About Us


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Jane Sandbank brings her education experience to the Group, having been a School Superintendent, Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior at Teachers College, Curriculum/Workshop Designer/Trainer, and most importantly, a teacher.  Dr. Sandbank holds an Ed.D. in Organization and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, a Professional Diploma from Fordham University in Administration, Policy and Urban Eduction as well as Master Degree’s in School Administration and English Literature.

She is recently involved with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and consults to school districts and professional organizations. Her focus is on Leadership Development and Strategic Planning. Jane’s research in Emotional Intelligence, Personality Theory, Early Child Development, and Adult Learning inform her belief that any effective approach to organizational improvement or student achievement includes attention to social emotional intelligence as well as cognitive growth.

Her background includes work in inner city and suburban schools struggling with issues of poverty and diversity as well as high-performing schools such as the Bronx High School of Science and the Chappaqua Central School District in Westchester County, New York. Every situation is unique and our work is customized to meet the needs and culture of the organization. There is no one size fits all magic program whether it is about student learning or the best Strategic Planning Model.
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John Krouskoff

John Krouskoff is the Manager of Learning Technologies for the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center in Westchester County, NY.  A nationally recognized Google Education Trainer and seasoned central office administrator, his leadership in the evaluation, planning, development, and purposeful implementation of technology to increase student engagement is transformational.  He currently serves in a leadership role for emerging technology implementations in seven districts in the Lower Hudson Valley.

linkedindrellenbergmanDr. Ellen Bergman

Dr. Ellen Bergman, Superintendent of Mt. Pleasant Blythedale UFSD brings over 40 years of experience as a special educator and school administrator to JSG.  She has served as a teacher and special education / pupil personnel director and held superintendent positions in public school districts as well as New York State specialized districts.  Ellen is an Adjunct Professor at Pace University Graduate School of Education and a member of the NYS Education Department Financial Advisory Workgroup, the Pace University Institutional Review Board, the Educational Leadership Advisory Board for Manhattanville College and the WNET Educational Services Advisory Committee. She has developed special education leadership curricula for Teachers College, Columbia University and consulted during the university accreditation process for Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and the New York State Education Department.

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Janet Patti is Professor of Administration and Supervision, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Hunter College, CUNY. Dr. Patti holds an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Arizona, and a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education (1978) from Hunter College, CUNY.

Dr. Patti is an internationally recognized educator and author in the fields of social and emotional learning and educational leadership development. Prior to assuming her university posts, Dr. Patti worked for 25 years in Pre-K-12 public schools as a teacher, administrator and school guidance counselor in New York and California.

Dr. Patti’s research interests are twofold: to help leaders acquire successful strategies to create and sustain caring, safe, learning communities that are conducive for learning; to help leaders enter into a transformative, reflective process of leadership development so as to model socially intelligent leadership. Janet works with school leaders to assess school culture, enhance leadership skills, and promote the building of a strong school community based on trust and democratic values. Dr. Patti is a founding member of the Leadership Team of the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL); an executive board member of The Staten Island Community Charter School(SICC)and a member of both the Consortium for Research in Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (CREIO)and The International Society for Emotional Intelligence(ISEI). She is a senior consultant for the Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale University. Dr. Patti is the co-president of The STARfactor LLC., for which she provides coaching and leadership development.

Dr.Patti has authored numerous articles and chapters in the fields of conflict resolution, social and emotional learning and school leadership. She is the co-author of Smart School Leaders: Leading with Emotional Intelligence and Waging Peace in Our Schools. Currently, she is co-authoring a book for Teachers College Press in school leadership and coaching.

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Harvey Schnall brings a vast array of diverse talents and experiences to JSG. He has been a teacher and/or an administrator in a rural framing community, a South Bronx Middle School and served as a building or district administrator in large K – 12 suburban districts in New York and New Jersey. We like to kid him that he just couldn’t hold on to any one job or place for too long.

He has many credits and kudos in a long list of accomplishments and triumphs including professional learning for teachers in the Common Core Standards, curriculum development and mapping, coaching and mentoring, conflict resolution, negotiating contracts and teacher and administrative evaluation tools.

I don’t think there is an issue in a school or district that Harvey has not come across.  More importantly, there is not a teacher, principal or district administrator who feels they did not benefit from Harvey’s wise counsel, workshops or training events.

He is a gifted presenter and speaker who is passionate about children and the importance of ensuring they enjoy the benefit of a topnotch master teacher.



Pamela Feldman-Krouskoff

Pam is a marketing and sales professional with over 25 years experience.  Pam has more than 14 years working with educational institutions on their web presence and online communications strategies, including community newsletters, blogs for administrators and teachers.  Her work has been instrumental in building close communication with parents, staff and students. Her attention to detail is outstanding, and her approach to any project is invaluable. Her extensive background with Fortune 500 companies is advantageous as it provides out-of-the-box thinking and insight.