Meet the Greenfield Learning Team
John Dicker, President
Born and brought up in London, UK. Yes, you can have too much fun through the 60’s as a student at University College London. Settling down a little, John worked 8 years at the BBC in early computing, then into the rough and tumble of commercial computer projects. Joining Warner Communications as a “Senior International Operations Auditor” – fancy title! - took him several times around the world in US corporate style – how nice! He has worked in record companies, Hollywood studios, and Atari – now all but forgotten. Life brings wonderful surprises – one day he saw his wife-to-be through an office window in Silicon Valley – and married two months later, moving to Sundance Ski Resort. Two kids later, life is truly good! And still is. Stranger still, he got involved in educational software at Wicat, and then Computer Curriculum Corp, CCC. He started Greenfield Learning almost 20 years ago, and hooked up with Lexia just after 2001, and later Symphony Math and Reading Plus, rounding out a portfolio of three of the most highly regarded educational technology programs in the Nation. Enabling students to read has become a deep-seated passion. Why? “Only through reading can you travel in your mind. And only with that ability can you protect your freedoms, democracy, and yes, your success in life. Reading is truly the foundation of all other skills and pleasures in life.”
Caytie Bagatelos, Chief Partnerships Officer
Caytie has been working to support children and schools for more than 20 years. As an educational technology specialist, consultant and trainer, Caytie has enjoyed traveling to support educators in their use of ed tech solutions in California, New York, Tennessee, and Canada.
Nine years ago Caytie joined Greenfield Learning and, in 2016, Caytie became the Chief Partnerships Officer. Her focus is building and leading a growing team to support Greenfield's efforts in California and Canada. She takes great pride in the impact Greenfield Learning has on childhood literacy in SF Bay Area and around the State. Caytie and her mother, Anne Bagatelos, are the cofounders of Cayton Resources, an educational supply business developed in 1991 to provide parents with research-based materials to support their children's education from home.
Passionate about the role of parents in their child's educational journey, Caytie spends much of her time supporting parental involvement and family literacy programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the devoted mom of a kindergartner who is an enthusiastic reader and Lexia lover!
Caytie is an alum of the University of San Francisco, an avid traveler and scuba diver. After 15 years of city living in San Francisco (where her husband Giovanni was renowned for almost a decade as an Italian pizza maker in the heart of Haight Asbury!), Caytie and her family are currently enjoying a quieter pace living in a small town on the picturesque San Mateo Coast.
Nicole Kade, Sr. Director Of Implementation And Professional Development
Nicole Kade joined the Greenfield Team as Director of Implementation and Professional Development in October 2015. She was born in Woodland, California, and then moved to Rohnert Park, California, to attend Sonoma State University. There she participated in a blended program that allowed her to earn a B.A. in Liberal Studies with a focus on Elementary Education and a California Teaching Credential in 4 short years. She then moved to San Jose, California, where she attained her first teaching position in a 3rd grade classroom. Her journey in public education was fueled by her passion to make an impact on as many students as possible. This led her to become a middle school teacher, curriculum coach, administrator and the Educational Chair for the Franklin Mckinley Children's Initiative. During this time, her passion also led her to attend graduate school and earn a Masters in Educational Leadership and an Administrative Credential. She has a deep desire to work collaboratively with teachers, administrators and educational technology partners as Greenfield Learning works toward providing exceptional professional development and implementation support.
In her free time Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two young boys, Gregory & Logan. She also loves floral design, she even won floral designer of year in her high school’s FFA, and has been the florist at many of the weddings of her friends and families.
Tim Stewart, Educational Technology Consultant
Tim has worked with Greenfield Learning for over 10 years, covering a vast swath of Northern California, including rural, scenic, and urban areas. Prior to joining Greenfield, Tim worked with several publishing companies as a sales representative. Tim’s father-in-law, a veteran in the sales field, helped him discover his passion for educational sales. Tim graduated from the University of California Davis with a degree in History.
Tim comes from a 4th generation California farming family with strong roots in California education – he had 7 great aunts who graduated from San Jose State University, all went into teaching and administrating, plus other family members who worked in education. Tim’s an honored father of 4 sons and a devoted husband. Tim enjoys gardening, cooking, sports, fishing, technology, camping, reading, learning, meditating, and jogging. He loves pets with 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 family rats.
Shawn Kiehn, Senior Educational Consultant
Shawn will always consider Wyoming his home, and that is where he started teaching after graduating from the University of Wyoming with his multiple-subject teaching credential and B.A. in Spanish. He taught in Wyoming for 2 years, then for 12 years here in Visalia, California, where he currently resides. After spending 14 years teaching, he starting working with educational technology, working with the Greenfield Learning team for 17 years. During that time he has carried the Lexia Reading program (16 years) as well as Reading Plus and Symphony Math for a number of years.
Born in Colorado and raised in Colorado and Wyoming, he is a true Rocky Mountain Boy, but he has an international flavor with a beautiful wife and daughter from Cali, Colombia! They have backpacked the continental divide, been to Costa Rica, Colombia, Italy and France, and traveled much of the U.S., and simply love to travel and visit new places. He enjoys singing, going to movies, reading, and spending time with his family, as well keeping up with his “customers,” many of whom I consider as colleagues and friends! As they say in Costa Rica – “Pura Vida!”
Bill Ger, Educational Technology Consultant
Bill has been working in the sale of educational technology for 30 years and has been part of the Greenfield Learning team for over 10 years. He was born in New York and subsequently lived in Cleveland, Atlanta and Chicago while growing up and after getting his bachelors’ degree from the U of I Urbana he moved to California where he has lived ever since.
Bill is married with two grown daughters and he likes to keep in shape by walking and cycling. He also loves to cook (He makes great homemade pizza) and enjoys foreign films and TV if he’s not reading or fixing up the house.
Victoria Paul, Senior Educational Consultant
For the past 15+ years Victoria has worked with education leaders to support districts and schools in their EdTech, literacy and learning initiatives. Prior to joining Greenfield Learning, Victoria has worked with educators in California, Hawaii, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Victoria is passionate about helping educators to put their students on the path to college and career readiness.
Victoria has lived in the Bay Area/Silicon Valley most of her life, outside of a ten year adventure living on the Big Island of Hawai'i. She has Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University and currently lives with her family on a five acre, organic farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Victoria can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Barry, Senior Educational Consultant
John recently retired from 41 years of teaching and administration in special education, most recently as Principal at the Amethyst Demonstration School and the Robarts School for the Deaf in London, Ontario. John has guest lectured throughout North America on the topics of special education, and at the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. John and his team led a dramatic change in the teaching or reading at the Amethyst Demonstration School. Using a dynamic combination of direct explicit instruction, Lexia Core5 and Lexia Strategies and/or Reading Plus, Amethyst empowered students to achieve reading results previously unimaginable. John is continuing to pursue his passion for special-education by demonstrating that any child can learn to read with the correct combination of passionate educators and powerful educational software such as Lexia Core5, Lexia Strategies, Reading Plus, and Reading Plus. Lexia Reading is used across Ontario and is proven effective in a large body of published research.
John’s hobbies - sailing on Lake Huron with his two sons Mac and Pat, and trying out kayaking (the kids idea!) John can be reached at email@example.com
Arthur Lin, Educational Sales Consultant
Arthur has been involved in education and educational technology for over 22 years. He started his career as a high school teacher at Torrance High School (where Beverly Hills 90210 was filmed) outside of Los Angeles. While there he taught Economics, US Government, and English. Arthur then went on to various training, implementation, and sales roles for a variety of organizations in the educational technology field.
He’s an avid lover of all kinds of music, especially jazz, classical, and classic rock. He hates traveling but has been dragged around the world by his wife and two stepchildren to places such as Havana, Bali, Mexico City, Tokyo, Berlin, Marrakech, Istanbul, as well as various other places. Arthur grew up in Los Angeles but is now proud to call Vancouver, BC home. Arthur can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Janna Roth, Educational Consultant
Janna joined the Greenfield Learning team in July 2016, shortly after retiring from Los Angeles Unified School District. As a Resource Teacher in both the inner city and higher demographic neighborhoods, she had first hand experience with the challenges of accelerating struggling students’ reading development. She used Core5 in pilot projects at her last schools and is grateful for the opportunity to continue to support students’ literacy development and provide support to dedicated teachers. Prior to becoming a Resource Teacher she worked in a variety of sales, PR, special events, and marketing positions in Hawaii and throughout the West Coast, primarily in the entertainment and hospitality industries. These positions were both very challenging and rewarding in terms of expectations and goals as well as creative and management responsibilities; but her true passion, challenge, and reward were found in working with special education students. Geographically and career wise, she has traveled far from growing up in Brooklyn and her B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College.
Janna enjoys mystery novels, going to the movies, spinning classes and walks by the beach. In addition to working out at a gym, she also practices Kundalini Yoga. Janna can be reached at email@example.com
Kristina Cram, Senior Implementation Partner
Kristina joined Greenfield Learning in July 2016. She earned a B.A in Communications and a M.S in Education from the University of Southern California. She also has a Masters in Educational Leadership and an Administrative Credential from CSUN. She is a former elementary classroom teacher and Intervention Coordinator of 12 years in Los Angeles Unified School District. Before joining Greenfield, she fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams of teaching abroad, by teaching at an international school in Brazil as the Learning Support Coordinator. Educational Technology has been an integral part of Kristina’s teachings for the past 8 years including her time in Brazil, so she is thrilled to now be supporting other teachers with how to see the same success with their students that she had as a teacher throughout the years using these programs.
Kristina currently lives in San Francisco, enjoying traveling as much as possible, meeting new people and exploring different cultures and languages. In her free time, she also enjoys trying to learn how to become a better cook and planning her next adventure! Kristina can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Rockwood, Implementation Partner
Jessica Rockwood lives in Napa with her husband, Casey, and two young daughters, Ayla and Emerson. She was born in Modesto and raised in north Monterey County. Jessica began working in public education after her graduation from San Francisco State in 2007. She also holds a Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis on Curriculum & Instruction from Chapman University. Jessica’s favorite teaching assignment has been, without a doubt, third grade. She loves eight year-old minds, teaching multiplication, Charlotte’s Web, and spontaneous classroom dance parties.
Jessica joined the Greenfield Learning team in 2016 and loves that she is able to continue working with teachers and students while getting more time at home with her own family. When Jessica isn’t working or chasing toddlers, she loves to sew, read, travel, and dance. She is a lifelong ballet student and spent 13 years teaching dance to children and adults. Jessica’s favorite places to visit are Ireland, Spain, and Disneyland! Jessica can be reached at email@example.com
Collette Presley, Implementation Partner
Collette Presley believes that education is one of the most important and honorable professions in our society. She has taught students across multiple grade levels and subject areas for 24 years and has 10 years of experience as an administrator. Additionally, she has advanced experience and skills in the area of technology. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Arts in Education from California State University, Sacramento. Collette is excited to be an Implementation Partner with Greenfield Learning and continue to make a difference in the field of education!
Collette joins us from Lincoln, California and will be supporting Tim in Sacramento and the surrounding counties. She is a former teacher and administrator and in both of those roles she was a fervent Lexia and Reading Plus champion and one of Tim's customers. Collette brings much insight to our team as former principal, with much knowledge about district initiatives, funding, best practices in implementation and engaging professional development! Collette can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janice Burch, Customer Support Specialist
Janice joined Greenfield Learning in 2011. Her knowledge of Lexia came from working at an elementary school on Vandenberg Air Force Base. A move a bit further up the coast allowed for a transition from working in a classroom to conducting professional development. Besides professional development, she works with Greenfield Learning customers with implementation and support. Janice has a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University Dominguez Hills and a secondary teaching credential in social studies. In addition, she has a Master’s in Education from Pepperdine University and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. In the past 26 years, she’s had the opportunity to teach students ranging from 2nd grade through adults in public, private, and corporate settings.
She and her husband Richard live on California’s Central Coast. They have two daughters. Jennifer is a sophomore in college and Natalie is a sophomore in high school. When not working, she enjoys time with her family, cooking, traveling, and trip planning. She enjoys cooking and traveling so much she has a collection of nearly 300 cookbooks from places she and her family have been!
Francesca Spataro, Accounting & Operations Specialist
Francesca began her career in San Francisco in the sales and marketing department of a large marketing company, and then after entering City College of San Francisco to study Business Administration and Management, she pursued a position as a Resource Development Specialist. Since she had long desired to work within the legal field, in 2000 Francesca joined a San Francisco law firm, advancing from Legal Secretary to Office Manager and Bookkeeper, where she discovered bookkeeping was her true passion. Francesca then moved to North Carolina in 2008 to be with family and chose to challenge herself by becoming an independent contractor, transitioning from corporate to independent business ownership. She has successfully operated her own business for nine years, committed to providing the best service to her clients. In July of 2016, Francesca joined the Greenfield Learning as an Accounting & Operations Specialist. Francesca thrives on using her experience to pursue her passions, grow in expertise, and adapt her skill-set to Greenfield Learning’s needs.
Francesca absolutely loves to travel. It allows her to see how others live and gives her a chance to experience new things. Her bucket list trip is Greece – because she’s fascinated by the culture, the food, pretty much anything Greek! In another life, she’d have been an event planner. Francesca loves the creative outlet and the opportunity to celebrate others’ accomplishments or milestones. She enjoys any excuse to throw a good party to honor someone!