Angela Estrella, Professional Development Associate and Instructional Coach for History, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
Angela Estrella is a Professional Development Associate and Instructional History Coach for the Hollyhock Fellowship Program at the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching. In addition to her work at Stanford, Angela works part-time as a professional development facilitator for Overfelt High School in San Jose and is a Teacher in Residence for Imagine K12, an incubator for educational technology startups. Prior to joining CSET, Angela taught history for 9 years and served as an educational technology mentor and instructional coach.
Angie Andersen, Senior Program Associate, Education Workforce, Council of Chief State School Officers
Angie Andersen serves on the Education Workforce team at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) supporting its Educator Preparation initiative. Before joining CCSSO, she interned at Relief International working on its development and education team, and also worked at Global Washington helping develop global education competencies and support the organization’s strategic business plan. Angie graduated with a Master’s in Public Administration from University of Washington in 2012, with a focus on education and social welfare policies.
Barnett Berry, Founder and CEO, Center for Teaching Quality
Barnett Berry is founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), which launched the nation’s first virtual network of teacher leaders in 2003. He is currently serving in a role as visiting professor for a doctoral seminar on the future of professional learning systems at the University of Kansas School of Education.
Brent Maddin, Provost, Relay Graduate School of Education
As Relay’s provost, Brent Maddin advises on the vision for our curriculum and institutional research and leads programmatic innovations. From 2003-2005, Maddin served as a founding teacher at I.D.E.A. College Prep—a public charter school dedicated to getting students from the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas into top colleges. Maddin moved to Texas from Louisiana where, as a 1999 Teach For America (TFA) corps member, he taught high school science in his TFA placement school for four years. During his six years in the classroom, he trained new teachers at TFA Summer Institutes, TNTP content seminars, and regional science learning teams. He also co-wrote a national chemistry curriculum for TNTP. In 2002, Maddin received his National Board Certification.
Dan Brown, Co-Director, Educators Rising
Dan Brown is a National Board Certified Teacher who taught elementary school and high school English in New York City and Washington, D.C. He is the author of the first-year teaching memoir The Great Expectations School: A Rookie Year in the New Blackboard Jungle. His writing has appeared in Educational Leadership, The Boston Globe, New York Daily News, and Education Week, among other publications. Dan served for one year as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow in the Office of Secretary Arne Duncan at the U.S. Department of Education. In 2014, Mashable named him one of “10 Rockstar Teachers on Twitter. Dan holds degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University and New York University.
Jenny Gwin Fansler, Educator, KIPP DC
Jenny Fansler currently serves as the 7th grade US History Teacher at KIPP DC. Previously she managed District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) teacher development strategy, where she helped to launch DCPS’ innovative professional development platform, MyPD. She’s also held leadership positions at Teach for America and KIPP Philadelphia. Jenny holds degrees from Whitworth University and University of Pennsylvania.
Kathryn Martin, Director of Professional Learning, Mobile Technology Learning Center at University of San Diego
As Director of Professional Learning at USD’s Mobile Technology Learning Center, Katie teaches graduate-level courses in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and works with teachers and administrators in diverse K-12 schools to facilitate personalized professional learning for educators. Prior to joining MTLC, Martin spent 10 years in Hawai’i on the Leeward Coast of O’ahu as a middle school English language arts teacher and instructional coach. She continued as a new teacher mentor and coordinator of district programs to support and retain effective teachers.
Lisa Dieker, Pegasus Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar, University of Central Florida
Professor Dieker’s primary area of research focuses on collaboration between general and special education with a specific interest in the unique opportunities that exist in urban schools in the areas of mathematics and science. She also has a passion for how technology and specifically virtual classrooms can be used to impact teacher preparation. As the Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar, she works collaboratively with outstanding UCF faculty in mathematics and science to Direct the Lockheed Martin/UCF Mathematics and Science Academy. The Academy encompasses two programs, the K-8 teacher leadership program as well as a Transition to Mathematic and Science Teaching (TMAST) program, both focusing on teacher preparation in mathematics and science education. The TMAST program focuses on bringing in new teachers to urban middle school settings. Dr. Dieker also is the coordinator of the Ph.D. program in special education.
Machel Mills, Director, Professional Learning Systems, Tennessee Department of Education
Machel leads the professional learning strategy for Tennessee’s entire educator force to ensure that professional learning offered is personalized and meaningful. Prior to this role, Machel served as a reading/language arts teacher and literacy coach for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Machel holds degrees from Northwestern University and Vanderbilt University.
Megan Moilanen, Director of Guidance, Clayton Valley Charter High School
Megan leads the guidance program at Clayton Valley Charter High School. Previously she served as an Assistant Principal in San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Before that role she was an instructional coach for Breakthrough Collaborative in the San Francisco Bay Area. Megan is a former classroom teacher at KIPP King Collegiate.
Nicholas Provenzano, Educator, Grosse Pointe Public School System
Nicholas Provenzano is an English teacher at Grosse Pointe South High School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Nicholas is a respected voice in the edublog space having received much recognition for his blog, TheNerdyTeacher.com. He also writes regularly for Edutopia.
Patricia Deklotz, Superintendent, Kettle Moraine School District
Patricia Deklotz is Superintendent for the Kettle Moraine School District, a high performing K-12 district serving 4,200 students located in southeastern Wisconsin. She was selected as Wisconsin’s 2016 Superintendent of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators. Taking a non-traditional route, Dr. Deklotz worked 20 years in financial software development and with non-profit organizations prior to becoming a teacher in 1996. Under her leadership, the Kettle Moraine School District has embraced the School Board’s charge to transform schools to better and more efficiently meet the needs of all students. The district has created three instrumentality charter high schools, one multiage project-based elementary charter school, and a project-based, interdisciplinary multiage middle school house. These learning environments serve to inform the district’s work in competency-based education.
Peggy Brookins, President and CEO, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Peggy Brookins, NBCT, joined the National Board as Executive Vice President in December 2014, and was named President & CEO in November 2015. Her long career as an educator includes many national leadership positions and accolades. In July 2014, President Barack Obama named Brookins as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. She joins the National Board from the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, which she co-founded in 1994 and where she served as director and as a mathematics instructor. She has been inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame in 2009, is a Florida Education Association “Everyday Hero,” and received the association’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2013, Brookins was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida.
Ryen Borden, Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Ryen serves as a Program Officer for the Gates Foundation US education work. Previously she served as Executive Director of Sanford Inspire Program in Arizona State’s Teachers College. She was also a classroom teacher and instructional coach for the Murphy Elementary School District.
Segun Eubanks, Director, Professional Educator Support, National Education Association
Segun currently serves as the Director of Professional Educator Support for the National Education Association (NEA) where he manages the organization’s efforts to support its teacher members. Previously he was Chair of the Board of Education at Prince George’s County Public Schools and Director of Teacher Quality at the National Education Association (NEA). He holds degrees from University of Maryland, College Park and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Stephanie Hirsh is executive director of Learning Forward. Learning Forward’s more than 10,000 members and 40 state and provincial affiliates are committed to excellence in teaching and learning for all educators and students.
Before her appointment as executive director, Hirsh served the association as deputy executive director. She began her career as a secondary teacher and later served as a school district administrator in the Richardson (Texas) Independent School District. In 1996 she was elected to the Richardson school board and served for three terms.
Hirsh presents, writes, and consults on Learning Forward’s behalf across North America. Her most recent books include Becoming a Learning System, co-authored with Frederick Brown and Kay Psencik and A School Board Guide to Leading Successful Schools, coauthored with Anne Foster. Hirsh advises policy makers and practitioners at all levels on improving student achievement and educator effectiveness through implementation of high-quality systems of professional learning.
Steven Hodas, Head of Product, Citymart
For the past five years, Steven Hodas has worked closely with numerous early-stage entrepreneurs, investors, and accelerators, and launched two companies of his own. From 2012 to 2014 he served as Executive Director of the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Innovation as head of its Ecosystem Initiative, which seeks to foster smart demand and create new modes of problem-solving for departments of education. In that capacity he created the first-ever district software challenges as alternatives to procurement, the first test-bed collaborations between schools and early–stage education technology companies, and the first district API for student and system data. While at NASA, Hodas built the U.S. government’s first public website, connecting teachers and students with rich scientific resources to support innovative STEM education, and launching his career as an education technology entrepreneur. He went on to create the internet’s most popular sites for high school and college students and the first large-scale formative assessment and personalized learning platforms for school districts.