TEAM TKG | Meet our Executive Team

Carla Kirkland

Carla Kirkland is founder and CEO of The Kirkland Group. Having been in education almost 30 years, she provides professional development, technical assistance, and standardized test preparation to school districts. A champion for comprehensive student support, Mrs. Kirkland holds membership in both educational and service groups and is actively involved in organizations like the Education Industry Association, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc. This lifelong educator has served as a teacher, curriculum specialist, and mentor. Mrs. Kirkland is a co-author of Praxis Core for Dummies, 1001 Praxis Core Questions for Dummies and Praxis Elementary Education for Dummies. She facilitates mathematics workshops around the country and resides in Mississippi with her husband.

Chan Cleveland

Chan Cleveland is executive vice president of The Kirkland Group. With almost 20 years of experience in education, he has taught elementary, middle, and high school English and served in several capacities at the Mississippi Department of Education. Mr. Cleveland holds membership in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN), and has created and revised curriculum documents for school districts and educational organizations across the southern region. The co-author of Praxis Core for Dummies, Praxis Elementary Education for Dummies, and 1001 Praxis Core Practice Questions for Dummies, he assists students and teachers in attaining positive results on the Praxis, ACT and subject area exams. He resides in Mississippi with his wife and children.

Randy Bernamonti

Randy Bernamonti is the Project Director at The Kirkland Group and works directly with the TKG Leadership Team. With over 30 years of experience in education, Randy brings a wealth of knowledge to TKG. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Belhaven University, Randy taught math for 13 years and coached several sports in Jackson Public Schools before moving into administration. He received his Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Mississippi College and his Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Delta State University, where he also pursued his Doctorate in Educational Leadership. As an administrator, Randy served as an assistant principal, a principal, a principal coach, and an assistant superintendent in the Jackson Public School District. He continues to serve on the board for the Mississippi Association for Middle Level Educators (MAMLE) and is a member of several professional organizations. Randy is the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Brooke and Jessica, and has two wonderful grandsons, Samuel and Luke.

​Trecina Green

Trecina Green joined The Kirkland Group in February 2016, as vice-president of special projects. She has a wealth of expertise from her 14-year tenure at the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), where she served as mathematics specialist, division director, bureau director in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, associate superintendent in the Office of Instructional Enhancement, and Executive Director in the Office of Professional Development. She was involved with overseeing curriculum development and coordinating various efforts in the areas of reading/language arts, early childhood, mathematics, science, social studies, gifted, advanced placement, foreign language, visual and performing arts, library media, textbooks, the Mississippi Virtual Public School, and Response to Interventions (RtI). She coordinated professional development through a statewide system of support which included developing and delivering training and resources to help educators with the implementation of College and Career Ready standards and assessments, the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning, and the Literacy-based Promotion Act. She also provided oversight of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, the Mississippi School for the Arts, the Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant, and the National Board Grant. At the Kirkland Group, Dr. Green provides support to districts in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessments administered through the Kirkland Online Assessment Tool (KOAT).

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