Ashley Drill and Jamie Tewksbury are elementary teachers with more than 20 years of teaching experience. They teach 3rd grade in Plymouth, Minnesota, at Greenwood Elementary School alongside their principal, Dr. Brad Gustafson from Episode 9.
Jayne Ellspermann is the principal of West Port High School in Ocala, Florida. She has spent the past 35 years as an educator with 24 of those years as a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school level. She was recognized by NASSP as the 2015 National Principal of the Year and is currently the president-elect of NASSP.
Dr. Mary Canole is in her 40th year in public education. She has taught at both the middle and high school levels in Rhode Island and served as the Director of the Newport Area Career and Technical Center. Mary later became the Director of Instruction and Grants and then Superintendent of Newport Public Schools, a small urban school district.
Kevin Shelton is in his tenth year as principal of Johnsburg High School in Johnsburg, IL. He earned his bachelors degree in English and Secondary Education from Loras College and his Masters degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. Kevin was an English teacher and multi-sport coach for eight years, prior to becoming an administrator for the next sixteen
Dr. Robert McBride currently serves as the principal of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. His school serves approximately 3,900 students on a campus of two buildings, the Gold Building for freshman students and the Main Building for sophomore, junior, and senior students.
Dr. Tony Sinanis is currently the Lead Learner at Cantiague (CAN-T-AG) Elementary School in Jericho, New York. Cantiague was named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School and Tony received the 2014 New York State Elementary Principal of the Year Award. Tony is active on Twitter (@TonySinanis) and serves as the founder and co-moderator of #NYedchat.
Brad Weston has served as teacher, coach, counselor, athletic director, assistant principal, and principal over his career in education. He was hired in the summer of 2011 as a “turnaround” principal at Fairdale High School. His focus on improving instruction as a collective practice has led to substantial gains for the school. Brad was named the 2015 Jefferson County Public Schools’ Administrator of the Year.
Jessica Cabeen is the principal of Woodson Kindergarten Center in Austin, Minnesota. Jessica has an interesting career path that I will let her share with you in the interview, but in the end she became a school administrator because of her heart for children.
Shane is the Principal of Abingdon-Avon High School in west central Illinois. The district is in the third year of a consolidation and the second year of a 1:1 initiative. This marks Shane's ninth year in education and his fifth as a high school principal.
Jeff Gasaway has been an administrator for 14 years serving as assistant principal, director of Human Resources, and has now been the principal at Midway High School for the past 5 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and his master’s degree from Texas A&M in Commerce, Texas.