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Toyota is deeply committed to supporting the next generation of America’s leaders in mathematics, science, engineering, and environmental science, and we look forward to seeing Inspired Teaching – and the students and teachers they serve – make an even bigger impact in the years ahead.

— Michael Rouse, Vice President of Diversity, Philanthropy & Community Affairs & President of the Toyota USA Foundation.
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Our Team & Opportunities

Meet the individuals who are making Inspired Teaching a reality.

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Board of Directors

Bill Andresen; Associate Vice President for Federal Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Since July 2006, Bill has served as Associate Vice President for Federal Relations for the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Penn, he was Senior Vice President at Dutko Worldwide where he worked with a variety of organizations including many non-profits corporate clients. Before that, he was Vice President for Federal Affairs to the Democratic Leadership Council, where he served as a liaison to Democratic Members of Congress. Bill also served as Chief of Staff to Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, and during his time as Chief of Staff, he was repeatedly named one of the 50 most influential Congressional Staffers by Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper.

Bill is married with three kids. He has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California. He is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center for Excellence in Education and is a Senior Advisor to Third Way.

Maria Laura Acebal, J.D.; Ashoka’s Youth Venture, North American Group Leadership Member

Maria works with Ashoka’s Start Empathy and Youth Venture teams to bring the vision of “Everyone a Changemaker” to young people across North America. She has been working in the nonprofit sector for the last fifteen years, both in executive and governance roles. She began her nonprofit career in the food allergy field; first, as the founder of Safe@School Partners, a nonprofit working with schools across the country on food allergy safety, and later as the General Counsel and CEO of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. Before joining Ashoka, Maria worked at a consulting firm serving a broad range of nonprofits organizations, including charter schools.

Maria also has experience in business and law, having worked for McKinsey & Company as a strategic business consultant and for Williams & Connolly, a litigation firm in Washington, DC. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. in Mathematics from Duke University.

Jane Dimyan Ehrenfeld; Executive Director, Center for Inspired Teaching
Jane is an educator and attorney with a decade of teaching experience in the classroom. Jane first joined Inspired Teaching in 2014 as a member of the Board of Directors; in April 2015, she joined the staff as Inspired Teaching’s Director of Teaching and Learning before becoming Executive Director in July 2016. Jane is deeply involved in the DC education community and she has taught in public elementary schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland and in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. Jane’s classroom was the focus of Jonathan Kozol’s 2007 book, Letters to a Young Teacher, and she has worked with Mr. Kozol on advocacy projects related to public education; she has also published education-related essays in a number of publications. Jane received her JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar. Following law school, she served as Deputy Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy; clerked for The Honorable Judith W. Rogers on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; and served as an attorney in the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Education. Jane is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College (BA, Sociology, Anthropology, and Education) and holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Shelley Fidler; Chair; Principal, Van Ness Feldman

At Van Ness Feldman, Shelley supports clients and coalitions interested in policy and business strategies relating to energy innovation including smart grid, electricity, green buildings, energy efficiency, clean diesel engines, carbon capture, EPA regulation, and clean energy.  She has worked with and trained clients in effective advocacy; brought former adversaries to new, constructive relationships; and assisted a prominent organization to manage its explosive growth.

Prior to joining Van Ness Feldman, Shelley held a variety of high profile positions within the federal government, including Chief of Staff to the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).  She also served as the Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives and as Assistant to the Chairman for Policy for the House Subcommittees on Fossil and Synthetic Fuels and Energy and Power for Congressman and Subcommittee Chair Philip Sharp (D-IN).

Shelley is a graduate of Brown University.  In addition to serving on the Board of Center for Inspired Teaching, she is a member of the Keystone Center’s Energy Board, Treasurer and Board Member of the Energy and Environmental Study Institute, a member of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), and a mentor for the Women’s Launch Pad, both  at Brown University.  Shelley is a Founding Member of the Women’s Council on Energy and Environment (WCEE).

Shanika Hope; Vice President of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, Discovery Education
Shanika Hope is Vice President of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment for Discovery Education. She is responsible for providing leadership in the development of instructional resources including assessments and professional development content that underscores the role of digital content and technology in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the new assessment systems. Shanika serves as a thought leader and leading expert in the areas of curriculum, standards, assessment, and adult learning theory. Shanika has been with Discovery Education since 2010. Prior to joining the company, she managed and supported more than three dozen DC public schools and public charter schools in various capacities. Additionally, she served as a teacher, principal, and school turnaround specialist. She holds a PhD in Education and an MS in Math and Science Education from Old Dominion University and is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and ASCD.
Aleta Margolis; Founder and President, Center for Inspired Teaching
Aleta founded Center for Inspired Teaching in 1995 to build a better school experience for students by shifting the role of the teacher from information provider to Instigator of Thought. An Instigator of Thought teaches students how to think, not what to think; engages students in serious play; and designs classrooms so students are engaged intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Aleta served as Inspired Teaching’s Executive Director from 1995 until 2016, when she moved into the role of President. As President, Aleta focuses on shifting mindsets about teaching and learning, with the goal of amassing public support for a radical change in the norm: transforming school from a place that prizes compliance to one that promotes engagement among all students.

Aleta is a former professor of education at American University, specializing in authentic assessment, science and math education, and curriculum reform. In her time as a public school teacher, Aleta taught both elementary and middle school and designed and ran alternative educational programs for court-referred high school students. In 2011, Aleta helped launch the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School to serve as a demonstration site for Inspired Teaching’s instructional model. The Demonstration School also serves as a partner site for the Inspired Teacher Certification Program, a 24-month, state accredited residency program that selects, prepares, supports, and certifies exceptional individuals for long term teaching careers in the District of Columbia. All of Inspired Teaching’s work, including school and district-wide partnerships, shift teacher practice and support Inspired Teachers to act as changemakers in the classroom and beyond. In 2001, Aleta was awarded a Fellowship from Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, in recognition of Inspired Teaching’s innovative work. Aleta received her undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Brown University and her MS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

Dion Rudnicki; Vice President, Government Solutions and Growth Initiatives, IBM Corporation
Dion has 30 years of sales and business management experience working with various client organizations on how information technology solutions can satisfy their challenging operational and strategic needs. In his current position, Mr. Rudnicki leads a team focused on working with government clients across the globe to offer citizen-centric services in a more productive and cost-efficient manner. The goal with these efforts is to help clients innovate, leverage, and optimize their own capabilities and performance. In addition, Mr. Rudnicki is responsible for the operations of IBM’s Institute for Electronic Government, IBM’s client briefing center in Washington, DC that educates thousands of senior public sector executives each year on IBM’s capabilities and thought leadership. Dion has held a variety of executive sales management and business development positions since joining IBM in 1983. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Rudnicki joined IBM’s global government and education industry team in 2013 as the vice president of business development.

Dion earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He serves on the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Advisory Council and Indiana University’s Advisory Board for the Kelley Institute for Business Analytics. He is on the board of directors for the United States Telecommunications Training Institute and is IBM’s representative on the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He recently ended his board position with the Greater Washington DC Junior Achievement organization after seven years of service. Mr. Rudnicki serves as IBM’s Senior Location Executive for the Greater Washington metro area representing IBM on a variety of community activities. He and his wife Michelle live in Bethesda MD with their two sons.

Katherine Wolfe; Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager, PNC
Katherine is Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager within the PNC Bank’s Trade Finance Group based in Washington, DC. She is responsible for managing existing and new relationships within the working capital guarantee portfolio, which is comprised of 46 Ex-Im working capital guaranteed loans totaling $459 million in exposure as of fiscal year end 2014.  Her direct responsibilities include researching client profiles, identifying credit risks, developing and analyzing transaction structures, assessing financial performance, monitoring credit quality of portfolios and assuring compliance with the Ex-Im Working Capital Guarantee program.  Katherine holds a BS in Finance from Wake Forest University, has passed all three levels of the CFA Examination, and will be eligible for the CFA charter upon completion of the required work experience.
Joy Zaben; Vice President, Chief of Staff to the President of Retail and Direct Banking, Capital One
Joy Zaben is Vice President, Chief of Staff to the President of Retail and Direct Banking at Capital One. Prior to this role, Joy held positions including the Head of Organizational Development at ING Direct and Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel. She recently served on the boards of Eastside Charter School in Wilmington, Delaware, and YWCA Delaware. In addition, she has coached nationally competitive youth cheerleaders for more than twenty years. Joy holds a Bachelor of Science from The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.
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Staff

Rebecca Bauer; Project Manager
Rebecca manages projects that run across departments, and works closely with the Executive Director to support her work. Prior to joining our team, Rebecca worked as an Executive Assistant at Character.org and as a Graduate Assistant at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. She also spent two summers managing the day program at Exploration Schools at Wellesley College, an academic program for 8th and 9th graders. She earned her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Education, from Vassar College, and her M.S.Ed. in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.
LaTonia Smith Cokely; Manager, Teaching & Learning
LaTonia is the Manager of Teaching & Learning, Elementary Specialist for in-service teachers. She possesses over a decade of progressive service and experience in the field of education, particularly in the areas of literacy at the elementary level, instructional leadership, and community building. She has worked as an educator in the Montgomery County Public School system within the Northeast Consortium, serving very diverse communities. LaTonia has taught in grade three through six in various capacities, more recently working in the Individuals and Societies department as a Digital Literacy teacher at an IB World school and as an instructional leadership team member and grade level team leader. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Richmond, a Masters in Education from the University of Maryland and certificates in Administration I and II from Hood College’s Educational Leadership Program.
Mara Duquette; Senior Manager, Strategic Engagement
Mara is responsible for creating a community of Inspired Teachers through her work with Inspired Teaching institutes, alumni engagement, brand management, and event coordination. Mara joined Center for Inspired Teaching after earning her BS in Political Communication from Emerson College. She previously worked for Peace First Boston, coordinating college volunteers and teaching conflict resolution classes to elementary and middle school students. She has also volunteered as a dental assistant and Spanish translator in rural El Salvador.
Jane Dimyan Ehrenfeld; Executive Director
Jane is an educator and attorney with a decade of teaching experience in the classroom. Jane first joined Inspired Teaching in 2014 as a member of the Board of Directors; in April 2015, she joined the staff as Inspired Teaching’s Director of Teaching and Learning before becoming Executive Director in July 2016. Jane is deeply involved in the DC education community and she has taught in public elementary schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland and in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. Jane’s classroom was the focus of Jonathan Kozol’s 2007 book, Letters to a Young Teacher, and she has worked with Mr. Kozol on advocacy projects related to public education; she has also published education-related essays in a number of publications. Jane received her JD, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar. Following law school, she served as Deputy Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy; clerked for The Honorable Judith W. Rogers on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; and served as an attorney in the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Education. Jane is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College (BA, Sociology, Anthropology, and Education) and holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Tess Gann; Communications Associate
Tess works closely with staff across the organization to ensure the faithful, organization-wide implementation of the communications plan to promote Inspired Teaching’s programs and messages. Prior to joining Inspired Teaching, Tess earned her certification in Teacher English as a Foreign Language and volunteered teaching English in South America. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services & Social Justice, Tess was the co-founder and headliner of Open Space, an Open Mic poetry collaborative that hosted bimonthly events for university students and connected English Department resources to the student body. Tess also organized and led a service-learning trip for students to learn about sustainability while working on an organic farm.
Pamela Greene; Senior Operations Manager
Pamela Greene has worked as an operations manager and coordinator for several years in diverse companies. She is pleased to be putting her experience to work as part of a dynamic community that is passionate about education, social justice, and making a difference in the lives of children. At Center for Inspired Teaching she works with a team of staff members on organizational growth and strategic planning projects and manages day-to-day administrative operations.
Cosby Hunt; Senior Teaching & Learning Officer
Cosby is the course creator and instructor for Real World History and also works with BLISS: Building Literacy in the Social Studies. He is a native Washingtonian who earned his Bachelor’s degree in Non-Western History at the University of Pennsylvania and began his teaching career in rural Georgia as part of the Teach for America program (’93 Corps). He stayed in Georgia to get his Master’s in Secondary Social Science Education at the University of Georgia. He returned home to DC in 1997 and spent thirteen years teaching social studies at Bell Multicultural High school (now the Columbia Heights Educational Campus) where he led the social studies department as well as the tennis and debate teams. Cosby earned his National Board Certification in 2006 and is one of only a handful of National Board Certified social studies teachers in the city.
Vaishali Joshi; Deputy Director
Vaishali oversees all program components including curriculum and coursework, partnerships, and operations for the Inspired Teacher Certification Program and provides oversight, thought partnership and guidance to all of Inspired Teaching’s program leaders on both the daily organization and management of programs and on the larger strategic vision for the work of the organization. Vaishali has nearly 15 years of experience as a teacher, curriculum and program designer, and instructional leader in the field of education. She began her career as a fourth grade teacher in Baltimore City through Teach for America. She went on to become a founding teacher at Southwest Baltimore Charter School, where she taught first and third grades, served as a literacy instructional coach and mentor teacher, and served on the the School Leadership Team. During her tenure in Baltimore City she mentored and supported new and aspiring teachers as a literacy instructor and resident advisor with the Baltimore City Teaching Residency. Vaishali spent six years in the Boston area, serving as the inaugural Lower School Academic Dean at Codman Academy Charter Public School, guiding the development and growth of the school’s lower school division and, most recently, led a team of curriculum writers for EL Education to design and write comprehensive, integrated literacy curriculum for grades K-2. Vaishali holds a B.A. in International Relations and Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.Ed in Literacy Education from Loyola University of Maryland, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership (Ed.L.D) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Aleta Margolis; Founder and President
Aleta founded Center for Inspired Teaching in 1995 to build a better school experience for students by shifting the role of the teacher from information provider to Instigator of Thought. An Instigator of Thought teaches students how to think, not what to think; engages students in serious play; and designs classrooms so students are engaged intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Aleta served as Inspired Teaching’s Executive Director from 1995 until 2016, when she moved into the role of President. As President, Aleta focuses on shifting mindsets about teaching and learning, with the goal of amassing public support for a radical change in the norm: transforming school from a place that prizes compliance to one that promotes engagement among all students.

Aleta is a former professor of education at American University, specializing in authentic assessment, science and math education, and curriculum reform. In her time as a public school teacher, Aleta taught both elementary and middle school and designed and ran alternative educational programs for court-referred high school students. In 2011, Aleta helped launch the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School to serve as a demonstration site for Inspired Teaching’s instructional model. The Demonstration School also serves as a partner site for the Inspired Teacher Certification Program, a 24-month, state accredited residency program that selects, prepares, supports, and certifies exceptional individuals for long term teaching careers in the District of Columbia. All of Inspired Teaching’s work, including school and district-wide partnerships, shift teacher practice and support Inspired Teachers to act as changemakers in the classroom and beyond. In 2001, Aleta was awarded a Fellowship from Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, in recognition of Inspired Teaching’s innovative work. Aleta received her undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Brown University and her MS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

Jéri Ogden; Manager, Teaching & Learning
Jéri works primarily with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program, providing classroom-based support to Inspired Teaching Fellows and collaborating with lead teachers and mentors to ensure successful program completion. Jéri graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor’s in Communication and Culture. Upon graduation, she spent one year working at DC’s first all-boys public charter school as a substitute teacher and assistant director of the after-school program. She is a Summer 2010 DC Teaching Fellow and has seven years of classroom experience in public and charter schools in DC and Houston, as well as experience at an international school in Abu Dhabi. During her time in the classroom she served as a Smithsonian Science in Pre-K Educator and a Flamboyan Family Engagement Fellow, completing over 100 home visits and engaged with families from all 8 Wards in DC. She has taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 3rd-5th grade English Language Arts. Jéri also hold a M.Ed from American University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy.
Brittney Oswald; Teaching & Learning Coordinator
Brittney supports the Inspired Teacher Certification Program, recording and tracking information for all Inspired Teaching Fellows, while also serving as their main point of contact. She oversees the successful recruitment and selection of Inspired Teaching Fellows, as well as state licensure and AmeriCorps reporting and compliance. While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Emerson College, she interned at Boston Children’s Chorus and Boston Children’s Theatre, supporting production and program management. She also directed and performed in one of Emerson College’s competitive a cappella groups. Upon graduation, she worked as a technology editorial assistant at National Geographic Learning in Boston, helping to create ELL e-products, before moving to Washington DC.
Hetal Patel; Director, Finance and Operations
Hetal oversees all finance, operations and HR functions for Center for Inspired Teaching. Prior to joining Inspired Teaching, Hetal spent nine years serving as the Director of Finance and Administration at an international DC based NGO, Bank Information Center. In this capacity, Hetal was responsible for managing the overall growth and sustainability of the organization. Hetal’s 15 years of experience in finance and operations also include working with the New York Charter School system and experience working closely with teachers and students. Originally from California, she holds a BS in Financial Management and Investments from California State University, Long Beach.
Amanda Sadie; Manger, Teaching & Learning
Amanda works primarily with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. She provides classroom-based support to Inspired Teaching Fellows and collaborates with lead teachers and mentors to ensure successful program completion. Her teaching experience includes work with public schools in DC and Maryland and at an international school in South Africa. She lived in Nicaragua on several occasions collaborating with local organizations to develop community-based programs focused on caring for and educating vulnerable children. Amanda holds a Masters of Social Work from University of Maryland at Baltimore and a BS in Early Childhood Education from University of Maryland College Park.
Robyn Sperling; Director, Research and Evaluation
Robyn began working in education as a program instructor at a civic education organization in Washington, DC and then spent five years teaching high school social studies in New York City. Most recently, she worked as a researcher at the Institute for Education and Social Policy while earning her PhD in Educational Administration, Leadership, and Policy at NYU. Robyn’s dissertation research focuses on charter school founders in New York City. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Martha Tesfaye; Director, Development & Strategic Partnerships
Martha cultivates champions for Inspired Teaching’s mission while overseeing development and new site expansions. Martha previously served as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Teach For America, where she helped lead the DC regional development team’s fundraising goals and managed a $3M+ portfolio of corporate, foundation, and public dollars. She has also served as a Development Consultant at The Washington Center and as a Director of Development & External Affairs at Charter Board Partners. Martha holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.
Abigail Wacker; Manager, Research & Strategic Initiatives
Abigail conducts research in support of Inspired Teaching’s Programs, and collaborates with Inspired Teaching’s founder and president in her outreach and relationship-building work. Her research experience prior to joining Center for Inspired Teaching includes conducting market and donor research for a consulting firm serving DC-area nonprofits, and spending three months in Delhi and Patna, India, with the Aga Khan Foundation, conducting research on teacher-principal relationships in Aga Khan Foundation-supported government schools. Her teaching experience includes several years teaching English to children and young adults in New Delhi, India, and in New Jersey, USA. She earned her BA in English with a minor in Theater from Haverford College, and her MSEd in International Educational Development from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
Caitlin Wolf; Development Manager
Caitlin manages the day-to-day operations of development at Inspired Teaching. Before joining Inspired Teaching, she was in Botswana, where she served in the Peace Corps teaching literacy and life skills related to HIV/AIDS education and also managed the country’s first Montessori school. Originally from Maine, she has a BA in European history from the University of Vermont and an MA in religious history from Boston College.
David Yarmchuk; Director, Teaching & Learning
Dave is the Director of Inspired Teaching’s programs for in-service teachers, including the Inspired Teaching Institute, a year-long program designed to transform teachers from information providers to Instigators of Thought. He also leads Inspired Teaching’s science content professional development workshops. Dave’s 13+ years in education include six years as a classroom science teacher in Baltimore, two as an outdoor educator, and five as a curriculum specialist and teacher coach. He has worked in charter schools and traditional public schools, with students in grades K-12. The focus of his work has been with low-income students and students of color in Baltimore, Washington DC, and Prince George’s County, MD. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University and his Masters in Education from the University of Maryland. He currently serves on the DC State Science Leadership Team and the DC STEM Network’s Leadership Team.
Becky Zeisel; Manager, Teaching & Learning
Becky works primarily with in-service teachers, as well as manages the Instigator of Thought Challenge. Becky entered teaching through the New York City Teaching Fellows and taught numerous science courses at a large public high school in the Bronx, NY. She then taught and led the science department at a small public school in the south Bronx. While in the classroom, Becky also worked with the NYC Teaching Fellows program, training and coaching new teachers. Most recently, She worked as the Associate Director of Science with a charter school network, writing curriculum and developing teachers and leaders. Becky has a BA in Animal Science and Zoology from Washington University in St Louis and a MS in Education from Lehman College. 
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Faculty, Coaches, and Mentors

Lenore Cohen
Lenore is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. She worked for Johns Hopkins University coordinating a full-time School Immersion MAT program and continued supervision for Johns Hopkins early childhood and elementary beginning teachers in a part-time MAT program.
Margot de Ferranti
Margot is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. She worked as a lawyer for the Consumer Products Safety Commission and the Department of Justice until she changed careers to become a teacher. Margot took a course from Aleta at American University and participated in the Workshop in the Art of Teaching (now the Inspired Teaching Institute). She taught English for four years at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School. On behalf of Inspired Teaching, Margot has led a workshop for beginning high school English, social studies, and foreign language teachers who are getting certified through AU’s AQUE program.
Emily Gasoi
Emily is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. She has worn many hats over the course of her fifteen year career as an educator, including classroom teacher, curriculum and assessment developer, new teacher mentor, researcher, and adjunct professor. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include professional learning communities, alternative assessment, and the cultivation of internal accountability within schools.
Rosemary Goodman
Rosemary is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. She is a former elementary school teacher and principal and spent her 26 years in education working at Blairstown Elementary School in Blairstown, New Jersey.  Ms. Goodman holds a BS in Elementary Education from Centenary College, a Masters in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University, and Masters degrees in Educational Technology and Educational Leadership, both from Lehigh University.  She is currently mentoring six fellows enrolled in the Inspired Teacher Certification Program and is looking forward to a very memorable and rewarding experience.
Sandra Grizelji
Sandra is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. After studying European Studies and French at New York University, Sandra went on to earn a Master of Arts in Childhood/Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has seven years of lead teaching experience working in New York City and Northern Virginia, in both private and charter schools. Most recently she co-taught in an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom, serving a high population of students with special needs. This experience prompted her to pursue further graduate coursework in Bilingual Special Education, which she is currently doing at The George Washington University.
Sally Hermann
Sally is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program and brings more than 30 years of teaching and mentoring experience to the Inspired Teaching team. During her career, she traveled the United States teaching in eight states and in the District of Columbia for public, private, and charter schools. Making her home in Arlington, VA, she spent her last fourteen years of classroom instruction teaching third grade at the Sidwell Friends Lower School. In 1999, Sally left the classroom and joined the adjunct faculty of American University where she supervised student teachers and mentored teachers for alternative certification programs. She has also provided teacher training and supervision for the Sasha Bruce Youth Build GED program and is currently a member of the Board of Directors at The Academy of Hope, an adult education organization that provides education and job skills training to low income and at-risk adults in Washington, DC.
Judy Holton
Judy is a retired DC Public School teacher with 30 years of service in DC. During her time in the classroom, her expertise was Special Education. Judy is a graduate of Inspired Teaching’s 1998-99 Workshop in the Art of Teaching (now the Inspired Teaching Institute), and has served as an Inspired Teaching mentor since 2001. Judy also dedicates her time to volunteering at both the Phillips Collection and the Museum of Natural History.
Dr. Suzanne Katz
Suzanne consults for Inspired Teaching in the area of professional development. Suzanne began teaching math and science at the middle school level before building a comprehensive middle school theatre program that integrated core content and arts instruction. Upon completing her doctorate, she began teaching in the Department of Educational Studies at Ripon College where she developed and taught coursework in inquiry-based instruction, arts integration, and multicultural education, and conducted research on utilizing theatre as a means to develop intercultural dialogue between students. Suzanne has worked as an advocate for teacher preparation with the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and as a proponent for arts education with the Educational Theatre Association and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Suzanne holds a BA from Smith College, an MA in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an EdD from the University of Nevada- Las Vegas.
Liz King
Liz is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. She has a MA from UC-Berkeley in Educational Psychology and a BA from Middlebury College. She has been involved in the field of education for 20 years as a teacher, tutor, curriculum developer, and consultant – working in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Singapore. She is on the Board of Directors for Caring for Cambodia – a non-profit supporting fifteen government schools in Siem Reap, Cambodia – and played a central role in the development of its Teacher Training Project. She has been a mentor with Center for Inspired Teaching since 2007.
Molly Lauer
Molly Lauer consults for Inspired Teaching in the areas of coaching and professional development, as she does for Discovery Education and other organizations. Molly’s passion lies in supporting teachers in building engaging, rigorous, student-centered classrooms where learning occurs richly and deeply through student inquiry, focusing on STEM education and the implementation of NGSS. Her own 10-years of teaching high school science (physical science, biology, and earth science), modeled this as she designed and implemented stream studies that helped students connect the ecological concepts from class with water pollution issues in their community, both in rural Lancaster, PA, and in urban Washington, DC. Molly served as the Science Instructional Lead Teacher (ILT), Instructional Coach, and Science Department Chair where she taught in both PA and DC. In her current roles as consultant, she develops science curriculum for districts, designs and delivers STEM professional development, and coaches teachers in their classrooms.  Molly holds a B.S. in Biology Education from Elizabethtown College, as well a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Science Education, from Pennsylvania State University.
Linda Mayer
Linda is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program and brings more than 30 years of teaching and mentoring experience to the Inspired Teaching team. Linda began her career in New Jersey as a high school Family and Consumer Science Teacher. Her passion for educator professional learning blossomed while studying for her Masters degree and working for the Northern Valley Regional Schools. This led her to research, development and presentation of a wide range of learning opportunities. Since 2000, in multiple leadership roles, she has focused on teacher leadership, instructional and leadership coaching, training, facilitating team development and school change initiatives. More recently, making her new home in Washington, DC, she has enjoyed local, national and virtual work to support educators to ensure professional learning impacts teaching and learning. Linda’s favorite part of mentoring her three hard-working fellows at Inspired Teaching is being in the classroom with students, while supporting her teachers’ growth and development, to independently take on the complex behaviors and dispositions of teaching. Linda has also been an active member of Learning Forward and is currently the founding president of the Learning Forward DC affiliate.
Wylene Fatade McKnight
Fatade is a retired DCPS elementary school teacher who remains invested in the education system. As a mentor, she enjoys encouraging young teachers to enthusiastically spread the joy of learning to their students through inquiry. As a substitute teacher, she relishes working with students at different schools and observing their many successes. She also enjoys crochet, African dance, yoga, pilates, and line dancing.
Dr. Angela McRae
Dr. Angela McRae is a SCALE Content Expert. Angela earned her doctorate in Human Development with a specialization in Educational Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has experience teaching at the 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade levels, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Angela has over ten years of experience as part of the Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction team, where she designed curriculum and measures for a program that integrated science, reading, and motivation for elementary and middle school students. Angela is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at The Catholic University of America, the Coordinator for STEM Education, and the Co-organizer for the CUA STEM Initiative.
Patricia Miller
Patricia is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program and a veteran educator with more than 20 years of experience teaching and leading in public, independent, and international schools. She has a passion for building innovative frameworks and instructional programs that help all students succeed. As a Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leader, she was recognized as a powerful force for increasing student learning, adult growth, and school improvement. In addition to teaching and mentoring at the elementary level, Patricia has experience as an adjunct instructor, faculty trainer, and presenter at numerous national educational conferences including NAEYC and SACS. She earned a BS in Elementary Education from St. John’s University, a Master of Arts in Adult Learning from Ball State University, and administrative credentials from the University of Virginia.
Diane Sims
Diane is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. After receiving her undergraduate degree from SUNY at Stony Brook, Diane pursued graduate studies, earning a Master’s in Public Administration. She worked for the International City Management Association before migrating to a successful career as a government contractor and consultant to Federal, state, and local government agencies. She transitioned to education after acquiring a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University (AU). She’s taught in elementary school classrooms for eight years and has since served as an instructional coach and mentor to beginning and veteran teachers in the DC area. She has taught undergraduate courses at the University of the District of Columbia and is an adjunct faculty member at AU’s SETH Program.
Dr. Edie Tatel
Edie is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program and has mentored Inspired Teachers and Fellows since the organization’s first days in 1995. She has been a classroom teacher in Chicago, IL and Ypsilanti, MI public schools and at the University of Chicago Laboratory School; Director of Teacher Education at American University; Director of Professional Development at Teach for America; and consultant for the DC Public Charter School Board. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Americans All, and Math for America, and is an enthusiastic recorder musician.
Judy White
Judy is a mentor with the Inspired Teacher Certification Program. She is a teacher, playwright, poet, director, and actor who specializes in ensemble-guided playwriting and working with young artists. A notable teacher in the DC area, she was profiled in The Washingtonian in 1987. She did graduate work at Oberlin, ACT, and as a Fellow at Northwestern University. She taught drama to Inspired Teaching’s founder and Executive Director, Aleta Margolis, and to Jeanne Harrison, Traveling Players’ Producing Artistic Director. Judy taught drama and speech for 26 years at the Holton-Arms Schools, where she trained Seinfeld’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus. In 2005, she took Inspired Teaching to Gujurat, India, where she gave a series of workshops to teachers at Kala Raksha School. A student of ancient myths, Judy has written four plays based in world mythology, and recently wrote a new play, Pandora’s Fire, for Travel Players Ensemble in Great Falls, Virginia.
Dr. Otto C. Wilson Jr.
Dr. Wilson is a SCALE Content Expert and an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Catholic University of America. Dr. Wilson earned a BS (1988), MS (1991) and PhD in Ceramic Science and Engineering at Rutgers University. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Maryland on enhanced machinability of dental ceramic materials (1995-96) and was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral fellow at John’s Hopkins in 1996 prior to joining the Materials Science and Engineering faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Wilson became a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Catholic University in 2003 and established the Biomimetics, Orthopedics, and Nanomaterials Education/Composite Research for Advanced Biomaterials (BONE/CRAB) Lab. The research vision of the BONE/CRAB Lab is to develop nanophase materials to enhance the healing and remodeling of hard tissue at the whole tissue, cellular, and subcellular levels. Dr. Wilson’s research interests include biomineralization phenomena, nanomaterials chemistry, biological liquid crystals, and the synthesis and surface modification of hydroxyapatite. Dr Wilson was awarded a NSF CAREER Award (DMR-0645675) in 2007 for his work involving bone inspiration in research and education. He is very active in K-12 educational outreach and developing tools and teaching methodologies to encourage young people to excel in STEM education.

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