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The School Wise Press team

Steve Rees
Steve ReesPresident & Founder
When Steve started School Wise Press, he brought to education leaders a level of professional data presentation, data analytics and reporting skill previously available only to those in the financial and scientific fields. He has been a frequent presenter at California School Boards Association’s annual conference. Steve currently sits on the advisory board of the Institute for Evidence Based Change, which encourages education leaders to use data more effectively. Before launching School Wise Press, he worked in magazine management for 18 years.
Mary Perry
Mary PerryEditorial Director
Mary was the deputy director of EdSource from 1993 to 2011. She works with the School Wise Press team to plan and implement the editorial and data content used in our district and school accountability and decision support services. She is widely known throughout California for her knowledge of California education policy and data, and her ability to explain both clearly. A former school board member of the Campbell Union School District, Mary holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Liberal Arts from Stanford University.
Michael O’Neill
Michael O’NeillProfessional Development Director
Michael is an educator of educators, and the founder of BridgeWorks Group, which since 1993 has provided support to education leaders through executive coaching, board workshops and strategic planning. He also provides guidance on curriculum and instruction to site leaders and teachers, with a focus on the Common Core transition. In the 1990s, he was a member of the faculty of the California School Leadership Academy.
Greg Smith
Greg SmithTechnology Director
Greg has worked in computer journalism and small-business systems consulting for more than 25 years. His journalism experience encompasses a variety of publications, including InfoWorld and PC World, where he directed their testing and usability labs. His IT practice focuses on data-driven publishing and analytic solutions.
Jonathan McIlroy
Jonathan McIlroyCurriculum Developer and Evaluator
Jonathan is currently a graduate student at the Lufkin School of Public Policy at UCLA. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business with dual majors in computing and information technology as well as ethics and political philosophy. In addition to working with us to develop our curriculum and evaluate the impact of our work, he is an academic coach at Da Vinci Science Charter High School in Los Angeles.
Keith Yoder
Keith YoderQuality Assurance Specialist
Keith is a 2010 graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in Philosophy, and an experienced data analyst and QA specialist. With the consultancy Acumen Solutions from 2011-2013, he worked as a support specialist, front-end developer, and QA designer and tester of data-driven applications for the New York City Department of Education and multiple Washington D.C. charter schools, along with other public and private sector clients. Keith is also a musician, playing trumpet freelance and with three Bay Area bands.