Melissa Irby is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Irby has over 30 years of experience in education instruction, administration, and supervision.
Alicia Espinoza is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Her expertise includes coaching teacher leaders, school administrators, and district leaders through the implementation of evidence-based district and school improvement systems, processes, and practices.
Rebecca Bergey is a researcher in the Center for English Language Learners at AIR. Her primary responsibilities include designing curriculum, facilitating professional development, and conducting research that supports the education of English language learners and dual language learners.
Young Yee Kim is a principal psychometrician/statistician at AIR who has expertise in advanced psychometrics, such as multidimensional item response theory, as well as educational policy and research. Dr.
Bitnara Jasmine Park is a senior researcher at AIR, where she applies her skills and knowledge to various projects including but not limited to NAEP-related review and research activities, evaluation of literacy interventions, development of literacy assessments for teachers, and evaluation of ca
Natalya Gnedko-Berry is a senior researcher at AIR. Since the beginning of her research career in 2006, she has led or contributed to a range of evaluations and experimental and quasi-experimental studies with the primary focus on education.
Heidi Goertzen is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. Dr. Goertzen’s current work involves building capacity through technical assistance to state education agencies (SEAs) served by the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC).
Mohammed Elmeski is a senior researcher in International Policy, Practice, and Systems Change at AIR. His primary responsibilities include providing technical assistance in the reform of international education systems. Dr. Elmeski also conducts process and impact evaluations.