TEACHER LEADERSHIP BOARD

The Teacher Leadership Board serves as thought partners and education advisors for the organizational and as ambassadors in advancing our mission.

Teacher Leadership Board Members 2018-2019

The Teacher Leadership Board (TLB) is currently comprised of five Generation Citizen program teachers representing each of GC’s regional program sites. The TLB elevates the vital voices of teachers in the growing movement to expand access to high-quality Action Civics across the country. GC’s value of Grassroots Change articulates the belief that those closest to the issue are best poised to create its solutions, and the TLB will help the organization honor that value and enhance its work.

Molly McKay Bryson | Dearborn Stem
Dorchester, Massachusetts 

Molly McKay Bryson is a teacher and teacher educator focused on helping build equity in Boston Public Schools. In 2018, through an action research project, the seniors Molly works with established a trauma-informed peer mediation program at their school, Dearborn STEM Academy, to strengthen student voice in school discipline. Those students were selected for a Systemic Impact award when they presented at Generation Citizen’s Civics Day, and though they’ve all graduated, some of them will be back to support the peer mediation program in its first year.

Molly is proud to co-lead the Boston Teachers Union organizing committees on Immigrant Rights: the Unafraid Educators. This group works to build schools where all immigrant and undocumented students are welcomed, respected, cherished, and protected. Over the past two years, the Unafraid Educators have raised over $62,000 in college scholarships for undocumented Boston Public School graduates. Alongside youth and educators across Boston, Molly is also part of a group advocating for  Ethnic Studies in Boston’s schools. They are working to ensure that all students have access to courses that center the histories of communities of color and movements for liberation. Recently, their collective secured funding from the BTU and school district to build an Ethnic Studies curriculum that reflects and celebrates the identities of youth in Boston.

Eric Kossoff | Bronx Academy of Letters
Bronx, New York 

Eric is a middle school Social Studies teacher in the South Bronx who has worked with Generation Citizen since 2016. Eric is passionate about reflecting on instructional practices and engaging students in meaningful learning experiences. He has seen incredible growth in his student’s civic awareness and skills over the last few years through GC, which has helped bring action civics to the forefront of his classroom.

Eric believes that having a vocal youth with strong civic skills is important for the future of our democracy, which is exactly the reason he couldn’t imagine his classroom without GC. GC has brought his students in touch with leaders in the government and changemakers in their community while giving them the skills to advocate for themselves outside the classroom. This has also sparked an interest in Eric to see how GC and action civics impacts classrooms nationwide. As a member of the Teacher Leadership Board, Eric is eager to connect with teachers in New York and across America in order to help create a space for reflection on practices and the action civics process.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and current events. He completed his undergraduate degree in History and Education at the University of San Diego and now happily calls New York City home.

Adam Kubey | Oakland Charter High School
Oakland, California 

Adam has partnered with Generation Citizen since 2012 in the Bay Area, having sponsored GC in his classrooms at both a middle and high school level.  His classes GC projects have ranged from transportation solutions for their schools campus move to farm to table sustainable farming and fruit gleaning in food deserts of Oakland.  Others revolved around experiential learning for all students and Oakland student/police relationship building through community activities.

A native of Chicago, Adam has worked as an Action Civics educator during his years teaching in Chicago Public Schools.  He integrates multiple skills based action civics units, from public speaking and speeches to elections campaigning and an election judge worker program.  

Adam attended the University of Iowa where he studied Political Science and observed multiple Iowa presidential caucuses.  His senior year of college he interned in Melbourne, Australia for a member of parliament of the province of Victoria. His hobbies include traveling, cooking new recipes and improving his golf and tennis games.  

Colin Turner | Orchard Gardens Pilot School
Boston, Massachusetts 

Colin Turner is a passionate believer in the power of young people to make social change. For over a decade, Colin has worked with youth in the areas of youth development, activism, leadership, and education. An advocate for national service, he spent a year as an Americorps VISTA volunteer in 2006-2007 in Boston. Returning to direct service with youth, he became a Youth Worker for MissionSAFE, a small trauma-informed youth development program in Roxbury, coaching young people in academic skills, job/life skills, and civic advocacy. Colin began teaching in the classroom with Teach For America in 2010, in Lawrence, MA. Since then, he has taught History, ELA, and Humanities in both charter and public school settings, and is entering his fifth year teaching 8th grade Civics in Boston Public Schools.

As a Generation Citizen teacher since 2014, Colin has facilitated over 200 student leaders through the Action Civics process. His students have taken action to fight for many issues, including gun control, reducing homelessness, female empowerment, reducing bullying, increasing school funding, and addressing impacts of the opioid crisis. At Civics Day in December 2017, one of Colin’s classes was awarded Overall Best Project for their work to keep students safe from discarded needles due to the opioid crisis, one of his students was awarded Youth ChangeMaker, and he was awarded Teacher ChangeMaker.

Outside of school, Colin is an avid runner and reader, and lives in Boston with his wife (a teacher in BPS since 2003) and two children: soon-to-be Boston Public Schools students.

 

Kendra Whitman | John Marshall Mid-High School
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  

Kendra joined Generation Citizen in 2017 as a teacher at John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has been teaching for five years, three of those as a Senior Government teacher. She is helping pilot Generation Citizen in Oklahoma where the need for Action Civics is great. Her students fall into several demographics that are vulnerable, including minority and low income. This lends her student’s unique perspectives about local issues and sparks a passion for change. Her classes participated in their first Civics Day in December 2017 with one class earning a Class Change Maker award. She is very dedicated to arming her students with knowledge and tools to help them navigate their local governments.

Kendra received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2012 with a major in History. She is currently teaching Government, Advanced Placement Government, and World History. Being a teacher of seniors, she is responsible for helping them prepare for higher education. Some responsibilities include FAFSA sign up nights and chaperoning college tours.  She is also a cohort in AVID, a program to increase students’ college readiness.

Due to low civic engagement in Oklahoma, she is dedicated to increasing civic responsiveness in her community. Kendra has hosted a voters registration drive for her students at John Marshall for the last three years. She participated in the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout in Spring 2018, advocating for better teacher pay, funding for education, and respect for the teaching profession. She is excited to partner with Generation Citizen and positively impact her state.

She is passionate about cooking, reading, and Netflix. She is enjoying life with her husband Josh and her two rescue dogs, Wyatt and Kenneth.

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