John inspires future-makers in creating a culture of vibrant empowerment in their organizations. As a foster kid, John was motivated to learn how some empowered themselves to become victors over their circumstances and others became victims of them. As the Chief Empowerment Officer of Agile Classrooms, he is pioneering Agile in schools to empower teachers and students to thrive in 21st-century learning, life, and work.


After brining Agile into his Education Technology Department, teachers were amazed when they visited. They would remark, "Wow, this is what our classroooms should look like." or Principals would ask "Will you come show our staff how to work this way?". In 2009, he and some teachers tried Agile in classrooms in an elementary school. The results were amazing. Students loved it, teachers were uplifted, and the school board was knocked off their feet. Teachers began to visit the school, one teacher saying, "This is what the books tell us to do, but, never tells us how to do it". Of course, there were issues, but, they were worked through. The result was a system co-created with teachers and students, an Agile method that was authentic to education. Ever since then, he has been helping to spread Agile Classrooms, from across the USA, Switzerland, Brazil, and even Vietnam.


As the founder of Rightshift Institute, he helps organizations in their Agile transformations through coaching and training. His work and ideas are not only reinvigorating education but he is also revitalizing ways to engage in Agile transformations through his Agile Resonance Coaching method. He has helped a spectrum of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies to at-risk schools, in pivoting their culture to achieve in a fast-changing, competitive world.


He is a Certified Enterprise Coach® certification from the Scrum Alliance, a Certified Professional CoActive Coach,  Associate Certified Coach, Spiral Dynamics Integral Level 2, and a Certified Project Management Professional. He is also a proud and active Board Member for an Arizona school system. When not focused on work, John loves to surf (well, wiping out more than actually surfing), make silly faces with his seven-year-old daughter, volunteer as a life coach for students, co-lead a Nonviolent Communication Group, and make insanely delicious drinking chocolates.


Say hi to him on Twitter @agileschools.