The Team
GreenLIGHT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT has extensive experience creating technology products and curricula for schools.
Tom Nieman

is the owner and president of Nieman Inc., a privately held company that specializes in developing curriculum materials for educational publishers. His company specializes in writing and designing curriculum in reading, language arts, literature, ESL, math, and social studies for students in grades K-12. A graduate of Northwestern University, he is a former elementary teacher and for 18 years worked as an editor, marketing director, and vice-president of Reading, Language Arts, and Literature at Scott Foresman and Company in Glenview, Illinois.

Tom also has co-authored a number of textbook series, such as the Daybooks of Reading and Writing, The Reading and Writing Sourcebooks, The Reader’s Handbooks, and Academic Workout. In addition, he has created ACCESS, a middle school series for English language learners, as well as, among others, the American Documents series and World Histories series for National Geographic School Publishing. In addition, his company has created several interactive whiteboard programs, including Preparing for Standardized Tests, and several interactive eBooks, such as The Constitution, The Presidency, and Exploring Space. After realizing that much of the digital curriculum his team created was going unused in schools because teachers weren’t receiving support on how to integrate it into their teaching, he formed Green Light Professional Development. His team now works with schools across the Chicagoland area to coach and train teachers and staff to use technology to its fullest potential.
Mr. Nieman is currently on the board for Chicago International Charter School, as well as a volunteer tutor and reading teacher of ELL students at St. Thomas of Canterbury School in Chicago, Illinois.
Erin Dye

is the manager of consulting services at Green Light Professional Development. She currently coordinates PD programs that focus on setting manageable goals, engaging teachers as they integrate curriculum and technology, and helping them leverage their current experiences as they learn and grow. She leads group PD sessions, small-group workshops, and one-on-one coaching on a wide variety of subjects, tools, and resources.

Erin is also an editor and project manager at Nieman Inc., where she has experience writing and developing print and digital materials in math, science, reading, and social studies for students in grades K–12. She has overseen production of more than 11,000 pages of interactive whiteboard lessons, including an entire Common Core math program for students in grades K–12, as well as several interactive books and apps. Erin holds a BA from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and an MA from the University of Chicago.
Helen Beyne

provides support for the manager of consulting services at Green Light Professional Development. She leads group PD sessions that help teachers integrate curriculum and technology. She believes that teachers who effectively implement the Common Core State Standards and are proficient in technology are most capable of preparing students for success in college, life, and career in the 21st century.

Helen is also an editor and project manager at Nieman Inc. She works with educational publishers to bring creative technology products to life, including an IWB science program in SMART Notebook and ActivInspire, as well as apps on phonemic awareness and fire safety. Helen has years of experience in creating innovative curriculum materials in reading, language arts, ESL, science, and social studies for students in grades K–12. A graduate of Colgate University, she is a former Head Start volunteer.
Luz Chavez

is a consultant at Green Light Professional Development. She facilitates the professional development program at CICS West Belden school, where she trains teachers on using iPads and IWBs to integrate technology into their curriculum. Luz also blogs regularly on edtech topics for Green Light.

Luz currently volunteers as a fluency tutor in a dual-language school, where she uses interactive e-books to help students improve reading fluency. Previously Luz volunteered as an ESL tutor for adult learners at Oakton Community College and Morton Community College.
Luz is also a senior editor at Nieman Inc, where she works with educational publishers to develop curriculum products in both print and digital formats. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Luz serves as the vice president of the board of the Chicago Virtual Charter School, serving more than 600 students in a blended learning environment.
Jonathan Laxamana

is the Technology Manager of Green Light Learning Tools and Nieman Inc. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jonathan has more than ten years of experience in producing educational software products, video, web-based content, and mobile device applications.

Jonathan has produced a series of apps called Preparing for Standardized Tests. They are assessment practice applications for IOS and Android phones and tablets, covering Math, Reading, Language, and Science. He has managed the deployment of electronic book content in multiple platforms. He volunteers as a media and arts administrator.
Mark Hansen

is a consultant at Green Light Professional Development. He recently developed the iPad training series for GLPD and has been leading sessions on educational technology for teachers across the Chicago area. Mark is also a senior editor and project manager at Nieman Inc. He has long experience in developing K–12 programs and assessments, print and digital, especially in secondary literature and English language arts for such publishers as McGraw-Hill and Pearson. He is a graduate of the journalism school at the University of Kansas and is a former reporter and tennis coach.
Tom Klonoski

is a consultant at Green Light Professional Development. He has conducted professional development sessions in interactive whiteboards at several charter schools in Illinois. Tom is also an editor with Nieman Inc. He has 30 years of experience in education and educational publishing. His area of expertise is secondary language arts, with additional experience in mathematics and social studies. He has taught grades 7 and 8 at John Hope College Prep, a Chicago public school. His publishing experience includes editorial positions with World Book, McDougal Littell, and McGraw Hill. Tom has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from UIC.
Amber Wilson

is a consultant with Green Light Professional Development, where she enjoys working with teachers to maximize successful integration of edtech into teaching. As an editor at Nieman, Inc., she develops and edits educational materials across several content areas, and especially enjoys high school language arts. A lifelong Chicagoan, and graduate of the Chicago Public Schools system, Amber believes strongly in the importance of public education as a means of developing a thoughtful and active citizenry. Amber got her BA in Teaching of English (Secondary Education) from UIC.
Hope Morley

is a consultant for Green Light Professional Development and the social media coordinator for Green Light Learning Tools. She is also an editor at Nieman Inc. She has experience writing and developing curriculum materials for language arts, literature, and social studies. In the past two years, Hope has helped develop and write several interactive eBooks for elementary students that blend educational content with engaging interactive elements. Hope holds a BS/BA from Syracuse University.
Ericka Smith

is an editorial coordinator at Nieman Inc. She works with publishers to create test assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English language arts. As a consultant for Green Light Professional Development, she also works with teachers to utilize interactive software and activities in their classrooms. Ericka has more than five years of experience working in education, both inside and outside of the classroom. She has worked as an English composition instructor and tutor at a community college and as a middle school English language arts teacher. She is also a former AmeriCorps VISTA with Chicago Public Schools, where she organized afterschool tutoring programs in local shelters. She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MA from Chicago State University.