Our Team

Staff

Meet the team that is making Inspired Teaching a reality

Rebecca Bauer

Project Manager

LaTonia Smith Cokely

Manager, Teaching & Learning

Mara Duquette

Senior Manager, Strategic Engagement

Jane Dimyan Ehrenfeld

Executive Director

Tess Gann

Communications Associate

Pamela Greene

Senior Operations Manager

Cosby Hunt

Senior Teaching & Learning Officer

Vaishali Joshi

Deputy Director

Aleta Margolis

Founder and President

Jéri Ogden

Manager, Teaching & Learning

Brittney Oswald

Teaching & Learning Coordinator

Hetal Patel

Director, Finance and Operations

Amanda Sadie

Manger, Teaching & Learning

Martha Tesfaye

Director, Development & Strategic Partnerships

Abigail Wacker

Manager, Research & Strategic Initiatives

Caitlin Wolf

Development Manager

David Yarmchuk

Director, Teaching & Learning

Becky Zeisel

Manager, Teaching & Learning

 Board of Directors

Maria Laura Acebal, J.D.

Ashoka’s Youth Venture, North American Group Leadership Member

Tai A. Dixon, J.D.

Chief Talent and Equity Officer, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School Network

Jane Dimyan Ehrenfeld

Executive Director, Center for Inspired Teaching

Shelley Fidler

Chair; Principal, Van Ness Feldman

Shanika Hope

Content Strategy and Research Lead, Amazon Web Services

Aleta Margolis

Founder and President

Dion Rudnicki

Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Building Technology and Safety

Katherine Wolfe

Vice President, Square 1 Bank

Joy Zaben

Vice President, Chief of Staff to the President of Retail and Direct Banking, Capital One

 Founder & President

During her time as a teacher in the 1990s, Aleta Margolis had a realization: the education system was failing to prepare students to face the challenges of our complex and rapidly changing world. The system did not value creativity, academic exploration, or even engagement in the learning process; rather, it prioritized order, self-control, and compliance.

After graduating college, Aleta taught high school students in the juvenile justice system. Her students had few chances to talk about the problems that plagued their city: the crack cocaine epidemic, gun violence, and gang violence. In her classroom, her court-involved students examined the system that disadvantaged them, and together they wrote, produced, and performed a powerful play that offered concrete solutions to the issues they faced.

Aleta knew the same systematic educational inequities that disadvantaged her own students, affected students nationwide. She saw first-hand that teachers have the power to construct classrooms systems in which each student is an expert and has a voice. Aleta wanted to make this a reality for every child’s school experience in the entire education system. As a teacher, Aleta recognized that teachers are the key to ensuring schools actively and authentically engage young people so they are able to thrive. This prompted her to shift her own focus from teaching students to teaching teachers.

“As a classroom teacher myself I saw the amazing changes that happened when students were asked to think for themselves instead of sitting passively while their teacher ‘delivered’ instruction. I knew teachers were the key to building a better school experience for students. So I started Center for Inspired Teaching to invest in teachers and help them re-think the way they do their jobs.”Aleta Margolis

 Join our Team

Inspired Teaching offers you a chance to make a difference and grow professionally. We seek talented, dynamic, and highly-skilled individuals who share our belief that every student, regardless of race, geography, or income level, can thrive in an engagement-based classroom with an Inspired Teacher.

We are educators, athletes, parents, book-worms, and story-tellers. From DC-natives to global travelers, our staff is a group of ambitious professionals passionate about improving the school experience for every student. Apply today to be part of our entrepreneurial and impact-driven team.

Director of Research

Center for Inspired Teaching is seeking a creative, entrepreneurial, and experienced researcher to carry out the organization’s overall research agenda and evaluate all programs. This part-time position is for 4 days per week. The Director of Research and Evaluation will oversee all program evaluation and research efforts of the organization, and contribute to the overall strategic management and growth of the organization. Reporting to the Executive Director, the position will be a key member of Inspired Teaching’s leadership team. Full position description here.

Teaching & Learning Associate

We are seeking a creative, detail oriented self-starter and highly motivated individual to join the Inspired Teaching team as a Teaching & Learning Associate. The Teaching & Learning Associate will work closely with the Inspired Teaching Residency staff on a wide variety of projects, and provide support as needed to other Inspired Teaching Programs: Inspired Teaching Institute, Inspired Teaching Academy, Real World History, and Speak Truth. This is an excellent opportunity for a detail-oriented, ambitious individual to learn about all aspects of working at a mission-driven, entrepreneurial nonprofit. Full position description here.