school system. As the Head of Department in a small school in the South Bronx, Dilworth used his love of math and background in engineering to bring math to life for his students.

Dilworth holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MA in Secondary Math Education.

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