Sarah founded Hendy Avenue Consulting with a deep commitment to ensuring all students have excellent educators supporting them to reach their full potential. With nearly 20 years of experience in public education, Sarah believes developing and celebrating excellent educators is the foundation for great schools.
From her very first consulting project supporting the Delaware Department of Education to talent-focused projects across the country, Sarah brings her strengths in change management, communications and stakeholder engagement to all of her partners. Sarah is immensely proud of the team she’s built and is grateful for the wonderful partners we’ve been able to help meet their goals.
Before starting Hendy Avenue Consulting, Sarah was the Senior Director of Talent Development for Achievement First, a network of over 30 achievement-gap closing charter schools in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In this role, Sarah was responsible for the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) funded AF Teacher Career Pathway designed to develop, recognize and reward excellent teachers. Sarah joined Achievement First in 2008 as a Broad Resident in Urban Education. Prior to joining the residency, she was the founding Executive Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Policy Center. Sarah’s interest in education policy developed as a teacher in low-income communities and she pursued this interest as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. Her classroom experience includes teaching fifth grade during the founding year of the KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy and teaching first grade as a Teach For America Corps Member. Sarah holds an MPM from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA in Human Services from George Washington University. Sarah lives in NYC with her husband, a regional superintendent, and their two sons. Together they lead the education non-profit, Revive The Dream.
Jessica joined Hendy Avenue in September 2017 because she has a passion for improving outcomes for children through supporting the adults who serve them. During her tenure at Hendy, Jessica has led several projects focused on talent strategy, including the Independence Mission Schools as they aim to implement a more rigorous instructional framework, and to design teacher leadership positions to support that framework; the Delaware Department of Education as they aim to revise and reinvent their teacher evaluation framework; and Promise Academy, a drop-out recovery high school in Cleveland, as the school re-starts to continue to serve youth in Cleveland.
Prior to joining Hendy, Jessica served as the Executive Director of Talent Impact at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). In this capacity, she managed the implementation of evaluation and performance management systems for all CMSD employees, including teachers, school leaders, administrators, and support staff. Jessica also managed the district’s licensure and certification work, ensuring that all educators were properly licensed, and supporting educators to attain and maintain licensure appropriate for their role in schools. Prior to joining CMSD, Jessica was a Project Director at TNTP. During her tenure at TNTP, Jessica led district diagnostics in Florida examining district’s success in implementing new college and career-ready standards, managed the creation and implementation of the teacher evaluation system in Newark, New Jersey, and led teacher career ladder staffing in Pittsburgh Public Schools. Jessica also managed the creation of the TNTP Core rubric, TNTP’s teacher observation and development rubric aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in Cleveland with her husband, two young children, and dog Sailor. Parenting children in elementary school is providing Jessica with a whole new perspective on teaching and learning in schools.
Rachel Modica-Russell chose to join Hendy not only because she fervently believes in the team’s potential to impact the education sector through their research-based and thoughtful work in talent strategy, strategic planning, leadership development, and programmatic support; she herself has experienced the quality of partnership and depth of expertise present on the Hendy team as a past Chief Talent Officer (CTO) cohort member.
Prior to joining Hendy, Rachel spent five years as the Managing Director of Talent for Explore Schools, a network of eight public charter schools across Brooklyn serving students in K-8th grade. In her role, Rachel shepherded work across all talent functions at Explore Schools, and worked in lockstep with school and network-based leadership on recruitment, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging work, staff retention, and people development efforts for their 300+ community members. As Managing Director of Talent at Explore Schools, Rachel spearheaded exciting initiatives and programming such as a staff mentorship program, revising the organization’s approach to compensation, and building a career advancement policy and pathway protocol anchored in more equitable and transparent talent practices.
Rachel could not be any more excited to work alongside other members of the Hendy team to set adults up for success by way of developing smart, strategic people-focused infrastructure and initiatives to drive talent management and people development in schools.
Before working for Explore Schools as Managing Director of Talent, Rachel was a staff member at Uncommon Schools for over 5 years, first as a teacher, and closed out her time with them as Senior Associate Director of Recruitment where she led recruitment for both their Brooklyn and Troy-based regions. Returning to Explore Schools in 2018 was a full-circle moment for Rachel, as Explore is the very organization (Explore Schools) she began her career in education as a Teach for America Corps member and K-2 teacher.
Rachel received her master’s degree in early childhood education from Teacher U - Hunter College and holds undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon. After 14 years in Brooklyn, NY, Rachel and her wife and two children made the move back to Oregon to be closer to family. So far, so good :).
Jeremy joined Hendy Avenue Consulting to contribute to the work the team does to grow the leaders and teachers who are responsible for providing the conditions for students to thrive. Jeremy facilitates Hendy Avenue’s NYC Chief Talent Officer Cohort, partners with Chicago Public School’s talent office in developing principal training, supports The Nationals Youth Baseball Academy with strategic planning and currently works with Hebrew Public to improve their math instructional leaders.
Jeremy started as a teacher in East Harlem in 2000 and has dedicated his career to the children of New York City. He served as the Principal at PAVE Academy public charter school. Prior to joining DREAM, Jeremy was the Managing Director of Mathematics and later Talent at Ascend Public Charter Schools in Brooklyn, a network of nine schools serving more than 4,000 students in central Brooklyn.
Before joining Hendy Avenue, Jeremy was the Chief Talent Officer of DREAM in East Harlem. In this role, Jeremy led the development of DREAM’s overall talent strategy including recruitment, professional development, workforce planning and human resources for DREAM’s schools, afterschool and community programs. Jeremy holds a Master’s in Special Education from City College and a School Building Leader license from Baruch. He is a graduate of New York University in elementary education. Jeremy lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.
Erica joined Hendy Avenue Consulting because she believes that effective teacher development programs and high quality observation and feedback cycles are essential to supporting and growing our nation’s teachers.
Before joining Hendy, Erica served as the Chief Curriculum and Instruction Officer at Ascend Public Charter Schools. In that role, Erica managed the design and implementation of Ascend’s unique liberal arts curriculum and supervised the professional development of all instructional leaders, principals and principal managers. Prior to assuming this role, Erica served as school director of Brownsville Ascend Lower School for five years. During that time, her school’s proficiency rates increased 30 percentage points in English language arts and 34 percentage points in mathematics. In school year 2016-17, Erica’s school achieved the second-highest score improvement among New York City charter schools. Erica joined the Ascend network as a second-grade teacher, team leader, and instructional coach at Brooklyn Ascend Lower School where she consistently posted the highest math results in the network. Before joining Ascend, she was a research associate at the New York City Department of Education’s Research and Policy Support Group, and she spent several years as an elementary school teacher in a NYC Department of Education school in the South Bronx.
She holds a master’s of public administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; a master’s in elementary education from Lehman College; and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from Washington University in Saint Louis.
Keri joined Hendy Avenue Consulting in 2021 because she is committed to developing, supporting and celebrating teachers and leaders. Having served in both capacities at successful schools, she understands the perspectives of school-based staff and what it takes to implement lasting change that drives student achievement.
In addition to her work with Hendy Avenue, Keri is currently the Math Program Director at Cadence Learning. In this role, she manages a team of teachers, Professional Development leads and curriculum developers tasked with providing rigorous, virtual math instruction to students across the country. Prior to her work at Cadence Learning, Keri was a Managing Director of Leadership Development at Teaching Trust in Dallas, TX, where she coached principals in the areas of instructional design, data practices, team effectiveness, and establishing strong school culture.
Keri began her career in education as a high school math teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina and really hit her stride while teaching 7th-math and 8th grade algebra at Achievement First. She led her students for two consecutive years to 100 percent proficiency on the New York State exam, with 97 percent of eighth-graders passing the Algebra Regents exam.
When she is not talking about math, Keri enjoys spending time with her husband and three amazing children. Keri holds a B.A. in economics and sociology from Duke University.