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.
Rob Sparks - Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Rob taught Social Studies at Skyview High School for 23 years and is currently in his 4th year at Soldotna Preparatory School. Rob is a co-founder of Classroom Without Walls (CWOW). CWOW is an innovative approach to the 21st Century classroom using technology. It connects classrooms so that students and teachers are engaged in interactive lessons anywhere in the world. For several years Rob has team-taught world history and Alaska Studies with Greg Zorbas and their collaborative model has revolutionized the learning experience in these classrooms. Currently Rob has been establishing a network of Alaska teachers for collaborative opportunities. His efforts have been recognized on the local, state, national and international level as an innovative 21st century approach to education. The CWOW program was recognized in 2011 by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development: Artifacts for Alaskans Competition. He was recognized as a BP teacher of Excellence and BP State Teacher of the Year for the Kenai Peninsula in 2013. Greg and Rob were recipients of the United States Distance Learning Association Gold Award in 2016. In 2017 Rob was the recipient of the Alaska’s humanities Forum Governors’ Award for Alaska Studies Teacher of the Year.
Megan Swanson has worked in education for the past fifteen years. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science and Public Administration. She went on to receive her Masters of Education specializing in curriculum design and instruction and Secondary Education Social Studies Broad field. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an expected completion date of 2018.
In her time working in education, Megan has worked with a children’s museum, taught multiple subjects in middle school, coached high school cross country, and for the past five years; taught freshman at Montana State University. She has a passion for education and access to education for all. She is a strong believer in active learning and her curriculum reflects that. Learners will be able to use their minds, their voices and their hands to better understand and grasp concepts that are new and important. She is grateful for the opportunity to write curriculum for Inspired Classrooms!