Emily Feistritzer, Founder and CEO
Dr. Feistritzer, a nationally recognized leader in teacher preparation, began TEACH-NOW in 2011, determined to revolutionize the way teachers are trained—and that is what she has done. The centerpiece of the TEACH-NOW Graduate School of Education is what’s called “collaborative activity-based learning” —teacher candidates learn by doing projects together with an instructor. She spearheaded the development of this innovative, interactive and online learning-to-teach model on a custom-designed platform that has a patent pending.
Dr. Feistritzer has been revolutionizing the field of global teacher preparation and certification for over forty years. She began her career as a high school science and mathematics teacher, and later became a university-level educator of teachers. She founded and served as CEO of the National Center for Education Information, which conducted several national surveys pertaining to teaching and teacher preparation and certification and published numerous data-based reports on education, including the benchmarking Alternative Teacher Certification: A State-by-State Analysis, updated annually from 1990-2010.
She also founded the National Center for Alternative Certification, which serves as a clearinghouse for data and information about alternative routes to teacher certification. Author of 45 widely acclaimed books on education and numerous reports and articles on topics ranging from teacher supply and demand to the preparation and certification of teachers, reporters and the media rely upon Dr. Feistritzer’s expertise. As an advisor to educational policy decision-makers at all levels, Dr. Feistritzer has testified before Congress and state legislatures and briefed members of presidential administrations.
Dr. Feistritzer earned her Bachelor’s in Biology from Thomas More College, her Master’s in Physics and Mathematics Education from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Janet Stocks, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Stocks brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education and teacher preparation to TEACH-NOW. Most recently, she served for six years as Dean of the School of Education at Trinity Washington University where she gained extensive experience in teacher education and certification. Among other positions, she also spent a decade working at Carnegie Mellon University where she served as Assistant Vice Provost for Education.
While at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Stocks collaborated for several years with the Fred Rogers Company (“Mister Rogers”) to develop innovative community approaches to keeping girls engaged with STEM through the critical years of middle school. She also worked with the Pittsburgh Teachers Institute, part of the Yale National Initiative which develops in-service professional development experiences in collaboration with local universities, to support P-12 teachers. She completed a post-doc at the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center assessing the introduction of the internet into the Pittsburgh Public Schools during the mid-1990s.
Dr. Stocks holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh as well Master’s in Sociology and Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Oberlin College.
Kunali Sanghvi, Chief Learning Officer
Kunali brings twelve years of experience as a senior instructional designer at LearningMate Solutions, Knowledge Horizon E-Learning and Aptara designing innovative online learning solutions for K-12, higher education, professional development and corporations. Prior to her career in instructional design, she worked as a special education teacher and a feature writer for print and online news organizations. Kunali holds a Master’s degree from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey University, Mumbai, a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and Bachelor’s degrees from St. Xaviar College and the University of Mumbai. She speaks five languages and lives in Bangalore, India.
Richard Feistritzer, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Feistritzer brings a proven 35-year track record in auditing, finance, accounting, and management based on successive promotions with increasing responsibility supported by solid management experience and proven analytical and technical skills. His experience includes a full range of business operations analysis, audit, and financial advisory services. He is also skilled at investigating accounting information systems to remedy internal control problems and implementing systems proven to increase overall efficiency and profitability. Richard’s background includes a solid base of administrative, leadership, project management, technical skills, and training expertise reinforcing continuous personal and professional growth.
Greg Garrison, Director of Operations
As a Deputy Chief in the Office of Data and Accountability at DC Public Schools, Mr. Garrison led a team that focused on a variety of uses of data from determining instructional program effectiveness to school performance management. He also managed student assessment data analysis and reporting, and data analysis training for school personnel. While at Accenture, Greg managed federal IT and strategy projects. He has taught math and computer science for Fairfax County Public Schools as well as test prep courses for The Princeton Review. He started his career as a software developer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Math from Longwood University and a Master’s in Philosophy of Education from the University of Virginia.
Angie Hicks Skinner, Director of Licensure and Accreditation
Angie Hicks Skinner is a former teacher, instructional coach, high school administrator and state licensure and accreditation officer in the District of Columbia School System. She has over 25 years of experience in K-12 education and her passion is helping to train effective teachers. Angie came to the District’s educational scene from Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago over 15 years ago. She also has international experience teaching TESOL in Barcelona, Spain. Her most recent position was as the State Manager for Licensure and Accreditation where she served as a vital force in assisting teachers and educator preparation programs with maintaining quality performance and their credentialing status. Angie holds a BA degree in International Studies with a minor in Spanish from Emory University, an MS in Human Resources Development from Georgia State University and an MEd in Secondary Teaching & Learning from DePaul University.