Gabby Hewitt is a Senior Design Principal at Education Elements who leads work with small and large districts across the country to impact student success and leadership teams. She is also a content creator and certified facilitator for The NEW School Rules and The NEW Team Habits, a step-by-step guide for leadership teams to use when building and implementing more responsive habits. Gabby has been a classroom teacher, teacher leader, and district manager for resident teachers. Over the last decade, she has cultivated expertise in adult professional development; responsive classroom, leadership and team practices; and strategic planning. She is passionate about supporting district leaders in shifting individual practices as a way to make lasting and transformational change. Gabby’s favorite habit is The Learning Habit – we talk about mistakes to model vulnerability so that our team learns and grows together.
Justin Toomer is a Design Principal at Education Elements, leading work to help districts around the country create dynamic, equitable, student-centered learning environments. He is also a content creator and certified facilitator for The NEW Team Habits, a step-by-step guide for leaders of any organization to use when building and implementing more responsive habits within their teams. A first-generation college graduate, he began his career in education with the intention to increase opportunities for all students to access a high-quality academic experience. He has experienced success working in independent, public, and charter schools; and has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school level. Justin then spent years as a school administrator, where he set and led his school’s vision for its culture, support, and accountability systems. He has developed his expertise and thought leadership in adult professional learning, teacher retention, responsive team practices, and personalized learning. Justin’s favorite habit is The Meeting Habit – We lead check-ins to increase presence so that our team has more engagement and equal talk time in meetings.