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Monica Washington

Monica Washington is the director of inclusive and responsive educational practices at BetterLesson. She is also an instructional coach supporting teachers and administrators across the country as they make positive shifts in instruction and leadership.

 

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 teaching

  • Achieving equitable school environments

Angie Miller

As a 7-12 Humanities teacher and librarian in rural New Hampshire, Angie Miller has spent one-fifth of a century striving to reinvent research and literacy education with adolescents. Having grown up in significant poverty, Angie was the first person in her family to attend college and is now currently working on her second Masters degree. Understanding the importance of accessible and empowering education, she works hard at maintaining high expectations for at-risk students, emphasizing the power literacy has to literally rewrite life narratives.

 

The 2011 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year and a TED speaker, Angie is the author of It's a Matter of Fact: Teaching Students Research Skills in Today's Information Packed World and her new book on teaching nonfiction writing will be released by Routledge in 2020.  When not teaching or writing, Angie is found throwing clay in her studio or a ball in the yard to her dogs.

Angie's Areas of Expertise
  • Teaching research

  • Media literacy

  • Librarianship: design and program evaluation

  • Writing instruction

  • Reading workshop

  • Competency-based learning

  • Building rapport and maintaining high expectations with traditionally difficult students 

  • Integrating student choice in the classroom

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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 23 years. He is the recipient of the 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year award and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University for his contributions to special education in Arizona. He is a 2019-2021 Understood Teacher Fellow. He is also on the board of directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. 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 through eliminating bias that comes from lack of connection with people who are different from each other. This work has led him to winning the Arizona Education Association’s Diversity Grant and the Maryvale Revitalization Committee’s Educator Excellence Award and being 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 aren’t 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

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 

  • STEAM/STEM

  • Mentoring/instructional coaching

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
  • STEM/STEAM

  • 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

Megan Gross

Megan Gross is a special education teacher and has facilitated inclusive education for students with disabilities at both the elementary and secondary level for ten years.  Currently she is released from the classroom to support her district’s focus on improving inclusive education for all students, through facilitation of professional learning and instructional coaching.

 

Megan has created a professional learning series to empower paraprofessionals, teachers, and administrators to build their toolkit to support students' transitions from segregated Special Day Classes, to an instructional day including general education academic and elective classes.  She also presents at regional and national conferences on collaboration and co-teaching, modifying curriculum to engage students with significant disabilities in general education curriculum, peer supports, and effective use of paraprofessionals in the classroom.

 

Megan is a 2017 California Teacher of the Year and 2017 National Teacher of the Year Finalist. She is the co-author of The Inclusion Toolbox and ParaEducate.  She resides in San Diego, California, with her husband and two children.

Megan's Areas of Expertise
  • Universal Design for Learning

  • Co-teaching & collaboration 

  • Modifying general education curriculum for students with severe disabilities 

  • Paraprofessional training 

  • Inclusive education & systems change 

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.

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

Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

Ashley is a 2020 National Geographic Education Fellow who most recently served as the director of advocacy and community empowerment at the National Excellence in School Leadership Institute, North America. She is also the founder and former CEO of Curio Learning, and etdech platform she built to support educator creativity and professional development. While leading the company, Ashley won several awards, including the grand prize in the Uber Girlboss pitch competition in 2018. She also engaged with the LearnLaunch Accelerator in Boston while spearheading Curio's growth. As 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, she served as Teacher in Residence for the Kentucky Department of Education. Ashley has been a contributing writer to The Atlantic and The Washington Post.

 
Ashley's Areas of Expertise
  • School innovation 

  • Human-centered design 

  • Curriculum development 

  • Writing across the curriculum

  • Deeper learning & project-based learning

  • Teacher leadership & growth

  • Education technology

Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa

Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa is known as The Lab Coat Teacher and affectionately “Miss Dorito” by her students from around the globe. With her unique teaching style, Dorina has spent the past 21 years empowering ALL students of diverse backgrounds at the K-12, college, and adult learner level. An expert in building solid relationships that result in successful learning experiences for students and teachers, Ms. Sackman-Ebuwa strongly believes culturally relevant teaching, connection to content and community and EI over IQ make up the true learning experience.

 

A nationally recognized educator and Florida Teacher of the Year, Dorina takes her ELL classroom experiences, collaborative teacher workshops, and doctoral research on emotional intelligence and travels the globe as a “teacher on loan” inspiring, motivating, and empowering teachers, future educators, and the teaching profession. From innovative, personalized professional development filled with successful and differentiated strategies to authentic “real talk” about teachers leading, Dorina Sackman-Ebuwa encourages all educators to B.E.L.I.E.V.E.!® - Be the Educators who Lead to Inspire and Empower Via Example!

 

When not wearing the many hats of an educator, Dorina dons a Stetson and works on her ranch, tending to her beloved rescue and special needs cows, goats, horses, chickens, miniature ponies, and floppy eared rabbits, Paula and Coelho.

 
Dorina's Areas of Expertise
  • Differentiated instruction

  • English Language Learners

  • Brain-based research for educators

  • Culturally responsive teaching

  • Parental and community involvement

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Motivational speaking

  • Appreciative inquiry

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

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Leah Juelke

​Leah Juelke, the 2018 North Dakota Teacher of the Year, is a high school English Language Learner Language Arts teacher and literacy coach in Fargo, North Dakota. She is a decorated educator whose passion for global education, literacy, and creating a welcoming community for refugee and immigrant English Language Learners earned her a spot as one of the top 10 teachers in the world and a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize in 2020. 

Leah is an Army veteran and had traveled and/or taught in 27 different countries. Leah's vast global experiences have helped her become an advocate of global education and she has developed a profound understanding of culturally responsive teaching and diverse populations. As a National Geographic Certified Educator, she collaborates with classrooms around the globe and strives to create 'a classroom without borders' that breeds empathy, engagement, and empowerment. Through her Journey to America, Green Card Voices and We Are America literacy projects, Leah helps to amplify the voices of her refugee and immigrant students and empowers them to advocate for social justice.

Leah has successfully created a school environment of inclusion and has opened her doors to facilitate collaboration within the community, even while facilitating remote learning. Her curriculum writing experience includes creating SIOP  high school EL content classes and a Partnership for New Americans class that is built on student mentorship. Leah has partnered with National University and Sanford Inspire to help educators and administrators understand the importance of Social-Emotional Learning and culturally responsive teaching. 

 
Leah's Areas of Expertise
  • Tools & Strategies for Engaging Diverse Online/ Remote Learners 

  • K- 12 English Language Learners, Refugee, Immigrant & SLIFE Populations 

  • Using Narratives to Create Empathy & Empowerment Across the Curriculum

  • Literacy

  • New Teacher Mentorship

  • Curriculum Development

  • Global Citizenship

  • Differentiated Instruction

  •   Parental and Community Involvement

  •   UN Sustainable Development Goals

  •   SEL, Mindfulness and Self Care

  •   Students Mentoring Students