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News Release: Educators Rising Announces the 2016–2017 Ambassadors

October 26, 2016


Arlington, Va., October 26, 2016 — Today, Educators Rising announced this year’s cohort of Educators Rising Ambassadors. The following students were selected to participate in the 2016–2017 Educators Rising Ambassador Program:

  • Lennon Audrain (Brophy College Preparatory, Ariz.)
  • Carmen Cazares (Washington High School, Ariz.)
  • Abigael Dillon (Lexington High School, Texas)
  • Kaylee Fillers (Harford Technical High School, Md.)
  • Gabrielle Flagg (Gardner Edgerton High School, Kan.)
  • Jaquan Harley (Hodgson Vo-Tech High School, Del.)
  • Patricia McCasland (Monroe Community College, N.Y.)
  • Jaelyn Ortiz (Concord Regional Technical Center, N.H.)
  • Sierra Taylor Sarver (Bridgewater College, Va.)
  • Cody Mackenzie Tsukamoto (Aiea High School, Hawaii)
  • Clay Singleton (North Pike High School, Miss.)
  • Rachel Zgabay (Lexington High School, Texas)

Educators Rising Co-Director Dan Brown said, “Educators Rising believes in the importance of student voice. As the next generation of great teachers, our student members have thoughtful insights to contribute to the current conversation on education in America, and the Educators Rising Ambassador Program gives star students the opportunity to amplify their voices in these critical national conversations about teaching and learning. We can’t afford, as a country, not to listen to them.”

The Educators Rising Ambassador Program also allows students to add leadership experience to their college applications or résumés and network virtually with other rising educators and teachers from across the country. The selected students will have a range of social media–related responsibilities during the school year, including sharing important messages from the national office, posting photos of chapter events or classroom experiences, and more.



About Educators Rising

Educators Rising — powered by PDK International — is transforming how America develops aspiring teachers. Starting with high school students, we provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustain their interest in the profession, and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. The result is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting difference — not only in the lives of their students, but also in the field of teaching more broadly. Learn more at