Melissa Schmitz is an award-winning educator recognized for increasing academic success and motivating educational change. She has over 25 years of experience as a public and private educator. Receiving a Bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in education from the University of Tennessee, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University, Dr. Schmitz is an experienced leader of educational change and organizational development. Currently, she is the senior educational consultant and owner of WISE HD, a workplace for innovative, sustainable, education and human development.  While WISE HD is a company at the forefront of innovative 21st century educational reform, Dr. Schmitz remains active as a tutor and educator. In addition, Dr. Melissa Schmitz is an Associate Researcher with ELaBS an Education, Learning and Brain Research collaborative at Drexel University’s School of Education as well as an author and researcher of university courses about mindfulness and creativity. To learn more about Dr. Schmitz’s approach to education, visit the video resources link featured as part of the book  Welcome to the Writing Workshop: Engaging Today’s Students with a Model that Works by Stacey Shubitz and Lynne Dorfman. 


Creativity is my passion – whether visualizing and sharing complex data with diverse audiences or building and delivering curriculum.

My broad experience in K-12 schools, high education, museums, and international business share a common thread in my dedication to building relationships within communities through the data we share and the stories that connect us.

Specialties: Curriculum Design; Public Speaking; Web Design; Brand Development; User Experience Design; Data Visualization

Brittany Lazer-Gheer holds a Master’s of Science in Art Education from Kutztown University. Brittany teaches art at a public elementary school.   Her research focuses on how creativity and creative awareness assists students in developing strategies to cultivate thinking and learning.