Our Team

Diane Sweeney

Founder & Lead Consultant

DIANE SWEENEY has been an author and educational consultant for over twenty years.  The author of The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020), Leading Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2018), Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), and Moves for Launching a New Year of Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2023), 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 The Essential Guide for Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2020), Student-Centered Coaching: The Moves (Corwin, 2016), and Moves for Launching a New Year of Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2023). 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 is the co-author of Moves for Launching a New Year of Student-Centered Coaching (Corwin, 2023).  She joined Diane Sweeney Consulting in 2019 where her work focuses on partnering with district and school leaders and instructional coaches to provide professional learning and support related to the implementation of Student-Centered Coaching. In addition, Julie has a passion for continuous learning for educators focusing on best practices, responsive instruction, and equity. She enjoys presenting at educational conferences where her own learning expands as she connects with others’ knowledge, ideas, and experiences.

Julie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Missouri State University (7-12), Elementary Certification (1-6) from Avila University, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning from Baker University. She has been in public education since 1998 serving as a teacher, instruction specialist, and consultant. 

Amber Birch-Trujillo

Senior 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.

Amanda Brueggeman

Consultant

AMANDA BRUEGGEMAN, Ed.D. is an education consultant and began her teaching career in 2004. 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 an instructional coach. Her passions include literacy and collective efficacy in relation to working with new teachers and mentors. Amanda is also the author of 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.

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller

Practitioner Consultant

JESSICA MILLER is driven by her mission to provide kind, collaborative, and reflective coaching experiences to those she works with. She served as an Instructional Coach in Indiana for seven years where she worked with teachers in her buildings to improve student learning and to build instructional capacity. Jessica found her “coaching home” in the world of Student-Centered Coaching, which allowed her to truly bring her mission to life by serving as an authentic partner with teachers, working together to improve the student learning experience. She believes in the power of Student-Centered Coaching to empower all teachers through high-quality coaching that is grounded in student learning.

Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree from Butler University and a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from Ball State. In addition to her consulting work, Jessica is a Professional Learning Specialist in Instructional Innovation with Keep Indiana Learning where she supports schools in the areas of instructional coaching and strengthening mathematics instruction.

Brandon Lewis

Practitioner Consultant & Podcast Developer

BRANDON LEWIS began his teaching career in 2005 in his hometown of Tracy, CA. He relocated to Kansas City, MO in 2010, where he serves as an Innovation & Learning Coach for Liberty Public Schools. His desire to always put student learning and the center of coaching has led to his work as an consultant. Brandon is also the co-host of Student-Centered Coaching: The Podcast. He is passionate about learning from other coaches and sharing their stories.

Brandon is a proud graduate of Southern Nazarene University. He also has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National University.

Rachel Hill

Practitioner Consultant

RACHEL HILL has 14 years of teaching experience in the Tuscaloosa City Schools, where she has taught first, third, and fourth grades. She served as a building-based coach for three years, working with teachers to create enriching opportunities for students in grades PreK–5. Now, Rachel serves as a K-5 Math Specialist who mentors elementary math coaches in the West Alabama region. Rachel participated in the inaugural 2022-23 Student-Centered Teaching Academy and previously won system-level recognition for innovative use of technology in the classroom and as a teacher of the year. Rachel spends her non-coaching time drinking coffee, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and listening to audiobooks.

Rachel holds a B.A. in elementary education and an M.A. in instructional leadership from The University of Alabama. She joined the team in 2023.

Dan Sweeney

Project Manager

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