Management Team


  • Steve Navarre
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Co-Founder, Board Member
    Project Education
Steve Navarre serves as Chief Executive Officer and co-owner for Project Education. He has built a career based on technology and education. Navarre is a results-oriented entrepreneur with nearly two decades of extensive experience in developing companies and managing business units for national and international technology consulting companies. He began his career in the education technologies department of Texas Instruments. As a Business Unit Director at Sogeti-Cap Gemini, Navarre turned his business unit from a million-dollar producer to a nine million dollar producer in just one year. Navarre’s career involves numerous consulting positions leading him to work with several well-known companies like Pepsico, Chevron, Texaco and Merrill Lynch to name a few. Navarre is also the founder and owner of MindPower Consulting. Before starting Project Education, Navarre was the CEO of a regional educational software provider specializing in special education compliance. Lastly, he is the father and sibling of those with special needs and has years of experience with the parent/family aspect of special education.
Steve Navarre serves as Chief Executive Officer and co-owner for Project Education. He has built a career based on technology and education. Navarre is a results-oriented entrepreneur with nearly two decades of extensive experience in developing companies and managing business…


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  • Mellony Deuel
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Co-Founder, Board Member
    Project Education
Mellony Deuel serves as Chief Academic Officer and co-owner of Project Education. Before starting Project Education, Mellony worked as a Program Manager for a special education software company where she was responsible for the overall development of several educational programs including gathering customer requirements, working with development, marketing, sales, training, and product support. Mellony has been able to utilize her skills to create software programs that tracks both student achievement and compliance. Her previous education experiences as a general and special education teacher and the compliance officer across all special populations for the 5th largest Texas school district has enabled her to understand the importance of being able to produce actionable data. She has experience with the IDEA/504/ELL audit and OCR complaint process. As Chief Academic Officer, Mellony’s experience provides an understanding of how our partnerships work from both the vendor and educator that uses our software and services.
Mellony Deuel serves as Chief Academic Officer and co-owner of Project Education. Before starting Project Education, Mellony worked as a Program Manager for a special education software company where she was responsible for the overall development of several educational programs…


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  • Jayson Hammett
  • Vice President of Programs
Jayson Hammett made language acquisition a cornerstone of his education and career. He started his education career by teaching elementary Spanish and general studies in several North Texas school districts before moving to Arlington ISD to teach 4th grade. While there he found a passion for teaching ELL students how to succeed. From there he became an Instructional Coach and Response to Intervention Facilitator and then a World Languages Instructional Specialist.

In his current role, he helps expand Project Education’s ELL offering to numerous states. He has also helped to design proficiency tracking and targeted intervention software for meeting English Learner needs.

Jayson holds an Associate’s Degree in Interpreting for the Deaf, a Bachelor’s degree focusing on Linguistics and Foreign Language Acquisition, a Masters of Education in Policy Studies and a Principal Certification. In January 2021 Jayson was honored with the TeX TESOL V TESOLer of the Year Award.
Jayson Hammett made language acquisition a cornerstone of his education and career. He started his education career by teaching elementary Spanish and general studies in several North Texas school districts before moving to Arlington ISD to teach 4th grade. While…


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  • Thomas Kelchner, Ed.D.
  • Vice President of District Engagement
Tom served over three decades in large urban and small public-school settings, with principalships in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as central office positions. He was a director of special education in Goose Creek CISD from 2009-2016, where he helped engineer significant performance improvements for schools and students. He was instrumental in creating systems that supported students’ well-being both academically and emotionally.

Tom retired from public schools in 2016, broadening his reach as an educational and business consultant for districts, companies, and communities across the U.S. He is at his best when helping diverse teams thrive and perform across broad ethnic, cultural and economic ranges. He has served in coalitions and committees with students, parents, board trustees, superintendents, executive level management and community leaders.

Tom joined Project Education in 2021, and applies his insights and expertise to helping districts achieve the maximum results from our Project SPED, Behavior, RTI, Truancy, and SEL programs.
Tom served over three decades in large urban and small public-school settings, with principalships in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as central office positions. He was a director of special education in Goose Creek CISD from 2009-2016, where…


   

  • Marcy Canady
  • Director of Consulting Services
Marcy is skilled at facilitating collaboration with school district teams and leaders to support successful ELL programs, professional learning community structures and leadership development. Marcy has an extensive background in school administration including roles from teacher to Assistant Superintendent, all in the State of Texas. She has led both campus and central office teams, departments, and divisions over 29 years serving public schools and most recently in Katy ISD. Her passion for raising achievement levels of ELLs is apparent throughout all her work. In addition, she is a sought-after mentor to new administrators. She has helped many develop core strengths which prepared them for the leadership positions in which they now serve.

Marcy leads consulting and professional development for all Project Education areas. All training solutions are customizable in the PK-12 environment for both campus and central office needs.
Marcy is skilled at facilitating collaboration with school district teams and leaders to support successful ELL programs, professional learning community structures and leadership development. Marcy has an extensive background in school administration including roles from teacher to Assistant Superintendent, all…


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  • Julie Kaiser
  • Director of District Engagement
Julie Kaiser has worked in public procurement and client account management roles since graduating from Texas A&M University. Having an extensive background in customer service and account management, she is committed to building partnerships with districts to maximize their students’ success. Julie is passionate about providing outstanding service while building strong, productive working relationships with all stakeholders.

Julie is responsible for District Engagement, helping to ensure our existing clients are benefiting from Project Education at its fullest potential, and introducing our software solution to new districts. She previously served as a Client Services Manager, assisting with customer support, training, and program enhancements. Her positive attitude and attention to detail are great assets for the Project Education team.
Julie Kaiser has worked in public procurement and client account management roles since graduating from Texas A&M University. Having an extensive background in customer service and account management, she is committed to building partnerships with districts to maximize their students’…


   

Staff Spotlight

Kathleen Leos

Kathleen Leos is an active member of our ELL product advisory board. Kathleen comes to us as part of our partnership with The Global Institute of Language and Literacy Development. Kathleen is the founder of the Education Neuroscience Foundation Inc (ENF). Established in 2014, ENF’s mission is to open and operate an Education Neuroscience Demonstration School that illustrates ‘teaching and learning’ strategies based on current findings in education neuroscience and classroom evidence-based research related to How the Brain learns, processes information, acquires knowledge and thinks. Researchers, Teachers, Administrators, Parents, and Education Stakeholders work together in 21st century education environments to not only increase the academic performance of all learners, pre-birth to adults, but also to revolutionize education systems, worldwide, based on current empirical science.