Meet the Authors

Angelica Guerrero

Blog Editor and Manager of Teaching and Learning

One of my favorite places in DC is the Freer/Sackler Museum. In its quietness, my mind feels free to wonder, and I can hear the art talk to me. I’m interested in DC as a classroom, Creative Thinking, and Teacher Empowerment.

Justin Brown

Manager of Data and Operations

One of my favorite places in DC is the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, because I learn new things each and every visit. I’m interested in History, Government, and Inquiry-Based Instruction.

Lauren Hawley Peters

Senior Director of Programs

I love running along the Potomac River to Gravelly Point, a  perfect intersection of nature and metropolis where airplanes fly so close overhead, you can see the faces of passengers in the windows. I’m interested in Classroom Culture and Literacy.

Mariel Oquendo Smith

Manager of Programming and Communications

One of my favorite places is the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. It’s off of the beaten path and the home brings Douglass’ experiences, family, and accomplishments to life. I’m interested in DC as a classroom and increasing students’ self-efficacy.


Executive Director

One of my favorite places in DC is the National Mall – three miles of history, serenity, and beauty!  My educational interests are people development, social emotional learning, and education equity.