Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators


  • Spotlight: Nick Jacques (NV '19)

    February 13, 2020

    Nick Jacques (NV ’19) has doubled the size of his band program by combining caring, supportive music instruction with high expectations, forging a unique culture: “I create an environment that students want to be part of.”

  • Spotlight: Lyndsay Hartmann (NE '19)

    February 10, 2020

    Lyndsay Hartmann (NE ’19) may use her Milken Award prize to enrich her lessons by traveling to Civil War sites and World War II museums: “The greatest gift I can give to the future is citizens who have the skills to understand the world around them and acknowledge the potential impact they have.”

  • Spotlight: Lacy Rivera (NM '19)

    February 7, 2020

    Professional learning coach Lacy Rivera (NM ’19) started teaching as a stepping stone to working on educational policy. She never expected to fall in love with the classroom: “Educators can be agents of change that multiplies across communities and grows over the years.”

  • Spotlight: Dr. Johnnie Marshall (GA '19)

    February 3, 2020

    Dr. Johnnie Marshall (GA ’19) had many inspirational teachers growing up, but not one African American man. That’s one of the reasons he became an educator: “I wanted to be a beacon of light for young scholars, especially those who resembled me.”

  • Spotlight: Jennifer Williams (LA '19)

    January 31, 2020

    For English teacher Jennifer Williams (LA ’19), success is making a meaningful connection with each student. “A great relationship is all the success I need,” she says. “With that, all else will follow.”

  • Spotlight: Brian Allman (WV '19)

    January 30, 2020

    Brian Allman (WV ’19) spends a lot of time talking with his sixth graders about their interests outside of school. “I am genuinely interested in their lives, but I’m also looking for ways to work it into a social studies lesson,” he says. “They have to be able to connect to the material.”

  • Spotlight: Brooke Lee (OK '19)

    January 29, 2020

    The most important lessons in Brooke Lee’s English class are about perseverance: “Failing makes us overcome obstacles and try harder.” 

  • Spotlight: Princess Francois (NY '19)

    January 28, 2020

    Princess Francois (NY ’19) inspires students by sharing her own life experiences without hesitation. “I confronted and defeated many of the same challenges they face,” she says. “Not only did I survive, but I am thriving.”

  • Spotlight: Nathan Yaussy (OH '19)

    January 27, 2020

    Endless days in a lab with buckets of dead bugs drove Nathan Yaussy (OH ’19) from research science to teaching: “I realized that I needed people to talk to.”

  • Spotlight: Katie McQuone (CA '19)

    January 24, 2020

    Katie McQuone (CA ’19) originally planned to teach elementary school, but when a job opened up leading the Video Production Academy at her alma mater, the fit felt right. “High school students are on the verge of figuring out their whole life,” she says. “It’s so exciting to help them get on their way.”

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