Staff


Katherine Bassett

Katherine Bassett

President and CEO

A 26-year middle school librarian and NJ State Teacher of the Year 2000, Katherine Bassett is NNSTOY’s Executive Director, responsible for establishing and expanding the organization. Prior to this position, Bassett served as Director of Policy... read more

Eric Isselhardt

Eric Isselhardt

Vice President and COO

Eric is a senior executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in both non-profit and for-profit education venues, focusing on inquiry-based pedagogies, virtual and blended learning, and systemic reform. He has taught elementary and... read more

Laurie Calvert

Laurie Calvert

Director of Communications and Marketing

Laurie Calvert, MA (Composition and Rhetoric), joined the National Network of State Teachers of the Year as Director of Communications and Marketing in March 201. Most recently Calvert served as education policy advisor for both NCTAF and Learning... read more

Joseph Fatheree

Joseph Fatheree

Director of Strategic Projects

Joe Fatheree serves as NNSTOY's Director of Strategic Projects. His primary responsibilities include the coordination of state chapters, STEM, virtual circles and NNSTOY Fellows, video production and technology support. He continues to serve as the... read more

Peggy Stewart

Peggy Stewart

Director of Professional Learning Services

Peggy Stewart is the 2005 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, a Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher, and a National Board Certified Teacher. Stewart currently serves as the Director of Professional Learning for the National... read more

Jane West

Jane West

Government Policy Advisor

Jane West provides education policy consulting services to a range of national organizations, including the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the Higher Education... read more

Lauren Cantell

Lauren Cantell

Manager of Administrative Services

Lauren serves as NNSTOY’s Manager of Administrative Services, and currently manages administrative tasks for NNSTOY staff, research projects, event planning, and maintaining NNSTOY's media presence.  Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree from... read more

Jenna Ross

Jenna Ross

Executive Assistant

Jenna serves as NNSTOY’s Executive Assistant, assisting in events planning management and maintaining NNSTOY’s social media presence. Jenna holds a master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education,... read more


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