Furman Brown, CEO and Lead Designer
A specialist in whole-school design thinking and transformational scheduling, Furman is often described as an organizational puzzle builder. He helps public schools (district and charter) find uncommon yet practical solutions for organizing their talent, time, technology and space. He began his career in education as a member of the first group of Teach For America over 25 years ago. In 2004 he won a prestigious Echoing Green Prize for his concepts on school innovation. The global competition helped him to found the nonprofit organization, Generation Schools. He left the nonprofit to launch Sensible Innovation in 2012 to focus on supporting existing schools nationwide as they develop sustainable whole-school solutions that make sense for their community.
Becky Thoennes, Director of Operations and Logistics
With nearly three decades of experience in managing program operations, Becky is invaluable. She has worked in the business and non-profit sectors, focusing on compliance, finance, logistics, managing client relationships and more. Becky is one of those remarkable people who has sustained friendships from every stage of her life. It is because she works hard to build and then maintain relationships. This is a huge asset to our team.
Dr. Megan-Brette Hamilton, Program Consultant
Dr. Hamilton is a Speech and Language Professional (SLP) and connunications specialist. Her groundbreaking research addresses the challenges faced, particularly for students and families, when teachers work with communities who speak a dialect of English that is different than their own. Her blog Honeybee Connenction supports teachers, families, speech experts, policy makers and students throughout the country. She brings decades of experience working with students of all ages and teachers in New York City, Chicago and other districts. Dr. Hamilton provides program support to our Transformational Scheduling Institutes and overage guidance for our program development.