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Educators are without a doubt some of the most important figures in a child's life. APB is proud to present a robust roster of educators who share their inspirational stories of reaching students under difficult and extraordinary circumstances. They share their uplifting call to action with educators across the country, reminding them that they can make a world of difference.

Educators

"Maria" on Sesame Street & Author

Those who grew up learning their ABC's with Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Kermit and the Cookie Monster will immediately recognize Manzano as the bilingual "Maria" on Sesame Street. Manzano attributes her appeal to the fact that she acts the...

Research Professor & Historian of Education

Diane Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a prolific writer, who has published more than 500 articles and reviews for scholarly and popular publications on the subject. Ravitch is internationally acclaimed for...

Inspirational Educator & Author of The Freedom Writers

Erin Gruwell helped students "written off" by the system harness the power of education to graduate high school. Her dedication to her students resulted in the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary.

Inspirational Educator & Author

The author of the memoir Nobody Don't Love Nobody, the story of her first teaching job at a school for homeless children, Stacey Bess shares a powerful message of mentorship and service.

Professor of Science Education & Author, and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the Department of Energy

Christopher Emdin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of Secondary School Initiatives at the Urban Science Education Center...

Renowned Finnish Educator & Scholar

Pasi Sahlberg is Finnish educator and scholar. Known as the international “school improvement activist,” Dr. Sahlberg directly links to practitioners, their communities and many other education audiences by sharing his experiences in classroom...

Senior Fellow at International Center for Leadership in Education

Eric Sheninger is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP). He presents and speaks nationally to assist other school...

Founder of Green Bronx Machine & Green Initiative Educator

Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator/administrator who believes that students shouldn't have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Stephen has electrified and inspired audiences of all types with his "Si Se Puede"...

Big Data Expert & Professor, Math & Statistics

Dr. Talithia Williams is Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. She recently gave a TED talk (currently over 1 million views) titled “Own Your Body’s Data.” She exemplifies the role of teacher and scholar through outstanding...

Award-Winning Essayist & Critic

William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, a frequent college speaker, and the best-selling author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.

Teacher & Student Inspirational Speakers

Donna Porter and DJ Batiste have a story that is sure to inspire all audiences. Porter has dedicated her life to the field of education, and has gained a breadth of wisdom and experience that she now pours into audiences across the nation. Early...

Co-Founder of the Teaching Excellence Network

As a classroom teacher in East Oakland for the past 21 years, Jeff Duncan-Andrade's pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students.

President, HOPE Foundation, Award-Winning Author & Educational Leader

Award-winning author and educational leader, Alan Blankstein served for 25 years as President of the HOPE Foundation, which he founded and whose honorary chair is Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A former “high-risk” youth, Alan began...

CEO, Citizen University

Former White House speechwriter and advisor, Liu is the founder of Citizen University and author of such acclaimed works as Guiding Lights, The Accidental Asian, The Gardens of Democracy, and his latest, A Chinaman’s...

Educator & Author of The Price of Privilege

Author of The Price of Privilege, See No Evil and Viewing Violence. Cautions parents to be cognizant of the harmful influence of media violence and offers instruction on properly supervising their children's viewing habits.

Roboticist / Inventor / Researcher / Teacher

As a child, McLurkin was constantly building with LEGO bricks, cardboard boxes, or any other materials he could access. Today, he continues this tradition using Mother Nature as a model researching and developing algorithms and techniques for...

Educator / Attorney / Author

A human relations and education expert, Dr. Kuykendall has gained national recognition for her extensive talents and expertise in promoting problem resolution. She is President of her own firm, K.I.R.K., Inc., established to provide "Kreative...

Scientific Investigator, NASA

Having made history as the leader of NASA's pioneering robotic drive across Mars, Steven Squyres shares insights and photos that will ignite interest in the sciences.

Chief Engineer for Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A renowned science fiction writer who produced the Cosmos series with Carl Sagan, B. Gentry Lee is responsible for the engineering integrity of all the robotic planetary missions managed by JPL.

One of America's Most Celebrated Schoolteachers

A once-in-a-lifetime educator, Rafe Esquith may be the most inspiring school teacher in America. He's been called "a modern day Thoreau" by Newsday, "a genius and a saint" by The New York Times, and "the most interesting and...

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