Dr. Susan Campbell Anderson’s experience with exceptional learning programs stretches back more than thirty years. As a member of the first graduating class of The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, she learned much both firsthand and from teachers and administrators about the intensive task of putting together from scratch a school for students with distinctive educational needs. She served both as a teacher and a resident advisor with Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. Later, she taught with Emory University’s Pre-College Program, aimed at giving prospective students with learning challenges a leg up before their official matriculation at Emory.
Susan holds degrees from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Oxford University, and Emory University. Originally a scholar of English Renaissance studies, her work has led her increasingly into the areas of science fiction, film and popular culture, and disability studies. She recently left her job as a professor at Spelman College, where she was recognized with the Vulcan Teaching Award, to devote more time to her children. In addition to her involvement with The Cloverleaf School, she now works as a curriculum and accreditation consultant.
Jeffrey Emenecker oversees all aspects of Decision Street, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in both entrepreneurial and corporate roles to bear for clients every day. He has served in a variety of capacities across finance, marketing and analytics consulting over his career. Decision Street is Jeffrey’s second startup – his first was SRI Analytics, an analytics consulting firm where he served as an executive in client services and business development. He helped lead SRI through 3 years of rapid growth, culminating in a successful acquisition by Aspen Marketing Services in 2005. At Aspen, he served as President of the analytics consulting group until forming Decision Street in late 2007. Earlier in his career, Jeffrey spent several years at Bellsouth Telecommunications where he helped develop and launch their CRM program and implemented their first ROI measurement program. While at BellSouth, he also gained valuable marketing perspective in both managing large cross-product promotions and product marketing. Jeffrey holds an MBA in Finance from Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and a BBA in Accounting from Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Jeffrey resides in Atlanta with his wife Patty and twins Christian and Siena.
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Dr. Mark Ledden has twenty five years’ experience as an educator, consultant, and entrepreneur. He also has sixteen years’ experience as a father of children with learning differences. His involvement in the Cloverleaf School as a co-founder and board member represents an important intersection of his professional and personal lives. Mark is honored to be able to help Cloverleaf’s remarkable staff build the school they always wanted to be a part of.
Mark completed his doctorate in British Romantic literature with the intention of being a professor, but after three years of college teaching left academics to join the management consulting firm McKinsey and Company as a communication specialist. His work there increasingly focused on organizational learning and coaching, and in 2002 he left to found Kenning Associates LLP, a leadership and communication consultancy at which he remains a partner. Mark has occasionally moved from consulting to actually leading clients, and has done so as CEO of biotech startups Effigene Pharmaceuticals and Cinlanian Biotechnologies. Mark holds degrees from Earlham College, Oxford University, and Emory University.
Jen spent most her life in and around the Atlanta area. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Early Childhood Education and a Minor in Spanish. Following her studies at UGA, she moved to New Zealand where she taught for a year in a progressive public charter school. There she was trained in student-directed and inquiry-based learning strategies, empowering students of all abilities to take ownership of their educational journeys. She has written about what these strategies can look like and how well they can work in one of her blog entries, entitled The “I Don’t Know” Zone.
In addition to the core subject areas of the NZ curriculum, she taught “Passions, Interests, and Needs” (PINs) workshops ranging from photography, to rock climbing, to Spanish, to writing remediation. Her teaching experiences in the US include HeadStart Preschool, elementary special education, 1:1 academic tutoring, and an internship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, shadowing the Academic Coordinator to help students with brain injuries transition back into school. Jen is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Singapore Math, Technology Bridges, S.M.A.R.T. literacy, Project WILD, and Handle With Care.
At Cloverleaf, Jen is one of the founding teachers and is passionate about the school start-up process. She loves being a part of the ongoing “behind-the-scenes” organizational planning that is fundamental to building a school. In addition to her role as lead teacher, Jen also serves as the teacher representative board member on the Cloverleaf Board of Directors.
Outside the classroom she enjoys photography, traveling, rock climbing, yoga, crafty projects, live music, and spending time outdoors. Her dog Ari also accompanies her in the classroom daily. They make a powerful duo, leading our kids on adventures and facilitating social skills development all along the way!
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