From the classroom to administration, how do we live out our faith as educators?
Growing up in Cambridge, MA and Bethesda, MD, I spent much of my time playing catch or reading. I sang for and worked in an Episcopal church for years, but only as a high school student did I first grasp the reality of God’s personal concern for and love of me through the ministry of FOCUS (The Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools). At Cornell University I studied Classics and experienced the deep goodness of knowing God, thanks to the mentoring and fellowship of the Navigators. I completed a 2nd BA in Greats (Classics and Philosophy) at Oxford University, during which time I decided that the messy, exhilarating lives of high schoolers were more my speed than the intellectual patience and care necessary for life in the academy. In 2007, I began working at Washington Latin Public Charter School, a place that strives to offer a free classical education to children from all eight wards of Washington DC. I still work at WLPCS, teaching Latin, Greek, and philosophy and educating our faculty on the content and relevance of the classical tradition. I hope to introduce my students to the possibility of living more fully human lives by modeling a way of being and by encouraging them to think about the truth, beauty, and goodness of reality. My three children (5, 3, and 1) are both exhausting and delightful, while my wife, Allison, is simply delightful.
Find out more about Bill's work at Washington Latin Public Charter School.
Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises
Dr. Sonja Santelises is the Vice President for K-12 Policy and Practice at The Education Trust. In this role, Sonja provides strategic direction for the organization’s K-12 research, practice, and policy work, which includes developing and implementing strategies to ensure that the Ed Trust’s K-12 efforts effectively focus national attention on inequities in public education and the actions necessary to close gaps in both opportunity and achievement. Before joining The Education Trust, Sonja was the chief academic officer for Baltimore City Public Schools, where she focused on setting academic priorities for City Schools to raise achievement of students across all schools. Sonja came to Baltimore City Public Schools from Boston, where she was the assistant superintendent for pilot schools, a network of 23 schools with broad autonomy and a track record of successfully meeting students’ needs and improving the achievement of low-income students and students of color in particular. Prior to the pilot schools post, Sonja was assistant superintendent for teaching and learning/professional development in Boston. Before joining Boston Public Schools, Sonja lectured on urban education for two years at Harvard University and spent six years as a senior associate with Focus on Results Inc., where she worked with five major urban districts, coaching superintendents and training school leaders. Prior to that, Sonja served as executive director of the New York City Algebra Project, the local site of the acclaimed national math reform program. Sonja began her career in education as director of professional development and teacher placement with Teach for America, New York, followed by stint at a year-round school in Brooklyn where she was a founder, teacher, and curriculum specialist. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Brown University, a master of arts in education administration from Columbia University, and a doctor of education in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard.
Find out more about Dr. Santelises's work at Ed Trust here.
Brittany Corona is a State Programs and Government Relations Director for the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice working in states to advance parental choice in education. Prior to working at the Foundation, she was a domestic policy studies researcher for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, where she conducted policy research and writing on education, welfare, and family issues. Her research and commentary has appeared in state news outlets across the country and on digital venues such as National Review Online, The Federalist, and The Daily Signal. She has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs speaking on education. Brittany is an alumna of four graduate fellowships in political philosophy, politics, and law including The John Jay Institute fellowship (2012), The Claremont Institute Publius fellowship (2013), the Young Conservatives Coalition fellowship (2013), and The Heritage Foundation Graduate Welfare Studies fellowship (2014). She is also a 1776 scholar at The Centennial Institute in Denver, Colorado. Brittany graduated with honors from Colorado Christian University with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Social Science. While at CCU Brittany also led a prison ministry that mentored juveniles in detention centers in the Denver-metro area. She is a native of Tucson, Arizona, and currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.