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ASCD Launches International Cohort of Emerging Leaders Program


September 7, 2021

Walter McKenzie, Senior Director for Constituent Services, 703-575-5617

ALEXANDRIA, VA—National leader in K-12 educator professional learning ASCD today announced its newest group of Emerging Leaders, a two-year cohort-based program designed to cultivate and develop rising leaders in education. The Emerging Leaders Class of 2021 includes educators from 12 states, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and India.

"Nurturing and promoting great education leaders is at the heart of our mission," said CEO and Executive Director Ranjit Sidhu. "The Emerging Leaders program represents a growing cohort of leaders from around the globe who will serve as a guiding force in districts and schools for years to come."

Participants in the Emerging Leaders program have between five and 15 years of experience in education and have made an impact as leaders in their schools, districts, and communities. Through the program, these educators gain access to networking and learning opportunities, prepare for future leadership roles, and build strong and supportive professional learning communities with peers around the globe.

"My time in the Emerging Leaders Class of 2011 was a transformational opportunity to learn alongside some of the leading thinkers in national education," said ASCD Board member Matthew Mingle. "It changed the trajectory of my career as an educator, and I am profoundly grateful for the experience."

The members of the Emerging Leaders Class of 2021 include:

Marcus Belin, Principal, Huntley Community School District 158, Illinois

Sean Bethune, Assistant Principal, Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia

Makeda Brome, Assistant Principal, Port Saint Lucie Public Schools, Florida

Gemma Cass, Lecturer in Primary Education, St. Mary's University, United Kingdom

Casey Church, Classroom Teacher, Tacoma Public Schools, Washington

Shayla Ewing, Classroom Teacher, Pekin Community High School District, Illinois

Darnell Fine, Instructional Coach, Singapore American School, Singapore

Jodi Friedman, Assistant Principal, New York City Department of Education, New York

Camille Jones, Digital Education Coach, Quincy School District, Washington

Krystal Keller, Math Teacher, Tacoma Public Schools, Washington

Benjamin-David Legrand, Instructional Coach, Jefferson Parish Schools, Louisiana

Erika Martin, Instructional Coach, Hamilton County School District, Tennessee

Emily McCloud, Math Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

Julie Padilla, Assistant Principal, Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School, New York

Nita Row, Head of Junior School, Bombay International School, India

Rachel Sadler, Director of Middle School Program, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia

Freddie Shaker, Classroom Teacher, Somerville Public School District, New Jersey

Vanee Smith-Matsalia, Demonstration Teacher, San Bernardino City School District, California

Xatli Stox, Education Program Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina

Islah Tauheed, Classroom Teacher, New York City Department of Education, New York

Lauren Taylor, Elementary Principal, Tacoma Public Schools, Washington

Ginger Tedder, Project Manager for Innovative Programs, Mississippi State University, Mississippi

Sophie Teitelbaum, Teacher, Center for Resilience, Louisiana

Matthew Woods, Director of Student Support Services, Henry County Public Schools, Virginia

Sidhu said: "Just as our education landscape continues to change and evolve, ASCD is working intentionally to cultivate the next generation of leaders, and we are thrilled to welcome our newest members to the Emerging Leaders family."

For more information on ASCD's Emerging Leaders program, visit

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