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NWEA Contributors

  • Holly Nelson - Holly has over twenty years of experience managing digital marketing strategies for companies both large and small. Her passion is working with people to solve business challenges and create opportunity using technology. At NWEA Holly leads the Interactive Marketing team.


  • Joi Converse - Joi brings passion, creativity and a desire to communicate effectively as Interactive Marketing Coordinator at NWEA. In her role she develops strategies for digital media campaigns, manages daily social media activities and updates web properties. Joi received her Masters in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Whitworth University. When she is not at work, she enjoys exploring the beauty of the Northwest with her family. However, Joi still has not found mountains that can compare to those in her home state of Alaska.


  • Kara Bobowski - Kara brings 15+ years of marketing communications experience to her role as the Senior Manager of Digital Content at NWEA. She is passionate about learning and creating opportunities to share NWEA partner stories on a variety of platforms. For the past year, Kara has been creating content for Assessment, working on the NWEA-Gallup assessment perceptions study, and collaborating with the Task Force on Assessment Education for Teachers. Prior to that, Kara held communications and consulting roles in a variety of industries. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame and earned a master's degree from Northwestern University.


  • Jean Fleming - Jean brings over 25 years of experience in education to her role at NWEA. She began as a middle school reading teacher in the Berkeley, California public schools. There, she developed a curriculum focused on engaging students in career explorations to foster a love of reading. She served as lead instructional designer for an online reading curriculum, held senior editorial positions with Technology & Learning magazine and, and managed global communications for the Intel Foundation’s professional development program.


Clarity Innovations Contributors

Clarity Innovations is an education-technology services firm based in Portland, Oregon that was hired by NWEA to support the development and launch of the Partner Community.


Kailey RhodesAs a former middle school teacher, Kailey is passionate about pursuing educational solutions that keep students at the forefront of their learning experience. She has taken this passion beyond the classroom to various onsite and virtual classrooms of teachers around the world, having authored and piloted various curricula and led webinars on both education technology as well as pedagogical issues such as curriculum writing and teaching grammar. Kailey is a Next Generation Science Standards aficionado and advocate, having written multiple blogs and conducted webinars on topics such as crafting a year of NGSS curriculum, demystifying NGSS, developing vital NGSS resources, and offering NGSS Professional Development to school science teams.


Lisa Fisher- Lisa is an instructional designer with a background in early childhood education and instructional technology. She specializes in educational technology solutions to develop early literacy, math, and science skills. After completing her undergraduate education in Portland Oregon, Lisa moved to New York City and worked as a school Technology Coordinator while completing her Master’s program at Columbia University. She earned a graduate degree in Instructional Technology and played an integral role in the development of software that incorporated best teaching practices and educational theory while engaging students in hands-on learning opportunities with computers.


Julia Fischer - Julia is an educator turned Professional Development Strategist for Clarity. As a middle school classroom teacher using innovative teaching methods led to her first roles as an educational trainer.  From there she moved into a district level position where she oversaw professional development from the educational technology department.  Over the years Julia has worked, as an instructional designer designing, planning and implementing online learning experiences to meet professional development needs. Julia also works at the university level with pre-service educators facilitating hybrid and online courses preparing them for their future classroom experiences.