Mollie Mitchell

Mollie Mitchell is the President and Founder of The K12 Search Group. She is a passionate education reformer who has been recruiting in the sector since 2001, longer than any of her direct competitors.  Since creating The K12 Search Group in 2007, Mollie has worked with many high-performing charter school operators and education reform organizations around the country to help them recruit senior-level talent into their organizations.

Prior to founding The K12 Search Group, Mollie served for more than five years as Senior Director of Recruitment at The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, a nonprofit organization created by businessman and philanthropist Eli Broad to recruit talented leaders into senior level positions in urban school systems. Mollie was the first full-time staff member hired to oversee all recruiting activities for the Center’s two leadership development programs: The Broad Superintendents Academy, a ten-month competitive fellowship to prepare professionals to run large urban school systems, and The Broad Residency, a two-year placement program for up and coming leaders in a large urban school system or CMO.  She designed and managed the entire annual selection and admissions process for both programs.

During her tenure at The Broad Center, Mollie recruited over 100 senior executives from business, military, government, nonprofit and education into The Broad Superintendents Academy.  More than half of the Broad Academy graduates she recruited have been hired as CEOs or senior administrators in public school systems across the nation.  Similarly, Mollie recruited 120 young leaders from the private sector and top MBA programs into The Broad Residency, many of whom continue to work in the K-12 education sector today.

Prior to joining The Broad Center, Mollie spent three years at Heidrick & Struggles International, a leading global executive search firm, where she executed senior searches across a number of industries. She started her human resources career in training and development, conducting workshops around the world for a large global travel agency.

Mollie holds a BA from Brigham Young University and an MA from Marymount University. She is a dedicated advocate for education reform and has served on the board of two charter schools. Mollie has lived in Washington, DC, Denver, and Los Angeles. She currently resides in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys exploring the many local trails and creeks with her golden retrievers.

Deane Mariotti

Deane Mariotti is a Principal at The K12 Search Group. In this role, Deane is responsible for leading client engagements and ensuring a robust pool of qualified candidates. Prior to joining The K12 Search Group, Deane spent nearly five years at The Chicago Public Education Fund, a venture philanthropy focused on human capital talent and leadership in Chicago’s public schools. As the Manager, Program Investments at the Fund, Deane identified investments and provided strategic management and operating assistance to a portfolio of human capital grants. Specifically, she oversaw the Expert Principals portfolio and investments in performance-based compensation initiatives.

Before joining The Chicago Public Education Fund, Deane worked in the finance and academic offices at the School District of Philadelphia. She was the founding member of the SchoolStat team, which focused on quality management and the use of data in educational systems.

Deane started her career in education as a Teach For America corps member, where she taught 5th grade in Compton, CA. Deane earned graduate degrees in Government Administration and Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA in International Relations, also from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was captain of the varsity women’s soccer team. Deane and her family live outside of Philadelphia.

Mindy Weber

Mindy Weber is a Senior Associate for The K12 Search Group. Prior to joining The K12 Search Group, Mindy spent over four years at TNTP, a national nonprofit organization that develops customized programs and policy interventions that enable education leaders to find, develop, and keep great teachers. Most recently, Mindy served as Director of Talent Recruitment for TNTP, where she was responsible for developing a strong talent pipeline for staff openings across the country. She also spent several years as Site Director for Texas Teaching Fellows- Austin, a partnership between TNTP and Austin area school districts, where she oversaw the recruitment, selection, and training of talented career changers to work in high needs schools and subject areas.

Before joining TNTP, Mindy served as Director of Summerbridge in Providence, Rhode Island. Summerbridge is a program designed to create a pathway to college for low-income, academically motivated middle school students and encourage talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education.

Mindy’s career in education began as a Teach For America corps member in Louisiana, teaching elementary and middle school students with special needs. She also worked with Boston Public School’s Center for Leadership Development. Mindy has a graduate degree in public policy from Brown University and received her BA in Political Science from Stephens College. Mindy, her husband, and their three children live in Austin.

Sarah Cabrera

Sarah Cabrera joined The K12 Search Group in April 2013 and is currently Search Logistics Manager. In this role, she is responsible for posting open positions, managing the proprietary database, and maintaining the website.

Prior to joining The K12 Search Group, Sarah worked for Georgetown ISD as a middle school teacher. She taught 7th grade Language Arts, 8th grade US History, and coached 6th grade PE, soccer, and tennis. Sarah began her career in education working for several school districts in Central Texas as a long-term substitute teacher while going to school to obtain her teaching certification. In this capacity, she learned the importance of flexibility and patience within the classroom, which helped her get up to speed quickly once she landed her first full-time teaching position.

Sarah graduated with a BA in Psychology from Occidental College. In her free time, she loves to cook, hang out with her family, and explore all that Austin has to offer. She is a novice foodie and likes to think that one day she will run a marathon. One of her favorite jobs was as an intern at the Honolulu Zoo as the assistant to the chimpanzee keeper.