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ASCD Announces 2018 Class of Emerging Leaders

27 educators selected for two-year program to help shape education policy, advocate for children

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 11, 2018)ASCD, a mission-driven nonprofit dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is excited to announce the selection of 27 educators for its 2018 class of emerging leaders. The Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy, and practice on both the local and national levels.

“The 2018 class of emerging leaders join a powerful community of educators who are leading the field of education,” said Ronn Nozoe, ASCD Associate Executive Director. “ASCD’s Emerging Leader program is a one-of-a-kind achievement that offers a powerful stepping stone for greater leadership opportunities and influence in schools across the country and around the world.”

Educators selected for the Emerging Leaders program have been in the education profession for 5–15 years; demonstrate a passion for learning, teaching, and leading; come from a diverse range of positions, locations, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives; hold promise as leaders; and are committed to ASCD’s beliefs and to pursuing leadership opportunities. Following the nomination process, this year’s leaders were chosen by an advisory panel composed of ASCD staff, education thought leaders, and emerging leader alumni.

The 2018 class of regionally diverse emerging leaders hail from 19 states and the United Arab Emirates. The group of 27 educators includes principals and assistant principals, teachers, instructional coaches, and learning specialists, among other roles and titles. This year’s emerging leaders are:

Mike Andrulli, Elementary Principal, Wayne Township Public School District, New Jersey

Cynthia Assini, District Social Studies and Gifted and Talented Supervisor, Hillsborough Township Public Schools, New Jersey

Amanda Austin, Assistant High School Principal, Iberville Parish Schools, Louisiana

Amy Ballard, Math Teacher, Brashier Middle College Charter High School, South Carolina

Theresa Bartholomew, Director of Educational Programs, Warrior Run School District, Pennsylvania

Rebecca Chambers, Instructional Technology Coach, Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska

Lisa Coates, Middle School Teacher, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Virginia

Dominique Dopson-Penn, 4th and 5th Grade Reading Coach, Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky

Phil Echols, Senior Administrator for Professional Learning, Wake County Public School System, North Carolina

Alissa Farias, Spanish Teacher, Tacoma Public Schools, Washington

Trudy Giasi, Assistant Professor of STEM Education, Southeast Missouri State University

Ashley Green, High School Math Teacher, Universal American School, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Heather Hanks, Tech Support Teacher and Talent Developer, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Florida

Creighton Helms, Elementary Principal, Gervais Elementary School, Oregon

Brandy Hempen, Curriculum Coordinator, RTI Teacher, Instructional Coach, Germantown School District, Illinois

Lemuel Kwon, Elementary Principal, Casa Loma Elementary, Bakersfield City School District, California

Caitlin Loury, Director of Elementary Education, Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts, Rochester, New York

Jamil Maroun, Elementary Principal, Manville School District, New Jersey

Cody Norton, 1st Grade Teacher, Marie Reed Elementary School, District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, D.C.

Christian Padgett, School Improvement Coach, Fulton County Schools, Georgia

Natalie Pough, Lecturer, College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning, Clemson University, South Carolina

Michael Sivert, 4th Grade Teacher, Hudson City Schools, Ohio

Penny Sweeney, Library Media Specialist, Liverpool Central School District, New York

Shannon Szymczak, 7th Grade ELA Teacher, Tacoma Public Schools, Washington

Chelsea Thornton, Technology Coordinator, Yuba City Unified School District, California

Marielle Venturino, Blended Learning Specialist, Sweetwater Union High School District, California

Loryn Windwehen, Middle School Assistant Principal, Northside Independent School District, Texas

All emerging leaders are enrolled in the program for two years and help shape education policy, advocate for the whole child, and explore multiple ASCD leadership pathways. Some alumni from the program—including Steven Anderson, Fred Ende, Tony Frontier, and Pete Hall—have become ASCD authors, while others have become ASCD Faculty members and Board members. While in the program, educators can take advantage of numerous opportunities such as:

• Attending the invitation-only Leader to Leader conference in November, where leaders of various ASCD constituent groups convene to learn, share, and lay the groundwork for further collaboration.

• Presenting at ASCD conferences and events.

• Writing for ASCD publications, including the Inservice blog, and contributing written pieces to other outlets.

• Hosting episodes of ASCD Learn. Teach. Lead. Radio, a weekly program produced in partnership with BAM! Radio Network.

The entire list of the past emerging leaders is available in our Emerging Leaders Directory.

ASCD is dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Comprising 114,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 127 countries—the ASCD community also includes 57 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child.

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