Behind the scenes is a dedicated team moving the mission of NGLC forward, helping to bring next gen learning to today’s students. It’s the network of innovative educators working to improve student success that inspires us. Learn more about who we are, what we do for NGLC, where we live (We span three time zones!), and what we care about. See the smiles? We love what we do!

Stefanie Blouin
Director of K-12 Operations and Program Officer
Home base: Burlington, VT
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Connect: @StefanieBlouin; LinkedIn

My job is to catalyze the development of personalized, competency-based, blended learning schoolsby working with our team to develop programs of support for our national and regional breakthrough school model grantees.

Before joining NGLC, I was the director of curriculum for a district in Vermont facilitating curriculum and assessment development, analyzing data, and supporting teachers and administrators with ongoing professional learning. I was a classroom teacher for eight years and a teacher leader for three yearsI will always be a teacher at heart! I look through this practitioner’s lens, thinking about what’s best for students, as I develop grantee supports.

As a classroom teacher, my passion was connecting with and growing each individual student. I LOVE that I get to support breakthrough model designers as they implement personalized learning. I’m a systems-thinker and detail-orienteda mix of big picture thinking and get-it-done muscle. I love to run, hike, and explore the world. My favorite place to be is on a beach with my kids.

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Andy Calkins
Home base: Gloucester, MA
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Connect: @AndrewCalkinsLinkedIn

I am passionately in love with my job, which is to work with the crackerjack team you can meet on this web page (among other ace staffers at EDUCAUSE) and with our more than 150 pioneering grantees and partners to catalyze a next gen learning revolution across K-12 and higher ed. At EDUCAUSE, I manage strategy development for NGLC and help to support program execution for all phases of that initiative.

Prior to joining NGLC in April, 2011, I served as Senior Program Officer at the Stupski Foundation, Senior Vice President at the influential education reform group Mass Insight, Executive Director of Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. (the non-profit behind the national “Reach for the Power: Teach” campaign working to build a highly skilled, diverse teacher workforce), and as the editor of Electronic Learning magazine at Scholastic Inc.

I hold a B.A. from Harvard College and was a Henry Fellow at Cambridge University in the UK. I am the lead author of The Careers in Teaching Handbook and The Turnaround Challenge, Mass Insight’s 2007 report on turning around the nation’s persistently underperforming schools. When I’m not working to catalyze next gen learning, I’m enjoying the life of Cape Ann, in Massachusetts, where my wife and I have raised three daughters including one budding art teacher, an actress/drama teacher, and a film studies/marketing pro in NYC. We are hoping that Daniel Pink was right and that the MFA is “the new MBA.”

Silke Koester
Program Manager
Home base: Boulder, CO
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I support all of NGLC’s grant management processes and our effort to build communities of leaders committed to implementing next generation learning.

Prior to joining the NGLC team, I worked for the International Baccalaureate in New York City for over five years during which time I supported English, French, and Spanish-speaking schools and practitioners across the Americas region as Middle Years Programme associate and as the Professional Development Associate manager. I earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Organizational & Human Resource Management, as well as French Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

In addition to French, I speak German and am a native Spanish speaker. I love spending time in the mountains running and camping. Before moving to Colorado, my husband and I spent a full year doing just that all around the world! And speaking of running, I've completed over 50 marathons & ultramarathons since 2006. My favorite distance to race is 50 miles, although I have run as far as 100 miles in one day!

Sarah Luchs
K -12 Program Officer
Home base: Columbus, OH
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Connect: @SarahLuchs1

For the past two years, I’ve been coordinating our K-12 grant making strategies where we invest in promising educators and the next gen learning designs that define Breakthrough Schools. Our investment strategy of incubating proof-point schools is scaling rapidly in DCChicagoOaklandNew OrleansColorado, and New England, thanks to the efforts of our regional partners. Each partner approaches the work a little differently, so it is an opportunity to “walk our talk” by enabling flexibility and personalization while upholding some common expectations needed to ensure quality at scale.

My background in policy, evaluation, and political science proved a good fit for the Ohio Department of Education where I spent more than a decade of my career and worked on a breadth of challenges from closing achievement gaps to extending quality digital learning to ensuring college and career readiness.  Yep, some of the same challenges for which NGLC schools have or are designing solutions! The design process excites me and I enjoy learning from this community. If I didn’t do this, I’d be a fashion designer, blues singer, or professional globetrotter (think Rick Steves, not “Curly” Neal).


Alex Roth 
Marketing Coordinator
Home base: Louisville, CO
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Connect: @AlexB_RothLinkedIn

I support NGLC marketing and communications efforts using my experience in both traditional and online media channels. I love communicating through multimedia channels and have a passion for new media.

Before joining the NGLC team, I was the Marketing Coordinator for the nation’s largest producer of protein beverages, where I was involved with the branding and marketing of sports and nutrition products. I also have experience in media production, and worked on the production team of the award winning, true-crime TV series, Forensic Files. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Technology from Chestnut Hill College and earned an Associate in Arts in Communications and Professional Writing from Lehigh Carbon Community College.

In my spare time I like to hike, play the mandolin, and attend as many live music events as humanly possible.

Tony Siddall 
Program Officer
Home base: New York
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Connect: @tonysiddall

A bio for Tony is under construction!

Kristen Vogt
Knowledge Management Officer
Home base: Philadelphia
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Connect: @KVogt300LinkedIn

My job is to create and share content. Through our websitepublicationssocial media, and blogging, I work with our team to document the strategies NGLC grant recipients are using to transform education, capturing the lessons they are learning along the way and highlighting the outcomes that result from their efforts.

Before joining NGLC, I was the assistant director for early college high school at the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. I also worked in student and academic affairs in programs like first-year transitions, service-learning, undergraduate research, and academic support for college students.

I majored in math at the University of Notre Dame and there’s a special place in my professional heart for supporting women and students of color in STEM. I then earned degrees in higher education administration from the University of Michigan and college student personnel from the University of Maryland. My passion is to make education work for students from groups that have been least served educationally. I’m detail oriented (a blessing and a curse), reflective (don’t make me give an answer on the spot!), and appreciate sarcasm. I want to explore the natural wonders of the world, even those in my neighborhood, watch my kids grow up, and read, read, read.