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 the TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!