Deidra Fogarty is a DC-based Special Education teacher, consultant, and founder of the organization, Black Girls Teach. She has worked in education for the past 15 years in various positions both in leadership and in the classroom. She is also the co-founder of WAM! Book Bundle, a book company founded along with her sister, that provides diverse and inclusive texts for home and classroom libraries. Follow Deidre on all social media accounts at @blackgirlsteach.
Tamara Russell is a third-grade teacher in a public school here in Central Florida. When not teaching, she travels often to train other teachers. She is most passionate about anti-racist teaching, teaching for high engagement, using standards-based teaching, and rubrics to improve growth and teaching writing. Follow Tamara on all social media accounts at @mrsrussellsroom.
Rolandria Justice started her career as a middle school English and science teacher in Newark, NJ. Though Rolandria loved the classroom, she often realized that her colleagues and bosses needed as much support as the students. She transitioned to working in administration to support the implementation of positive school culture and systems to increase achievement in schools in Harlem and Brooklyn. As the founding principal of a charter school in New Bedford, Massachusetts, she created a school community founded on a strong culture of learning and service. As a black mother of three, including one child with autism, Rolandria has been particularly interested in finding ways to elevate the voices of black women and girls in school communities. She now works as a consultant providing coaching and support to district and school leaders on systemic ways to better educate and prepare students for success. Rolandria holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University, a Masters in Educational Administration from Seton Hall University, and is currently obtaining her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Georgia State.
Dr. Zackory Kirk is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has served learners as a teacher, instructional coach, professional learning specialist, and literacy coordinator. Zackory’s passion is 21st-century literacy instruction. His workshops have included creating common core aligned assessments, classroom management strategies for standards-based instruction, and literacy in the content areas. The author of Not “So” Gifted Cody and the Really Big Problem, Zackory is a motivated writer, an active weight watcher, and a passionate activist. Follow him on all social media platforms at @DrZackoryKirk.
Michael Creekmore is a Professional School Counselor (grades 4th and 5th) and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Michael earned my bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina and my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Clark Atlanta University. He has counseled, coached, assessed, and evaluated numerous individuals of all ages in private practice, treatment facilities, and hospital settings. Mr. Creekmore firmly believes “young people aspire to be what they see they can be.” Follow him on Instagram at @@bearded.school.
Gary R. Gray, Jr. is an international educator who grew up in Preston, Nova Scotia. The largest black community in Canada. He currently works at International School Manila (Philippines). Before moving to Manila, Gary worked at Singapore American School and American School Kuwait. He holds a Masters of Education in Early Elementary Pedagogy with a focus on Culturally Responsive Education. He enjoys the most when talking about race and culture in the classroom. He enjoys social media, basketball, drawing, and reading in his spear time. Follow him on all social media platforms at @GaryRGray.
Linda Darcy was a World Language classroom teacher for 16 years in the Hartford region. She has served in several leadership positions, always with a focus on teacher professional learning. Through an eclectic selection of professional experience and training, Linda has honed her skills as an instructional coach, curriculum writer, and national presenter. Her areas of expertise include Curriculum and Instructional Design, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Social-Emotional Learning, Instructional Coaching, Adult Learning, and Language Acquisition Pedagogy. She has presented at national conferences such as the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, Phi Delta Kappa’s Conference for Future Educators, and the Learning Forward National Conference on the topics of professional learning systems, teacher retention and motivating learners. She is currently studying for her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Connecticut. Her primary areas of research include culturally relevant pedagogy, teacher retention, and urban education.