Founders

Gene Williams

Gene Williams identifies as a gay man and is retired public school educator currently working as a STEM Specialist and Staff at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. At Henderson, Gene provides outreach and STEM opportunities for over 30 districts in the state. He has worked in STEM education for most of his career as a classroom teacher, science/math specialist, gifted and talented specialist and as a STEM coordinator. He provided professional development for the National Science Teaching Association to educators from around the country and abroad. He holds a B.S.E. in Elementary Education, a M.S.E. in Educational Leadership and is currently working on his Educational Specialist-Curriculum Leadership Degree. Outside of school, Gene spends his time camping, hiking, backpacking and paddling in America’s National Parks. Find him on Twitter @GeneWilliams84

JoyAnn Boudreau

JoyAnn Boudreau (she/her/hers) is a white cis heterosexual woman. She is a middle school teacher librarian in Fishers, Indiana. Her work with her school’s equity team, passion for inclusion, and observations of the silence and invisibility around LGBTQ+ topics in middle schools in her area led her to a LGBTQ+ library collection development project, which then led to advocacy, starting a GSA in her building, and here. Find her on Twitter @MrsBoudreau and her website http://jumpingwithjoy.weebly.com/.

Kelly Roberts

Kelly Roberts (she/her) is a white cis-het woman and is the Head Librarian at Glenbard East HS in Illinois. She also curates content for the Digital Public Library of America’s Open eBooks App. Roberts is active in ALA, YALSA, NCTE, ALAN, and AISLE, and she serves on the steering committee for the Illinois Teen Book Award. She is committed to fighting for equity, access, and representation, and she is a firm believer in the power of the right book in the hands of the right reader at the right time. Find her on Twitter @roberts_reads

Matt Hamilton

Matt (he/him) identifies as cis, queer, and white with mixed Latino and European heritage. He teaches high school English in Michigan and serves as the advisor for his school’s student-led diversity council and social justice club. He received his MA in Social Foundations of Education from Eastern Michigan University and remains interested in education theory and practice through the lenses of EcoJustice, ecofeminism, postcolonialism and indigeneity, sustainability, and peace studies. He is a proud anti-oppression educator, a #TeachSDGs ambassador, a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant, an edtech enthusiast, and a near-religious U2 fan. Find him on Twitter and Instagram @mhamiltonedu.

Nancy Jo Lambert

Nancy Jo Lambert is a white cis queer-bisexual woman, she/her/hers, married to an amazing man and is a mother of two beautiful children. She is a Google Certified Trainer & a HS teacher librarian in FriscoISD at Reedy High School. She was named TCEA Library Media Specialist of the Year & AASL Social Media Superstar Curriculum Champion in 2019. She is passionate about increasing LGBTQ+ visibility among educators, especially in regards to professional organizations & conference presenting. She will be working to raise awareness & facilitate discussions of LGBTQ+ terminology in libraries and collection development. Find her on Twitter @NancyJoLambert and her website reedylibrary.com.

Sabia Prescott

Sabia Prescott (she/they) is a senior program associate with the Education Policy program at New America, a DC-based think tank. She focuses primarily on leveraging open educational resources for queer-inclusive prek-12 teacher professional learning. Prior to joining New America, Sabia served as the media policy fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Global Communication Studies. She holds a BA from the University of Mary Washington and is currently pursuing a Master's of Public Administration the George Washington University. Find her sporadically on twitter @sabiaprescott

Leadership

Anthony M. Peddle, EdD

Anthony M. Peddle, EdD, ECIS (He/Him/His) is an elementary school teacher, currently exploring first grade in Central Ohio, who happens to also be cis and gay. Peddle has spent several years in early childhood education (special needs preschool and prekindergarten programs), hospital education settings, and traditional classroom settings. Peddle, a Google Level 2 Certified educator, Apple Teacher, and Trauma Informed/Sensitive trainer, is currently researching trauma-informed practices related to teacher’s individual ACE scores as part of his EdD (check it out here). He is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ students, educators and families. He is especially passionate about creating safe places for students and families to express their true identities. You can follow him on Twitter (@Coach_Peddle), Instagram (@ampeddle), and on his website colorfullearningworld.org.

Lisa Rubini-LaForest

Lisa (she/her/hers) is a Canadian who identifies as cis and queer (bisexual/pansexual). She teaches computer science at the secondary school level both online and in a traditional school. She actively strives to make her physical and virtual classrooms and schools a welcoming place for queer and trans students of all backgrounds and wants to bring this work to a wider audience. You can follow her on Twitter (@rubinilaforest).

Anna Blankinship

Anna (she/her/hers) is a queer-identified Transgender woman. She is entering my third year of transition in her workplace. This will be her 17th year of teaching as a whole. She has been teaching at the middle school level for 16 of those years, all in special education. She spent one year teaching special education at the high school level. She is married and has three children from a previous relationship.

Sam Long

I'm a high school science teacher and an out trans man in Colorado. I am active in promoting the visibility and protection of trans educators. I also train science teachers to create and adapt gender-inclusive biology curriculum.

Jennifer Hall

Jennifer Hall (she/her) identifies as gay/queer (lesbian) and has been an educator for more than twenty-two years. She serves an Educational Technology Specialist (ETS) in Atlanta. As a member of the district's Instructional Technology Department, Jen collaborates with teachers to integrate technology in their standards-based lessons, works with students, and provides school-based training, as well as district-wide professional development. Before becoming an ETS, Jen had the joy of being a middle school language arts teacher for seventeen years; teaching gifted language arts for nine years. Jen is a National Board Certified Teacher and loves being a teacher of teachers. She is a Certified Google Educator and Trainer. She has presented at local, regional, state and national conferences. In her spare time, Jen loves photography and travel.

You can connect with her on Twitter @apsitjen, Instagram @TechTips411 and her website www.techtips411.com #TechTips411

Advocates

Lisa @RSIMusicFinn

Heather @heathermlister

Shawna @ShaunaPolson

Erik @mr_esievert

Stacy @StacyLaNell

Michele @TeacherForVI

Jill @jillb1223

Katie @MrsKBradford

Caitlin @edtechcaitlin

Jennifer @jenchancecook

Amy @alenord

Amy @LMS_United

Catherine @nacowafer

Heather @mysteriouslibr

Megan @zaraedtech

Bryan @teachindrama

Willy

Travis Cox