Cross Country Education is educator-led, student-driven and solutions-oriented. With over 75 years of combined dedicated expertise, we service schools exclusively. Focusing our knowledge and resources on engaging with and understanding educational organizations, industry trends, and leadership needs, we provide a wide range of services to our educational partners to meet their individual needs including special education and substitute services. Each service can individually supplement an educational need or work in synergy with our other offerings to provide a holistic solution.
We guide and nurture our educational providers throughout their careers by partnering with them and providing access to coaching, resources, and development. To us, our role is more than providing jobs. By sharing knowledge, learning and resources with our professionals, we can develop a deep and collective strategy for helping them achieve a fulfilling career.
Mihal Spiegel, President
Mihal Spiegel is a former public school educator and administrator who founded DirectEd Solutions in 2007. Working in an inner-city charter school exposed Mihal to the lack of quality services and innovative solutions offered to students. This experience led Mihal to develop one of the leading educational service agencies in California. DirectEd joined the Cross Country family in 2015. Today, Mihal leads the Cross Country Education team, focusing on building and maintaining the school partnerships that deliver on our mission of being educator-led, student-driven and solutions-oriented.
Waine Tam, Senior Vice President, Selected
Waine Tam founded Selected, a matching and hiring platform for K-12 teachers and schools, in 2016. Selected joined the Cross Country family in 2021. He is the former COO of iMentor, a national college-readiness non-profit. Prior to entering the education sector, he worked in the financial services sector and has a background in electrical engineering and software development.
Dr. Kelly Hourigan, Vice President, Education
Kelly Hourigan has a passion for leadership. Her ambitions were recognized as she was honored as Administrator of the Year. She has served in various roles including Dean of Students, School Administrator, Director of Special Education, Director of Special Programs and Chief Operations Officer. In 2017, Kelly joined the Cross Country Education team to ensure students’ access to high-quality special education services, while supporting schools with professional development and compliance.
Loren Heinbach, Vice President, Selected
Loren Heinbach began her career in education as a public school teacher with Americorps' Teach For America program. She later worked for the organization and a variety of others within the educator development, youth mentoring, substitute staffing, and school hiring spaces as a Program Director, Data Manager, Operations Director, and Chief Operating Officer. Leveraging her expertise in operationalizing and bringing promising education ventures to scale, Loren now leads the Selected team as its Vice President.
Sydney Quon, Senior Director of Partnerships/Special Education Consultant
Sydney Quon began her career as a Special Education Teacher where she earned honors as Teacher of the Year and served on school/district leadership teams. After teaching, she moved into administrative roles as a Program Specialist, Coordinator and Director supporting district and charter special education programs across Los Angeles County. Sydney joined Cross Country in 2016 and continues to provide high quality leadership and support in the area of Special Education.