MEET THE MCDOWELLS
Quinn has remained committed to serving children and their learning through her previous work as a licensed bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) and more recently in raising her 2 children. She holds a M.A. and is state and nationally licensed with a CCC-SLP. Coordinating district wide efforts for serving English language learning special education students and managing an independent SLP practice for serving children in a wide variety of contexts sparked her passion to build a business framework that could support children on a larger scale. Empowering children by teaching them the best tools for driving and regulating their own learning creates excitement and joy in the day to day work of Hinge Education. Being able to work alongside and in support of educators and children is a daily realization of so many of Quinn’s aspirations. She feels so fortunate to learn alongside her husband Michael as he continues his commitment towards his life’s work of creating his innovative and impactful methods for supporting learners, educators and leaders in changing the way we learn, teach, and lead.
Michael McDowell, Ed.D. serves as the Superintendent of the Ross School District. During his tenure, the Ross School District has progressed to the top of California schools and districts in relation to student connectedness and wellbeing as well as being in the top tier of districts in academic achievement and growth. Beyond academic achievement and social and emotional development, the Ross School District has emerged as a beacon for innovation creating over 65+ different electives from virtual game design and broadcast journalism, sponsoring the first TEDxYouth event in the Bay Area, and co- creating a student led non-profit that engages in service-learning and community engagement around the world.
Prior to serving as a superintendent, he served as an associate superintendent of instructional and personnel services and as a high school principal of a Title I and California Distinguished School. Before entering administration, Dr. McDowell was a leadership and instructional coach consulting with schools, districts, higher educational institutions, and state departments on educational leadership, teaching leadership, and instruction. Additionally, Dr. McDowell has five years of teaching experience in middle and high school science and mathematics. Dr. McDowell is the Chair to the Advisory Board of 1% for Education, a non-profit serving to allocate funding for public education. Moreover, Dr. McDowell continues to teach students and work in his community to enhance public education. Previously, Dr. McDowell was a National Faculty member for the Buck Institute of Education and an advisor to educational organizations focused on equity, excellence, and innovation. His practical expertise in schools and systems is complimented by his scholarly approach to leadership, learning, and instruction. He holds a B.S., M.A. and Ed.D
Dr. McDowell is the creator and author of all 5 published works and original professional development programs offered through Hinge Education that support professional learning in educational systems around the world.