Christine Lewis

Christine Lewis is currently a fourth grade teacher in Maryland and a consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools. Over the last 12 years, Christine has taught in every grade from kindergarten through fourth, which led her to embrace the power of Responsive Classroom practices as a positive way to adjust her approach and match the developmental needs of each new homeroom class. Knowing the impact this has every year on the success of her own students, Christine loves to share the Responsive Classroom approach with educators around the country, using her personal experiences to highlight the practical wisdom and broad relevance of the approach. When she’s not working, you will find Christine hiking, kayaking, or travelling the world with her extended family.

Cindy Kruse

Cindy Kruse has over 20 years of experience in education and a passion for empowering educators and positively impacting student learning. She enjoys sharing the Responsive Classroom approach with educators as she knows these strategies and tools equip them to provide joyful learning environments where students can be successful. Cindy’s diverse teaching experiences have taught her about the power of relationships and the importance of social and emotional learning in the classroom. She has worked in both urban and suburban settings in early childhood through middle school classrooms, and held roles as gifted support teacher, instructional coach, professional development specialist, literacy specialist, and liaison for gifted education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Cindy holds a master’s degree in education and is certified as a reading specialist, parent educator, and administrator. Whenever her schedule permits, Cindy enjoys boating on the Chesapeake Bay with her family and friends as long as the sky is blue and the air is warm!

Cindy Leonard

Cindy Leonard holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s in reading and literacy instruction. She is currently a senior lecturer in the Elementary Education Program at the University of Vermont. Cindy has also taught grades K–2 in the public school system for fourteen years, as well as doing consulting work around literacy instruction and classroom management for teachers in grades K–6. Teaching is her professional passion, and she believes deeply in the power of Responsive Classroom to create a more inclusive, supportive, and productive learning environment for all students and teachers. Cindy’s personal passion is spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Claudia Shultz

Claudia Shultz has over 30 years’ experience in elementary education. While she has taught all grades through sixth, she has been devoted to honing her skills at the second grade level for the past 13 years. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. From early on, Claudia has been dedicated to educating the whole child, socially, emotionally, and academically. Therefore, when she was introduced to the Responsive Classroom approach in 2005, she immediately experienced a strong connection with the philosophy. That connection resulted in an even stronger commitment to practicing the Responsive Classroom strategies and beliefs in her classroom and school, with fidelity. In 2011, Claudia took her commitment to the next level and became a consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools. In her off-time, Claudia enjoys running, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Cory Wade

Cory Wade is a certified Responsive Classroom teacher and consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools (CRS). He has a master’s degree in education, is pursuing his educational administration license, and has worked as an adjunct professor at North Central University in Minneapolis since 2012. As a teacher in Bloomington Public Schools in Minnesota for 13 years, Cory has experience teaching first, second, and third grade. Upon his first exposure to Responsive Classroom early in his career, Cory quickly developed a passion for the transformative mindset and practices surrounding the approach, and has since traveled nationally and internationally to train educators in adopting a similar focus that supports all students in learning. Cory has witnessed the positive impact the Responsive Classroom approach has had on his students, families, and co-workers through implementation of the core beliefs, principles, and practices.

Dan Tomaino

Dan Tomaino is currently a looping teacher for grades 1 and 2 at Shelburne Community School in Shelburne, Vermont, and has been working in the field of education since 2008. He received his bachelor of science degree in elementary education with a dual major in psychology from Keene State College. Prior to becoming a classroom teacher, Dan had the opportunity to work in many different support staff roles in school community, focusing his drive to educate children. Dan was originally introduced to the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching eight years ago while working in a kindergarten classroom. During his career as an educator, Dan has felt the positive results from utilizing Responsive Classroom and has supported his colleagues in learning more about this approach through professional development. Dan became a Responsive Classroom consulting teacher in the spring of 2019 and is thrilled to be sharing his passion for Responsive Classroom with fellow educators. In his spare time, Dan loves to spend time exploring the outdoors and going on spontaneous adventures with his wife and two children.

David Cirone

David Cirone is currently a fourth grade teacher and half-day literacy coach in South Hadley, Massachusetts. He has worked in the field of education since 1996. David received his undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and later went on to pursue a master’s in writing for children. He has experience teaching first, third, and fourth grades, and has worked in grades 2 through 4 as a literacy coach. He has presented Responsive Classroom workshops for 18 years, and so has his wife. In his spare time, David likes to dine out, go to the movies, read, and write. He is thrilled to be supporting Center for Responsive Schools.

David Rodich

Dave Rodich is a sixth grade social studies teacher in Queens, New York, with over a decade of experience in the field of education. He benefits from having taught in a wide variety of settings, including urban, suburban, and rural. Dave fell in love with Responsive Classroom after a professional development workshop in New York City. He appreciates how Responsive Classroom humanizes students and prepares them for a life rich with connections and self-reflection. When not teaching, Dave likes to fish, write, hike, play soccer, and spend time with his family.

Dawn White

Dawn White is a consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools. In addition to consulting, she is the social-emotional learning instructional specialist in a K-8 Minneapolis Public School in Minnesota. Dawn has been a classroom teacher for most of her 25-year career, teaching students ranging from preschool to sixth grade. When completing her master’s degree in education in 2000, she attended her first Responsive Classroom course at a friend’s suggestion. The approach dramatically changed her instructional methods in the classroom and supported what she knew to be best for all children. The Responsive Classroom approach creates the structure for both academic and social-emotional learning to happen every day. In her free time, Dawn loves to be active with her partner, Steve, and her two sons, to teach yoga, and sew fun, useful creations.

Deanna Cousineau

Deanna Cousineau is a pre-K teacher in Stillwater, Minnesota. She has twenty-five years of teaching experience and has taught early childhood special education and pre-K. Deanna is honored to share the Responsive Classroom approach with educators across the United States. She is passionate about empowering educators with strategies and practices that will support their students’ learning needs and guide their students in developing the skills they need to be successful in and out of school. She is married and has three young adult children, a lovely daughter-in-law, and a grandbaby. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family and friends, going for long walks, and reading.

Deanna Ross

Deanna Ross is currently an educational consultant and coach at Center for Responsive Schools (CRS). In this role, she has presented workshops throughout the United States and abroad, sharing the life-changing strategies that transformed her classroom. A frequent contributor to CRS articles, blogs, and journals, Deanna is a fierce advocate for racial and cultural equity in schools. Prior to her full time work at CRS, Deanna was a 26 year veteran of Memphis area public schools where she achieved National Board Certification and was a recipient of the Rotary Award for Teacher Excellence.

Dina Muncer

Dina Muncer is the instructional support teacher at Holland Elementary School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She received her master’s degree in education from Saint Joseph’s University in instructional technology. Throughout her 18 years of teaching, Dina has worked as a learning support teacher and general education teacher in first, third, fifth, and sixth grades. She was introduced to Responsive Classroom during her first year of teaching and immediately saw the power of building a positive learning community. Dina became a Responsive Classroom certified teacher in 2013, working to train staff in her home district. She began working for Center for Responsive Schools as a consulting teacher in 2015. She believes wholeheartedly that sharing the Responsive Classroom approach with educators helps students develop the lifelong social, emotional, and academic skills necessary to succeed. When she is not in the classroom or presenting workshops, Dina enjoys spending time with her family on the beach or running to various sporting events, exercising, and watching football.

Donna Petit

Donna Petit is a retired elementary teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience in both rural and urban K-6 classroom settings. She received her BS in education from the University of Connecticut and later went on to pursue her MEd in arts and education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She currently is a part-time consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools. Donna developed a passion for Responsive Classroom practices after attending a workshop in 1996 and seeing the positive impact the approach had on her students and school community. She loves the work of sharing the Responsive Classroom approach with fellow educators and believes deeply in the power of this approach in creating high-quality educational opportunities for all children. When she is not working, Donna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, tending to her gardens, and traveling.

Dr. Crystal Cooper Thompson

Dr. Crystal Cooper Thompson is a former Teacher of the Year and 21-year veteran instructional leader. She has gained a reputation as a passionate thought leader who leads with intention, insight, and grace. Her Responsive Classroom journey began while teaching in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1997. She was coached by founders Ruth Charney, Chip Wood, and Marlynn Clayton and became a consulting teacher in 2000. After seven years teaching grades 1 to 4, Dr. Cooper worked as a reading coach for two low-performing schools. Since moving to Georgia in 2005, she has worked as an intervention teacher, literacy coach/coordinator, and assistant principal. In 2012, she began her principalship at a Title I school in Gwinnett County. She earned her bachelor’s from William Paterson University, master’s from the University of Georgia, specialist degree from the University of West Georgia, and doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Georgia. Her hobbies include community service, shopping, singing, dancing, spending time with family, and exploring new places.

Earl Hunter II

Earl Hunter II is a fifth grade teacher at Oakwood Elementary School in North Hollywood, California, and a consulting teacher for Center for Responsive Schools. Earl has almost 30 years’ experience educating children, dating back to his time working at his family’s daycare center in Los Angeles. He developed a love for Responsive Classroom in his ninth year of teaching when he moved to his second school, Echo Horizon, and has been using the approach for over a decade. Earl is most passionate about making connections with students and colleagues and believes deeply in the power of developing a positive community. Now in his 20th year in the classroom, he aims to inspire, empower, and transform teachers to understand the power and balance of academic, social, and emotional learning for students. When he is not training teachers in Responsive Classroom practices, Earl enjoys spending time with his wife and two teenage children and running their retail vintage clothing business together.

Edie Palomba

Edie Palomba is a retired New Jersey school teacher. While attending the Elementary School Consortium in 2001, she was introduced to Responsive Classroom by Chip Wood, author of Yardsticks. Little did she know that the Responsive Classroom approach would not only change her classroom, but would also provide the most rewarding retirement job possible. When she isn’t busy preparing to teach Responsive Classroom workshops, Edith enjoys lazy days with her dogs, Jack and Sammy. Family time is treasured above all: short visits with her son, Mike (who serves in the Coast Guard), or her daughter, Caity (who is in graduate school), are the highlight of her life. Traveling is one of her passions and she hopes to have visited all 50 states in the next few years.