Carla Meyrink is the director and co-founder of The Community for Learning, an international school in the Dominican Republic. For the past thirty-two years, she has worked as a secondary language arts teacher, an academic coach, and school director. She presents workshops on new initiatives in education, including restorative practices, student-led learning, coaching, and leadership skills. Her work on inquiry-based professional development has been highlighted in Edutopia. She has presented at AMLE 2020, the Virginia ASCD 2020 annual conference, the Equity and Anti-Bias Conference 2021, and others. Carla shares teaching strategies and innovations on her blog, The Teaching Experiment.

Find Carla online: at on Twitter @carlameryd @TheTeachingExperiment on FB. Her school website is

Karine Veldhoen the founder of Learn Forward™ and a creative force in education. As Chief Learning Officer at Willowstone Academy she created the first model Learn Forward™ school while simultaneously Founding and serving as Executive Director of Niteo Africa. She’s taught Teacher Candidates at both UBC-O and UNBC and served as an education consultant for Fresh Grade. In all of her roles, she considers herself a modern-day pilgrim who stands for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Learn Forward™ represents a lifetime of professional study, leadership practice, action research, and meaning-making within the context of education.

Learn Forward is a culmination of her work with dozens of EdLeaders, hundreds of teachers and teacher candidates, and thousands of children and their families in two states, two provinces, and around the globe.

Now, she dedicates her professional practice to championing EdLeaders to design thriving schools. When Karine is not carving new paths for education, you’ll find her at the lake with a good book. Her husband and three children are her heart-song. She lives in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

For more information about booking her for coaching, speaking, or media interviews, please contact her at and on social @Learn_forward Twitter, @Learnforwardvillage IG & FB. 


Melissa Wright is a passionate educator driven to help schools create a place where students belong and everyone feels like they matter. By sharing ideas that work in her school, she helps educators and students see they can improve their culture and climate. She is known for her desire to see students succeed, and to help them find their inner leader. Melissa is the current president of the New Brunswick Student Leadership association and a co-chair of the 2022 Canadian Student Leadership conference. She is also a mathematics teacher at Kennebecasis Valley High School, in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, Canada and is the Jostens Renaissance co-advisor at her school. Melissa shares her knowledge and experiences with students and educators alike. She currently speaks to educators and students about proven ideas that help improve school culture and climate and how to implement Jostens Renaissance schools. Find Melissa online on Instagram: @wrightmelissa_ Twitter: @wrightmelissa_ LinkedIn: Melissa Wright Facebook: Melissa Sue Wright

Mark Kronenberg is a passionate math educator, small business owner and tutor. He has had a life-long love of learning and teaching math. Mark founded MATH 1-2-3®, which specializes in private and group home math tutoring and test preparation, over twenty-five years ago. In his career, Mark has taught math in public, private school and faith-based schools. He has taught and tutored hundreds of students, seen math education trends come and go and has always enjoyed helping students gain confidence and competence in math. Mark holds a dual degree in Math & Economics from Vanderbilt University and a Master's Degree in Applied Statistics & Decision-Making from Fordham University's 's Graduate School of Business.

Follow Mark online on: LinkedIn




Latrese D. Younger has over fourteen years of education experience across several different school districts. She began her journey as an English Language Arts teacher in Dinwiddie County, VA, which she credits with firming her foundation in education excellence. Throughout her career, she has taught ELA for grades 6-12. She is currently an AP at the high school level. Mrs. Younger currently serves the students of Patrick Henry High School. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Virginia State University and a Master of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Technology Education from Strayer University Henrico Campus. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership & Policy from Virginia Tech University (2024). She is a writer, Virginia Teachers of English (VATE) board member, and Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit, Black Women Education Leaders, Inc (BWEL).

Find Latrese online at https://www.blackwomeneducationleader...

Follow her on Twitter & LinkedIn @latreseyouger

Iggy Perillo cultivates leaders who are building the habit of emotionally intelligent leadership so they can shift culture and make the world a better place. She facilitates masterminds for professionals who want to lead with wisdom as they excel in their work, sport and life. She created WSL Leadership to embolden leaders who value connection, communication and trust. Iggy works with individuals and teams around the world to overcome challenges and function like champions.

Find Iggy online: Website:

LinkedIn: IggyPerillo

Instagram: @WSLLeadership

Facebook: @WSLLeadership

Pinterest: WSLLeadership


Rae Hughart is the Executive Director of the Association of Middle-Grade Schools, CXO for the Teach Better Team, TEDx Speaker, Educator, and author of “Teachers Deserve It” and “Teach Better” books. Growing up with IEP support after being diagnosed SLD in Reading, Writing, and Math, Rae has worked with other educators and districts on designing mastery learning classrooms nationwide to reach all learners. Rae continues to facilitate rich discussions with educators around mastering personalized learning, providing targeted student-focused feedback, and the impact of incorporating purpose into student daily learning. Through building partnerships with local businesses, Rae continues to support educators in designing dynamic, impactful, effective, and connected content - showing the impact of teaching beyond the four walls of a classroom and altering a community into an authentic resource for developing leaders.

After being inducted into The Illinois State University Hall of Fame in 2017, Rae was awarded the 2018 First Place Henry Ford Teacher Innovator Award for her innovative educational impact through the Teach Further Model. In 2021, Rae Hughart presented on the TEDx stage challenging educators, students, and community members to consider progressive, data supported practices to further 21st century learners.

Connect with Rae and the Teach Better Team on social media on:

Twitter: @RaeHughart Instagram: @RaeHughart LinkedIn: Team Twitter: @teachbetterteam Team Instagram: @teachbetterteam

Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator. Barbara provides tools to inspire, entertain and educate youth. History is the key to solving today’s problems. Tired of being bombarded by social media noise? Accept the challenge. Be a truth-teller. She lives in Upstate NY. Her education career spans more than forty years serving as a teacher, special educator, principal, and school district administrator. Using the whimsical Little Miss History character to narrate her book series, she makes learning history a fun-filled adventure. Barbara firmly believes, "If you don't know your history, you don't know what you're talking about."

Find Barbara online at -all her social links are on her website.

Todd is a lifelong educator with over twenty years of experience in education, and presently a consultant for Navigating Challenging Dialogue for Schools. He’s a 2002 graduate of Ohio State University where he earned a B.A. in History, and a Masters degree in Education/ Curriculum Design and Development. Over the course of his career Todd’s worked across the entire K-12 spectrum as both an administrator and teacher, and has experience working in suburban, urban, and vocational settings. His ten years as a school administrator include leadership positions in the roles of Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, HS/MS Assistant Principal, and for the past seven years as an Elementary Principal.

Todd’s a certified NCD trainer with coaching and professional development delivery experience in both education and business settings, and has served as a mentor and coach for numerous aspiring and sitting school administrators. Find Todd online:

He is on LinkedIn & Twitter @Todd Simendinger

Dr. Chad Lang is the Dir. of School Improvement and HR in Glenwood CSD, Glenwood, IA. He is a current author and researcher of grading and assessment; extracurricular participation in schools; school leadership; school improvement.

He graduated from University of Northern Iowa with a BA, Social Science Education. He was a High School Government and American History teacher 2005-2013 and at William Woods University-MA, He also served as a Secondary School Administrator and District Activities Director and Assistant Middle School Principal-Lawson, Missouri 2013-2019. He received the State of Missouri AD of the Year-2018 He completed his doctorate at the University of Missouri- Ed.D. 2018-Dissertation research: impact of multisport participation and academic achievement in rural settings. Chad is currently co-authoring book for 2023 publication, A Parents’ Guide to Grading and Reporting: Being Clear about What Matters with Dr. Matt Townsley. He is the host of the Learning with Interesting People Podcast, seasons 1 and 2.

Find Chad online on Twitter @Chad_mLang, @Learning_w_ppl FB:

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