Angelica Herrera is a senior researcher at AIR where she manages and supports various projects for the Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) and the Regional Educational Laboratory of the Southwest (REL Southwest). Dr. Herrera serves as a project lead on the TXCC Rewards Schools Case Study project and as an Interim Project Director on a Task 4 REL Southwest study. In addition to those projects, Dr. Herrera provides technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency through the Texas Comprehensive Center.
Meet Our Staff
Brenda Arellano is a senior researcher at AIR. She has more than 15 years of experience utilizing her methodological expertise through quasi-experimental and mixed method designs, as well as survey design and analysis through the utilization of district, state, and national longitudinal data systems. Dr. Arellano is a co-primary investigator and project lead for several studies under the Regional Educational Laboratories Southwest, funded through the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
Chad Henry is a Research Associate within the Research and Evaluation program. He provides support for the Texas Comprehensive Center, focusing on GIS mapping and data analysis. He is currently assisting the TXCC’s work with the Texas Education Agency’s evaluation of educator preparation programs.
Cheryl Harris is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Her current work involves providing technical assistance for the Texas (TXCC) and Southeast (SECC) Comprehensive Centers, addressing state and local capacity building in school improvement and key content areas. This work includes assisting states and their statewide systems of support in the areas of teacher quality and effectiveness, college career and readiness, educator preparation, and technology-based instructional resources for teachers.
Erin McCann is a senior researcher at AIR. Dr. McCann has more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing evaluation studies for federal, state, and local-level contracts with a general focus on examining factors that influence school improvement processes and practices.
Garry Davis is a technical assistance consultant in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change practice area at AIR. He has over five years experience in program administration, research, and technical assistance with a particular focus on college and career readiness. In his current position with the Texas Comprehensive Center, he works to build the capacity of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to develop, implement, and sustain various education initiatives, policies, and programs, with a focus on college and career readiness and success.
Grace Fleming is a researcher at AIR. During her nine years with SEDL (which merged with AIR on January 1, 2015), Fleming combined program experience with under-resourced populations and issues of effectiveness in education. She currently serves as qualitative lead on the BARR (Building Assets, Reducing Risks) Program evaluation and conducts site work with the Texas Developmental Education Program in higher education.
Janice Esau Keizer is a senior technical assistance consultant with the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest. In this position, she leads, coordinates, and facilitates the work of the Arkansas and New Mexico PreK Research Alliances as part of the REL Southwest work. She serves as the spokesperson for REL Southwest support activities related to prekindergarten in the states of Arkansas and New Mexico. Keizer also works on early childhood projects for the Texas Comprehensive Center.
Jason LaTurner is a principal technical assistance consultant at AIR. Dr. LaTurner’s work focuses on evaluation capacity building for state education agencies. Through the Southeast Comprehensive Centerand Texas Comprehensive Center, he consults with state education department staff on developing evaluation plans and employing appropriate quantitative and qualitative research methods to study the effectiveness of a range of district and school improvement programs.
Ramona Chauvin is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Dr. Chauvin works with the Southeast Comprehensive Center and the Texas Comprehensive Center to build the capacity of state and regional education staff to assist schools and districts in need of improvement. Highlights of Dr. Chauvin’s qualifications include reading/language arts/writing instruction (K–12); adolescent literacy; coaching; instructional monitoring and feedback; assessment; leadership; teacher quality and effectiveness; and professional learning communities (PLCs).
Rita Ghazal is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Ghazal leads state projects and task forces on teacher quality and educator effectiveness, teacher mentoring and induction, and educator equity. She collaborates with state education agencies and assists them in strengthening their capacity to support high-quality implementation of teacher quality initiatives, policies, and programs. She also supports states in their efforts to create and maintain strong connections among state agency work streams and improve alignment across programs and policies.
Sarah Beck is a researcher at AIR. She has more than seven years of experience in education and leverages her perspective as a former teacher to inform her work in policy and program evaluation. Her primary research interests include teacher preparation and teacher leadership. In her current role, Beck manages the qualitative components of the Denver Public Schools Talent Management evaluation including designing the data collection and analysis plans, creating focus group and interview protocols, developing coding frameworks, and constructing client communication plans.