Bridgette Kelly

Bridgette Kelly currently serves as the elementary assistant principal at Steel City Academy in Gary, Indiana, where her responsibilities include K­–12 special education and K–6 culture. She has also served as a high school health and physical education teacher, special education teacher, and culture coordinator. Bridgette earned her bachelor of science degree from Chicago State University and master’s degrees in special education from Indiana University Northwest and in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania. Bridgette is going into her fourth year as a Responsive Classroom consulting teacher, facilitating workshops across the country. Joining Center for Responsive Schools team as a certified consulting teacher has allowed her to better implement the Responsive Classroom approach within her organization. In addition to her work as an educator, Bridgette has served in the Indiana Army National Guard for seventeen years, currently as a logistics officer. When Bridgette is not in the classroom, she is dedicated to spending time with her daughter, Rylie Camille.

Caitie Meehan

Caitie Meehan has been teaching for almost 15 years and is currently a fourth grade math teacher in Washington, D.C. She has experience teaching in Title I schools and has seen how the benefits of the Responsive Classroom approach reach many different schools and students. Caitie was initially introduced to Responsive Classroom 10 years ago and she continues to see the positive results from building a strong positive community in her classroom. As the community in her room grows, her students feel more comfortable to take academic risks in a socially and emotionally safe place. Caitie holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from James Madison University. In her spare time, she visits her family in Virginia Beach whenever she can.

Caitlin Slater

Caitlin Slater is a junior kindergarten teacher and fourth through sixth-grade athletic coach in Middleburg, Virginia. With over thirteen years of experience, she is dedicated to nurturing young minds and fostering holistic growth. With a BA in psychology and a minor in education, she brings a deep understanding of human behavior and learning theory to her practice. Valuing the Responsive Classroom approach at the core of her teaching practices, Caitlin is committed to building social-emotional and academic competencies within her students. She seamlessly integrates its principles into her classroom and coaching, leveraging different structures and strategies to cater to each setting’s unique needs. Her journey in teaching has been defined by a steadfast commitment to the well-being and development of her students. Beyond the classroom, Caitlin cherishes spending time outdoors with her husband and two children.

Caltha Crowe

Caltha Crowe travels around the country, teaching Responsive Classroom courses and visiting schools to support implementation of the approach. During her 38-year teaching career, she taught a range of elementary grades and preschool in a variety of settings, including urban New Haven, Connecticut, as well as suburban schools in Winnetka, Illinois; Glencoe, Illinois; Hamden, Connecticut; and Westport, Connecticut. Caltha has spent many years involved with a variety of educator support programs including Connecticut’s Beginning Educator Support and Training (BEST) program and Westport’s Resource Teacher program. She is the author of Solving Thorny Behavior Problems, Sammy and His Behavior Problem, and How to Bullyproof Your Classroom, all published by Center for Responsive Schools.
Caltha has a BA from Smith College, a master’s degree in early childhood education from Goddard College, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Bank Street College of Education. She lives in Estes Park, Colorado, and enjoys hiking, climbing, spending time in the outdoors, and being with family and friends.

Carmela Pine

Carmela Pine is a sixth grade teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. Originally from Philadelphia and now living in Alexandria, Virginia, Carmela has taught seven grades (first through sixth and eighth) in three states. She has been teaching for 17 years and has worked with Center for Responsive Schools as a Responsive Classroom consulting teacher since 2012.

Chris Carter

Chris Carter is a second and third grade teacher in New York City. He has worked at charter, public, and international schools. Chris was fortunate to be introduced to the Responsive Classroom approach in his first year in education. He has a thirst for high-quality professional development. He is also passionate about the power of picture books and getting his students outdoors during all four seasons. Chris holds a bachelor of science degree in bioenvironmental sciences from Texas A&M University and a master of arts degree in childhood education from New York University. He is licensed in early childhood, childhood, and special education. When he is not trekking through the city, hatching chicks, or raising trout with his students, Chris is traveling, running, or catching the latest blockbuster or independent film.

Christy Flanagan

Christy Flanagan is currently a kindergarten teacher in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Christy is a National Board Certified Teacher with seventeen years of teaching experience. She earned her master’s of teaching degree from the University of Virginia with an endorsement for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Christy is passionate about incorporating Responsive Classroom practices to create nurturing classroom communities where all are welcome. “Hopes and Dreams” is one of her favorite Responsive Classroom practices to begin each school year! Christy is passionate about global learning opportunities for elementary students. She also enjoys collecting diverse children’s literature to share with her students. Although a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Christy has lived in Virginia Beach for the past twenty-five years. Christy is a wife and proud mom of two young adults! Gardening and long walks on the beach are two of her favorite pastimes.

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 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 Donahue

Dawn Donahue teaches second grade and is the literacy coach for grades first through fifth in Westfield, New Jersey. She has had the unique experience of teaching second through fifth grades for fifteen years in rural and urban public school settings in New Jersey. Dawn deeply believes in the power of the Responsive Classroom approach; it is the heart of her classroom. She aims to share her passion for creating a safe, joyful, and engaging classroom through her work as a consulting teacher. Dawn enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two daughters, relaxing in the sunshine at the beach, and sitting outside with a Starbucks latte watching the birds.

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.

Debra Berndt

Debra Berndt is currently an elementary principal working with her staff and students to bring the Responsive Classroom approach to her community of learners. Debra holds a master’s of science degree in reading instruction at the elementary level and a master’s of science degree in educational and policy studies. She has worked as an elementary teacher for nine years and as an elementary principal for twenty-one years. Debra was awarded Principal of the Year in 2015. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family at the lake.