CORE Staff

CORE Leadership and Staff

The integrated work of Pivot Learning and CORE is supported by CORE’s exceptional leadership, staff, and professional learning consultants.

Linda Diamond
Linda DiamondPresident
Linda Diamond, CORE’s President, previously served as a public school teacher, principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a K–12 school district, and Senior Policy Analyst with an emphasis on school to career, charter schools, and school reform. Mrs. Diamond is also the co-author ofmore
Dean Ballard
Dean BallardDirector of Mathematics
Dean Ballard is the Director of Mathematics for CORE. He holds a master’s degree in math education from Sonoma State University (SSU) and secondary teaching credentials for both mathematics and English. Dean has 18 years of experience in the classroom teaching all levels of mathmore
Carrie Thomas Beck, Ph.D
Carrie Thomas Beck, Ph.DDirector of Literacy
Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck is CORE’s Director of Literacy. She comes to CORE after working four years as the Dyslexia Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). In 2019, Carrie received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) to recognizemore
Brian Blanning
Brian BlanningDirector, Educational Services Operations
Brian Blanning is CORE’s Educational Services Resource Manager. He has been with CORE for more than 17 years and is responsible for client scheduling, materials fulfillment, consultant logistical support, editorial project management and event management. Prior to CORE, Brian was a project manager with themore
Cris Goldy, M.Ed.
Cris Goldy, M.Ed.Educational Services, Client Manager
Cris Goldy is an Educational Services Consultant with CORE. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in K–12 special education from Central Washington University. She received credentials in administration of teaching and learning from Walden University and administration certification frommore
Dale Webster, Ph.D.
Dale Webster, Ph.D.Chief Academic Officer
Dale Webster is CORE’s Chief Academic Officer. He leads the Educational Services division and is responsible for the day-to-day operations, training, and quality control of CORE’s educational consulting and management staff. Dale brings 20 years of experience in teaching, professional development/technical assistance, research, state-level policymore

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