Who We Are

We are a team of professional educators with decades of experience as teachers, coaches, administrators, curriculum planners, and professors.

Meet Our Team

Our professional development and technical assistance is centered around two factors that research has proven to make a significant difference in student learning: knowledgeable, skillful teachers that deliver exemplary instruction and educational leaders that know how to provide meaningful instructional centered feedback to staff (Wallace Foundation, 2013).

Frances Bessellieu

Frances Bessellieu

Founder

With an indomitable spirit and infectious joy for living, Frances loved people, animals—and a challenge.  In the Chinese proverb which reads, “Those who say it can not be done should not interrupt the person doing it,” Frances was always that person doing it.
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Carrie Cole

Carrie Cole

President

Carrie leads the Side-by-Side team, working in schools and districts, supporting consultants, and ensuring that clients receive the highest quality support possible.
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Matilda "Tilly" Gurley

Matilda "Tilly" Gurley

Executive Assistant

Tilly provides assistance to the Side-by-Side team, while also serving as the primary contact for clients to support projects from conception to completion.
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Ann Ganzert

Ann Ganzert

Consultant

Ann is a firm believer that the most important factor impacting student achievement is the classroom teacher.
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Angie Godfrey

Angie Godfrey

Consultant

Angie has a firm belief that all students can think mathematically. Helping educators better understand this so that children can then believe this about themselves is where she finds the greatest rewards.
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Yolanda Westerberg

Yolanda Westerberg

Consultant

Yolanda is an educational consultant for school districts across the United States, with specific expertise in literacy, yearlong planning and implementation of practical strategies that benefit the classroom educator, improving student learning and staff efficacy.
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Denielle Miller

Denielle Miller

Consultant

Denielle is a behavior and instructional consultant specializing in early childhood, and especially enjoys working with classroom teachers wanting to expand their instructional practices.
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Rhonda Birnie

Rhonda Birnie

Consultant

Rhonda works closely with teachers and administrators to change mindsets about mathematics and to support educators in helping students explore and better understand math.
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Marcy Moriarty

Marcy Moriarty

Consultant

Marcy consults at the preschool and elementary level, and especially enjoys sharing knowledge, problem solving, and providing encouragement to teachers.
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Tanya Peshovich

Tanya Peshovich

Consultant

Tanya consults at the preschool and elementary levels and is an expert at modeling, supporting, and coaching teachers to implement effective, engaging instructional strategies for literacy in the classroom.
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Stephanie Lester

Stephanie Lester

Consultant

Stephanie has experience as a teacher, principal, and program director, and believes in integrating all curricular areas through science to provide relevant, engaging learning experiences in which students will experience success.
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Linda Jamieson

Linda Jamieson

Consultant

Linda works with teachers, leadership teams and administrators to build their capacity to increase student success and achievement.
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Lenora Spencer Reckin

Lenora Spencer Reckin

Consultant

Lenora enjoys the challenges of coaching and is especially skilled at supporting the development of highly skilled teachers—all with a goal of ensuring children meet their potential to be successful in school and in life.
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Marci Parks

Marci Parks

Consultant

Marci Parks is passionate about children and teaching, and considers working with people who care for and interact with children each day the best part of her job.
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Mary McGarry Burke

Mary McGarry Burke

Consultant

Mary works to encourage teachers and students to be successful, life-long learners and is energized by problem solving and high quality teaching.
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Deanna Albert

Deanna Albert

Consultant

Deanna supports literacy at the elementary level, working with teachers and administrators in implementing and improving best instructional practices.
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Joy Mickelsen

Joy Mickelsen

Consultant

Joy has consulted for over 20 years and has been instrumental with introducing the instructional coaching model in many schools and districts.
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Deborah Scheffel

Deborah Scheffel

Consultant

Deborah is a consultant who seeks to support excellence in education one teacher and one child at a time.
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Lynda Collins

Lynda Collins

Consultant

Lynda consults at the preschool and elementary levels, focusing on best practices for literacy.
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Side by Side Educational CounsultingPO Box 15238Wilmington, NC 28408
389 Canoe Gulch Rd • Libby, MT 59923
(800) 585-8304