Staff

Brandon Lucius

Executive Director
Brandon oversees the day-to-day operations of ATC and is responsible for staffing, fundraising, and communicating with school leaders, legislators, and the public. Born and raised in the Arkansas Delta, Brandon taught 10th grade biology in the Helena-West Helena School District with Teach For America and 9th grade Algebra 1 in the Osceola School District before...
Brandon Lucius

Lizzy Hetherington

Director of Teacher Development
Lizzy coordinates teachers’ training and development over the three-year Fellowship and manages a team of teacher development managers to coach Fellows toward resilience and student success in the classroom. A native of upstate New York, Lizzy taught 7th grade math in Minneapolis, MN through Teach For America after graduating from Oberlin College with her B.A....

Donnalie Nelson

Teacher Development Manager
Donnalie coaches and supports teachers through classroom observations and debriefs, in addition to coordinating and facilitating professional development. She is a 2013 Teach for America alumna who grew up traveling and living in a variety of different communities before settling in central Arkansas to teach English 10 and Pre-AP ELA at Pine Bluff High School....
Donnalie Nelson

Laureina Toler

Teacher Development Manager
Laureina coaches and supports educators through classroom observations and debriefs in addition to researching and providing educators with highly-effective practices and resources. Laureina was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cal. where she earned a B.A. in development studies with a minor in education from the University of California, Berkeley. As a...
Laureina Toler

Kendra Ide

Teacher Development Manager
Kendra coaches and supports teachers through classroom observations and debriefs, in addition to coordinating and facilitating professional development. She is a native of Zeeland, MI and earned her bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in religion at Hendrix College in Conway, AR. Kendra was a 2016 Fellow and completed her educator certification for English 7-12...
Kendra Ide

Maci Edwards

Director of Organizational Development
Maci works to facilitate partnerships with Arkansas school districts, community organizations, and funders as well as increase the organizations visibility through outreach and public service. A native of Missouri, Maci has lived in Arkansas for ten years. She studied sociology and studied abroad in Ghana and Cuba as an undergraduate student and went on to...

John Hall

Director of Recruitment
John plans and coordinates ATC’s recruitment, selection, placement, and licensure efforts, as well as managing the part-time University student workers who assist with outreach and communication. John received a Bachelor of Science in political science and a minor in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he is currently pursuing a M.A....
John Hall

Sarah C. McKenzie, Ph.D.

Faculty Director
Dr. McKenzie is the Executive Director of the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. A teacher at heart, Sarah has taught students from pre-kindergarten to university level, has provided training and consulting to public school districts, and has presented nationally and internationally on educational statistics. Since her days as an elementary teacher,...

Gary W. Ritter, Ph.D.

ATC Co-Founder & Chair of Board of Advisors
Dr. Ritter is the dean of the School of Education at Saint Louis University and also serves as chair of the ATC Board of Advisors. Before joining SLU, Gary was a professor of education policy and holder of the 21st Century Endowed Chair in Education Policy in the Department of Education Reform at the University...
Gary W. Ritter, Ph.D.