Inspired Classroom aspires to make every classroom an Inspired Classroom. To help us in this mission, we have assembled a group of dynamite educators to advise us on what works best in distance learning. Meet our 2015-16 Educator Advisory Board.
M.A. Latin American Studies, M.A. Sociocultural Studies, B.A. Spanish
Amy Wallner-Drake is a teacher at Bozeman High School and Montana Digital Academy. She currently teaches AP human geography, human geography, and works with the gifted and talented program. Amy has taught middle school and high school in New Mexico and Montana. As an educator Amy works to broaden the global horizons of her students and promote international understanding in the classroom.
Jessica Anderson is an earth science, physics, and chemistry teacher at Powell County High School in Deer Lodge, MT. Along with her face-to-face classroom, she teaches oceanography to Montana students through the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA). She was chosen nationally as one of eleven BetterLesson Blended Learning Master Teachers (www.betterlesson.com/blended), is a PBS Lead Digital Innovator (top 30), a state finalist for the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST), and has received the Gold Star Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is the co-founder/moderator of #MTedchat, a participant driven education chat on Twitter. Over the past three years, her classes have connected with schools all across the country and Canada. In her classroom, she makes every effort to break down the classroom walls and diversify students’ learning through connecting globally with classrooms.
Robert Dobell, Ed.D.
Robert DoBell is the Superintendent at the Three Forks School District, in Three Forks Montana. He loves fly-fishing and helping K-12 students reach their potential. He is an innovative administrator and completed his doctorate recently emphasizing technology integration in education.
Cathryn Sugg, MFA
Cathryn Sugg is a fine artist and arts education specialist residing in Glasgow, Montana. In 2011 she earned her M.F.A from The University of Montana; in 2006 she earned her B.F.A from The University of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is Art Education Curriculum Developer, Facilitator and owner of ArtLEDge, LLC. In this role she designs and instructs innovative courses focusing on art integration techniques through increased visual language fluency. Her courses focus on aiding art observers in critical analysis of non-traditional ethnic minority Contemporary Artworks. She delivers these courses through social media systems in partnership with various public institutions of learning.
Echo Allison, M.Ed.
Echo Allison is currently a K-5 Enrichment Specialist in Hamilton, MT. She has taught elementary school in Hamilton for 23 years. She has been married for 24 years to her fabulous husband, David. Her amazing child, Raymond, is a freshman at Hamilton High School. She enjoys spending with her family. Downhill skiing at Lost Trail and Big Sky Resort is her favorite hobby. Facilitating strategies labs and other unique thinking opportunities for 2nd and 3rd graders is a highlight of her career. She enjoys challenging her students to persevere!
Tom Cubbage is a teacher at C. M. Russell High School in Great Falls Montana teaching biology 1-2, A.P. Biology, Speech I & II, and Argumentation and Debate Classes. He is currently the president of the Montana Science Teachers Association and past president of the Montana Forensics Educators Association (Speech and Debate). Education includes BS Biology, BS Secondary Education, MS Science Education. He has spent 8+ summers as a teacher researcher at the McLaughlin Research Institute for Biomedical Science and was a M.J. Murdock Partner in Science recipient. He served as the teacher leader on a HHMI Grant to bring teachers and students into the biomedical research lab and then take those skills and knowledge back to the classroom.