The TeachingPartners’ Teacher Leadership Teams
The TeachingPartners’ Teacher Leadership Teams
Teacher Advisory Group
The Teacher Advisory Group is a committed group of expert teachers committed to providing TeachingPartners with meaningful, authentic input. Their guidance and expertise ensures that TeachingPartners meet the professional growth and collaboration needs of teachers everywhere.
The Teacher Advisory Group provides meaningful feedback to improve the functionality, content, and messaging of TeachingPartners; offers recommendations for improvement and for new features; and suggests ways to improve TeachingPartners content and platform design as well as our broader outreach and communications strategies.
The Teacher Advisory Group includes:
Katrina spent seven years as a high school English teacher in Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently the Director of Teacher Outreach at the Collaborative for Student Success, a nonprofit dedicated to improving public education through a commitment to high standards. Katrina believes that the most valuable professional learning for teachers is collaborative, teacher-led and focused on student success. She lives with her husband and son in Louisville.
Christopher has been teaching high school English for thirteen years and is also a Department Chair. He has served in multiple teacher leadership and advisory roles, presenting nationally on a variety of topics, and is a champion of teacher-led professional learning that elevates teacher voice. He is an expert in teacher leadership, co-founding and directing the National Blogging Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping teachers insert their voice in the national narrative through blogging. He lives in Downers Grove, Illinois with his wife Kristen, who also works in education.
Val currently serves as the Strategic Partnership Manager for the University of Florida Lastinger Center, where she works on ensuring teachers, administrators, and district leaders across the state have access to meaningful professional learning experiences. Prior to her work at the university level, she taught middle and high school English language arts, where her students challenged her to “be the best educator she could be.” She is an expert in designing, facilitating, and evaluating professional learning, and always appreciates the opportunity to learn from other teachers. Valeria has been recognized by the White House Initiative of Educational Excellence for African Americans in Teaching, and was a 2013 Seminole County Teacher of the Year. She lives outside of Orlando, Florida and enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the Miami Heat.
Kriscia is an elementary school teacher and instructional coach in San Diego. A veteran teacher of eleven years and an expert in growth mindsets, Kriscia is particularly passionate about integrating technology into the classroom and encouraging her students to celebrate “failing forward”, a metaphor that promotes failing as a part of success rather than its opposite. Kriscia has also been nationally recognized as a Scholastic TopTeaching Blogger and PBS Teacher Advisor and serves as a member of EdCamp San Diego and on the San Diego Computer Using Educators board. Kriscia lives in San Diego,CA with her husband and two children and enjoys reading, dancing, running and is always eager to learn something new.
Melissa has been an elementary school teacher for seventeen years, where she is constantly amazed by her students’ curiosity about the world around them. Inspired by her father, who was also an educator, Melissa has won countless awards and been recognized for her leadership at both the local and national level. She is an expert in teacher leadership and voice and also an advocate for global learning and high standards. Melissa lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with her wonderful son, DeVon, amazing father and mother, and two sisters. She enjoys doing Zumba and reading.
Ryan teachers computer science, engineering, and science courses at the high school level. He is a member of national teacher leadership organizations, including ECET and the Center for Teaching Quality. Ryan began his career as a teacher after first working in television production. He was inspired to change careers so he could pass along his insatiable desire for learning to his students. Ryan has been in the classroom for thirteen years and lives in Sarasota, Florida.
Beth has been an elementary school teacher for 17 years, and currently teaches fifth grade English and Social Studies in Arizona. She is the 2014 Arizona State Teacher of the Year, and co-founded the Arizona National Board Certified Teacher Network. Originally aspiring to work in public relations, Beth was persuaded by her husband to pursue teaching after a summer job working as a camp counselor. She lives outside of Phoenix with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of animals and enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and yoga.
Jessica is a middle school Language Arts teachers in Colorado. A veteran teacher of eight years, she has also spent the last five years working on policy issues at the local and national level with multiple teacher voice organizations. Jessica is particularly passionate about instructional advocacy, and addressing teacher equity issues through professional learning. She lives in Longmont, Colorado where she loves to spend time in the beautiful outdoors with her husband Mark and their four-legged, furry baby, Cooley.
Joanna is a National Board Certified Teacher and has been teaching tenth grade Biology for nine years. She was inspired to become an educator because of a teacher who taught her to look for the “why” instead of the “how”, and she continues to do the same for her students. An expert in literacy across content areas, she is now inspired when she sees her students tackle complex text they didn’t think they were capable of. Joanna has been recognized for great teaching and leadership by various national teacher leadership organizations. She lives in Matthews, North Carolina with her amazing husband and creative son.
A veteran teacher of fifteen years, Angela teaches fourth grade in Merritt Island, Florida. She is most inspired by her students’ constant hunger for learning and strives to keep up with the most innovative instructional strategies to meet all of her students’ needs. Angela has been locally recognized for her quality teaching and is a leader in her school, working with fellow teachers to share best practices and develop curriculum that works for the teacher and the students. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Elementary Education at the University of Florida.
Teacher Design Team
A hallmark of TeachingPartners is the Teacher Learning Progressions that will be launched this fall. Progressions are learning opportunities designed to help teachers move from novice to expert in a required skill set, an area of interest, or an area of expertise relevant to career advancement such as teacher leadership. The progressions are designed and delivered by the experts teachers trust most – other teachers – with support and guidance from TeachingPartners.
Look for upcoming opportunities to suggest progressions you would like to see featured on TeachingPartners and for invitations to become one of our progression designers.
Teacher Coaches and Calibrators
Teams of teachers will serve as coaches and calibrators for each TeachingPartners Learning Progression. These teachers will be expert in the skill set reflected in the progression and will support teachers as they work through the progression demands. They will serve as a sounding board, provide advice and feedback, and calibrate the work products for which teachers receive PD credit, a micro-credential, or other incentives and recognition.
Watch TeachingPartners for an upcoming list of progressions and how you can signal TeachingPartners if you’d like to be considered as a coach and calibrator.