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Henry County Schools employee named in list of Emerging Leaders Class of 2021

Henry County Schools employee named in list of Emerging Leaders Class of 2021
Matthew Woods, Director of Student Support Services, Henry County Public Schools,

ALEXANDRIA, VA – National leader in K-12 educator professional learning ASCD today
announced its newest group of Emerging Leaders, a two-year cohort-based program
designed to cultivate and develop rising leaders in education. The Emerging Leaders Class of 2021 includes educators from 12 states, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and India.

“Nurturing and promoting great education leaders is at the heart of our mission,” said CEO and Executive Director Ranjit Sidhu. “The Emerging Leaders program represents a growing cohort of leaders from around the globe who will serve as a guiding force in districts and schools for years to come.”

Participants in the Emerging Leaders program have between five and 15 years of
experience in education and have made an impact as leaders in their schools, districts, and communities. Through the program, these educators gain access to networking and learning opportunities, prepare for future leadership roles, and build strong and supportive professional learning communities with peers around the globe.

“My time in the Emerging Leaders Class of 2011 was a transformational opportunity to learn alongside some of the leading thinkers in national education,” said ASCD Board member Matthew Mingle. “It changed the trajectory of my career as an educator, and I am profoundly grateful for the experience.”

The members of the Emerging Leaders Class of 2021 include:

  • Marcus Belin, Principal, Huntley Community School District 158, Illinois
  • Sean Bethune, Assistant Principal, Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia
  • Makeda Brome, Assistant Principal, Port Saint Lucie Public Schools, Florida
  • Gemma Cass, Lecturer in Primary Education, St. Mary’s University, United Kingdom
  • Casey Church, Classroom Teacher, Tacoma Public Schools, Washington
  • Shayla Ewing, Classroom Teacher, Pekin Community High School District, Illinois
  • Darnell Fine, Instructional Coach, Singapore American School, Singapore
  • Jodi Friedman, Assistant Principal, New York City Department of Education, New York
  • Camille Jones, Digital Education Coach, Quincy School District, Washington
  • Krystal Keller, Math Teacher, Tacoma Public Schools, Washington
  • Benjamin Legrand, Instructional Coach, Martin Behrman Charter School, Louisiana
  • Erika Martin, Instructional Coach, Hamilton County School District, Tennessee
  • Emily McCloud, Math Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia
  • Julie Padilla, Assistant Principal, Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School, New York
  • Nita Row, Head of Junior School, Bombay International School, India
  • Rachel Sadler, Director of Middle School Program, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia
  • Freddie Shaker, Classroom Teacher, Somerville Public School District, New Jersey
  • Vanee Smith-Matsalia, Demonstration Teacher, San Bernardino City School District, California
  • Xatli Stox, Education Program Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction,
  • North Carolina
  • Islah Tauheed, Classroom Teacher, New York City Department of Education, New York
  • Lauren Taylor, Elementary Principal, Tacoma Public Schools, Washington
  • Ginger Tedder, Project Manager for Innovative Programs, Mississippi State University,
  • Mississippi
  • Sophie Teitelbaum, Principal, Center for Resilience, Louisiana
  • Matthew Woods, Director of Student Support Services, Henry County Public Schools, Virginia

“I am thrilled to be named an ASCD emerging leader.  I’m excited to have the opportunity to connect with and learn from other amazing educators and to share what I learn with the HCPS school community,” said Woods. 

Sidhu said: “Just as our education landscape continues to change and evolve, ASCD is working intentionally to cultivate the next generation of leaders, and we are thrilled to welcome our newest members to the Emerging Leaders family.”

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