Our Services

ESSA Performance Priorities provides educational organizations with comprehensive services that lead to the attainment of organizational goals. We partner with clients to plan, develop, and implement internal processes that facilitate goal alignment to increased performance. Our greatest accomplishment is providing specialized services that advance the education agencies we serve.


Integrity, Quality, Innovative Partners Maximizing Organizational Performance, Achievement, Success.


You are designers of Innovative Thinkers. We are designers of Innovative Models.

Unparalleled Support

Our clients are important, and our team members are 100% committed in providing unparalleled service.

About us

Our Story

The idea for ESSA Performance Priorities began at a conference with school leaders. It’s not hard to imagine attending a conference, debating the sessions to attend, the excitement after learning from excellent presenters, and leaving the conference feeling rejuvenated but overwhelmed. Time, funding, planning, and analysis are only a few of the obstacles school leaders stated prevented the implementation of great ideas and meaningful practices. Two words began our company. “What next?” This experience defined who we are as a company. Like you, we are administrators, directors, and educators. We have experienced the same challenges, dilemmas, and demands placed on schools today. We heard your needs and our goal is to serve you.

Consolidated Federal Grants


School Improvement Plans


School Performance Services


Charter School Services


How We Support

We are experts who play an important and essential role in planning for your school’s future success.

Development Services

School Improvement Plans, Data Analysis, Comprehensive Needs Assessment, Quarterly Coaching

Comprehensive Services

Federal Grant Application, School Improvement Grants – Focus & Priority Schools – Low Performing Schools


Family Engagement, Community Involvement, Parent Advisory Development, Family Learning Events, Event Planning and Coordination

Educational Programs

Curriculum Development, Instructional Planning


ESSA Implementation - Funding – Federal Budget Coding – Governance & Policies, Compliance, Monitoring Preparation, Federal Regulations, Financial Services, Budgets, Reporting, Invoicing, Reconciliation

Instructional Support

Curriculum Implementation, Academic Performance Design, Assessment Analysis, Observation Protocols, Coaching, Instructional Team Training, Lesson Design

Leadership Support

School Plan Coaching, Data Discussions, Instructional Coaching, High Performance Strategies, Planning


Data Collection, Report Submission, Application Support, Federal Documentation

The Team (What We Do)

Our team brings comprehensive support to charter schools and local education agencies. We cover every aspect of ESSA requirements to assure funding, alignment, improvement, and compliance. Whether you are a charter school or local education agency, you need trusted partners that can take care of details so you can focus on your school.

Sue Norris Hatley, Ed.D. (CEO & Founder)

With over 25 years of district and school level experience Sue brings extensive and proven capacity for school success. Her background includes roles as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Director and Secondary Director, and Federal Programs Director. Prior to her work at the district level, Sue served as a school level administrator, curriculum facilitator, and teacher in both elementary and secondary schools with Montgomery County Schools. Sue's most recent work has been with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a Federal Programs Administrator. Her areas of expertise include school improvement, federal funding applications, and ESSA policy.

Kathy Johnson (BSBA)

Kathy has over 30 years of experience in banking and school finance she served as the Chief Financial Officer of Montgomery County Schools for 22 years. She managed and served for an interim period as the Director of Child Nutrition, Maintenance and the Transportation departments. She also served on the NCASBO Chart of Accounts Committee for 5 years working with the Department of Public Instruction to revise the Chart of Accounts for local and charter schools.


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ESSA Priorities, llc is dedicated and ready to serve. As partners, we work with you to assure success. From pre-school to college, we partner with you to achieve your goals.

Blog Posts

Helpful Charter School information in North Carolina and across the US.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

March 13, 2017 ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools.

Every Child Deserves a Great Education

April 17, 2017 National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

We are working to grow the number of high-quality charter schools available to all families, especially those who do not have access to high-quality public schools.

Discretionary Grants, Student loans or grants, Formula Grants

February 29, 2017 Funding/Grants

Who can apply for what.

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