Former Staff

Elizabeth Boyd, Online Curriculum Specialist

Elizabeth Boyd is a writer, editor, and educator with expertise in the cultural history of the U.S. South. A Mississippi native, she grew up in Jackson in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, an experience she credits with her decision to learn, teach, and generally “tell about the South.”  After an early career in journalism, she earned a master of arts in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She then taught, thought, and wrote about the South at colleges and universities including Vanderbilt University, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Mississippi. Her role at Teaching for Change includes historical research, identifying primary documents, and drafting lessons on the people’s history of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. When she is not devising novel ways of enhancing the K-12 curriculum, she enjoys sea kayaking, thrift shopping, and cheering on the Washington Nationals.


Monét Cooper, Publications Advocate

The library, poetry readings, bookstores, thrift stores, weekend flea market on U and 9th — you can always find Monét Cooper anywhere you find a book. Now a middle school teacher in the D.C. area, this Georgia Peach hopes her students find the same power of words in the stories, poems and articles they discover in her classroom as she did in her parents’ kitchen. Educating a child is an act of justice, which means empowering a child to own the processes of thinking, acting, speaking, questioning and self-empowerment. When she is not teaching or peddling books, you can find her in one of D.C.’s museums, writing, talking to her ridiculously dope grandma in Georgia, reading a favorite book and perfecting the baking and eating of German Chocolate Cake (and trying not to burn anything in the kitchen). In the winter months she dreams of hot and sticky Atlanta summers in the pool with a glass of lemonade. She gives a panoply of shout outs to her 8th grade reading students, who continue to achieve their best with excellence and sans excuses.


Wiley Reading, Administrative Assistant

Raised in the middle of The Great Swamp in the noble state of New Jersey, Wiley spent her formative years reading everything she could get her hands on, but four years of immersion in a justice-oriented, woman-empowering, queer-friendly university culture was what turned her into the enthusiastic social-justice advocate she is today. While at Smith College in Northampton, MA, Wiley worked as a Digital Music Monitor, but her work as a community educator on transgender rights was her true passion. When not working at Teaching for Change, Wiley draws compulsively, cooks compulsively, connects with Feministe writers over Twitter, and doesn’t take the same route to the grocery store twice, if she can help it.



Dan Schwartz, Publications Advocate

Dan Schwartz is from Washington, DC. He is a writer and musician, who plays in the bands Southern Problems and Elena & Los Fulanos. He earned a Master’s of Fine Arts at the University of British Columbia in 2010. He has previously worked at the Smithsonian Institution, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, First Book, and The Washington Home & Community Hospices. He was an editor of the literary magazine PRISM International from 2009-2010.

Katie Seitz, Publications Advocate

Katie recently celebrated her tenth year in D.C., which has come to feel like home. She came here to attend Georgetown University in 1998, and became active in the campaign for an LGBT resource center while a student there. Since graduation, she has pursued numerous areas of activism, study and work, including her longtime association with INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, an internship at a dairy farm as a cheesemaker, and almost two years as administrative support for AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. She has spent time away from D.C. to live in London and Seoul, but always comes back in the end. Amongst her many talents, she is credited with drawing the wonderful chalkboard announcements at Busboys and Poets. // In January of 2015, Katie was quoted on Democracy Now! about a Black Lives Matter protest in Boston.


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