We support leaders to move confidently towards action by providing custom planning, advisory and research services. 



We are a team of problem solvers with proven strategies and tools to bring your idea into reality. Our clients describe us as resourceful, generous with our time and relentlessly curious.

Our co-founders have built deep consulting and K-12 education industry expertise while leading teams at Gartner Consulting, KPMG, BearingPoint, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Education Elements. We’ve walked school hallways and sat in boardrooms of over 100 school districts. And experience has taught us that we can tackle anything, together.

Who We Are

David Irwin

Education leaders turn to David Irwin to help make an idea come alive. Over the course of his career, including leading Gartner’s global K-12 Education Practice, education leaders have trusted him to help realize their own ideas for changing education.

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Simma Reingold

Simma Reingold, simply put, turns chaos into order. She takes bold ideas and breaks them into tangible and doable steps while facilitating conversations that inspire people into action. 

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Terry Denoyer

Terry Denoyer, a certified usability expert, looks at everything through a people-first lens and is obsessively focused on research to support K-12 leaders' decision-making and strategic planning.

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Namratha Bharadwaj

Namratha Bharadwaj brings comprehensive expertise, connecting her experience as a management consultant and public school teacher to put students first, improve learning outcomes and create lasting change.

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Ready to bring your ideas to life? 


Our Projects

We choose our projects carefully. We seek out ambitious projects that require us to question our assumptions and expand our knowledge.


It's a marathon, so we take it on mile by mile. We support your leadership team to understand the current state, elevate strengths and uncover weaknesses, prioritize actions and chart a realistic roadmap to accomplish your vision. 

Innovative solutions are constantly emerging and evolving. We help you ask the right questions and analyze feasibility so that you can securely make big decisions that bring about big change.


There is always more to learn. We employ empathy to understand marginalized perspectives, dive into data, frame the problems, and evaluate alternatives to shine a light on the right solutions for you.


We start by asking questions to untangle the problem we are trying to solve and break it into manageable pieces. We then follow a collaborative and engaging process to design inventive solutions, together.

The Thruline

our thruline process 





Thru is a team of problem solvers.
We help school systems do great things for students.

Thru offers a fresh approach to strategy consulting. We collaborate with passionate leaders as they navigate today’s complex education landscape to bring bold new ideas to life.



We work with partners who share our same beliefs and values about the power of education. 

Why Thru?

We research trends to stay current


We adapt projects to accommodate unexpected steps


We tailor tools that work


We are courageous in our recommendations


We dedicate time to learn your context