We are excited to announce the return of our educator spotlights! The “Edulastic Innovator Spotlight” is our series of interviews honoring forward-thinking educators. Each interview will be a quick and insightful 5-minute read that dives into the world of the interviewee. Twice a month, we will release a new interview on our blog.  As each interview is released, we will add them to this blog post.

The spotlights will tell the stories of tech-savvy and passionate educators across the United States. From math department chairs to elementary school ELA teachers to Assistant Principals, these educators come from a variety of positions in education. What they share in common is that all of them are impacting their students’ lives and making a difference in their classroom or school with the help of digital assessment.

Ultimately, our goal in featuring the stories of these innovators is to help you get to know them as educators and people and also to inspire you in your own classroom. We ask them technical questions like “How do you use Edulastic?” and “What tips do you have for teachers who are new to Edulastic?” so that you can learn new ideas for using digital assessment in your classroom. We also ask them more personal questions like “What inspired you to work in education?” and  “Please sum up your teaching philosophy” so that you can understand their hopes and motivations and connect with them on a more human level.  We hope you enjoy reading the spotlights as much as we have enjoyed putting them together!

Edulastic Innovator Spotlights

School and District Leaders

Melanie Gates | Director of Curriculum and Instruction

📍Massachusetts

Karen Hernandez | Math Department Chair

📍California

Ashley Wittmer | K-12 Assessment and Data Analyst 

📍Ohio

Carla Corbin | Department Chair & Math Teacher

📍Ohio


Stephanie Reynolds | Assistant Principal

📍Ohio

Victoria Miles | Department Leader and Math Teacher

📍Massachusetts


Math Teachers

Cyndi Snapp | 4th Grade Math Teacher

📍Tennessee

Elisabeth Budd-Brown | Middle School Math Teacher

📍Maryland

Catherine Tang | High School Math Teacher

📍Tennessee

Latasha Hailey | 5th Grade Teacher

📍Missouri

Duane Runyan | Middle School Math Teacher

📍Utah



James Busie | 6th Grade Math Teacher

📍Tennessee

Rose Clark Kebe | Middle School Math Teacher

📍Texas



Mary Gore | 8th Grade Math Teacher

📍Missouri

Lauren Taylor | Secondary Math Teacher 

📍Arkansas


Science Teachers

Shemena Shivers | Secondary Science Teacher

📍Tennessee

Jennifer Soehner | High School Science Teacher

📍Ohio


Jen Lee | High School Chemistry Teacher and Chemistry professor

📍New Jersey

Buck Bommer | Integrated Science Teacher

📍Ohio


English Language Arts Teachers

Samantha Shaffner | Middle School English Language Arts Teacher

📍Ohio

Kashekia Smith | Middle School English Language Arts Teacher

📍Texas


Learn More

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