The Procedo Project

Prōcēdō:
to advance or move forward

The Procedo Project is composed of educators and stakeholders devoted to the mission of innovation in Catholic education.

The Procedo Project seeks to develop, implement and curate innovative models of Catholic education.  We partner to build capacity toward self-sustaining Catholic schools, serving as beacons for innovative academic and operational practice while continuing to be inspirational communities of faith.

The Procedo Project Guiding Principles:

We believe the schools of tomorrow are being born today; and, strong Catholic schools serve as evangelizing witnesses of faith in action.

We believe Catholic schools have the ability to be self-sustaining and financially viable through innovative practices in education, digital discipleship and community engagement.

We believe Catholic schools have a unique agility and community of support to enact meaningful and impactful change on a large scale, one teacher, one leader and one school at a time.

We believe that “business as usual” is unacceptable for today’s educational landscape and Catholic schools must step up to meet the challenges and opportunities through a lens of innovation.

We believe Catholic education thrives when schools, parishes, communities, stakeholders and partners work in cooperation and support one another.

We believe that tradition and Catholic identity are the driving force for excellence in Catholic education and innovation can enhance them.

We believe innovation is a mindset and a culture that needs to be cultivated and supported long term to create meaningful and sustainable change in Catholic education.

Meet Our Team

Andrea D. Chavez-Kopp

Chief Program Officer

Andrea brings 20+ years of experience to The Procedo Project as a nationally recognized expert and thought leader in the field of Catholic education, particularly in the area of digital transformation. Andrea began her teaching career in 2000 as a high school social studies teacher at St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples, FL. Andrea also served as Confirmation Coordinator and High School Youth Minister for the St. Paul Catholic Community in Pensacola, FL and later as Middle School Lead Teacher, 6-8 STEM Co-Teacher, Faculty Technology Mentor, iPad Coordinator and G-Suite Administrator as well as Youth Minister for St. John the Evangelist School in Panama City, FL.

In her five years at NCEA, Andrea gained national recognition as a leader, innovator, writer and speaker. She vastly improved and expanded the digital professional development offerings available to members and led the charge in content creation and strategic partnerships.

Andrea has a B.A. in Secondary Education and History, an M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership and is soon completing an MBA in Marketing. She resides in Northern VA with her two teenage sons. You can connect with her on any social media platform @adkopp76 or find her on Saturday mornings via the #CatholicEdChat PLN on Twitter.

Dr. Elise Matson-Dite

Chief Learning Officer

Elise has been a Principal and Central Office Administrator. At Eduscape, she is in charge of our leadership development and teacher improvement practices. Most recently, she served as Director of Leadership Formation for the Office of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago where she oversaw various programs that pertain to the principal recruitment and hiring processes. In her position as Director of Leadership Formation, she was also responsible for principal onboarding and retention, and she was the lead organizer for principal leadership days. Elise is also Chief Learning Officer for The Procedo Project, a nonprofit organization focused on bringing innovation to Catholic schools. Elise has a Doctorate in K-12 Education Leadership from Seton Hall University, a Master’s degree in Education with a principal endorsement from Dominican University, a Master’s degree in English from DePaul University, and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Concordia University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Amy Kawaguchi

Director, Government Programs

Amy is an experienced educational professional with a demonstrated history of working in public and private education management industry. Skilled in K-12 Education, Coaching, Educational Consulting, and Strategic Planning.

Alex Urrea

CEO, Founder

Alex is the son of Colombian immigrants who emigrated to the U.S. in 1966 and shortly became U.S. citizens, entrepreneurs and now grandparents to six grandchildren pursuing higher education. He credits his grandmother with grounding him in Catholic faith and still remembers his first day at American Martyrs School in Bayside, NY when she cried with joy at the sight of seeing him in his uniform for the first time. He is the product of 18 years of Catholic schools and universities. It is his lifelong appreciation and passion for Catholic education that compelled him to launch The Procedo Project.

Alex has founded two education companies and is currently the Managing Partner of Eduscape, a professional learning organization that has impacted nearly 800,000 educators in the U.S. and 23 other countries. At Eduscape, he leads a team of innovative, former classroom teachers who develop and deliver exemplary learning experiences for teachers across several disciplines, including EdTech integration, Early Education, STEM, SEL and Cultural Competency. He is also the founding President of his community’s educational foundation, Chair of the West Bergen Mental Health Foundation and Co-Founder of the Innovative Catholic Schools Network.

Marcie Hebert

Director, STREAM Education

Marcie has built a reputation as one of the most dynamic, nationally recognized educators to have taught in Catholic schools. She was one of the original 50 Google Innovative Educators in the world and has delivered professional development to thousands of teachers in the U.S., China and Singapore. Marcie is passionate about helping teachers develop their capacity to integrate technology and STREAM into their classrooms.

She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Educator Level 2, and Innovator. Marcie is a co-founder and co-moderator of Louisiana’s monthly Twitter chat, #LAedchat. She is a member of the planning committee for EdCamp NOLA and is a GEG (Google Educator Group) Louisiana Leader. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in first through eighth grades from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Jennette Rowan

EventEd Support Staff

Jennette Rowan is Marketing Associate for Eduscape. She develops brand marketing strategies for Eduscape and its partners, including social media planning, email marketing and event planning. She is one of the lead event developers for Eduscape’s EventED platform, helping to create, set up, support and implement virtual events.

Brian Mahoney

Marketing Manager

Brian serves as the Marketing Coordinator for Eduscape in addition to providing event planning and support to The Procedo Project. He is a Rowan University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Radio/Television/Film major with a specialization in production with minors in Marketing and Journalism as well as a concentration in New Media Communications.

Contact Us Today & Get Started

Procedo is ready to move your Catholic school forward.

The Procedo Project
28 W Grand Ave #5
Montvale, NJ 07645
(201) 351-0595

info@theprocedoproject.org