NewsLitNation News Literacy Ambassadors

The News Literacy Ambassador Program supports local community efforts in the fight against misinformation toward a mutual objective of creating a more news-literate generation of news consumers. Connect with an ambassador near you for events, presentations and to discuss the unique needs of educators in your local school district or region.


Las Cruces, New Mexico

Juan Armijo

Social studies department head

Juan Armijo is in his 18th year at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces Public Schools System in New Mexico, currently teaching AP United States government and politics and principles of democracy. He previously taught at Camelback High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Additionally, he teaches AP social studies courses for the LCPS Virtual Learning Academy. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University, Arizona State University and the University of Kentucky. This past year he had the privilege to be part of the development of the new New Mexico Social Studies Standards and Benchmarks (High School Civics) and the Instructional Scope (Geography), and was part of the Materials Review Institute for the upcoming social studies textbook adoption. One of the cornerstones of teaching and learning in his classroom is the role of the First Amendment, in particular the role of a free press.

Pharr-Hidalgo, Texas

Juan Alvarado

English I & II and STEM/PreAP teacher

Juan G. Alvarado graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American (now named University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) in 2010 with a bachelor of arts in English and he is employed at Valley View High School in Hidalgo, Texas, as an English, STEM and Pre AP teacher. He was born and raised in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. His parents emigrated to the United States in 1988 and he has lived in South Texas ever since. In 2013, he earned the department chair title for English Language Arts at Valley View Early College Campus. One year later, he received the honor of being named the school’s teacher of the year and was also nominated as an HEB Excellence in Education teacher. In 2017 Alvarado was reassigned to teach at Valley View High School, where he became the high school journalism and ready writing coach. One year later, his University Interscholastic League team won the first-ever Academic District Championship title in journalism. His students have advanced to regional and state competitions in journalism every year he has coached.

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Danelle Brostrom

Educational technology coach

Danelle Brostrom is a K-12 educational technology coach for Traverse City Area Public Schools in Traverse City, Michigan. She also has worked as an elementary teacher, reading specialist and principal intern. Danelle was named by the International Society for Technology in Education as one of “20 to Watch in 2023” and is currently serving on the board of directors for the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning. She is the co-creator of the WIREDTC EdTech Conference and co-host of the Traverse City Area Public Schools’ Loop Weekly Podcast.

She is a certified Google trainer and a known expert in digital wellness, technology ethics and student privacy. She has extensive experience designing and leading engaging learning opportunities for staff, students and parents. She is well-versed in technology trends and applies a forward-thinking mindset so schools can best support all students. 


Renatae Burton

Social studies educator

Renatae (Ree-nah-tuh) Burton is a middle school social studies educator at Campus Community School in Dover, Delaware, and an instructor at Delaware Center for Distance Adult Learning. With a career spanning 12 years, Renatae initially shared the beauty of literature and language as a high school English teacher, leaving an indelible mark on countless students. Now, she has embarked on a new journey, bringing her expertise to middle school social studies.

She has served as a board member for the Delaware State Education Association and on the National Education Association, where she was the Mid-Atlantic representative on the Standards and Practices Committee for two terms. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Delaware State University and her master’s degree in nonprofit organizational leadership from Wilmington University.

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TuesD Chambers

Teacher librarian

TuesD Chambers serves as a teacher librarian at Ballard High School in Seattle Public Schools. She has been an educator for over 24 years and earned her master’s in education in professional development and leadership with a media library endorsement. She teaches digital leadership, literacy and 21st-century skills to students and was chosen as the Washington State Teacher Librarian of the Year for 2019. 

She has presented at the International Society for Technology in Education, South by Southwest EDU, and Oculus Connect 6 about the intentional use of technology to impact the learning and culture of a school. She is a firm believer in the power of collaboration and works with teachers and librarians to create student-centered classrooms in her role as a content library specialist and adjunct professor for Antioch University. She loves to connect with other passionate educational leaders and welcomes the outreach.

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Boston, Massachusetts

Cathy Collins

Library media specialist

Dr. Cathy Collins has worked as a library media specialist for over 20 years at the K-12 level and is currently a technology teacher at Sharon Middle School, south of Boston, Massachusetts. She has had her writing published in various journals, including EducationWeek, Library Media Connection, NEA Today and the American Association of School Librarians’ Knowledge Quest. She is currently writing a book on news literacy.

She is a 2012 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute fellow and served as a project consultant for the e-book Searchlights and Sunglasses: Journalism in the Digital Age. She received a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms fellowship and is the recipient of AASL’s Intellectual Freedom Award.(. Cathy is a 2023 Massachusets School Library Association virtual influencer and Service Award recipient and was named an MSLA super librarian and innovator. She also sits on the board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education’s Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and served on the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) board as professional development chair from 2015-2019. Cathy served as the lead instructional designer in 2021 for an online course for K-12 teachers hosted by the U.S. State Department, STEM Innovations and Global Competence.

She is passionate about STEM/STEAM, global education and media literacy. In addition to having coordinated the Chinese Exchange Program at Sharon High School for many years, she has journeyed with her high school students to India, Peru and most recently Tanzania, Africa. Cathy holds a doctorate in education with a specialization in curriculum, leadership, teaching and learning as well as an additional master’s degree in education and library science.

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California Bay Area

Merl Corpuz

Education specialist

Merl Corpuz is an education specialist working in the San Francisco Bay area. She has worked in this capacity for the past 15 years and currently teaches core academic classes as well as world language to students with individualized education programs at various schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. It is her responsibility to differentiate learning material to the unique needs of each student on her caseload. In addition to core academics, she teaches financial literacy and is a Next Generation Personal Finance Distinguished Educator. Additionally, she has had the privilege of being an iCivics Teacher Facilitator fellow for Northern California this past year.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Middle Eastern studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds moderate/severe and mild/moderate teaching credentials from the University of Massachusetts Global (formerly Brandman University). When not teaching, Merl enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family.

Austin, Texas

David Doerr

Journalism and career & technology education teacher

David Doerr has taught journalism and career and technology classes in Austin ISD (Independent School District), Texas, since 2010, serving as a faculty adviser for student publications. Currently, his students produce the award-winning print and online student newspaper The Eagle’s Eye. Since 2020, Doerr has served as a regional representative of the Texas Association of Journalism Educators, which supports the efforts of scholastic journalism throughout the state by providing conventions, contests and resources to teachers and students. He also serves as the chair of TAJE’s Legislative Committee and Policy Committee. Since 2019 he has served as the faculty officer of New Voices Texas, a student-led advocacy organization dedicated to passing a state law that aims to clarify the roles of administrators, teachers and students in the student publication process and reduce cases of censorship and prior review. Doerr has used Checkology and News Literacy Project resources in journalism classes since 2018. He encourages the use of Checkology in student journalism education in his classes and in those of others who teach core subjects related to media literacy.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deborah Domingues-Murphy


Deborah Domingues-Murphy is originally from Southern California, but currently lives in Pittsburgh. After her children left for college, she went back to school for a teaching degree. She is certified as both a business and technology teacher and as a library media specialist. She is in her 12th year of teaching at City Charter High School, an urban high school located in downtown Pittsburgh. She loops with her students, starting in ninth grade and continuing until they graduate. Although she is a librarian, there is no official school library. Debbie teaches a four-year information literacy curriculum that culminates in a graduation project. During that time, students are taught how to use informational sources, evaluate sources for reliability, write academic literature reviews, apply their research to a community project, and present their findings to a panel of community members. When not teaching, Debbie likes to travel, read, and cook.

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Denver, Colorado

Amanda Escheman

High school social studies teacher

Amanda Escheman grew up on the front range of Colorado. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving her BA in Philosophy, magna cum laude, and a minor in religious studies. Amanda's desire to become a teacher percolated from her own experiences as a speech and debate competitor in high school. In 2012, she took over as the head speech and debate coach at Longmont High School while finishing her college degree. In 2019, she received her Masters in Education and Human Development from the University of Colorado at Denver and began her career as an English and social studies teacher. Her work as a teacher in the public education system centers on literacy as a tool for transformation and social change. She feels digital literacy in particular must be prioritized to democratize online spaces and encourage civic participation.  

Amanda's public service experience also extends to the legislature. She served as an intern for Senator (then representative) Joann Ginal, helping to organize and present at town hall events and conduct legislative policy research. Amanda is a member of the One Colorado network and regularly attends their legislative kickoff events to advocate for more inclusive space in public schools. At the school and district level she has served in the following capacities: school Equity and Diversity Liaison, LGBTQ+ Employee Workgroup member, and on the Community Diversity Advisory Council.

She currently teaches 9th grade geography at Abraham Lincoln High School with Denver Public Schools.

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Houston, Texas

Sara E. Gonzales

Journalism teacher and advisor

Sara E. Gonzales is currently a journalism advisor and teacher for Patricia E. Paetow High School in Katy, Texas. Her publications have received national recognition and won Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Crown award and Interscholastic League Press Conference’s Star award. She has been recognized as a Journalism Education Association Diversity Award nominee and as an American Society of News Editors emerging leader. She has recently been named a 2023 UNT Scripps Howard Fund teaching ambassador. Sara received her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Texas State University-San Marcos. She had an area of emphasis in electronic media and a minor in photography. Prior to graduating from college, Sara was a photographer for former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Currently, she serves as the Houston leader for the Online News Association and was the only teacher out of the country accepted into the American Society of News Editors Emerging Leaders Institute. Sara was also the only high school journalism advisor in the world to present at the World Journalism Education Congress in Paris, France, on diversity in scholastic journalism.

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Southern California

Jason Hensley


Jason Hensley, Ph.D., teaches language, history, public speaking and news literacy at the Heritage School, a private school in Los Angeles. He is a fellow of the Michael LaPrade Holocaust Education Institute of the Anti-Defamation League, a member of Civic Spirit’s teacher education cohort and the award-winning author of 12 books, including Part of the Family. His work has been featured in HuffPost as well as BBC, and he has served as the historical advisor for a Holocaust documentary.

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Alba Mendiola

Bilingual broadcast and journalism teacher

Alba Mendiola, a dedicated educator and experienced journalist, teaches Spanish-language arts and broadcast journalism to Spanish heritage speaker students at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. Before transitioning to the classroom, Alba had an 18-year successful career as a Spanish television reporter at Telemundo Chicago and Televisión Azteca in Veracruz, Mexico. Her investigative work earned her the prestigious Chicago Regional Emmy Award seven times, showcasing her dedication and talent in journalism. In 2021, Alba received an American Association of University Women grant, further acknowledging her commitment to professional development and growth. Her passion for education also led to her being named the Alan C. Miller Educator of the Year in 2023 by the News Literacy Project. 

Born and raised in Mexico, Alba takes pride in her immigrant background. She holds a bachelor of science degree in communications from the prestigious institution Tec de Monterrey. More recently, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in teaching, earning her professional educator’s license.

Beyond her roles as an educator and journalist, Alba actively engages with various organizations and institutions. She has served as a speaker, panelist and moderator at conferences organized by nonprofit organizations, universities and schools in both the United States and Mexico.

Sandy, Utah

Lesli Morris

ELA specialist

Lesli Morris is the high school ELA (English Language Arts) teacher specialist for Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah. She has a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in curriculum instruction and design with a focus on literacy. She also holds ESL and instructional coaching endorsements. Prior to working as a teacher specialist and instructional coach, she taught high school English Language Arts classes in a variety of settings that ranged from working with youth in custody to a National Blue Ribbon high school, and she has taught English Language Development, tenth and twelfth grade English, Shakespeare, humanities, and AP Lang. However, her favorite class to teach is mythology. One of her goals is to relentlessly promote diversity and pursue equity in education through access to quality curriculum and by supporting teachers with research-based instructional practices.

New York City, New York

Alesha Smith

Lead teacher

Alesha Smith was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and earned a Master of Arts degree in sociology and a Master of Science degree in education from Brooklyn College. She currently teaches for the New York City Department of Education, at Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem, in Manhattan.

Alesha has created and established several initiatives within her school, including the Young Women’s Mentoring Program for at-risk students. She is the teacher team leader for seventh grade ELA, while dedicating her time to NYC Men Teach, where she is an ambassador who mentors pre-service teacher candidates.

She also is an avid world traveler who has implemented initiatives for her students to travel domestically and internationally, recognizing that impactful learning can occur in any setting. “A student’s learning should take place in and beyond the traditional classroom,” she says. One of her goals is to ensure that students of all learning capabilities have access to information, resources, and experiences to cultivate a love for learning and zest for exploring the world.

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New Jersey

Steve Tetreault


Steve Tetreault (TAY-tro) has been a teacher since 1998 and is currently a librarian at William R. Satz Middle School in Holmdel, New Jersey. After more than 20 years as an English language arts teacher for grades 7-12, Steve created and taught a required information literacy class for his seventh graders and made the transition into the library. Steve is a monthly contributor to American Association of School Librarians’ Knowledge Quest site and was the host of the second season of School Library Connection’s One Lesson at a Time podcast.

Steve has written for School Library Connection, Knowledge Quest, Publisher’s Weekly, American Libraries and other publications. He created, a site that collects free learning opportunities and resources of interest to school librarians. He is the chair of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians’ Professional Development Committee, as well as an amateur guitarist whose passion outpaces his skills. He has a master of education degree (2006) and a doctor of education degree (2014) in educational administration and supervision, as well as a master’s degree in library and information science (2019).

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New Jersey

Aishwarya Saminathan

Math, science and critical media literacy teacher

Aish is a former journalist turned Montessori teacher at Princeton Montessori School in New Jersey. She teaches math and science for upper elementary students and critical media literacy for middle school students. She holds an undergraduate degree in physics, a master’s in English literature and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from the prestigious Asian College of Journalism in India. She also holds a Montessori diploma for Elementary I and II. Prior to her teaching career, Aish spent six years as a senior journalist with The Hindu, a leading English-language daily in India. Her journalistic journey, marked by over 300 published articles ranging from news reports to book reviews and feature stories, focused on rural education and the realms of arts and culture.

This year, she was selected as one of 40 people in the United States to participate at the U40 Summit hosted by the American Montessori Society, where she collaborated on innovative approaches to shape the future of Montessori education. Aish is a regular contributor of education articles to AMS’s Montessori Life and its blog.

As a first-generation immigrant and a mother of two daughters, Aish is passionately dedicated to educating adolescents about information and misinformation in the digital age. She is committed to empowering her students to become change agents in society, arming them with the skills to navigate a complex world with discernment and wisdom.

Miami, Florida

Monica Valdes

Social studies and film teacher, social studies department chairperson

Monica Valdes is a Miami Social Studies teacher with eighteen years in education. She is honored to have received numerous teaching recognitions including: 2016 WMMS/MDCPS Teacher of the Year, 2007 & 2009 DMS/MDCPS Teacher of the Year, 2008 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Biscayne Chapter, Outstanding Teacher of American History and 2007 Miami-Dade Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year(Finalist). Monica is also the Founder of the (Youth) 2019 West Miami International Film Festival the (2009-2016) DocMiami International Film Festival and 2014 Florida Documentary Film Festival Series. She has curated numerous events including: Photo/Art Exhibits, Author/Film Industry Q & As and Expert Panels including hundreds of individual film screenings. 

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Jessica Wetendorf

Library media specialist

Jessica Wetendorf works for school district U-46, the second-largest school district in Illinois. She’s currently building library programs for the district’s two alternative secondary schools. Her involvement in program development has led to her role as the media specialist representative for her district’s committee on middle school transition, which affects thousands of students.

Jessica’s diverse educational background includes earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in 2005 from the world-renowned School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was honored by being the recipient of the Merit Grant. After graduation she moved to California to work for a privately owned digital archivist company that supported artists’ work from across the country. While working as a digital archivist, Jessica earned a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University in 2013. Since moving back to Illinois, she has earned a professional educator’s license from Dominican University and has worked as a library media specialist at multiple Illinois public schools. 


K. C. Boyd
Washington, D.C.

K.C. Boyd

Library media specialist

K.C. Boyd is a library media specialist at Jefferson Middle School Academy in Washington D.C. and Scholastic's SLJ 2022 school librarian of the year. She has previously worked as the Lead Librarian for the East St. Louis School District #189 in East St. Louis, IL., a Area Library Coordinator for Chicago Public Schools and a District Coordinator for the Mayor Daley Book Club for Middle School Students.  She is a second-generation educator and holds Master’s degrees in Library Information Science, Media Communications, and Education Leadership. The Boss_Librarian Blog documents her work with K-12 students, discusses the effective use of technology in K-12 education, and provides helpful book reviews. Additionally, she is a sought-after and popular keynote speaker and conference presenter at the local, state, and national levels. K.C. currently serves on the executive board for the District of Columbia Library Association and the Advisory Board for EveryLibrary.  She is an active committee member for the American Library Association Chapter Council representing Washington D.C., American Association of School Librarians Digital Tools, and the Washington Teachers’ Union Equity Collaborative.

Mason, Ohio

Jocelyn Burlew

Learning experience designer

Jocelyn Burlew uses culturally responsive practices to cultivate a classroom environment that places students at the heart of the learning process, and is currently a learning experience designer at Mason City Schools in Mason, Ohio. She taught fifth grade English Language Arts and social studies for 10 years and then spent four years in the middle school social studies classroom. She holds a bachelor of arts in Spanish and English from Ohio University, a master of elementary education degree from Xavier University, and a master of educational leadership degree from Miami University (OH).

Los Angeles, California

Adriana Chavira

Journalism and photography teacher and PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs teacher

Adriana Chavira is a native of Los Angeles and spent a decade as a newspaper reporter in Southern California before becoming a teacher 18 years ago. Adriana teaches photography, advises the news magazine, news website and yearbook at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School in Lake Balboa, California, and is an educator with PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs program. She holds a master’s in English Education, a Career Technical Education credential and is a Master Journalism Educator, awarded by the Journalism Education Association (JEA). She serves as a JEA mentor and serves on that organization’s Scholastic Journalism Week committee. When she's not teaching, she can be found running and hiking.

Sarah Edler
Denver, Colorado

Sarah Edler

Director of speech language pathology and audiology

Sarah Edler has been a speech language pathologist for 14 years in Illinois, Missouri, and Colorado for the last 4 years. She became a speech pathologist because her passion is for everyone to have a way to communicate. Being able to share her passion of communication and the endless resources available for communication is what brought her to the News Literacy Project. Sarah absolutely loves learning and wants to spread awareness of how educators can empower students to know what they are learning and how to ensure the accuracy of that information. She loves being in the mountains and nature with her chocolate lab Georgia, and when she’s not doing that, she’s love baking and reading.

Tascha Folsoi
Los Angeles, California

Tascha Folsoi

High school librarian

Tascha Folsoi is a high school librarian who has been working as an educator for 28 years.  She has taught elementary, middle school, high school, and adult school students. Having taught pupils from all over the world –and in nearly every age bracket, she has a strong appreciation for the role multiple perspectives plays in a person's ability to evaluate the credibility of new information. She is committed to helping students evaluate sources and examine issues through different perspectives and lenses, so they can become effective researchers and informed citizens. 

Iowa City, Iowa

Jill Hofmockel

Teacher librarian

Jill Hofmockel is the teacher-librarian at West High School in Iowa City, Iowa. An educator with more than 20 years of experience in school libraries, Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in library and information science. A longtime member of the Iowa Association of School Librarians, Jill has served as a committee chair, board member, and president, as well as liaison to the American Association of School Librarians’ Affiliate Assembly. Jill is committed to incorporating information literacy skills throughout her school’s curriculum, with a special emphasis on teaching news literacy. After school, you will find Jill coaching her son’s high school esports team or enjoying a cup of tea with her daughter.

Jeff Kaufman
New York City, New York

Jeff Kaufman

Computer science teacher

Jeff Kaufman started his career as a New York City Police Officer. While serving the people of Brooklyn, he attended law school. After leaving police service, Jeff went into the private practice of law.  There he served on a panel as counsel for indigent defendants in criminal and civil matters. He became involved in education issues, and in the same precinct he once patrolled, was offered a position to start a paralegal program for inner-city high school students. His passion for education led him to Rikers Island where he joined the faculty of the jail’s educational facility teaching law to high school students facing trial for serious felony offenses. Mr. Kaufman currently teaches in a Title I school in Far Rockaway, Queens, where, for the past six years, he founded and maintains a Computer Science program.  His course provided the first Advanced Placement course at the school and the first computer science program on the Rockaway Peninsula. Mr. Kaufman is committed to the Constitutional protections guaranteed to a free press and incorporates these principles in his lessons. He looks forward to his new role as a Literacy Project Ambassador, where he will help to make the resources teachers and students need in their fight against misinformation accessible.

Frisco, Texas

Debbie Keen


Debbie Keen is a high school teacher at the Career and Technical Education Center in Frisco, Texas, specializing in legal studies electives for high school students interested in pursuing a career in law or public service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and promotes civics education in classrooms across the country. She has presented teacher workshops with groups like the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and The Center for American and International Law. When she is not teaching, she enjoys travelling and learning alongside other creative teachers. In 2018, she founded the Youth Safety and Civility Alliance to promote civil discourse and conflict resolution strategies for young people. The American Lawyers Alliance gave her a 2020 Teacher of the Year Award.

Allie Niese
Chicago, Illinois

Allie Niese

AP US government & civics teacher and James Madison Fellow

Allie Niese is a James Madison fellow and graduate of Northwestern's MsEd program. She is committed to helping students learn to embrace and understand their role in the American political system through civil dialogue and rich understanding of the Constitution. She teaches AP US Government, Civics, US History, and AP Human Geography in Chicago public schools.

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Oakland, California

Molly Roquet

Education librarian

Molly June Roquet (she/they) is the education librarian at Saint Mary’s College of California. A former head librarian at an independent K-8 school in Oakland, public librarian and middle school history teacher, Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in history from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in library and information science from Wayne State University. They have presented at the American Library Association and California Library Association annual conferences and have written for Computers in Libraries and Information Today magazines. Molly strives to add a critical, anti-racist lens to media and news literacy education and is News Literacy Project’s San Francisco Bay Area ambassador.

San Francisco, California

Samantha Solomon

Teacher librarian

Samantha Solomon grew up in Southern California and attended college at Northeastern University where she earned a BA in Public Advocacy & Rhetoric. She moved to the Bay Area to pursue a MA in Education and her teaching credentials at USF, where she was part of the Urban Education and Social Justice Cohort. She began teaching in the Oakland Unified School District in Fall 2011 and still works there today. She taught middle school English for 6 years and then transitioned into being Teacher Librarian on the Calvin Simmons Campus where she collaborates to support research and digital literacy in grades 6-12 and across disciplines. Her favorite news literacy lesson was a partnership with a 9th grade math class called "Trash Graphs" and her favorite search modifier is searching by exact phrase. 

Seattle, Washington

Sumyat Thu

Acting assistant professor of writing at the English department and writing programs at the University of Washington

Sumyat Thu (she/her) grew up in Burma/Myanmar and is currently an acting assistant professor of writing at the English department and writing programs at the University of Washington, Seattle. She completed her PhD in English language and rhetoric also at the UW, Seattle in 2020 and conducts research and teaching on the topics of multilingual and translingual literacies, language and race intersections, antiracist praxis, and community-engaged scholarship. She is excited to incorporate news literacy education into her teaching and helps connect the NLP resources to local K-12 and college teachers in Seattle.

Chicago Heights, Illinois

Sean Scanlon

Director of curriculum

Sean Scanlon is the director of curriculum and instruction at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He has guided Marian’s 1:1 iPad program for the past eight years and designed Marian Catholic’s PLC program. Sean created the Catholic EdTech Summit and hosted EdCamp Chicago and has presented at numerous educational conferences throughout the country and plans to continue presenting in our post-Covid world. He has a master’s in educational leadership and has taught social studies and a variety of other courses for over 25 years. His passion is to help teachers integrate technology in ways that help engage students, while helping them navigate the ever-shifting landscape of news literacy.

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Houston, Texas

James Stancil

Coordinator of tutoring services

Dr. James Stancil is the coordinator of tutoring services at Prairie View A&M University and chief program officer, Intellect U Well, Inc., a Houston-based nonprofit he founded that promotes the joy of reading, media literacy, digital citizenship, and academic achievement. He also volunteers with the Houston Network of Outdoor Afro, which seeks to reconnect African Americans with nature and the outdoors. James is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in communication studies with a focus on media analysis and criticism, received his master's in education from North Carolina State University in curriculum and instruction (secondary social studies) and did his doctoral research on increasing enrollment in advanced placement courses for African American students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Education, with a focus on Instructional Leadership. He is also a member of the class of 2016 of 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston, Inc., the Houston chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., the largest mentoring organization for black males in the United States.

Sandra Street
New York City

Sandra Street

Teacher trainer programs manager, dept. of teacher recruitment and quality, diversity team, NYC DOE

Sandra Street is a dedicated historian and resourceful education professional with proven ability to promote, progress and monitor student growth and instruction from K-16. She is an effective communicator and a stalwart advocate for children to have access to an educational experience that is culturally inclusive, equitable, and engaging. One of her goals is for the school community to build and maintain a responsive climate and culture, with the impact of establishing sound relationships, trust, and collaboration as global citizens with a voice.

Kelly Tumy
Houston, Texas

Kelly Tumy

Curriculum director for English language arts and social studies

Kelly E. Tumy is the curriculum director for English language arts and social studies for the Teaching and Learning Center at The Harris County Department of Education in Houston, TX. She holds a BS in education from Texas Tech University and an MA in humanities from The University of Houston-Clear Lake. She has taught for three different school districts in Texas: Crosby ISD, Humble ISD, and Galena Park ISD, has taught all levels of high school English including AP English Language, as well as many, many electives. She was an AP Reader and Table Leader for seven years for AP English Language. Her achievements include co-authoring the The Lighthouse Document for the Texas Education Agency, co-authoring the Laying the Foundation® Series for The National Math and Science Initiatives Group,  Co-Chairing the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Local Arrangements Committee with Dr. Diane MIller, UH-Downtown for the NCTE 2018 Convention: Raising Student Voice, and serving The College Board for more than 15 years as an Advanced Placement national consultant. Tumy currently serves as past-president for The Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts.