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Angelina Kreger

Angelina Kreger currently serves the Novi Community School District as an Instructional Coach. Angelina  taught Big History, World History, and ESL World History and other social studies and English courses for nine years at NCSD. Prior to that time, she taught social studies at a charter school in Detroit, Michigan that serviced at-risk and adjudicated students. It was here that Angelina developed her passion for engaging and intentional curriculum design, literacy awareness, and social justice. Once she began researching instructional methodologies, "UDL became a natural fit. All of the pieces fell into place in terms of the way I began to structure my lessons and my classroom. Students became the leaders of their learning." She also currently serves as a Big History Project Teacher Leader through the BGC3 project​. Angelina holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy where she majored in History and Education. She earned a Masters degree from Wayne State University in History, as well as an additional Masters degree from Marygrove College in Educational Administration. Angelina enjoys working with teachers and students to make their unique qualities shine, and as part of the ​PLN4UDL she enjoys sharing those moments with other members of our UDL Army. ​

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Follow Angelina Kreger on Twitter: @MrsKreger​

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​Melissa Kreger

Melissa Kreger is a UDL enthusiast and social justice advocate with nearly a decade and a half of classroom experience teaching English/ Language Arts and English Language Learners. She has taught at middle schools, high schools, and alternative education secondary schools in both urban and suburban districts. Melissa currently facilitates student learning at Novi High School​. When she is out of the classroom, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, running, bowling, and reading banned books. ​

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Follow Melissa Kreger on Twitter: ​@Kregermm


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Megan Taylor​

Megan Taylor is a special education teacher at Novi High School. She has taught for 15 years in special education and earned her National Board Certification in 2012. Megan loves to discover new ways to help students be more successful in the classroom and joined the Novi PLN4UDL army at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Since learning about UDL, Megan says that through UDL she can now "put a name to an amazing way of thinking about and making educational ideas come to life for students in the classroom." Megan was named Novi High School's teacher of the year for the 2015-2016 school year​ and is excited to share the UDL movement with her co-teacher's next school year. Megan serves as the Content Area Leader (CAL) for the Novi High School Special education department where she brings UDL ideas into department meetings and discusses the integration of UDL into classrooms through the school's co-teaching partnerships. Megan comments, "I love being apart of the Novi UDL Team!" ​

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​​​​Whitney Tyner

Whitney teaches 7th grade English and Health at East Middle School for Farmington Public Schools. Since beginning her teaching career in Richmond, Virginia in 1999 and shortly thereafter relocating to Michigan, Tyner has made teaching her passion. She drives ingenuity in the classroom and is committed to helping Farmington Public Schools evolve into a 21st Century Learning Community.​

An advocate for kids, a dedicated educator, a fearless risk taker, and Farmington's 2015 Middle School Teacher of the Year, Tyner continually searches for new ways to improve teaching and learning. If she finds synergy with a strategy such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), look out--the energy from her classroom ignites! The students marinate in that excitement and commit to excellence. ​

Part of Tyner's professional growth over the past four years has been enhancing her technological skills in the classroom. "Technology was not as intuitive for me as it can be for some, so I pursued the best techies in my district for help and taught myself the rest." Ultimately she decided the best way to learn was to "DO," so four years ago, she volunteered to become her school's Technology Team's Co-Chair. Now, Tyner enjoys helping her colleagues and her students become comfortable with new strategies and technology tools.​

Heard in Whitney's classroom: "Blow my mind!"

Context: Incorporating the UDL guideline "Action and Expression" by giving students choices in how they will express what they know and challenging them to produce amazing artifacts (Look for some of these artifacts on Whitney's Team Tyner website!)​​

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Follow Whitney Tyner on Twitter: @tynersf.

 

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​Whitney supports many websites, some collaboratively with colleagues, and some by herself. Access the resources on these sites using the links below.