Matthew Green

Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email:; Twitter: @MGreenKQED

310 Articles

Almetria Vaba

Almetria Vaba administers the California edition of PBS LearningMedia, a digital media service for educators from PBS and WGBH. Check it out at:

143 Articles

Andrea Aust

Andrea is the Senior Manager of Science Education for KQED. In addition to QUEST, she’s had the pleasure of coordinating education and outreach for the public television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures and the four-hour documentary Saving the Bay. Andrea graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Science and earned her M.A. in Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. Prior to KQED, she taught, developed, and managed marine science and environmental education programs in Aspen, Catalina Island and the Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter at @KQEDaust.

104 Articles

Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is KQED’s Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists’ studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.

82 Articles

Maxine Einhorn

Maxine Einhorn is from London and has lived in the Bay Area for 12 years. She has worked in adult education in London,UK, for over twenty years as a tenured instructor and department manager. She has an MA in Film and TV from University of London and has taught, moderated and appraised academic work in film studies and media literacy at undergraduate and college level. She runs the ESL/ Post Secondary project at KQED which offers media-rich resources for and created by ESL educators.

45 Articles

Lauren Farrar

Lauren has a background in biology, education, and filmmaking. She has had the privilege to work on a diverse array of educational endeavors and is currently a producer for KQED Learning’s YouTube series Above the Noise. Lauren’s career has taken her to the deepest parts of the ocean to film deep sea hydrothermal vents for classroom webcasts, into the pool to film synchronized swimmers to teach about the pH scale, and on roller coasters to create a video about activation energy. And, she’s done it all for the sake of education. Lauren loves communicating science! Follow her on twitter @LFarrarAtWork

38 Articles

Laura Robledo

Laura Robledo studied English at UC Berkeley. When she is not reading, looking up new music, or running half marathons, she loves to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.

28 Articles

Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

Gabriel Peters-Lazaro researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. He is the media design lead and an instructor in the Media Arts + Practice Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project and is currently working to develop participatory media resources and curricula to support new forms of civic education and engagement for young people. In 2009, he helped create The Junior AV Club, an ongoing project that explores mindful media making and sharing as powerful practices of early childhood learning. As instructor of IML 500 – Digital Media Tools and Tactics, he helps graduate students from across the University harness the powers of video and new media as research tools to support their scholarly pursuits. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts + Practice. He is also an avid surfer.

21 Articles

Sofala Ntweng-Knapton

Sofala Ntweng-Knapton is a student attending San Francisco State University currently studying Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts.

20 Articles

Stephanie Thatcher

Stephanie Thatcher is currently an undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in Philosophy and Legal Studies. Her interests primarily lie in civics, politics, and media literacy. Stephanie is the KQED Education Services Intern.

19 Articles

Chanelle Ignant

Chanelle is the Youth Media Specialist for KQED Learning. She has worked with various Bay Area youth media organizations and is an independent media maker.

10 Articles

Rachel Roberson

Rachel Roberson is KQED’s news education manager. Previously, she was a reading, writing and social studies teacher leader on three continents, having served on the founding staff of KIPP Bayview Academy in San Francisco before moving to schools in Abu Dhabi and Austin, Texas. She started her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. Before she was a teacher, Rachel was a journalist in the East Bay.

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Nancy Yamamoto

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Alice Chen

Alice Chen is an English Language Arts teacher, technology coach, and professional development trainer. Additionally, she is a Lead PBS Digital Innovator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and PBS SoCaL American Graduate Champion. She is constantly pushing the boundaries of her knowledge and believes in the power of a collaborative Personal Learning Network (PLN). She enjoys connecting with other educators on Twitter @wondertechedu, and she also blogs at Meanderers welcomed.

8 Articles

Derek Lartaud

Derek Lartaud came to the Bay Area after nearly five years of researching schizophrenia and diabetes at Yale University. Determined to tell visual stories, he’s worked for the BBC, Al Jazeera America, TIME, PBS, and the Center for Investigative Reporting. He has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a master’s degree in journalism. When not holding a camera or editing a story, he’s trying to rebuild his 1969 Honda CL350.

7 Articles

Peter Paccone

Peter Paccone is a San Marino High School social studies teacher with 30 years of teaching experience. A big fan of tech in ed, civic learning, PBL’s, flipping, and all things TED, he frequently writes about these topics for and several other online, education-related publications as well. He’s given an ED-Talk (TED-Talk style) presentation at the 2015 and 2016 California Teachers Summit and at the 2016 Arcadia Innovative Teacher Summit. His first TED-Ed Lesson – Why is it so Hard to Amend the US Constitution? – can be found at

7 Articles

Youth Radio

Youth Radio is the Peabody Award-winning youth-driven production company headquartered in Oakland, California. For more Youth Radio stories and lesson ideas, check out .

7 Articles

Laura Bradley

Laura Bradley has been teaching middle school English in Sonoma County, California since 1988. She also developed curriculum for and teaches a digital design class and a broadcast media class, where her students produce the school’s daily news show. Laura holds an M.A. in Educational Technology, and is a Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Educator, PBS Digital Innovator, National Board Certified Teacher, Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultant, Edutopia facilitator, and first place winner of the Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award.

7 Articles

Mariana Garcia Serrato

Mariana Garcia Serrato is a STEM teacher at AdVENTURE, a STEM program from the Oak Grove School District in San Jose, CA. She currently teaches Science and Engineering in grades five through eight. She is a Google Certified Educator, Edmodo Ambassador, MT for, Globaloria Teacher of the Year (2013) and SCCOE/TI STEM Teacher of the Year (2014). Her goal of making STEM relevant to her students has inspired her to create a fully gamified, PBL classroom. She enjoys sharing her ideas in her blog, and connecting with other educators using the Twitter handle @MarianaGSerrato.

7 Articles

Annelise Wunderlich

Annelise is a documentary filmmaker, educator, and Youth Participation Manager at KQED. Her films have aired on national and regional public television outlets, and she teaches film studies at Diablo Valley College. She loves very spicy food, and traveling to places where people make it.

6 Articles

Kira Miller

Kira Miller is a Resource Specialist in the East Bay, CA. She has been teaching in the Bay Area for the past 5 years. She has worked in a number of Special Education settings, including elementary, middle and high school environments. She has a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and is going back for her Administrative credential in the Fall. Kira loves her job and has loved watching her career and the children she works with blossom.

6 Articles

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a leading scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. It is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and research and education programs, which engage people of all ages and backgrounds on two of the most important topics of our time: life and its sustainability. Founded in 1853, the Academy’s mission is to explore, explain and sustain life. Visit for more information.

5 Articles

Ellen Coplan Holderman

Ellen is the Communications and Engagement Manager at KQED Education. She is a marketing and social media maven with experience working with educators and nonprofits in the Bay Area, most notably at Common Sense Media. In her spare time,  she enjoys rock climbing, backpacking and drinking too much matcha tea.

5 Articles

Robyn Scott

I use remote technology to work with students in many time zones  while they prepare for college. I currently work with TutorNerds in California as an English tutor.

4 Articles

Janelle Bence

Janelle Quintans Bence currently facilitates English in a blended Humanities class at New Tech High @ Coppell in Texas. She has vast experience with English Language Learners and has taught for fourteen years in both urban and suburban school districts. She is an active teacher-leader at both local and national levels and has presented at many national conferences such as NWP, NCTE, and SITE. Her passion is teaching writing and offering her learners authentic learning experiences where they have opportunities to make meaningful changes in the world.

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Masha Pershay

Masha Pershay is an Education Services Intern at KQED. She is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, where she majored in media studies and audio engineering. Formerly a college radio DJ at KUSF, Masha continues to pursue her passion for sound production through various projects ranging from podcasting to recording sound for visual media, as well as live DJing.

4 Articles

Amy Rosenstein

Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and PBS Digital Innovator, Amy Rosenstein teaches elementary school in Westchester County, N.Y. where she shares her enthusiasm for technology with her students. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Cornell University as well as a Master’s in Elementary Education. Traveling the world via Skype with her students to places like Hong Kong, India, and Kenya, she incorporates digital storytelling, blogging, self-publishing and other web tools into her classroom. Co-founder of and recipient of the 2013 Pioneer Award, she is the author of the Scholastic eBook titled 10 Fresh Ways to Incorporate Technology into the Classroom.

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Chris Sloan

Chris Sloan teaches high school English and media at Judge Memorial in Salt Lake City, Utah. A doctoral candidate in the hybrid Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University, his research focuses on student motivation and digital composition. He has been a teaching consultant with the National Writing Project since 1993.

3 Articles

Kelley Hutchison

Kelley Hutchison is an English teacher at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, CA. She currently teaches AP English Language as well as junior and senior literature classes. When she’s not asking students “What would Atticus do?” Kelley is usually chasing around her two-year-old son, gardening, or exploring the bookstores of Oakland with her husband, Chris.

3 Articles

Maria Laws

Maria is a high school science teacher with over twenty years of classroom experience.  In addition to her classroom work, Maria is a Teacher in Residence at UC Berkeley, a member of the CTA-Stanford University led Instructional Leadership Corps, and recently finished a year long position as an NEA funded Better Lesson Master Teacher in Biology Fellow.   You can see many of her standards based biology lessons on the BetterLesson website.

3 Articles

Rebecca Girard

Rebecca Girard has been a science teacher for over 23 years. She currently teaches biology at  Notre Dame High School in Belmont, CA. She is also their EdTech Instigator and works to integrate technology in meaningful ways to engage and motivate her school community. She is passionate about developing student and adult 21st Century learners.

She has been honored as a Comcast All-Star Teacher Finalist and a Silicon Valley CUE Outstanding Teacher of the year. In 2015, she received her school’s highest teaching honor, the Rosalind Crosby Excellence in Teaching Award, and completed the MERIT program through the Krause Center for Innovation.

When she isn’t teaching and surfing the web for the latest and greatest tech tools, she loves spending time with her husband and two girls.

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Albert Padilla

I was born and raised in the border town of Calexico California. I have been married for over a decade and have three daughters.

I earned my bachelors’ degree in Social Science (teaching) from San Diego State University and then a Masters’ Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix. I come from a family of teachers. Nine members from my family are currently serving as teachers or administrators including my father, brother and wife.

I have been a high school science teacher at Brawley Union High School since 2008 where I have taught all of the following subjects: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy & Physiology. I hold a clear credential in all of the subjects I’ve taught in addition to social science.

I have also served as an Academic Coach (20%) during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.  In 2013 I earned an award for “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” through the Brawley Chamber of Commerce. I am also a Google Certified Educator.

Recently I was appointed as a Board Member for the Heber Elementary School District.

Some of my extra curricular activities include coaching, journalism, and public address announcing (sporting events).

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Jamedra Brown Fleischman

Jamedra Brown Fleischman is the Social Media & Outreach Specialist for KQED Education. In her spare time she enjoys most things mommyhood, fashion and pop culture.

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Nancy Ogden

Nancy Ogden is a high school social studies teacher at Hayward High school in the San Francisco’s East Bay. In addition to teaching high school, she teaches Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction courses in the teaching credential program at Cal State University East Bay. Outside of teaching, she is a mom to two energetic and curious little boys.

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Kristin Vogel

Kristin Vogel is a Resource Specialist in San Bruno, CA. She has been teaching in the Bay Area for the past ten years, and has worked in a variety of school settings for students with special needs. Kristin brings a strong sense of social justice pedagogy to her craft, and actively participates in local, state, and national advocacy groups to ensure the best education for all students. She resides in San Francisco, CA, and is a pretty big nerd.

3 Articles

Farrin Abbott

Farrin Abbott is the video producer for KQED’s Art School! In her free time she’s usually making videos, troubleshooting workflows and riding a bicycle (often at the same time).

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CaT Bobino

CaT Bobino has her B.S. in Biology and is currently an education intern at KQED. She enjoys sharing her love of science through media, public speaking, and outreach programs. CaT is finishing up her Masters in Biology at CSU East Bay and plans to do more media work and help change the image of a scientist.  You can contact her on Twitter at @intheknowshow or go to her website

3 Articles

Robyn Carter

Robyn Carter is a faculty member in the English department at Ashford University and also serves as the San Francisco WritersCorp artist in residence at Redding Elementary School. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and when she is not teaching or developing curriculum, she writes fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Conjunctions, Ninth Letter, West Branch, Colorado Review and other journals. She is at work on a series of guides for middle grade teachers called Writers Read! Bridging the Gap between the Reading & Writing Workshop. Check out Room2Ruminations to see art and writing by her third, fourth and fifth graders.

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Jessica Tarlton

Jessica Tarlton is a UC Berkeley graduate and Media Studies major. She loves the arts, travel and learning. Jessica is currently the Educational Services intern at KQED.

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John Walter

John Walter is a journalism educator and student media adviser at Junction City High School in Junction City, Kansas and is currently in his third year of teaching. John is a graduate of Kansas State University where he studied journalism education and American ethnic studies. He focuses on 21st-century digital media skills and social justice pedagogy. John is an active member of the Journalism Education Association, Kansas Scholastic Press Association, and the Association for Career and Technical Education. Connect with John on Twitter at @John_MWalter.

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Youth Media Team

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Kimberley Campisano

Kimberley Campisano is a San Francisco Bay Area artist and educator. For most of the past 20 years she has been a high school classroom art teacher as well as an instructional coach and curriculum developer. (integrating Art, Science, and Literacy …STEAM!). Formerly with San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Kim now teaches Art1 and Digital Imaging at Washington High School in  Fremont Unified School District (FUSD). She has contributed to the development and dissemination of secondary art and integrated curriculum for KQED’s as well as several Bay Area museums. A practicing artist, Ms Campisano works in interdisciplinary media and installation. She received her Master’s Degree in Fine Art from John F. Kennedy University and lives in Oakland with her husband, Jason and rescued Pit Bull, Dumpling.

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SFMOMA Education

Founded in 1935, SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art. From the outset, the museum has championed the most innovative and challenging art of its time, and we continue to exhibit and collect work by both modern masters and younger, less-established artists. By embracing the challenge of the new and unexpected, we hope to encourage fresh ways of seeing, thinking, and engaging with the world.

Supporting teachers with the critical resources to integrate arts education into their classroom is a priority for SFMOMA. The Museum’s School Initiatives Division aims to provide teachers with what they need to make art an important and integral part of learning for all students.

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Tom McFadden

I spend half my time teaching 8th grade science at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA, and the other half as “Science With Tom”, making YouTube music videos and performing at public schools throughout  the Bay Area. To hire “Science With Tom” to make a video or do a workshop or live show at your school, you can contact me here.

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Nicole Naditz

Nicole Naditz, a PBS 2016-2017 DigitalMedia Learning Innovator is a multiple award-winning Google Certified Innovator and National Board Certified Teacher of French language and culture at Bella Vista High School near Sacramento, California. In addition to teaching, she is a sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator of professional learning. She has also served as a full-time support provider to newly credentialed teachers across the preK-12 curriculum. In addition, she is on the leadership team of the Capital World Language Project and she was appointed the state’s Instructional Quality Commission, the primary advisory body to the California State Board of Education.

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Rebecca Newburn

Rebecca Newburn is a middle school science and math educator interested in developing solutions to the human impact on our ecosystem. She was the video talent for a national algebra project after being discovered on YouTube, where she won 19 awards and Greatest Do-It-Yourself Guru status. She co-founded the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library and created it as a replicable model, which helped launch hundreds of seed libraries globally.  Passion for biodiversity inspires her teaching.

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Chabot Space & Science Center

The Galaxy Explorers at Chabot Space & Science Center are a group of youth volunteers who educate, explore, and share science with the public through interactive demos, special projects, and community partnerships.

Chabot’s mission is to inspire and educate visitors about Planet Earth and the Universe through exhibits, telescope viewing, planetarium shows, interactive programs, and engaging experiences to connect visitors with the earth and environment, astronomy and space travel. Chabot’s education programs promote STEM literacy skills needed for a 21st-century society and workforce.

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Jim Pike

Jim Pike is the 5th and 6th grade STEAM teacher at Albert Einstein Academy in Beverly Hills and is the director of Game-Based Learning and Learning Centers. He has been teaching with Minecraft for three years and has written Minecraft math curriculum called Mathcraft. Please follow him on twitter @joakleyiii and go to to see his math currculum. When Jim is not teaching he likes playing ice hockey and creating cheeseburgers.

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Crystal Browning

Crystal Browning teaches English Language Arts in the Multimedia Technology Academy at Monache High School in Porterville, CA.  She currently serves as the English Department Co-Chair.  She is passionate about creating a safe and loving learning environment through mutual tolerance and transparency.  She laughs, cries, and learns alongside her students.  You can reach her on Twitter @MrsBteachagape.

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Dawn Reed

Dawn Reed is an English teacher at Okemos High School in Okemos, Michigan, and is currently in her 12th year of teaching. She is a co-director of Red Cedar Writing Project at Michigan State University, a site of the National Writing Project. Dawn earned her master’s degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a specialization in Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy from Michigan State University. She conducts professional development for teachers focused on technology integration and the teaching of writing. She is co-author of Research Writing Rewired: Lessons that Ground Students’ Digital Learning (Corwin Literacy 2015) and Real Writing: Modernizing the Old School Essay (Rowman and Littlefield 2016), and has published in various journals, books, and websites. Follow Dawn on Twitter at @dawnreed.

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Matthew Farber

Matthew Farber, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Technology, Innovation, and Pedagogy program at the University of Northern Colorado. His research is at the intersection of teacher education, learning technologies, and game-based learning. He ponders how educators use games in their classrooms to give students agency, while also teaching skills of empathy, systems thinking, and design thinking. Dr. Farber is a former classroom teacher who led the way in bringing games to the classroom, as an academic on the topic and as an author about the implementation of games in the classroom. Dr. Farber has been invited to the White House, and he has been interviewed about games and learning by NPR, Fox News Radio, USA TODAY and The Wall Street Journal. He is also an Edutopia blogger, a Certified BrainPOP Educator, and he is in the iCivics Educator Network.  His book, Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning — Revised Edition (Peter Lang, 2017) features a foreword from USA TODAY’s Greg Toppo. He is the also co-editor of The Game Jam Guide (Carnegie Mellon University: ETC Press, 2017). His newest book, Game-Based Learning in Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches with Games (Peter Lang, in production), has a foreword from James Paul Gee.  

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Randy Depew

Randy is the Lead Instructional Designer for KQED Education where he leads professional learning and curriculum design efforts. Prior to working for KQED, Randy spent almost 20 years as the lead teacher of The Digital Safari Academy @ MDHS, a California Partnership Academy focused on digital media arts. In addition to his work at KQED, Randy has served as an adjunct faculty member in Brandman University’s school of education since 2001. He has a B.A. in chemistry from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in Education from Chapman University, and an Ed.D. in organizational leadership from Brandman University. His personal interests include witnessing amazing live music, drawing, raising chickens, and watching anime and cartoons with his daughter.

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Samantha Fraschetti

Samantha Fraschetti is a San Jose social studies teacher with middle and high school experience. She earned her Masters Degree in Education, and is passionate about fostering the development of civic participation and digital literacy. Samantha is all about high energy and hands on learning, to bring history alive and make it relevant for students. She loves sharing stories and ideas with fellow teachers on Instagram @freshteach

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Leasa Graves

Leasa Graves has been an educator for the past thirteen years teaching grades K to adult. She currently works as the lead teacher at the Santa Rosa Youth Connections, a John Muir Charter School that serves students from the ages of sixteen to twenty four year old who have returned to earn their high school diploma. As an educator, Leasa is committed to supporting students in their educational journey and seeks to provide authentic learning experiences that empower and inspire her students.

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Florence Whisenant

Florence Whisenant teaches Art & Photography at Napa Valley Independent Studies (NVIS). She graduated from California College of the Arts. Outside of teaching she is involved in making ceramics, drawings, & book arts. Recently she served as an Art Jurist (2 year term) for the Napa City/County Library for their Art Gallery.

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Alexandra Paris

Alexandra Paris is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. She earned both her B.A. in Visual Art and M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning. Alexandra’s teaching career began in San Diego where she taught 10th grade English. She is currently teaching 9th and 12th grade English in San Marino. In the classroom, her passion is integrating technology to enhance students’ 21st century skills. Outside the classroom, Alexandra enjoys cooking and physical activities such as tennis. Check Alexandra’s classroom activities on her Twitter, @parissmhs

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Julianna Cecere

Julianna Cecere is a Digital Media Intern for KQED Education. She studies Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. In her free time she likes to paint and dance to funky music.

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Heidi Suburu

Heidi Suburu has loved teaching for 34 years.  She has taught Kindergarten, first grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade.  She loves challenges and has high expectations for her students and herself. She loves learning new information and enjoys sharing it with her students and colleagues. She currently teaches Kindergarten at Endeavour Elementary School.  Working out and staying healthy is one of her passions.   She is also a health and fitness consultant and a personal trainer. She has helped write curriculum for the incredible company,  In addition to loving teaching in all capacities, she adores her family and her adorable grandchildren.

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PBS NewsHour Extra

Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Extra provides students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events.

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Joel Malley

Joel Malley teaches English 9, AP Literature and Composition and a senior English elective entitled Digital Writing Workshop at Cheektowaga Central High School, just outside of Buffalo, NY. His Digital Writing Workshop is a PBS Newshour Student Reporting Lab. He has been a teaching consultant with the National Writing Project since 2003.

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Latrice Bennett

I am a product of the Peninsula, and I now reside in Oakland California. I am a middle school teacher currently working in San Francisco. I work passionately to fan the flames of literacy, while teaching students how to live their life with Persistence, Resiliency, Intelligence, Determination, and Empathy.

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Jordan Stewart-Rozema

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Maria Cervera

Maria is the Online Learning Manager for KQED Education and spends her life designing learning experiences that make thoughtful and meaningful use of technology. She is always on the look out for great stories.

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Darcy Salvadore

Throughout the course of her twenty years of teaching, Darcy Salvadore has taught all levels of high school English. Currently, she teaches at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California. She puts her students in the driver’s seat of their education and views herself as a facilitator of learning rather than a dispenser of information. She is involved in instructional leadership on her campus and in her district. Darcy is part of the original cohort of Technology Lead Teachers and she presents on using social media as an instructional tool, among other technology based topics, at her school, district, and beyond. Darcy uses KQED Teach resources in her classroom to build social and media literacy, improve reading and listening skills, and to help her students become creators of media rather than consumers.

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Dan Rosales

My education and experience have given me a unique perspective of the world and of how to teach science and technology. I believe that academic rigor can best be taught through Inquiry based Learning (IBL) in a laboratory environment. I have been teaching classes that implement this pedagogy for over twenty years. I have also implemented blended learning into my AP Physics/ Computer Science Principles classes and have used various KQED educational science content to discuss climate change and earthquakes. I am both a KQED Teacher Ambassador and a Napa Learns Ambassador which make me Ambassador Squared.

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Michael Hernandez

Michael is an award-winning cinema and journalism teacher in Los Angeles whose work focuses on social justice, digital storytelling and media literacy.  He speaks regularly at conferences in the U.S. and abroad, like CUE, ISTE and SXSWEdu on topics related to tech integration and innovative teaching and learning strategies. Michael also leads students and teachers on documentary trips to Vietnam, Cuba and Cambodia as part of an experiential learning program.  He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and PBS Digital Innovator.  Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @cinehead and at

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Jessica Neely

Jessica, an Oakland native, joined KQED in 2004 for the early stages of QUEST. She has always had a passion for science and holds a Bachelors of Science in Evolution and Ecology from UC Davis. After a stint in the education department at the Sacramento Zoo, she fell in love with science education and completed a single subject teaching credential in Biology and General Science at Mills College. She taught high school science at San Lorenzo High School where she served as Science Department Chair. In addition to working on QUEST, Jessica ran the national educational outreach for the first season of Jean Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. Jessica currently supports KQED Education and QUEST remotely from her home in Oregon.

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Scott Petri

Scott Petri has taught social studies at the middle school level and high school level since 2003. He has also served as a coordinator and small school principal in LAUSD.  He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Educational Administration from California State University Northridge, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego. Dr. Petri is a board member of the California Council for the Social Studies and the past President of the Southern California Social Studies Association.

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Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly teaches US History, Government, Economics, Psychology, and Academic Decathlon at Minarets High School outside Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. Bob has taught for 20 years in all sorts of social studies content areas and school settings including Palo Alto, Mariposa, and the Central Valley. He loves blending new and old school understandings and approaches to the world we live in. He is a well-experienced teacher trainer in both history and technology integration and has been an AP reader for the US History exam as well as a Google Apps for Education Certified Innovator and a PBS LeariningMedia Local Digital Innovator. He also teaches teachers how to teach AP US History as he is a College Board Consultant. Bob was also a football coach for 20+ years.

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