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Our Voice Amplified

Colorado Convention Center, Mainstage

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Numeracy Specialist
Author of The Freelance Educator: Practical Advice for Starting Your Educational Consulting Business, Tinashe Blanchet is a former high school math teacher with over 20 years of experience in education and teacher training. She is the numeracy specialist and product specialist for Equatio at Texthelp, a company that creates an award-winning suite of products that helps millions of people read, write and research with confidence worldwide. Tinashe is also an Albert Hamilton Collins Fellow at Auburn University, working towards earning her Ph.D. in mathematics education.
Board Member
Our Voice Alliance
Education Coach
Samsung Education | Equity In Action, CA
Leticia Citizen is a Samsung Education Coach passionate about technology-enhanced teaching, primary sources, and global connections to help augment student learning. Her 23 educator years of experience include teaching kindergarten, first, and fifth grade. Leticia dedicates her life to social justice, teaching through a JEDIB lens, providing intentional PD, and mentoring teachers to share their voices. She is co-founder of Equity In Action, CA and Tech.Teach.Grow, LLC. Leticia currently serves as an ambassador for varying digital tools including Nearpod, Wakelet, and Common Sense Education. She’s Google Certified and shares her expertise at national and global conferences.
Community School Manager
Oakland Unified School District
Assistant Principal
Mountain View HS
Valerie Lewis is regarded as an inspirational, skilled and masterful educator. She is proud in tooting her own horn in sharing that “the art and science of teaching comes naturally” and her 23 years of experience in education and impacting lives of youth in and out of the classroom contribute to that. Her ability to support teachers in her administrative role and help design learning experiences around students’ desires and interests is her superpower.
Instructional Coach
Dr. Toutoule Ntoya is an educator dedicated to helping students achieve by 1) working with teachers in professional development and coaching to implement curricula and 2) working with students directly using learning and motivation strategies.
Workshop Facilitator, Teacher of English
The Learning Doctor Consulting LLC
Dr. Shantel Scott specializes in transforming educational environments to focus on the social emotional health of learners of all ages with the use of technology. She is a 20 year educator, is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, Global GEG Leader, and motivational speaker.
Special Partnerships
4:14 Media / Google
Brian Smith, a 23 year Ed Tech leader, is the Founder and CCO of 4:14 Media while serving as the Google K-12 Field Program Manger with the privilege of providing digital culture changing opportunities for educators in Texas and throughout. His passion for digital equity by providing equal access and learning opportunities for all students in a culturally responsive environment gets him up each morning ready to work. He has produced several student and adult podcast, including The Making Learning Addictive Show, The Captain Kindness Show, The Liberated Educator, The Flocast and a few more.
Dr. Sarah-Jane Thomas is an accomplished educator, instructional technologist, and founder of, a global network that connects educators based on areas of interest. With nearly two decades of experience in education and technology, Sarah is a sought-after speaker, consultant, and writer who is committed to creating opportunities for professional growth and community building. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and media outlets, and she is a frequent presenter at conferences and events.

Session description

Join the Our Voice Amplified event - a space where educators of color share their lived experiences and amplify underrepresented stories in education. Speakers will share short, story-based talks on lived experiences, the nuances of how racial identity intersects with education, and personal triumphs. Come to hear the stories, and then share these stories after you leave - amplifying and becoming a part of our work to improve representation and cultural competence across our industry.

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Session will be simulcast live