Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators


  • Spotlight: Esther Kwon (HI '22)

    March 22, 2023

    Growing up in an immigrant family instilled in Esther Kwon the importance of serving her community and helping others strengthen their sense of belonging: “I chose education because it empowers me to contribute to the greater good with honor and integrity.”

  • Spotlight: Lisa Moody (NE '22)

    March 21, 2023

    Lisa Moody, who has cerebral palsy, carries a unique perspective into her special education classroom: “My experiences have given me a desire to create a more equitable and inclusive learning environment for every student.”

  • Spotlight: Liz Barnum (NV '22)

    March 20, 2023

    No one at Katherine Dunn Elementary was shocked to see Liz Barnum break into a joyful dance at her Milken Award assembly: “My students see me celebrate their successes all year long the same way.”

  • Spotlight: Dr. Bryan Cutter (AL '22)

    March 15, 2023

    Principal Dr. Bryan Cutter created his school’s elementary STEM lab to get younger students excited about the benefits of STEM learning. It’s served as a model for the district and region and is “my proudest accomplishment to date.”

  • Spotlight: Corrie Campbell (LA '22)

    March 13, 2023

    For Corrie Campbell, success means instilling a love for reading and writing: “Creating lifelong learners helps their dreams come true.”

  • Spotlight: Vanessa Thomson (MO '22)

    March 10, 2023

    Vanessa Thomson dedicates her practice to reaching every student, both quiet and loud, confident and struggling: “Every day, I work to make them feel seen, valued, and like they can be anything in this world.”

  • Spotlight: Elaine Hill (CT '22)

    March 9, 2023

    Elaine Hill credits mentors for helping her shape her practice, from content and organization to creativity and leadership: “All my role models are committed to helping others succeed.”

  • Spotlight: Elise Tureau Frederic (LA '22)

    March 8, 2023

    Elise Tureau Frederic was “underprepared and overwhelmed” during her first year in the classroom. Her school leaders and coworkers got her through it: “I am so thankful they saw potential in me.” 

  • Spotlight: Pamela Stepko (VA '22)

    March 6, 2023

    The time math interventionist Pamela Stepko spent as an assistant principal has left a lasting impact: “I now see how all parts of the educational system work together to support our students.”

  • Spotlight: Brittany Tinkler (IN '22)

    March 3, 2023

    Dealing with her own learning challenges made Brittany Tinkler determined to overcome her teachers’ limiting labels and become the educator she needed: “I hope my students develop skills that will impact how they overcome hard things for the rest of their lives.”

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