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Scott E. Barron

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Scott’s business success springs from a passion for education, technology, and entrepreneurship. Following advanced technology research at Princeton University, he started an early Internet services company that was later merged and acquired by larger tech businesses. With an M.Ed from Johns Hopkins University, he spent 14 years as a school chief administrator, working with the boards, faculty, parents, donors, and community stakeholders, to create a culture of collaboration, data analysis, and innovation. He is the author of, The Yabwi Tree, that encourages an entrepreneurial mindset for those ages 8 to 88. Upcoming books include, The Laws of the Grapevine, and, The Consultative Business Officer.

Tammy Barron

President & Senior Partner

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.

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.

Amy Swann

School Growth Senior Consultant

Dr. Amy Swann is an Innovation Fellow at The Mind Trust in Indianapolis, the Chief Academic Officer for Matchbook Learning (MBL), and a Senior Consultant for School Growth. She has spent the last 15+ years improving failing schools in Kentucky, New Jersey, Michigan, and Washington D.C. 

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.

In addition, Dr. Swann’s leadership has been documented and written about in books such as: Five Critical Leadership Practices: The Secret to High Performing Schools by R. Ash & P. Hodge (2016), Beyond Measure: Rescuing an overscheduled, over tested, underestimated generation by Abeles, V. & Rubenstein, G. (2015), and The Test by Kamenetz, A. (2015). In addition to the national work that Dr. Swann has done, she has also spoken and published papers internationally during International Symposiums on Education Leadership in Jyvaskyla Finland, at the University of Shanghai, and in Uppsala, Sweden.

Matt Ticzkus

School Growth Leadership Consultant

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.

Marry Anne Hipp

School Growth Consultant

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

Director of Talent

Carroll is an expert at talent selection and development, and manages the execution of our proprietary Talent Cultivation 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.