Meet our Care Consultants™

dsc04834Heather Clifton is a professional learning consultant, offering services to schools and districts in various aspects of professional development and organizational improvement.  She has supported leadership development for instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and principals for more than a decade.  As a Senior Consultant for Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council), she has worked with schools and districts nationally and in Canada to develop instructional coaching practices that lead to results for teachers and students.

In addition, Heather provides executive coaching to school leaders.  She has facilitated the work of district executive leadership teams and school based leadership teams in planning school improvement efforts.  Her professional experience in schools and districts includes positions as a teacher, an elementary school principal, and central office curriculum and staff development specialist.  She is a co-author of “Coaching Matters”.

New prof picMike DeGuire, Ph.D. currently works with school principals and their staffs to identify systems that will maximize student achievement. As a former principal in the Denver metro area, he has extensive knowledge and experience in executive coaching, change theory, curriculum methodology, data analysis, evidence-based teaching, distributive leadership, improvement planning, time management, and school culture.

In addition to serving as a principal for 28 years, Mike worked as a K-8 classroom teacher, central office literacy coordinator, school turnaround specialist, and more recently as an executive coach, and time change coach. He is highly skilled in helping schools determine their needs, and in assisting school leaders to design action plans that will ensure positive changes for all stakeholders.

mollyMolly M. Leamon, Ph.D. brings a variety of educational experiences and a passion for the educational journey for all people. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. As an adjunct professor, she loves teaching classes and coaching student teachers at an urban elementary school.

Molly’s educational experiences of over 35 years include being a special educator, special education interventionist, student advisor/dean, assistant principal, Teacher Effectiveness Coach (TEC), and an educational consultant in a variety of domains, including Cuba and American Samoa. She is a life-long student, who continues to learn and wholeheartedly supports the learning of others, as she believes that life-long learning can be a goal for all. Her mission is to collaborate with others by providing encouragement, expertise, knowledge, and support that will help them to be the best that they can be.


Barbara Trenholme, Ph.D. is passionately committed to working with principals and their staffs to improve the learning outcomes of all students. As an educational consultant she has worked with principals on a variety of topics, such as: observing teaching and giving effective feedback, training and facilitating Leadership Teams, providing effective interventions based on student data, developing and implementing Unified Improvement Plans, and coaching instructional coaches.

As an educator with over 45 years of experience she has had numerous positions including principal, special education teacher and supervisor, and staff developer. Currently, she is working as an Executive Coach with Denver Public Schools and as a Leadership Coach with Littleton Public Schools.