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<p><strong>Elham Kazemi</strong><br /><br />
Dr. Kazemi divides her time between studying teacher learning and student learning. She attends to classroom discourse, students' mathematical thinking and students' learning and identities. Dr. Kazemi uses her work with students to inform her work with teachers in professional development settings. Her vision is to support the effort of schools that engage and excite children and educators alike.</p>
<p><strong>Anita Lenges</strong><br /><br />
Anita spent over a decade teaching middle and high school, first in Kenya with the US Peace Corps and later in the Northshore School District. In 2003, Anita received the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award while completing her doctoral degree and teaching methods and other courses in the College of Education. Anita joined the faculty at The Evergreen State College where she spent another decade researching and teaching in the Masters in Teaching and Masters in Education programs. Anita has facilitated and designed professional learning experiences for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience and abundant enthusiasm to coordinate the INSPIRE work.</p>
<p><strong>Lynsey Gibbons</strong><br /><br />
Lynsey studies how the contexts in which teachers work can be reorganized to support their ongoing learning and development. She aims to understand how professional educators and  instructional leaders assist teachers’ development of ambitious instructional practices. She was previously an elementary teacher and mathematics coach in Lexington, Kentucky.</p>
<p><strong>Kendra Lomax</strong><br /><br />
Kendra began her career as an elementary teacher where she grew increasingly curious about how children learn mathematics. To better understand teaching and learning in math, she pursued an M.Ed specializing in Mathematics Education at the University of Washington. Kendra now supports teachers and school leaders through the INSPIRE project and Math Lab professional development. Kendra also works on the Teacher Education by Design project also at the UW College of Education.</p>
<p><strong>Becca Lewis</strong><br /><br />
Becca Lewis is a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction in the College of Education at UW. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of elementary mathematics, classroom discourse, the teaching and learning of fractions, and supporting school-wide professional learning. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with 13 years of experience as a classroom teacher, curriculum designer, math coach and professional development facilitator.</p>
<p><strong>Adrian Cunard</strong><br /><br />
Adrian had a long career as an elementary classroom teacher, instructional coach, and teacher educator before returning to the University of Washington to get a PhD in Mathematics Teacher Education. She now supports the learning of both pre-service and in-service teachers at the UW and in school districts around the region.</p>
<p><strong>Liz Donat</strong><br /><br />
Liz Donat is passionate about teaching and learning, and her research interests include practice-based teacher education and reading instruction. A former elementary school teacher, she now currently supports preservice teachers in their literacy methods courses and in their student teaching placements in the College of Education at the University of Washington. She is extremely excited to work with the team at INSPIRE and to be involved in literacy learning labs with inservice teachers.<br /><br />
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<p>INSPIRE is grateful to the following organizations for their ongoing thought partnership:</p>
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<strong>City of Seattle Office for Education</strong><br /><br />
<strong>City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods</strong><br /><br />
<strong>Community Center for Education Results</strong><br /><br />
<strong>Federal Way School District</strong><br /><br />
<strong>Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation</strong><br /><br />
<strong>Highline School District</strong><br /><br />
<strong>Kent School District</strong><br /><br />
<strong>Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)</strong>
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<strong>Puget Sound ESD</strong><br /><br />
<strong>Renton School District</strong><br /><br />
<strong>Seattle Community Colleges</strong><br /><br />
<strong>Seattle Public Schools</strong><br /><br />
<strong>Washington STEM Center</strong><br /><br />
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<p>The INSPIRE Center evolved from the ongoing and collaborative support of the UW’s Teacher Education Programs, Ackerley Partner School Network, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and individual College of Education Ambassadors. In order to sustain and scale INSPIRE’s work, we cultivate the ongoing commitment and financial support of local school districts, cities, Educational Service Districts, STEM business community, individuals and foundations. We are grateful to our supporters:</p>
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