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ABOUT US
 

LISA COLLUM

Lisa Collum is the CEO, author, and founder of Top Score Writing. She is an educator with over 13 years of professional experience in teaching and specializes in writing. Lisa has worked as a classroom teacher, reading coach and a writing specialist for various institutions.

During her time working in a Title I school with students who struggled with basic writing skills, she felt the need to create a structured writing curriculum that had daily lessons that are built in such a way that each day has its own progressive sections. Knowing the common trials and errors by students, she developed lessons that were easy to follow and understandable to students.

Each school year in Florida, and other states with a focus on writing, students who use Top Score Writing’s curriculum show a significant improvement in their writing skills. Lisa has also trained thousands of teachers on the curriculum and consulted with schools nationwide to improve students’ writing. As she knows writing is a lifelong skill, Lisa takes pride in building their foundation early on in their educational career and continues to challenge them as their writing improves.

Lisa has a bachelor’s from Florida Atlantic University in elementary education and a master’s degree in education from Nova Southeastern University. When not working on Top Score Writing this mother of 4 can be found at various youth sporting events and supporting her surrounding community in need.

LISA COLLUM

Lisa Collum is the CEO, author, and founder of Top Score Writing. She is an educator with over 13 years of professional experience in teaching and specializes in writing. Lisa has worked as a classroom teacher, reading coach and a writing specialist for various institutions.

During her time working in a Title I school with students who struggled with basic writing skills, she felt the need to create a structured writing curriculum that had daily lessons that are built in such a way that each day has its own progressive sections. Knowing the common trials and errors by students, she developed lessons that were easy to follow and understandable to students.

Each school year in Florida, and other states with a focus on writing, students who use Top Score Writing’s curriculum show a significant improvement in their writing skills. Lisa has also trained thousands of teachers on the curriculum and consulted with schools nationwide to improve students’ writing. As she knows writing is a lifelong skill, Lisa takes pride in building their foundation early on in their educational career and continues to challenge them as their writing improves.

Lisa has a bachelor’s from Florida Atlantic University in elementary education and a master’s degree in education from Nova Southeastern University. When not working on Top Score Writing this mother of 4 can be found at various youth sporting events and supporting her surrounding community in need.

Rolando Rodriguez

Rolando Rodriguez has recently been appointed as the Executive Vice President of Top Score Writing with headquarters in South Florida. Top Score Writing is a simple and effective approach to teaching writing.

Rolando is best known for being dedicated to helping businesses, non-profits, and trade organizations understand the education culture and business practices in public, private, and charter education. Rolando carries a wonderful presence about him that allows others to be open, and receptive to his problem-solving skills. He “gets it” at a level that is unique to his authentic desire in helping others achieve their goals. “Rolando’s amazing reputation, knowledge of the industry, and dedication to education made him a perfect fit at Top Score Writing,” said Lisa Collum, CEO of Top Score Writing.

As one of two sons of Cuban immigrants, Rolando is acutely aware of the advantages and disadvantages of living, working, and learning in a multi-cultural environment. From his humble upbringing in Miami, Florida, Rolando understood hard work and determination were not enough to fuel the success he sought. Understanding the diversity of cultures, people, and leaders, while being able to communicate at a level that drives cooperation and growth within the decision-making ranks, would make him indispensable as a trusted educator and executive.

Starting in 1987 and spanning a career of more than 25 years, Rolando dedicated his time and energy to helping young adults through education. At first, with Miami Dade County Public Schools as a Career Specialist where he became a trusted career coach to graduating high school seniors. During that period, he also ran and operated career summer camps, helping neighboring city youth find career paths and a purpose in life.

After his departure from public education, Rolando expanded his career outlook into the field of educational publishing. From his early beginning as a territory representative, Rolando cultivated relationships with many top educational leaders and innovators throughout the United States. He quickly ascended into management roles with some of the most recognized and trusted education brands across the U.S.

Rolando is a family man who enjoys spending time with his son, two daughters, and grandchildren. Along with his wife Maylein, these proud parents take pride in being active members of their church and enjoy traveling, fishing, and camping in the Florida Keys.

Jen Jones

Jen has been working with students using Top Score writing for the better part of a decade. She has a passion for education as demonstrated by her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education for UCF and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an Emphasis on Reading from FAU. She had taught students on the elementary level, and teachers on the college level ensure both are impacting our educational system. She currently works with Top Score Writing as a tutor, curriculum writer, and trainer.

Jen Jones

Jen has been working with students using Top Score writing for the better part of a decade. She has a passion for education as demonstrated by her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education for UCF and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an Emphasis on Reading from FAU. She had taught students on the elementary level, and teachers on the college level ensure both are impacting our educational system. She currently works with Top Score Writing as a tutor, curriculum writer, and trainer.

Michael Ficara

Michael Ficara has worked as a Classroom Teacher, Technology Specialist, Director of Curriculum, and in Business Development. Mr. Ficara has helped to consult on the development and training for creating a blended learning environment for several public, private, and charter schools across the United States.
Due to his understanding of educational technology and its place in the market, Mr. Ficara now serves as Vice President of Top Score Writing. He works closely with our curriculum, sales, and customer service departments to ensure our schools get everything they need when working with Top Score Writing.

Michael currently possesses a BA in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University and a MS in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University. He is also involved in community and philanthropic ventures.

Katie Jackson

Katie Jackson is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania when she decided to go to sunny South Florida for college. She graduated on the Dean’s List from Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has been teaching in the classroom for almost ten years and is currently teaching 4th grade in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She has been a consultant, content writer, editor, and tutor for Top Score Writing for three years now. She is passionate about the Top Score writing program and currently uses it within her own classroom to help struggling students pass their writing state assessment. “It’s truly the most-simple and child-friendly writing format out there! It works!” ~ Ms. Jackson

Katie Jackson

Katie Jackson is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania when she decided to go to sunny South Florida for college. She graduated on the Dean’s List from Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has been teaching in the classroom for almost ten years and is currently teaching 4th grade in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She has been a consultant, content writer, editor, and tutor for Top Score Writing for three years now. She is passionate about the Top Score writing program and currently uses it within her own classroom to help struggling students pass their writing state assessment. “It’s truly the most-simple and child-friendly writing format out there! It works!” ~ Ms. Jackson

Stephanie Muzzillo

Stephanie Muzzillo has been an educator for 14 years and received a Bachelors degree in Education with a minor in business from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She immediately began teaching in the public school system in Pennsylvania while completing her master’s degree in Curriculum. She completed her graduation from The University of Barcelona in Spain to become certified in teaching English as a secondary language. Upon returning to the United States, she began teaching once again in New Jersey. She spent 5 years there teaching multiple grade levels while receiving her Wilson’s and Orton-Gillingham certification from Columbia University. She was awarded Teacher of the Year and then promoted to Reading Specialist for k-6 while also holding the position of Professional Development chairperson. Upon moving to Palm Beach County, Florida, Stephanie began her journey as a Curriculum Specialist at Franklin Academy in Palm Beach Gardens, here she assisted in raising their school grade from a C to an A in 2017, as determined by the Florida Department of Education. She was then promoted as Assistant Principal.

Megan Lee

Megan was born and raised in Palm Beach County, and learned the craft of writing in the IB Program at Suncoast High School. She honed her skills at the University of Florida, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary school for 7 years in West Palm Beach, Florida using the Top Score Writing curriculum and watched her kids blossom into amazing writers. She is now a school administrator in Jupiter, Florida and a current University of Florida Doctoral student. She loves this curriculum and knows it works from firsthand experience. Her passion is to spread the skill of writing because it is invaluable for children.

Megan Lee

Megan was born and raised in Palm Beach County, and learned the craft of writing in the IB Program at Suncoast High School. She honed her skills at the University of Florida, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary school for 7 years in West Palm Beach, Florida using the Top Score Writing curriculum and watched her kids blossom into amazing writers. She is now a school administrator in Jupiter, Florida and a current University of Florida Doctoral student. She loves this curriculum and knows it works from firsthand experience. Her passion is to spread the skill of writing because it is invaluable for children.

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