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Elizabeth Orme, Ed.S.

Founder & President

With a background in urban settings with low-income populations, Elizabeth has worked extensively in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, co-teaching implementation and development, and transition-based planning. Before founding Creatively Focused, Elizabeth taught in the Chicago Public School system and conducted research for the University of Chicago Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center. She then worked as a teacher and school administrator for Twin Cities Academy, a charter school on the east side of Saint Paul.

 
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Emily Cooley Dobbins, Ed. S.

Executive Director

With experience spanning urban, suburban, and rural settings, Emily has worked to improve outcomes for students in the areas of special education, unique learners, and mental health. Emily's areas of expertise include multi-tiered systems of support, co-teaching, team dynamics, and systems change. Prior to joining Creatively Focused, Emily served at the St. Croix River Education District, Wayzata Public Schools, and Minneapolis Academy.

 
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Jillian Doherty

Director of Special Education

With experience as a special educator at the middle school level, high school level and at alternative learning sites, Jill has worked extensively with program development, mental health supports in schools and trauma-informed education. Prior to joining Creatively Focused, Jill served as Centennial High School’s Special Education Lead and the Coordinator for Extended School Year at Pines School, located at the Lino Lakes Correctional Facility.

 
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Colleen Schatz

Director of Special Education

With over 30 years experience in special education, Colleen has always advocated for quality education for all students. She has worked to improve and develop programs at all levels PK-12. She has led educational teams in program improvement, PBIS implementation, monitoring, behavior management and much more. Colleen’s areas of expertise include strategic planning to improve programming, transition planning, PBIS development and implementation, workplace wellness and all areas of due process. Prior to joining Creatively Focused Colleen worked as an administrator for SWWC Service Cooperative and Minneapolis Public Schools.

Alyssa Prince

School Psychologist

With over nine years of experience as a school psychologist, Alyssa has worked with schools to improve outcomes for students in the areas of academics and social, emotional, and behavioral skills. Alyssa’s areas of expertise include multi-tiered systems of support, positive behavior intervention supports, data-based decision making, and due process. Prior to joining Creatively Focused, Alyssa served at South Washington County Schools, Forest Lake Area Schools, and the St. Croix River Education District.

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Ariella Degner

Director of Special Education

With experience as a special educator in Minneapolis-area charter schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, Ariella is driven help close the opportunity gap for all students. Ariella previously served as an Assistant Director of Special Education at Northeast College Prep Academy and currently works as a Special Education Supervisor and Director of Special Education in Creatively Focused member schools.


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Elizabeth Orme, Ed.S.

Founder & President