League Advisory Board
The League of Innovative Schools is guided and advised in its work by the following district leaders:
Dr. P. Erik Gundersen – Advisory Chair
Erik Gundersen is the Superintendent of Schools for the Pascack Valley Regional High School District, located in Bergen County, New Jersey. Erik earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics Education from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University. He has spent his more than 22-year career in the Pascack Valley Regional High School District serving as a physics teacher, supervisor of science and technology education, director of curriculum, and now as Superintendent. Erik continues his work and passion for physics as an author of several physics textbooks, including “The Handy Physics Answer Book,” and “Applied Physics.”
Tim Bobrowski is Superintendent of Owsley County Schools in Booneville, Kentucky, the district from which he graduated high school. He has been an educator for more than 27 years. Owsley County Schools is the only school system in eastern Kentucky to recently receive distinction as a “District of Innovation” by the Kentucky Department of Education. Preparing students adequately for their college and/or career choice is a top priority in Tim’s administration, while also focusing on personalizing education for every student based on individual learning needs. In 2013, he completed his EdD in Educational Leadership from MSU. Tim and his wife (an educator of more than 27 years in Owsley) have two children, one who graduated from Owsley and one who is currently enrolled in the district’s middle school.
Dr. Patricia Deklotz
Patricia Deklotz has served as Superintendent of Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD), a K-12 district serving 4,000 students in southeastern Wisconsin, for more than 11 years. Patricia was recognized by Education Week as one of ten 2017 Leaders to Learn From. In 2016 she was recognized as Wisconsin’s Superintendent of the Year for her leadership in transforming the district’s schools to better and more efficiently meet the needs of all students through personalized learning. Under Patricia’s leadership, KMSD has created three charter high schools and one elementary charter, a Youth Apprenticeship Advanced Manufacturing Certificate diploma, and multi-age, project-based learning environments in all schools throughout the district.
Dr. Susan Enfield
Knowing every student by name, strength, and need is the promise of Highline Public Schools, where Susan Enfield has served as Superintendent since 2012. Under her leadership, the district is delivering on this promise by implementing a bold strategic plan committed to ensuring that students graduate bilingual, biliterate with the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will prepare them for the future they choose. A former high school English, journalism, and ELL teacher, Susan served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before coming to Highline in 2012. She previously held leadership positions in Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, Washington), Portland Public Schools, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Susan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program.
Dr. Suzanne Lacey
Suzanne Lacey is Superintendent of Talladega County Schools, and has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, Elementary/Federal Programs Coordinator, Director of Personnel and Deputy Superintendent in Talladega County Schools prior to being appointed Superintendent in 2008. Suzanne holds membership with School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) where she served as president during the 2015-2016 year and is past president of both the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS). She is also a member of Leadership Alabama Class XX. Suzanne serves on the Board of Directors for HIPPY, Ritz Theatre, Easter Seals, and Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE). Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Auburn University, a Master’s of Science and Educational Specialist degrees in elementary education and school administration from the University of Montevallo, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Samford University.
Matt is Superintendent of Lakota Local Schools. He has spent the more than 24 years serving Ohio communities as an educator in the roles of Superintendent, Director of Student Services and Instruction, Principal, and Teacher. He was selected as one of 100 superintendents to attend and present at the #FutureReady National ConnectED Superintendents Summit at the White House, was named to the National School Boards Association Top 20 to Watch in the Nation, and conducted his first TEDx Talk in 2016 entitled: Don’t Buy the Book: Cultivate, Curate and Go Open. Having completed his undergraduate and master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati, he was selected for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Superintendents. Matt is grateful for his wife, Kristy, and their two children.
Dr. Michael Nagler
Michael is Superintendent of the Mineola School District, a suburb of New York City. Mike began his career as a social studies teacher in NYC. While teaching he earned his doctorate from Columbia University and accepted an administrative position with Mineola in 1999. He believes strongly in the district’s mission to inspire students to become lifelong learners that exhibit strength of character and contribute positively to a global society. During his more than 18 years with the district, he has been a big proponent of using technology to engage students in rigorous content. Mike has also been instrumental in creating a platform to assess student learning using electronic portfolios and digital badges. He even coded his own digital portfolio. All five schools in Mineola are recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools.