We understand that data leads the game plan, but the condition of the players determines the results. Our consultants provide a personalized approach that doesn’t just improve performance, but also strengthens the foundation of your daily approach to problem solving, task completion and most importantly, human relationships. Adults and children need to show up for "daily practice" with the right attitude and skills to win. The Champion Initiative will help build your winning team.  

TCI Team

Kathleen Satterley,
Founding Director

Kat@thechampioninitiative.com

Phone: 202-805-1290

Kathleen has accumulated 24 years of experience in central office administration, teaching, coaching and small business. As a seasoned veteran, she has taken the culmination of her experience to the next level, as the Founding Director of TCI Educational Consulting. Highly trained in pedagogy and curriculum, she served in Washington, DC performing teacher evaluations & coaching, facilitating professional development and managing curriculum projects.  Kathleen saw an opportunity to provide specialized professional development in areas such as teacher effectiveness, school culture, health and PE, and leadership support. These key areas, along with community engagement are imperative to student success.  A firm believer in educating the whole person, she recognized where today’s approach to reform needs a Champion. 

Kathleen’s experience encompasses urban and suburban districts. From upstate New York, to the heart of Little Havana, Miami to our Nations Capital, she understands that while there are vastly different needs, The Champion Initiative’s approach will work for all communities. As a former school leader and facilitator of the Healthy Schools initiative, she successfully engaged in creating a school culture that supported healthy teachers and children.  She was also a member of the CWZ Executive Board for New York State Association of Physical Education Recreation and Dance and actively participates in various professional communities such as, Society for Health and Physical Educators, the Society of State Leaders for Health and Physical Education, The National Association for Professional Women, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the American Association for School Administrators.  She was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2008 and was awarded by ING bank for her excellence in teaching and participation in the ING Marathons “Run for Something Better” program. Kathleen presents at State and National level conferences and inspires educators to take a non-traditional approach to serving the school community. As a life coach, she has facilitated workshops from China to the Caribbean, to Hawaii, helping individuals and organizations to improve relationships, and foster greater productivity and satisfaction. 

David Gesualdi

David Gesualdi is a distinguished middle school physical education and health educator in Washington D.C. He received his physical education and health degree from James Madison University and his M.Ed from the University of Virginia respectfully. In addition to his teaching experiences and responsibilities, he has served in several leadership capacities as a turnaround teacher leader, national education policy fellow, and a district level professional development facilitator. David has spent time learning and designing his dream classroom while observing and analyzing high-performing schools across the country and participating in design thinking workshops at the d. School at Stanford University. He has designed an innovative health lab that focuses not only on rigorous content, but on code-switching and soft skills such as assertiveness, critical thinking, empathy, creativeness, and independence. David is currently completing a doctoral degree from the College of William and Mary. Recently recognized as a national finalist for the Fishman Prize for superlative practice and winner of DC EdFund award for Innovative Classroom, David ranks among the most distinguished teachers in the country. 

 

Dr. Kymm Ballard

A well known and highly regarded professional in the industry, Dr. Kymm Ballard brings a depth of knowledge and experience to TCI that is invaluable. Kymm obtained a doctorate in Education through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a focus on LEP students in Physical Education in 2008.  A 1985 graduate of Appalachian State University in Physical Education and Health Education, Kymm also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Education with a focus in Sport Administration from Appalachian and most recently a certification in Sport Philanthropy. In addition to being the Past-President of the Society of State Directors for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, she also served as the Chair for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Public Relations Committee and on numerous committees representing physical educators through updates, meetings and workshops.  Kymm has been successful for helping to initiate and facilitate millions of dollars to schools to address obesity prevention. For more about Kymm's accomplishments visit our Policies and Grants Page.

Adriana Montes

Born and raised in Argentina. Adriana brings a multitude of experience to the Champion Initiative. As a bilingual instructor, she has had the opportunity to serve hispanic communities in meaningful ways. Amongst her many achievements, she helped reduce the incidence of pregnancy amongst teens in a Southern California hispanic community. She has degrees in Healthcare Interpretation, CNA, LVN, and Early Childhood Development. She worked at Brea-Olinda Unified School District for 15 years as a Bilingual ESL Coordinator and Parenting Instructor; at St Jude Medical Center for 11 years as the Coordinator of the Interpreter Services Department; participated in the creation of the curriculum for the Healthcare Interpreter Certification Program at Cal. State Fullerton. She also created fourteen curricula and taught them in many communities of Southern California while working for Olive Crest non-profit as a parenting instructor. 

*TCI Eductional Consulting works with a network of independent consultants as well so that all specialized needs of our schools are met.