Tim Leet is the Ethics and Character Coordinator at Columbus Academy (OH), where he also teaches upper school courses in ethics, physics, social research, and moral psychology. He has developed a curriculum for adolescents that explores moral identity and ethical decision making and is the author of Ethics and Identity, a textbook to support that curriculum. His diverse academic and professional background includes graduate degrees in both theology and nuclear engineering, as well as considerable experience coaching student leaders, aligning discipline systems, and developing a school-wide program in ethics and character. A regular presenter at local and national conferences, Tim has spoken on topics such as academic integrity, school culture, ethics education, and the keys to internalizing motivation. Tim formerly served as the character development consultant to the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education, and is the Executive Director of Heart of Character.
David Streight taught and worked as a school psychologist in public and independent schools in the Portland (OR) area before being named executive director of the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education in 2004. He left CSEE in 2015 to begin serving as senior fellow for Grab the Torch. David is the author, editor or contributing editor for a number of short books for educators or parents, all reflecting his primary interest in fostering goodness in young people and the society they will soon be enriching. Among the most important of these are Breaking into the Heart of Character: Self-Determined Moral Action and Academic Motivation (2013), Parenting for Character: Five Experts, Five Practices (2008), and Structure and Guts of Character Education (2015).
Michelle Bostian, LCSW, is a counselor, professional coach and consultant supporting leaders and teams. Passionate about ensuring decisions are made considering our innate needs for autonomy, belonging and feelings of competence, Michelle has been instrumental in developing a tool to assess a community’s strengths in meeting these needs for adults as well as for students. Michelle has deep experience in advocacy, counseling, leadership development, program development, and creative problem solving.
Board Certified, International Coaching Federation (ICF) certified, and certified with the National School Reform Faculty, Michelle’s experience includes coaching leaders at all levels. At Greensboro Day School she serves as Head of Counseling, MS Dean of Student Affairs, and leader of the Character and Ethics team. The latter is responsible for inculcating character and ethics in the curriculum, developing a discipline philosophy and supporting a healthy school climate. Michelle is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences.
Retired from full-time school administration in 2017, Anne Cass brings decades of experience in teaching and administrative leadership to her work. Believing that building strong relationships is at the heart of effective education, and that the existing wisdom in a school can effect change if the tools are made available, she works to create positive communities and develop ethical young people and adults. A skilled facilitator, Anne helps groups clarify a problem, identify their own strengths and expertise, and create a process to solve the problem. Her broad experience as a teacher and administrator in both independent and public schools as a high school English teacher and Principal, an Upper School Head, and an elementary school administrator informs her focus on building relationships to promote student growth, create strong leadership teams, and develop ethical school cultures.
Eileen (Lee) Dieck has been a teacher at The Masters School since 2004, and has served as class dean and co-developer of the School’s Ethical Leadership program. In her current role as Ethical Leadership Coordinator Lee develops programing for students, faculty, parents, and alumni with the goal of fostering a strong community that will produce ethical leaders for the future.
Lee served as a consultant for the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) and has presented on topics related to Ethical Leadership and Academic Integrity for CSEE and the Grab the Torch Foundation. In her community, Lee has served on multiple boards and is currently serving her second term as chair of the board of Professional Children’s School.
Bridget Gwinnett began working with children as a Child and Adolescent Therapist in clinical mental health, and then in private practice. As the Upper School Counselor at Greensboro Day School (NC), she seeks to support students in the hard work of being a teenager, provide parents with tools for handling the everyday experience of raising adolescents, and supply teachers with the resources to deliver challenging quality instruction while recognizing the developmental and emotional needs of their students. In addition to counseling, Bridget works with students in Health and Wellness and teaches Individual Ethics in Community. To plant the seeds of servant leadership and help students discover their purpose, she requires that they attend to how they are shaping their identities, consider their responsibility to others, and imagine the ways they will impact their communities. Bridget holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and is a licensed trainer in Restorative Practice.
Dr. Pascal Losambe earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Purdue University with a focus on cultural competence. He has a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College (VT) and a M.S. in Biology from Boston College where he received the Donald J. White award for teaching excellence, a distinguished honor given annually to graduate instructors. He serves on regional diversity boards, has led strategic vision initiatives for various institutions and has conducted multiple workshops on cultural competence at national and international conferences. Dr. Losambe’s achievements include the Mosaic Award in 2018, and being invited onto the Purdue University Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Advisory Board and the Independent School Association of the Central States Equity and Justice Committee Board.
Mary Bond is the Associate Head of Upper School at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie, Louisiana. For the past decade, she has created and maintained discipline programs within the framework of autonomy, belonging, and competence. She is particularly interested in exploring and pushing the boundaries for approved student involvement and autonomy in school communities. Mary has presented at workshops across the United States, speaking on topics such as fostering student autonomy, strengthening relationships of trust, and providing meaningful roles for students to fulfill within a school’s culture.
Michelle Scandurro has spent her career focusing on adolescent development and needs. First as an English teacher and then as an administrator, Michelle witnessed first hand how students thrive academically the more she got to know them and let them take ownership of the class. As Upper School Head at St. Martin’s Episcopal School, she expanded her classroom philosophy to the entire high school. Working with a collaborative administrative team, Michelle led a deliberate, five-year cultural transformation in the Upper School.
Michelle is currently the founder of a small non-profit in her hometown of New Orleans called Listen to Kids. Listen to Kids partners with child advocacy centers to help provide physical needs for teens in crisis. The name of her charity is secretly one of Michelle’s most passionate beliefs; adults have a responsibility to listen carefully to kids, understand their ideas and needs, and share with them the power to shape their current and future environments.