Leah Evans – A former teacher of fourth, sixth, and seventh grades, Leah is certified in both elementary education and middle school science and social studies. She also has taught high school math, high school history, and tutored students in all subjects. Leah earned her BA at Wittenberg University, a MA in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University, and a MA in Elementary Education at Boston University. She studied at the Northern Virginia Community College to gain middle school teaching certification in middle school science and social studies. She has lived with her family in Tbilisi, Quito, Kyiv, and Washington, D.C. She currently lives in Asuncion with her Foreign Service Officer husband and their four children.
Leah started Afterschoolplans in the winter of 2013 while in Kyiv during the Euromaidan protests. The official launch came while her family was evacuated to Poland! Afterschoolplans has grown steadily since that launch and currently provides American History Boxes, relocation resources, and tutoring to children all over the globe.
Megan Capozzi has taught students at all levels from preschool to college. She received her BA from St. Lawrence University and then her masters from Fordham University in Elementary Education. After beginning as a classroom teacher in a New York City public school she was recruited to join an elite private school in DC to revamp their third grade curriculum. From traveling extensively around the world moving beyond the classroom into curriculum writing for private families was a natural step. Together with families she works to create all inclusive curriculums that cover the nuts of bolts of grade levels while incorporating local sights, cultures, and history that enable students to gain a global perspective. As an educational consultant, she works on developing educational plans for children. Currently, she is also working as an adjunct professor designing curriculums and rubrics which supplement unique learning experiences. In addition to raising her three children, she serves as the board chair at a local preschool where she has focused the last year on aligning the curriculum with the Common Core Standards while ensuring those students’ education lays the ground work to become skilled 21st century learners who can communicate, collaborate, and think creatively.
Jenny Schwanke has fifteen years experience as a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Currently, she is the principal at Scottish Corners Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio. She has extensive training in the Common Core Curriculum and frequently provides professional development for teachers in areas including differentiation, workshop-model instruction, formative assessment, and instructional planning. She is a lead contributor to the online literary resource, Choice Literacy, and also maintains a personal blog. Jenny earned her BA from Allegheny College, her MA from the University of Akron, and her Administration and Superintendent’s License from Ashland University. She is the mother of two children.
Jan Nelson – With over 20 years experience as a classroom teacher, Jan Nelson revels in finding that just-right book or experience that helps unlock a child’s curiosity and sets them on the road towards becoming life long learners. As the parent of both a learning disabled and a high achieving student herself, she knows how crucial individual attention to your child’s interests can be, whatever their strengths. With an emphasis on discovery and making meaningful connections, her classroom curriculum is designed around finding the best fit for each learner. She has written cross-displinary and place- specific curriculum. She has traveled widely to bring content back to the classroom, recently visiting China, Ukraine, and Alaska for this purpose. She earned a BA and a MA from Schiller International University.