Steve Price, ERC's founder, oversees the team's program development, evaluation, and research. He has developed proposals and evaluated state and federally funded educational programs for more than twenty years in a variety of school and higher education initiatives to improve education. As Administrator for Resource Development in Clovis (CA) Unified School District, Steve initiated and led the district's foundation and competitive grants program for ten years. School experience includes secondary teaching, counseling, psychology, and administration. Steve directed Fresno State's former Center for Educational Research and Services and has taught graduate courses in educational research and evaluation. He enjoys linking innovative educators with the funding sources they need to bring dreams to reality and helping keep services funded through effective program evaluation and reporting.
Stephen Price, lead evaluator and grant writer, brings broad evaluation experience to ERC clients that includes federal, state, and privately funded programs. His current work includes: two large-scale after school programs; a federally-funded Invest in Innovation (i3) project focused on Family Literacy; teacher assessment and local evaluation for the California Math Science Partnership; an Improving Teacher Quality Program; and a School Leadership Program. Additional experience includes National Science Foundation, English learners, youth fitness and substance abuse prevention. He designed ERC's After School Report Card, used in several hundred California school sites, and conducts workshops in grant writing, program development and evaluation.
Kathy Stanton, vice president for operations, oversees all service agreements and provides client support to insure customer satisfaction. As publications coordinator and graphic illustrator, she does layout and design, including data presentation, having worked in this capacity in both K-12 and university settings. Kathy coordinates the technical aspects of proposal development and puts the finishing touch on ERC reports and publications. She ensures that all funding agency specifications are met in proposals and reports.
John Escalera, information technology director, has a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, a Master of Science degree in information security, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in computer science at Georgia Tech. He designs, programs, and supports custom software for ERC clients and administers databases for large-scale projects. Using procedures he designed, John extracts, transforms and loads student data for more than forty school districts, 1,000 schools, and over 1 million students annually. He developed and supports ERC's online after school management system (After School Manager), used by approximately 300 school sites and developed ERC's virtual time sheet, a cost-efficient system for recording employees' work time. His latest project is an online performance management tool to help school districts monitor their Local Control and Accountability (LCAP) plans. John makes life easier for ERC clients in program and data management, while providing accountability tools that facilitate continual improvement.
Noel Price, policy analyst and qualitative evaluation specialist, heads school and classroom level research and evaluation. Noel is a Stanford graduate in public policy, where he earned a Master's degree in sociology. Grounded in his own teaching experience that spans 14 years from middle school science to high school advanced placement, he is well acquainted with the instructional challenges and opportunities facing school leaders and teachers. Noel assesses leader and teacher effectiveness through surveys, interviews. focus groups and site observations, using highly developed rubrics that focus on school climate, perceptions of leadership, communication efffectiveness, lesson content, instructional delivery, teacher questioning and levels of student engagement. Noel coordinates all data collection and analysis for evaluation projects.
Paul Seow, technology specialist/statistical analyst, holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics, with a strong background in physics. Paul is ERC's STEM guru, developing curriculum and grade level assessments in science and mathematics. He provides data analysis for evaluation reports, implements on line surveys, provides web design and content management, and develops digital badging systems. Paul serves as technology instructor with the annual Preservice Teacher Institute at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA (a two-week residential program), and provides technology-based professional development for preservice teachers. Prior experience includes work as a middle school technology lab instructor.
Lisa Vang, research assistant, collects, organizes, and analyzes data for a broad range of research and evaluation studies. Her expertise includes statistical analysis, data cleaning, online database maintenance, survey analysis, and data display. Lisa supports ERC research and evaluation reports with innovative charts and graphs that clearly describe program results and outcomes. Beyond statistics and data analysis, Lisa's educational background and interest is psychology and early childhood development.
Jet Vong, technology and media specialist, provides technical assistance for ERC clients and produces video, digital magazines and other media to support educational programs and to enhance clients' web content and presence. Current projects include training videos for the U.S. Youth Gaming League, media development for the California Teaching Fellows Foundation, and client event coverage for ERC. He provides technical assistance to clients using ERC's online After School Manager. Beyond ERC, Jet enjoys teaching STEM classes in the local Youth Tech Academy, completing an engineering degree, and achieving a private pilot license.
Noelle V. Banuelos began her career as a public school educator. After earning a graduate degree in Educational Psychology, she began her research and evaluation work in LAUSD, managing evaluations of professional development, adult ESL programs, and other curriculum-based initiatives. Dr. Banuelos earned her Ph.D. in Social Research Methodology at UCLA, with an emphasis on evaluation. Her work focuses on promoting evaluation use, organizational learning, and informed decision-making. As an independent consultant, she has designed and implemented large scale federal evaluations of educational programs as well as smaller district and school-based evaluations. Recent work includes assessments of Head Start programs, item development for national assessments, research and evaluation for a regional AB86 Adult Education Consortium, and analysis and reporting for after-school program evaluations. Dr. Banuelos also serves as part-time faculty in advanced quantitative design and methodology for two doctoral programs.
Sue Lepisto, consultant, is a qualitative evaluator for high school after-school and health intervention programs for ERC. She coordinates large scale survey administration, such as district-wide California Healthy Kids Surveys. Sue is a former secondary teacher, counselor, and middle school principal in Los Angeles Unified School District. She is experienced in all aspects of high school program assessment, through participation on nine Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation teams in southern California. As an adjunct faculty member at Phillips Graduate Institute, she taught classes in the Pupil Personnel Credential Program. In addition to her work with ERC, Sue serves part time as an administrative consultant with high school principals and after-school agencies for LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell division.