Michael provides the guiding vision for Beyond BookSmart and has pioneered our revolutionary approach to teaching students executive function skills.
Massachusetts Distinguished Educator Michael Delman founded Beyond BookSmart, previously Thinking Outside the Classroom, in 2006 and serves as its CEO. An educator since 1982, Michael’s primary mission has always been to make learning relevant and to help young people discover and develop their strengths. His undergraduate degree is from Brown University and he earned his Master’s in Education from Lesley University.
Michael is a pioneer and leader in the area of Executive Function coaching. He originated the application of Dr. James Prochaska’s Transtheoretical Model of Change to help students improve academic performance. Beyond BookSmart's adaptation of this evidence-based model of behavior change has been endorsed by Dr. Prochaska. A dynamic presenter, Michael has been a featured speaker on Executive Function skills as they relate to academic success at Lynn University Transitions Conference, Mass Mentor Northeast Regional, Association of Experiential Education,
With over 200 Executive Function coaches, Beyond BookSmart has branches in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Boca Raton. Michael has also lead the way in establishing on-line Executive Function coaching both nationally and internationally.
Michael is the co-founder of the McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, Massachusetts, a middle school in its 12th year of operation teaching over 350 students through the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound school model. He served as McAuliffe’s founding principal and has been SERVED AS an active member of its Board of Trustees since 2008. Prior to that, Michael taught in the Southborough Public Schools for eight years, during which time he received the Anti-Defamation League’s Teacher Incentive Award for creating a superior learning environment for his students.
Rachel orchestrates all essential operations at Beyond BookSmart: from client services to coach development and research, she ensures a positive experience for all.
COO Rachel Krompinger worked for nearly ten years at a private special education school for cognitively and emotionally challenged youth outside Philadelphia before joining Beyond BookSmart. Rachel is a certified special education teacher who earned her B.A. in Child Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University and her M.Ed. in Special Education from Wilmington University. She has accumulated extensive experience working with individuals with pervasive developmental disabilities, such as Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, and in 2006 earned the Teaching-Family Association Distinguished Practitioner Award. She also continues to take coursework in educational leadership at the graduate level in progression towards a second Master’s degree.
Rachel’s role at Beyond BookSmart is to oversee all aspects of the coach’s experience and the continual improvement of Beyond BookSmart’s coaching program including recruitment, hiring, training, supervision, professional development, and retention, as well as overseeing Human Resources.
As Beyond BookSmart’s Director of Sales, Peter oversees the company’s business development and strategic marketing activities.
As Director of Sales, Peter is
Graduating with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Peter has made great use of the degree working in the industry before transferring to a sales position in a technology company. During his 25+ year journey as a business professional, Peter has successfully managed multiple sales and marketing teams in both start-up and established environments.
Whether it's managing our website, posting on our social media,
Jackie Stachel is the Director of Communications for Beyond BookSmart. Before joining Beyond BookSmart in 2010, Jackie was a Speech-Language Pathologist at Needham High School. She earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from
In addition to her work as Director of Communications, Jackie is an Executive Function Coach for Beyond BookSmart and leads presentations for parent groups throughout Massachusetts. Additionally, Jackie manages the company blog content through editing submissions, writing articles, and collaborating with professionals from outside Beyond BookSmart. She also creates video content and is our webmaster.
Chelsea's background as an educator and administrator prepares her to conduct a wide range of outreach activities for Beyond BookSmart in the greater New York region.
Chelsea Salaga-Daly oversees outreach for the Greater New York Region and conducts market research to identify new opportunities to partner with other professionals who serve struggling students. Chelsea was previously an administrator at Garfield Park Academy, an alternative special education school in New Jersey. While there, she earned her Master’s of Education in School Counseling. Chelsea has completed her course requirements for her Doctorate of Education in the Educational Leadership program at Wilmington University in Delaware. Her dissertation is in progress. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
At Beyond BookSmart, Chelsea is responsible for identifying and meeting with referral sources, presenting to groups about our Executive Function coaching, and recruiting, hiring, and training new coaches. Chelsea facilitates intake meetings with new families and matches clients to Executive Function coaches in the greater New York area.
Tricia is the hub of Beyond BookSmart, overseeing processes including helping families learn more about coaching and connecting new clients with our coaches.
Melissa makes sure Beyond BookSmart recruits and hires the best and brightest educators to become our executive function coaches.
Senior Hiring Manager Melissa Doody first joined the company is 2008. Prior to joining Beyond BookSmart, Melissa was a middle school special education teacher at the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School where she also chaired the Student Support Team. Having received her Bachelor’s in Special Education and Elementary Education, Melissa went on to earn her Master’s degree in Educational Administration at Boston College during which time she supervised student teachers completing their pre-practicum placements. She also worked as a Special Education Director intern in the Lincoln Public Schools.
In her role at Beyond BookSmart, Melissa is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and onboarding of new coaches; as well as implementing policies and procedures and developing providing for support for our hiring team.
A former school psychologist, Rachel has a deep commitment to supporting struggling students. She develops partnerships with referring professionals throughout the Northeast and educates them about executive function coaching.
Northeast Outreach Manager Rachel
In the role of Outreach Manager, Rachel identifies key potential referral sources and builds and maintains relationships with them. Rachel coordinates trade shows, networking events, and presentations for parent associations and educator groups for Beyond BookSmart.
Beth brings a wealth of Human Resources experience to her role at Beyond BookSmart, where she is dedicated to addressing the needs of each staff member.
Human Resources Manager Elizabeth Butts has over eight years experience in Human Resources writing policies, helping employees understand and utilize their benefits, untangling and resolving employment issues, and keeping current on mandates affecting employer and employees. Prior to Beyond BookSmart, Beth was the Payroll and Benefits Manager for Not Your Average Joe's and the Human Resources Manager for the First State Animal Center and SPCA. As Beyond BookSmarts Human Resources Manager. Beth authors and interprets policies and procedures in accordance with best practices among many other responsibilities.Beth received her Master of Science in Management from Boston University. She is PHR Certified through the HR Certification Institute, as well as
An educator for over 17 years, Jennifer's experience working with struggling students informs her conversations with parents who inquire about Beyond BookSmart's coaching.
Client Services Coordinator Jennifer Flewelling is a certified elementary school teacher and principal, with 17 years experience in education. Jennifer has developed English Language Arts curricula, consulted with local school districts, and is now instructing in teacher preparation and educational leadership programs at Salem State University and Endicott College. A graduate of Salem State University, Jennifer spearheaded general education initiatives focusing on supporting students’ academic, social, and emotional growth. She co-founded Fort Beverly, a non-profit organization focused on providing supports to students and families whose loved ones are deployed on active duty. Jennifer also led her school staff in creating a school-based Therapeutic Learning Center to provide a tiered structure of general education interventions to students with social-emotional, behavioral, and executive function challenges. This model was later adopted by the public school district and replicated across all elementary schools in the city.
As the Client Services Coordinator at Beyond BookSmart, Jennifer serves as the primary initial contact for prospective clients. She conducts inquiry calls to explain our services and maintain communication with prospective clients throughout the process of enrolling in coaching. Jennifer is also an Executive Function coach, supervisor, and trainer for Beyond BookSmart.
Rose establishes connections to referring professionals nationwide and internationally to educate and inform them about Beyond BookSmart's online executive function coaching services.
In Rose's role as Online Outreach Coordinator, she develops relationships with referral sources who are as passionate as we are about helping their clients reach their full potential. She is committed to spreading the message that our coaches teach our clients the skills they need not just for school but for life.
Rose joined the company in 2016 and brings over 30 years of experience in developing business for companies she passionately believed in over those years. She graduated with honors from Boston College with a degree in Education and Biology and taught and tutored many students during the years when she was raising her own children. Rose is proud of her record of building small businesses. Her role at Beyond BookSmart allows her to continue to contribute by helping our clients find their way to a successful and fulfilling life.
Katie leads our team of dedicated coaching supervisors, overseeing professional development agendas and working to expand the expertise and efficacy of our 200+ coaches.
Supervision Manager Katie Hodgson has a long history of working with individuals with Executive Function challenges both in acute care and nursing, as well as within schools. Katie spent ten years working at the secondary level in the public schools, becoming district expert in Executive Function, social communication, and emotional regulation challenges.
Katie opened our South Carolina territory in 2016. In her capacity as Outreach Coordinator, she develops relationships with referring professionals and provides dynamic presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
Katie obtained her B.A. in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She later earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State University and obtained her license as a Special Education Administrator and Principal. Before joining Beyond BookSmart, Kate worked at Social Thinking® Boston, where she led the “Treatment Strategies for Tweens,
Dana forges relationships with referring professionals throughout south Florida. She presents to clinicians and educators about Beyond BookSmart's groundbreaking methodology for teaching students executive function skills.
Laura ensures that our coaches have the most up-to-date methods and tools at their disposal, as she works to design professional development for all of our coaches.
Annabel leads our research initiatives into the efficacy of Executive Function coaching. Additionally, she designs and implements our online coach training.