Meet The Team

Our team is a group of practitioners, thinkers, and creators that are passionate about supporting our Partners and their innovative work in education. We like to question, hustle, and have fun.

Greg Schermbeck

Founder & Principal

Greg Schermbeck is the founder and principal consultant of SchermCo, an education advising and implementation firm. Here’s more about Greg:

  • In October of 2015, he completed the Marshall Memorial Fellowship with the German Marshall Fund.
  • He previously served as Nashville Prep’s (part of RePublic Schools) Founding Dean of Students, Science Department Chair and Director of Innovation.
  • Greg began his career as a Teach For America Corps Member teaching High School Science at West Charlotte High School.
  • He earned his B.A. from the College of Wooster and M.Ed. from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
  • Greg’s dream is that one-day Boyz II Men & Bruce Springsteen tour together.

Lori Schermbeck

Director of Operations

Lori Schermbeck serves as the Director of Operations. Here’s more about Lori:

  • Yes, she’s Greg’s Momma.
  • She’s also the proud mother of twin boys, Kyle and David Schermbeck.
  • Lori has worked in various capacities for Target, Kohl’s, and other organizations.
  • When not directing operations at SchermCo, Lori can be found crocheting or attending football games.
  • Lori once made 20+ of her world famous apple pies for one of her son’s weddings.

Kelsey Van Dyke

Director of Programs

Kelsey serves as the Director of Programs. Here’s more about Kelsey:

  • Kelsey spent the first part of her career in the startup world helping to build a media-tech company in Raleigh, NC.
  • She recently earned her M.A. in Educational Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship from UNC-Chapel Hill and also holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill with a double major in Journalism and Psychology.
  • Kelsey founded and directed camps for middle school girls to explore STEAM and entrepreneurship in Raleigh.
  • She’s the adoring parent to troublemaker Roo, a Vizsla-Pit rescue dog that’s been keeping her on her toes since August 2018.

Erin Johnson

Project Associate

Erin provides curriculum development, writing, and strategic planning support for our partners. Learn more about Erin:

  • Erin has previously served as the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Fellow at Uncommon Schools’ Leadership Prep Brownsville Elementary Academy. Before transitioning into this role, she was a third-grade teacher and instructional leader at Excellence Girls Elementary Academy—Uncommon School’s first New York City Blue Ribbon award-winning school.
  • Erin is an alum of Teach for America, Relay Graduate School of Education, and The College of Wooster.
  • She is an avid reader herself and passionate about ensuring that all students, no matter their race, economic background, or identity, receive the highest quality of education possible.

Ana Cunningham

Project Associate

Ana provides project management and capacity building support for our school focused initiatives. Learn more about Ana:

  • In 2015, she raised over $5,500 with ten amazing students to visit Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee to broaden college academic horizons
  • Ana began her career in education as a 2012 Teach for America Corps Member and has remained at her placement school–Phillip O. Berry Academy–for the past six years
  • Ana earned her B.A. from Northwestern University with a double major in English and Political Science
  • Ana’s favorite quotation stems from William Somerset Maugham’s novel The Painted Veil— “I have an idea that the only thing which makes it possible to regard this world we live in without disgust is the beauty which now and then men create out of the chaos. The pictures they paint, the music they compose, the books they write, and the lives they lead. Of all these the richest in beauty is the beautiful life. That is the perfect work of art.”
  • Ana is a proud parent to young Cody–a beagle-hound mix she rescued in April 2017.

Jonathan Gardner

Digital Media Associate

Jonathan supports our social media platforms and story-telling. Learn more about Jonathan:

  • In 2015, Jonathan earned his B.A. in Communication from La Salle University with a concentration in Public Relations. He is currently obtaining his M.A. in Communication from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Not only has Jonathan helped increase digital media impressions well over 120%, but also, raised over 1000lbs of food for charity through community outreach efforts.
  • Over the last 4 years, he has sharpened his digital media skills at the Mayor’s Office of Philadelphia, Mecklenburg County Courthouse, and Red Ventures.
  • Jonathan is a proud parent to young Bruce – a boxer/mastiff/great dane mix.

Katie Schermbeck

Design Associate

Katie serves as the Design Associate. Here’s more about Katie:

  • Born and raised in North Carolina, Katie loves her home state and is proud to have graduated from Appalachian State University (‘12) and then started her career in education as a 2013 Teach For America corps member in Charlotte, NC.
  • In pure Enneagram 9 fashion, she has many identities but holds a few closest to her heart: wife, daughter, sister, writer, artist, and friend.
  • Over the course of the last 8 years, Katie has worked for many educational equity-based non-profits that include: Breakthrough Collaborative, UrbanPromise Charlotte, Citizen Schools, and Teach For America.
  • And yes, she’s also a Schermbeck as of 2015 and adores her “in-loves.”

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