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NAIS Teachers of the Future

We are in the process of redesigning the Teachers of the Future program to more fully integrate it into NAIS’s learning and teaching initiatives, encourage greater teacher participation, and support sharing of innovative ideas in education practice. Stay tuned for more information about NAIS’s Teachers of the Future 2.0 program later this year.

Congratulations to the Teachers of the Future 2014-15!

NAIS is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Teachers of the Future. These outstanding independent school professionals from across the country will be engaged in a dynamic conversation about leading trends and issues in K-12 learning and teaching, and they will work together to develop resources and guidance for our schools on this year’s four themes.

 2014-15 Teachers of the Future:
  • Lisa Abel-Palmieri, The Ellis School, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sarah Barton Thomas, Norwood School, Bethesda, MD
  • Rhiannon Boyd, Collegiate School, Richmond, VA
  • Damon Brown, Riverstone International School, Boise, ID
  • Lizz Buchanan, The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Geoff Chamberlain, Maple Street School, Manchester Center, VT
  • Ashael Church, York Country Day School, York, PA
  • Kimberly Clarkson, Sidwell Friends School, Washington, DC
  • Andy Clifton, Forsyth Country Day School, Lewisville, NC
  • Gabriel Cronin, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, Seattle, WA
  • Christi DeSpain, River Oaks Baptist School, Houston, TX
  • Andy Farke, The Webb School, Claremont, CA
  • Nathan Geer, The Carey School, San Mateo, CA
  • Kristen Goggin, Town School for Boys, San Francisco, CA
  • Jill Gough, Trinity School, Atlanta, GA
  • Jennifer Graham, Miss Porter School, Farmington, CT
  • Hilarie Hall, The Woods Academy, Bethesda, MD
  • Tim Hebda, Waynflete School, Portland, ME
  • Catherine Hildebrandt-Klein, The School at Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Allison Hogan, Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX
  • Nicole Johnston, Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit, NJ
  • April Kelley, Lauralton Hall, Milford, CT
  • Erin Klein, Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Allynn Lodge, Thayer Academy, Braintree, MA
  • Sarah Loyola, Providence Day School, Charlotte, NC
  • Douglas Magee, Church Farm School, Exton, PA
  • Anthony McGrann, Epiphany School, Seattle, WA
  • Robert Mead, Morristown-Beard School, Morristown, NJ
  • Kelly Neely, Brimmer and May School, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Douglas Ray, Indian Springs School, Indian Springs, AL
  • Laura Robertson, St. Anne's-Belfield School, Charlottesville, VA
  • Marty Rubio, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, Saint Louis, MO
  • Sarah Styf, Marist School, Atlanta, GA
  • Richard White, Cliff Valley School, Atlanta, GA

Themes for 2014-15

These four themes are among NAIS’s priority interests for the coming years, and
our teachers will take a deep dive in each area between August 2014 and May 2015. The
themes are:
  1. Blended and Online Learning:
    • What are the new models of learning and teaching?
    • How do they benefit students and teachers?
    • How can we incorporate them into our schools?
  2. Student Health and Wellbeing:
    • What is the latest research about children and health, wellbeing, and character?
    • How are teachers helping their students to be happy, caring, well rounded, emotionally balanced, and life-ready?
  3. Student Assessment:
    • What is learning and how and what are we measuring in our schools?
    • What are the current and emerging assessment instruments and which ones are being used in our schools?
    • Are they beneficial?
    • Which assessments can we use to measure learning to drive student improvement and excellence in teaching?
    • How are schools using the data to assess effectiveness?
    • How do we communicate our successes?
  4. Accreditation:
    • How do current independent school accreditation models improve curriculum and learning in our schools?
    • How does it help schools measure student learning and teacher quality?
    • How does it support teachers?
    • How does it drive healthy and purposeful innovation?

The Work Ahead

The Teachers of the Future 2014-15 will work together — guided by NAIS as well as mentors from the field — to frame each theme’s central challenge(s), develop essential questions, outline a path of exploration and learning, and identify what outcome(s) will be shared with the education community at the culmination of each theme project.

Connect with other Teachers of the Future through our online community at

 Download the Teachers of the Future Roles and Responsibilities (PDF, 247KB)





Contact Ioana Wheeler, director of global initiatives and board of trustees programs, at

Article Date: 7/18/2014
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