We are educational thinkers and doers committed to improving early literacy outcomes for children. 
We believe in empowering educators to make change and learning through data to design instruction that works.


Jarrod Bolte, Founder, CEO
Jarrod founded Improving Education out of a desire to improve early childhood literacy and create a new approach to educational reform that empowers teachers, schools, and communities to make change. He has extensive experience as a teacher and leader in Baltimore City Public Schools, and has served on multiple state and national commissions focused on a variety of educational initiatives. Jarrod has spent years studying and refining practices of Improvement Science in education and is at the forefront nationally in using this methodology to improve student outcomes and educational systems.  Improving Education is a first-of-its-kind improvement community focused on improving early literacy through a Networked Improvement Community structure.   

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Maura Kennedy, Coordinator
Maura has experience teaching and supervising in schools throughout Maryland, focusing on students with learning and social differences. After beginning her career as a classroom teacher in Prince George’s County, Maura worked for several years in Baltimore City Public Schools before becoming an administrator in the private sector. Her past leadership roles include Head of School at Compass Academy in Baltimore County and Assistant Principal at the School for Tomorrow in Montgomery County. Maura is extensively trained in Restorative Practices and completed her Master’s degree with the International Institute for Restorative Practices. She is interested in how strong relationships and social-emotional learning integration support academic gains.


Kelly Rietschel, Coordinator
Kelly has extensive experience in the field of education with both elementary and middle school populations. She began her career in Baltimore City Public Schools where she served in a variety of capacities including classroom teacher, instructional support teacher, district literacy leader, and Assistant Principal. She spent the following two years as a school leader in Harford County Public Schools prior to assuming a full-time education fellowship with Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Special Education. Kelly earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Master’s degree in School Leadership and Administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Additionally, she completed the Aspiring Principal’s Leadership Academy through the Maryland State Department of Education.

Emma Simpson, Operations and Development Manager
Emma has worked in non-profit administration for the past five years in both fundraising and operations offices. She is eager to delve deep into the world of early childhood education and literacy outcomes by supporting the rest of the Improving Education team with their day-to-day needs and by developing a long-term growth strategy for the organization. Emma is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and currently resides in Baltimore's Remington neighborhood. 

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Tedra Webb, Coordinator
Tedra believes education provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth.  She began her career as an early childhood educator in 2003 with Baltimore City Public Schools. As a teacher in Baltimore City, she taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. While teaching in Baltimore City, she received recognition from the Mayor for her dedication to her students and their families. In 2007, she continued her teaching career as a Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher with Harford County Public Schools. While in Harford County, she embraced the differences amongst her early learners by entering and winning the Together We’re Better poster contest. She co-authored an article in conjunction with Towson University in the Science & Children Journal, and she was a presenter at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association Baltimore area conference. Tedra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Toledo