The MVIFI Team

The Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation is a team of maverick leaders and educational designers who are helping schools transform through people-centered design. MVIFI grew from the thought and action leadership at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and maintains a symbiotic relationship as accelerator and amplifier of the school’s work. Continuously innovating ourselves, MVIFI provides leadership in transformational learning and school redesign in a number of ways. We share thought leadership. We host dynamic learning events. We design innovative educational programs. And we consult with schools and organizations working for their own transformation and innovation. Just like cells are the basic unit of structure and form in all living things, we use the structure of an organism to talk about the structure of MVIFI.


Eight maverick leaders work as the nucleus of MVIFI and act as the primary designers and drivers of the events we host, the programs we develop and the consultations we engage in as an organization. All eight of the MVIFI nucleus simultaneously leverage their various roles as MVPS educators to conduct action research and truly test the theories and action we believe will transform education.


Bo Adams

Chief Learning and Innovation Officer, MVPS

Executive Director, MVIFI


Chris Andres

Maker, Design and Engineering Coordinator & iDiploma Facilitator, MVPS

Nucleus Team, MVIFI


Alex Blumencranz

Executive Assistant, Lower School, MVPS

Business & Connections Director, MVIFI


Trey Boden

Creative Director, MVPS

Nucleus Team, MVIFI


Meghan Cureton

Upper School Head of Learning and Innovation, MVPS

Nucleus Team, MVIFI


Brad Droke

Director of Innovation Diploma, MVPS

Nucleus Team, MVIFI


T.J. Edwards

Director of Maker, Design and Engineering Programs, MVPS

Nucleus Team, MVIFI


Nicole Martin

Chief Integration Officer, MVPS

Nucleus Team, MVIFI


Jim Tiffin

Director of Media and Maker Programs, MVPS

Nucleus Team, MVIFI


We call the next layer of MVIFI leaders, the cell. These educators and leaders are our design thinking coaches who work primarily in their divisions to fully integrate the people-centered approach to teaching and learning into the school as a whole. They are key players on the MVIFI team, as they work alongside the nucleus at various events and consults because they are true innovators of their craft.

Liz Aull
Preschool Design Thinking Facilitator

Emily Edwards
Lower School Design Thinking Facilitator

Bryan Shomaker
Middle School Design Thinking Facilitator

Meg Brooks
Upper SchoolDesign Thinking Facilitator

MVIFI Organism

The organism consists of eight more leaders who have a tremendous amount of influence in each of the four divisions at MVPS. Because the organism consists of our Division Heads and Heads of Learning and Innovation, by extension, our entire faculty is part of MVIFI’s teachings, learnings, findings and research. In fact, much of what we share on social media highlights the work of our faculty, who are constantly implementing new innovations in their classrooms and on their teams. As a collective, MVIFI is a powerful team of creatives who are not satisfied with the current status quo.

Chip Houston
Head of Upper School

Meghan Cureton
Head of Learning and Innovation
Upper School

Angél Kytle
Head of Middle School

Amy Wilkes
Head of Learning and Innovation
Middle school

Shelley Clifford
Head of Lower School

Elisse Hayes
Head of Learning and Innovation
Lower School

Kelly Kelly
Head of Preschool

Erin Carey
Head of Learning and Innovation