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Meet Your Texas Product Team

Jessica Padilla: Vice President of Custom Publishing

Jessica is the Vice President of Custom Publishing for Carnegie Learning. She leads the current Texas Custom Solution team in developing and continuously improving our Texas Math Solution and previously led the Carnegie Learning Philadelphia Custom Services Team, partnering with district-level leaders in the eighth largest school district in the country to set a shared vision for improving student achievement, engage all stakeholders, and facilitate extensive program management services, ensuring that project outcomes were consistently and efficiently achieved. 

Jessica began her career in education as a middle school mathematics teacher in the School District of Philadelphia and then moved into district leadership at a network of charter schools, coaching school leaders as they adopted and implemented high quality mathematics instructional materials. Jessica studied educational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and at Temple University. 

She is passionate about building number fluency from conceptual understanding and believes that effective teaching practices have the potential to open up greater opportunities for high-order thinking and accelerate mathematics achievement of ALL students.

Erin Boland: Strategic Implementation Director

Erin has been in mathematics education for ten years. Erin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics from Kutztown University. During her years teaching, Erin taught middle school math and operated as the Math Department Chair. She joined Carnegie Learning in 2016 and worked as a Math Specialist for three years supporting the School District of Philadelphia. After having her second son, she transitioned to a Master Practitioner and is thrilled to be back working with a Carnegie Learning team. Outside of teaching, she loves the Philadelphia Eagles, listening to live music, and cooking. Erin lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania with her husband, two sons, and dog.

Courtney Comley: Senior Project Manager

Courtney began her career in the field of education as a high school math teacher in Arizona. During this time, she was department chair, participated on her leadership team, conducted school wide professional development, and coached cheerleading. Her last two years in the classroom were spent using the Carnegie curriculum and resources. Courtney has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education Mathematics from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. 

Courtney joined the Carnegie Learning team at the beginning of 2019 to help spread her love for mathematics and collaborative learning. She is currently a Senior Custom Solution Project Manager leading a team to develop products for the state of Texas at the highest quality. She truly believes that every student has the ability to love math and every teacher has the ability to help their students grow this mindset. She hopes that her passion can be shared with her team to improve project outcomes in order to give teachers resources that will allow them to see student success in math classrooms across the state of Texas, and hopefully beyond that!

Courtney currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and puppy. When she is not working, she loves to work out, be outdoors, and spend time with family and friends.

Sami Briceño: Senior Custom Solutions Content Lead

Sami has over 13 years of mathematics facilitation experience as a Senior Manager of School Partnerships with Carnegie Learning. She has spent the past year and half working as the Senior Content Lead on the Texas Home Learning project in partnership with the Texas Education Agency, first fully customizing Carnegie Learning's Texas Math Solution and now designing and authoring additional instructional materials to enhance the user experience. Prior to Carnegie Learning, Sami was a Senior Program Coordinator with the Charles A. Dana Center, the University of Texas at Austin. She is an expert in curriculum, instruction and professional learning for K-12 mathematics.  Sami has lived the role of instructional coach and district mathematics specialist.  Her classroom experience is in middle and high school mathematics, which include the use of Carnegie Learning blended learning instructional resources. Beyond supporting many district leaders, teachers and students around the country, she also presents at conferences regionally and nationally.

Jesse Hinojosa: Senior Product Manager

Jesse has a B.A. in Mathematics from Texas A&M International University in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. After graduating, Jesse began his teaching career as a public high school math teacher. He then decided to work for a charter school for credit recovery and dropout prevention. This decision allowed him to transfer to Austin, Texas where he still resides. He worked with this same charter school for over 10 years, helping to graduate countless students that had slipped through the cracks at their previous school. During his time there, he went from math teacher to lead teacher, eventually becoming Asst. Principal as well as the campus testing coordinator for all high school levels of the STAAR test. Jesse became a Master Practitioner with Carnegie in 2018. Allowing him to continue using what he has learned to help out more than just one class at a time. In his spare time, Jesse likes to draw, play video games, collect comics and action figures (no wonder he connected and worked so well with kids, he practically is one!)

Allison Carden: Senior Program Manager

Allison has been in education for 15 years. She began her teaching career in Connecticut and later moved to Pennsylvania where she taught in and outside of Philadelphia. She has a Bachelors in Education from Western Connecticut State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Cabrini University. She is in her second year at Carnegie Learning and her second year working on the Texas Math Solution Product! Outside of work, Allison enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters, cooking, watching football, and biking!

Brandy King: Content Lead

Brandy King is a passionate math educator with more than 6 years of classroom experience and an additional 10+ years as a mathematics coach and professional learning facilitator. She holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mathematics education from Wayne State University. Brandy taught at an inner-city school district with Carnegie Learning materials and was the Carnegie Learning Trainer for her district. In 2011, she left the classroom to start a family but has continued to provide professional learning to math educators across the country as a Carnegie Learning Master Practitioner. In 2020, she joined the Custom Solutions Product Team and has worked on custom products for many states including Texas and Florida. Brandy lives in Michigan with her husband and two boys. In her spare time, Brandy teaches Jazzercise classes and loves spending time with her family.

Christine Mooney: Content Lead

Chris has worked in education for over fifteen years. She has taught elementary school and middle school math; she has also worked as an Elementary Math Coach and a Middle School Math Intervention teacher. Chris received her B.A. from Marist College and her M.S. from the University of New Haven. She holds a Sixth Year/Educational Leadership degree from Central Connecticut State University. Chris has always had a passion for math! She believes in collaborative learning, inquiry, and problem solving; she enjoys helping young and adult learners develop a deep understanding of math. Chris loves to discover and learn, and she hopes to one day return to school to begin her doctorate. She joined Carnegie Learning as a Master Practitioner in 2018, and she has been working on the TEA project since 2020. Chris lives in Southington, Connecticut with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys working out, and spending time with her family and friends.