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Meet Our Team

 Pat Reed

Pat Reed is the Manager/Owner of Teacher’s Teacher, LLC. Pat has 25 years experience in curriculum, technology and school administration. She has an MBA and an MS in Curriculum, Technology and Educational Reform. Her current efforts are focused in online courses in assessment and educational technology, and school presentations on cyber safety, educational technology, curriculum and assessment.

Mary Ostrem

Mary Ostrem is a progressive high school Technology/Digital Media Instructor who has creatively developed a variety of instructional technology courses at her school. Recently, Mary has broadened her areas of expertise into meeting the needs of diverse learners. Her current focus is on movement in the classroom as it affects physical well-being and improved learning for students, and on gender issues in learning.

Jen Pestich

Jen Pestich teaches social studies in the International Baccalaureate Program at a Chicago high school. She has taught internationally and is National Board certified. She works to develop superior reading and writing skills within her social studies curriculum and on preparation for assessments including the IB exams, SAT, and ACT. Her specialty areas are in reading, writing and discussion strategies.

Molly Ward

Molly Ward is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who currently works as a Special Education Administrator in the south suburbs of Chicago where she oversees the Emotional Disabilities Program and the Counseling Program. Molly has extensive experience with children and teens in crisis. She presents on social-emotional learning, positive behavior supports, and other important content related to student well-being.

Mary Sullivan Kopale

Mary Sullivan Kopale is a seasoned psychology teacher who has a special interest in the field of positive psychology.  She holds a Masters in Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design.  She is an accomplished motivational speaker and adult trainer. She works as an instructional designer at a Chicago university where she incorporates positive education into her work with college faculty and adult learners.

Kyle Leonard

Kyle Leonard is a high school science teacher who holds two Masters Degrees in Educational Technology and Biology along with recently becoming a Google Certified Educator. He is an enthusiastic proponent of technology in the classroom, specifically for a STEM curriculum. He provides teacher professional development across Illinois and is a specialist in virtual and augmented reality as a method of authentic discovery for students and their teachers.

Katie Fadden

Katie Fadden is an experienced Early Childhood educator. She is highly passionate about Early Childhood Education and the powerful role it plays in laying a positive foundation for learning in our youngest students. Katie founded a local network of Preschool educators. She enjoys sharing engaging and developmentally appropriate ideas with primary teachers in our newest course, "Excited About Online Learning."

Carolyn Tovey

Carolyn Tovey is an educator with 30 years of experience in the classroom. In her career, she has designed and implemented curriculum in the areas of Language Arts, Science, and Math, and led various curriculum committees. She is known for her creative ways of making ordinary content fascinating to students. Her ability to use assessment data to drive instruction has resulted in exceptionally high student achievement. Carolyn is a seasoned instructional designer who has recently developed courses on integrating art into the classroom, current math trends in American education, STEAM and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Peggy Myatt
Peggy Myatt has been an Adjunct Professor in the Special Education Department at the university level for the past 26 years. She has multiple special education certifications, a master’s degree in counseling and extensive experience with professional development for both special and regular education professionals. Her current and past teaching coursework includes working with families of special needs children, collaboration, including special needs students in the regular education classroom, and human growth and development. She also enjoys serving as a volunteer advocate for families with special needs children within her community.

Stephanie Gates
Stephanie Gates is an educator, writer and activist. A life-long Chicagoan, Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends. Though she has no children of her own, Stephanie has been a surrogate mother to many. Stephanie’s mission is to leave the world better than she found it by being a pebble rippling in the ocean of injustice. She is passionate about eradicating colorism through the creation of Pretty is Me/Handsome I Am Day, an annual school event which celebrates the diversity of beauty. A published writer, Stephanie’s work has been included in a number of anthologies including: Inspiration for Teachers--101 Stories About How You Make A Difference, Shifts—An Anthology of Women’s Growth through Change and Black-Eyed Peas for the Soul—Tales to Strengthen the African American Spirit and Encourage the Heart.

Barbara Butcher
Barbara Butcher has 30 years of experience as a School Psychologist in Hammond, Indiana. During this time, she served as the District Coordinator for the Conflict Resolution Program that addressed bullying and taught mediation skills to high school students. Barb also served as a Project Director for the Indiana Department of Education where she was a Compliance Monitor for Special Education. She has taught as an adjunct faculty member at St. Joseph’s College, Purdue Northwest, and Valparaiso University.

Liz Boland
Liz Boland is an experienced high school English teacher in the western suburbs of Chicago. She holds a master's degree in British and American Literature. Whether students enter her room to analyze literature, improve research skills, or study traditional grammar, Liz offers a welcoming environment. Establishing this sense of community allows students to share their voices through writing and discussion to demonstrate deeper learning.

Mike Pestich
Mike Pestich is a National Board Certified English Teacher (NBCT) with over 15 years of teaching experience in a Chicago Public High School. He currently serves as the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program Coordinator where he actively supports students to achieve successful learning outcomes in an advanced academic curriculum. He is proficient in G-Suite and other instructional technologies which allows him to engage in data-based decision making processes as well as enhance the classroom experience of his students in the ever-changing landscape of education.

Audra VanRaden
Audra VanRaden is a Curriculum Director for PE, Health & Driver Ed for a High School district in the suburbs of Chicago. She comes from 10 years teaching experience at the high school level. Audra holds two Masters degrees - one in Physical Education and one in Educational Administration. Audra is truly passionate about professional development and has presented in various settings over the years. Her mission is to foster teachers' ability to help students go from being participants in class to becoming individuals who appreciate and understand how to live a life of health and wellness.

Brian Reed
Brian Reed is the Assistant Manager at Teacher’s Teacher. He currently teaches 5th grade at a Chicago elementary school. Brian holds a BA in Media Studies and an MS in Elementary Education. Recently, Brian has broadened his expertise in business management, including finance, marketing, and technical support. Brian assists with administrative duties and day-to-day business operations.