Our Team

Headshot of CALE Education and Company team member Jill Brown


Jill began her career as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher. She then moved into literacy coaching and educational consulting. She spent ten years doing this work for schools across Missouri. She assisted schools with understanding the components of reading, reading data, and reading interventions. She also worked with schools to implement structured literacy, building sustainable systems for RTI/MTSS, and facilitated the development of curriculum around state standards. She then spent nine years in administration as a building principal and assistant superintendent. She has worked in small rural schools and large urban districts.

Jill has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years. During these years, she has worked with students, teachers, administrators, universities, and state departments. Her passion is ensuring that all children learn to read and that every teacher and school leader is empowered to know how to put this into practice. Her expertise is in structured literacy and implementing systems of support for school improvement.

Jill holds a BA in Elementary Education, an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, an EdS in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Headshot of CALE Education and Company team member Susan Deakins


Susan began her career as a high school Spanish teacher, moving to an exploratory languages teacher at the middle school level. She also taught middle school English and reading intervention. Susan began her work in educational leadership at a prominent charter school in Urban Kansas City working with students K-12. During her tenure, Susan also served as coordinator for curriculum, instruction, and professional development. Susan served as a principal and later as K-12 Executive Director. She spent eleven years in administration.

​Susan holds a BS in Elementary Education, a MEd in Education, and an EdS in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She also has her K-12 Spanish Certification.

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