EVERFI has selected 12 Teacher Ambassadors from across North America to serve as the 2018 EVERFI Teacher Ambassadors. In their role, these esteemed educators will work alongside the Research, Curriculum Development, and K-12 Schools Implementation teams to guide and support best practices in blended learning curriculum.
We’re thrilled to welcome their expertise and support! Learn more about our Ambassadors below:
Jeannette Barreto – Montana
Jeannette Barreto has taught in Montana for the last 14 years. She teaches Spanish, Business, Computer Science and Multimedia courses at Colstrip High School, in the small and rural town of Colstrip. She absolutely loves to teach Computer Science and Multimedia courses which are her greatest area of comfort and expertise. She has had the honor of being selected for different programs like Code.Org, workshops on the Joy and Beauty of Computers and others. Most of her student population is Native American or ranchers traveling over 30 miles to attend school. She loves the unique opportunity that teaching in Colstrip provides her and her students to learn!
Taalib Boyd – New York
Taalib Boyd teaches Computer Science for the New York City Department of Education; where he has proudly served this system for over 14 years. Taalib, being a product of the New York City foster care system has had a very humble beginning; having to struggle through the early death of both his parents he has become a survivor in the true sense of the word. Best-selling Author of the book The C.A.L.L, Taalib serves as president of Kaizen Strategies Institute which provides leadership and personal growth training solutions around the country. He is also a keynote speaker on the topics of ambition, leadership, and dealing with adversity.
Teresa Commerford – Kansas
Teresa is a business teacher at Bucklin High School USD 459 in rural, southwest Kansas. Her courses fall into the Business Management & Entrepreneurship CTE pathway. She is a “transition teacher” with a Master of Science in Education and four years of teaching experience. Prior to teaching, Teresa was a Product Marketing Manager for brands such as Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover®, Dolly Madison™ and Drake’s® snack cakes, and Willow Tree® angels & gifts. She is an EVERFI Certified Teacher. Upon completion of her Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio (KPTP) in 2016, Teresa earned an award for achieving a portfolio score within the top ten-percent of all portfolios submitted for licensure from Fort Hays State University. Her edtech areas of specialty support a variety of blended and flipped learning tools.
Cecilia Gray – Arkansas
Cecilia is in her 23rd year in education and currently teaches high school Family & Consumer Sciences courses including a concurrent credit class, Introduction to Education, through a local university. She has taught in the Pottsville School District (AR) since 2002 (16 years). In addition to teaching FACS, she has also taught 6th and 7th-grade mathematics and is a licensed school counselor. She is currently serving as the Career and Technical Education Content Lead Teacher for Arch Ford Cooperative. She has received numerous awards including Teacher of the Year – Arkansas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Master Adviser – Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, and Disney Teacher Award nominee. Her certifications include ServSafe Instructor/Proctor, Global Career Development Facilitator, Working in Support of Education (W!SE) Financial Literacy Certification, and Certification in Personal Finance. Her areas of edtech expertise include Moodle, blended learning, and online instruction.
Kitty Herbel – Oklahoma
Kitty is in her 14th year of teaching. She is currently teaching Computer Science to 6th-8th graders at Waller Middle School in Enid, Oklahoma. She previously taught 4th and 5th grade for 8 ½ years. Kitty also spent 1 ½ years as a Technology Trainer for Oklahoma City Public Schools before moving to Enid Public Schools. She has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Guidance and Counseling. Kitty has presented at local, state, and national conferences. She was named the 2015 Oklahoma Technology Association “Making IT Happen” Teacher of the Year, the 2015 Northwest Region SKIE Award Winner, 2017 Eskimo Joes Teacher of the Year, 2017 McDonald’s Teacher of the Month, and has been a school building teacher of the year twice. Kitty has also served on the Hour of Code and CSEd Week Review Committee for the last two years.
Spencer Kiper – Louisiana
A native to Northwest Louisiana, Spencer Kiper is a STEM educator and advocate from Bossier City, Louisiana. Mr. Kiper teaches middle school STEM enrichment to over 100 students and serves as an adjunct professor of education for Louisiana State University in Shreveport. His passion for STEM education permeates the Shreveport/Bossier City area, and much of his free time is spent volunteering locally to build a stronger STEM and Cyber presence in his region. Mr. Kiper is an active volunteer and mentor in Civil Air Patrol, and was awarded the CAP National Aerospace Educator of the Year Award in 2016. He has also been awarded the Henry Ford Innovator Award for innovative instructional practices in his classroom. He believes that leadership and advocacy in STEM education must begin at the grassroots level in education, and with this in mind, Mr. Kiper is heading into his fourth full summer as a professional development specialist for the Space Academy for Educators program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In his free time, Mr. Kiper enjoys travelling, sponsoring after school activities for his students, SCUBA diving, and taking trips to Disney World.
Jessica Lemmo – Maryland
Jessica is in her 16th year teaching for Baltimore City Public Schools is a Model Teacher in the area of Library Media. She is dual certified in Early Child Education and Library Media plus has a minor in Special Education. She was a classroom teacher prior to being a Library Media Specialist. She is professional developer who presents district-wide and conferences both locally and state level on Educational Technology (Gamification, Blended Learning, 21st Century Book Reports, Race to the Top with Online Resources and 21st Century Skills to Engage Readers & Monitor Comprehension). She holds certifications in EdTech areas such as: EVERFI FinLit Certified Teacher, DEN (Discovery Educational Network) Ambassador, Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Teacher, Edmodo Ambassador/Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Nearpod Certified Teacher/Trainer, BrainPop Certified Educator, CK-12 Certified Educator and more. She is the current president of the Baltimore City Reading Council.
Eileen Lennon – New York
Eileen is part of the team that developed the social media guidelines and resources for the NYC Board of Education. She is Microsoft, Google, and CommonSense certified and moderates the monthly #NYCSchoolsTechChat. Eileen has also guest moderated national Twitter chats such as #EdTechChat, #growthmindset, and #connectedTL. She has presented at various technology conferences, including the NYCDOE Tech Summit, EduCon, and the Tech & Learning Summit. Ms. Lennon was awarded the NYCDOE Excellence in School Technology Award at the annual NYCDOE Tech Summit in July 2016 and the Most Innovative Use of Social Media Awarded at NYC Technology Forum in November 2017. She teaches technology at the Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 in Bayside, Queens.
David Poore – Pennsylvania
David Poore is a STEM and Engineering Teacher at Lincoln JR/SR High School in Ellwood City PA. David is currently in his 6th year of teaching, having taught for four years at Springfield High School in Robertson County, TN. He is a former EVERFI & Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation ‘Teacher of the Month’ and presenter for the Middle Tennessee CTE Summer Institute. His skills include SolidWorks, Graphic Design, Vector Design, Rapid Prototyping, and CNC operation.
Alesha Roberson – Missouri
For the past 27 years of Alesha’s career, she’s had the pleasure of being in the field of education. Her positions have ranged from classroom teacher (15 years), parent trainer, alternative teaching trainer, counselor, working as a director for Sylvan Learning Centers, and a reading specialist. Alesha’s also had the honor of being awarded Target Teacher of the Year, and speaking at the Missouri School Counselor Association several times.
Bridgett Schmitt – Illinois
Bridgett is in her fourth year teaching eighth grade science and her first year teaching social studies. She graduated from North Central College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in June of 2014 and in August of 2017, graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Science Education at Aurora University. Bridgett has the privilege of teaching at Rotolo Middle School in Batavia, IL which is part of School District 101. In her four years of teaching, she has received both an honorable mention and an award for being the 8th-grade CANDO Exemplary Educator for the district. A personal favorite edtech experience of hers is bringing Google Expeditions into her classroom and school. She loves trying new things and exploring new ways to improve her students’ learning experiences and cannot wait to share this passion!
Bushra Shahid – Ontario
Bushra is an enthusiastic, passionate, open-minded 21st-century teacher, and Google Certified Educator currently working as a Grade 6 teacher at Fairwind Sr. Public School. She uses educational technology tools to adapt, modify and accommodate instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners and to develop students’ technological skills through technology-enabled teaching and learning practices. She has experience using emerging technologies and applications that meet current educational standards. During the past seven years of her career, she has worked as an elementary and secondary school teacher, educational technology trainer, online instructor, Range Finding Committee member EQAO, high school curriculum developer, scoring supervisor, staff trainer, PD organizer, coding curriculum team member PDSB, technology continuum developer for elementary, Mathletics contest judge, Peel 1st Film Festival committee member, and a global presenter. She loves to present and has done so at various education technology workshops including Google summits, STAO, Peel Numeracy Conference, Empowering Modern Learners Conference, and Ed-Tech conferences across Ontario.