Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL) was founded in 2009 by a set of highly experienced education change agents who have worked together within the comprehensive school reform movement for over 20 years inside the United States and internationally.

Each TKL team member brings a unique set of experiences and highly sought after skills within the K-12 Education Market.  Our focus is to create a company that is a leader in solution-based education services, creating transformative experiences for educators and providing high-quality professional development, while also playing a key role in supporting teachers with the new education paradigm shifts needed in today’s schools.

Rudy Azcuy, CEO and Founder

167baecAs Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL), I lead an innovative and growing company within the Education K-12 market. Together with my colleagues, we work toward our mission of providing all teachers with transformative services which will spark a passion for teaching, and internalize a process for reflective instructional review.

A career spanning over twenty-five years within the K-12 education field, most of which has been in an executive leadership role. My career is highlighted by achievements with start-up companies as well as helping to grow well-established companies within the K-12 Education Market.

Having experience in both K-12 comprehensive school reform initiatives, business development, product development, client management, technology integration, as well as developing and executing on innovative business solutions. Experience as a leader of multiple business units (operations, marketing, product development, sales, etc.), comprised of multi-disciplinary and multicultural groups in local and cross-country reporting structures. Natural team building skills mixed with an entrepreneurial approach to management-led strategies, business development, and sales organizations.

I feel very fortunate to be leading this group of dedicated and inspirational educators as we take this new chapter together.

Contact Email: Rudy@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Jodi Slonaker, Vice President of Operations

jodi-slonakerAs Vice President at Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL), Jodi brings over 20 years of K-12 educational management experience to the company.

Before joining TKL, Jodi started her professional career as a classroom teacher of business education at the secondary level.  Jodi’s career then evolved from the classroom setting into the private sector providing professional development as an educational consultant for Co-NECT Professional Development. After being with the company for only one year, she was promoted to Southeast Regional Service Manager for Co-NECT Professional Development Company. Later Jodi joined Pearson’s Education Professional Development Division as the Regional Implementation Manager.

In addition to her professional career is also an adjunct professor at Ashland University in Ashland, OH.  She also has a teaching degree from West Liberty State College, an accounting degree and a master’s degree in gifted education.

Contact Email: Jodi@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Jennifer McGregor, Director of Content Development

jennifer-mcgregorJennifer McGregor has been deeply involved in the field of K-12 Education for over 20 years and on many different levels. As Director of Content Development for Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL), she has been instrumental in developing our strategy and design for our unique online and instructor-led professional development programs for educators. Specializing in course design, adult learning research, delivery methods, curriculum design and managing our course development program.

She started her education journey as a teacher in a high school classroom and she continued her career as an education consultant and a Professional Development Service Manager for both Pearson and Co-NECT Professional Development.

Over the past 15 years, she has worked in a variety of educational settings. These include work with inner-city schools on their school improvement initiatives, large high schools creating small learning communities, industry leaders to gain an understanding of new Common Core State Standards mathematics concepts and teaching strategies, and leadership personnel on refining their processes for meaningful observations and feedback.

For the past four and a half years Jennifer has focused solely on methods and research for understanding the theory behind and designing professional development that will provide personalized learning experiences which will transform classroom instructional practices for all teachers.

Kelly Jones, Account Executive MI, IL, & PA

Kelly Jones joined Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL) in 2014 as our Account Executive for the states of Michigan, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

Kelly has worked as a teacher, math coach, reading specialist, reading coach, data coach, curriculum coach, educational consultant and Title 1 Building Service Coordinator within Michigan districts, RESAs and ISDs. She holds a B.S. Degree in Education Majoring in Mathematics, an M.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education, and has a Reading Specialist Endorsement.  She brings over 20 years of education experience with her in her role Account Executive role.

Her family is her top priority, and she enjoys being a mom.  In her spare time, Kelly studies classical guitar and Hawaiian dance.

Contact email: KellyJones@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Cathy Sokol, Content Developer

cathysokelCathy Sokol is an educator focused on the creation and implementation of standards-based literacy lessons.  She works with teachers to continuously monitor the progress of students as a means of guiding, and differentiating instruction, anchored in the standards.

Cathy is a literacy coach for Kindergarten through eighth grade and works closely with teachers and students in all content areas.  Her passion lies in designing professional development to help teachers meet the needs of their individual classes.

She has a teaching degree from Fairmont State University, a master’s degree in counseling and an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum & Instruction.

Chanelle R. McCloud, Content Development and Course Facilitator

Chanelle R. McCloud is a content developer and course facilitator with Teach n’ Kids Learn, (TKL).

Chanelle R. McCloud, M. Ed. is the founder of Professional Inspiration, LLC, and has been inspiring youth and adults in the Greater Cleveland Area and other parts of Ohio for over a decade. The mission of the Professional Inspiration, LLC is to inspire people to greatness and inspiring participants is at the center of each workshop whether it is designed for schools, corporations, or organizations.

Chanelle R. McCloud, who was named a 2018 Who’s Who in Black Cleveland Featured Honoree, is an experienced educator who has worked with Cleveland Scholarship Program, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Seeds of Literacy, St. Jerome School, and Euclid City Schools.

The Kent State University and Notre Dame College graduate has 10 years of experience as a classroom teacher in urban schools as a language arts teacher. In addition, Chanelle designed Motivational Experience Workshops TM for several organizations including The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland, Euclid Council of the International Reading Association, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, San’s Sacred Circle, and Euclid City Schools.

Furthermore, Chanelle is also a doctoral candidate at Walden University and an adjunct professor at Ashland University. Professional Inspiration has a mission of inspiring people to greatness personally and professionally in a way that will leave a long-lasting impression and spark positive change in many lives.

Contact Email: Chanelle@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Dr. Karen Tankersley, Content Developer

Karen TankersleyKaren Tankersley, a long time educator, resides in Phoenix, Arizona where she works with school districts across the U.S. on school improvement and professional development activities. Karen has an extensive background in curriculum, assessment, effective instruction and leadership. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Arts in reading, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. She has endorsements in special education and gifted education.

Karen has teaching experience at all grades from 2 through the post-graduate level and is an expert in literacy, curriculum and school reform. She served for 13 years as a principal in schools recognized nationally for their outstanding achievement and high academic performance. She also served 7 years as Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services in several public and charter districts where she supervised special education services and trained teachers in meeting the needs of all students in the general education classroom.

Karen is a prolific writer and has published articles in several educational journals including Educational Leadership. She is the author of the following books:

  • Threads of Reading: Strategies for Literacy Development (ASCD, 2003)
  • Literacy Strategies for Grades 4-12: Reinforcing the Threads of Reading (ASCD, 2005)
  • Tests that Teach: Using Standardized Tests to Improve Instruction (ASCD, 2007)
  • Childhood Obesity: Helping Children Lead Fit and Healthy Lives (Little John, 2011)
  • Coaching the Threads of Reading: Helping Teachers Build Reading Success (Little John, 2012)
  • How to Help Your Child Become a Great Reader: Easy Literacy Games and Activities to Do at Home (Little John, 2012).

Dr. Melissa Castillo, Content Developer

Melissa CastilloDr. Castillo works with educators in several states across the country on the explicit development of academic language and literacy, vocabulary, sheltered instruction techniques, coaching and guiding educational organizations in planning and implementing training to build capacity. Dr. Castillo co-authored Language & Literacy for ELLs Creating Systematic Change For Academic Achievement. She is also a contributing author to 99 Ideas and Activities for Teaching English Learners and The SIOP® Model for Teaching Mathematics to English Learners.

Her professional experience includes many years as an elementary teacher in a Dual Language and Bilingual program, professional development coordinator, and director of ELD programs at the primary and secondary level. Her doctoral research focused on effective instructional programs for language minority students, specifically coaching teachers to successful implementation of research- based practices in Sheltered English Immersion classrooms.

Erick Herrmann, Content Developer

Erick HerrmannErick holds a bachelor of arts in Spanish with minors in linguistics and teaching English to speakers of other languages and a master of arts in teaching from Lewis and Clark College. Mr. Herrmann has taught Spanish at the high school level; Spanish literacy and English as a second language at the elementary level; and served as a Title VII grant coordinator and teacher on special assignment.

Erick has trained thousands of teachers across the United States, and has worked in turnaround and transformation schools in Colorado, Bureau of Indian Education schools in North Dakota and Montana. He has a high degree of expertise in sheltered instruction and meeting the educational needs of English language learners, as well as integrating academic language and literacy instruction into the content areas at all grade levels.

Gittel Grant, Content Developer

Gittel Grant is the President of STEM Advancement Inc, a community-minded company that aims to make STEM accessible to all students. Gittel has been instrumental in designing and implementing middle school STEM and will continue as Head of Science Programming in the coming year. With over a decade of classroom experience, Gittel has a keen perspective on how to meet critical performance criteria through active learning and student engagement.

In the past few years, Gittel expanded her horizons by delving into curriculum development. Gittel worked as a curriculum developer for Code Advantage – a company providing computer and technology education to elementary school students. After studying abroad in a STEM immersion program, Gittel began developing her own middle school STEM Curriculum. She currently designs STEM, PBL, and Innovation workshops for teachers.

Gittel has presented STEM Curricula internationally, including countries such as India, Russia, and Columbia. Gittel also recently received a grant from Real World Scholars in recognition of her contributions to the education community in terms of PBL and STEM. Gittel enjoys a good STEM challenge, MythBusters, and lives at home with her favorite nerds.

Jane Balvanz, Content Developer

Jane Balvanz , Content DeveloperJane Balvanz has over 30 years in the field of education serving as an elementary and junior high school teacher and a school counselor.  Balvanz has been an adjunct professor in counseling education at Drake University, is a Registered Play Therapist, and was a recipient of the Iowa Governor’s Award for Elementary School Counseling.  She is co-author of When Girls Hurt Girls®.

Kelly Mokashi, Content Developer

kelly-mSince 2009 Kelly Mokashi has served as a course facilitator and a content developer for TKL.

In addition, Kelly served as an educational consultant in the New Jersey /New York school districts working with administrators, coaches, and teachers with implementation of a variety of educational strategies.

Kelly acquired much of her consulting experience while working with Pearson Education and Co-NECT Professional Development as an instructional manager tasked with the implementation of schoolwide school improvement centered on assessment, curriculum, and instructional strategies. Over the years Kelly has developed a particular passion for assessment data to drive school instructional decision-making practices.

Kelly’s passion for working with teacher grew from her love of working with children as a former art teacher. In addition to her passion for education, Kelly is very involved with philanthropy work and spending much of her time with family and her three young children.

Kelly Wood, Content Developer

Kelly Wood, founder of SCHOOL, Inc., has been teaching yoga and mindfulness techniques in public schools for over 15 years.

Kelly is a certified yoga teacher with expertise in kids yoga and yoga adaptations for public school settings, an experienced teacher trainer, and a former studio owner with more than 25 years of experience in the practice. Kelly has vast experience as a business owner—growing a successful studio in Los Angeles from the ground up. She holds a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Philosophy from Clemson University, as well as a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Philosophy from Georgia State University.

Her professional career includes years with Blackbaud MicroSystems, Deloitte Consulting and Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Jennifer Thomas, Copy Editor and Project Manager

jthomas_photoJennifer Thomas holds over 15 years of experience working in the educational publishing industry. Her background lies in eLearning project management, but Jennifer also enjoys wearing multiple hats, such as copyeditor or math content developer. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys dancing, blogging, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Kathy Avidano, Lead Course Facilitator

Kathy Avidano, Course Facilitator headshotKathy is a course facilitator for Teach n’ Kids Learn, Inc. She has a degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in administration. Kathy brings a variety of experience to her course facilitator role. Her educational career has included classroom teacher, educational consultant, teacher trainer, reading coach, and business owner. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, and practicing yoga.

Contact Email: Kathy@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Adrian Hansard, Course Facilitator

Adrian Hansard is a course facilitator with Teach n’ Kids Learn. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Reading.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Literacy Education from Madonna University. Adrian has spent her professional career working in urban education. She has been a classroom teacher in early elementary, has worked as a Reading Specialist, as well as a K-2 Dean of Students and an Intervention Dean. She currently works as an Instructional Coach supporting teacher and student success.

Adrian is married with three daughters and is currently living in Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys reading, decorating and spending time with her family and friends.

Contact email: Adrian@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Bonnie Matheney, Course Facilitator

headshotbonnieBonnie is a Course Facilitator for Teach n’ Kids Learn, Inc.  She earned her undergraduate degree in social psychology from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.  She taught in a Department of Defense K-8 school in Germany for six years with a focus on middle school mathematics and as a US Air Force instructor and manager.  She lives near Tampa, Florida with her husband and has two grown children.  Bonnie loves to travel, read and spend time with her family.

Contact Email: Bonnie@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Brittany Morgan, Course Facilitator

Brittany Morgan is a course facilitator with Teach n’ Kids Learn, Inc. She graduated from Kendall College in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and has a ZA endorsement. Brittany has seven years of professional experience in many different roles in education. She has been a Para-Educator, Classroom Teacher, Interim Dean of Intervention, and At-Risk Teacher. She currently works with intervention students at a Title 1 school.

Brittany is married to an educator as well and has two beautiful daughters. She enjoys reading, crafting, and going on adventures with her family.

Email ContactBrittany@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Gretchen Craig, Course Facilitator

Gretchen CraigI graduated from Alma College with a major in Elementary Education, minors in Mathematics and Political Science, and an endorsement in Early Childhood in 2001. I received my Master’s in Educational Leadership in 2007 from SVSU. I worked as a 3rd grade teacher at Burton Glen Charter for 9 years and then became the K-2 Dean and Linden Charter for be previous 5 years, both extremely urban populations.

I have been married for 3 years to my husband Aaron and now am a stay at home mommy to my handsome son Pierce who will be 2 next month. We moved to Grand Blanc about 2.5 years ago and love it!

Contact EmailGretchen@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Kimberly Brunswick, Course Facilitator

Kimberly is a course facilitator for Teach n’ Kids Learn, Inc.  She has worked in elementary classrooms and as a reading specialist.  She brings over twenty years of educational consulting to her course facilitator role.  Her educational career has included classroom teacher, high school coach, literacy specialist, professional development and education consultant, customer service/implementation specialist, software designer, IT director, etc.  Her last 12 years has been spent working with grading, assessment, curriculum, and design.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family outside and “off the grid” in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Contact email: Kim@Teachn’KidsLearn.com

Leigh Anne Scherer, Course Facilitator

Leigh Anne is a course facilitator for Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL). She has a Doctorate in Leading and Learning and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland as well as a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and Bachelor of Arts in History from Oregon State University. Her career has included time spent teaching students who are English Learners in grades K-8, instructional coaching, as a building principal, and district office administrator.

Leigh Anne lives in Portland, Oregon and in her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, two children, and pets, and traveling.

Contact EmailLeighAnne@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Michele Gualtieri, Course Facilitator

Michele is a course facilitator for Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL). She earned a Masters of Education Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education, as part of the Urban Teaching Fellows from Rutgers University. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University. During her studies, she was fortunate to be a research assistant for the projects: Thinking Across Perspectives and Classroom Strategies Scale.

After Michele graduated, she taught students with special needs at the elementary and high school levels for five years, and coached mathematics teachers at the middle school level for a year. She also has experience working with pre-service teachers through a non-profit, and facilitating professional development on blended learning and mathematics for teachers in grades K-8.

Michele lives with her husband and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, crafting and traveling.

Contact Email: Michele@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Renee Retli, Course Facilitator

Renee is a course facilitator with Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL). She brings over 10 years of teaching experience, working with students who have disabilities. Renee received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toledo. She continued her education at UT to obtain her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Renee currently teaches in an Early Childhood Special Education classroom. She is a dedicated educator with a passion for understanding the individual needs of her students in order to help them reach their full potential.

Renee lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband and son. She enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling with her family, and cheering on the Detroit Lions.

Contact EmailRenee@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Shelley Lewis, Course Facilitator

shelleys-pictureShelley Lewis has been a Teach n’ Kids Learn (TKL) course facilitator for over 3 years. In that time she has managed several courses and provided outstanding content guidance to our participating teachers.

Before joining Teach n’ Kids Learn, Shelley worked as an editor for a trade publication for 7 years. She then went on to teach at a high school as an Advanced Placement English teacher for 3 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Mercer University. Shelley, her husband Scott and their two sons live in Valrico, FL.

Contact Emailshelley@TeachnKidsLearn.com

Stephanie Craig, Course Facilitator

Stephanie Craig graduated from Alma College with a major in Exercise and Health Science and a minor in Psychology in 1998. She received her teaching certification from Saginaw Valley State University in 2001. She also received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in 2007 from SVSU. She has been a Physical Education teacher for 17 years and 16 of those years have been in an urban school, Burton Glen Charter Academy. She also serves as the Athletic Director at Burton Glen.

Stephanie enjoys playing soccer, downhill skiing, and spending time with her family and friends. She currently resides in Grand Blanc, MI.

Contact EmailStephanie@TeachnKidsLearn.com

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