Marty Huitt, M.S. Ed.
Marty has been an Educational Consultant with the BIST team since 1997 and the BIST director since 2003. Marty earned her BSE in Physical Education and Health with certification in Behavior Disorders from Missouri Western State University. She received her Masters Degree in Administration from Central Missouri State University. Her experience includes teaching students with behavior disorders at both Marillac Center and at the Liberty School district. While teaching in Liberty, Marty had the opportunity to utilize BIST in her classroom, as well as to facilitate the implementation of the model throughout the junior high building.
KANSAS CITY AREA CONSULTANTS:
Cheris Bass, M.S. Ed.
Cheris joined the BIST team in June of 2008. Cheris was an elementary school teacher for 14 years and an assistant principal for 2 years. Her educational background includes a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Saint Mary, Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas, and Administrative Credentials from Emporia State University. She is a Milken National Educator and brings passion about finding success for students both behaviorally and academically.
Cheri Bland, M.S. Ed/Public School Administration
Cheri joined the BIST team in August of 2016. Cheri has worked as an educator for 23 years. She has been a teacher assistant in a behavioral disorder class, a primary and intermediate teacher for 15 years. Cheri then served in administration for eight years first as an assistant principal for two years in the Independence district and then as a principal for six years in the Raytown School District. She has implemented the BIST model in the classroom and building level as both a teacher and administrator. She has also assisted in implementing BIST at the district level. Cheri is dedicated in helping educators coach students to learn skills that will allow them to reach their full potential.
Debbie Capra, MSW
Debbie joined the BIST team in July of 2008. She earned a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Hawaii and a B.S. degree from Kansas State University in Social Work and Child and Family Development. Debbie has worked with students with behavior disorders for the past 25 years. BIST was incorporated in the structure of the alternative programs in the Liberty and Raytown school districts, where Debbie served as principal.
Rebecca Cook, M.S. Ed.
Rebecca joined the BIST team in July 2017. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from William Jewell College. She taught in the Lee’s Summit school district for several years. In addition, Rebecca earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Baker University. As a classroom teacher, she was able to implement the BIST strategy with her students. She was also a member of the BIST vision team where she was able to develop plans for student success and support other staff members as BIST was implemented schoolwide.
Christopher joins the BIST team after 16 years as a classroom teacher and BIST practitioner. He attended Drury College where he majored in History and English. Following college, he attended Notre Dame Law School and practiced law for a few years before returning to Kansas City to pursue other opportunities. He has taught social studies, language arts, and reading at an urban parochial school as well as two public middle schools. Christopher served in leadership roles at all schools. Additionally, he served as president of a 600+ member local education association. Not only is Christopher passionate about an individual student’s academic and personal growth, but he is also passionate about identifying ways that building-wide success and growth can be developed and maintained.
Virginia Gibbons, BA Elem Ed, ECSE
Virginia joined the BIST Team in July of 2012. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Education and Elementary Education from Graceland University. Virginia also has her Early Childhood Special Ed certification. For 18 years she worked in the Independence School District. During her time with the district, she held various positions: teacher assistant, before and after school supervisor, teacher, and most recently learning coach. Virginia has a passion for working with teachers and students, supporting them in their day-to-day interactions.
Jodi Hayward, B.S Organizational Management
Jodi came to the BIST team in June 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Management / Organizational Sequence with a minor in Economics from Illinois State University. Most recently she had been working in the Park Hill School District providing support for students with behavioral challenges as a Behavior Interventionist. Jodi has experience in creating behavior modification plans for students with emotional and physical needs as well as incorporating partnerships with parents. Jodi also brings a broad array of experience working with children and youth through counseling and mission services.
Linda Hosman, B.S. Criminal Justice/Behavioral Psychology
Linda joined the BIST Team in May 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, with an emphasis in Behavioral Psychology. Before joining the BIST team, she was a classroom teacher for first through fifth grades and also taught music, Kindergarten through eighth grades. She also worked as a daycare/preschool director for Creative World and spent five years as a Recovery Room interventionist in the Independence School District. Linda and her husband have served as foster parents since 1992. She currently provides the Level A and Level B trainings for foster/adoptive parents. Linda represents the foster/adoptive community as a commissioned member of the gubernatorial Missouri State Foster-Adoptive Advisory Board.
Stephanie Kallas, M.A. Ed.
Stephanie earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Emergency Management at the University of Central Missouri, followed by a Master’s Degree in Education at University of Central Missouri. She taught Social Studies and later fulfilled the role of Behavior Interventionist at the Intermediate level. Stephanie utilized BIST in the classroom as well as the Recovery Room for 14 years in the Grain Valley School District. She held several leadership roles such as BIST Vision Team Chairman, Mentor for new teachers, and BIST Staff Development. She is experienced with data tracking and the use of data to drive student learning. Stephanie is also knowledgeable in behavior planning and is passionate about assisting teachers as they guide students in developing the tools to make life changes.
Mariah Littrell, M.S. Ed.
Mariah joined the BIST team in July of 2017. Mariah was a Special Educator for over 12 years and held the Autism Specialist position for the last 9 years. Mariah holds a Bachelors Degree in Special Education from Missouri State University and a Masters Degree in Autism and Behavior Disorders from the University of Kansas. She was a BIST Vision team leader, supported staff with the development and implementation of BIST, and served as a mentor and behavioral consultant for the district. Mariah was changed personally and professionally by attending a BIST training and is passionate about the BIST philosophy and making connections with resistive students.
Nate Northcraft, M.S. Ed.
Nate earned his Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Education at the University of Missouri, followed by his Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Baker University. He taught English Language Arts, Reading and Social Studies at the Intermediate level. Nate utilized BIST for 14 years as a classroom teacher, was a member of his school’s BIST Vision Team, and fulfilled a leadership role on his school’s Building Leadership Team. He is passionate about assisting teachers with BIST implementation, helping kids exhibiting chronic behaviors, and anti-bullying efforts within schools.
Nick Oddo, M.S. Ed.
Nick joined the BIST team in July of 2016. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science Education from Northwest Missouri State University and taught 8th grade social studies in the Grain Valley School District for eight years. In addition, he earned his Master’s Degree in Administration in July of 2012 from the University of Central Missouri. In his role as a classroom teacher, Nick was part of the school's BIST Vision Team, supported staff with the implementation and development of BIST, and served as a peer mentor.
Terri Sievers, Ed. SP.
Terri earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri, as well as a Masters of Arts in Reading Education and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration from UMKC. She taught for more than 30 years at the elementary and middle level as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and language arts teacher. She was part of a team that implemented a school-within-a school model incorporating BIST to support at-risk students in the regular school setting. In addition, Terri worked as a District Mentor supporting new teachers, supervising student interns, and facilitating graduate courses.
Judith Soltys, BS Elem. ED/SPED K-12
Judith joined the BIST team in June of 2007. From William Jewell College, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Special Education. Judith brings to the team 25 years of teaching experience in alternative settings. She worked primarily with middle school IEP students who were dual diagnosed. The past 13 years she taught middle school students at Marillac Center. She has experience in creating behavioral plans to help chronic students be successful in the classroom as well as transitional plans for students returning from alternative settings to the regular classroom.
Gail Tolbert, M.S. Ed.
Gail Tolbert has a BA in Elementary and Special Education from Graceland University and a Master’s in Educational Administration from UMKC. She has been in education for 25+ years: 7 as a classroom and special education teacher, 9 as an elementary principal, and over 10 years as an education consultant. Gail helps schools develop and strengthen collaborative cultures, coaches leaders, supports instructional improvement, restructuring efforts, teacher evaluation, and student growth measures. In addition, she provides expertise in professional learning communities, response to intervention, data-driven decision-making, and incorporating BIST to support students.
NEBRASKA REGIONAL CONSULTANTS:
Stacy Schleusener, M.S. Ed.
Stacy joined the BIST team the summer of 2010. She received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and her Masters in Elementary Administration from Northwest Missouri State University. Stacy taught upper elementary students in the Liberty, Missouri school district. While teaching she had many building leadership roles, including leading her building's BIST Vision Team.
Jacquie Winbolt, LMHP
Jacquie Winbolt joined the BIST team in 2012. She earned her bachelor degrees in both Human Relations and Communications at Doane College. Her Master's Degree is in counseling from Doane College as well. She is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska. She spent 13 years working in the Child Welfare Field. Past work experience includes: Outpatient Therapist, Outpatient Clinical Manager, and Program Manager for the Aftercare Department.