Meet the Panel
Moderator: Craig Martin, MASCD Board Member, 2018 National Distinguished Principal and Massachusetts Elementary Principal of the Year and 2009 Boston Public Schools' Educator of the Year, currently serves as the Executive Director of Bridge Boston Charter School in Roxbury, MA. Craig is the founder of the Brown Boys of Boston EdCamp, an educational Think Tank of best practices and approaches to how we educate, elevate, and empower our African American and Latino American male youth to their genius potential. Additionally, he served as Co-President of the Boston K8 Principals Association; Founder of the School Leaders of Color Think Tank; and Founder of the Brown Boys Network.
Panelist: Dr. Kimberly Parker, Education Leader, Dr. Parker has taught & led in public schools, universities, and graduate schools for 19 years and received honors which include: NCTE Outstanding Elementary Educator; Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Studies award from Tufts University; the Faculty of Distinction Award from Cambridge Rindge and Latin; the Marion Gleason Most Promising New Teacher Award from the New England Association of Teachers of English (NEATE); Literacy Champion from the Massachusetts Literacy Council; a Book Love Foundation Grant; and was selected as a Heinemann Fellow. She has served as a Trustee of the NCTE Research Foundation, the former Secondary Representative At-Large for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and a former president of NEATE. Kim is the co-founder of the Educators of Color Conference in Cambridge, MA and a co-founder of #DisruptTexts.
Panelist: Elijah Oyenuga, is a transgender man who has worked as an educational activist for the past five years. Located in Greater Boston, Elijah has had the pleasure of working with multiple organizations such as GLSEN, Boston Gay Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS) and the Massachusetts Department of Education's Safe Schools Program. Elijah has given keynote speeches, provided LGBTQ cultural competency training to public and private school administrators such as Boston Latin School and Codman Academy. Elijah has also had the pleasure of working with several doctors, high school and college students, as well as other private businesses.
Panelist: Rodolfo Morales, Principal of the Phineas Bates Elementary School. Mr. Morales is a lifelong Boston resident who has continuously demonstrated a commitment to the education of Boston Public Schools students. Mr. Morales has a successful professional history as a bilingual educator and a personal history as a learner of English as a second language. He began his teaching career at the Joseph J. Hurley K-8 School in 2011 as a dual-language Spanish 4th-grade educator. While there, he supported teachers through his role as a union representative and by facilitating professional development.
Panelist: Ryan McHale, is an 8th grade ELA teacher and GSA faculty advisor in Milford, Massachusetts. He also serves on the Board of the Directors for the Massachusetts chapter of GLSEN working as the Professional Development Coordinator. Ryan, named a 2019 ASCD Emerging Leader, also continues to host the education-based podcast, Pondering Education, while his first book, LEAD from Day One, was released in 2020 through EduMatch Publishing and is available now.
Panelist: Landon Callahan, is a public speaker and advocate for transgender rights. His public speaking experiences include guest lecturing at Harvard Law School and Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has been involved in creating guidance and policy at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as it relates to transgender student rights. He has also helped develop model curriculum units for History, English, and Health classes at the elementary, middle, and high school level. Landon was also an intern for the podcast Office Hours Live with Tim Heidecker during his spring semester of his senior year