Meet the Jossey-Bass Teacher Ambassadors!

 

We’re pleased to introduce our 2016 cohort of Jossey-Bass Teacher Ambassadors! In an effort to be more closely connected to our educator community, we established the Teacher Ambassador program in collaboration with teacher consultant Julie Brown. Now entering our second year, we’re thrilled to have another talented team of educators working with us! 

Tomika Altman-Lewis Rebecca Baeza Kimberly Blumke
Tomika R. Altman-Lewis is a K-5 Academically and Intellectually Gifted Facilitator/Teacher at Fayetteville Street Elementary School in Durham, NC. Recently, she was awarded the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Mathematics and Science Teachers, NC Central University’s 40 Under 40 Award for significant contributions in education, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary Award/Grant. Read more about Tomika here! Eric J. Pollock currently teaches High School and AP English in Ningbo, China, after spending the previous 21 years teaching in Korea. He is the author of many books about reading, writing, and learning (published in Korea), and is the co-author of The One Hour Student, along with one of his many top students, available on Amazon.com. He is presently writing ’111 Extremely Creative Lesson Plans for the English Language Arts Classroom.’ Read up on Eric here! Kimberly Blumke is an educator of nineteen years.  She is employed at Inland Lakes Schools in Michigan as a K-12 Instructional/Data Coach and District Assessment Coordinator.  She is also a FAME (Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators) Team Leader in her district.  Kimberly has a passion for literacy, school improvement, professional learning, and curriculum leadership. Read more about Kim and her work here!
Lisa Coates Beth Evans flakes_test
Lisa Coates is a 17-year veteran educator and teacher leader. After serving two years in the role of vice principal, Lisa has made her return to the classroom, teaching physical science to exceptional education students at Albert Hill Middle School in Richmond, VA.  In addition to teaching, Lisa has worked at the federal, state, and local level as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the US Department of Education, where she provided insight on educational policy reform. Read a bit more about Lisa here!
Beth Evans is a former journalist whoteaches English Language Learners at the elementary and high school level for Burlington School District in Burlington, VT. She’s been teaching ELLs since she joined the Peace Corps, serving in China as an English teacher from 1998-2000. She keeps a blog of current musings and projects at https://eslbeth.wordpress.com. Visit her page to learn more about her current work. Read about Beth here! Ashley Landes teaches Spanish and U.S. Government Honors at Wharton High School. This is her third year at Wharton and her sixth year teaching. Outside of the classroom, Ashley is pursuing a leadership masters program, serves as a BETA sponsor, is her high school’s SAC chair, and assists with the school’s internship program. Read more about Ashley here!
Paul Hankins Marian Jackson-Scott
Amy Bane currently teaches sixth-grade math and science at Haile Middle School in Bradenton, Florida.  This is her sixth year teaching at Haile. Read up on Amy and her teaching work here! Paul W. Hankins teaches English 11 and AP English Language and Composition at Silver Creek High School in southern Indiana. He is active in social media and his ideas have been cited in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and publications by The National Council of Teachers of English and The International Reading Association. Mr. Hankins is a teacher-consultant with The National Writing Project and a Wonder Lead Ambassador with The National Center for Families Learning's WONDEROPOLIS. Marian Jackson-Scott is a project coordinator with the Teacher Preparation Student Support Services Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is also a former high school French teacher. She has written for Teacher of Color, Educational Horizons, and other publications. Read more about Marian here!
 Jen McMillan  Robby Meldau  Randall O'Connor
Jen McMillan is a Founding Teacher at Detroit Achievement Academy in Detroit, Michigan. She has previously worked in high need schools in San Francisco and Oakland, California, as well as coaching new teachers as a staff member at Teach For America and The New Teacher Project. Jen is constantly inspired by amazing educators and researchers across the country who are working to improve teaching and learning for students. Read a bit about Jen here! Robert Meldau is a teacher at Espiritu Charter School in South Phoenix where he works as a 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher, Faculty Mentor, Cross Country and Soccer Coach, and Student Council advisor. Meldau is involved with Youth Service America and was chosen as a 2014-2015 TFA/YSA Ambassador and as the Harris Wofford Young Educator Award Winner for 2015. He is also currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Education Leadership through Columbia Teachers College. Read up on Robby here!
Randall J. O’Connor teaches for the Calgary Board of Education at Maple Ridge Elementary School. He currently teaches Grade 2.  Besides teaching in Calgary, he has worked at Prince William County Public Schools in Manassas, Virginia, teaching Grades 3, 4 and 5. Read more about Randy’s work here!
Crystal Ponto Cindy Price  Lisa Taylor
Crystal Ponto is a 19-year veteran alternative education  English teacher with Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES in upstate New York. She is also an adjunct professor in the education department at Le Moyne College and teaches AP English and Creative Writing courses online. Mrs. Ponto has lectured at many workshops and schools, focusing on at-risk students and classroom management. Read a bit more about Crystal here!
Cindy Price is a 20 year veteran educator. She has taught both Kindergarten and First Grade. She has a Masters in Administration, a Masters in Educational media, Design and Technology as well as a Masters in Teacher Leadership. She was one of 20 teachers nationwide to be chosen to attend the White House Teacher Appreciation Luncheon in May of 2014. She is also a 2000 Disney Teacheriffic Award Winner. She blogs at mrspriceskindergators.blogspot.com. Lisa Taylor is in her second year in a new career as a writing teacher at DISD’s Quintanilla Middle School. Taylor is also the Executive Director of the Dallas Art Dealers Association and the Administrative Director for St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts.  She is the former owner of Taylor-Made Press, a consulting service dedicated to promoting culture of all kinds since 1990. Before that, she was Assistant Editor at the Dallas Times Herald and Promotions Director for Dallas Alley.