• Teaching essential skills to
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Educator Advisory Board

It takes a village to create authentic learning experiences. That is why we partner with classroom educators inspiring youth every day to explore the world around them. These fabulous teachers understand just how challenging it can be to grow up in today’s digital world where the news never ends and the opportunities to connect with others are limitless.

These advisors help us better understand how students are using media and technology and the impact these behaviors are having on school climate. We discuss mental health, TikTok challenges, and how students can learn to communicate with empathy – even on Snapchat. We meet regularly to develop new programs and educational resources that teachers can use to prompt student discussions on any topic from the newest space telescope to how reality TV is changing the way we eat.

Learn more about the 2021-2022 members below!

New Members Wanted!!  Now accepting applications through April 26th.

Are you passionate about youth development? Do you wish you had access to media literacy instructional tools to enrich the subjects you are currently teaching?

Join us and share your unique educator perspective on media in and out of the classroom. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with educators across the country and shape the creation of new resources for teachers and families. There is no cost to participate. Counselors and school administrators are also encouraged to apply.

We’re accepting applications for both our elementary and middle school advisory boards now through April 26th. Click on the links below to read more about this opportunity and apply.

Elementary School Educators

Courtney Brown
I graduated in 2015 from the Indiana University of PA with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. I have been teaching for 6 years. I am currently teaching third grade in a Philadelphia school district. I am passionate about education and always looking to learn new things. In the future I hope to get my Principals certification. In my spare time I love to be active and outdoors and spending time with my husband.
Sarah Connolly
I have been an elementary Health teacher in Manchester, NH for 17 years. Besides teaching, my other passions are seeing live music and exploring the outdoors. I love spending time with my family and friends, especially my husband and our dog!
Jessica Dorsey
I am a fourth grade teacher in Baltimore, MD. I graduated from Stevenson University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education: Liberal Arts and Technology and recently completed my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice. I enjoy collaborating with educators of various backgrounds and local nonprofits in developing standards, core values, and engaging curriculum.
Erin Gannon
I am a proud public school educator with 25 years of experience, currently teaching third grade in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am passionate about student-centered project based learning, inquiry, and arts integration. Throughout my career, I have been able to support and coach teachers in a variety of ways and have served as National Faculty with PBLWorks for six years.
Katie Huang
I am a 23 year educator, a mother of 2 grown young men, and wife to my husband of 29 years. I grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, but moved to Michigan to continue and finish my education degree at Eastern Michigan University. I have a Masters in the Art of Teaching and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. I am continuously evolving as an educator and my current position as instructional coach has given me the opportunity to reflect on the present state of the educational system.
Donna Papanikolau
I have dedicated the last twenty years to teaching refugee and immigrant students from all over the world. Their unique challenges have forged and molded the focus of my practice. Every day is new and challenging, especially since navigating a remote world.
Alexandra Sánchez
I am a project based teacher who has taught 3rd grade for six years in public schools in southeast and mid-Michigan. I am passionate about literacy and social justice and define literacy as the ability to interpret the world and communicate effectively. I believe in the inherent abilities within students and am committed to supporting their passions and well-being by letting their inquiry drive the curriculum, sponsoring student-organized clubs, and developing their self-love and confidence.
Celia Slason
I am passionate about media literacy and cyber safety and have taught Media Power Youth's curriculum, Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices, since its inception. I currently serve on the Executive Boards of the NH School Counselor’s Association and the Mayhew Program

I was a school counselor for 28 years in Westmoreland and Keene, NH schools before recently retiring. I have a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Keene State College and a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Castleton University in Vermont.

Sherry Tellier
I have been a Health Educator in Manchester, NH for 19 years. I also serve on the district's Wellness Council, Executive Board for the Manchester Education Association and various school level committees. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, DIY projects and spending time at any beach.

Middle School Educators

James Campbell
I have been an educator for 18 years working in a variety of school settings and currently reside in Atlanta, GA with my wife and two boys. I believe the purpose of education is to serve all students, so that they can serve their communities and the world.
Alex Dzurick
I am a multi-disciplinary educator with experience teaching both STEM and humanities at multiple levels. Originally from Missouri, I am currently a middle school math teacher at the French International School of Philadelphia, where I incorporate current events into the math curriculum. I have also taught science in K-12 schools and both communication and sociology courses at the college level. Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading science fiction, solving and constructing crossword puzzles, and writing quiz bowl questions.
Stacey Edgar
I have been a teacher for over 20 years and believe being part of a school community is more than just being in the classroom. Offering students opportunities beyond classroom learning is very important to the growth of students' minds and bodies. I am an advisor and mentor for many after school activities such as theatre, and robotics. I have a simple philosophy in teaching "If you are not having fun you are not learning."
Danielle McCaslin
I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA and currently teach 8th grade science at Mills Park Middle School in Wake County, NC. I have been teaching for 18 years and have taught a variety of subjects and ages ranging from 3rd through 8th grade. I am a Kenan Fellow, NC Educator of Excellence, and Google Certified Educator. I have traveled to Germany with the Go Global NC program and Prague with the NC State Cultural Connections Educator program. I am also a track coach, Science Olympiad and yearbook advisor. I work with teachers across the county and state as a project based learning trainer and enjoy collaborating with other educators as a member of this advisory board.
Jodi Moskowitz
I am currently an Instructional Coach at a middle school outside Atlanta. I support teachers in curriculum and as they integrate 1:1 devices into instruction. I also oversee professional learning and has worked with the district to create and teach courses throughout the county. I have been part of National Faculty at the Buck Institute for Education as well as Nearpod and GoFormative to make learning come to life for students.
Kate Muskrat
I am proud to be a Middle School Health Educator at the Hampstead Middle School in Hampstead NH!! I was born and raised in NH, received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the Keene State, and my Masters in Education from Cambridge College. I am certified to teach Health Education, PE and Technology Integration. This is my 22nd year teaching middle school.
Personally, I have been married for 20 glorious years and have two fantastic children who are 17 and 12. We love to watch our kids' sports—tennis, field hockey, track and swim! I also enjoy hiking, running, peloton, camping, relaxing at the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
Sheena Robbins
I am currently a certified School Counselor at the Rochester Middle School in New Hampshire. I have been working for the Rochester School District for 10 years and have experienced different roles in the school system: School Counselor, Behavior and Support Specialist, and Para-educator. I am a mother of three children and enjoy utilizing my skills and experience for good. I actively participate in my community by serving on my local school board where I sit on multiple sub-committees, including the Wellness Committee. I have a passion for student wellness, advocacy, life-long learning, and actively seek leadership opportunities that will expand my professional experience in these realms. I am ecstatic to have joined Media Power Youth's Advisory Board!
Heather Wolpert-Gawron
I am the 21st Century Learning and Professional Development Coordinator for San Gabriel Unified School District in Los Angeles, CA. I'm also the author of Just Ask Us: Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement (Corwin/AMLE), a staff blogger for The George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia, a Fellow of the National Writing Project, and an Emeritus National Faculty for PBLWorks. I live with my husband and two boys (9th grade and 4th grade) in Los Angeles where they play Dungeons & Dragons and any 4-player PlayStation game they can get their hands on.