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TCC Member Spotlights

Teachers Collaborative Committee Richmond

The Teacher Collaborative Committee (TCC) plays an important role in the development and delivery of economic and financial education resources and programs. Committee members consist of high school teachers in the Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, and Charlotte, NC, areas. Check out our 2019-20 member profiles below. It’s a great way to get to know our teachers.

  • 2019-20 Members
    TCC 2019-20 Member Patricia Adams

    Patricia Adams
    School: Glen Allen High School
    Glen Allen, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: “As a personal finance teacher, I probably shouldn't admit to this, but I would probably say shopping. I love a good bargain.”
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be a lawyer.”
    Favorite Quote: “You can't change what you don't acknowledge.” — Dr. Phil
    How would you describe a perfect day? “These days, it’s a day where I don't have anything I feel like I have to do. I'll let you know if and when I have a perfect day."

    TCC 2019-20 Member Scott Bailey

    Scott Bailey
    School: Powhatan High School
    Powhatan, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2017
    Favorite Hobby: Spending time with family, working with Scouts, and vacationing at Walt Disney World.
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“enjoy traveling.”
    Favorite Quote: “Live your life so you never look back and say ‘I wish I had...’”.
    How would you describe a perfect day? “No major commitments and able to enjoy the moment.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member William Betthauser

    William Betthauser
    School: Bishop O’Connell High School
    Arlington, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2019
    Favorite Hobby: Photography
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“travel around the world to experience new places.”
    Favorite Quote: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Going to a baseball game with family or friends.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Janice Carter

    Janice Carter 
    School: Hermitage High School 
    Richmond, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Reading
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be traveling the world.”
    Favorite Quote: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Binge-watching my favorite shows uninterrupted.”

    TCC Member 2018-19 Kathryn Dunn

    Kathryn Dunn 
    School: Myers Park High School
    Charlotte, NC
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Cooking and rock climbing
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…”own a bed and breakfast in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”
    Favorite Quotes: "I think everyone should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer." — Jim Carrey
    How would you describe a perfect day? “A day spent outside, with my family and dog, a good book and an early bedtime.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Nina Eaddy

    Nina Eaddy 
    School: Horton Middle School
    Pittsboro, NC
    Member of TCC Since: 2019
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“travel from country to country learning about the people and cultures of the world.”
    Favorite Quote: “You deserve to be happy. You deserve to live a life you are excited about. Don’t let others make you forget that.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Barbara Ellis

    Barbara Ellis
    School: Porter Ridge High School
    Indian Trail, NC
    Member of TCC Since: 2019
    Favorite Hobby: Gardening and cooking
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be a professional landscaper and work at the Stowe Botanical Garden.”
    Favorite Quote: “Failure is not an option!”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “About 70 degrees, in the backyard with family, friends and good barbeque!”

    TCC Member 2018-19 Stephen Fredrick

    Stephen Frederick
    School: Patterson High School #405
    Baltimore City, MD
    Member of TCC Since: 2017
    Favorite Hobby: “Sports fan, avid golfer, working on my house.”
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“spend more time working on my house, playing more golf, and traveling more.”
    Favorite Quote: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” and “Measure twice, cut once.”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Teach students early in the day, play golf with them in the afternoon, then have a delicious dinner afterwards to celebrate the day’s activities.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Nicole Glover

    Nicole Glover
    School: Huguenot High School
    Richmond, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2015
    Favorite Hobby: Cooking and watching football
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be an educational consultant/instructional coach.”
    Favorite Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Being thankful that the Lord woke me up, followed by coffee, relaxing, and spending time with family and friends.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Gary Greenwood

    Gary Greenwood
    School: Fluvanna County High School 
    Palmyra, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2019
    Favorite Hobby: Taking care of my chickens and goats.
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be farming.”
    Favorite Quote: “I have been happy and unhappy. I like happy better.”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Walking the beach with my wife.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Ed Hallyburton

    Ed Hallyburton
    School: East Burke High School
    Connelly Springs, NC
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Gardening
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be at the beach.”
    Favorite Quote: “The most important dates are when you were born and when you learn what you were born to do.”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “The perfect day is when I have learned something new and when I have helped someone else learn something as well.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Renee Hopper

    Renee Hopper
    School: Thomas Stone High School 
    Waldorf, MD
    Member of TCC Since: 2019
    Favorite Hobby: Reading, wood burning art, and travel.
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“own a dog rescue or be an event planner.”
    Favorite Quote: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.’” — A.A. Milne
    How would you describe a perfect day? “A day at the beach with my family or traveling somewhere new.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Rosalind Jackson

    Rosalind Jackson 
    School: eLearning Virtual Academy
    Charlotte, NC
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Attending live music events and theater 
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be assisting women with developing essential skills to maximize life skills and employability.”
    Favorite Quote: “Love, live your life, and help someone to do the same.”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Being able to have joy no matter the situation or circumstance would be a perfect day.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Janet Johnson

    Janet Johnson
    School: Hickory High School
    Hickory, NC
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Hiking
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be an accountant for PriceWaterhouseCooper so I can count the votes for the Oscars.”
    Favorite Quote: “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” — Jeremiah 29:11
    How would you describe a perfect day? “My perfect day would be hiking in tropical locations.”

    TCC Member 2018-19 Elaine Johnson-Macon

    Elaine Johnson-Macon
    School: Franklin Military Academy
    Richmond, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Road trips, sightseeing, shopping
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be a high school counselor or working in the field of law.”
    Favorite Quote: "The Lord is my strength and song, and he has become my salvation; he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.” — Exodus 15
    How would you describe a perfect day? “1. Wake up and recognize who allowed me to wake up 2. Coffee and muffins 3. Walking my property 4. Sitting on the patio and calling friends 5. Checking out the local news during lunch 6. Going shopping 7. Working in my flower garden 8. Talking to my daughter in Germany 9. Cooking and eating dinner with family 10. Choir rehearsal 11. Preparing for the next day and giving thanks for the day.”

    Chris Jones

    Chris Jones
    School: Brooke Point High School
    Stafford, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Calisthenics
    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be a graphic designer.”
    Favorite Quote: “Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone. The Labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And where we'd thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; and where we thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. Where we thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our existence. And where we thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.” — J. Campbell
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Watching the sunset.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Jordan Chandler

    Chandler Jordan
    Organization: South Carolina Council on Economic Education (SC Economics)
    Member of TCC Since: 2019
    Favorite Hobby: Traveling
    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be traveling the world and getting paid to review or post about hotels, restaurants, and activities.”
    Favorite Quote: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” — Steve Jobs
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Sitting at a café, drinking coffee, in a foreign city while reading a newspaper or a book about the city.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Patrick Kelly

    Patrick Kelly
    School: Wakefield High School
    Arlington, VA 
    Member of TCC Since: 2019
    Favorite Hobby: “I enjoy doing crosswords and other puzzles, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.”
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be looking for another place to teach or, if I had the money, I’d be traveling across the country and the world.”
    Favorite Quote: “I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “A cool sunny day in which the dog lets me sleep in, and my wife and I enjoy time together at art museums, baseball games, or walking in the woods.”

    TCC Member 2018-19 Steve Latoni

    Steven Latoni
    School: Marvin Ridge High School
    Waxhaw, NC
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Golf
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…”be retired.”
    Favorite Quote: "Just do it."
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Having a student come up to me and let me know that something I recently taught them was helpful to them in a “Real World” situation.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Karen Lloyd

    Karen Lloyd
    School: Mathews High School
    Mathews, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2019 
    Favorite Hobby:
    Riding motorcyles
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“probably have a position in a Human Resources department. ”
    Favorite Quote: “The only true test of values, either of men or of things, is that of their ability to make the world a better place in which to live." Henry Ford, 1924
    How would you describe a perfect day? "Professionally? When a student reaches out to let me know they appreciated something they learned in my class because they had to use it in 'real life'.  Personally? Spending the day with my husband and kids, just hanging out with our pups, cooking in the kitchen, playing board games, etc. OR going for a motorcycle ride somewhere with my husband.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Daniel McGrain

    Dan McGrain
    School: Archbishop Spalding High School 
    Severn, MD
    Member of TCC Since: 2019
    Favorite Hobby: Getting out and about with my family.
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be an Orioles broadcaster.”
    Favorite Quote: “…education among all kinds of men always has had, and always will have, an element of danger, and revolution…” – W.E.B. Du Bois
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Hanging at the beach, dinner on the grill, and watching O’s at night.”

    TCC Member 2018-19 Lynda Motiram

    Lynda Motiram
    School: Dulaney High School
    Timonium, MD
    Member of TCC Since: 2017
    Favorite Hobby: Travel and reading.
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“teach in another country, or I’d work for the Federal Reserve, College Board or ETS.”
    Favorite Quote: “Success is a mystery, but failure is not: to fail, you merely have to cultivate a few bad habits.” — Jordan Peterson.
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Paragliding off a snow covered mountain followed by reading by the fire.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Ashley Mott

    Ashley Mott 
    School: Godwin High School
    Richmond, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2019
    Favorite Hobby: “Playground dates with my 3 daughters (all under age 4!); getting sun by the pool or beach; working out again (finally, after having 3 daughters).”
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be a stay-at-home mom while my girls are still young or I would work in personal finance. I may even apply and hope to get offered a job at the Federal Reserve again.”
    Favorite Quote: "Love is patient, love is kind.” and “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Waking up and going to the gym, then enjoying a cup of coffee before the girls wake up. Then, spending the rest of the day with my children (pool/beach, playground, story time, and gymnastics – enjoying being a mom!). At night, I would go out to dinner or a local brewery with my husband (grandma babysits).”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Dawn Patterson

    Dawn Patterson
    School: Ardrey Kell High School
    Charlotte, NC
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Reading
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“retire to the mountains.”
    Favorite Quote: “Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Relaxing in the mountains, reading a good book”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Christine Pederson

    Christine Pedersen 
    School: New Kent High School
    New Kent, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2014
    Favorite Hobby: Reading
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be a librarian.”
    Favorite Quote: "What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Spending time in nature with friends and family.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Chris Prior

    Chris Prior
    School: Cosby High School 
    Midlothian, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2019
    Favorite Hobby: Reading
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“work at a coffee shop or bookstore.”
    Favorite Quote: “Character is what you do when no one is looking.”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Going for a run in the morning, eating a great brunch, and going into the city with friends or family.”

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    Juliet B. Ricablanca
    School: Northwestern High School 
    Hyattsville, MD
    Member of TCC Since: 2019
    Favorite Hobby: “I like being organized. It helps me think clearly. I also enjoy watching adventure and action movies.”
    If I weren't teaching I'd... “think about becoming an engineer and build houses.”
    Favorite Quote: "Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” — John Cotton Dana
    How would you describe a perfect day? "A perfect day for me would be to wake up early with a cup of coffee, feeling refreshed, energized, and inspired to plan for the day. Having well-planned activities that make mathematical concepts easier to understand for my students, and watching them actively engaged and learning from these activities make my day as a teacher. I would love to end the day feeling grateful and content for what I have accomplished with a delicious dinner and restful sleep. On a vacation mode, I would love to walk, talk, eat, and swim on the beach with family and friends.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Marc Rutman

    Marc Rutman
    School: Hanover High School
    Mechanicsville, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2017
    Favorite Hobby: Travel
    If I weren't teaching I'd... “be a museum guide."
    Favorite Quote: "Know thyself."
    How would you describe a perfect day? "A day of museums, culture, good food and sweets in a new city to explore.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Robin Schultz

    Robin Schultz 
    School: Deep Run High School
    Glen Allen, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2017
    Favorite Hobby: “Cooking and entertaining. I love to feed people!”
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be retired, cooking, traveling, and enjoying the arts.”
    Favorite Quote: "Be the person you needed when you were younger.”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “A houseful of my favorite people, great food, lots of laughter, and someone else to wash the dishes.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Hunter Thomas

    Hunter Thomas
    School: Godwin High School 
    Richmond, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Golf
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be a police officer.”
    Favorite Quote: "Let the choices you make today be the ones you can live with tomorrow.”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “Playing golf in the mountains.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Ebony Williamson

    Ebony Williamson
    School: High Point Central High School and Twilight High School
    High Point, NC
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Reading nonfiction novels and Netflix bingeing. 
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be a police detective in the Special Victims Unit.”
    Favorite Quote: “Education is improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than when you found it.” — Marian Wright Edelman
    How would you describe a perfect day? “A day when you don’t have to leave the house. Just simply enjoying family, food, and fun.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Steve Zanetti

    Steve Zanetti
    School: Floyd E. Kellam High School
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Member of TCC Since: 2014
    Favorite Hobby: Cycling and traveling
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be lost. Really, it’s all I’ve ever done.”
    Favorite Quote: “Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.” — Dalai Lama
    How would you describe a perfect day? “When I drink coffee on the beach watching the sunrise with my wife after doing an open water swim in the Bay. After that, the rest of the day is great.”

    TCC 2019-20 Member Jeff Zirkle

    Jeff Zirkle
    School: Phillip O’ Berry Academy of Technology
    Charlotte, NC
    Member of TCC Since: 2018
    Favorite Hobby: Playing guitar
    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be a philanthropist, building schools for children.”
    Favorite Quote: “Happiness can only exist in acceptance.”
    How would you describe a perfect day? “My perfect day is on the beach, surrounded by family.”

  • 2018-19 Members
    TCC Member 2018-19 Patricia Adams

    Patricia Adams 

    School: Glen Allen High School
    Glen Allen, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: “As a personal finance teacher, I probably shouldn't admit to this, but I would probably say shopping. I love a good bargain.”

    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be a lawyer.”

    Favorite Quote: “You can't change what you don't acknowledge.” -Dr. Phil

    How would you describe a perfect day? “These days, it’s a day where I don't have anything I feel like I have to do. I'll let you know if and when I have a perfect day.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Roberta Aigbokhaevbo

    Roberta Aigbokhaevbo

    School: Thomas Jefferson High School
    Richmond, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2016







    Teacher Collaborative Member Scott Bailey

    Scott Bailey

    School: Powhatan High School 
    Powhatan, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Spending time with family, vacationing at Disney World, working with scouts earning their advancement.

    If I weren't teaching I'd... “enjoy traveling.”

    Favorite Quote: “Live your life so you never look back and say, ‘I wish I had’..."

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Spending time with family, relaxing, no major commitments and able to enjoy the moment.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Melvin Barksdale

    Melvin Barksdale

    School: Armstrong High School
    Richmond, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Weight lifting/exercise

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be a federal agent.” 

    Favorite Quote: “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” -Carol Burnett

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Spending time with family and friends at a family reunion.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Janvier Beaver

    Janvier Beaver

    School: Linganore High School
    Frederick, MD

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Participating in and watching sports

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be a physical therapist.”

    Favorite Quote: “A rising tide lifts all boats.”

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Waking up and walking out to the beach.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Gerald Brown

    Jerry Brown

    School: The Bryn Mawr School
    Baltimore, MD

    Member of TCC Since: 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Sailing

    If I weren't teaching I'd... “be sailing”

    Favorite Quote: "Have the courage to act instead of react.” -Oliver W. Holmes

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Spending time with family.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Janice Carter

    Jacklyn Bruce

    School: Thomas Jefferson High School
    Richmond, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Cooking

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be working in the private sector likely in food marketing.”

    Favorite Quote: "Learning never exhausts the mind" - DaVinci

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Clear skies and a long drive through the mountains or along the coast."

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Bland Campbell

    Bland Campbell

    School: Colonial Heights High School
    Colonial Heights, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Drawing, painting, crocheting, learning to play the ukulele

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be playing with my grandchildren.”

    Favorite Quote: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” -Mark Twain

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Being on the water fishing with my husband.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Jacklyn Bruce

    Janice Carter

    School: Hermitage High School
    Henrico, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018







    TCC Member 2018-19 Steve Celio

    Steve Celio

    School: Briar Woods High School
    Ashburn, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Weight lifting and historically oriented travel

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be working in law enforcement.”

    Favorite Quote: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Touring historical sites and learning something new.”

     


    TCC member 2018-19 Devorah Danielson

    Devorah Danielson

    School: Suitland High School
    Suitland-Silver Hill, MD

    Member of TCC Since: 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Gardening, especially herbal gardening, and studying natural healing methods

    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“travel to many of the places I’ve dreamed of going to; study the healing effects of plants; study stone medicine and gemstones.”

    Favorite Quotes: “'What goes around comes around.' This quote reminds me to watch my behavior and actions as I believe actions boomerang.”

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Hanging out by any of the top beaches, taking in the beauty with a favorite book and a piña colada or two.” 

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Kathryn Dunn

    Kathryn Dunn 

    School: Myers Park High School
    Charlotte, NC

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Cooking and rock climbing

    If I weren’t teaching I’d…”own a bed and breakfast in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

    Favorite Quotes: "I think everyone should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer." -Jim Carrey

    How would you describe a perfect day? “A day spent outside, with my family and dog, a good book and an early bedtime.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Phyllis Eppes

    Phyllis Eppes

    School: Powhatan High School 
    Powhatan, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018







    TCC Member 2018-19 Stephen Fredrick

    Stephen Frederick

    School: Patterson High School #405
    Baltimore City, MD

    Member of TCC Since: 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Playing golf, travelling, spending time with family and friends

    If I weren't teaching I'd... “be travelling or playing golf, spending time with family and friends.”

    Favorite Quote: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." and "The early bird catches the worm."

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Intellectually stimulating interaction with students by day, fabulous round of golf with school time, followed by a delicious crab cake dinner!”

     


    Teacher Collaborative Member Iris Gibson

    Iris Gibson

    School: Langston High School
    Arlington County, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Taking pictures and going to museums

    If I weren't teaching I'd... “be doing economic analysis (I have an MA in Economics).”

    Favorite Quote: "Your legacy will be what you love." -Dr. Cornel West

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Sleep in. Go into a city to explore, walking everywhere. Go into museums. Eat good food.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Shanita Glapsie

    Shanita Glaspie

    School: Surry County High School
    Dendron, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Online window shopping and knitting at my local library

    If I weren’t teaching… “I’d co-own a hair salon with my mom.”

    Favorite Quote: “Motivation comes from working on things we care about.”

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Remembering all the APA formatting rules when writing a paper.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Laura Graham

    Laura Graham

    School: Hermitage High School
    Henrico County, VA

    Years Teaching: 29

    Member of TCC Since: 2016

    Favorite Hobby: Gardening

    Favorite Quote: "You can be whatever you dream you can be.”

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Sitting under an umbrella at a beach; temperature around 75 degrees; reading a good book.”

     


    Teacher Collaborative Member Lauren Halbach

    Maddy Halbach

    School: Applications and Research Laboratory
    Ellicott City, MD

    Member of TCC Since: 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Designing clothing

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "be in administration at central office.” 

    Favorite Quote: "Luck is where opportunity meets preparation."

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Exercise in the morning. Great lesson delivery. Community outreach. Great novel.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Ed Hallyburton

    Ed Hallyburton

    School: East Burke High School
    Connelly Springs, NC

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Gardening

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be teaching”

    Favorite Quote: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” -Mark Twain

    How would you describe a perfect day? “When you have made a difference in at least one person’s life. You have ignited that spark of inquisitiveness.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Marcia Havner

    Marcia Havner

    School: Springfield Middle School
    Fort Mill, SC

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Reading

    If I weren’t teaching I’d…”sew for charity and volunteer for Assistance League of Charlotte to serve children at risk.”

    Favorite Quote:  “The best way to be HAPPY is to help others be HAPPY.” -Charles Raison

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Spending leisure time with my family on vacation!”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Charlotte Hayer

    Charlotte Hayer

    School: Richmond Community High School, Richmond, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2017






    TCC Member 2018-19 Vanessa Hudson

    Vanessa Hudson

    School: Woodlawn High School
    Gwynn Oak, MD

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Reading

    If I weren’t teaching I’d be… “a neonatal nurse.”

    Favorite Quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

    How would you describe a perfect day? “When a plan is executed, received, and completed."

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Beverly Jackson

    Beverly Jackson

    School: Northwestern High School
    Hyattsville, MD

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Card games

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be cruising the world, and piddling around the house.”

    Favorite Quote: "God, family, friends, sorority, pinochle" -Beverly Jackson

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Doing something meaningful or nothing at all (enjoying life).”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Rosalind Jackson

    Rosalind Jackson 

    School: eLearning Virtual Academy
    Charlotte, NC

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Attending live cultural events (music, theatre, festivals and running events)

    If I weren’t teaching I’d…”be volunteering to support others in health and fitness goals.”

    Favorite Quotes: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

    How would you describe a perfect day?  “Spending quality time with family and friends.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Janet Johnson

    Janet Johnson

    School: Hickory High School
    Hickory, NC

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: “Hiking - I love getting out in nature and listening for God's voice.”

    If I weren’t teaching I’d...”be an accountant. There is beauty in numbers.”

    Favorite Quotes: "Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world." -1 John 4:4

    How would you describe a perfect day? “At the beach. I would play in the ocean and read while getting some Vitamin D.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Elaine Johnson-Macon

    Elaine Johnson-Macon

    School: Franklin Military Academy
    Richmond, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Road trips, sightseeing, shopping

    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be a high school counselor or working in the field of law.”

    Favorite Quote: "The Lord is my strength and song, and he has become my salvation; he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.” -Exodus 15

    How would you describe a perfect day? “1. Wake up and recognize who allowed me to wake up 2. Coffee and muffins 3. Walking my property 4. Sitting on the patio and calling friends 5. Checking out the local news during lunch 6. Going shopping 7. Working in my flower garden 8. Talking to my daughter in Germany 9. Cooking and eating dinner with family 10. Choir rehearsal 11. Preparing for the next day and giving thanks for the day.”

     


    Chris Jones

    Chris Jones

    School: Brooke Point High School
    Stafford, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Calisthenics

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be a graphic designer.”

    Favorite Quote: “Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone. The Labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And where we'd thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; and where we thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. Where we thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our existence. And where we thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.” -J. Campbell

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Watching the sunset.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Benjamin Krensky

    Benjamin Krensky

    School: Walt Whitman High School
    Bethesda, MD

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Running, kayaking, traveling.

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be traveling.”

    Favorite Quote: "Slow and steady wins the race."

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Long run, pancake breakfast with family, lots of coffee, go to one of my kid's soccer games, watch some football.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Steve Latoni

    Steven Latoni

    School: Marvin Ridge High School
    Waxhaw, NC

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Golf

    If I weren’t teaching I’d…”be retired.”

    Favorite Quote: "Just do it."

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Having a student come up to me and let me know that something I recently taught them was helpful to them in a “Real World” situation.”

     


    TCC Member Liz Miller

    Liz Miller

    School: Broad Run High School
    Ashburn, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Gardening

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be doing some sort of work in gardening or education.”

    Favorite Quote: "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." -Mark Twain

    How would you describe a perfect day?  “A perfect day for me would be to be driving a car with the top down enjoying the sun and then going to a marina and/or beach restaurant to enjoy lunch outdoors. Taking a long walk and relaxing before making the drive back home.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Jeff Milner

    Jeffrey Milner

    School: Clover Hill High School
    Midlothian, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Cooking, cycling, disc gold, Lousiana's sports teams, and Arsenal FC!

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be an urban planner.”

    Favorite Quote: "When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water." -Ben Franklin

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Sleeping in, playing disc golf, and an Arsenal victory!”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Lynda Motiram

    Lynda Motiram

    School: Dulaney High School
    Timonium, MD

    Member of TCC Since: 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Reading – both fiction and non-fiction

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “travel, maybe in the Peace Corps. Learning and exploring are my favorite things and it is a big world out there.”

    Favorite Quote: “You wouldn’t worry so much about what people really thought of you if you knew just how seldom they do.” -Unknown

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Good work, good friends, and a lot of laughter.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Julius Oreska

    Julius Oreska

    School: Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
    Richmond, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2015







    TCC Member 2018-19 Dawn Patterson

    Dawn Patterson

    School: Ardrey Kell High School
    Charlotte, NC

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Reading

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "volunteer at my church, a historical site or a charity."

    Favorite Quote: "All the great things are simple and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy and hope." -Winston Churchill

    How would you describe a perfect day? "A long walk in the mountains, spending time with my family and then reading a good book before bed."

     


    Teacher Collaborative Member Christine Pederson

    Christine Pedersen

    School: New Kent High School
    New Kent, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2014

    Favorite Hobby: Reading

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "be a librarian."

    Favorite Quote: "You'll regret the things you don't do more than the things you do!"

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Spending time learning and sharing ideas with interesting and stimulating people, in real life or in a book, but also having introspective downtime just to think, process, and write. And watching the sunrise over the ocean, and the sunset on the Piankatank River!"

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Mary Price

    Mary Price

    School: Matoaca High School
    Chesterfield, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Reading, cooking

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "be an event planner."

     

     

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Tonisha Purcell

    Tonisha Purcell

    School: Garinger High School
    Charlotte, NC

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Discovering new food places on Yelp!

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "work with children and families through church, outreach programs or even social groups."

    Favorite Quote: "The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it" -William James

    How would you describe a perfect day? "No alarm clock or someone constantly calling my name, good food and great company!"

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 James Rees

    Jamie Rees

    School: Reach! Partnership School
    Baltimore, MD

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Cooking, reading, writing and spending time outside in nature

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "participating in or working to found a place or a space with similar permanence in a community as a school. If not I’d be in some other country learning a new language."

    Favorite Quote: "Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated." -Martin Luther King Jr.

    How would you describe a perfect day? "My perfect day would begin, end, and go its entirety with my cellphone turned off. I’d be in great company, probably somewhere in the woods or on the water, and much of day would be spent eating great food."

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Katherine Rudy

    Katherine Rudy

    School: Manchester Valley High School
    Manchester, MD

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Textile crafts, anything except knitting

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "own ‘Creative Clutter,’ a crafting and upcycling center.”

    Favorite Quote: "A penny saved is a penny earned." -Ben Franklin and "Although the world is full of suffering; it is full also of the overcoming of it." -Helen Keller

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Begin in prayer, spend time with family enjoying the treasures of our world."

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Marc Rutman

    Marc Rutman

    School: Hanover High School
    Mechanicsville, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Travel

    If I weren't teaching I'd... be a museum guide."

    Favorite Quote: "Know thyself."

    How would you describe a perfect day? "A day of museums, culture, good food and sweets in a new city to explore.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Robin Schultz

    Robin Schultz

    School: Varina High School
    Henrico, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Cooking and entertaining. I love to feed people.

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "be retired and cooking, traveling, and enjoying the arts."

    Favorite Quote: "Be the person you needed when you were younger."

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Is there really such a thing? But you can make the best of whatever day you get."

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Kristin Spratley

    Kristen Spratley

    School: James River High School
    Midlothian, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Reading

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "be an on-air sports personality/sideline sports reporter.”

    Favorite Quote: "The Time is always right to do what is right." -Martin Luther King Jr.

    How would you describe a perfect day? "The perfect day would be spending time with family and friends on a beautiful and sunny day.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Hunter Thomas

    Hunter Thomas

    School: Godwin High School
    Richmond, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018








    TCC Member 2018-19 Vernon Allen

    Allen Vernon

    School: Amelia County Public Schools
    Amelia, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018







    TCC Member Bruce Watson

    Bruce Watson

    School: Goochland County Public Schools
    Goochland, VA

    Member of TCC Since: 2018





    TCC Member 2018-19 Ebony Williamson

    Ebony Williamson

    School: Penn Griffin School for the Arts
    High Point, NC

    Member of TCC Since: 2018







    TCC Member 2018-19 Doug Woolf

    Doug Woolf

    School: Sun Valley High School
    Monroe, NC

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Listening to podcasts and baseball games – the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates.

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "be trying to start a business.”

    Favorite Quote: "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." -Psalm 37

    How would you describe a perfect day? "I would wake up to the sound of sea gulls and the ocean. I would have a cup of coffee and go walking on the beach. The high temp for the day would be 75 and my two boys would be making forts and playing in the sand while I watched them have fun. Then we would have a nice lunch as a family and head to the mountains to catch a 6:00 PM kickoff at Liberty University sitting in the box seats. After the game we would go to my favorite Italian restaurant and back to the cabin to relax in the hot tub before bed.”

     


    TCC Member 2018-19 Steve Zanetti

    Steve Zanetti

    School: Kellam High School
    Virginia Beach, VA

    Member of TCC Since 2016

    Favorite Hobby: Mountain biking

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "be a photographer for National Geographic.”

    Favorite Quote: "I am still learning." -Michelangelo

    How would you describe a perfect day? "83 degrees, partly sunny, 72 degrees ocean temperature, relaxing on the beach after an early morning open water swim, ending with a bonfire on the beach.”



    TCC Member 2018-19 Jeff Zirkle

    Jeff Zirkle

    School: Phillip O Berry High School
    Charlotte, NC

    Member of TCC Since: 2018

    Favorite Hobby: Playing the guitar

    If I weren’t teaching I’d…“be living on a beach somewhere.”

    Favorite Quote: “Treat everyone the way you wish to be treated.”

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Being able to sleep in, play guitar, grill an amazing steak and relax afterwards.”

     


  • 2017-18 Members
    Teacher Collaborative Member Scott Bailey

    Scott Bailey

    School: Powhatan High School 
    Powhatan, VA
    Years Teaching: 23

    Member of TCC Since 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Spending time with family, vacationing at Disney World, working with scouts earning their advancement.

    If I weren't teaching I'd... “enjoy traveling.”

    Favorite Quote: “Live your life so you never look back and say, ‘I wish I had’..."

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Spending time with family, relaxing, no major commitments and able to enjoy the moment.”



    Teacher Collaborative Member Susan Bistransin

    Susan Bistransin

    School: Parkdale High School 
    Prince George’s County, MD
    Years Teaching: 31

    Member of TCC Since 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Sewing

    If I weren't teaching I'd... “be working as an advocate for financial literacy education.”

    Favorite Quote: "Don't spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.”

    How would you describe a perfect day? "A day with no stress and lots of accomplishments!”

     


    Teacher Collaborative Member Nancy Brandon

    Nancy Brandon

    School: Colonial Forge High School
    Stafford, VA

    Member of TCC Since 2017
    Favorite Hobby: Sports and reading 

     

     

     

     


    Teacher Collaborative Member Jerry Brown

    Jerry Brown

    School: The Bryn Mawr School

    Baltimore, MD
    Years Teaching: 39

    Member of TCC Since 2017
    Favorite Hobby: Sailing
    If I weren't teaching I'd... “be sailing”

    Favorite Quote: "Have the courage to act instead of react.” – Oliver W. Holmes

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Spending time with family.”

     


    Teacher Collaborative Member Iris Gibson

    Iris Gibson

    School: Langston High School
    Arlington County, VA
    Years Teaching: 2 at the secondary level, 20 at the post-secondary level

    Member of TCC Since 2017

    Favorite Hobby: Going to museums

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "do academic advising at the college level."

    Favorite Quote: "Your legacy will be what you love." - Dr. Cornel West

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Sleeping in till 8 a.m., lots of carbs for breakfast, an outing with my family at a museum or taking a hike, followed by a home-cooked meal and a Marvel universe movie with my husband and two kids (with snacks of course)."

     


    Teacher Collaborative Member Laura Graham

    Laura Graham

    School: Hermitage High School
    Henrico County, VA
    Years Teaching: 29

    Member of TCC Since 2016
    Favorite Hobby: Gardening

    Favorite Quote: "You can be whatever you dream you can be.”

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Sitting under an umbrella at a beach; temperature around 75 degrees; reading a good book.”

     


    Teacher Collaborative Member Lauren Halbach

    Maddy Halbach

    School: Applications and Research Laboratory
    Howard County, MD
    Years Teaching: 15

    Member of TCC Since 2017
    Favorite Hobby: Designing clothing 
    If I weren't teaching I'd... "be a consultant."

    Favorite Quote: "Luck is where opportunity meets preparation."

    How would you describe a perfect day? "One of my students said 'Saturday'."

     


    Teacher Collaborative Member Christine Pederson

    Christine Pedersen

    School: New Kent High School
    New Kent, VA
    Years Teaching: 15

    Member of TCC Since 2014

    Favorite Hobby: Reading

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "be a librarian."

    Favorite Quote: "You'll regret the things you don't do more than the things you do!"

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Spending time learning and sharing ideas with interesting and stimulating people, in real life or in a book, but also having introspective downtime just to think, process, and write. And watching the sunrise over the ocean, and the sunset on the Piankatank River!"

     


    Teacher Collaborative Member Bethany Schwartz

    Beth Schwartz

    School: Patrick Henry High School
    Hanover County, VA
    Years Teaching: 11

    Member of TCC Since 2016

    Favorite Hobby: Party planning

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "Open up my own party planning business!"

    Favorite Quote: "Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves a purpose in your life, encourages you to grow, or makes you happy."

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Going out for breakfast with my family, having a lazy day at home playing board games, watching movies, and reading, then going out to dinner with my family."

     


    Teacher Collaborative Member Steve Zanetti

    Steve Zanetti

    School: Kellam High School
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Years Teaching: 27

    Member of TCC Since 2014

    Favorite Hobby: Cycling

    If I weren't teaching I'd... "be mountain biking in the Shenandoah Valley."

    Favorite Quote: "Don't go broke trying to save money." - Allen Zanetti, my dad

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Crisp fall weather walking around with my camera doing street photography."

     


2019-2020 Teacher Collaborative Committee Members – Richmond

Photo by Larry Cain

From left to right:
Front row:
Janice Carter (Hermitage High School), Steve Zanetti (Floyd E. Kellam High School), Chris Prior (Cosby High School)
Second row: Ashley Mott (Godwin High School), Patricia Adams (Glen Allen High School), Robin Schultz (Deep Run High School)
Third row: Marc Rutman (Hanover High School), Nicole Glover (Huguenot High School), Karen Lloyd (Mathews High School)
Fourth row: Melvin Barksdale (Armstrong High School), Chris Jones (Brooke Point High School)
Back row: Christine Pedersen (New Kent High School), Gary Greenwood (Fluvanna County High School), Hunter Thomas (Godwin High School), Scott Bailey (Powhatan High School)
**Not pictured: Elaine-Johnson Macon (Franklin Military Academy), Chris Jones (Brooke Point High School)

2019-2020 Teacher Collaborative Committee Members – Baltimore

Photo by Rodney West

From left to right:
Front row:
Lynda Motiram (Dulaney High School), Renee Hopper (Thomas Stone High School), William Betthauser (Bishop O'Connell High School)
Back row: Patrick Kelly (Wakefield High School), Daniel McGrain (Archbishop Spalding High School), Stephen Frederick (Patterson High School #405)
Not pictured: Timothy Rodman (Walter Johnson High School), Anthony Jackson Jr. (Randallstown High School), Juliet Ricablanca (Northwestern High School)

2019-2020 Teacher Collaborative Committee Members – Charlotte

Photo by Michael Batts

From left to right:
Front row:
Janet Johnson (Hickory High School), Ebony Williamson (Penn Griffin School of the Arts), Dawn Patterson (Ardrey Kell High School), Rosalind Jackson (eLearning Virtual Academy)
Back row: Ed Hallyburton (East Burke High School), Chandler Jordan (SC Economics), Nina Eaddy (Horton Middle School), Barbara Ellis (Marvin Ridge High School), Jeff Zirkle (Phillip O’ Berry Academy of Technology)
Not pictured: Kathryn Dunn (Myers Park High School), Steve Latoni (Marvin Ridge High School)