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ECS Education

ECS Education was founded with one singular purpose in mind – to help teachers and administrators enhance the quality of their education by freeing them from the time, hassle, confusion, and narrow options inherent in self-ordering educational supplies.


The ECS team navigates the maze of purchasing from product selection to installation for organizations around the world. Our personal attention to your needs is what sets us apart. You will work directly with one of our dedicated purchasing specialists to ensure you get just the right products in your organization at the right price and on time. From the smallest lab specimen to a whole library full or furniture, the ECS team’s efficient service makes purchasing a pleasure.

What Do We Do?

Simply put, we do it all! We exist to make life simple for you, whether you’re ordering for a single classroom or for an entire school. Just submit a request, receive a quote with the lowest prices available, and get what you need delivered, unpacked, and assembled exactly where you need it – anywhere in the world!

Who Do We Help?

We specialize in helping domestic schools nationwide, and DoDEA schools anywhere in the world. Our extensive experience in international shipping and logistics allows us to provide all of the same goods and services you would normally get in the United States anywhere the U.S. has a base. We are also proud to work with government agencies, libraries, and developing markets – anywhere where learning takes place.

How Are We Unique?

ECS is a certified woman-owned small business, which means you get the largest possible range of options and services, all with the individualized attention of a small organization. We pride ourselves on our communication with clients and can be easily reached with questions as they arise.

Our Core Values

We believe the difference between a mediocre customer experience and a superb one lies in a company’s values. That’s why everything we do starts with our remembering the six core values that define who we are and how we work. These are:


    1. Serve with integrity
    2. Maintain trust
    3. Follow through
    4. Be intentional
    5. People are important
    6. Quality matters

Meet Our Team

Katie Bricker



Katie provides leadership, management, and oversight at ECS. She focuses on ensuring that our customers receive what they ordered, and the support needed in the process. Katie earned a BS in History and International Studies with a Russian minor from Northwestern University and a MA in Public Policy from George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. Katie worked as a government negotiator for close to a decade for nonproliferation issues and educated her three children at home while moving as a military spouse. She now brings her education and experience to assist the customers of ECS to meet their goals and needs.

Dawn Okada

Director of Contract Sales


Dawn Okada provides procurement expertise and support at ECS by cultivating productive relationships with vendors to provide the best possible value for our customers. Dawn is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Management Science. She previously worked as computer programmer/analyst for the Department of Energy and the Food and Drug Administration before choosing to homeschool her six children. Through her work at ECS, Dawn is able to use her previous education and experience to provide needed support to customers so they can achieve their mission objectives.

Wendy Mills

Director of Science Sales


Wendy has over seven years of experience with ECS in procurement and customer support for DoDEA and international clients. She leads the full cycle of order processing to include quotes, purchase orders, institutional invoices, receipts, and world-wide delivery tracking. Wendy is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in technical management. Prior to joining the ECS team, Wendy had 25 years of experience in IT and education. She provides a diverse range of knowledge and meticulous attention to detail to ensure our clients enjoy successful order integrity and fulfillment.


Kelly Keogh

Director of Communications


Kelly brings creative problem-solving skills and over 25 years of experience in education to the ECS team. Kelly has taught at the preschool through college levels and provided grant writing and consulting services for education entities. Kelly is graduate of the University of Southern Colorado with a BS in Mass Communications. Since earning her MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Kelly has provided business consulting and customer service to clients in a variety of fields. She now strives to put her experience to work for each of our ECS customers.

Stacy Pratt

Accounts Manager


Stacy Pratt serves as the Accounts Manager at Effective Communication Strategies. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Communications. Stacy received her Master’s in Journalism from Regent University. She has worked in the communication’s and public relation’s field of both the government and non-profit sector. As the mother of 10, Stacy brings her organizational and communication skills to best serve the customers of ECS.

Jamy Vandergriff



A graduate of Northwestern Michigan College as a Licensed Nurse, Jamy worked in medical care and administration for 35 years. Her experience includes nursing, serving as a health care facility admissions coordinator, working for a successful medical safety company, and owning/operating a natural health products business. Her breadth of experience in customer care, the medical industry, and problem-solving is a welcome addition to the ECS team. Jamy enthusiastically brings her love for people, joy in helping others, and diverse business background to ECS where she provides client support with utmost professionalism.

Science Teacher & Department Chair, Italy

Brian M.

“I would like to express my happiness with ECS's superlative service.
Communications with the team at ECS have been so satisfying in terms
of the clear and prompt replies to all my enquiries. And the speed with
which we recently received that safety equipment truly stunned
the department. Everyone here is so impressed by the quality
and quickness of your communications and this delivery so soon is
amazing. You've got a great system! Great customer service!


James S.

“Outstanding customer support and first-rate supplies. Ramstein
High School’s #1 choice to fulfill our science classroom needs!
ECS makes the ordering process a breeze!!!"


Jeffrey B.

“The service provided from ECS and Carolina was the single best
purchase experience this school year. Our location provides a bit
of a challenge for shipping purposes and I knew after the first
correspondence things were being handled with the utmost
attention to detail. Our shipment arrived quickly and all of the
boxes were carefully packed. This is the level of customer service
that sets the bar! Thank you again.


Peter V.

“ECS has put in place a flawless process that is fine-tuned and perfectly streamlined
from acquisition to delivery point. Material has been received in a timely manner.
The collaborative partnership between Carolina Biological Company and Effective
Communication Strategies is the perfect strategy that benefits the end user.