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School Growth is diverse team of professional educators who bring a unique combination of experience, love for learning, commitment to relationships, and servant leadership. Below is a brief bio about the members of mastermind. 

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Scott E. Barron

Founder & Chief Reinvention Officer

Scott's personal mission is to give hope through personal and corporate reinvention. After leading an educational technology company for over a decade, he earned an M.Ed in Education Administration from Johns Hopkins University, and spent 14 years as the head of three independent schools. Having worked with thousands of schools around the world over the last decade, Scott created the School Growth Design Framework and a methodology for strategic planning that is data-driven and tailored to the context of each school.

Scott has spoken at conferences around the world and often facilitates leadership retreats for a wide range of schools, associations, churches, non-profits, and businesses. He is the author of:

  • The Yabwi Tree
  • The Laws of the Grapevine 
  • The Consultative Business Officer 
  • The 12 Disciplines of Effective School Leadership
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Tammy Barron


Tammy has a multifaceted background that reflects her broad range of expertise. Following her studies in chemical engineering and journalism, she completed an interdisciplinary degree program and began her career in education. She has a distinct passion for learning, teaching, and improving. After serving as a teacher at multiple levels for ten years, Tammy took on the challenge of building the brand and enrollment for a large private school. She developed the processes for growth, built a high performing team, coordinated marketing plans, refined the brand, and achieved the multimillion dollar revenue goals every year.

Operational excellence and data intelligence are the two primary contributions Tammy makes to the School Growth team. She is uniquely talented at defining and executing optimal workflows, anticipating the needs of clients, giving direction and feedback, and extracting key decision points from the databases that we are constantly building and curating.

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Grace Lee

Chief Innovation Officer

Grace brings a wealth of international education and disciplined innovation leadership to School Growth. She has extensive experience in guiding clients through the implementation of data-driven strategies and delivering quality improvement initiatives. She is distinctly gifted at discerning the target market and ideal value proposition, reading between the lines to create transformative growth. Grace finds new ways to integrate data and leverage technology to maximize the return-on-investment.

Grace is the coordinator of our proprietary process for rapid planning and professional development. In crafting the experience for each client, she keeps everyone focused and accountable in order to make innovation less stressful and highly productive. With experience as an entrepreneur and educator, Grace brings a unique perspective that is highly valued.

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Cliff Barna

Director of Operational Excellence

Cliff leads our commitment to operational excellence. He played collegiate football at Bethel University where he earned a Bachelor’s in Science and a Masters in Education. While working as a coach at Bethel, Cliff also earned a Masters of Divinity. He then served as an administrator at an independent school north of Nashville, TN, as the Associate Head of School before joining the School Growth team, where he provides expert mentoring through our School Leadership, Accountability, and Management (SLAM) program. 

Amy Swann

School Growth Foundation Advisor

Dr. Amy Swann is an Innovation Fellow at The Mind Trust in Indianapolis and the Executive Director for Matchbook Learning (MBL). She has nearly two decades of success improving failing schools in Kentucky, New Jersey, Michigan, Washington D.C., and Indiana.

Dr. Swann’s work with performance assessments, project based learning, and personalized blended learning has been featured widely in publications including the Harvard Letter, District Administration, on the Next Generation Learning Challenges site, on PBS News Hour, on KET, and in Tom Vander Ark’s Getting Smart blog.

Matt Ticzkus

School Growth Advisor

Matt Ticzkus has been serving private schools for nearly a decade. He holds a master of arts degree in Christian school education as well as a master of arts degree in Bible exposition. Before joining School Growth, Matt served for nine years as the administrator of a Christian school in the Fort Worth area. Matt’s experience extends into the world of entrepreneurship where he founded and currently leads an e-commerce company. Matt enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children.

Mary Anne Hipp

School Growth Advisor

Mary Anne Hipp is an education consultant and retired school administrator. She has certifications in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, two degrees in Music Education, and a Master’s Plus 30 degree in Leadership and Administration. She served 18 years in Catholic and Charter School Administration and currently leads accreditation review teams across the country. Her work has focused on continuous school improvement, building leadership capacity, and governance training. She has served as Vice President of the Ashton School Board of Directors in the Dominican Republic for the past six years.

Carroll Priddy

HR/Talent Advisor

Carroll is an expert at talent selection and development, and manages the execution of our proprietary Talent Development Cycle™. She has worked as a non-profit executive, a college business school professor, and an entrepreneur coach. With a wide range of business acumen and a Masters in Human Resources Development, Carroll delivers on our promise of excellence through disciplined talent development.