Teacher Ambassadors are dedicated teacher leaders representing a diverse range of teacher-powered schools who bring their counsel, voices, resources, and influence to Teacher-Powered Schools.

Teacher Ambassadors and a core group of staff lead the movement’s work.

Meet the Teacher Ambassadors

Teacher-Powered Schools Staff

Teacher-Powered Schools is a project of Education Evolving, supported by all members of the EE team.

Amy Junge

Director of Teacher-Powered Schools

Amy Junge is a former California public elementary and middle school teacher and assistant principal. She started working with teacher-powered schools in 2009 and was a contributing author for Trusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots. Today, Amy works with Education Evolving supporting teacher-powered schools through Teacher Powered Schools.

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Wendy Salcedo-Fierro

Director of Teacher-Powered Coaching

Wendy is a social studies and dual language teacher. As a lead teacher at a teacher-powered school in Los Angeles, Wendy helped articulate her school’s K-12 bilingual program and develop innovative projects, assessments, and initiatives. She is passionate about creating democratic schools and supporting teachers and students to be agents of change.

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Sarah Giddings

Teacher-Powered Social Media Coordinator

Sarah Giddings is a National Board Certified Teacher who is a teacher leader and curriculum coordinator for the WAVE Program—a reimagined alternative high school she helped develop. She is also a Teacher Ambassador for the Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative, where she supports professional learning opportunities and communications and engagement.

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Marcus Penny

Communications Manager

Marcus runs communications for Education Evolving where he enjoys marrying creative skills with a passion for education systems change. Before EE, he led communications and digital engagement for a national nonprofit supporting students and educators engaged in service-learning.

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Jeff Austin

Teacher-Powered Schools Coach

Jeff Austin is a social studies teacher who now serves as the principal and was on the design team at the Social Justice Humanitas Academy in Los Angeles. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and was a 2013 Los Angeles County and Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year.

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Zaynab Baalbaki

Teacher-Powered Schools Coach

Zaynab Baalbaki is extremely passionate about social justice, especially in education. She was an advisor at Escuela Verde in Milwaukee, a teacher-powered school that focuses on social justice, sustainability, and peace. She is the founder of ZB Consulting as the lead justice and love cultivator.

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