Board of Trustees



IAIE’s Board of Trustees




Allyson Schoenlein serves as the Chair of the IAIE Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Coalition to Promote Positive School Climate.   She directs a writing team that is producing the IAIE Toolkit, a training resource for school districts.     Allyson previously served as Chair of the IAIE Advisory Council and as a member of the Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice Editorial Board.   She has presented Pre-Conference training and breakout sessions at several World Conferences, and provided workshops and school observations for the IAIE Hong Kong Center.     She is the co-author of the Invitational Theory and Practice Glossary, an important IE resource which defines all components of the theory, and the editor of Fundamentals of Invitational Education, 2nd Edition.   In her school district in West Virginia, Allyson developed a thriving Chapter of IAIE, a three-day district-wide IE Institute, and organized exchange programs between Hong Kong and West Virginia schools. Allyson is recently retired from in Cabell County Schools where she was the Federal Programs Director. A skilled and knowledgeable IE presenter, Allyson also coaches schools through the Inviting School Award program and serves as a Regional Leader.

44 Regal Oaks
Barboursville, WV 25504
304-654-6691 (mobile) 
Term 2:  2016-2018






Dr. Sally Butzin

Dr. Butzin has been an educator and child advocate for over six decades.  She was a classroom teacher and is the developer of the Project CHILD (Changing How Instruction for Learning is Delivered) instructional system for grades K-5, and co-developer of Project TEAMS (Technology Enhancing Achievement in Middle School.)

She is the founding President and Executive Director of the Institute for School Innovation in Tallahassee, Florida.

Dr. Butzin serves on numerous state and national boards, including National Governing Board of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Diffusion Network.

Dr. Butzin is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees.  She is the author of  Joyful Classrooms in an Age of Accountability:  The Project CHILD recipe for success and the co-author of Best Buddies Birthdays:  The complete guide for homegrown parties for ages 5-10.

1628 Woodgate Way

Tallahassee, FL 32308



Dr. Robert E. Lockwood retired in 2008 as the Director of the Research and Information Services Division of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS). Prior working with the ACCS he worked for 18 years in the Alabama State Department of Education, where he was the Supervisor of Assessment. Upon his retirement Dr. Lockwood began teaching for Kaplan University in the School of Graduate Education. He retired from Kaplan in December, 2016. He received his doctoral degree in Educational Psychology/Research, with a statistics concentration from The University of Alabama in 1977. Prior to going to graduate school he was an Army helicopter pilot and served in Vietnam in 1969-1970. His undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Troy State University.

100 Peninsula Blvd., Unit 301A

Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542


Dr. Peter Wong


Dr. Peter Wong is a long-marcher for IAIE. After studying along side of Dr. William Purkey, he took the inviting school practice back to schools in Hong Kong. He is a co-founder of IAIE Hong Kong and has served for several terms as a trustee.  Dr. Wong has been  instrumental in establishing teacher and student exchange programs with Asian and US schools.


21 D Block 1, Greenfield Garden

2-20 Palm Street

Tai Kok Taui,Kowloon

Hong Kong, China



Angela Miller serves as the Invitational Education Coordinator for Jessamine County Schools, where she works with school leaders and their staff on implementing successful Invitational Education initiatives.  As a lead elementary teacher, Angela’s classroom is a model of inviting instructional practices.  For more than a decade, Angela has presented workshops on Invitational Education and inviting classroom strategies to schools, universities, State agencies and professional development organizations.

Angela currently serves as Chair of the IAIE Regional Leaders, Marketing Committee, and is a member of the Fidelity Award Committee.  She was instrumental in founding the Jessamine County Chapter of IAIE in 2014, for which she serves as co-chair, and also co-chaired the 2016 IAIE World Conference in Kentucky.  She enjoys presenting Invitational Education workshops locally, regionally, and internationally to teachers, administrators, parents, community, and state leaders.  She has shared teaching strategies as a guest teacher in Hong Kong schools, and arranges many US/HK exchange programs.

Angela Miller
Invitational Education Coordinator
Jessamine County Schools
Red Oak Elementary School
921 Union Mill Road
Nicholasville, KY  40356

First Term–2017-18







Dr. John Novak is a Founding, Lifetime Member of the International Alliance for Invitational Education and co-author of more than a dozen books about Invitational Theory, John Dewey, and Educational Leadership, including Inviting School Success, Fundamentals of Invitational Education, and most recently, Leading for Educational Lives: Inviting and Sustaining Imaginative Acts of Hope in a Connected World. An invited speaker around the world, John has given keynote addresses from north of the Arctic Circle to the bottom of New Zealand.   As a philosopher, he has contributed immeasurably to the deeper significance of Invitational Theory and Practice and helped IAIE members to better understand and implement ITP in their personal and professional lives. Dr. Novak is currently Professor of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Education at Brock University, Ontario, Canada. He is a former public school teacher, three-time chair of his department, and past president of the Society of Professors of Education.

8 Willowdale Ave.
St. Catharines, Ontario
Canada L2R 4K4
Phone: 905-684-1371
Term 2: 2017-18


William Purkey, Ed.D., is co-founder of the International Alliance for Invitational Education and Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  William was born in Shenandoah, Virginia and received his bachelors, masters, and doctorate from the University of Virginia. He has been a junior high school teacher, a Gandy Dancer, a Park Ranger, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist in the United States Air Force, and a tenured full professor at the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In addition to receiving the highest award for teaching given by the University of North Carolina system, The Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, William received the 2005 Excellence in Education Award presented by the Royal Conservatory of Music for his work in encouraging learning through the arts.

Among the 11 books he has authored and co-authored, are Self Concept and School Achievement, Inviting School Success (co-authored with John Novak), and Becoming an Invitational Leader (co-authored with Betty Siegel.)  William continues to provide active leadership for IAIE through his energy, passion, and wisdom.

1031 Prestwick Court
Clemmons, NC 27012

Phone:  336-837-6211 
Term:  Permanent


Betty Siegel, co-founder of the International Alliance for Invitational Education and was president of Kennesaw State University for 25 years. At her retirement in 2006, she was the longest serving woman president of a public university or college in the country.

Among her many honors, Betty was the first recipient of the University of Florida’s Distinguished Teacher Award, the Florida State University’s Louis Bender Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Higher Education, the University of North Carolina’s Peabody Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Education, and the Chattahoochee Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the State of Georgia. Most recently, she was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Emily B. Grigsby Award “For a Lifetime of Inspiration and Achievement.”

Recipient of nine honorary doctorates, she currently holds the Endowed Chair for Ethical Leadership at Kennesaw State University. Frequently appearing on Georgia Trends annual list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians, Betty was presented in 2012 with the Georgia Board of Regents Hall of Fame Eldridge McMillan Award for Lifetime Achievement. A major new building named in her honor is scheduled for completion on the Kennesaw State University campus in December, 2014.

Among her writings, Betty co-authored Becoming an Invitational Leader with William Purkey and The Decatholon Life: Tools for Crafting Your Retirement with Bill Dyke. Dr. Siegel is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on global ethical leadership in service of the common good.

 Betty lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, Joel. They have two sons, both in higher education, and five grandchildren. She has been an avid movie-goer since early childhood and she often boasts about an enviable collection of some 700+ unopened cookbooks.

1000 Chastain Road, MD 9106
Kennesaw, GA  30144
Phone: 470-578-2222
Fax: 678-797-2338 
Term:  Permanent





James Botts has over two decades of experience in middle and high school education as a classroom teacher, coach and administrator.  He is a National Board Certified teacher and has been selected as his  school’s district “Middle School Teacher of the Year”.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Inviting School Award Committee and is a member of the Fidelity Award Committee.  He has been involved in IAIE since 1998 when he assisted with the organization of the World Conference in Lexington, Kentucky.

James has shared middle school teacher strategies as a guest teacher and IAIE consultant in China and has arranged middle and high school student and teacher exchange programs with IAIE schools in Hong Kong.

2101 Wilmore Road
Nicholasville, KY 40356










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