Malika Anderson, Chief of Organizational Development
Malika Anderson previously served as Superintendent of the TN Achievement School District (ASD). Prior to joining the ASD, Ms. Anderson led school turnaround and principal leadership development for DC Public Schools and helped organizations improve their management and operational systems with A.T. Kearney Management Consulting and WrightWay Consulting. She is an alumna of the Broad Academy for school system leaders, earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Spelman College and a master’s degree in business administration from UCLA. Ms. Anderson serves as Board Chair for Valor Collegiate Academies in south Nashville, where she lives with her husband and two sons.
Jordan Brophy-Hilton, Managing Director of Engagement
Jordan began her professional commitment to students as a first grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools. After completing her Masters in Education Management & Policy, she returned to Chicago and worked at the district level, supporting large scale curriculum and assessment initiatives as well as guiding schools around the implementation of an instructional coaching model. From there, she joined New Teacher Center and for the past 9 years helped lead the portfolio of NTC programs, working directly with partners and internal staff to implement the NTC approach to teacher and leader development, securing funding (contractual, federal, philanthropic) to both deepen the impact, and support the growth, of NTC’s programs, and directed internal operations. Originally hailing from Northern California, Jordan has lived in Syracuse, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and now makes her home in Durham, NC with her husband, step-kids, and dogs.
Ben Fenton, Chief of Growth and Delivery
Ben began his career in education as the co-founder of New Leaders, a non-profit that trains school leaders for high-poverty schools. He managed all operations, local program implementation, and district partnerships as New Leaders grew from a startup to a $20 million organization. He later led the organization’s research and consulting teams, serving as the lead author of Breakthrough Principals (Jossey Bass, 2016), and advising states and districts on principal quality policies. More recently, Ben served as a Senior Advisor to Turnaround for Children, as a founding board member for TeachPlus, and as a board member for Instruction Partners, seeing first-hand the dedication to educator partnership and instructional improvement that inspired him to join the organization as the Chief of Growth and Delivery.
Emily Freitag, CEO
Before cofounding Instruction Partners (formerly District to District), Emily was the Assistant Commissioner of Curriculum and Instruction for the Tennessee Department of Education. In this capacity, she oversaw K-12 core academics including standards, assessment design, instructional materials and educator training and support. She led a collaborative effort to train more than 65,000 teachers and leaders during this time in a peer-led, content-based approach and Tennessee saw increases in student achievement on both NAEP and state tests. At the department, she also managed implementation of educator evaluation and served as Chief of Staff, supporting the development of the strategic plan. For five years before coming to Tennessee, Emily managed Teach For America’s D.C. and Connecticut Regions. She fell in love with education teaching seventh grade math in a rural community in Louisiana.
Luke Kohlmoos, Managing Director, Data and Insight
Luke started his career at D.C. Public Schools working primarily on community engagement and communications. After his time at DCPS, he joined Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman's transition team (and met his wife on his first day, thanks Kevin!) and ultimately stayed on at the Tennessee Department of Education. During his time at the TDOE, he worked on educator effectiveness through managing the Teacher Incentive Fund, worked as Chief of Staff for the Assistant Commissioner of Teachers and Leaders, and lead the state's work on teacher evaluation. In late 2015, he co-founded Instruction Partners (formerly District to District) with Emily.
Donique Nobles Muhammad, Managing Director, Professional Development
Originally from rural Mississippi and the first member of her family to attend college, Donique earned her undergraduate degree in physics from University of Mississippi and her masters from University of Memphis. Directly following college, Donique joined Teach For America and taught special education.
Upon completion of her two-year commitment with Teach For America, Donique joined the founding team at Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter School. After spending five years as Special Education Director and Dean of Students at Freedom Prep, Donique was asked to lead Freedom Prep’s expansion into elementary education. She became the Founding Head of School for Freedom Prep Charter School- Westwood Campus. Donique also spent time in Busan, South Korea at Busan Foreign School to aid in building a special education department and worked for Teach For America on their School and Systems Leadership team.
In her free time Donique likes to spend time with her husband, son, niece, and dog, Polo and attend Orangetheory Fitness classes.
Nicole Roberts Pratt, Director of Organizational Effectiveness
Nicole Roberts Pratt attended mostly rural schools and has a passion for supporting students and educators in rural communities. She started her career in education as a fourth-grade teacher in rural North Carolina. After earning her Masters Degree in Education Policy from Vanderbilt University, Nicole spent nearly six years at the Tennessee Department of Education. During her time there, she worked in curriculum and instruction, supporting teachers and leaders in the transition to more rigorous standards and assessments. She led continuous improvement of statewide trainings for tens of thousands of educators each summer and thousands of school leaders over the years. Nicole also led a university research partnership into the impact of mathematics instructional coaching and development of a statewide instructional coaching network. Nicole lives with her husband, daughter, and son in Nashville.
Elizabeth Ramsey, Senior Managing Director of Program
Elizabeth began her career teaching middle school English in the Rio Grande Valley. She left the classroom to move to Tennessee and join TNTP. In her time at TNTP, Elizabeth led a teacher training and certification program in Nashville and supported development of teacher coaching models. She also worked closely with school districts across Florida on adopting and implementing aligned curricular materials. In this work, she trained and supported school leaders and systems in developing a vision for excellent instruction as well as strategy and progress monitoring tools for academic work. She joined Instruction Partners in June as the Managing Director of District and School Partnership where she supports our work in helping districts improve instruction. Elizabeth lives in East Nashville with her husband, who is a High School Principal, and their dog. In her downtime, you can find her trying new recipes and restaurants, reading, exploring the outdoors, or in yoga and spin classes around town.
Jessica Roberts, Managing Director of Finance and Administration
Jessica graduated from Texas A&M University in 2004 with a BBA in Finance. In 2005 Jessica decided corporate finance life was not for her and became a certified teacher in order to pursue her passion for educational equity while deeply investing in her community and the lives of kids. Jessica taught 7th and 8th grade math in Houston, TX for five years while also helping to establish a community nonprofit, FamilyPoint Resources. While teaching, Jessica continued her education at the University of Houston, graduating with her MBA in 2010. Continually pursuing her passion for education, Jessica joined YES Prep Public Schools as the Controller in 2012. At YES Prep Jessica found her niche in business operations for education, eventually becoming the Managing Director of Finance and Accounting and serving in the Interim CFO role. Jessica left YES Prep in 2016 to serve as the founding Executive Director of the Luminary Learning Network, the first Innovation Zone within Denver Public Schools, which she led until joining Instruction Partners in 2019.
Justin Testerman, Executive Director of Autonomous Schools Partnership
Justin is an education professional with over 20 years of experience creating high quality education opportunities for at-risk youth. Most recently he helped co-found Project Renaissance, a nonprofit focused on doubling the number of Nashville children in high quality schools where he supported the creation and launch of Nashville Teacher Residency. Testerman also served as the COO of the Tennessee Charter School Center where he led school incubation efforts, resulting in the development of 16 high performing charter schools in Nashville and Memphis. Justin began his career as a middle school teacher in Newark, New Jersey through Teach for America.
Bonnie Williamson, Director of Development and CEO Support
As the Director of Development and CEO Support, Bonnie manages fundraising and public affairs, and works with the CEO on special projects. Originally hailing from the Windy City, Bonnie was drawn to Nashville for college and never left. She received both her B.A. in Human and Organizational Development and her M.P.P. in Education Policy from Vanderbilt University. As a research assistant and graduate fellow, Bonnie worked at Metro Nashville Public Schools, New Leaders, and the National Council on Teacher Quality. She found her way to Instruction Partners in the summer of 2016 and has grown with the organization! She is also Instruction Partners’ resident baker – stop by the Nashville office on any given day and you’re likely to find an original concoction by Bonnie.