Andrea Meiers – Executive Director
Andrea began her career as a middle school Language Arts teacher in Powell, Wyoming shortly after graduating from Rocky Mountain College. After teaching for a short period and earning her Masters of Education Leadership, Andrea obtained her first administrative position as an assistant principal at Laurel Middle School and then moved into the role of principal. Andrea joined ACE as the executive director in 2014. Andrea enjoyed the challenge of curriculum work and gained more confidence as she settled into the new role. Working in curriculum and assessment have always been her passion, so having that as a singular focus was rewarding.
After three years with ACE, she was presented with the opportunity to become an assistant professor in the Education Department at Rocky Mountain College. At Rocky, she still pursues her love of curriculum and assessment by sharing that passion with students in her classroom. She teaches a variety of courses each semester and works diligently to put research-based best practices into her classroom. Andrea now has the opportunity to implement what she teaches in professional learning. Having a deep belief in the work of ACE, Andrea also has continued to be involved with the organization. She now works on a part-time basis providing guidance and support and presenting professional development occasionally.
Jenny Combs – Director
Jenny was raised and started teaching in rural Montana and has been working professionally in education for over 25 years. Jenny taught 7-12 math and English earned a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University and was a finalist for the Montana Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics. Jenny also has worked at the national level for a non-profit specializing in teacher induction and online content specific mentoring.
The revolving door of teachers she experienced as both a student and faculty member made her driven to make sure that every school leader and the teacher feels supported regardless of where they work. All educators deserve high quality and personalized professional learning. Jenny believes that we now have the means and opportunity to deliver engaging and powerful learning in multiple ways, so all learners can access the resources and information they seek. Supporting all teachers with curriculum and assessment with ACE has been a fantastic opportunity to do rewarding professional development in Montana.