Teachstone’s mission is to ensure that every child has access to life-changing teachers. We also believe that every educator deserves career-changing professional learning experiences. This is why we’re excited to offer the InterAct CLASS Summit Scholarship program.
Tina Routh brings 25 years of management, training, and technical assistance experience in early childhood environments. She is currently the Director for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Care program that serves roughly 500 students from ages 8 weeks to 5 years old over eight sites. Tina is proud to be a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and is passionate about holding onto the traditional MCBI values. Her program offers training on ways to utilize the CLASS tool in a culturally sensitive way and is always looking for ways to embrace the CLASS lens while holding true to Choctaw culture and language.
Therese Hunt retired after spending 31 years in public education, with the last three years as a K-2 principal. After retirement, she began working as a site manager and then CLASS Observer. The CLASS tool has changed the way she looks at classroom instruction and teacher-child interactions. For the last five years, she has worked as the Head Start/Preschool Educational Supervisor and is loving every minute of being in the early childhood world. Her agency supports 42 Head Start classrooms in Butler and Preble Counties in Southwest Ohio and she now trains all of the site managers and practice-based coaches to be CLASS Observers. She loves that she gets to spend every day with little people and experiencing their joy!
Roberto Diaz is a first-generation, Latinx early childhood educator who is committed to fighting for educational equity. He has served in various educational organizations, including Teach for America, City Year, and Upward Bound. Not to mention, his service in the United States Marine Corps. His unwavering commitment to shape America’s educational system is evident through his relocation across the country – from LA to Chicago to Kansas City. Currently, he serves as both the Education Manager and Lead Instructional Coach for Operation Breakthrough – a nonprofit early childhood organization that primarily serves low-income families in Kansas City. He is part of Teach for America’s Green Fellowship Program and the TNTP:Kansas City PLUS program. In his evenings, he teaches Early Childhood Education part-time at his local community college – MCC Penn Valley.
Roberto holds a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Early Childhood Education, and he is currently working towards his Education Specialist degree in Urban School Leadership.