Meet Us

Our faculty are expert teacher leaders and educators who want to help you and your students reach their full potential.

They are state teachers of the year, National Board Certified Teachers, and educators in instructional leadership, policy leadership, advocacy, and association leadership who are dedicated to improving public and private education. We strive to create as many opportunities as possible for you to interact with, learn from, and collaborate with these distinguished mentors by offering:

  • Several co-facilitated courses with embedded mentoring from state teachers of the year
  • One-on-one coaching from experts during the capstone course
  • Guest experts who attend classes and illuminate multiple viewpoints related to policy and practice in teacher leadership

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Meet our faculty and teacher leaders:

Ruthanne Buck

Ruthanne Buck served as a Senior Adviser to U.S. Secretaries of Education John King and Arne Duncan for educator outreach and engagement. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in the Department first as Chief of Staff of the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs in April 2012 and served in her role as Senior Adviser to the Secretary from January 2014 through January 2017. Prior to joining the Department, Ruthanne served as an Assistant to President Randi Weingarten at the American Federation of Teachers.

Ruthanne began her career in 2001 at the Democratic National Committee working on women's and LGBT issues. Over the course of her career, Ruthanne has led major field and political operations on behalf of progressive issues, agencies and candidates, with a particular focus on education issues. She was raised in Alexandria, Louisiana; educated at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts; and lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Megan Allen

Megan M. Allen, EdD, is a National Board Certified Teacher, the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for 2010 National Teacher of the Year. She is the developer and former director of the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. She constinues to serve as a Professor of Practice and leads the Teachers as Agents of Change and Catapult! Capstone classes. She has taught for ten years, most as an elementary and special education teacher, serving in Title One schools in Hillsborough County, FL. 

Megan is a huge policy nerd who enjoys blogging for Education Week at An Edugeek’s Guide to K12 Practice and Policy and for the Center for Teaching Quality at Musings of a Red Headed Teacher.  She is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Teacher Advisory Board for Teaching Partners. @redhdteacher



Jemelleh Coes is Georgia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. She spent six years teaching English/language arts and math in both the general and special education setting at Langston Chapel Middle School in Statesboro, Georgia. Jemelleh will be our Professor of Practice for our J-term/intercession class, Fostering Partnerships, Collaboration, and Communication.

She is a two-time graduate from Georgia Southern University and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice with certificates in law and policy, disability studies, and qualitative research at the University of Georgia. She is a classroom and field instructor for teacher candidates at the University of Georgia, and she also serves as a teacher mentor for classroom teachers throughout the state. In this capacity, she supports teachers with career development and special projects. Her work seems to be about helping other educators grown but the truth is that her work is just a very clever way to learn from some of the most excited and uniquely innovative educators in Georgia!

While, Jemelleh serves as the education co-chair for Georgia’s National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Chapter, president of the Georgia Teachers of the Year Association, board member for the Georgia Cyber Academy and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, advisory councilman of Georgia’s Network for Transforming Educator Preparation and the Georgia Partnership of Excellence in Education. Basically, she listens A LOT and endeavors to find the gaps in equity that exist throughout education.

Her work has a laser focus on equity and disrupting traditional ways of engaging in education. She believes that equity is the thread that runs through everything! Jemelleh says, “In the sweater of life, if you remove the equity thread, you can guarantee indecent exposure.”

Other projects that Jemelleh is working on include creating Georgia specific Every Student Succeeds Act provisions, curriculum designing with EdRising for aspiring educators in high school, developing interactive professional development for teacher leaders, facilitating a national fellowship program for teacher candidates, hosting webinars that focus on equity in schools, and conducting research with Black girls.

 Her philosophy of education is:

“The ticket to greatness lies within every child. A great teacher is willing to turn over every rock, carve every stone, and open every candy bar until they find that golden ticket!”


John Holland, PhD, NBCT

John Holland, Ph.D., NBCT, is an embedded practitioner and frequent guest lecturer with the Mount Holyoke Masters of Arts in Teacher Leadership program. He has dedicated has career to serving his community's neediest and youngest school children as a preschool teacher of 3- and 4-year-olds from Richmond, Virginia’s toughest neighborhoods. John supports the MAT program with his expertise in teacher-led innovation, coaching for equity, research, education policy, and the foundations of education. He is an adjunct professor with Virginia Commonwealth University where he teaches courses in the Department of the Foundations of Education and works to transform teaching through 21st century teacher preparation.

Stacey Donaldson

Dr. Stacey Donaldson currently serves as National Board Project Director with the Mississippi Department of Education. She supports the six World Class Teaching Programs in statewide efforts to improve teaching and student learning through National Board Certification. An NBCT in career and technical education, Donaldson has been involved in some aspect of mentoring and supporting teachers at the local, state, and national levels for the past 10 years. A 2015 Milken Fellow and 2010 National State Teacher of the Year, Donaldson spent 12 years in the classroom and is passionate about teaching, learning, and sharing this joy with students and teachers. Donaldson recently received a Ph.D. in Education specializing in educational technology. She will be the Professor of Practice for Promoting Professional Learning during our Summer 2 session.

Dave Bosso

Dr. David Bosso, a Social Studies teacher at Berlin High School, is the 2012 Connecticut Teacher of the Year and 2012 National Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Over the course of his teaching career, Bosso has traveled to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe as part of educational delegations for global understanding. Bosso currently serves as the President of the Connecticut Teacher of the Year Council, as well as the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies. His areas of expertise, on which he has written and presented extensively, include teacher motivation and morale, educational history and policy, global education, and teacher leadership. Bosso holds Masters degrees from the University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University, and a Doctor of Education degree from American International College. Dr. Bosso will be our Professor of Practice for Leading Colleagues Using Research: Bridging the Gap Between Research & Practice during summer session two.


Daniele Massey

Daniele Massey has over 13 years of experience as a classroom teacher, virtual teacher, mentor, instructional coach, teacher leader and educational consultant at the district, state, and national level.  Massey is the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) 2013 Teacher of the Year.  

 Massey began her career as a high school math teacher in Ypsilanti, Michigan and then progressed into student affairs administration for higher education at Heidelberg College.  In 2006, her career took her back to the high school classroom with DoDEA where she implemented a flipped mastery Algebra I classroom based on needs from school-wide data.  Massey’s expertise involves student-centered classrooms; project based learning, standards based assessments, formative assessments, STEM, 21st century learning, community involvement, team-teaching and creating an inclusive environment to meet the needs of all learners. 

Daniele will be our Mount Holyoke College Professor of Practice for our Summer 2 course, Owning Assessments and Data.

Hear Daniele's introduction video here 


Jennifer Walker

Jennifer Walker is the 2010 Ohio Teacher of the Year.  She became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2001, and has worked in several roles in education, including fifteen years as a high school English Language Arts, Advanced Placement, and reading teacher, a literacy coach and a curriculum specialist in a large, urban district.  Jennifer spent three years as an Instructional Supervisor with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center in which she served as a liaison for the Ohio Department of Education, and supported middle and high school English Language Arts educators and administrators from twenty-one Ohio school districts.

Jennifer is passionate about urban educational issues and is currently a Supervisor of School Improvement in a diverse, urban district. In this role, her primary responsibilities are to support educators and administrators, and district and state reforms designed to promote student growth and performance.

Jennifer is an Ohio Master Teacher and a Teacher Consultant in the National Writing Project, and is currently working on her Educational Doctorate in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Among various educational organizations and advisory councils, such as NNSToY, NCTE, and ASCD, Jennifer is a member of three book clubs and currently has 232 titles in her to-read list. She will be the Professor of Practice for the Coaching, Mentoring, and Facilitating Instructional Improvements course online and on campus during summer 2.


Jen Daigle-Matos

Dr. Jennifer Daigle-Matos's degree is in social justice education and her interests are in the role of equality and liberation in learning communities. She is a passionate educator whose research has two distinct areas. In the first area she examines the assets that students from marginalized groups bring to the classroom and how those strengths can be utilized to enhance the system of public education in the U.S. In the second area, she examines the effects on learning and activist outcomes when college students report feeling cared for by their instructors.  Jen teachers Racism and Inequality in Schools and Society, Psychology of Racism, The Process of Teaching and Learning in Middle and Secondary Schools, and the Practicum Seminar in Teaching and Learning: Middle and Secondary Schools for the Pscyhology and Education department at Mount Holyoke College. We are excited to have her lead the summer learning experience for the advanced graduate course in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership, Equity and Social Justice: A Teacher's Role.


Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner is a renewed National Board Certified Teacher with 32 years of classroom teaching experience and an MA in English. A former Center for Teaching Quality Teacherpreneur, she joined the CTQ staff for 18 months as a Communications Coach after her retirement from full time teaching. Since 1992, Nancy has been a national facilitator, consultant, and keynote speaker for the Senior Project Center. In addition to publishing in Kappan and Education Week, she has also presented at numerous conferences including SREB’s High Schools That Work and NBPTS’s Teaching & Learning. Nancy has also served as an ELA consultant for the Literacy Design Collaborative, the EQuIP/Achieve peer review panel, Charlotte Danielson’s Teach to the Core advisory board, the National Humanities Center, and ISKME’s OER Commons. Her energy, joy of learning, and depth of knowledge provides audiences with insight, ideas, and hands on applicable strategies. Nancy strongly believes in the balance, value, and need for educational personalization and project-based learning. It is her belief that we teach 'students, not content,' and this is the driving force behind all that she does. Nancy will be our Professor of Practice for Fostering a Collaborative Culture during our summer 1 session.


Josh Parker

Joshua Parker is the 2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year. He serves the students and teachers of Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School (Washington, D.C. Public Schools) as an Instructional Coach. Mr. Parker is a career changer, having started off as a sports producer for Fox 45 of Baltimore before beginning his career in education. In the decade that followed, Mr. Parker has held various leadership positions from K-12 and higher education. Most recently, he completed a fellowship to Brazil as a Pearson Global Fellow in 2013. Mr. Parker is the first African-American male educator from Baltimore County to win the state award and keeps a blog on education and society at His twitter handle is: @MDTOY2012. We are excited to have Josh co-facilitate our Summer 1 course as a Mount Holyoke College Teacher-Leader-in-residence: Fostering a Collaborative Culture.