Our Staff

Dr. Lisa Snyder

Executive Director


Dr. Lisa Snyder has served in public education as a teacher, principal, technology director, curriculum director and superintendent. She is committed to continuous improvement and transformation in public education through innovation and personalized learning. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in creating new opportunities for student-centered learning through career-focused programming, the development of choice and charter schools and transforming systems and schools. She serves as Executive Director for EdVisions, an organization that supports creating and supporting learning environments that promote personalized learning and teacher empowerment.

Liz Shatek

Office Manager


Liz has worked with students and staff in a variety of school settings from immersion programs and charter schools to traditional school districts. She is grateful for the opportunity to support the EdVisions team in their mission of creating and sustaining great schools. In her free time, Liz and her husband raise pigs, chickens and their four children on a hobby farm in east central MN.

Signe Swenson

Director of Marketing and Operations


Signe is a creative problem solver who is passionate about enabling others to build and create. After working in higher education fundraising at MIT and the MIT Media Lab, she has a keen interest in innovative learning environments and the tools that make it possible. Signe has a bachelors in studio art from Carleton College and a masters in arts administration and certificate in non-profit Fundraising from Boston University.

Julene Oxton

Director of School Transformation and Development


Before joining EdVisions, Julene Oxton was the Innovation Coordinator for the Lakeville Area Public Schools in MN where she worked with teachers to transform educational systems. She served as the lead developer of Impact Academy which is a learning environment for about 450 students in grades K-5. The Teacher-Powered School opened in 2013 in Lakeville, MN, a suburb of the Twin Cities. Julene serves as an ambassador for Teacher Powered Schools, works closely with Education Evolving staff and is a member of the MN Community of Practice with the Bush Foundation. Julene received a Master's Degree in Teacher Leadership from the University of Minnesota and an Administrative Specialist Degree from St. Thomas University, MN. She started her career in Montana and moved to the Twin Cities area for most of her teaching years. 

Dr. Julie Beddow-Schubert

Director of Research and Evaluation, Hope Survey


Dr. Julie Beddow-Schubert has served as an Elementary and Secondary Teacher, Technology Integrationist, Principal, Director of Instructional Technology, Director of Teaching and Learning and Professor in rural, suburban and urban environments.  She is committed to developing innovative solutions which promote equity, a culture of hope, and a passion for learning. Throughout her career she has supported teams of educators in data analysis, curriculum design and instructional practice aimed at meeting individual student needs. She serves as the Director of Research and Evaluation and is responsible for work connected to the Hope Survey.

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of New School Development


Dr. Steven J. Rippe has over 20 years of experience working with educators and school leaders designing and implementing innovative schools and programs throughout the United States. A successful teacher, principal and University administrator, Steven has worked with passionate educators to create nationally recognized schools and works with struggling schools to reinvent themselves into high performing, dynamic learning organizations.

Mark Larson

Hope Survey Sales and Marketing Advisor


Mark Larson, PhD has spent his professional career in education as an English teacher, principal, executive director of teaching and leaning, and most recently as a superintendent. His PhD dissertation was about the social and emotional impact on students whose school districts combined or consolidated. He is passionate about seeing public education improve and believes it will happen when we improve student engagement, hope, innovation, and personalized learning.

Scott Wurdinger

Research Partner


Scott Wurdinger, PhD is a professor of experiential learning and leadership studies at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota.  His early teaching experiences, with mostly middle and high school students, included non-traditional learning environments such as Upward Bound, Environmental Learning Centers, Psychiatric Hospitals, and Outward Bound. He has been teaching in higher education since 1992.  He has taught undergraduates, Master's and Doctoral students and is currently the Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at the Mankato campus.  He has published numerous articles and books on experiential learning, project based learning, and education reform.  His research focuses on life skill development in experiential learning environments and his most recent book is titled Changing the status quo: courage to challenge the education system published by Rowman and Littlefield.