School Leaders Awarded Distinguished Faculty Status by the National Institute for School Leadership

January 23, 2018

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Seven Experienced Educators from Across the Country Selected to Receive Leadership Credential

Washington D.C.—High-performing education systems around the world invest in the recruitment, preparation, development, and career advancement of teachers and leaders. The National Institute for School Leadership (NISL), the largest trainer of school leaders in the U.S., granted its highest level of certification to date to seven nationally recognized school leaders this week.

NISL has provided executive training to over 12,000 school leaders across 27 states based on its three decades of research into the world’s high-performing education systems by NISL’s parent organization, the National Center on Education and the Economy. Common to the top performers are systems that recognize and reward educators as they become experts in their fields, take on more and different responsibilities, and show that they can work successfully with students from all backgrounds and with diverse needs. NISL has created such a career ladder and credentialing system for its faculty.

After a rigorous evaluation process, seven NISL facilitators were awarded this credential because they demonstrated that they successfully trained and mentored other facilitators and contributed to NISL’s continuing research and development work.

NISL is proud of the dedication to improvement that these professionals demonstrate and is grateful for their knowledge and skills that are brought to bear on furthering NISL’s mission and strengthening school leadership across the country.

The inaugural class of Level 4 Distinguished Faculty are:

  • Maureen Berman, a NISL facilitator in Bradenton, FL, served as a school principal in Massachusetts across three districts for 26 years and worked as a Principal Center Institute Leader at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Edward Chevallier II, a NISL facilitator in Roanoke, TX, served in school districts in Texas and Louisiana as a teacher, principal, Executive Director of Curriculum and Staff Development, and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Yvonne DiMattia, a NISL facilitator in Jacksonville, FL, is a former teacher, America’s Choice Standards Coach, K-12 District Literacy Specialist, K-12 District Literacy Coach, High School Assistant Principal and Elementary School Principal in Duval County, Florida from 1989 to 2015.
  • Joseph Lachowicz, a NISL facilitator in New Kensington, PA, is also an adjunct professor at Point Park University teaching undergraduate courses on curriculum development. He is a former teacher, counselor and school administrator for alternative education and special education schools.
  • Elfreda Massie, a NISL facilitator in Bowie, MD, has held key leadership positions in public education including Chief of Staff and Superintendent of the District of Columbia Public Schools, Deputy Superintendent in Baltimore County Public Schools, MD and Associate Superintendent in Montgomery County Public Schools, MD.
  • Susan M. Rucker, NISL’s State Coordinator for Mississippi, served as a teacher, building-level principal for grades K-12, Curriculum Director for the State of Mississippi, Associate State Superintendent for Academic Education, and the Deputy State Superintendent for Instructional Programs at the Mississippi Department of Education.
  • Glenn Smartschan, a NISL facilitator in Pittsburgh, PA, served 35 years in public education as a teacher, assistant principal, director of curriculum, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools after which he taught as an adjunct professor at numerous universities.

The National Institute for School Leadership is the leading provider of proven leadership programs for educators using the best practices in adult learning from a variety of fields, including education, the military, business, law, and medicine. NISL builds the capacity of districts and states to provide education leaders with the critical knowledge and skills they need to be instructional leaders and improve student achievement in their schools. NISL is a division of the National Center on Education and the Economy. Visit NISL at

The National Center on Education and the Economy was created in 1988 to analyze the implications of changes in the international economy for American education, formulate an agenda for American education based on that analysis, and seek, wherever possible, to accomplish that agenda through policy change and development of the resources educators would need to carry it out. Follow NCEE on Twitter @CtrEdEcon and on Facebook.