Meet the IM4 Trainers

Megan Gruis, Ed.S.
Megan has been in public education for the past 20 years and fortunate to serve in a variety of K-12 settings as a paraprofessional, classroom facilitator, school counselor, administrative dean, interventionist and PBIS Coach.  Over the past six years, Megan has been providing Integrated Educational Design around social, emotional, and behavioral health to school districts across the country. She provides training, coaching, and databased supports to schools and districts implementing Tiered Intervention Models (MTSS), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), Equitable School Improvement, School-Wide Information System (SWIS) and Intervention Programming through the IM4 process.

Shannon O’Brien
Shannon O’Brien has worked in public and higher education for the past 28 years. She has served as an elementary/middle school Teacher, Principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Professor and Consultant. She led the RTI/MTSS initiative for her school district and taught classes in classroom environment/Social Emotional Learning, literacy, and leadership. She is highly skilled in educational leadership, blended learning, and literacy and teacher preparation. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her loving family and enjoys watching her three girls participate in their favorite sports and activities. Her interests include traveling, reading and staying active.

Curtis Slater: 
Mr. Curtis Slater has worked in the U.S public school system for the past 27 years. He has been a paraprofessional in a level 4 EBD program, 6th Grade Teacher at Coon Rapids Middle School, Dean of Students, Associate Principal, and Principal. Mr. Slater had the opportunity to train over 500 schools around positive school culture, social/emotional learning, RTI and MTSS.  Mr. Slater was the 2018 National Distinguished Principal of the Year for Minnesota. His wonderful wife and three amazing kids live in Andover, Minnesota. His leisure activities include hunting, fishing, traveling, and watching his kids play sports.