Meet Us

What is the best quality of our program? The people.

We offer many opportunities for our graduate students to work with embedded practitioners who are recognized teacher leaders in the field. These are state teachers of the year, National Board Certified Teachers, and other teacher leaders who are leading in areas of instructional leadership, policy leadership, advocacy, and association leadership to improve our public and private education systems. These embedded practitioners:

  • Co-facilitate many of the courses, offering guidance, collaboration, and support to teachers in the program
  • Coach teachers one-on-one in their capstone course, offering individualized support based on the context of the teacher and his or her personal and professional leadership goals
  • Videoconference in as guest experts in every course, discussing multiple viewpoints with teachers around issues of policy and practice in teacher leadership



Meet some of the professors of practice, faculty members, and teacher-leaders-in-residence:

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


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.

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.


Brianna Crowley

Brianna is a National Board Certified teacher who taught high school English in Hershey, PA for nine years and served as a technology coach for four of those years. She currently works at the Center for Teaching Quality to further systemic change in our education system through elevating teacher leadership. As a 2014-15 CTQ Teacherpreneur, Brianna co-launched the #TeachingIs 2015 campaign and led various workshops using design thinking and storytelling. Brianna leverages social media for professional learning and advocacy. She also shares her learning through various publications in EdWeek, Smartbrief and blogs. Brianna has also contributed two books: How to Bring Technology Into Your Classroom and The Best Lesson Series: 15 Master Teachers Share What Works.  She embraces innovative approaches to learning and leading, and deeply believes in the promise of technology, the power of the written word, and the deep capacity of students and teachers to solve complex problems. The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership is thrilled to have her guide our January and Spring term learning in our Personal Leadership Growth and Articulation of Practice course. 


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.

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!  


Monica Washington

Monica Washington is an English III and AP English III teacher at Texas High School in Texarkana where she serves as department chair.  She has been in education for 19 years and has taught grades 7-12.  She has served as adjunct professor at LeMoyne-Owen College and Texarkana College.  She began her teaching career in 1998 in an inner city school in Memphis, TN and moved to Texas in 2007 with her husband Ricky, a native Texan, who is a sixth grade social studies teacher.  

Monica became Texas State Teacher of the Year in 2014, and that role continues today as she travels the country speaking to teachers.  She serves in the Texas State Teachers Association and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year.  In addition, Monica is a 2015 Lowell Milken Center Fellow, and she will work with her students and the center to discover and honor unsung heroes.  She is also a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow and traveled to Peru in 2015 to study the educational system there.  Monica is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Teacher Leadership.

We are delighted to have Monica co-facilitating our Summer 2 session, Promoting Professional Learning, as a Mount Holyoke College Teacher-Leader-in-Residence. You can hear more from Monica 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.


Shanna Peeples

Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year,  taught middle and high school English in low-income schools in Amarillo, Texas for 14 years. Beginning this school year, Shanna is the ELA curriculum specialist for her district where she designs professional development experiences and co-creates curriculum with more than 200 secondary English Language Arts teachers. She encourages them to be “The Lorax” for their classrooms and speak for those who have no voice in many policy making arenas: children. She believes in teacher leadership and teacher-led reform and champions that effort through her involvement with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. A former reporter for the Amarillo Globe-News, Shanna won awards for reporting on health issues, schools, and music criticism. She co-authored the book Best Lesson Series - Literature: 15 Master Teachers Share What Works. She continues to write professionally as a blogger for the Huffington Post, and as a contributor to education publications.

Katy Smith

Katy Smith is a licensed parent educator at Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) in Winona, Minnesota. Katy has two undergraduate degrees in social work and in parent education from Winona State University. She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy from Walden University.  Katy was honored as the first “Woman of Excellence” awarded by the Women in Business chapter of the Winona Chamber of Commerce in 2010. In 2012, she was chosen as the recipient of the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence and traveled to China as a Global Learning Fellow with the National Education Association Foundation. Katy is the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, the first early childhood educator in Minnesota and the first parent educator nationally to be honored with the award. 


Bill Ivey

Bill Ivey is the Middle School Dean at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, an independent girls school in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He has been teaching for 32 years and currently teaches Humanities 7 and the Middle and Upper School Rock Bands. He coordinates and drives for the middle school community service program, supervises 7th grade student government, and works with an advisory group. He also manages the school's blog and their Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Bill is passionate about democratic classroom, student voice, intersectional gender activism, and social justice.

Bill is on the Board of Directors of the New England League of Middle Schools, and has also worked for and/or presented with the Association of Middle Level Education, the Association of Independent Schools of New England, and the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. He will soon add workshops with the National Coalition of Girls Schools and the Small Boarding Schools Association to his resumé. Besides blogging for his school, Bill has also written for NELMS, AMLE, AISNE, MiddleWeb, Meridian, and EdWeek. He is on Twitter as @bivey.

Megan Olivia Hall

Megan Olivia Hall is the 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. In her 15 years of teaching science, Megan has worked with students of many ages and levels, from kindergarten to Advanced Placement.  She serves as a lead teacher in the social and emotional learning (SEL) and service learning programs at Open World Learning Community in St. Paul Public Schools, developing SEL curriculum and training colleagues in effective homeroom pedagogies.

Megan has led SEL master classes and delivered SEL keynotes at the local, state, and national levels, including the EL Learning National Conference, Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teaching Education Congress, and Minnesota School Board Association.  Her writing has been featured in Education Week and The Science Teacher.

Megan is also a 2015 NEA Foundation Global Fellow. She is currently pursing a Ph.D. in education and National Board certification.


Tom Schiele

Tom Schiele’s career in education began four decades ago, and he hopes it will continue for another four. After starting out as a primary grade teacher, Tom left the classroom for the equally challenging (and often bewildering) world of educational publishing. There he has amassed broad-based expertise developing materials for students of all levels, K-12 teachers, and parents. Versatile in range of content areas, including ELA, early childhood, and ESL, Tom has led all aspects of program development, planning, and execution. He is recognized for his collaborative relationships with authors and educators, and most proud of encouraging and producing practical, accessible, and meaningful educational content. 


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.

Kim Evelti

Kim Evelti is the Curriculum Director and a Computer Science teacher for The Williston Northampton School, a 7-12, coed, boarding and day school. During her ten years at Williston Kim has been responsible for initiating and implementing the school’s 1:1 computing initiative with the Microsoft Surface earning herself a position among Microsoft’s Innovative Education Expert and Surface Expert teams. She has also lead the school’s faculty through its strategic planning processes and a variety of other strategic administrative initiatives. She has shared her work as a presenter for the National Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Independent Schools of New England, MassCUE, ABOPS, and others.  

Prior to Williston Kim earned her B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Ursinus College and her Ed.M. in Technology in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She began her teaching career at the Museum of Science, Boston, and attributes her desire to infuse fun, technology, and exploration in all aspects of learning to her time there. Kim is one of the developers of the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership, with a concentration in independent schooling. She will be our Professor of Practice for our graduate level summer course, Independent School Faculty: Everything Else, during summer session two.



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!”

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.

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.



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.