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August Merz III

August "Sandy" Merz III, NBCT has taught design and algebra and other STEM subjects at Safford K8 IB World School in Tucson, Arizona since 1987. In 2010 he earned his National Board Certificate in Career and Technical Education. Shortly after that he became active in the teacher leader movement, particularly with the Arizona K12 Center and the Center for Teaching Quality. He writes the Digressive Discourse blog (http://ow.ly/Kpd0O) for CTQ and contributes to Stories from School Arizona (http://ow.ly/KpmOu). His articles have appeared in ED Week, Kappan, Ed Horizons, and Go Teach. Follow Sandy on twitter @amerziii

Ben Gilpin benjamingilpin

Elementary Principal, dad to two boys, husband, edu consultant, speaker, edu blogger, runner, sports fan, #michED supporter and I believe all kids can succeed.

Annie Tremonte

Annie Tremonte is a middle school educator in the humanities, who is focused on designing lessons that are both dynamic and molded to the needs of the classroom. Her students are taught to craft well-organized essays, analyze the literary elements of a work of fiction, evaluate the relevancy and accuracy of a text, and read with a sophisticated, critical eye. She has continued to work to implement technology that maximizes student interest and incorporates 21st century skills. Over the course of her teaching career, she has accepted departmental and committee chairmanships, guided school improvement plans that worked to exceed school-wide student achievement goals in reading and writing, and organized numerous school-wide reading initiatives. She puts emphasis on collaborating with colleagues to commonly align curriculum across grade levels and content areas. She is currently studying Digital Education Leadership at Seattle Pacific University, and seeks to expose herself to cutting-edge scholarship in the field to prepare herself academically for the challenge of implementing digital learning in the global age. Follow me on Twitter @AnnieTremonte

Michelle Brown @MsBrownTeacher

Michelle has taught 6th-9th grade science in Texas and New York City for eight years. Following teaching, she became a math/science instructional coach and is in her second year coaching teachers. She currently lives in State College, PA with her husband and daughter. Michelle received a M.Ed. in Science Education from the University of Texas at Austin and loves to immerse herself in science--she worked in the GK12 program and will be taking her second trip to Antarctica to work alongside researchers as a PolarTREC teacher in November of 2015. Michelle's experience as a science teacher and coach has led her to blog about finding ways to help new science teachers navigate the profession.