Vice President of Operations
Kathy Berry serves as Vice President of Operations at SLI and is responsible for finance, human resources, and office management. Kathy also works directly with SLI’s Director of Educational Programs to ensure quality and coordination among programs. Prior, Kathy was SLI’s Director of Professional Development, where she led all teacher-centered activities and supported schools in the Focused Instruction Process. In addition, Kathy facilitated and assisted in the design of a variety of workshops, coaching sessions, and other training opportunities, examples of which include Peer Coaching, Teacher Facilitator Training, Differentiated Instruction, and Teaching Strategies for Success. Berry also worked at the Johnson School in Chicago for six years where she taught first grade and Reading Recovery, co-designed a new lesson plan book, facilitated the assessment team, and led staff development in alternative assessments. Kathy has presented at several conferences including the ASQ 2010 National Quality Education Conference and has participated in a national collaborative for Looking at Student Work since its formation in 1998 at the initiative of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and Project Zero at Harvard University. Ms. Berry has also been trained in Human Resources by the AMA and has participated in an Innovation course at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a certified teacher with a B.A. in Elementary Education from North Central College and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University. Kathy is licensed to deliver the Six Seconds’ Self-Science Curriculum and Model (Emotional Intelligence/Social Emotional Learning).