Allyson Schoenlein serves as the Chair of the IAIE Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Coalition to Promote Positive School Climate. She directs a writing team that is producing the IAIE Toolkit, a training resource for school districts. Allyson previously served as Chair of the IAIE Advisory Council and as a member of the Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice Editorial Board. She has presented Pre-Conference training and breakout sessions at several World Conferences, and provided workshops and school observations for the IAIE Hong Kong Center. She is the co-author of the Invitational Theory and Practice Glossary, an important IE resource which defines all components of the theory, and the editor of Fundamentals of Invitational Education, 2nd Edition. In her school district in West Virginia, Allyson developed a thriving Chapter of IAIE, a three-day district-wide IE Institute, and organized exchange programs between Hong Kong and West Virginia schools. Allyson is recently retired from in Cabell County Schools where she was the Federal Programs Director. A skilled and knowledgeable IE presenter, Allyson also coaches schools through the Inviting School Award program and serves as a Regional Leader.
44 Regal Oaks
Barboursville, WV 25504
Term 2: 2016-2018
Kim Arrington is the Director of Elementary Education for Carlsbad Schools in New Mexico. Kim has used the IE model as a teacher, principal and now, central office administrator. As a principal of Joe Stanley Smith Elementary in Carlsbad, NM, Kim was challenged with the task of turning around a failing school (2012). She focused on school culture and established trust using the IE model and collaboration around data. Under Kim’s leadership, their school grade rose 23 points while receiving 16 awards, including the Fidelity Award in 2015. Kim and JSS are featured in the IE Toolkit training resource. In addition to her role as an IAIE Trustee, Kim serves as a Regional Leader in New Mexico and previously served as a member of the IAIE Advisory Council.
408 North Canyon St.
Carlsbad, NM 88220
Term 1: 2016-17
Sue Bowen has served as an IAIE leader for more than 2 decades. Her many leadership roles include Executive Director, Conference Director, Advisory Council Member, Trustee Member, Secretary of the Membership Committee, Chair of State Coordinators and Chair of the Board. Her career in public education gave her the opportunity to serve as a Classroom Teacher, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Sue was the stateside Coordinator of the Hong Kong Projects from 2000-2009. She organized student exchanges, teacher delegation visits and IE training sessions and was seen as the “mother’ of IE in Hong Kong. She is one of the founding members of the first IAIE State Chapter which started in 2007 as the Ohio Pilot Project. This chapter has encouraged and assisted new chapters in Kentucky and West Virginia. We welcome Sue back to the Board of Trustees.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 906-0066 (cell)
Term 1: 2016-17
Jeff Castle serves as the Assistant Superintendent / Chief Academic Officer for Jessamine County (KY) Schools. In this role, Jeff has the privilege of working with district and school leaders, as well as teachers on the development of rigorous instructional programs, which includes program oversight of K-12 curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as state and federal non-competitive grant budgets. Jeff supports building administrators in the development of supportive, student-centered culture and climate. Currently, Jeff’s district has three schools that are Fidelity Award recipients and four other schools who are interested in pursuing the Inviting Schools award. In addition to his new position as a Trustee, Jeff serves as a Regional Leader, Advisor to the HK IAIE Institute, Co-Chair of the Jessamine County IAIE Chapter, and Co-Director of the 2016 IAIE World Conference.
Nicholasville, KY 40356
Term 1: 2016-17
Kathy T. Fields, a graduate of Georgetown College and Morehead State University, currently serves as the Jessamine County Superintendent of Schools in Nicholasville, KY. During her 31 years in education, Kathy has been an elementary teacher, principal, Director of Special Education, Lead Instructional Administrator, Director of Curriculum, Adjunct Professor at Asbury University and Assistant Superintendent. For the past two years Kathy has conducted IE school reviews in Hong Kong and mainland China. Also, her district is hosting the 2016 IAIE World Conference in Lexington, KY. Kathy is currently a member of the Advisory Council.
Jessamine County Schools District Office
Nicholasville, KY 40356
First Term – 2017-18
Barb Hansen, Ed.D. is a retired school superintendent from rural southeastern Ohio and an endowed professor of graduated education at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. She has been an active member of IAIE for over 15 years. She serves as the Director of the IAIE New Chapter initiative and developed the new Regional Leader and Welcoming Schools initiatives. Barb is also a writer for the new Invitational Theory and Practice Toolkit. Barb serves as an IAIE Regional Leader and chairs the IAIE Ohio Chapter, which Muskingum University supports. She is a 2013 recipient of the William Stafford Award and was the Conference Director for the 2010 IAIE Conference held in Columbus, Ohio. Barb also serves as a consultant to Battelle for Kids and works extensively in rural education, serving as the director of the National Rural Education Forum. She has helped design IE courses for graduate students and participated in the Ohio Chapter IE Research project at Park Street Intermediate School in Grove City, Ohio.
35 Sundale Road
Norwich, OH 43767
Term 2: 2016-2017
Angela Miller serves as the Invitational Education Coordinator for Jessamine County Schools, where she works with school leaders and their staff on implementing successful Invitational Education initiatives. As a lead elementary teacher, Angela’s classroom is a model of inviting instructional practices. For more than a decade, Angela has presented workshops on Invitational Education and inviting classroom strategies to schools, universities, State agencies and professional development organizations.
Angela currently serves as Chair of the IAIE Regional Leaders, Marketing Committee, and is a member of the Fidelity Award Committee. She was instrumental in founding the Jessamine County Chapter of IAIE in 2014, for which she serves as co-chair, and also co-chaired the 2016 IAIE World Conference in Kentucky. She enjoys presenting Invitational Education workshops locally, regionally, and internationally to teachers, administrators, parents, community, and state leaders. She has shared teaching strategies as a guest teacher in Hong Kong schools, and arranges many US/HK exchange programs.
Invitational Education Coordinator
Jessamine County Schools
Red Oak Elementary School
921 Union Mill Road
Nicholasville, KY 40356
Dr. John Novak is a Founding, Lifetime Member of the International Alliance for Invitational Education and co-author of more than a dozen books about Invitational Theory, John Dewey, and Educational Leadership, including Inviting School Success, Fundamentals of Invitational Education, and most recently, Leading for Educational Lives: Inviting and Sustaining Imaginative Acts of Hope in a Connected World. An invited speaker around the world, John has given keynote addresses from north of the Arctic Circle to the bottom of New Zealand. As a philosopher, he has contributed immeasurably to the deeper significance of Invitational Theory and Practice and helped IAIE members to better understand and implement ITP in their personal and professional lives. Dr. Novak is currently Professor of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Education at Brock University, Ontario, Canada. He is a former public school teacher, three-time chair of his department, and past president of the Society of Professors of Education.
8 Willowdale Ave.
St. Catharines, Ontario
Canada L2R 4K4
Term 2: 2017-18
In addition to receiving the highest award for teaching given by the University of North Carolina system, The Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, William received the 2005 Excellence in Education Award presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music for his work in encouraging learning through the arts.
Among the 11 books he has authored and co-authored, are Self Concept and School Achievement, Inviting School Success (co-authored with John Novak), and Becoming an Invitational Leader (co-authored with Betty Siegel.) William continues to provide active leadership for IAIE through his energy, passion, and wisdom.
1031 Prestwick Court
Clemmons, NC 27012
Among her many honors, Betty was the first recipient of the University of Florida’s Distinguished Teacher Award, the Florida State University’s Louis Bender Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Higher Education, the University of North Carolina’s Peabody Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Education, and the Chattahoochee Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the State of Georgia. Most recently, she was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Emily B. Grigsby Award “For a Lifetime of Inspiration and Achievement.”
Recipient of nine honorary doctorates, she currently holds the Endowed Chair for Ethical Leadership at Kennesaw State University. Frequently appearing on Georgia Trends annual list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians, Betty was presented in 2012 with the Georgia Board of Regents Hall of Fame Eldridge McMillan Award for Lifetime Achievement. A major new building named in her honor is scheduled for completion on the Kennesaw State University campus in December, 2014.
Among her writings, Betty co-authored Becoming an Invitational Leader with William Purkey and The Decatholon Life: Tools for Crafting Your Retirement with Bill Dyke. Dr. Siegel is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on global ethical leadership in service of the common good.
Betty lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, Joel. They have two sons, both in higher education, and five grandchildren. She has been an avid movie-goer since early childhood and she often boasts about an enviable collection of some 700+ unopened cookbooks.
1000 Chastain Road, MD 9106
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Vicki Wilson, Ed.D. is a talented educational consultant. Her stellar career in higher education has involved teaching and serving as Education Department Chair at two Ohio Institutions. She is the recipient of numerous awards and the author of 2 books and 30 published articles. Vicki has been an active member of IAIE for 10 years. She nurtured IE at Muskingum University, served as the Chair of the IAIE Advisory Council, the Program Director at the IAIE Columbus, Nashville, and New York Conferences, and directed a research project on Inviting School Award Recipients. In addition to her role as a Trustee, Vicki was instrumental in the development of the new Regional Leader initiative. She also chairs the new IAIE Welcoming Schools Recognition Program, acknowledging positive climate work in schools that are new to IE.
127 Ogden Rd.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Term 1: 2016-2017