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We are the people in the room who cheer when tasked with team projects. We’re passionate about academic, social and emotional learning. We read state and national education standards for fun.  We see learning opportunities everywhere and are writing curriculum and designing children’s programs in our heads nonstop. Educating young people is our business – and we love it.

Who we are

Sharon Kennedy

Sharon Kennedy

Newburyport, MA

Sharon Kennedy  supervised student teachers at Columbia University Teachers College. She taught English at the High School of Fashion Industries where she collaborated with Lincoln Center's Open Stages theater education program. Sharon's experiences span classroom instruction, curriculum development, and life skills training for students with unique and special needs. Her educational journey has taken her to NYC, Colorado, Prague, Czech Republic and Massachusetts. She received her B.A. in Communications from Fairfield University and holds a Master’s of Education from the University of New Hampshire. Sharon is passionate about interdisciplinary learning and helping young minds make connections between their studies and their worlds. She is also passionate about catching grasshoppers with her two daughters and snuggling on the couch with them and a good book.

Erica Rand Silverman

Erica Rand Silverman

New York, New York

Erica Rand Silverman taught English, Theater, Conflict Resolution and was a Dean of Discipline at Fashion Industries High School in NYC. While teaching she was also an educational consultant for The Inner Resilience Program. There she honed her interests in social and emotional learning and classroom management. Erica now works in the publishing industry as a children's literary agent at Stimola Literary Studio. She received her B.S. in Secondary English Education from University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master's of Art in Theater from Hunter College. Room 228 enables her to remain keyed into her first love - the field of education - while representing today's best authors and illustrators and ushering in new and meaningful children's books to the marketplace.

Meet Our Educators

Tracei Willis

Mississippi, Elementary, Middle & High School Teacher

Tracei Willis is a teacher, voracious reader, writer and social justice warrior.  She has completed over 300 hours of education in the history of the Holocaust and Civil Rights.  As a teacher trainer for TOLI, she plans and directs a three day seminar each summer in her home state of Mississippi to train educators to teach about these critical topics. Tracei never misses an opportunity to put books in the hands of kids of all ages.

Shannon Rheault

Londonderry, New Hampshire, Elementary School Teacher

Shannon Rheault has been teaching for over 15 years at the primary level in Londonderry, NH. She has a B.A. in history and a Master's in Education. Her passions lie in writing curriculum for her district and in differentiating instruction so that each student has the best avenue for learning. When she isn't teaching she splits her time as a hockey mom and a dance mom.

Cortney Silberman

Long Island, New York, High School Social Studies Teacher

Cortney Silberman is a high school Social Studies teacher in Long Island, NY. From teaching preschool to high school and every grade in between, Cortney has over 15 years in the classroom. She received a B.S. in elementary education and a Master's degree in social studies education. Cortney is the advisor of the Youth-to-Youth educators club, is an avid NY Rangers hockey fan, and loves to travel.

Kelly Hoover

Englewood, Colorado, Elementary School Teacher

Kelly Hoover is enjoying her 19th year of teaching in the elementary setting, and believes this is a truly magical time in the life of a young reader or writer. In addition to teaching in the primary classroom, Kelly is an affiliate instructor for Regis University in the College of Education, Masters Degree of Reading program. Late at night her garage is often humming with the sound of tools as Kelly and her husband love to work together "up-cycling" items for home decor.

Michelle Assaad

Englewood, Colorado, Elementary School Teacher

Michelle Assaad has been teaching for 16+ years. She taught elementary school for the past 15 years.  With the start of the new school year, Michelle began a new teaching position in middle school.  She currently teaches STEM and robotics to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.  Michelle has a BA in Speech Communications, with a minor in elementary education and a Master's in Instructional Technology. When she is not exploring the newest advances in technology, she loves exploring the outdoors, doing yoga, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Scott Mulligan

Denver, Colorado, Elementary School Teacher

Scott Mulligan has been a primary teacher for the past six years in the Denver area.  He has two Master's of Arts in Educational Leadership and Elementary Education. Scott sees a bright future for himself in educational administration or curriculum development. When he is not reaching for the stars, he can be found hiking Denver's more beautiful parks with his fiancé and their two energetic bulldogs.

Audrey Chipman

Littleton, Colorado, Elementary School Teacher

Audrey is currently entering her 11th year in education in a fourth grade classroom. Audrey has taught Kindergarten fourth, and fifth grade in her career.  She love to teach reading and writing and has a passion for watching the growth of intermediate learners.  Audrey earned her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and loves to create new and innovative curriculums for literacy instruction.  When she is not in the classroom she is a mom to two boys and spends her free time poolside for swim meets or on the field watching soccer.

Magda Adamczyk

New York, New York, High School English Teacher

Magda Adamczyk is a New York City public high school English teacher with over thirteen years experience. She has a Master's of Arts in English and Master's of Science in Education, teaches AP English and oversees the production of her school’s literary magazine and newspaper. She also advises the National Honor Society. She loves art museums, the theater, and all kinds of creative writing!