Our Team

Diane Sweeney

Founder & Lead Consultant

DIANE SWEENEY has been an author and educational consultant since 1999.  The author of Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance (Corwin, 2021), The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020), Leading Student-Centered Coaching  (Corwin, 2018), Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), et al., Diane holds a longstanding interest in how adult learning translates to learning in the classroom. Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Denver and a Master’s in Bilingual and Multicultural Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After teaching and coaching in the Denver Public Schools, Diane served as a program officer at the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) in Denver. Since then she has become a respected voice in the field of coaching and professional development.

Leanna Harris

Leanna Harris

Senior Consultant

LEANNA HARRIS is the co-author of Student-Centered Coaching from a Distance (Corwin, 2021), The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020), and Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016). She has worked as an educational consultant since 1999, partnering with teachers and schools from around the country to improve instruction and student achievement. Before joining Diane Sweeney Consulting, Leanna was a staff developer with the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), and then a school-based instructional coach across grades K-12.

Leanna has a MA in Education from the University of Colorado at Denver and an undergraduate degree in Theology from Georgetown University. She also has a Certificate in Sustainability Leadership and Implementation from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver – environmental sustainability being her passion when not thinking and learning about kids, teachers, and schools.

Julie Steele

Senior Consultant

JULIE STEELE has been in public education since 1998 as an elementary teacher, instruction specialist, and consultant. In 2019, she chose to pursue a full-time career in consulting to have a broader impact on students and teachers around the country. Her consulting work includes in-person and online support related to the implementation of Student-Centered Coaching. In addition, Julie has a passion for continuous learning which has led her to present at numerous educational conferences, provide professional learning for school districts around best practices and high-impact instruction, and author several blogs on equity.

Julie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Missouri State University, Elementary Certification (1-6) from Avila University, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning from Baker University.

Amanda Brueggeman

Consultant

AMANDA BRUEGGEMAN, Ed.D. is a literacy coach and consultant with over 17 years in education. She grew up on a farm in Southeast Missouri, working her way to the suburbs of St. Louis, MO, where she taught at Valley Park and Wentzville for ten years prior to being a coach. Her passions include literacy and collective efficacy in relation to working with new teachers and mentors. Amanda is the book, Student-Centered Mentoring (Corwin, 2022).

Amanda obtained her teaching degree in Elementary Education at Southeast Missouri State University. She earned her MA in Educational Technology from the University of Missouri and is certified as a Student-Centered Coaching Consultant. Amanda holds her Doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Maryville University, where she is also an adjunct professor for the Education Department.

Joy Casey

Joy Casey

Consultant

JOY CASEY is an instructional coach and consultant with over 17 years of experience in education. She grew up in the suburbs of Denver, CO and began her teaching career in 27J schools as a middle school math teacher. She taught at Prairie View Middle School for 9 years before becoming a district wide secondary math instructional coach. She is now the instructional coach of an elementary school in 27J Schools serving students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade.

Joy obtained her BS in International Business, teaching license, and an MA in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of Denver. She also holds her Principals License from CSU Global and is a certified Student-Centered Coaching Consultant.

Amber Birch-Trujillo

Consultant

AMBER BIRCH-TRUJILLO began her educational journey as a dual-language teacher in New York City, an experience that cemented her passion for working with linguistically and culturally diverse learners. After working in both U.S. public and charter schools, Amber moved abroad and worked first as a teacher, then as a learning coach at the International School Nido de Aguilas.  

Amber has an M.A. in Bilingual and Bicultural Education from New York Teachers’ College, holds certification in Student-Centered Coaching from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Certificate of International School Leadership from the Principals’ Training Center. She is currently a consultant, focused primarily on working with international and independent schools. She is also an adjunct professor at Lake Forest College where she teaches courses in ESL and Bilingual Education.

Rachel Jenner

Consultant & Online Content Developer

RACHEL JENNER began her career teaching students with disabilities at the high school level, where she spent nine years. After initially teaching self-contained classes, she moved to co-teaching core content classes, where she developed a passion for collaboration and reaching students at a wide variety of achievement levels. In 2015, Rachel moved abroad to start an instructional coaching program alongside her coaching partner at the Pan American School of Porto Alegre. She returned to Virginia in 2018 and worked initially as a resource teacher, then as an instructional coach for the Massanutten Technical Center, where she learns something new every day. Rachel has an MA in Education in Diverse Needs with a focus on At-Risk Students, and holds certification in Student-Centered Coaching from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dan Sweeney

Project Manager

DAN SWEENEY worked in sports & entertainment and then finance & insurance before joining the team as Project Manager in 2011. Dan is a graduate of Colorado State University.