Elizabeth Denevi

Co-FOUNDER

Elizabeth is the Associate Director for Mid West Educational Collaborative, a non-profit agency that works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. Previously, she served as Director of Studies & Professional Development at Latin School of Chicago. In this position, Elizabeth was responsible for the stewardship and integration of curriculum from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, as well as for the oversight and coordination of professional development and evaluation for all faculty. She was also a member of the Diversity Council, an all-school strategic implementation group for culturally responsive teaching and learning, as well as a co-leader of the School’s accreditation team. At Georgetown Day School (DC) she served as the Co-Director of Diversity and a senior administrator for 10 years. In her role she designed and implemented curriculum and programming for the entire school community. Elizabeth also worked at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School (VA) to create a comprehensive professional development program. She has taught English and history at a number of schools including Castilleja School (CA), San Francisco University High School (CA), and Vail Mountain School (CO). Elizabeth has published and presented extensively on diversity and academic excellence, social justice, and equity issues. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, Institute of Education, a master’s from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. 

 

Jenna Chandler-Ward

Co-FOUNDER

Jenna has been an educator in non-profits, schools and colleges for 18 years, including working as the Director of Education for the Center for Cultural Exchange, and doing violence prevention work with Family Crisis Services, both in Portland Maine. Most recently, Jenna has been a middle school English and drama teacher at the Meadowbrook School of Weston for the last ten years. Jenna is also a founder and co-director of the Multicultural Teaching Institute, which produces workshops and a conference for teachers on issues of equity and inclusion. Jenna is currently a part-time teacher and diversity consultant living in Cambridge MA. She holds a M.Ed. from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor’s degree from Marlboro College. 

 

Michael Brosnan

Senior Editor

Michael Brosnan is a writer, editor, and educator living in Exeter, New Hampshire. From 1997 to 2017, he served as editor for Independent School, an award-winning quarterly published by the National Association of Independent Schools. He has taught writing and English classes at the University of New Hampshire, Phillips Exeter Academy, Queens College, C.W. Post College, and Hebron Academy — and has led writing workshops for educators. He is the author of Against the Current: How One School Struggled and Succeeded with At-Risk Kids (Heinemann) and editor of The Inclusive School: A Selection of Writing on Diversity Issues in Independent Schools (NAIS). He has also written three diversity-related monographs for the Association of Independent Schools in New England. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines including New Letters, Barrow Street, Prairie Schooner, Borderlands, The Moth, Confrontation, and Rattle.

 

Kate Ellis

Story Producer

Kate Ellis is an award-winning public radio and podcast producer recognized for creating groundbreaking documentaries and books on twentieth century U.S. history, race relations, and public affairs.

 

Lyra Smith

Sound Mixer/Editor

Lyra Smith is an editor and sound mixer. Most recently, she mixed S-Town, the highly acclaimed new podcast from the producers of This American Life and Serial.