Meet Our Consultants

ISM has successfully empowered schools like yours to succeed at every stage of institutional growth.

Meet Our Consultants
Meet Our Consultants

Expert Insight, Versatile Experience, and Proven Strategies Tailored To Your School

Independent School Management (ISM) provides personalized consultations across every aspect of school management. Grounded in experience, wisdom, and research, ISM Consultants have successfully empowered schools like yours to succeed at every stage of institutional growth.

Experienced school leaders know that having an objective partner who understands the obstacles they face is instrumental in their success. ISM Consultants have been trusted to serve as that partner for nearly 50 years. 

 

Penny Abrahams, IAP-L

Penny Abrahams, IAP-L

ISM Senior Consultant
 

Penny joined Independent School Management in 2010 as a member of the Advancement Academy’s founding faculty.
 
Barbara Beachley

Barbara Beachley

ISM Senior Consultant
 

Barbara's areas of expertise include employee culture, evaluation, and growth; organizational systems; academic leadership; and student-centered and brain-based pedagogy.
 
Casey Bell, Ed.D., IAP-L

Casey Bell, Ed.D., IAP-L

ISM Consultant
 

Casey specializes in marketing communications, enrollment management, and organizational structures within schools.
 
Michael Christopher, IAP-L

Michael Christopher, IAP-L

ISM Consultant
 

Michael specializes in strategic planning, Board operations, development, and enrollment management.
 
Mike Gwaltney

Mike Gwaltney

ISM Consultant and Director of Online Learning
 

Mike expertise is in academic programming and leadership, curriculum design, project-based learning (PBL), and assessment.
 
Roxanne S. Higgins

Roxanne Higgins

ISM President and Senior Executive Consultant
 

Roxanne is an expert in optimizing time, space, and personnel to help each school deliver a program around the needs of its students.
 
Phil Higginson, IAP-L

Phil Higginson, IAP-L

ISM Consultant

 

Phill is a nationally recognized leader in philanthropic efforts and a renowned speaker with expertise in fundraising and development.
 
Terry L. Moore, BCP-E

Terry L. Moore, BCP-E

ISM Senior Executive Consultant and Editor-in-Chief of Ideas & Perspectives

Terry joined ISM as a Consultant in 2002. His expertise is in all school financial matters, along with operations, safety and security, marketing, and fundraising.
 
Polly Parker, Ph.D

Polly Parker, Ph.D

ISM Consultant and Executive Coach

Polly has experience leading Board/Governance retreats, supporting leadership team training, and creating leadership growth team models.
 
Shannan Schuster, Ed.D.

Shannan Schuster, Ed.D.

ISM Consultant and Executive Coach

Shannan shares her expertise in school management, Board/Head relations, hiring, scheduling, and new School Head support.
 
Bryan Smyth, Ph.D.

Bryan Smyth, Ph.D.

ISM Senior Consultant and Director of Research

Bryan believes the enhancement of school environments and cultures is the best way to facilitate growth in children and adults.
 
Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

ISM Consultant and Executive Coach

Scott understands the unique demands of independent school leadership and the skills necessary for navigating headship effectively