Dr. Bob McDowell has coached leaders since 2015, bringing the unique perspective he gained through his time as assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. He's taught graduate-level education courses for St. Mary's University and Bethel University as well as advised doctoral students and superintendent licensee candidates. He was the 2012 MASA Principal of the Year and the 2018 Outstanding Central Office Administrator of the Year.

In addition, he served in the National Guard for ten years. During his first enlistment, he became a SeaBee heavy equipment operator. He then completed Officer Training School to advance to the rank of Captain as a Medical Services Administrator for the 109th AeroMedical Evacuation Squadron/133rd Airlift Wing of Minnesota. His time serving in the military centered him on the three core values he strives to follow every day: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all you do.

He is certified in Cognitive Coaching and trained in Courageous Conversations and Human-Centered Design.

Stephanie has been an advocate for educational equity for over 30 years. She was hired as the first African American school social worker for Robbinsdale Area Schools (MN) and went on to serve as the first Director of Diversity and Inclusion before retiring in 2020 as Executive Director of Human Resources. During her 25-year tenure in the district, she led the development of strategies for inclusion, diversity, and employee engagement to ensure positive learning environments for students and an integrated approach to building a diverse workforce.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Tuskegee University, a Master of Education in School Guidance and Counseling from Chicago State University, and a Master of Social Work degree from Augsburg University.

An experienced educator and professional learning leader, Laura Eiden began her career as a teacher before falling in love with professional and personal development work as a teacher innovation coach and student teacher supervisor. As the Vice President for CESO Human Resources, Laura now focuses on building authentic relationships with clients through thoughtful questioning and deep listening to help them think differently about systems and practices that impact the experience of each person within their organizations.

As a bilingual principal, Elizabeth has led the successful development of three Twin Cities Metro Spanish immersion schools while working with diverse staff and students in St. Louis Park, Eden Prairie, and Spring Lake Park. She has a passion for working with school and district leaders to build collaborative communities that attract and retain the most inspired educators, develop teacher leaders, improve academic achievement for students, and maximize home/school partnerships.

During her 35-year career, Elizabeth has served as a coach for intern teachers and principals including many international candidates. Fueled by her belief that there’s inherent greatness in every person she works with, her coaching combines high expectations, self-care, and humor as key levers of success.


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