For the third year in a row, The Seattle Times is offering an evening of inspiring education-themed stories. Teachers, parents, principals, and students present quick, hilarious, inspiring—even surprising—stories about what it’s like to teach or learn. These presentations follow the traditional Ignite! event style—each presenter only has 5 minutes and 20 slides (automatically advancing every 15 seconds) to make their case. The result? Something everyone can learn from! Join us for an evening of enlightening quick-fire presentations on education!
Speakers will include:
Talk: “Short Bus to Social Justice”
Carrie Griffin Basas is the director of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office of Education Ombuds. She is a former civil rights and labor law attorney, law professor, and disability rights nonprofit leader. She lives in Seattle with her husband and 8-year-old daughter.
Talk: “Don’t a book by its cover, or students by their first day”
Melissa has been a special-education teacher for two decades. Her dream is for every special education student to be integrated with their peers throughout their entire school day. She teaches students functional life skills at Washington Middle School in the Olympia School District.
Talk: “Student Feelings Matter”
Juanita was born and raised in Seattle’s Central Area before being uprooted and relocated to northeast Seattle at age 13, becoming the first and only African-American student at Bishop Blanchet High School for three years. She taught intermediate special education and regular primary classes in Seattle Public Schools for three decades (her four awesome sons attended school in the same district) and recently started a special education inclusive preschool in Renton. Juanita has six grandchildren.
Talk: “Regrets of a Former Mean Girl”
Melody is a native of Sacramento and moved to Seattle in 2006 with her husband, Matt. By day, she’s a storyteller, chauffeur, and dance party deejay for her three young kids. By night, she’s a part-time writer and editor.
Talk: “Showing Up for Leadership”
Katherine is a seventh grader at University Prep in Seattle, the city she was born and raised in. Her favorite time of day is 7:45 a.m. because she gets to talk and play with her friends. She loves the arts.
Talk: “Where the Boys Are”
Gerrit is a Seattle Public Schools graduate, a parent and the principal at Genesee Hill Elementary School in Seattle.
Talk: “Classrooms Without Scripts: Using Improv to Teach Language”
Aviva is an enthusiastic teacher of French and social studies from Richmond, British Columbia. She has 15 years of experience doing improvisational comedy with TMP Improv and loves how she can merge improv and teaching to make for an enriching classroom experience.
Talk: “The Words We Wield”
Mandy is the 2018 Washington State Teacher of the Year, and one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year. She lives and teaches in Spokane, Washington. As an English language learning educator, Mandy is the first teacher for refugee and immigrant students at Joel E. Ferris High School in the Newcomer Center.
Talk: “Smell the Ingredients”
Rashad currently devotes his time as the Director of Community Engagement at Highline College, where he travels to elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, community centers, libraries, and youth educational conferences to speak with youth and young adults about the importance of education and how two-year colleges can be a good option. He also provides educational/cultural relevant workshops and motivational presentations that uplift young people in the community.
Talk: “Knowledge Really Is Power!”
Ricardo is a stay-at-home father, taker of free online classes and an aspiring graduate student. He grew up on a ranch in Freer, Texas, and is an Army veteran.
Present by The Seattle Times and Town Hall Seattle as part of the Arts and Culture series.