Meghan Everette

Executive Director

Meghan is an Elementary Mathematics Teacher Specialist in Salt Lake City currently serving full-time as a School Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education. She previously taught first, third, and fourth grades and is proud to have taught at George Hall, the National Turnaround Model School. Meghan was the 2013 Alabama Elementary Teacher of the Year and a 2015-2017 Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellow. She co-designed PoweredBy Teach to Lead Utah and spent six years as a blogger for Scholastic sharing classroom practices on everything from curriculum design to classroom libraries. She is Utah ASCD President Elect, a Digital Promise Micro-Credential Leader, and serves on the CCSSO Teacher Recruitment and Retention Educator Steering Committee. Meghan co-authored Forces of Influence: How Educators Can Leverage Relationships to Improve Practice from ASCD. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Teachers, Society, and Schools from the University of Florida focusing on how advertising and public relations theory can be applied to improve school communication.

Craig Martin

President

Craig Martin is an award-winning teacher and principal, and frequent speaker on leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, social-emotional learning, culturally responsive pedagogy & practice, and culturally responsive teaching. He serves as the Executive Director of Bridge Boston Charter School in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. Craig was named the 2018 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and 2018 Elementary Principal of the Year by the Massachusetts School Administrators Association. In 2009, Boston Public Schools awarded Craig the Educator of the Year award. Craig is a proud member of the 2012 class of ASCD Emerging Leaders.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts affiliate of ASCD.  He has published articles with ASCD, served as an Empower presenter on topics of Black & Latino males, educational technology, diversity, equity, inclusion, and teacher leadership. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Dillard University in his native New Orleans, Louisiana, and his Master of Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Kenny McKee

President Elect

Kenny McKee is a National Board Certified Teacher who works as a content designer and consultant for organizations like NWEA and Student Achievement Partners. Previously, he worked as a high school literacy and instructional coach for Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, NC, for over eleven years. He is the co-author, along with Kathy Perret, of the 2021 ASCD title, Compassionate Coaching: How to Help Educators Navigate Barriers to Professional Growth. Kenny is a proud member of the 2014 class of ASCD Emerging Leaders. In 2020, he won the Outstanding Publication Award from the Emerging Leaders ASCD affiliate. McKee earned his Bachelor of Science degree in English education at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. His master's degree in reading education is from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Christina Yuknis

Treasurer

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.

Eric Bernstein

Secretary

Dr. Eric Bernstein is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at UConn's Neag School of Education and the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UConn School of Dental Medicine.  He specializes in principal preparation, pre-professional education, ethics and social justice. He continues to have a leadership role in a project on educational leadership simulation at the Penn Graduate School of Education. Prior to higher education, Eric was a middle and high school principal in Hartford, Connecticut, and a middle school math and social studies teacher. Eric was selected as an ASCD Emerging Leader in 2012, and has since served within the organization as a Student Chapter Advisor. In addition to ASCD, Eric is also actively involved in other education organizations. 

Basil Marin

Past-President, Member-at-Large

Basil Marin is currently an Assistant Principal at Chamblee Charter High School in Atlanta, Georgia. His previous roles include alternative special education classroom teacher and lead behavioral specialist. In his current role, he is charged with supporting the special education department, increasing family engagement and communication with ELL parents and students, ensuring best practices around student-centered instruction and developing healthy student-teacher relationships with unconventional students. He has been an active member of the Emerging Leader cohort since 2017, as well as a member of his former local ASCD chapter, VASCD. Basil has been featured on several educational podcasts and he also presents at regional and national conferences. Basil is currently a Ph.D. student at Old Dominion University in the Educational Leadership program. As he continues to write his dissertation, Basil looks forward to networking and reconnecting with his ASCD colleagues as they continue this important work.

Jennifer Orr

Member-at-Large

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.

Jill Thompson

Member-at-Large

Jill Thompson works with districts from around the country to help solve some of their biggest challenges at Educat. Her work includes supporting Strategic Planning, Personalized Learning, School Redesign, Leadership Development and helping districts think differently about how schools and districts operate through responsive practices. Prior to this role, Jill was the Director of Personalized Digital Learning in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools where she was responsible for developing the CMS framework for implementing Personalized Learning district-wide, scaling it from 15 schools to 180. She also developed a personalized data driven model to provide professional learning, and created micro-credentialing learning paths for both teachers and leaders. She has presented at both national and regional conferences such as ASCD, NCTIES and ISTE. Jill is an Emerging Leader class of 2013 and leads the Professional Learning Community for Personalized Learning, mentors and has been published in the ASCD EL Magazine.

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