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Monica Washington

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

 

A decorated educator of twenty-one 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

Kareem Neal

Kareem Neal is a self-contained Special Education teacher in Phoenix, AZ. He has taught students with severe cognitive delays for 22 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. 

 

Kareem's passion is connecting all students in schools. This started from his awareness that the students with cognitive delays on school campuses did not truly feel like members of their school communities. This led him to evaluate his educational journey and how students in black communities 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 implicit bias. This work has led him to winning the Arizona Education Association's Diversity Grant, the Maryvale Revitalization Committee's Educator Excellence Award, and his being named Vice President of the Phoenix Union High School District's Black Alliance. He also leads the largest social justice club in the Phoenix Union High School District.

 

Kareem recently submitted all components of his National Board Certification and is awaiting results. He lives in downtown Phoenix and spends much of his free time at social justice events. He was recently honored by NASDTEC as the West Coast Diversity Grant recipient. 

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 

Shawn Sheehan

Shawn Sheehan teaches 9th grade Algebra I at Lewisville High School Harmon Campus in Lewisville, Texas. He taught mathematics for six years in Norman, Oklahoma where he was also selected as the 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and finalist for National Teacher of the Year. This year, Shawn has stepped out of the classroom to dive into policy while serving as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. He is hoping to get a better perspective on education and immigration policy to better serve his diverse student population.

Shawn earned his BA in Journalism at Arizona State University and his M.Ed. in Special Education at the University of Oklahoma. Shawn made an unsuccessful bid for Oklahoma State Senate in 2016, campaigning on strengthening core services, workforce development, and STEM education.

A strong advocate for improving public education, Shawn has been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR, and The Economist. Shawn is happiest when he’s spending time with his wife, Kaysi, who teaches 9th and 11th grade English at Oakton High School, and their two-year-old daughter, Scarlett.

Shawn's Areas of Expertise
  • Teacher advocacy

  • Education policy engagement

  • Social-emotional learning and STEM

  • Hybrid teacher leadership

  • Supporting struggling learners

Ashley Lamb-Sinclair

Ashley is an award winning classroom educator and Founder / CEO of Curio Learning - an edtech startup - with 14+ years experience as an educator. She is the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and Uber Girlboss Grand Prize Winner for female founders. Ashley is also a skilled writer and storyteller, who has written for several publications including The Atlantic and The Washington Post.

 

She specializes in human centered design, teacher leadership, education technology, and creativity & innovation in schools & organizations, plus everything synonymous with authentic learning.

 
Ashley's Areas of Expertise
  • School innovation 

  • Human-centered design 

  • Curriculum development 

  • 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

406.239.4289  //  anna@sparkteachinggroup.com