Matthew Green

Matthew Green is a digital media producer for KQED News. He previously produced The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog. Matthew's written for numerous Bay Area publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. He also taught journalism classes at Fremont High School in East Oakland. Email:; Twitter: @MGreenKQED

339 Articles

Almetria Vaba

Almetria Vaba  is the associate director for education partnerships and distribution at KQED.  In her role, she leads collaborative efforts with education agencies, public media stations and other non profit organizations.

142 Articles

Andrea Aust

Andrea is the Senior Manager of Science Education for KQED, where she has been developing science education resources and providing professional learning for STEM educators for more than 10 years. 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.

106 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.

81 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

56 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

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

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.

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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. She has worked with various Bay Area youth media organizations and is an independent media maker.

17 Articles

Peter Paccone

Peter Paccone is a San Marino High School social studies teacher with 30 years of teaching experience. He is also the KQED In the Classroom publications manager and a member of several teacher advisory committees (iCivics, Global Flipped Learning, PBS, Better Together California Teacher Summit, etc.). He writes frequently for several education-related online publications (ITC, Edutopia, PBS’s Teacher Lounge, etc.) and he has given a TED-Talk style presentation at the 2015 and 2016 California Teachers Summit and at the 2016 Arcadia Innovative Teacher Summit. In addition, he has produced two TED-Ed Lessons.

15 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.

16 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.

14 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, California. She currently teaches Science and Engineering in grades five through eight. She is a certified PBS Media Literacy Educator, Google Certified Educator, KQED Media Literacy Innovator, 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, Teaching Above the Test, and connecting with other educators using the Twitter handle @MarianaGSerrato.

10 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.

10 Articles

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.

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Nancy Yamamoto

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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.

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

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.

7 Articles

Lizzie Arnett

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Angie Wong

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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

Jessica Tarlton

Jessica is the Digital Marketing Specialist for KQED Education. She implements and helps develop marketing strategies and tactics for user acquisition, retention, and engagement through email, social media, landing pages, and other marketing tools. Jessica holds a B.A. in Media Studies from UC Berkeley.  

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

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.

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.

4 Articles

Merek Chang

Merek Chang is a chemistry and engineering teacher who currently teaches at Workman High School in Industry, California. He received his B.S from UC Davis in Food Science and Technology and worked full time in the food industry prior to entering education. It is his desire to incorporate technology in to his lesson plans whenever applicable and, if possible, through the lens of food.

4 Articles

Janelle Kim

Janelle Kim is the Engagement Specialist at KQED. She coordinates all aspects of KQED’s educational conference and event participation. She also manages KQED’s Media Literacy Innovator Program, a cohort of teacher leaders who utilize KQED Education’s resources and champion media literacy education in their schools, districts and communities. Prior to KQED, Janelle has held event and community management roles at HarperCollins Publishers and SCS Global Services, an environmental sustainability certification body.

4 Articles

Masha Pershay

Masha Pershay is an associate video producer for KQED Arts. Masha got her start in media production in 2009, when she joined college station KUSF as a radio host. She holds a B.A. in Broadcasting and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University and a certificate in sound recording from City College of San Francisco. In her spare time, she's an avid record collector and a DJ in San Francisco's Italo disco DJ collective Galaxy Radio.

4 Articles

Dan Rosales

Dan Rosales is an experienced educator who currently teaches Physics and Computer Science at American Canyon High School in Napa, California. He is also a former SWAT Team member in the USAF, a former EMT II (ACLS), and a former Cardiac Monitor Technician for an ICU/ CCU hospital with a BSEE and M.A. in Physics. These experiences have given him a unique, renaissance view of the world and of how to teach science and technology. He has used this perspective to incorporate KQED Learn into his lesson plans to present scientific content.

4 Articles

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.

4 Articles

Randy Depew

Dr. Randy Depew is KQED Education’s Managing Director. Prior to KQED, Randy was a co-founder and spent 20 years as teacher-leader of The Digital Safari Academy, a college and career academy at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, CA. Additionally, Randy served for 16 years as an adjunct faculty member in Brandman University's School of Education where he taught credential courses on digital and media literacy, teaching and learning in 21st century classrooms, literacy development for primary and second language learners, and secondary classroom management. He was the 2001 MDUSD teacher of the year and Technology and Learning Magazine’s 2000 California Technology teacher of the year and has presented at dozens of national conferences on the subject of media literacy, media production, and their impact on student engagement and achievement. At KQED, Randy oversees the development of KQED education content, including professional learning courses and educator certification, classroom curriculum, media to support student learning and online products that bring it all together. Randy holds a B.A. in chemistry from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from Chapman University and an Ed.D. in organizational leadership from Brandman University.

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Bob Kelly

Bob Kelly teaches U.S. History, Government, Economics, and Psychology at Minarets High School outside Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California. Bob has taught for over 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 U.S. History exam as well as a AP US History consultant for the College Board, a Google Apps for Education Certified Innovator, and a PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator. Bob was also a football coach for over 25 years.

4 Articles

Robin Mencher

Robin Mencher, executive director of education at KQED, leads KQED’s service to the education community through providing free, high-quality open educational resources that deepen youth civic engagement, media literacy development and relevant, engaging real-world connections supporting college, career and community readiness. A former classroom teacher, teacher leader, and designer of professional learning experiences for educators, her work in education focuses on media and digital literacies, youth voice, technology integration, teaching English learners, and educational equity.

4 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

Robert Ward

Robert Ward is currently enjoying his 25th year teaching English to a wide diversity of students at public middle schools in Los Angeles. As the author of books for educators and parents, Robert embraces a whole-child approach that attends to each student's social, emotional, soulful, and academic needs. Robert’s fourth book, Talented Teachers, Empowered Parents, Successful Students!, provides classroom strategies for including all families as allies in education. In addition to his award-winning Rewarding Education blog, Robert’s articles are regularly featured in Edutopia, Education Week, ASCD, NCTE, the U.S. Department of Education’s “The Teacher’s Edition” newsletter, and the International Literacy Association. Robert can be followed on Twitter @RewardingEdu and reached at

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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Jordan Stewart-Rozema

As the Online Learning Community Manager for KQED, Jordan develops instruction and coordinates the online professional learning community for KQED Teach. Previously, Jordan worked at Emory University as an Instructor and Digital Scholarship Consultant, developing and leading courses to help faculty incorporate digital media projects into their teaching. Jordan received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Emory University.

3 Articles

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).

3 Articles

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.

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).

3 Articles

Peg Grafwallner

Peg Grafwallner, M.Ed., is an Instructional Coach/Reading Specialist at a large, urban school in Milwaukee, WI with nearly 26 years of teaching and learning experience. She began her career as an English teacher at a private school. Currently, Peg collaborates with teachers creating, designing, modeling, implementing and assessing literacy lessons meant to enhance skillbuilding. Peg is a blogger, author, and national presenter with articles appearing in ASCDExpress, ASCDInservice, Booksource Banter Blog, Edutopia, Exceptional Parent, Literacy Daily, Literacy and NCTE, WSRA Journal and the Illinois Reading Journal. She can be reached at or at

3 Articles

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

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.

3 Articles

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.

3 Articles

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.

3 Articles

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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Ariana Proehl

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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.

3 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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Sarah Kesty

Sarah Kesty teaches special education at a middle school in Chula Vista, CA. She is a passionate advocate for people of all abilities and a proud author of the celebrated children's book, "Everyone Has Something: Together We Can." Sarah writes and speaks for CARS+ (California Special Educators) and the Latham Foundation. She is on the Advisory Board for the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, helping parents navigate the school system for children with CMT. Sarah loves researching and innovating, and she specializes in executive functioning, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities. She lives in San Diego with her husband and rescued cat.

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Stacey Cler

Stacey Cler is an English teacher at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, CA. Beginning her nineteenth year of teaching, Stacey is teaching 9th grade Literature and Writing I and Sheltered World Literature. Stacey credits KQED for catalyzing and fostering her love of digital media in the classroom. Having recently achieved recognition as a PBS Media Literacy Educator, Stacey is excited to incorporate more digital media intro her curriculum as a way for students to use their voice and illustrate their individuality.

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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.

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Jayne Lecky

Jayne Lecky is a curriculum writer, mentor and high school science and art teacher at San Ramon Valley High School. She wants to live in a world where science literacy is mandatory, staff meetings can never be over 59 minutes, and everyone carries a notebook and colored pencils wherever they go. As a KQED Teacher Ambassador, she has furthered her knowledge and sharing of pragmatic professional development, where tech, inquiry, and creativity combine. Jayne genuinely loves being asked questions by all people, young and old, as long as they raise their hand first. Follow her on Twitter @mrslecky.

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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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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.

2 Articles

Teresa Wierzbianska

Teresa Wierzbianska taught Journalism, Digital Media and English to middle schoolers in South Los Angeles. Previously, she was a public media reporter and producer up the west coast from California to Alaska. Currently, she's helping create student media resources at KQED.

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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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Logan Silva

Logan Silva grew up in amidst the redwood trees and orchards of Mendocino County. His educational experiences have included a one-room schoolhouse in the hills, Mendocino College, Cal, Dartmouth, Yale and Stanford. Over the past eight years Logan has taught nearly every subject to students ranging from seventh grade to community college, and during that time committed himself to studying the art and craft of teaching. Learn more at

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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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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.

2 Articles

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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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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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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David Cutler

David Cutler is a dedicated independent school teacher at Brimmer and May, an independent school in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he teaches United States History, Latin American History, United States Government, and Journalism. A 2013 Teacher of the Future for the National Association of Independent Schools, Cutler’s writing about education has appeared in Edutopia, The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour, and Independent School Magazine. Cutler attended Brandeis University as an undergraduate with a major in History and minors in Latin American Studies and Journalism. He holds an M.A. in Comparative History, also from Brandeis. Follow him on Twitter @SpinEDu.

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Ilana Somasunderam

Ilana Somasunderam is KQED's Science Education Manager. She previously worked in youth media and parks education at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Ilana has experience in school design as a New School Creation Fellow at High Tech High in San Diego. She started her career in education as a science teacher and department chair at Wallenberg High School in San Francisco. Ilana holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Columbia University and an M.Ed. from High Tech High Graduate School of Education.

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Erin Vallejo

Erin Vallejo is a Google Certified Educator, EdTech Teacher Leader and CUE Rock Star Teacher who teaches Sophomore Advanced English in Dublin, California. In addition to teaching English for the past eight years, Erin is also the Technology Coordinator for her high school, a Freshman Mentor Program Adviser, and the adviser for campus clubs such as Room to Read and Northern California Innocence Project. When Erin is not teaching, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and presenting at education conferences.

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Meghan Selway

Meghan Selway began her education career working with elementary school students in after school programs and as director of an educational learning center before becoming a high school teacher in Social Studies and English for the past 15 years and a teacher of English as a Second Language in Vietnam. Meghan has created and implemented lessons on embedding Common Core in content-subject areas and continually integrates different teaching and learning methodologies into curriculum to enhance student learning.

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Jolivette Mecenas

Jolivette Mecenas is a visiting professor of English at Cal State University Los Angeles, and faculty at the University of La Verne. She has been teaching college writing and rhetoric for the past 17 years, and also directs writing programs. She loves to support other teachers and public media. She also loves geeking out with her seven-year-old son to comic books and Harry Potter.

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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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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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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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Nicole Pfaff

Nicole is a sophomore and senior English teacher with 10 years of classroom experience. She also volunteered with 826 Valencia and the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation. Nicole loves to travel and spoils her three cats and husband.

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Acacia Woodschan

Acacia Woodschan is a Bay Area native currently supporting 9th grade Newcomer students at Castlemont High School. In her third year of teaching Ethnic Studies, she has learned the positive impact of technological integration into her classroom, allowing student's imaginations to explore history in a way that extends beyond textbooks and asks them to see themselves and their own histories as the intricate fabric of collective knowledge. She has utilized KQED platforms for student inquiry and is excited to be a contributing teacher in Technology in the Classroom. For information on how she integrates technology into her ELL classroom, please contact her at

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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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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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Jennifer Dean

Jennifer Dean is a Google Certified educator, Google Certified Trainer and Seesaw Ambassador who loves teaching. She has taught Transitional Kindergarten, Second Grade and now First Grade. Jennifer has an M.A in Early Childhood Education and an M.S in Instructional Technology. She was the CUE 2018 Regional Winner of the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and loves presenting and teaching. When Jennifer is not working she is traveling, spending time at the beach and hanging out with her family, including her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is on Twitter!

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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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Chad Zwolinski

Chad Zwolinski is from Michigan. He is going on his 10th year of teaching AP US History at Rochester High School with a Masters in Education. He has five sections of sophomores, is in the process of writing his second APUSH book, sponsors the Junior Class and Social Studies Honor Society and serves as Summer School Principal. Chad has a wonderful wife and two children, and is a Marvel fanatic.

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Megan Revello

Megan Revello teaches AP Psychology, Contemporary United States History, and Issues in Global Development at Middleton High School in Middleton, Wisconsin. Megan also works as a consultant for Fiveable, a company that supports students with in-depth and on-demand live group review sessions for AP exams. As an educator, she takes an eclectic approach to teaching by incorporating meaningful technology, direct instruction, real world applications of class content and promoting socio-emotional growth in her students.

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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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Samantha Paoletti

Samantha Paoletti is an English teacher and Reading Specialist who teaches in a private school on the south side of Chicago. She currently teaches a World Literature class for students with learning difficulties and a public speaking course. Her favorite part of her job is coaching a competitive Speech and Acting Team. Her educational philosophy centers around encouraging students to find what they are passionate about while writing and creating in real world situations.

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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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Nate Green

Nate is an Innovation Department Teacher and Instructional Coach at Flint Hill School. He teaches classes on the internet and social media, and he speaks at schools and conferences to promote "passion-based learning through social media." To Nate, social media represents a valuable, under-appreciated tool to develop curious and insightful lifelong learners. His instruction trains savvy, informed and responsive digital citizens—those who learn online and are understood as such by building robust digital portfolios.

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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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Katie Kriscunas

Katie Kriscunas is an Environmental Science teacher at Aptos High School in Aptos, California. She has been teaching high school science since 2010, and her adaptability and innovation has earned her recognition and extensive professional development opportunities. Katie actively seeks to collaborate with various scientific organizations and educators to improve students’ engagement and achievement in the sciences. She has worked as a Teacher Fellow for the University of California Santa Cruz COSMOS Program and the University of Florida’s Great American Biotic Interchange Research Experience for Teachers. Katie has been eagerly exploring and integrating the Next Generation Science Standards into her curriculum for the past five years. This year Katie will serve as a Tech Liaison and Secondary Science Teacher Lead for her district where she will collaborate with local educators to develop relevant curriculum and an effective plan for K-12 NGSS implementation.

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James Fester

James Fester is a technology integration support specialist at Hill-Murray school just north of St. Paul, MN where he helps both teachers and students use technology more effectively. He holds many certifications including Google Certified Innovator and Common Sense Media Ambassador. During the summer he works as an independent consultant in the areas of educational technology and as a member of the Buck Institute for Education's National Faculty help schools and teachers strengthen their project-based learning practices.

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Kim Kriedeman

Over the past 20 years, Kim has been engaging with students as an English/ Language Arts teacher. Currently, she teaches ELA and Character Leaders, and coaches PBL at Vista Innovation & Design Academy in Vista, California. By connecting personally with students, they feel at ease risking in their educational pursuits to fail and persevere. Students in her classes are offered experiences that spark passion and creativity to inspire their interests while spotlighting their values and strengths. They learn to empathize and develop relationships using the Design Thinking process. Kim adores her students and sees them as inspirational, mighty movers of change.

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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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Jim Bentley

Jim Bentley teaches 5th/6th grade in Elk Grove, California. He integrates research, reading, and writing with filmmaking, civic action, and environmental literacy in a project based learning classroom. Bentley is a National Faculty Member for the Buck Institute for Education and a Fellow at the National Geographic Society. As National Faculty, he leads professional development on implementation and refinement of Gold Standard Project Based Learning. As a Fellow, he's reviewed and refined National Geographic's Geo-Inquiry Process materials, trained teachers at national institutes, and worked on developing an online Geo-Inquiry course. Bentley graduated Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Social Sciences and cross-cultural studies emphasis.

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Rik Panganiban

Rik Panganiban is the Online Learning Manager for KQED Teach. Previously Rik was the senior manager of digital learning at the California Academy of Sciences, where he led the museum's work on youth media and STEM learning, and the instructional design lead for Science Action Club, providing online professional development for STEM educators serving 14,000 youth nationwide.

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Jeremy Hyler

Jeremy Hyler is a middle school English and Science teacher at Fulton Middle School in Michigan. He is a teacher consultant for the Chippewa River Writing Project and vice-president of The Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar (ATEG), an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Hyler has co-authored Create, Compose, Connect! Reading, Writing, and Learning with Digital Tools (Routledge/Eye on Education, 2014) with Dr. Troy Hicks as well as from Texting to Teaching: Grammar Instruction in a Digital Age.

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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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Ben Varvil

Ben Varvil is in his tenth year teaching high school in the Bay Area. He received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University in 2003 and was an engineering sales consultant for five years before transitioning to the world of education. As a lifelong maker, builder, experimenter and learner, Ben thrives in his current role of Engineering Instructor at Sir Francis Drake High School where he teaches introductory, intermediate and advanced level engineering courses.

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