Julie Riley, Director of Business Operations

Biography coming soon.

Roblyn Melton, Director of Programs

Roblyn Melton has been focused on improving student achievement through teaching, curriculum, instruction, and assessment work for the last 35 years.  Her expertise includes curriculum development and implementation, assessment development, and instructional planning.

Roblyn has presented at both the state and national levels over the past 20 years.  Some of the conferences include Interface, SMCAA Conferences, SREB Making Schools Work National Conference, NSTA, and Science Teachers of Missouri Conferences.  As a MAP Regional Facilitator at Southeast Missouri State University, Roblyn presented to 200 different districts or organizations throughout the state.  Roblyn was co-author on Critical Elements of an Academic Culture in an article for the American Association of School Administrators.  She continues to work with and consult regularly with DLM building essential elements and test items for Science for MAP-A. 

Roblyn earned her BS in Earth Science Education from Murray State University and a master’s in educational administration from Southeast Missouri State University.  Roblyn spent 14 years as a middle school and high school science teacher in Portageville, Tennessee, and Caruthersville. She was also an instructional coach, curriculum coordinator, and Director of Assessment for Farmington Schools until she retired. Roblyn has served as a member of the board of directors for SMCAA and was a consultant for the association before taking a part-time consultant position. Roblyn also continues to serve at the state level as a leader, trainer, and contributor of the state MAP/EOC assessments.

Al Richardson, Professional Learning Coordinator

Al Richardson spent 29 years in the public school system focusing on improving student achievement through teaching, curriculum, instruction, and assessment work. Al’s primary areas of concentration during this time included data review and analysis, as well as curriculum development and implementation. Areas of focus during these years included creating a district-based report card, working to implement MSIP standards and indicators, inquiry-based learning, student engagement, Career and Technical Ed, vertical teaming, professional collaboration; as well as working with the Canvas LMS and various online benchmark assessment programs.

Al earned a BS in Mathematics Education from Southwest Missouri State University (MSU), while minoring in Religious Studies, and a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Phoenix University. Currently Al is certified in Mathematics, grades 7-12, and Special Education (learning disability and behavioral/emotional disorders k-12). Al spent two years as a paraprofessional in a self-contained EMH classroom working with autistic students; two years as a Special Education teacher, and twelve years as a middle school and high school math teacher in Marion C. Early, Springfield, Seymour, and Marshfield. Having worked in various classroom environments and in districts of varied sizes as help provide Al with a well-rounded history of student and educator needs. After leaving the classroom, Al spent time in Marshfield as a Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, and finally as the Director of Assessment, Data, and Accountability. Al has served as a member of the Board of Directors for SMCAA and as Board president during the 2015-2016 school year.

Dr. Janie Pyle, SMCAA Consultant

Dr. Janie Pyle has been dedicated to the work of advancing the teaching profession for the last 39 years. Her focused expertise includes educational leadership and management of the educational process, curriculum review and standardization, effective instruction and coaching, and teacher retention through teacher leadership and motivation.

Janie is an accomplished speaker both at the state and national levels having presented at numerous state conferences, the National Staff Development Conference, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National School Boards Association, the National Summit for Courageous Conversations and most recently the National Visible Learning Conference. In addition, she has consulted for several large and small school districts in California, Missouri and Arkansas. Janie has been published in Larry Ainsworth’s and Kristen Anderson’s book,Getting Started with Rigorous Curriculum Design. She was also the subject of an article titled “New Central Office Philosophy Makes Professional Learning a Team Effort” in the October 2014 edition of the Journal for Staff Development. Dr. Pyle is currently working on her first book about the effectiveness of curricular programming and execution.

Janie began her career in the state of South Carolina as an elementary teacher, and then moved on to K-12 special education, high school English, and college and university instruction in the states of California and Missouri. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Special Education and School Administration. She received her Doctorate from the University of LaVerne in Southern California in Educational Leadership. In addition to teaching, Janie has experience as an elementary and secondary principal, assistant superintendent, and Superintendent. Janie is currently the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability for Raytown Quality Schools in Raytown, Missouri located in the Kansas City area.