NCTE Member Gathering - NCTE


NCTE brings back its Member Gathering series as a place for members to celebrate their triumphs as well as find restoration and learn healing with other members of their communities.  Join us for an informal gathering where members connect with one another in whatever space they are in—from those who want to actively engage to those who prefer to listen and reflect. Together we will celebrate, collaborate, inspire, and support each other as we navigate the 2021-2022 school year in safe space. Member Gatherings will generally be held 1-2 times a month.  


NCTE Member Gathering Previews the 2021 NCTE Annual Convention

Tuesday, November 2

8:00 p.m. ET

Join us as the NCTE Ambassadors guide members through the 2021 NCTE Annual Convention!





Dr. Sakeena Everett is an assistant professor of language and literacy education in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. She is a native New Yorker (Brooklyn), avid literacy advocate, and expert in urban education, teacher education, and literacy education. She focuses her research and teaching on the literacy development of Black male students in elementary and secondary schools; literacy teacher preparation; culturally sustaining pedagogies; and transformative educational experiences for students and teachers. Recently, her research agenda has expanded to include grief among educators, with a special emphasis on supporting grieving Black women educators. Dr. Everett has taught elementary and secondary students, prepared prospective teachers, and provided professional development for in-service educators across multiple school districts. NCTE has been her professional home since 2011, and she is a former Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color (CNV) Fellow. Her research has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association (AERA); NCTE Research in the Teaching of English (RTE) Alan C. Purves Award; and the Spencer Foundation.


Lisa Castillo-Guajardo, aka Dr. G, is the proud principal of Mitchell Elementary in Houston ISD, the largest urban school district in Texas. She has worked in education for more than 15 years as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and school administrator. She is a self-proclaimed bibliophile, passionate about literacy, and hopes to inspire everyone she meets to be a Reader Leader as well.

Jessica Hunter is an educator in New York. She has worked with the NY Times, was the recipient of the Educator of Excellence award and was recently selected by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to explore various approaches to educational policy. She’s taken coursework at Harvard and Stanford. Ms. Hunter has given presentations to national audiences on diverse voices, mindfulness in the classroom, and the intersectionality of gender, race and class. She is also the founder of the Kaia Womens’ Scholarship Fund which provides small grants to minority women from underprivileged backgrounds as they embark on their college careers. She has worked in education for more than a decade.


Christina Nosek’s past 17 years have been dedicated to working as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach and new author. She finds true joy in supporting her fifth-grade students and fellow teachers in building joyful and empowered reading and writing communities. Christina happily calls her native San Francisco Bay Area home.


Lee Rutherford is a sixth grade ELA teacher and department chair in Westerville City Schools in Ohio. Lee is committed to connecting the equity work she does in the classroom to the community at large. She serves as a board member of a community-based organization that is dedicated to eradicating structural and individual racism. Her work with the Many Voices project in her city also helped bring inclusive and diverse classroom sets of books to over one hundred teachers in her district. Lee believes in the power of story to connect us and change our world!


Lindsay Schneider teaches high school English in North Carolina at West Forsyth High School. She has been in the classroom for four years. She is an avid reader and re-aspiring writer who is passionate about all things YA lit, building lifelong readers beyond the walls of the classroom, integrating the arts into the English classroom, drinking good coffee, baking, and cheering on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.


Shawn Towner works as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University. Shawn has worked in education for 15 years, starting as an elementary school custodian and eventually working as a substitute teacher, high school teacher, and university instructor. He hopes to spark his students’ passions for reading and writing. He currently lives just outside Savannah, GA.