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Paul Ferarri

Paul Ferarri

Board Co-Chair, Education Consultant

Paul Ferrari is an education consultant with extensive experience in K-12 Education policy. He previously led the National Teacher of the Year program at CCSSO and brings deep knowledge and experience leading communications, external affairs, and... read more

Rebecca Mieliwocki

Rebecca Mieliwocki

Board Co-Chair, National Teacher of the Year 2012

Rebecca Mieliwocki is the 2012 National Teacher of the Year from California. Currently a Teacher on Special Assignment, Rebecca coordinates Secondary Teacher Induction and Professional Development for Burbank Unified School District. A veteran... read more

Joshua Parker

Joshua Parker

Vice Chair, Equity, Maryland State Teacher of the Year 2012

Josh Parker’s mission in education and life is to “help people and solve problems.” Throughout his career, he has achieved both goals. He has served students and teachers within the Baltimore/Washington D.C. corridor as an ELA Instructional... read more

Dr. Natasha Murray

Dr. Natasha Murray

Secretary, New York Teacher of the Year Finalist 2017

Dr. Natasha T. K. Murray is an award-winning scholar practitioner with extensive experience in K-12 and university settings. As a product of the New York public school system, after earning her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, she... read more

Bobbie Cavnar

Bobbie Cavnar

North Carolina Teacher of the Year 2017

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bobbie Cavnar attended Florida State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 1999. After graduating, he taught English and Journalism for four years in the Ft. Lauderdale area before... read more

Dr. Jemelleh Coes

Dr. Jemelleh Coes

Georgia State Teacher of the Year 2014

In 2013, Jemelleh Coes, as the youngest member of her school faculty and staff, was nominated to represent Bulloch County as Teacher of the Year. She went on to become Georgia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. She spent the last year traveling locally... read more

Hunter Cook

Hunter Cook

CPA

Hunter is a retired Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP partner. For his last three years at DHG, he was part of the firm's Professional Standards Group and a member of the AICPA's Auditing Standards Board. Prior to joining DHG, Hunter taught accounting and... read more

Sharon Gallagher Fishbaugh

Sharon Gallagher Fishbaugh

Utah Teacher of the Year 2009

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Steven Martin

Steven Martin

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Paxton Advisors, LLC

Steven S. Martin is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Paxton Advisors, LLC. Paxton Advisors supports business and education clients through consulting or advisory services. Mr. Martin provides insight and expertise to health care business,... read more

David Morales

David Morales

2016 New Mexico Teacher of the Year

David Morales is entering his eighteenth year as an educator. He is the ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education) teacher at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico, that works to increase graduation and college opportunities for all... read more

Kareem Neal

Kareem Neal

2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year

Kareem Neal is a self-contained Special Education teacher, having taught students with severe cognitive delays for 21 years. Neal began his career as an educator working at The Developmental Learning Center of New Providence, New Jersey, a school... read more

Luisa Palomo Hare

Luisa Palomo Hare

2012 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Luisa Palomo Hare is a Dual Language Kindergarten teacher in Omaha, Nebraska where she has taught for the past 17 years.  She has degrees in Elementary Education, English as Second Language, K-3 Math Specialist, Early Childhood and Educational... read more

Harriet Sanford

Harriet Sanford

Former President and CEO of the NEA Foundation

Harriet Sanford is the former President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. She led the work of the Foundation from 2005 until 2019. The NEA Foundation’s mission is to advance student achievement by investing in public education. Its programs raise the... read more

Monica Washington

Monica Washington

Texas State Teacher of the Year 2014

Monica Washington is the Manager of Inclusive and Responsive Educational Practices and an instructional coach for BetterLesson supporting teachers and other instructional coaches across the country as they make positive shifts in instruction and... read more

Kymberli Wregglesworth

Kymberli Wregglesworth

2019 Michigan Teacher of the Year Finalist

Kymberli Wregglesworth has taught social studies courses at Onaway High School since 1999. She was formerly a student at OHS, graduating as valedictorian in 1993. She continued her education at Alma College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in history and... read more


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