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Robert Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and director of the Human Relations Service in Wellesley, MA. A former high school and preschool teacher, he has consulted in schools and districts throughout the U.S. and Canada and has worked extensively with teachers, administrators, school boards, and state education officials.

Louis Armstrong Middle School in Queens, NY is a county-wide magnet school operated in collaboration with Queens College/CUNY.

Elizabeth Ophals [ photo ] is principal of the Louis Armstrong Middle School in Queens, New York. She has been with the New York City Board of Education for 20 years as a paraprofessional, teacher, dean, debate coach, assistant principal, and now principal. A graduate of Queens College and the Principals Institute at Bank Street College, Ms. Ophals has taken an active leadership role in a variety of reform initiatives through the ASCD, the Carnegie Corporation's Middle Grade School State Policy Initiative, and the Annenberg Institute's National School Reform Faculty. She is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences offering workshops highlighting leadership, school reform, and successful middle school practices.

Mt. Ararat Middle School [ Web site ] is in Brunswick, Maine

Elizabeth Manchester is principal of Mt. Ararat Middle School. She has also been a Special Education Director and a classroom teacher. She was Principal of the Year in 1996. Her work is focused on whole school change and  teacher leadership development. She is beginning to work with Seymour Papert on math, science, and technology.




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