Ethan Mitnick

Ed.D., President & Founder

Ethan leverages his prior experience as a teacher and principal to help schools, districts, and states meet the expectations of college and career ready standards. He advises educational leaders at all levels to build innovative systems that drive school improvement and student success. In previous roles, he has led highly successful school turnaround projects, helped new schools open, and led a three-year Race to the Top grant for consortium of DC public and charter schools that focused on deepening implementation of the Common Core Standards. Prior to SchoolKit, Ethan was a principal of elementary and high schools in Brooklyn, New York. As a school leader, he led rigorous academic programming that resulted in significant improvements in student outcomes on state assessments and AP exams. Ethan started his career as a New York Teaching Fellow in a bilingual middle school classroom in the Bronx and then worked as a resource room teacher in a Brooklyn high school. He has an Ed.D. in Administration of Special Education Programs from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA from Dartmouth College. When he’s not supporting school leaders, Ethan can be found running through Rock Creek Park with his dog, Zola.

Amanda Senator

M.A.T., Managing Director of Content and Training

Amanda oversees the content team and leads the design and delivery of professional learning for SchoolKit. She previously served as the Director of Curriculum for Center City Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC where, over a three year period, she spearheaded the teaching and learning turnaround of the district. This work included the development of a standards-aligned ELA and math curriculum for over 1,400 students in six schools. In this role, she created systems and led a team of coaches to support successful use of these resources, including providing district-wide content and curriculum-specific professional learning. Amanda has presented on standards-aligned content and pedagogy for Student Achievement Partners, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and schools and districts across the country. She began her career in education as a Teach for America elementary classroom teacher in Washington, D.C., before serving as an instructional coach and assistant principal. Amanda earned her Masters in Teaching from American University and B.S. from the University of Mary Washington. An experienced equestrian, Amanda loves spending time at the barn with her horse, Otis.

Elizabeth Budrionis

M.S., Director of Projects

Elizabeth leads on the creation and oversight of internal systems for SchoolKit, as well as project management of professional learning programs for states, districts, and cohorts of educators. She has designed and managed programs for educators in large urban districts, including Denver Public Schools and she is the project lead for the Louisiana Department of Education’s ELA Content Leader Initiative. Prior to her current role, Elizabeth managed the programming and operations for a $1.2 million, 13-school Race to the Top grant consortium focused on implementation of the Common Core Standards and trained new teachers on pedagogy, classroom management, and diversity and inclusiveness with Teach for America. A former 11th and 12th grade teacher, Elizabeth taught chemistry and physics at an alternative placement charter school in Stamford, Connecticut. Elizabeth has an M.S. in Education from Southern Connecticut State University and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary. When she’s not working with leaders and teachers, she loves hiking and enjoying the Colorado sunshine.

Julia Shinkunas

B.A., Director of Literacy

Julia leads the development and delivery of standards-aligned professional learning for ELA and disciplinary literacy teachers. Prior to her role with SchoolKit, Julia helped to design and implement a new Common Core-aligned curriculum as the English Language Arts Curriculum Manager for Center City Public Charter Schools, a network of six schools in Washington, DC. In this role, she developed curricular materials for literacy in grades 4 - 8, and provided content and curriculum-specific professional development and coaching to teachers and leaders. An experienced teacher, Julia taught middle school ELA for 6 years in South Louisiana, Washington, DC, and was a founding staff member of KIPP Whittier Middle School in Camden, NJ. A Philadelphia native, Julia left the City of Brotherly Love to study English at the University of Virginia, but has since returned. Outside of leading teacher training, Julia’s an avid cook and loves taking road trips to explore new cities.

Tammy Tuck

M.A.T., NBCT, Director of School Partnerships

As Director of School Partnerships, Tammy manages and executes professional learning partnerships with schools and districts. As an undergraduate, a unique interdisciplinary program at Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy helped Tammy develop her passion for social justice and equity. She spent the first 15 years of her career working to close the opportunity gap for students in Washington, DC, as a TFA corps member in D.C. Public Schools and then as a founding teacher, instructional coach, and district leader at E.L. Haynes, an award-winning public charter school. Over the past several years, Tammy has worked with organizations including UnboundEd, Student Achievement Partners, and Learnzillion supporting teachers and leaders with the design and implementation of standards-aligned instructional programs and resources. Tammy earned her Masters in Teaching from American University and is a National Board Certified Teacher. A native Coloradan, Tammy loves spending time hiking and connecting with nature.

Our Collaborators

We partner with a team of educators across the country to design and implement our work. Our collaborators include teachers, professors of education, and leaders of schools, districts, and non-profits. They are experts in standards-aligned content and curricula, as well as leadership development, special education, dual language instruction, and assessment.

Ethan was able to connect with our team from a variety of altitudes, supporting our strategic planning of the work and stepping in on critical details that were the basis of many educators' experiences. No task was too big or too small for Ethan to dedicate his full focus and energy.

Dan FleisherSenior Manager of Strategic Initiatives | Denver Public Schools

Ethan, Liz, and Amanda have all been great. Ethan has been an invaluable partner in helping us think through and execute an ambitious plan to scale curriculum- and content-specific professional development for teachers. He’s adept at both big-picture strategizing and hashing out details and has never hesitated to help us solve issues when they arise. Liz is a project manager extraordinaire. She’s detail-oriented, responsive, organized, and solutions-oriented. Amanda brings deep knowledge of content and pedagogy along with the ability to translate that somewhat esoteric knowledge into practical trainings that improve teachers’ instruction – a rare skill.

Litsy WitkowskiChief of Staff, Academic Content | Louisiana Department of Education

Ethan brings the “joy factor” through his enthusiasm and creativity. He has helped to change mindsets in our network because he successfully connects with people who are at all different levels in their comfort with math instruction. Tammy has helped our team to use our time productively by putting in place structures to support collaboration and project planning. She is knowledgeable about the many resources available and is comfortable answering the tough questions.

Claire FroschDirector of Academic Initiatives | Independence Mission Schools