McKay Consulting Group
Creating school cultures of continuous improvement | You Don’t Have to Be Bad to Get Better
Who We Are
Candi’s work as an educator and president of McKay Consulting Group demonstrate her passion for learning and the belief that all educators have the potential to grow and “get better”. Guided by a growth mindset, Candi thrives on creating opportunities for educators at every level to reach their greatest potential, which in turn, will help all students to do the same. A frequent national speaker on the topics of instructional leadership, professional conversation, and teacher learning, Candi works extensively with school leadership teams to enhance their skills in classroom observation, collegial conversation, and professional learning.
Candi is the author of You Don’t Have to Be Bad to Get Better! A Leader’s Guide to Improving Teacher Quality (Corwin, 2013) and co-author of the book, Implementing the Framework for Teaching, An ASCD Action Tool (ASCD, 2009).
Karyn has been an educator for 30 years serving as a teacher, curriculum consultant, building level administrator and district level administrator. In her most recent role, she directed pre-service teacher placement and development; the New Teacher Induction and Mentoring Program; the Alternative Routes to Licensure Program; and National Board Teacher candidate support in the Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV.
Karyn designs and presents training sessions and workshops on a variety of topics for teachers and administrators. Her areas of expertise include: Teacher Growth and Development, Teacher Evaluation, Professional Coaching and Conversation, Teacher Induction and Mentoring, Teacher Leadership, Strategic Planning, School Governance, School Climate and Culture, and Presentation and Facilitation Skills.
Jan is an educator with over 35 years of experience as a teacher, secondary administrator and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Webster Central School District, Webster, New York. As an Assistant Superintendent, Jan collaboratively supported the implementation of the Framework for Teaching, as well as the Common Core Learning Standards. Jan designs and presents professional learning for teachers and administrators on a variety of topics, including the integration of the Common Core Instruction and teacher effectiveness. Jan has received awards as both teacher and administrator for educational excellence.
Aleigha serves as the Executive Director for Instructional Technology for the Atlanta Public Schools. She strategically leads the work of the IT department which includes innovative approaches to Blended and Virtual learning, integration of technology into the Common Core Curriculum and creating 21st Century Learning environments for students and teachers.
Prior to her current position, Aleigha served the DeKalb County School System for over 17 years as a Middle School Science Teacher, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Founder of the DeKalb Online Academy. As the Coordinator of Professional Learning, she was responsible for overseeing the design, creation, and implementation of online and face-to-face professional learning opportunities for over 12,000 employees.
Judy is an experienced educator with a passion for facilitating learning. During her 40-year career in a suburban school district, she developed a systemic instructional perspective through her service as a high school mathematics teacher, an elementary school principal and the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction.
Judy has extensive training and experience with the Framework for Teaching and the Learner-Centered Initiative Multidimensional Principal Performance Rubric. She currently coaches principals and supports instructional reform work at both the school and district level. She is also a consultant and staff developer affiliated with AVID Center, where she facilitates adult learning opportunities nationally through their Leadership Division and provides school based support throughout the country.
Dr. Sonja Hollins-Alexander has been in the field of education for 24 years with 16 of those being in educational leadership at the school, district and higher education levels. She is the author of Online Professional Development through Virtual Learning Communities (Corwin Press, 2013) and has presented at numerous national conferences on this and other related topics.
Sonja has served as a school social worker, teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of professional learning and Chief of Staff for DeKalb County School District in Metro Atlanta. She is an adjunct professor in the Education Department at Argosy University chairing dissertation committees for doctoral student candidates. She currently serves as a coach/trainer in Henry County Schools, Georgia.
Shirley has 30 years of experience as an educator, serving as elementary teacher, teacher of the blind and visually impaired, elementary principal, and central office administrator. She began using the Framework as an administrator in a large urban district, assuming responsibility for training principals and peer observers. Shirley has since trained on the Framework in the US and abroad. Areas of expertise include: assessment of teacher practice, school leadership and formative assessment of student learning.
Carolyn is a dynamic educator with over 28 years of instructional, organizational, and professional learning leadership experience, serving as an elementary educator, enrichment specialist, grant author, new educator/mentor coordinator and director of professional learning. Recent recipient of the prestigious Learning Forward Academy Class of 2014 Award which honors inquiry and problem-based learning, Carolyn has provided collaborative support and leadership for schools and districts in the design, development and implementation of The Framework for Teaching, Project Zero’s Artful and Visible Thinking, Professional Learning Communities, Common Core Learning Standards and Team Building.
Nate’ has been an educator for 11 years, earning a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Delaware State University and a Masters of Science in Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University. During her tenure, she has served as a Teacher Development Liaison, Science Department Chair, Professional Learning Communities team leader, and currently serves as the Secondary Science Resource Teacher at the central office level. Nate’ serves as an Instructional Mentor where she uses the Framework as a tool for assessing new teacher practice and as a guide for their continued professional growth.