About Us

Significantly Improving the academic lives of students and teachers and the student achievement in literacy; reading and writing in all subject areas; and mathematics, science, and social studies, grades K-12, of school districts and campuses in Texas and throughout America.

Margaret Kilgo, Founder and CEO

Margaret Kilgo conducts and applies unique educational research on national and state curriculum standards in English Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, K-12, to improve student achievement and curriculum programs in school districts throughout Texas and the United States. The Kilgo research and workshops focus on teaching and assessing higher-level thinking and logical reasoning so each student can reach his or her full potential in academics, standardized assessments, readiness for college, and in life.

Margaret Kilgo, Founder/CEO, Kilgo Consulting, Inc.

  • Awarded over 70 Federal ID copyrights for the intellectual property rights for innovative instructional models and strategies based on the identification of specific higher-level thinking skills embedded in national and state curriculum standards and assessed on national and state standardized assessments
  • Member of the five-member Think Tank funded by the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and led by Student Achievement Partners in New York City for development of new national 2010 Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Reading and Writing, 2008-2010, adopted by Governors from 48 states and released nationally March 11, 2010
  • Copyrighted reading comprehension models for thinking skills invented by Margaret Kilgo are now embedded in the Common Core State Standards implemented in 48 states
  • Provided workshops and training seminars for teachers and administrators in more than 700 school districts and 2,000 campuses in the past 11 years
  • Consulting author for McGraw-Hill Companies, New York City
    • Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, Secondary, Grades 6-12, Mathematics Program for Texas, 2007
    • Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Elementary, Grades K-5, Mathematics program for Texas, 2008
    • Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Elementary, Grades K-5, Reading Core program for Texas, 2009
  • Reading Comprehension Model used in all Benchmark Education Company’s national supplementary reading program for all books at all levels, K-8, 2003-Present

Margaret Kilgo, Educator

  • 30 years of experience as teacher, elementary and middle school principal, and central office administrator in the Houston Independent School District
  • Coordinated the Houston Reading Initiative in 1996 under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Trained under Dr. Fenwick English, developer of curriculum alignment (80 hours)
  • Served as certified curriculum management auditor for the National Curriculum Management Audit Center

Monica Sandoval, Kilgo Consulting Associate

Monica Sandoval has studied with Margaret Kilgo for the past five years. During this time she has developed a deep understanding of the Kilgo research of aligning classroom instruction and assessment with the state curriculum, TEKS/SE, to the depth and complexity of the state assessment, TAKS. Ms. Sandoval is now serving as a consultant for Kilgo Consulting and is available to provide consultant services to school districts across Texas in the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment programs in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Monica Sandoval has worked in urban public school education in a variety of settings as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and associate superintendent. She has been an advocate and specialist in services for English language learners. She began her career as a bilingual teacher in the Oklahoma City Public Schools. She served as an Education Specialist and Program Director at the Intercultural Development Research Association in San Antonio assisting school districts with bilingual and ESL Program implementation. She worked in Brownsville ISD for five years conducting research on the impact of parental involvement on student achievement in schools with high incidence of low socioeconomic students.

Most recently Ms. Sandoval has served the Houston Independent School District in several roles for 17 years, 1989-2006. She served as the Associate Superintendent during the beginning reform efforts in Houston in the early 90’s, including shared decision making, modifications in the assessment system, school-based budgeting and accountability plan development for both the local and state level. Also, she has served as a high school and elementary school principal in Houston ISD.

Monica Sandoval received her B.S. from the University of Oklahoma and her M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Brownsville. She was a fellow in the first Houston Annenberg Challenge Leadership Academy during the 2000 school year. She was selected as a candidate for the Broad Urban Superintendent’s Academy in 2002 and completed the program in the fall of 2003.

Joanne Rice, Kilgo Consulting Associate

Joanne Rice has studied with Margaret Kilgo for the past nine years. During this time she has developed a deep understanding of the Kilgo research of aligning classroom instruction and assessment with the state curriculum standards, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and Student Expectations (SEs), to the depth and complexity of the state standards-bases assessments. Mrs. Rice is serving as a consultant for Kilgo Consulting and is available to provide consultant services to school districts and individual campuses across Texas upon requests through Kilgo Consulting, Inc.

Joanne Rice received her B.S. and MEd from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She has worked for 36 years in public school education in a variety of settings as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent. She began her career as a high school mathematics teacher. She worked 12 years as a teacher/administrator in Silsbee ISD.

For 24 years Mrs. Rice served the San Angelo Independent School District as a middle school mathematics teacher, high school mathematics teacher, district K-12 mathematics supervisor, high school assistant principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and interim superintendent. During the time she served as assistant superintendent she worked with the staff to develop a pre-K-12 curriculum in all subjects. Using the Kilgo research model the district went from a few exemplary campuses in the high socio-economic areas in the community to all elementary and middle school campuses, in all ethnic groups, low socio-economic groups and special education improved to exemplary and/or recognized status. The high schools were close to recognized status with multiple gold performances in all subjects.

Joanne Rice is also a Curriculum Auditor for CMSi with Dr. Fenwick English doing audits in multiple states including Texas, Maryland, New York, and with the College Board.