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Board Members


Dr. Natasha Murray

Dr. Natasha Murray

Board Chair, 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

Barbara Hopkins

Barbara Hopkins

Vice Chair, 1988 Nebraska Teacher of the Year

Barbara J. Hopkins has been dedicated to public education for her entire career. After working her way through college, she began teaching in rural Nebraska. From there she set up the adult basic education program in the Nebraska men’s penal... read more

Rebecca Mieliwocki

Rebecca Mieliwocki

Immediate Past Co-Chair, National Teacher of the Year 2012

Rebecca Mieliwocki is a 28 year veteran middle school English teacher and the 2012 National Teacher of the Year from California. She believes students deserve the most dedicated & enthusiastic educators possible & that the crusade to... read more

Amy Riker

Amy Riker

Secretary, Vice President, Government Affairs and State Partnerships for Panorama Education

Amy Riker, Vice President, Government Affairs and State Partnerships for Panorama Education, has nearly 20 years of leadership in the assessment industry. Her career has focused on innovation, product launch, and business development, particularly... read more

Hunter Cook

Hunter Cook

Treasurer, 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

Precious Allen

Precious Allen

2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist

In the enchanting world of academics, where young minds are akin to seeds ready to sprout, Precious Allen found her true calling as an Elementary School teacher that implements STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine)... read more

Chantei Alves

Chantei Alves

2022 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Finalist

Chantei Alves is an early childhood special education teacher in Boston Public Schools. She is passionate about equitable, engaging and inclusive education, authentic family involvement in schools and classrooms, and supporting other educators to... 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, Dr. Jemelleh Coes was nominated to represent Bulloch County as Teacher of the Year. She went on to become Georgia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. She has been in education for sixteen years at the K-12 and university level. ​ Jemelleh... read more

David Morales

David Morales

2016 New Mexico Teacher of the Year

David Morales is entering his twentieth year as an educator. For the 2024-2025 school year, he will take on a hybrid role, dividing his time between classroom teaching, program development, and teacher coaching. He serves as the ENLACE (Engaging... 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

Nonprofit Consultant, Advocate for Public Education and Sustainable Food Systems

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

2014 Texas Teacher of the Year

Monica Washington is the founder of M.U.S.E. Education, and through her work, helps educators create meaningful, uplifting student experiences. A decorated educator of over twenty-five years, Monica has received honors and awards from a wide variety... read more

Kymberli Wregglesworth

Kymberli Wregglesworth

2019 Michigan Teacher of the Year Finalist

Kymberli Wregglesworth has taught social studies courses at Onaway Secondary School for over 25 years. 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... read more


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