"It was an absolute pleasure working with Laura Noonan over the course of a little over year on Montessori Academy of Colorado's board market research and strategic planning projects. She provided a structured process for gathering feedback that utilized a combination of in person workshops, surveys, focus groups, and virtual meetings, giving a chance for everyone to engage despite tight schedules. She also offered effective synthesis of feedback that allowed us to iterate without spinning our wheels. And finally, her management of our stakeholders was impressive - there were a lot of opinions and interests in the room and Laura elegantly navigated those dynamics, pushing the work forward according to the original project timeline without offending anyone. The final result was an evidence-based strategic plan that had the buy-in and support of the board, admin staff, and the broader school community. Everything we had hoped for. I would hire Laura again in a heartbeat and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for this type of support."
- June Marcel, Board Member, Montessori Academy of Colorado
"Laura is an innovative and skilled facilitator. Under a tight timeline, she organized a thoughtful facilitation related to an education improvement challenge. The group liked her approach linked to design-thinking and human-centered design. Her facilitation generated the needed content to re-vision the future of a state education program."
- Judith Martinez, Director of Dropout Prevention and Student Re-engagement, Colorado Department of Education
"Laura was able to deliver information that empowered our board to make the best decisions for the school. She did so in a neutral way that allowed trustees to hear what she was saying. Laura detected themes and patterns in her conversations that were smart and accurate. She just "gets it.""
- Beth Suitor, Head of School, Bixby School
"We are a young school with much work and opportunity in front of us. Laura helped focus our work with data, research and much compassion. Our time with her helped us chose the important steps forward with our limited time and resources. Just a few months after our work with Laura our board is focused, our goals are clear and we are destined for success."
- Nancy James, Head of School, Montessori Academy of Colorado