Meghan is a K6 Math Coach in Salt Lake City Schools. She previously taught in Alabama at George Hall Elementary, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Turn-Around Model. She was the Alabama Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2013. Meghan was a 2015-2017 Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow where she researched teacher preparation programs in collaboration with the US Department of Education. This is Meghan’s sixth year blogging for Scholastic’s Top Teaching site. She is an ASCD Influence Leader, leads the monthly #EdAdvBecause chat, and is a Utah ASCD Board Member. Meghan has served as a Teach to Lead team lead, critical friend, and is currently developing the first Utah PoweredBy summit. She is a Digital Promise Micro-Credential Ambassador, Teaching Partners Teacher Engagement Committee Member, and Global Education Allies alumni. Currently, Meghan is pursuing her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, Teaching, and Teacher Education at the University of Florida.
Tammy is a relief teacher at Chatsworth International School in Singapore and Participate Author. Since stepping away from teaching full-time, Tammy grows her global network by attending conferences hosted by GCC ASCD and KDSL in Dubai, 21CL in Hong Kong and East Asia Regional Council of Schools. She contributes to these organizations through presenting and connecting educators on a global level. Previously, she taught primary at ISS Singapore, where she was also the Elementary School Student Action Coordinator. Tammy has been an active member of the Emerging Leaders cohort since 2014 by staying connected to other EL’s, contributing to ASCD Inservice, and presenting at conferences. Before moving to Singapore, she worked for the New York City Department of Education for nine years. She taught elementary school and filled many leadership roles at her school, PS208M, and filled the role of Pre-K Instructional Coordinator in her final year at the DOE.
Ferrell is in her sixth year as assistant principal at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Her previous roles include elementary and middle school classroom teacher and instructional technology coach. In her current role, she serves to continually develop the use of practical assessments, increase family engagement and communication while ensure best practices around trauma-informed instruction and system-wide technological fluency. Ferrell has been an active member of the Emerging Leader cohort since 2014, as well as a member of her local ASCD chapter, ILASCD. As she completes her doctoral work in educational leadership this fall, Ferrell plans to increase her presence at conferences and other ASCD events, while maintaining an ever-important connection to the community.
Dr. Chris Yuknis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University where she specializes in teacher preparation. Prior to joining higher education, Chris served as a Policy Evaluation Specialist in Montgomery County, MD and taught both special education and deaf education in county. Chris was selected as an ASCD Emerging Leader in 2011, and she has served within the organization as a member of the Nominations Committee. Other leadership roles outside of ASCD include President of the Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf and Treasurer for the Maryland Council for Exceptional Children. In her spare time, Chris enjoys sewing, watching Doctor Who, and spending time with her shih tzu.
Dr. Michele Ogden is an elementary school principal in Irvine, California, serving students in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities. She was previously the Coordinator of K-12 Math and Science, leading efforts in a districtwide transition to integrated mathematics and providing professional learning to improve instructional practice. Dr. Ogden has served as a district educational technology leader and an was an elementary school teacher. She has presented on topics in school culture, math education, educational technology, and relationship building at local and national conferences. Dr. Ogden is a first generation college student, graduating from UCLA, Concordia, Irvine, and the University of Southern California. She is an ASCD Emerging Leader 2014, serves on the California ASCD Board, and is passionate about creating educational opportunities that support the whole child.
Fred Ende is the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services for Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES. Prior to this role, Mr. Ende served as the Regional Science Coordinator and Director of SCIENCE 21 at PNW BOCES, and worked for ten years in Chappaqua as a middle school science teacher and department chair. He is one of ASCD's Emerging Leaders, and currently serves as New York ASCD's Vice President. He has both written and reviewed manuscripts for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and ASCD, and has been both a national and regional presenter for ASCD and NSTA. He is an avid writer, and blogs both for his own website as well as for SmartBrief and Edutopia. Fred’s recent book, Professional Development That Sticks, explores strategies that can be used to help design professional learning that makes the most difference for educators.
Jason Flom is the Director and a Founding Faculty Member of Cornerstone Learning Community in Tallahassee, FL. Before moving into administration and school leadership, he was a classroom teacher in upper elementary for 11 years. He then served as Director of Learning Platforms for QED Foundation, an organization seeking to transform education to build teacher and student agency and potential. For 8 years, Jason was the Founding Editor of Ecology of Education, a multi-author blog dedicated to exploring issues and ideas in education. His writing has been featured in ASCD, Edutopia, EdWeek, and Smartbrief, among others, and is a regular commentator on BAM Radio Network. In 2010 he was selected as an ASCD Emerging Leader and began serving as an ASCD Faculty member in summer of 2013.
Jennifer Orr is a National Board Certified Teacher at the elementary level. Over her twenty years in the classroom she has taught kindergartners, first, third, fourth, and fifth graders. Her entire career has been in Title I schools in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in Virginia. She is a Clinical Faculty member with George Mason University and has hosted more than fifteen interns in her classroom. Orr also works as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, teaching graduate students about elementary literacy. In addition, she is a Teacher Consultant with the Northern Virginia Writing Project. She has published articles in Educational Leadership, ASCD’s Education Update, and Teaching Children Mathematics. In 2012 Orr won ISTE’s Kay L. Bitter Vision Award for Excellence in Technology-Based PK-2 Education. She was an ASCD Emerging Leader and serves as the secretary for VASCD’s Board of Directors.