We are partners, collaborators, learners, innovators, and facilitators — with a deep commitment to a high degree of personalization for students and the schools that serve them.

Abeo is:


Chris Hoyos Partner

Chris’ work is grounded in the belief that all children and adults can learn given an engaging and rigorous experience with the appropriate amount of support. Her approach is constructivist, believing one has to do the work to know the work. Chris is a practitioner and has been in education for over 20 years. She has experience teaching in diverse classrooms, preschool to post-secondary, supporting staff as a literacy teacher leader, developing instructional coaches at all levels, coaching administrators using reflection and inquiry, and providing professional development to educators across the country. 

Chris finds joy in learning, serving education, and being a partner in the work. Chris before Abeo: Prior to joining the Abeo team, Chris was an instructional coach developer, professional development coordinator, literacy coach and elementary school teacher in Bellingham, Washington. Chris is a graduate of the University of Montana, Missoula.


Michael enjoys working with clients on developing 21st Century systems and leadership. This includes the latest thinking in areas such as the integration of social and professional capital—a human-centered approach to organizational quality and innovation.

Michael has been a coach and consultant working on innovative school projects throughout the region. He was a strategist and project director for The Lincoln Center/Lincoln High School Project in Tacoma and served as an instructional coach in the Clover Park School District.  A former music teacher and professional musician, he began his work in school reform with The Small Schools Project, working as a coach on Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation school redesign initiatives. He is a graduate of the University of Washington's Comparative History of Ideas program, and holds an MA from Seattle University in Education and Philosophy.


Key Collaborators

Holli Hanson Holli’s core commitment to equity and education were nurtured through her work in youth service programs in Washington DC and working with incarcerated youth in Maryland, South Carolina and Florida. It was through these experiences that she began to truly appreciate the impact and power of education.

Holli has been with Abeo School Change since 1998 when the organization was known as the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest (CESNW). She began serving as a consultant when she was a school counselor in the Clover Park School District. In 2001, she became the Associate Director of CESNW and a coach with the Small Schools Project and served as the organization's Executive Director from 2013 to 2017. Holli has a passion for facilitating groups, supporting learning through networking, collaboration, and nurturing the leader in everyone. Holli is a graduate of American University, and has an MA from Pacific Lutheran University.

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Pat Erwin is a renowned education leader in the Northwest. As principal of Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Erwin established the Lincoln Center, a program designed to keep at-risk students engaged during critical after-school hours. This year Lincoln High School and the center will receive a Washington Achievement Award for School Improvement from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Erwin has served at several schools and as an adjunct faculty member at University of Washington Tacoma. A popular community lecturer on education issues, he is the founder of Tacoma Reads Together, a joint project with the public library. Erwin helped start the Tacoma College Support Network and was a member of the educator’s advisory board for the Washington State History Museum


Nathan Gibbs-Bowling—Entering his eleventh year of teaching, Nathan currently teaches AP Government & Politics and AP Human Geography at Lincoln High School in Tacoma. A six year veteran of the Air Force Reserves and a graduate of the Evergreen State College, Nathan is the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year, 2016 Puget Sound ESD Teacher of the Year and a 2014 Milken Foundation National Award Winner.


Sara Ketelsen—Entering her twelfth year of teaching, Sara is a National Board certified teacher who currently teaches Central Washington University College in the High School AP Calculus & Pre-Calculus as well as Algebra 1 at Lincoln High School in Tacoma.  Sara has actively sought connections with teacher preparation programs with area colleges serving on their Professional Educator Advisory Boards, as a guest lecturer for math methods courses and in helping local Community Colleges to align with Core to College.


Hope Teague-Bowling is a National Board Certified Teacher at Lincoln High School in Tacoma. She teaches Sophomore English, AP Language and Composition, and Leadership. In her spare time, she volunteers in her community and advocates for education policies that put students first through her work as the Director of Organizing for Teachers United.