J Taylor Consultants

J Taylor Consultants

Nick Castilleja

Nick Castilleja has been a teacher and leader across the state of Washington for 12 years. Throughout his wide variety of educational experience in grades K-12, Nick has dedicated his efforts to write, deliver, and advocate for curriculum and instruction that is dynamic, challenging, and engaging. Nick leads general and highly capable 6th grade ELA/Social Studies classes comprised of mostly English language learners at Stevens Middle School in Pasco, Washington and serves on the board for the Washington Educators Association for the Talented and Gifted (WAETAG). After sharpening his skills during his graduate work at Whitworth University in Gifted and Talented Education, Nick also began delivering professional development sessions on tailoring engaging learning environments, differentiating instruction, Project-Based Learning, how to identify and serve gifted English language learners, and curriculum writing for gifted students.

Dr. Carrie Simpson

Dr. Carrie Simpson has made a career of understanding, researching, and utilizing differentiated instruction as part of the foundation for teaching. Her work in the field of gifted education, followed by curriculum development and teacher training in the field of special needs brought her to one steadfast understanding: differentiation is paramount to student success. Currently, Dr. Simpson continues to hone her skills in the craft of differentiation by teaching Humanities courses for Austin Community College, working with the ACC ECHS programs, and through online instruction for the University of Texas at Dallas’ Teacher Development Center, teaching courses on Differentiation for Diverse Student Populations. The Depth and Complexity Framework is a significant part of her work and reinforces her beliefs that potent bursts of excellent instruction help us meet student needs. She is the author of two J Taylor Education products, CAP and the Depth & Complexity Icons: Empowering Critical Thinking for All Students, and D & C and the 2e: Using the Depth and Complexity Icons to Create Appropriately Challenging Learning Opportunities for the Twice-Exceptional Learner.

Sunny Bonnecarrere

Sunny Bonnecarrere began her career as an educator in 2005. She has taught all elementary grade levels as a classroom teacher and gifted specialist. She currently works as an Instructional Technology Specialist in Round Rock ISD. Sunny joined J Taylor Education’s Depth and Complexity consulting team a few years ago and has quickly become one of its most requested trainers. Her practical and relatable presentation techniques are popular with teachers as they discover numerous ways to implement depth and complexity into instructional practices right away.

Brittney Varao

Brittney Varao is a GATE program specialist in the Clark County School District (Las Vegas) She has over 20 years experience in elementary education, including seven using Depth & Complexity. Brittney was the driving force in bringing Depth & Complexity to Clark County, the 5th largest district in the nation. Her hands-on, educator-to-educator approach to presenting makes her both popular and effective.

Daniel Brillhart

Daniel Brillhart has taught a wide range of subjects across all levels during his 29 year career. Currently Daniel serves as the GT Specialist for his campus and on district GT leadership committees. Daniel presents on Depth and Complexity at the campus, district, state, and national level. He utilizes the Depth and Complexity Framework in his classroom daily and was awarded the 2016 Texas Association for the Gifted Educator of the Year Award.

Kim Tredick

Kim Tredick is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Castaic School District in Southern California. She has served as lead curriculum writer for J Taylor Education since 2006 and has been using Depth and Complexity for three decades as a teacher, principal, and district administrator. In 2006, she was awarded the Milken National Educator award for her work with differentiation. Kim is the author of the best-selling Differentiation Smart Reference Guide, which is used in over 30,000 classrooms. As one of the original participating educators during the first PD rollout of Depth and Complexity in the 1990s, Kim provides teachers with practical, best practices for using all the components of the D & C Framework.

David Chung

David N. Chung currently teaches High School English at Placentia-Yorba Linda School District in Southern California. During his teaching career, he has instructed both middle and high school students, including those belonging to Gifted/Talented, ELL, AVID, and Pre-IB programs. For over 15 years, David’s passionate and exciting instructional and presentation techniques have landed him lead training roles at numerous California Association for the Gifted sponsored events, school district professional development academies, and several other state and national conferences focused on curriculum differentiation. As the author of thinkthriveabound.blogspot.com and co-author of gatepathways.blogspot.com , David continues to solidify his role as the foremost national expert on the integration of the Depth & Complexity Framework within the secondary setting. He is the co-author of the Depth & Complexity Icon Posters and Content Imperative Posters (J Taylor Education, 2014) and has other resources on Literature Circles, Frames and Disciplinarian Thinking Circles on his blogs.