AISA 2018 School Heads Retreat
Teresa Arpin
Transformation Systems
Dr. Teresa Arpin is President of Transformation Systems, working with educational organizations both nationally and internationally since 1996. She specializes in leadership development, strategic planning and organizational transformation.

In her role with Transformation Systems, Dr. Arpin has conducted leadership development programs, facilitated strategic planning processes and helped schools measure the impact of their strategic plans. She has worked with boards of education, schools and school districts large and small, across the United States and internationally, including: China, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Puerto Rico, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Her work has also included facilitating strategic planning processes for three international regional education associations, which include NESA, CEESA and EARCOS. She has collaborated with the NESA Board for many years in the evolution of a strategic planning approach that is now being modeled in several international schools and other regional associations.

Dr. Arpin is the 2013 recipient of NESA’s Finis Engleman Award, recognizing “outstanding dedication and service to schools in the NESA region reflecting the meritorious contributions of a man whose memory will always be special in the annals of NESA.”
Dr. Arpin earned a Bachelor of Philosophy from Thomas Jefferson College and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University. Her doctorate is in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. She is also certified by Newfield Network, an international program for the development of ontological coaches.

Dr. Arpin worked for the Grand Rapids Public Schools from 1978 through 2007. She worked in a variety of instructional and administrative capacities. Most notably she served as the Chief of Accountability and System Wide Planning. She has also worked as a special education teacher and consultant, and a staff developer. Dr. Arpin has worked in various capacities in the area of research and evaluation, including Supervisor of Research and Executive Director of Information and Planning Services. She served as the internal coordinator for the district’s strategic planning process for eleven years.
Dr. Arpin is certified as an ASA Strategic Planner, a NASSP Assessor and a Xerox Quality Trainer. She is an expert in program evaluation and assessment and is proficient in large scale project planning and management.