Our Team


Meet the hardworking, fun-loving team that is making Inspired Teaching a reality.

LaTonia Smith Cokely


Kaneia Mayo Crumlin


Cosby Hunt

Manager, Inspired Teaching Youth

Aleta Margolis

Founder and President

Max Peterson

Youth Programming Coordinator

Abigail Wacker

Deputy Director, Research and Strategy

Elly Young


 Board of Directors

Maria Laura Acebal, J.D.

Ashoka’s Youth Venture, North American Group Leadership Member

Shelley Fidler

Principal, Van Ness Feldman

Shanika Hope

Content Strategy and Research Lead, Amazon Web Services

Aleta Margolis

Founder and President

John Nolan

Chair; CFO, Determine Inc.

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, bookworms, and storytellers. 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.

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