Our instructors are hand-selected master educators with many years’ experience excelling in the classroom. They share a commitment to transforming teaching to align with the needs of learners in a digital world. They are distinguished for their student achievement gains, and possess awards or distinction in teaching as well as proficiency integrating multiple technologies as part of the learning process. Our instructors blend knowledge of the learning theory and technology, neuroscience and current best practices to create a vibrant and collaborative learning environment that is TEACH-NOW Educatore.
Dr. Bookard brings a wealth of educational experience to TEACH-Now. She started as a middle school language arts teacher for 5 years and has been a Professional School Counselor for the last 14 years. Additionally she is a faculty member for Liberty University where she teaches in the School of Education department. She has a bachelors degree in elementary education, masters in school counseling and a doctorate in educational leadership. Dr. Bookard is also a National Board of Professional Teaching Standard certified teacher with a focus on school counseling. Dr. Bookard has a strong passion for empowering students to be successful academically, socially, and emotionally. She believes that it takes all school stakeholders and parents working as a team to make a difference in the lives of students. Dr. Bookard will use her knowledge and prior experiences to help train teachers to be an advocate and change agent for student learning. Dr. Bookard’s published doctoral dissertation was titled “Perceived Effects of North Carolina’s Response to Intervention Process on School Counselor’s Professional Duties and Responsibilities: A Correlational Study.”
Ms. Brummer completed the TEACH-NOW certification program and later joined the TEACH-NOW team as an instructor. Judith has been living and teaching in Seoul, South Korea since 2009. She spent 2 years teaching English before transitioning to an international school where she currently teaches 3rd grade and serves as the elementary department head. Prior to moving to South Korea, Judith attended Carthage College where she received her B.A. in Communications and Digital Media.
Brian has been in education for 13 years. Twelve of these he spent as a high school Mathematics teacher in both Wisconsin and Arizona. Currently he is the Dean of Students at Chief Hill Learning Academy which is a part of the Chandler Unified School District in Chandler Arizona. Brian earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from Illinois State University. Additionally, he has a master’s degree in Education Technology as well as a Masters in Administration from Northern Arizona University. Brian has been a Teach-now instructor since 2014.
Jennifer-NeToi has six years of middle and elementary school teaching experience and over ten years of academic out-of- school time learning experience. She has been a grade-level chair and a summer school principal for one of nation’s highest achieving charter schools. Her experience includes private, public, and public charter education. She has written three e-books on teaching and academic advising. She received her B.A. in English Education from Jackson State University and her M.L.A. in humanities from Johns Hopkins University.
Barry has worked in a variety of roles as an educator and teacher trainer for the past 11 years. He began his career as part of an alternate route program in New York City teaching students with disabilities and later taught as a dual language teacher in Connecticut and a second grade teacher at an international school in Ecuador. He currently teachers in a Spanish Immersion Program in Montgomery County, MD. Barry began coaching and teaching new teachers with the New Teacher Project in Providence, RI and began his work with TEACH-NOW as a mentor.
Sofia is a 15-year veteran in education, and is a published poet. Her experiences include 5 years in Chicago Charter Schools, and promoting global education in Central America (Costa Rica & El Salvador). Currently, Sofia is teaching high school English to Sophomore Core/Inclusion classes just outside of Chicago, and also training future teachers with TEACH-NOW. Sofia has two master’s degree—one from the University of Phoenix in secondary education certification, and one from St. Xavier University in Reading Instruction. Her accolades include Teacher of the Year 2011-Latino Youth Charter High School, Chicago IL and Summa Cum Laude-St. Xavier University.
Ms. Goodnow has been in education for the last 8 years teaching Spanish to High School and Middle School students. Her experience began in a private school outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Shelbie went on to work in an urban setting and is currently teaching at Commonwealth Connections Academy, a cyber school, in Pennsylvania. Shelbie has extensive experience traveling to Spanish-speaking countries to work with and develop her language skills. Her love of language, travel, and learning brought her into the field of foreign language education. Shelbie is excited to help aspiring teachers be successful in the field. In addition, Shelbie teaches college-level students taking Communication Studies courses at Delaware County Community College as an adjunct instructor. Shelbie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies & Spanish from Lycoming College, a Master or Arts in Communication Studies/Research from West Virginia University and her teaching certification from Immaculata University. Shelbie is excited to be a member of the TEACH-NOW faculty and looking forward to being a resource for new teachers.
Ms. Gump brings over fourteen years of experience to TEACH-NOW. She has spent time as a classroom teacher, an instructional designer and a mentor for new teachers. In addition, she has spent many years providing professional development opportunities for veteran educators. She has worked for The New Teacher Center, Grand Canyon University, PBS Teacher Line and Southern New Hampshire University to name a few. Her broad experience has allowed her to see education and the teaching profession from all angles. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in zoology and a Master’s degree from Baldwin Wallace College in educational administration.
Renée brings a wealth of educational experience to TEACH-NOW. She taught social science and accounting classes at a charter high school for several years before obtaining a higher education faculty position teaching business and general education courses in multiple formats – face-to-face, hybrid and online. Renée also has higher education administrative experience managing multiple academic programs, facilitating instructor training and staff development, implementing curriculum, and integrating pedagogical principles for adult learners and traditional students. She currently works at the University of Kansas as an Instructional Designer. Renée holds an Educational Specialist degree specializing in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership. She has also presented research and instructional practices at international conferences..
Katherine currently serves as an instructor for the TEACH-NOW program. She has a degree in English and a teaching certificate from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She has over 20 years of experience working with children at the elementary level and in directing teachers of elementary students. Katherine’s skills include curriculum development, knowledge and implementation of the best and current practices in teaching, child development and intervention strategies for varied learners. Her ongoing graduate level work and her skills in coaching allow her to be an effective instructor of candidates for TEACH-NOW.
Narjis Hyder, Ed.D.
Currently, Dr. Hyder is faculty for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the Department of Educational Leadership and a part-time high school teacher for k12.com. Additionally, she serves as an Instructor for Teach-Now. She received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership (2004) and a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Concordia University. In addition, she received a Master’s degree in Secondary Teacher Education (2009) from National Louis University. Dr. Hyder’s published doctoral dissertation was titled “Stress among Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students.”
Patricia Jacobs, Ph.D.
Dr. Jacobs has taught English as a Second Language overseas, English language arts at the middle and high school levels, and Language Arts Methods at the College of Education, University of Florida. For the past several years she has been providing professional development to K-7 teachers to improve writing instruction at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, Florida. Patricia is passionate about global literacy and taught two literacy methods courses at the Ecole Shalome summer teacher institute in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti in 2015. She believes literacy is the key to empowerment and is committed to supporting literacy education in developing countries. Patricia is very excited to join the TEACH-NOW staff!
Erik Kamrath has 12 years of teaching experience at all grade levels K-12. He has taught mainly in the Physical Education setting, but also has experience in the classroom. Most of his teaching has been in the public school system, but also has experience at charter and private schools. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He also earned a certificate in social justice during his master’s program. His first four years of teaching were in Wisconsin while the remaining years are in Arizona where he currently teaches high school Physical Education. Along with his teaching, Erik also has over 15 years of coaching experience in a variety of sports and at a number of levels. He currently is the Head Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach at the high school where he currently teaches.
A dual US-French citizen, Emmanuel has served as an administrator or educator in international schools in China, Indonesia, Japan, and Mongolia. Most recently, he served as Assistant Principal of the American School of Ulaanbaatar (2013-2015), where he implemented a new student assessment system and launched a virtual learning environment.
He has also served as a middle school math teacher and volleyball coach at the Surabaya International School (2007-2013), a middle school math and French teacher at the Okinawa International School (2006-2007), and a middle and high school math and French teacher at the American School of Guangzhou (2004-2006). Prior to his career in education, he served as a squad leader in the United States Army. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park (USA) and a Master of Science from the American College of Education (USA).
Christina has been in education for 9 years. She first started her career as an elementary classroom teacher and currently teaches high school mathematics, where she has been annually deemed a “highly effective” teacher since the implementation of the NYS teacher evaluation system. Christina hold NYS teacher certifications in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education, Secondary Mathematics, Literacy, and is working to earn certification in Special Education B-12. She serves as a mentor to new teachers in her school and is a turn-key trainer for professional development. Christina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from The College of Saint Rose and her Master’s in Literacy from the University at Albany (SUNY). “Teaching is my passion and being a part of educating future teachers is a rewarding experience that I truly enjoy and that is enriching both personally and professionally.”
As an international teacher for nearly a decade, Ms. Lathrop brings enthusiasm and knowledge about education to the TEACH-NOW team. She has taught a wide range of curricula from the International Baccalaureate to the American curriculum. She has experience working with different cultures, having lived and worked in Colombia, Morocco, Singapore, Germany and Sudan. She has given presentations in the international community and worked with schools in strategic planning. She has worked to bridge the gap in cultures by working with community programs in various countries. Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and a Master of Education degree from Aurora University.
Jessica graduated from University of Southern Maine with a BA in English. She earned her MA in English from Middlebury College and is currently working on an MEd in instructional technology and school leadership at the University of Maine. In the last 16 years, Jessica has taught in public, private, and charter high schools, and online for community colleges and four year universities. She also teaches for the North Carolina Virtual Public School, where she was named the 2015 North Carolina Online Teacher of the Year. Jessica also works as an instructional lead for NCVPS where she works one on one with new and veteran teachers in a coaching role. Jessica and her family live on a small homestead in Maine..
Maureen has been teaching in a variety of settings for over 10 years. Her teaching career began in public high schools in New York and then in alternative schools in Dayton, Ohio and Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to starting with Teach Now, she served as a educational opportunity counselor and adjunct instructor of history at Mohawk Valley Community College in upstate New York. Maureen’s experience with diverse learners contributes to her desire to work with other teachers as they navigate a variety of educational settings. With her decision to be a stay at home mom after the birth of her son, she was lucky enough to be hired by Teach Now, fulfilling her need to work with others who were passionate about improving educational environments for today’s students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Arts in teaching from Union Graduate College in Schenectady, NY.
Michelle is incredibly passionate about innovating teacher education after working in public, private, charter, and enrichment school education for nine years. Having served as a professional writer and editor previously, she now specializes in multicultural education through academic program design, teacher training and coaching, curriculum development, and English education via hybrid courses that deliver content utilizing additional subjects designed to cater to high-needs populations. She carries a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from San Jose State University, a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from the University of Southern California, and a Digital Educator certificate from Leading Edge.
Sarah feels honored to be a part of the Teach-Now family and is excited to be working with the Teach-Now candidates. The goal of working with preservice teachers was the driving force behind Sarah’s decision to pursue her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Denver. Her coursework is complete and she is now working on the dissertation portion of her degree. Sarah’s research interests include social justice issues within K-12 schools, teacher preparation, and teacher professional development. Prior to her position as an instructor with Teach-Now, Sarah worked as a middle school math, science, and AVID teacher. She also worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Denver, where she investigated teacher preparation programs in the state of Colorado as well as how secondary math teachers used assessment data to inform their instruction. Sarah is eager to pull from her varied experiences as she helps guide the Teach-Now candidates through their studies.
Mr. Roggenkamp has been working in education for over 25 years. He spent many years as in instructor in the public university system of Taiwan, mostly in teacher training programs, and has also taught and served as technical coordinator in high schools in the US and internationally. His interests include language acquisition, communications, and instructional design, interests which are reflected by his BS in telecommunications from Ohio University, MA in TESL/TEFL from San Francisco State University, and MA in Educational Technology from San Diego State University.
Betsy has over 20 years educational experience on four continents, six international schools and four U.S. schools. Her positions have included Director of Curriculum, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, Language Arts Coordinator, Learning Support Coordinator, Reading Specialist, and Elementary Teacher. Betsy has presented at over 20 world-wide educational conferences and authored 12 educational articles and games. She has her MA in Elementary Education Reading, MA in Teaching-Multidisciplinary Studies, Post Graduate in International Educational Leadership, Post Masters in K-12 Principal Certification Program, and a BS in Elementary Education.
Chuck has worked in K-12 schools for 7 years as a teacher and administrator. He has taught for 10 years at the BA, MA, and MBA level–over 70 courses in over 20 subjects. Chuck was Head of the Department of Business and Technology for the Netherlands Campus of Webster University for 5 years.
He has a B.A. Mathematics with Computer Science, M.A. in Computer Resource Management, and a J.D. with Honors. He also possesses Florida Professional Certificates: 5-9 Math, 5-9 Social Science, K-12 Computer Science, 6-12 Business. Bars in Colorado, Maryland, and D.C. plus the Federal Bar.
Courtney has been in education for 11 years. Ten of these years have been spent teaching middle school and high school in the cyber environment in Pennsylvania. Courtney has taught Social Studies and English in these roles, while also serving as the Social Studies Department Chairperson. Currently, she teaches British Literature at Commonwealth Connections Academy in Pennsylvania. Courtney earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from West Chester University, while also earning a Social Studies teaching certification. Additionally, she holds teaching certifications in English and Library Science. She has a master’s degree in Education with a focus in School Library and Information Technologies from Mansfield Unversity’s online degree program.
David brings 11 years of experience as a high school educator in both public and private settings. He has taught in Wisconsin, Arizona and currently teaches in Hong Kong. His teaching career has provided him with diverse opportunities that make up his professional background. Some of those opportunities include teaching A.P. art, coaching, curriculum writing and directing summer programs. Additionally, David has over 18 years of experience with various youth programs, outreaches and child mentoring services. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a master’s degree in Art Education Leadership from Boston University.
Nicole Thomas-Jackson has worked in education for over twenty years. She has held various positions including director of curriculum and training, elementary teacher, international teacher trainer, administrator of exceptional education and state testing site coordinator. Dr. Thomas-Jackson served as an administrator in Virginia with Chesterfield County and Richmond Public Schools. She also worked for the City School District of Albany in New York and Rainbow Station, a private preschool.
Dr. Thomas-Jackson received a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Spelman College. In addition, she holds a Postgraduate Professional License from Virginia and Public School Teacher Certification in New York. Her training includes Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits Signature Trainer and Leader In Me facilitator.
Sarah has a passion for teaching that has led her from the suburban communities of Colorado all the way to the rural communities of Honduras. For the last seven years, Sarah has taught grades three through five and has changed the lives of students world-wide. Sarah has a Master’s degree in Elementary Reading & Writing and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Science.
Cheryl has 16 years of teaching experience in private and public education that ranges from elementary to junior college. For the past 6 years she has been teaching high school ELL’s including new arrivals. She is currently ABD in her Educational Administration doctoral program at Lamar University, Texas. She has earned a Master of Education –Advanced Literacy Instruction from Concordia University, Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts from Lamar University, Texas. Her certifications are ELA/Reading/Social Studies, Reading Specialist, Principal, and ELL. She has given presentations on ELL strategies in Texas and Louisiana, and is excited about joining a team that has an international platform.
Ms. Williams’s passions are for special education and her family. She received her Bachelor of Letters, Arts and Sciences in English with a certification in K-12 Special Education from the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs, as well as her Master of Education with a focus on Autism from Regis University. Stacia has been teaching for 10 years in the special education field, primarily in the realm of significant support needs. She has just recently made the move to being a stay at home mom with her two daughters Atley and Lively, but still enjoys connecting with educators and future teachers through TEACH-NOW.
Mr. Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Baylor University as well as a Master’s in Educational Technology from Boise State University. He has been teaching in Hong Kong for the past 5 years, building extensive international experience in both secondary school and technology coaching. Taylor’s first interaction with Teach-Now came as a candidate in the inaugural cohort. Shortly after graduating TEACH-NOW, Taylor became an instructor and has enjoyed guiding and coaching tomorrow’s teachers through an excellent program!