School Performance Team

Chris Matheson, Director of School Performance Pic Chris Matheson, Director of School Performance Team

Chris Matheson joined CS Partners in 2017 and oversees the School Performance Team. Among their many responsibilities, this team advises and directs school leadership and helps to ensure curriculum and special education programs are compliant. With 18 years of experience in the field of education, including school leadership, he brings a lot of knowledge and expertise to the team. Chris has a bachelor’s and Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan–Flint, a Master of Arts in History from the University of Alabama, an Education Specialist degree from Oakland University, and is finishing work on a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Michigan–Flint.

Jim Perry, Director of School Leadership Jim Perry, Director of School Leadership

Jim Perry is a Director of School Leadership at CS Partners. He works extensively with school leaders at several of our innovative high schools, as well as working with boards for our academies. He has over 18 years of experience in education with 12 years as a school leader. Jim’s passion is incorporating experiential education into the small high school model, and he developed a comprehensive model to use the community as an educational resource for high school students to earn credits through internships, community based courses and dual enrollment with a local university. He is founder and serves as Executive Director for FlexTech High School, an innovative school that offers project-based learning, in Brighton and Novi. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan.

Frederick J. Borowski, Director of School Leadership

Fred Borowski joined CS Partners as a Director of School Leadership in January of 2014. In this role he works with school leaders and the school boards at several of our schools. Fred has experience both as a teacher and in school leadership. He has a long history with charter schools in Michigan, and was a 2013 finalist for the Michigan Association of Public School Academies Administrator of the Year Award. After serving as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Fred earned an associate degree at San Diego City College and a bachelor’s  and master’s in education from Wayne State University.

Comerlynn Trout, Director of School Leadership

Comerlynn Trout joined CS Partners in July 2015 as a Director of School Leadership and Special Education. She works with school leaders and the school boards at several of our schools on developing comprehensive academic improvement plans. She also manages special education compliance for all of our schools. She has worked as a special education teacher, served in special education leadership roles and as a Principal for several schools. She’s also provided leadership coaching, consulting and training in the education field over the last 15 years. Comerlynn earned a bachelor’s in education from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision from University of Phoenix.


Michelle White joined CS Partners in July 2017 as a Director of School Leadership.

Amey Dryer, Curriculum and Instruction Consultant

Amey Dryer  joined CS Partners in 2011. As a Curriculum and Instruction Consultant, Amey supports all of our schools with School Improvement, Assessment, and English Learners. She also co-designs our Leaders Academy for school leadership teams and manages approval and submission of SCECHs for events we lead. Amey has experience both in and out of the classroom. In addition to working as a substitute teacher, she worked as a classroom teacher at American Montessori Academy. She later became Program Coordinator for the academy, working outside the classroom working on school improvement, assessment, and peer coaching and observing.  When a second building to the school was opened, Amey moved into the role of Administrator for the upper campus. Amey earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master’s of Education with Montessori emphasis from Chaminade University.

Nick Orlowski is one of our Consultants for Curriculum and Instruction at CS Partners. He supports all of our schools with school improvement and assessment and specializes in data digs. Nick helps our schools design targeted professional development for their teachers; conducts data digs and supports the use of assessment results in instructional design; and assists in the selection and evaluation of curriculum. Nick taught in a Title I middle school in Florida for five years before moving back to Michigan to pursue an advanced degree. Nick earned his bachelor’s in education, and a master’s in education, school leadership and policy at the University of Michigan. He’s currently working on finishing his doctorate in education, teaching and teacher education also at the University of Michigan.

Iris Law-Hicks, joined CS Partners in June 2015 as our Supervisor of Special Education. In this role she works to support all of our schools in special education compliance. Iris began her career as a Special Education Teacher in a K-8 urban school and then moved on to be a Special Education Consultant for four school districts. She has also worked as a Behavior Intervention Specialist and Dean of Students at a charter school and as an instructor teaching Special Education for the Hearing Impaired at Eastern Michigan University. Iris earned her bachelor’s in special education for the hearing impaired from Eastern Michigan University and master’s in educational leadership from Concordia University.