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  • Alison Wright

    Alison Wright

    Ali Wright teaches Algebra 2 and AP Calculus at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Ky. A National Board-certified teacher with 11 years of experience, she is also a member of the Center for Teaching Quality's Implementing Common Core Standards team.

  • Amani Bey

    Amani Bey

  • Anna Martin

    Anna Martin

    Anna L. Martin is the resource teacher at Lee Mathson Middle School, a public school in an urban high-needs district in San Jose, Calif. A National Board-certified teacher, Anna began her career through Teach For America as a core teacher for 7th and 8th grades. Upon completing her two-year placement, she continued to work at the school as a teacher, mentor, and teacher leader. Anna is a Teacher Leaders Network member and part of the Bay Area New Millennium Initiative team.

  • Ariel Sacks

    Ariel Sacks

    Ariel Sacks teaches 8th grade English at a middle school in Brooklyn, N.Y. An alumna of Bank Street College of Education, she is a co-author of TEACHING 2030: What We Must Do For Our Students and Our Public Schools ... Now and in the Future. Ariel, a member of the Teacher Leaders Network, has published articles about her work in Education Week Teacher. Her blog "On the Shoulders of Giants" is part of transformED.

  • Ayla Gavins

    Ayla Gavins

  • Ben Curran

    Ben Curran

    Ben Curran is a K-5 instructional coach at a charter school in Detroit. He is also co-founder of Engaging Educators, co-author of Learning in the 21st Century, and a member of the Center for Teaching Quality's Collaboratory. Follow him on Twitter.

  • Bill Farmer

    Bill Farmer

    Bill Farmer has been teaching biology and chemistry for nine years at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Ill. He is currently serving his third year as president of an IEA/NEA local affiliate. Bill is an instructional coach for the science department, a mentor teacher, co-chair of several district committees, and a virtual community organizer for the Illinois New Millennium Initiative team.

  • Bill Ferriter

    Bill Ferriter

    Bill Ferriter (@plugusin on Twitter) carries about a dozen different titles around with him each day. He's a member of the Teacher Leaders Network, a noted education blogger, a Solution Tree author and professional development associate on professional learning communities and teaching with technology, and a former columnist for ASCD and Learning Forward/NSDC. What he's proudest of, however, is that he checks all of those titles at the door each morning when he walks into his 6th grade science classroom!

  • Bill Ivey

    Bill Ivey

    Bill Ivey teaches 7th grade Humanities, French, and music at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Western Massachusetts. He is a member of the Teacher Leaders Network.

  • Brad Clark

    Brad Clark

  • Brianna Crowley

    Brianna Crowley

    Brianna Crowley teaches high school English in Hershey, Pa. She also serves an instructional-technology coach to implement her district's BYOD policy and advocate for authentic technology connections in classroomd. She blogs with The Center for Teaching Quality and PASCD, as well as at RedPenConfessions. Join her PLN: @AkaMsCrowley.

  • Brooke Peters

    Brooke Peters

    Brooke Peters has taught kindergarten and 1st grade in Los Angeles and New York City for 10 years. As co-founder of The Odyssey Initiative, Brooke and two other teachers are traveling the country to observe, document, and share what is already working in American schools. They will then use what they learn to start a new public school in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2014. Follow them at @OdysseyInitiative.

  • Bud Hunt

    Bud Hunt

    Bud Hunt is an instructional technology coordinator for the St. Vrain Valley Schools in northern Colorado. He works with teachers and technologists to ensure the thoughtful use of technology for teaching and learning. Bud blogs at http://budtheteacher.com.

  • Carl Finer

    Carl Finer

    Carl Finer has taught in South Los Angeles for ten years, currently teaching English and journalism at Animo Jefferson Charter Middle School. He is a UCLA Writing Project fellow and has served on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation' Teachers Advisory Panel. Finer is also a volunteer coach with Students Run LA, which trains students for the Los Angeles Marathon.

  • Carrie Bakken

    Carrie Bakken

  • Carrie Kamm

    Carrie Kamm

    Carrie Kamm is a mentor-resident coach with the Academy for Urban School Leadership's Chicago Teacher Residency Program. She is also a co-author of TEACHING 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools...Now and in the Future and a member of the Center for Teaching Quality's Illinois New Millennium Initiative.

  • Casie Jones

    Casie Jones

    Casie Jones is an English teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. Student Transition Academy in Memphis. She is a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow and a Common Core coach for Tennessee.

  • Cheryl Suliteanu

    Cheryl Suliteanu

    Cheryl Suliteanu has taught elementary school students in Oceanside, Calif. for 15 years. She is a National Board-certified teacher with certification in English as a New Language, a Teacher Leaders Network member, and a virtual coach/facilitator for the NEA-Priority Schools Campaign online community on Home-School Connections.

  • Cindi Rigsbee

    Cindi Rigsbee

  • Dan Brown

    Dan Brown

    Dan Brown teaches high school English in Washington, D.C. He is the author of The Great Expectations School: A Rookie Year in the New Blackboard Jungle, which was recently released in an expanded edition. Dan blogs regularly for transformEd and contributed to TEACHING 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools—Now and in the Future. Follow him on Twitter: @danbrownteacher.

  • Darnell Fine

    Darnell Fine

    Darnell Fine is a multicultural thinker who facilitates education and creative writing seminars, as well as social justice workshops, around the country and internationally. He’s also a certified teacher support specialist and a trained critical consultancy coach.

  • Dave Orphal

    Dave Orphal

    Dave Orphal is a teacher and small learning communities coordinator at Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif. In his free time, he serves as a member of the Center for Teaching Quality's Bay Area New Millennium Initiative and TEACHING 2030 teams. He blogs at transformED, and works with the California Teachers' Association's Institute for Teaching.

  • David B. Cohen

    David B. Cohen

    David B. Cohen is associate director of Accomplished California Teachers, and a National Board-certified English teacher at Palo Alto High School (Palo Alto, Calif.). He writes an education blog at InterACT, and is an occasional contributor to Education Week Teacher. Follow David on Twitter: @CohenD.

  • David Ruenzel

    David Ruenzel

    David Ruenzel is an English teacher at the Athenian School in Danville, Calif. From 1992-2001 he was a senior writer at Teacher Magazine and contributing editor at Education Week; in 1995, he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in public affairs reporting.

  • Dedy Fauntleroy

    Dedy Fauntleroy

    Dedy Fauntleroy is an ELL instructional coach in Seattle Public Schools. In her previous life, she served as an ELD specialist, mentor teacher, and taught middle school math and science as well as elementary grades 2-5. She is currently a member of the Seattle Teacher Advisory Council.

  • Delonna Halliday

    Delonna Halliday

    Delonna Halliday is a Literacy Coach at First Creek Middle School in Tacoma, Wash. She has a background in TV/movie production, spent a year teaching in China, and earned a master's degree in education before launching her classroom career in the U.S. A National Board-certified teacher, Delonna is a member of the Washington New Millennium Initiative team.

  • Elizabeth Duffey

    Elizabeth Duffey

    After 37 years as a high school English teacher, Elizabeth Duffey took a position as facilitator of instruction in literacy in the Tacoma Public Schools. A National Board-certified teacher, Elizabeth also works as a trainer for the ELA Common Core Standards in her district, and works as a consultant for the College Board, teaching AP Language summer institutes and weekend workshops. She lives on Washington state's Puget Sound with her husband, an art teacher.

  • Elizabeth Stein

    Elizabeth Stein

    Elizabeth Stein has been teaching more than 20 years and is currently a middle school special education teacher and mentor-teacher program coordinator in Long Island’s Smithtown Central School District. A National Board-certified teacher and CTQ Collaboratory member, Elizabeth is author of Comprehension Lessons for RTI Grades 3-5 (Scholastic, 2013). She blogs at Two Teachers in the Room.

  • Fatima Khan and Muniba Siddiqui

    Fatima Khan and Muniba Siddiqui

  • Garrett deGraffenreid

    Garrett deGraffenreid

  • Hillary Greene

    Hillary Greene

  • Ilana Garon

    Ilana Garon

    Ilana Garon has been teaching high school English in the Bronx since she graduated from Barnard College in 2003. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Dissent Magazine, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. She writes the blog The View from the Bronx for Education Week Teacher. She is the author of the book "Why Do Only White People Get Abducted by Aliens?": Teaching Lessons from the Bronx.

  • Isabel Song

    Isabel Song

  • Jackson Barnett

    Jackson Barnett

  • James Mann

    James Mann

  • Jane Fung

    Jane Fung

    Jane Fung is a National Board-certified teacher in urban Los Angeles, where she currently teaches 1st grade. She serves on the board of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, and she is an active member of Accomplished California Teachers, Teachers Leaders Network, and Milken Educator Network. Jane possesses a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and 25 years of teaching experience.

  • Jennie Magiera

    Jennie Magiera

    Jennie Magiera is a 4th and 5th grade math teacher and a technology and mathematics curriculum coach in Chicago Public Schools. A Teacher Leaders Network member, 2012 Chicago Public Schools Tech Innovator of the Year, Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, and Apple Distinguished Educator, she explores best practices in math pedagogy and technology in her blog, Teaching Like It's 2999, and on Twitter @msmagiera.

  • Jennifer Barnett

    Jennifer Barnett

    Jennifer Barnett is an English and social studies teacher and technology specialist in Talladega County, Ala. She is a co-author of Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools, Now and in the Future.

  • Jennifer Martin

    Jennifer Martin

    Jennifer Martin is an English teacher at Wootton High School in Rockville, Md. During her 12 years in the classroom, Jennifer has taught nearly every grade of middle and high school at every skill level, from special education inclusion to advanced placement. She's active in the Montgomery County Education Association, focusing on efforts to improve teacher professionalism, and was recently elected to serve on its Board of Directors.

  • Jessica Cuthbertson

    Jessica Cuthbertson

    Jessica Cuthbertson, a Colorado educator with 10 years' experience, teaches middle school literacy and has served as a literacy instructional coach for Aurora Public Schools. She is an active member of the Center for Teaching Quality's New Millennium Initiative.

  • Jessica Hahn

    Jessica Hahn

    Jessica Hahn has taught elementary grade children for six years in Phoenix and New York City. She has a master's degree in literacy from Teachers College and began doctoral work in curriculum and teaching there as well. She currently teaches 1st grade in Brooklyn.

  • Jessica Keigan

    Jessica Keigan

    As a teacherpreneur, Jessica divides her time evenly between teaching English at Horizon High School in Denver and supporting results-oriented efforts to improve Colorado's schools. She is a member of the Denver New Millennium Initiative team. A Colorado native who has taught for nine years, Jessica earned her bachelor's degree in English literature from Seattle Pacific University. She earned certification and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver's Initial Professional Teacher Education program.

  • Jessica Shyu

    Jessica Shyu

    Jessica Shyu is vice president of teacher excellence and leadership at Teach For China where she leads teams to train and develop more than 300 first-and second-year teachers teaching in under-resourced villages in China. Prior to joining Teach For China, she was a Teach For America teacher on the Navajo Nation and teacher trainer in Texas and Washington, D.C. Follow her journey to help close the global educational inequity gap at Education Week Teacher Lessons from China.

  • Jody Passanisi

    Jody Passanisi

    Jody Passanisi is a middle school teacher at an independent school in the Los Angeles area and a clinical educator for DeLeT's teacher induction program. She earned her California teaching credential and an M.S. in education from Mount St. Mary's College and also has an M.A. in religious studies from the Graduate Theological Union. Follow Jody and her teaching partner Shara Peters on their blog and on Twitter: @21centuryteachr.

  • Joel Malley

    Joel Malley

    Joel Malley teaches AP literature, along with mass media and film production, at Cheektowaga Central High School outside Buffalo, NY. He is an active member of the Western New York Writing Project and City Voices/City Visions, a program exploring the impact of digital composition on student learning.

  • José Vilson

    José Vilson

    José Vilson is a math teacher, coach, and data analyst for a middle school in the Inwood/Washington Heights neighborhood of New York. A poet, web developer, and mentor to new teachers, he blogs about teaching and life in his spare time. Jose is a member of the Teacher Leaders Network and a coauthor of TEACHING 2030.

  • Julie Hiltz

    Julie Hiltz

    Julie Hiltz is a 2013-2014 CTQ teacherpreneur who helps Florida teachers personalize their leadership roles and works as an educational-media specialist in Hillsborough County, Fla. She is a National Board-certified teacher.

  • Justin Minkel

    Justin Minkel

    Justin Minkel teaches second and third grade in northwest Arkansas at Jones Elementary, where 97 percent of students live in poverty and 85 percent are English Language Learners. He is the 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, a 2006 Milken Educator, a National Board-certified teacher, and a Teacher Leaders Network member. Justin is writing a book on Common Core-aligned instruction at the elementary level.

  • Karl Ochsner

    Karl Ochsner

    Karl Ochsner is a 7th and 8th grade science teacher at Blessed Pope John XXIII Catholic School in Scottsdale, Arizona, and teaches classes on K-12 technology integration at Arizona State University. A Teacher Leaders Network member, Karl is involved is part of the Arizona TeacherSolutions 2030 team, the NASA/ISTE Learning Laboratory: Magnetic Space Project team, and the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate FIPSE team.

  • Kate Mulcahy

    Kate Mulcahy

    Kate Mulcahy, a Boettcher Teachers Program graduate, has taught for five years as an English & English Language Learner teacher at Northglenn High School in Adams 12. Kate presented at conferences including Colorado Council of the International Reading Association and Colorado Language Arts Society and has received the National Council of Teachers of English sponsored High School Teacher of Excellence award. A member of the Teacher Leaders Network, Kate is part of the Denver New Millennium Initiative team.

  • Kathleen Melville

    Kathleen Melville

  • Kim Ursetta

    Kim Ursetta

  • Kristina Holzweiss

    Kristina Holzweiss

  • Larry Ferlazzo

    Larry Ferlazzo

    An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work, and Building Parent Engagement In Schools. He also maintains the popular Websites of the Day blog.

  • Laura Thomas

    Laura Thomas

  • Lauren Hill

    Lauren Hill

    Lauren Hill teaches AP Language and Composition and 9th grade English at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Kentucky. A National Board Certified Teacher, Lauren works with the Implementing Common Core Standards team at the Center for Teaching Quality. Lauren earned a B.A. from Barnard College at Columbia University, an M.Ed. from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, and her Rank I from the University of Kentucky.

  • Lhisa Almashy

    Lhisa Almashy

    Lhisa Almashy is an ESOL teacher at Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Fla. A 2012 winner of Teaching Tolerance's Cultural Responsive Teaching Award, she has more than 16 years of experience in teaching and administering multicultural programs in her district.

  • Lillie Marshall

    Lillie Marshall

    Lillie Marshall (@WorldLillie on Twitter) has been a teacher in the Boston Public Schools since 2003, and is passionate about creative forms of teacher leadership and teacher retention. Lillie runs the Education Bloggers group and chat, along with two popular Global Education websites, Around the World "L" Travel Blog and Teaching Traveling.

  • Linda Yaron

    Linda Yaron

    As an English teacher in an inner-city high school in Los Angeles, Linda Yaron has spent the last nine years working to increase opportunities for students to succeed. She holds National Board Certification in English Language Arts, CA Single Subject Credentials in Physical Education and Health, and a Tier 1 Administrative Credential. Last school year, she was a Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education, and she is currently taking part in the Teachers for Global Classrooms program.

  • Lori Nazareno

    Lori Nazareno

    Lori Nazareno is a dually certified National Board Certified Teacher who is serving as teacher-in residence for the Center for Teaching Quality. A 25-year veteran teacher, she previously started the Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy, a teacher-led school in Denver, CO.

  • Margit Timakov

    Margit Timakov

  • Marilyn Rhames

    Marilyn Rhames

    Marilyn Rhames is a middle grades teacher at a charter school in Chicago and runs a nonprofit called Teachers Who Pray. Her Ed Week blog called "Charting My Own Course" reflects on education policy, as well as the joys and hardships of being a classroom teacher. A former New York City reporter, Marilyn holds masters degrees in journalism and education.

  • Mark Sass

    Mark Sass

    Mark Sass has been teaching high school social sciences for 16 years, for the past 12 years at Legacy High School in Broomfield, Colorado. Mark is a member of the Aspen Teacher Leader Fellows and of the Denver New Millennium Initiative, supported by the Center for Teaching Quality.

  • Marsha Ratzel

    Marsha Ratzel

    Marsha Ratzel is a National Board-certified teacher in the Blue Valley School District in Kansas, where she teaches middle school math and science. Marsha is a member of the Teacher Leaders Network and blogs about her professional practice at Reflections of a Techie.

  • Matthew Holland

    Matthew Holland

    Matthew Holland is a native of Alexandria, Va., and a product of the city's public school system, where he is currently an elementary school teacher. Matt also coaches the city's public high school rowing team. Matt brings 12 years of teaching experience and adventures from a few cross-country bike treks when working with both elementary and high school students.

  • Meenoo Rami

    Meenoo Rami

    Meenoo Rami, founder of the #engchat weekly Twitter chat for English teachers, teaches her students English at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.

  • Megan Allen

    Megan Allen

    Megan M. Allen is a National Board-certified Teacher in Tampa, Fla. As a 2012-13 teacherpreneur, Megan spends half of her week teaching 5th graders, and the other half working with the Center for Teaching Quality. She is an avid gardener, runner, advocate for her students, and general edugeek. Follow her on Twitter: @redhdteacher.

  • Meredith Kohl

    Meredith Kohl

    Meredith Kohl is special projects manager for Project Tomorrow and lower elementary education director for Bridges Reading and Writing Institute, both located in Irvine, California. Her six years of classroom experience include a Fulbright Fellowship in Palermo (SI), Italy, where she taught European history in English and American culture.

  • Michael Moran

    Michael Moran

    Michael Moran is a former sixth grade teacher currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs. In addition to teaching, Michael has recruited, trained, and supported teachers through his work with Teach For America, Peace Corps, and Teachers Without Borders. He currently conducts research around college readiness and access to advanced courses for foundations and nonprofits in the Seattle area.

  • Nancy S. Gardner

    Nancy S. Gardner

    A renewed National Board Certified Teacher, Nancy Gardner teaches senior English at Mooresville High School in Mooresville, N.C. She is also chair of the English Department and the senior project coordinator. A member of the Teacher Leaders Network, Nancy works with the Center for Teaching Quality on its Implementing Common Core Standards project. In 2007, Mooresville Graded Schools began a digital 1:1 laptop conversion, so now teachers and students in grades 3-12 use laptops for instruction.

  • Noah Patel

    Noah Patel

    Noah Patel is a 7th-year middle school math teacher in the Boston Public School District and a National Board-certified teacher. He received his bachelor of arts and master of education degrees at Boston College and is a two-time winner of the Sontag Prize for excellence in urban education. He has been a regular participant at NBC's Education Nation Summit through his involvement as an America Achieves Education Champion. He was a 2007 Teach Plus policy fellow and is committed to bringing teacher voice into policy discussions at the district, state and national level.

  • Noah Zeichner

    Noah Zeichner

    Noah Zeichner is a National Board-certified teacher at Chief Sealth International School in Seattle, Wash. He also spends part of his day supporting the Center for Teaching Quality's global teacher-leadership initiatives. He blogs at Minding the Globe.

  • Patrick Ledesma

    Patrick Ledesma

    Patrick Ledesma is a middle school technology specialist and special education department chair with Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. A National Board Certified Teacher and doctoral candidate at George Mason University, Patrick also maintains the blog "Leading From the Classroom" on Education Week Teacher and was a 2010 US Department of Education Teacher Ambassador.

  • Paul Barnwell

    Paul Barnwell

    Paul Barnwell teaches English and digital media at Fern Creek Traditional High School in Louisville, Ky. In his spare time, he enjoys bow hunting, urban gardening, studying at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English, and rooting for the New England Patriots. He blogs at www.mindfulstew.wordpress.com.

  • Pernille Ripp

    Pernille Ripp

    Pernille Ripp (@PernilleRipp) is a 5th grade teacher in Wisconsin, a proud techy geek, creator of the GlobalRead Aloud Project, co-founder of EdCamp MadWI, and believer in all children. Her first book, Passionate Learners: Giving Our Classroom Back to Our Students Starting Today, will be released by PLPress this fall.

  • Rebecca Schmidt

    Rebecca Schmidt

    Rebecca Schmidt is in her fifth year of teaching in D.C. Public Schools. She is team leader of the 3rd grade at Bancroft Elementary, and also runs the after school drama club. She spent the summer helping to train pre-service teachers through the Center for Inspired Teaching. In her free time, Rebecca likes to visit farmers' markets, work on her Spanish, and play sports outside.

  • Renee Moore

    Renee Moore

    Renee has taught English and journalism for 20 years in the Mississippi Delta region at both high school and community college levels. She is National Board Certified, a former state Teacher of the Year, and a co-author of TEACHING 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools...Now and in the Future.

  • Robert Pronovost

    Robert Pronovost

    Robert Pronovost is a 2nd grade teacher and MOUSE Squad student tech advisor at Belle Haven Elementary in Menlo Park, CA. Robert has been a teacher in the Ravenswood City School District for five years since graduating from the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) with his master's degree in elementary education. His class has been featured in news articles and he has spoken at conferences around the nation about integrating technology into the elementary classroom.

  • Rod Powell

    Rod Powell

    Rod Powell, a National Board-certified teacher (social studies), has been teaching for 26 years. A CTQ Collaboratory member, Rod loves the challenges of teaching in a 1:1 digital classroom environment at Mooresville High School in Mooresville, N.C.

  • Ryan Kinser

    Ryan Kinser

    Ryan Kinser is a 2012-13 teacherpreneur at the Center for Teaching Quality. He divides his time between teaching English to sixth graders at Walker Middle Magnet School for International Studies in Tampa and leading on policy and practice issues beyond his building. He is a member of the Hillsborough County New Millennium Initiative.

  • Ryan Niman

    Ryan Niman

    Ryan Niman teaches English and Social Studies in the Edmonds School District north of Seattle, Washington. Ryan is a member of the Washington New Millennium Initiative team. He sits on the Professional Excellence Committee, addressing compensation, evaluation, and professional support with district and union leaders. He is also part of the Teacher Evaluation Steering Committee, helping to adopt and integrate a new evaluation system. He blogs at transformED.

  • Ryan Prosser

    Ryan Prosser

    Ryan Prosser is an National Board-certified teacher in early adolescent english language arts and currently works as an instructional facilitator in the Tacoma, Wash., school district, where he previously team taught middle school humanities with his twin brother. He is a member of the CTQ Collaboratory.

  • Sandy Merz

    Sandy Merz

    August (Sandy) Merz III, a National Board-certified teacher in Career and Technical Education, teaches engineering and algebra at Safford K-8 International Baccalaureate Candidate School in Tucson, AZ. He is a member of the Arizona TeacherSolutions team and blogs for Stories From School AZ.

  • Sarah Brown Wessling

    Sarah Brown Wessling

    Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa. She is also serving as TCHr Laureate for the Teaching Channel and was the 2010 National Teacher of the Year.

  • Sarah Henchey

    Sarah Henchey

    Sarah Henchey is a National Board Certified Teacher and a 2012-13 Teacher in Residence at the Center for Teaching Quality. Sarah has taught middle school for seven years in North Carolina's Orange County Schools. During this time, she has had the opportunity to explore a number of leadership roles including team leader, literacy interventionist, and mentor.

  • Scarlett Gaddy

    Scarlett Gaddy

    Scarlett Gaddy is a high school social studies educator of 24 years in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She is a past recipient of the Williams College George Olmsted Jr. Prize (2006) and a former semi-finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year (1994). She is a member of the CTQ Collaboratory.

  • Shannon C'de Baca

    Shannon C'de Baca

    Shannon C'de Baca has been a science teacher for the last 34 years. She currently teaches a blended online chemistry course. Shannon has written lessons for the PBS science series "NOVA" and has served as a consultant for the National Center for Education and the Economy and the U.S. Mint. Shannon served as a Citizen Ambassador to Bahrain and is a coauthor of TEACHING 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools, Now and in the Future.

  • Silvestre Arcos

    Silvestre Arcos

    Silvestre Arcos is the founding 5th grade math teacher at KIPP: Washington Heights Middle School in New York City. He studied human development and family studies at Cornell University and earned his master's degree in bilingual/bicultural education from Columbia University's Teachers College. He was the founding director of the dual language program at MS 223, a South Bronx school selected as a Colegio del Año by the Spanish Embassy in 2010.

  • Tim Walker

    Tim Walker

  • Todd Rackowitz

    Todd Rackowitz

    Todd Rackowitz has been teaching math for 21 years in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system in North Carolina. A National Board-certified teacher, he is a member of his district's mathematics leadership team as well as the Center for Teaching Quality Collaboratory.

  • Val Brown

    Val Brown

    Val Brown is a 10-year educator who supports elementary school teachers as a teacher on assignment in Seminole County Public Schools in Florida. She is a member of the Center for Teaching Quality Collaboratory.

  • William Tolley

    William Tolley

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  • Jessica Shyu

    Jessica Shyu

    Jessica Shyu is vice president of teacher excellence and leadership at Teach For China where she leads teams to train and develop more than 300 fir...

  • David B. Cohen

    David B. Cohen

    David B. Cohen is associate director of Accomplished California Teachers, and a National Board-certified English teacher at Palo Alto High School (...

  • Patrick Ledesma

    Patrick Ledesma

    Patrick Ledesma is a middle school technology specialist and special education department chair with Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. A N...

  • Marilyn Rhames

    Marilyn Rhames

    Marilyn Rhames is a middle grades teacher at a charter school in Chicago and runs a nonprofit called Teachers Who Pray. Her Ed Week blog called "Ch...

  • Larry Ferlazzo

    Larry Ferlazzo

    An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping St...

  • Lori Nazareno

    Lori Nazareno

    Lori Nazareno is a dually certified National Board Certified Teacher who is serving as teacher-in residence for the Center for Teaching Quality. A ...

  • Renee Moore

    Renee Moore

    Renee has taught English and journalism for 20 years in the Mississippi Delta region at both high school and community college levels. She is Natio...

  • Carrie Kamm

    Carrie Kamm

    Carrie Kamm is a mentor-resident coach with the Academy for Urban School Leadership's Chicago Teacher Residency Program. She is also a co-author o...

  • Dave Orphal

    Dave Orphal

    Dave Orphal is a teacher and small learning communities coordinator at Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif. In his free time, he serves as a mem...

  • Noah Zeichner

    Noah Zeichner

    Noah Zeichner is a National Board-certified teacher at Chief Sealth International School in Seattle, Wash. He also spends part of his day supportin...

  • Noah Patel

    Noah Patel

    Noah Patel is a 7th-year middle school math teacher in the Boston Public School District and a National Board-certified teacher. He received his ba...

  • Jessica Hahn

    Jessica Hahn

    Jessica Hahn has taught elementary grade children for six years in Phoenix and New York City. She has a master's degree in literacy from Teachers C...

  • Rebecca Schmidt

    Rebecca Schmidt

    Rebecca Schmidt is in her fifth year of teaching in D.C. Public Schools. She is team leader of the 3rd grade at Bancroft Elementary, and also runs ...

  • Bill Farmer

    Bill Farmer

    Bill Farmer has been teaching biology and chemistry for nine years at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Ill. He is currently serving his t...

  • Ryan Kinser

    Ryan Kinser

    Ryan Kinser is a 2012-13 teacherpreneur at the Center for Teaching Quality. He divides his time between teaching English to sixth graders at Walker...

  • Dan Brown

    Dan Brown

    Dan Brown teaches high school English in Washington, D.C. He is the author of The Great Expectations School: A Rookie Year in the New Blackboard Ju...

  • Sarah Henchey

    Sarah Henchey

    Sarah Henchey is a National Board Certified Teacher and a 2012-13 Teacher in Residence at the Center for Teaching Quality. Sarah has taught middle ...

  • Marsha Ratzel

    Marsha Ratzel

    Marsha Ratzel is a National Board-certified teacher in the Blue Valley School District in Kansas, where she teaches middle school math and science....

  • Jessica Keigan

    Jessica Keigan

    As a teacherpreneur, Jessica divides her time evenly between teaching English at Horizon High School in Denver and supporting results-oriented effo...

  • Michael Moran

    Michael Moran

    Michael Moran is a former sixth grade teacher currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Washington's Evans S...

  • Ryan Niman

    Ryan Niman

    Ryan Niman teaches English and Social Studies in the Edmonds School District north of Seattle, Washington. Ryan is a member of the Washington New M...

  • Megan Allen

    Megan Allen

    Megan M. Allen is a National Board-certified Teacher in Tampa, Fla. As a 2012-13 teacherpreneur, Megan spends half of her week teaching 5th graders...

  • Ilana Garon

    Ilana Garon

    Ilana Garon has been teaching high school English in the Bronx since she graduated from Barnard College in 2003. Her writing has appeared in The Gu...

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