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Teacher Consultants


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Monica Washington

Monica Washington is a Voices for Honest Education Fellow working as a spokesperson and advocate for public education. Through this fellowship, she helps educators create affirming classroom spaces for their students. Monica is also the founder of M.U.S.E. Education—Meaningful, Uplifting, Student Experiences. She designs practical tools for educators that help improve outcomes for all students.


A decorated educator of over twenty years, Monica has received honors and awards from a wide variety of organizations for her leadership, advocacy, and classroom instruction. She is a 2015 Milken Unsung Hero Fellow and a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow. In addition to instructional coaching, Monica supports teachers through workshops, speaking engagements, and blogging for Education Week and Education Post. Her “4 Things Great Principals Don’t Do” was the most read and shared Education Week post of 2017.


Monica is passionate about creating equitable and inclusive school environments that celebrate teacher and student voice, and she serves as Leading Educator Ambassador for Equity for the Education Civil Rights Alliance. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the National Education Association Foundation. Monica is the 2014 Texas Teacher of the Year.

Monica's Areas of Expertise
  • Secondary ELA 

  • Instructional coaching

  • New teacher mentorship

  • Culturally responsive pedagogy

  • Achieving equitable school environments

Michael Soskil

Michael Soskil, the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, is determined to make learning meaningful for every child and to empower students and teachers as positive change agents in their communities.


As an elementary STEM teacher Michael has inspired students to find solutions to problems in their local and global communities. As a speaker and professional learning facilitator he has helped educators around the world create opportunities for students to use learning to impact their world. For his innovative work, Michael was named one of the top-10 teachers in the world and a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize by Dr. Stephen Hawking in 2016. He also is a recipient of the US Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2012. 

The book that Michael co-authored, Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, has been translated into multiple languages and heralded by leaders in education, business, and government as "an authoritative guide to teaching practice over the next three decades."

Michael's Areas of Expertise

  • Global Citizenship

  • PBL and Inquiry Based Learning

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • 21st Century Learning

  • Teacher Leadership

  • K-6 Mathematics and Science

  • Balancing Technology and Humanity in School

Melissa Romano

Melissa Romano is a collaborative leader with 16 years of classroom experience. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s “Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), and is the 2018 Montana Teacher of the Year.

Melissa’s expertise earned her a position as a Master Teacher with BetterLesson, a website devoted to sharing best teaching practices. She understands the importance of unifying teachers and resources in order to increase student achievement. She also worked as a virtual Instructional Coach with BetterLesson, providing personalized professional development to educators across the United States.

Melissa earned her B.A. in science and her M.S. in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport. She is a certified elementary school teacher in the State of Montana.  She lives in Helena, Montana, along with her husband and four children.

Melissa's Areas of Expertise
  • Elementary content

  • K-6 mathematics

  • Inquiry based learning

  • Project based learning 


  • Mentoring/instructional coaching

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Kareem Neal

Kareem Neal is a self-contained special education teacher in Phoenix, AZ. He has taught students with cognitive delays for 24 years. He is the 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year and is a 2022 inductee into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. He is on the board of directors for The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY). He helped pilot the National Network of State Teachers of the Year Mentorship program. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University for his contributions to special education in Arizona. He is a 2019-2021 Understood Teacher Fellow. And he helped pilot the National Network of State Teachers of the Year Mentorship program. 


Kareem’s passion is connecting all students in schools, springing from his awareness that students with learning differences did not truly feel like members of their school communities. This led him to evaluate his own educational journey and how students in black communities often did not feel like education spaces were for them. He is now a restorative justice trainer for the Phoenix Union High School District. He focuses on building community by eliminating bias that comes from a lack of connection with people who are different from each other. This work has led him to win the Arizona Education Association’s Diversity Grant and be named vice president of the Phoenix Union High School District’s Black Alliance.  


Kareem’s academic journey was filled with adults who let him know that he was capable, which he attributes to being a lifetime learner. Too many students are not afforded that same opportunity, and Kareem is working tirelessly to change that.

Kareem's Areas of Expertise
  • Restorative justice/restorative practices

  • Culturally responsive teaching

  • Motivational speaking

  • Sensory integration

  • Self-contained special education

  • Curriculum development

Bill Stockton

Bill Stockton is a high school science teacher in Arlee, MT on the Flathead Indian Reservation. He also teaches science for the Montana Digital Academy and has been teaching in Montana for the past 12 years. He is a 2020 recipient of the Teresa Veltkamp Advocacy Award for Excellence in Indian Education for All and is the 2022 Montana Teacher of the Year.

As a Montana Partnership with Regions for Excellence in STEM (MPRES) trainer, Bill has worked with school districts and individual teachers on how to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into their classrooms and teaching practices. Through his work with MPRES and teaching on the Flathead Indian Reservation, Bill has also been able to offer best practices for integrating Indian Education for All into the NGSS framework. His experience teaching both asynchronous and synchronous online courses through Montana Digital Academy and the Montana Teacher Learning HUB have provided him with experience and expertise to help others with building student relationships, assessing students, and designing students in the digital environment. He has also designed courses for teacher professional development on using local scientific data in the classroom and on effective online teaching. Bill’s trainings ask all teachers to create lessons that are current, relevant, student driven, and intertwined.

When Bill is not teaching he is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time on the lake and in the mountains with his wife and two daughters.

Bills's Areas of Expertise
  • Integrating NGSS into your Classroom

  • Indian Education for All Science Education

  • Distance Learning: Course Design and Best Practices

Megan Olivia Hall

Megan Olivia Hall is a STEM educator and social emotional lead teacher at Open World Learning Community (OWL) in St. Paul Public Schools.  A National Board Certified Teacher, she is the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow.  She is also an action research coach for St. Catherine University and a professional learning community facilitator for Professional and Graduate Education at Mount Holyoke College.


Megan holds a Ph.D. in Learning, Instruction, and Innovation from Walden University.  Megan’s writing has been featured in Education Week and The Science Teacher.  Her books include Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids, an Amazon #1 best seller in Scientific Experiments & Projects, as well as Awesome Outdoor Science Experiments for Kids, Big Chemistry Experiments for Little Kids, and Adventure Girls! STEM Crafts.  


A Leading Educator Ambassador for Equity Fellow with the Education Civil Rights Alliance, Megan is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and access in STEM education.  Megan is proud to lead diverse Advanced Placement STEM classes and a gender inclusive FIRST Robotics team at OWL.


Megan's Areas of Expertise

  • Social Emotional Learning

  • Supporting Student Mental Health

  • Secondary STEM Education

  • Innovative Instruction

  • Building Inclusive Classroom and School Communities

  • Teaching with Joy

Sean Wybrant

Sean teaches students about computer science, video game design, and immersive technologies at William J. Palmer High School in Colorado Springs School District 11. From 2015 to 2019 Sean led the effort to transform his classroom into a fully equipped video game design studio where students have opportunities to create experiences for augmented, virtual, and mixed reality environments, record audio and motion capture, and build the future they want to inherit.


In 2017 Sean was named the 2017 Colorado Teacher of the Year and was selected as a National School Board Association Top 20 to Watch. In 2018 he co-founded Open Reef Innovations, and in 2018 and 2019 spent his summers teaching students in the Northern Mariana Islands about AR/VR/MR creation. He currently serves as an advisory on the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Teacher Advisory Board.

Sean's Areas of Expertise
  • CTE

  • Coding & gaming

  • Innovation in Schools

  • Service Learning

  • Project/Problem Based Learning

  • Computer Science Instruction

  • Game/Software Development

  • VR/AR/MR Development

  • Developing a District/Community Network


Anna East

Anna taught English and history for 22 years on the Flathead Reservation in Western Montana. She also taught Native American Studies online for the Montana Digital Academy. Currently, she works full-time at the Montana Digital Academy developing Indigenous language courses in partnership with the tribes of Montana while teaching for the University of Montana-Western and Dawson Community College. 

Anna is the founding executive director of Chickadee Community Services, an Indigenous education focused non-profit; founder of Montana State Teachers of the Year; and founding director of Spark Teaching Group, all organizations which support excellence in professional education. 

Anna received the 2015 Horace Mann Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014 Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Distinguished Educator Award, 2012 Teaching Tolerance Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching Award, and the 2011 Montana English Teachers Distinguished Educators Award. Anna is also the 2014 Montana Teacher of the Year.

Anna's Areas of Expertise
  • Culturally responsive education

  • Online education

  • Language revitalization and tribal partnerships

  • Teacher preparation

  • English Language Arts and history education

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Tracey Nance

Tracey Nance is a Georgia born-and-raised educator and child advocate, and the 2020-2021 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Upon graduating from Furman University with a BA in Sociology and Religion, Tracey pursued her MAT at the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program and taught third grade at a Chicago Turnaround School before returning to her native Atlanta in 2012. The first Atlanta Public School Teacher to win the State honor in 40 years, Tracey excelled as a fourth-grade teacher, interventionist, 4-H Leader, and instructional mentor.

Fiercely committed to empowering kids and improving their life chances, Tracey served on the Georgia School Board in 2021 as an ex-officio member and works to promote kid-affirming practices both in and outside of the classroom. She is currently a Voices for Honest Education Senior Fellow with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year and the National Center for Youth Law, and further advocates for Georgia’s children through her non-profit work with Page Turners Make Great Learners and Motherhood Beyond Bars.


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