Our Team

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Chris Carlson
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Founding Partner

Chris Carlson is a Fulcrum Founding Partner. Chris is skilled at using individualization to develop and leverage the strengths of those around him to maximize outcomes. His highly personable nature helps him manage Fulcrum's client relationships, develop values-based strategies for school partners, and guide Fulcrum's organizational vision keeping our school partners at the forefront.

Prior to co-founding Fulcrum, Chris served as the Principal of Chicago Collegiate Charter School, leading it to a Level 1+ rating (the highest rating given to Chicago Public Schools) two years running. He was also a founding teacher at Gary Comer College Prep, a campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, where he later served as the school's first Alumni College Coordinator supporting students' transition to and through college.

 

Chris holds a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University, and a M.A. in teaching from National-Louis University. He also participated in the Fisher Fellowship for school leaders.

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Isiah King
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Director of Partner Support

Isiah King is a Milwaukee-based Director of Partner Support. He has served in Milwaukee and Beloit schools in various roles as a classroom teacher, dean of students, founding principal, and network coordinator for equity and culture .  After serving in schools for more than 15 years, he transitioned to the EDTech sector. Prior to that he was a manager, instructional specialist for Teach for America DC Region. Isiah has supported schools across the USA and internationally to continuously improve systems and structures that support bold student achievement outcomes. 

 

Isiah utilizes his skills as a strategist to bring best practices he’s learned regarding how to serve historically underserved students at an exceptionally high level. He leads through a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusiveness, assisting teams to build critical mindsets and tangible skill sets so school leaders can implement that vision with a high level of success. 

 

Isiah holds a BS in Community Education from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, BS in Communications from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University- Portland. He also completed the National Institute for Urban School Leaders program at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Katie Meyer
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Partner

Katie Meyer is a Milwaukee-based Partner. Katie collaborates with teachers, instructional leaders and principals in both Milwaukee and Chicago schools. As a developer and problem-solver, Katie enjoys cultivating teacher potential to continually strengthen and develop their practice. When thought-partnering with teachers and school leaders, she embraces the challenge of analyzing symptoms, brainstorming possible causes and attempting different solutions to find the best one to improve instructional outcomes for all students.

 

Before joining Fulcrum, Katie served in public and charter schools in Washington, DC, as a Special Education teacher, Reading Specialist, Response to Intervention (RTI) Coordinator, and Instructional Coach.

 

Katie has a B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Psychology & Criminal Justice, and a M.Ed. in Literacy Curriculum & Instruction from American University.

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Chandra Sledge Mathias
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Partner

Chandra Sledge Mathias is a Chicago-based Partner. Chandra utilizes her strengths as a relationship builder and arranger to help principals and instructional leaders improve efforts in their unique school contexts. She values meaningful and purposeful professional experiences for educators that will build their capacity for powerful interactions with students.

 

Before joining Fulcrum in 2019, Chandra served as an English teacher, assistant principal, principal, Network Manager, and Director of Curriculum in several states including MD, NC, IL, DE, and TN. Most recently she was Founding Principal of a charter high school in Memphis, TN.

 

She holds a B.A. in English Secondary Education from North Carolina Central University, an MSA from North Carolina State University, and an Ed.D in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University Chicago.

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Max Weinberg
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Director of Partner Support

Max is a Chicagoland-based Director of Partner Support. In this role, Max enjoys leveraging relationships to improve opportunities and outcomes for all members of a school community. Max appreciates the complexity of schoolhouses, the uniqueness of each school community, and the varied learning that happens within school contexts. Max’s primary goal is to seek a balance between a human-centered approach and preparing leaders, teachers, and students.

 

Before joining Fulcrum, Max served as a teacher and instructional coach across charter, public, and private schools in New York and Chicago. Max has over a decade of experience as a school leader in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. 

 

Max has a BA from Brandeis University, an MS in Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education, and an MS in School Administration and Supervision from Fordham University. Max is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ed Leadership from Concordia University - Chicago.

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Cal Wysocki
Founder & President
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Cal Wysocki is the Founder and President of Fulcrum Education Solutions. Cal uses his strengths in strategy and ideation to support the Fulcrum team in developing high-quality support strategies for school partners, manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, and set larger vision and direction for Fulcrum’s growth and impact.

 

Prior to founding Fulcrum, Cal’s experience as an instructional leader at the school and district level allowed him to see the specific problems that Fulcrum now works to solve in schools. He worked in the Chicago Public Schools Central Office managing the city’s Early College STEM Schools, served as Lead Dean of Instruction in the Noble Network of Charter Schools, and trained hundreds of beginning teachers as a Curriculum Specialist and Curriculum Coordinator through Teach For America.

 

Cal holds a B.S. in Chemistry and French from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a M.A. in teaching from National-Louis University.

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Rickie Yudin
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Partner

Rickie Yudin is a Pennsylvania based Partner working primarily on Partner and Business administration and supporting School Leadership teams on strategy, instruction, and implementation. He’s a deliberative, context-based leader who focuses on facilitative coaching and authentic learning to develop the capacity of the individuals and organizations he works with. Rickie also oversees Fulcrum's strategic priorities.

After spending nearly a dozen years in schools, with half of those in school-leadership, including as the principal of Namaste Charter School, he moved to the start-up world and led the business and academic side of Learnmetrics, a school performance data analytics company, as the Chief Academic Officer.

 

Rickie holds a B.S. in Economics and History with a minor in Spanish from Vanderbilt University, a M.Ed. in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from UNLV, and a M.A. in Education Administration from Dominican University.