Opportunity Culture Fellows are multi-classroom leaders and blended-learning teachers who have achieved strong results and been leaders in their Opportunity Culture schools. They provide support to their cohort, take one another’s ideas back to their schools, write a column about their experiences, and speak locally and nationally about their Opportunity Culture roles. Their feedback and leadership helps improve the Opportunity Culture initiative, and all materials related to it.
Annette Bartlett, 7–8 Blended-Learning Science Teacher, Harris Road Middle, Cabarrus County, NC.
Latrelle McFarlane, Expanded-Impact Science Teacher, Banneker High School, Fulton County, Ga.
Hadley Moore, Assistant Principal, Washington Irving Elementary, Indianapolis, IN.
Tonya Reaves, 3–5 Multi-Classroom Leader, Lake Wylie Elementary, Charlotte, NC.
Jessica Smith, 3–4 Multi-Classroom Leader, Lew Wallace Elementary, Indianapolis, IN.
Russ Stanton, 2–5 Multi-Classroom Leader, Seymour Dual Language Academy, Syracuse, NY.
Stan Whalen, 2–3 Multi-Classroom Leader, Seymour Dual Language Academy, Syracuse, NY.
Jimmel T. Williams, 8–9 Expanded-Impact Math Teacher, Northwest School of the Arts, Charlotte, NC.
Babatu “Tu” Willingham, Expanded-Impact History Teacher, Banneker High School, Fulton County, Ga.
Cyndal Brenneman, K–1 Multi-Classroom Leader, Rocky River Elementary, Cabarrus County, NC. Read Ms. Brenneman’s column, Getting the Recipe Right for Teacher Leadership.
Stacie Bunn, Science K–8 and Social Studies 6-8 Multi-Classroom Leader 2, Thomasboro Academy, Project L.I.F.T. zone, Charlotte, NC. Read Ms. Bunn’s column, From Action Plan to Teacher of the Year–In One Year.
Candace Butler, 6–8 English Language Arts Multi-Classroom Leader, Bruns Academy, Charlotte, NC. Read Ms. Butler’s column, Finding Inspiration Again Through Teacher Leadership.
Maina Cisneros, 2nd-grade Multi-Classroom Leader, Washington Elementary, Big Spring, TX. Read Ms. Cisneros’s column, How My West Texas School Elevated Struggling Young Readers (and Their Teachers).
Kristen Duffy, 2nd-grade Reading Multi-Classroom Leader, Meachem Elementary, Syracuse, NY. Read Ms. Duffy’s column, My Unexpected Journey to Teacher Leadership.
Gregory Lawson, Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Multi-Classroom Leader, Grant Middle School, Syracuse, NY. Read Mr. Lawson’s column, A Teacher’s Smart Advice for Serving Students’ Emotional Needs.
Lori Treiber, 10th-grade Biology I Blended-Learning Teacher, Central Cabarrus High School, Cabarrus County, NC. Read Ms. Treiber’s column, For Truly Personalized Learning, I Had to Try, Try Again.
Molly Whelan, 7th-grade Math Multi-Classroom Leader, Ranson IB Middle School, Project L.I.F.T. zone, Charlotte, NC. Read Ms. Whelan’s column, When Teachers Leave Midyear, Instructional Teacher-Leadership Keeps Classes Strong.
Melissa Wilbert, 1st–3rd Reading Multi-Classroom Leader, Moss Elementary, Big Spring, TX. Read Ms. Wilbert’s column, Teacher Collaboration Time That Students (Yes, Students) Love.
Erin K. Williams, 6–8 English Language Arts Multi-Classroom Leader 2, James Martin Middle School, Charlotte, NC. Read Ms. Williams’column, When Students Own Their Academic Results, They Transform Their Schools.
Frank Zaremba, K and 4–5 Multi-Classroom Leader, Barnette Elementary, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, NC. Read Mr. Zaremba’s column, Scheduled for Success.
Sharon Archer, Mathematics Multi-Classroom Leader, Grant Middle School, Syracuse, NY. Read Ms. Archer’s column, Want Veteran Teachers to Learn New Things? Show Them Some Love
Danielle Bellar, Literacy, Math, and Science Multi-Classroom Leader, Winget Park Elementary School, Charlotte, NC. Read Ms. Bellar’s column, A Win-Win Model for Students and Teachers
Romain Bertrand, former Math Multi-Classroom Leader, Ranson IB Middle School, Project L.I.F.T. zone, Charlotte, NC. Read Mr. Bertrand’s column, Teachers, It’s Time for Us to Say, ‘Show Me the Money’
Erin Burns, Biology Multi-Classroom Leader, West Charlotte High School, Project L.I.F.T. zone, Charlotte, NC. Read Ms. Burns’ column, More Powerful Than a Department Chair
Kristin Cubbage, Multi-Classroom Leader, Ashley Park PreK-8 School, Project L.I.F.T. zone, Charlotte, NC. Read Ms. Cubbage’s column that opened the Opportunity Culture series, An Opportunity for Change, and the post that closed the first year of the series, “What Is My Job, Anyway?” Teacher Hindsight from a Multi-Classroom Leader
Bobby Miles, Science Multi-Classroom Leader, Ranson IB Middle School, Project L.I.F.T. zone, Charlotte, NC. Read Mr. Miles’ column, 1 Teacher, 400 Scholars—and Loving It
Scott Nolt, Social Studies Blended-Learning Teacher, Jay M. Robinson High School, Cabarrus County, NC. Read Mr. Nolt’s column, Blending the Best: Better Learning for More Kids
Amy Sparks, Language Arts, Multi-Classroom Leader, Francis Bradley Middle School, Charlotte, NC. Read Ms. Sparks’ column, When Top Students Drop: Why Even Good Schools Need to Grow
Maggie Vadala, Social Studies and Science, Multi-Classroom, Seymour Dual Language Academy, Syracuse, NY. Read Ms. Vadala’s column, Keep on Keeping on: Using Data to Keep Students Moving Forward
Karen Von Klahr, Literacy Multi-Classroom Leader, Winecoff Elementary School, Cabarrus County, NC. Read Ms. von Klahr’s column, Riding the Roller Coaster Together: Real Support for New Teachers
Karen Wolfson, Math Multi-Classroom Leader, Bailey STEM Magnet Middle Prep, Nashville, TN. Read Ms. Wolfson’s column, Raising My Teacher Voice to Save My Job–and My Students’ Success