Bill joined Generation Ready (formerly AUSSIE) in 1998 as an educational consultant supporting struggling school districts throughout New York City. Bill brings more than 35 years of educational expertise having supported schools and education systems throughout the world, including Australia, England, South Africa and Asia.
Bill has been in a variety of roles within education as a teacher, administrator, coach, and consultant across all grades. He has supported schools, districts, and states at all levels in education.
Before moving to the United States Bill was the General Manager of Reading Matters, a national education non-profit organization in South Africa that provides teacher training, materials and schools to poor communities in the region. Equity has always been his passion – “it is vital to ensure all students have equal opportunities to help them succeed in life.” His mission is to provide every child with an outstanding education which he believes is the most critical 21st century challenge; this is why he affirms partnering with great schools has the potential to transform lives.
Bill’s background affords him a uniquely qualified perspective on modern education. He works closely with Maria Quail in providing a consistent nationwide strategy for Generation Ready’s professional development initiatives. The focus of such initiatives is ensuring consultancy is research-based and transformative, and supports educational equity, leadership growth, teacher effectiveness, and student achievement in schools that Generation Ready partners with.
Chief Executive Officer
Maria Quail began her teaching career in Brooklyn as an elementary school teacher and later transferred to the Bronx. She went on to become a certified Reading Recovery teacher working with at risk students. In time she became an Assistant Principal and eventually the Principal of Public School 8 in the Bronx. Later she served as a mentor to new principals in her district under a Project Lead Grant in District 10 in the Bronx.
For the following 8 years, Maria served as a Network Leader in the Empowerment Organization of the Department of Education in the City of New York, initially leading a team of 4 who supported 26 NYC schools. Under her leadership the network quickly grew in school numbers and became one of the first in the city of New York to pilot a Children First Network (CFN) and Phase One of the Special Education Initiative. Selecting a team of 14 experts in operations and instruction, CFN 109 was formed which supported 36 schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn instructionally and operationally.
She has also served as an adjunct instructor for graduate students at Manhattan College. Maria joined Generation Ready in 2016 and is currently Generation Ready’s Chief Executive Officer.
Director of Business Operations
Rafael is a business technology and analytics professional who brings with him over 12 years of experience with information technology, data analytics, and program management.
He is grateful for his 6 years at Children International, early in his career where he began to refine his skills to help implement, monitor and evaluate educational programs in Sponsorship Operating Agencies in poor communities in Latin America, the US, Africa, and Asia. He observed that using technology and implementing effective tools to measure program success are vital components to demonstrate the impact of such initiatives. Since then he has become a promoter and implementer of such program components.
As a past business analyst in a number of projects in the for profit and the non-profit sector, he enjoys discovering new ways to use data and technology to optimize work flows and has a keen eye for details. Such optimization and meticulousness being key to his success as a leader and implementer of solutions to make program implementations efficient, cost-effective and measurable.
On a more personal note, through the years, he has observed how much positive thinking, treating people with excellence and good team work dynamics can contribute to successful work outcomes – as such Rafael is a firm believer in those work qualities.
Having lived in Bolivia, Paraguay and different parts of the United States, he grew up fully bilingual in English and Spanish and celebrates different cultures and diversity.
Customer Relationship Manager
Brooke graduated from Towson University with a degree in Communication Studies, focusing on marketing, public relations, and advertising. Brooke is able to bring her years of marketing experience to the organization to help maintain client relationships and attract new customers. Her knowledge and work experience help her create an environment in which clients and consultants feel comfortable to contact her with their concerns, streamlining the processes used by clients and internal staff to create a nurturing atmosphere.
Brooke began her journey at Generation Ready 5 years ago as the Education Coordinator. During that time, she provided support and resources necessary for our Education Consultants to deliver their services in schools throughout New York City. Brooke quickly advanced to the position of Business Operations Manager, which offered her the opportunity to provide deeper assistance to clients. In her present position, Brooke serves as Customer Relations Manager where she manages all clients and consultants.
Coming from a family of educators, who strived to ensure success for all students, Brooke was motivated to follow in their footsteps. Working with Generation Ready, a premier Professional Development company gives her the opportunity to support teachers and leaders to develop schools of excellence.