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Smoky Hill Education Service Center Consultants

Jump to a consultant profile: Jaye Ditter Jolene Goodheart Peterson Pam Kraus Noalee McDonald-Augustine Robyn Pekarek Darla Smith

Jaye Ditter

JDitter@smokyhill.org

 @JayeDitter

 

 

Jaye Ditter started working with education service centers in 2000 and has worked at Smoky Hill ESC since 2005 as an Education Consultant. Working from the Hays location, Ditter provides PDC training, coordinates Teacher Safari, Safari Adventure and Expo programs and the Smoky Hill Education Foundation Golf Tournament each year. She is a 21st Century CCLC grant evaluator and a facilitator for the Smoky Hill ESC crisis intervention team and the Smoky Hill Adventure Program.

 

 

 

 
 

Jolene Goodheart Peterson is an Education Consultant for Smoky Hill Education Service Center. She also works as a Teacher Leader Consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education.

 

Jolene earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education, a minor in Leadership Studies and Programs, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University.

 

Jolene has experience as a classroom teacher in Geary County Schools, Wamego Public Schools, and Salina Public Schools, as well as experience as a mathematics instructional specialist or math coach in Salina Public Schools. Her interests include mathematics teaching and learning, student mindset in mathematics, and evidence-based grading and reporting practices.

 

 

 

Pam has over 20 years of experience as a classroom science teacher, teaching chemistry and physical science at St. John’s Military School and Salina Central High School in Salina, Kansas. As the CTE Coordinator and STEM Consultant at Smoky Hill Education Service Center she provides CTE services and administers the Perkins grant for 42 districts and provides professional development for STEM teachers. Pam is also a space enthusiast and has participated in and presented at workshops at Johnson Space Center, US Space and Rocket Center, Cape Canaveral/Patrick AF Base and the Cosmosphere. Pam is passionate about sharing strategies to create motivation and interest to improve learning in STEM fields.

 

 

 

 

Noalee McDonald-Augustine

NMcDonald@smokyhill.org

 @nmcdonaldSHESC

 

 

Noalee McDonald-Augustine is in her 22nd year as an Educational Consultant, specializing in School Culture, Social-Emotional Learning, Character Education, Bullying, Classroom Management, and Poverty. She was co-chair of the Kansas Social, Emotional, and Character Development (SECD) standards writing team and co-chair of the SECD revisions team. She also manages the Smoky Hill Low and High Ropes Adventure Program. Noalee has a BA in Mathematics, a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice, and her master’s work is in Physical Education with an emphasis in Adapted Populations.

 

 

 

 
 

Robyn Pekarek started as an educational consultant for Smoky Hill ESC in 2022.  She has her B.S. degree in elementary education and M.S. degree in special education from Kansas State University as well as her NDE in Educational Leadership-Building Level through Fort Hays State University.  She has been an elementary special education teacher, classroom teacher at various elementary grade levels, reading specialist, and literacy coach.  She has taught in multiple districts across KS during her teaching career and has been able to assist districts in the implementation of FastBridge. 

Robyn has always been passionate about helping struggling readers learn to read and providing them with the best interventions that match their needs based on reading data.  Her expertise lies in understanding screening and diagnostic data, implementing MTSS practices with fidelity, using progress monitoring data to drive instructional practices, building relationships with students and parents she works with, and coaching teachers in providing effective instructional practices during ELA core and intervention groups.  

Robyn is able to provide professional development for schools and districts in the following areas:  effective core literacy instructional practices, structured literacy components as well as an understanding of the science of reading, research-based MTSS interventions, using FastBridge or any other universal screener to make instructional decisions, assistance with implementation of FastBridge, strong classroom management practices to increase student engagement, and strategies to help build relationships with students and families.  She is also available to help provide onsite literacy coaching services for districts to help strengthen core ELA programs and to work with teachers and reading specialists to provide strong MTSS programs.

 

Darla Smith

DSmith@smokyhill.org

 @dsmiSHESC

 

 

Darla’s educational career began at Winfield High School in Winfield, KS teaching social studies and language arts. At the time, the district was involved in developing standards-based instruction and integrating curriculum and instruction across content areas. Darla, and a fellow colleague, had the opportunity to develop a program for credit recovery that integrated science, social studies, language arts and math into a project-based approach. It was fun to see high school students make connections between what they were learning across all disciplines. Darla moved to the middle school level in Winfield, as they began to use block scheduling, brain-based learning, and integrated thematic instruction and then connect these practices to authentic problem/project-based learning to better address student learning needs. During her time in Winfield, Darla became a trainer for Slavin’s model of Cooperative Learning and worked with area schools and districts in the area. She also received training in peer coaching and was part of an initiative to pair teachers within the district to participate in collegial coaching as part of a targeted approach to professional development. Darla was also a K-12 instructional coordinator in the Derby School district and taught for a number of years for Wichita State University as part of their Curriculum and Instruction program and their Reading Specialist program. Darla at various times over the past several years has served on state standards writing committees in reading, writing, and social studies; and, as part of committees or groups working on school/system improvement at the state level. In her free time, Darla reads mysteries, quilts (which is a mystery), likes to refinish furniture, as well as go on outings to music festivals with her family. Darla continues to support teachers, schools, and districts as part of her work at Smoky Hill Educational Service Center, primarily in the areas of reading; school improvement; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment.