Powering high performance
cultures since 2011

A high performance culture is having 100% engagement and growth in your learners, educators, and leaders. High performance cultures encourage growth over comfort and giving critical feedback instead of settling for “good enough.” e2L grows high performance cultures in public schools to sustain local visions of learning for students.

e2L Cultural Tenets

Our culture is who we are; our collective thoughts, actions, core values, and beliefs reflect the robust culture we have created at engage2learn. We have seven key cultural tenets that drive our behaviors and define our success. They speak to who we are as an organization and empower us to cultivate a high performance culture not only at engage2learn, but for our partners as well.


Cultural Tenet: Mission Matters Most

Our mission inspires each of us to hustle every day and compels us to strategically sacrifice to ensure we have the intended impact before it is too late. We must be agile and focused because we are the point of the spear.

Shannon Buerk | CEO, Founder

“Our mission is to ensure that all learners thrive in public neighborhood schools and that those schools are the choice of parents and students in America.”

Cultural Tenet: Serving with Courageous Humility

When mission matters most, there is no room for ego. Our calling gives us courage greater than ourselves in the face of obstacles and opposition. We customize to local context while never compromising our values.

Chris Everett | Culture Design Strategist

“We maintain a humble posture while guiding leaders to ensure we are truly serving each of them effectively as they take courageous steps.”

Cultural Tenet: Elegant Innovation

Simplify is our mantra; sustainability is our goal. We challenge ourselves with constraints that benefit our partners and increase our impact while fueling our creativity. We know that innovation is more about implementation and iteration than ideation so we walk more than we talk.

Teresa Tate | e2L Certified GROWE Coach

"In an institution of tradition, seeking change is not always comfortable, and e2L is no stranger to that.”

Cultural Tenet: We Growe

We embrace challenges as opportunities to learn. We crave feedback because it makes us better. We measure what we value, and if it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen. We are so convicted about our processes that we use them on ourselves.

Tracey Wallace | e2L Certified GROWE Coach

“When a goal is achieved, it is not the organization’s culture to rest on its laurels and simply sit back and coast. We are continually asking, 'What are the next steps?'"

Cultural Tenet: Intentional Design

Empathy is at the heart of all of our processes. We design solutions and experiences so that people can use their gifts. Everything we do is on purpose.

Ryan Pflughaupt | Design & Technology

“There is no system or process or project too small. Instead, every system, process and project is given the utmost attention to be carefully crafted and refined.”

Cultural Tenet: Better Together

True collaboration requires vulnerability, eradicates competition, and elevates each person to best and highest use. Great minds think differently; as a team we discover the best solutions that we all own.

Clark Buerk | COO

“There is a common saying that 'great minds think alike', but we believe that 'great minds think differently'.”

Cultural Tenet: Trust.

Humbled by the opportunity we have to make a difference, we do not take for granted that our partners are trusting us to help make their vision a reality. We vow to always be real, to be who we are. Therefore, we trust our own intentions, actions, conscience, e2L processes, and each other.

Jill Galloway | Innovation Strategist

"When we work to serve kids whose needs are evolving more rapidly than ever, we can’t always see what the future will hold. At engage2learn, we continually iterate so we can meet those needs, and since it happens so quickly–sometimes quicker than we can wrap our heads around it–we have to trust."

We believe...
All people can learn.
Education leaders have a moral obligation to create an unparalleled K-12 public education experience for learners.
A growth mindset is essential for both personal and professional growth. All effective educators are lifelong learners.
Meaningful learning is self-directed, relevant to the real world, and internally motivated.
Learners who are expected to succeed are more likely to succeed.
The best educators adapt to the needs of their learners.
True learning only happens when the learner recognizes an authentic need to learn.

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