OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Dr. Ali Yilmaz is a scholarly practitioner with 18 years of teaching and administrative experience at school and district levels. He started his educational career as a Chemistry and ESL teacher in Columbus, Ohio. He obtained his doctorate degree in Urban Education with a focus on Human Resource Development and Business Administration. His research focuses on teacher retention and online learning.
Chris Austria began his career as a high school English and Social Studies teacher in Chicago. His 15 years teaching career has taken him from Chicago's North Side to the West Side. Before joining the MAESTRO Ed team, Chris spent 11 years as a school Principal and as a District Administrator. He is in the late stages of his doctoral studies where his research focus is on the impact of educational technology on teaching and learning.
Dr. Mary Hicks began her teaching career as a 5th Grade Reading teacher in Chicago. After several years in the classroom, Dr. Hicks accepted the position of Executive Director for the non-profit organization Boundless Readers. As the Executive Director, Dr. Hicks was instrumental in increasing the number of classroom libraries in Chicago schools. Dr. Hicks was also a Professor at Loyola University School of Education where she supervised the University's student teaching program.
Nicole Muzynski spent 21 years in the classroom as a Special Ed teacher and as a Case Manager. She has taught students with learning and physical disabilities and with emotional and behavioral disorders. As a teacher, Nicole was successful in raising her Special Ed students' achievement. Nicole's expertise is also in training teachers and school administrators on how to modify student assessment and instruction in order to meet a student's Individualized Educational Plan.