The Team

Mike Miles is the co-founder of Third Future, starting the company after serving three years as the Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District. Under his leadership, the Dallas Independent School District implemented ground-breaking initiatives, including the implementation of the nation’s most rigorous and fair pay-for-performance teacher and principal evaluation systems, significantly expanding public school choice, and developing a strong early-childhood program. [Read his resume.]

Prior to Dallas, Miles successfully transformed the Harrison School District in Colorado Springs, raising student achievement and building a high-performance culture. As an instructional leader and professional developer, he has also helped teachers and administrators in school districts nationally to improve instruction and raise student achievement. He is recognized as an accomplished practitioner of teacher and principal evaluations, curriculum alignment, instructional feedback, organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and systems thinking.

Dr. Shirley Miles has spent her entire life serving the public interest and helping adults and students reach their potential. She has over 25 years of national and international preK-12 experience and has held the following positions: teacher, high school principal, human resources director, superintendent, staff developer, education consultant and university professor. [Read her resume.]

The depth and breadth of her experiences include: improvement in student achievement, creating and developing innovative policies, managing resources effectively and efficiently, leading change and transitions, successfully integrating data-driven decision making, encouraging workforce diversity, leadership development, and collaborating across organizations and agencies.

Dr. Luz M. Martinez, a native of Puerto Rico, has served high school and adult students as teacher, administrator, school board member/president, faculty adjunct, and trainer/facilitator for the last twenty-five years in Texas and around the world. She holds certifications in Texas as school superintendent, principal, Spanish and ESL. She has received various educational and leadership grants, such as the Rotary International Goodwill Ambassador (1989), Raise your Hand Texas-Harvard Principal Center Leadership Institute (2013), and the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents Leadership Academy (2014-15).

Andie Ruskin has been working in education for nineteen years. Mrs. Ruskin spent six years in the classroom teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels. During her time teaching, Mrs. Ruskin became a national math and writing trainer for Edison Schools. After teaching, Mrs. Ruskin worked as an instructional coach for teachers developing instructional tools and resources, analyzing assessment data, managing education software, and training teachers throughout her district and statewide. Andie’s administrative work has supported central office, elementary, and secondary schools. Her time as the Assistant Director of Focal Point, LLC was used to coach, develop instructional resources, and support districts across Colorado in order to raise student achievement district wide. Currently Mrs. Ruskin is an assistant principal and consultant for Third Future Consultants. 

Aljean Tucker’s more than 45 years of experience include both private and public schools at all levels and in a variety of settings.  Her roles have included teacher, assistant principal, principal, and executive director.   Her final administrative role was as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at an urban district.  Tucker’s present role is one of national consultant and trainer.

Tucker’s professional consulting work includes the development of district initiatives as well as turning vision, values, and mission into viable implementation steps and processes.  Her expertise and education also allows her to coach, mentor, and evaluate teachers as well as school and district administrators. Tucker has also co-designed and implemented principal and teacher pay-for-performance models that include curriculum alignment and assessment development as well as data-driven effective instructional practice. 

Tacy Killingsworth has been in education for twenty two years and has served in a variety of capacities to include early childhood special education teacher and director, elementary classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of instruction, director of elementary education and college instructor.   Tacy currently teaches classes in the Leadership, Research and Foundations Department at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and is a consultant in the field of education.

Tacy’s consultant work consists of mentoring and coaching building and district leaders in a variety of areas.  This includes supporting leaders in setting vision/mission with a viable action plan that defines strategies and processes, improving climate and culture to promote success, unpacking standards and aligning curriculum, using data to drive instruction and developing and implementing a differentiated professional development model to meet teacher needs within a school. 

Tacy holds a master's degree in early childhood special education from the University of Arizona and a degree in administrative leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver.

John Rogerson has been an educator for over 20 years. John is currently in his sixth year as a principal at a middle school in Colorado Springs. Prior to being asked to take over the middle school, he was the principal at an elementary school for five years. In Illinois, John worked at the district level as an instructional coordinator for G/T, language arts, electives, and social studies. He was a middle school teacher at a middle school in Des Plaines for eight years where he taught science, language arts, and social studies. He had previously taught music and P.E. at a middle school in El Paso.  John also teaches for Argosy University as an adjunct instructor.  In addition, he operated his own business, is a professional actor, and has served in the U.S. Army.

John has presented at national and state conferences on a variety of topics including using data to guide instruction, supervision and evaluation, and developing mentoring programs for new and experienced teachers. Conferences where he has presented include the Consortium for Educational Change and the Colorado Education Initiative 2014.  He is currently a certified trainer in Classroom Questioning and has been a certified trainer for mentors in Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and a trainer in Measure of Academic Progress (NWEA) testing.