Advisory Board

The Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board is a national group of anti-bias educators who help Teaching Tolerance stay rooted in the real experiences and diverse perspectives of school communities across the country. Members of the Advisory Board are not simply devoted to social justice; they teach, counsel and care for K–12 students in schools across the country every day. They give us feedback on new resources by sharing their expertise and practice, and help program staff anticipate important trends and changes in the field. As members of this select group of educators, Advisors grow professionally by networking with Board colleagues, by participating in the development of new projects and through their role as ambassadors for the Teaching Tolerance mission. Each Advisory Board serves for a two-year term; the current term ends in 2019, when we’ll accept applications for a new board.

As we engage in this important work, let's keep our students close in mind. They are the ones we serve.

Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board Meeting 17

Amber Makaiau Associate specialist and director of curriculum and research | Oahu, Hawaii

Amber Neal Elementary reading and language arts teacher | Houston, Texas

Amy Melik K–12 ELL coordinator and teacher | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Angela Hartman Secondary school librarian | Hutto, Texas

Barbie Garayúa-Tudryn Elementary school counselor | Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Carrie Gaffney Middle school IB teacher and coordinator | Indianapolis, Indiana

Celeste Payne High school science teacher | West Chester, Pennsylvania

Christopher Widmaier Science teacher | Rochester, New York

Dale Allender Assistant professor of education | Sacramento, California

David Paschall High school social studies and humanities teacher | Austin, Texas

Frances Weaver Middle school social studies teacher | Narberth, Pennsylvania

Gail Heath Sixth-grade English and language arts teacher | Las Vegas, Nevada

Hayley Breden High school social studies teacher | Denver, Colorado

Henry Cody Miller High school English and language arts teacher | Gainesville, Florida

Joe Schmidt High school social studies initiatives specialist | Augusta, Maine

Julie Bradley Middle school ELL teacher | Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Karen Schreiner Second-grade teacher | Oakland, California

Kevin Cordi Assistant professor of education | Ada, Ohio 

Kim Estelle Sixth-grade teacher | Huntsville, Alabama

Kim Siar Elementary school teacher | Norristown, Pennsylvania

Kimberly Burkhalter Director of equity/diversity and magnet programs | Wichita, Kansas

Kinette Richards Middle school psychologist | Aurora, Colorado

Leslie Wills-Taylor Fourth-grade and diversity resource teacher | Charlottesville, Virginia

Lhisa Almashy High school ESL teacher and coordinator | Palm Beach County, Florida

Lois Parker-Hennion High school library media specialist | Orangeburg, New York

Michelle Higgins High school social studies teacher | Walla Walla, Washington 

Sarah Neely Elementary school teacher | Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Scott Thomas Elementary school principal | Eagan, Minnesota 

Soñia Galaviz Elementary teacher | Boise, Idaho

Veronica Menefee Special education teacher and consultant | Nottingham, Maryland