Grace Gutierrez, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Partner Relations

Dr. Grace Gutierrez has 30+ years in education as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, consultant, and instructional and executive coach. Prior to joining e2L, she worked at Achievement Network as Director of School Support (externally) and served to support the Vice President of Equity and Anti-Oppression as an executive coach (internally)  with a focus on institutional and educational equity. She was the instructional coach for the National Teacher of the Year for 2021, Juliana Urtubey. Prior to, she worked with McREL International implementing principal evaluation systems across the state of Texas, as well as facilitated organizational change rural, suburban, and urban districts. She has served as a college instructor for new teacher educators and has served as an educational change agent for multiple districts across the U.S and internationally.
Dr. Gutierrez received her B.A. in history from the University of Texas-Austin, an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science for Systems Consulting from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (Saybrook University), and her Ph.D. in leadership studies from Gonzaga University.  Her specialty is organizational change leadership. Some of her past work has included:
● Leadership coach for Department of Defense Education Activity; Sasebo Japan, Wiesbaden Germany, West Point, and various campuses in the Southeastern US.
● Regional Education Lab’s executive research and development efforts in the Pacific region to develop and deliver materials and training to multiple principals and teachers in the Federated States of Micronesia.
● Worked with school leaders in Puerto Rico; the U.S. Virgin Islands; the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology for the Bahamas; Hawai‘i; Guam Department of Education; and the Federated States of Micronesia, including Yap and Chuuk, by delivering customized consulting services and professional development to multilevel staff.
● Wrote concept papers and training materials. Publications include: Early Reading: American Samoa and the Republic of the Marshall Islands; Interpersonal, Intrapersonal Competencies: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI); Coaching: Helping more CNMI Students Have the Opportunity to Learn What They Need to Succeed in College and Career; Coaching: High-Quality Learning Designs—written with members of the research partnership in Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia.
● Served as Coordinator for Leadership and Coordinator of School Improvement for Education Service Center Region XIII in Austin-developed the needs assessment tool previously used by Texas schools in need of improvement, The Campus Snapshot. 
● Oversaw the facilitation and training across the state of Texas for the utilization of the first state-wide principal evaluation system. Created training materials and customized implementation coaching to various Education Service Centers across Texas.
● Texas Turnaround Center, Education Service Center (ESC) Region XIII including conduct training for the state of Texas across 20 ESC areas through the disaggregation of district and campus data for school personnel including school process, perception, student achievement, and demographic data (including longitudinal trend data).
● Texas Education Agency, served as PSP for multiple districts across the state of Texas in multiyear partnerships
● International Center for Leadership and Education, Leadership Consultant for the School District of Philadelphia
● Managed and developed statewide executive leadership coaching projects for the state of Wyoming in coordination with the University of Wyoming Center for Educational Leadership.
●Coached over 150 sessions of campus and district leaders after the beginning of Covid instruction.

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