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Kara Vandas, Jeanette Westfall, and Ashley Duvall

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The Authors




Kara Vandas is an educator with an enduring passion for empowering learners. She began her career in education at an alternative school for youth at-risk. Kara spent several more years in the classroom in public education as a middle and high school educator and then transitioned to coaching and professional learning positions that allowed her to support teachers and leaders K-12. Her current role as an author and consultant takes her around the world to partner with schools and school districts.

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Dr. Jeanette Westfall

Dr. Jeanette Westfall, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Design at Liberty Public Schools (MO) worked as an elementary teacher, high school Language Arts/Gifted&Talented teacher, Secondary Schools Instructional Coach, and High School Principal.

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Ashley Duvall is a passionate educator with a focused expertise on working with teachers on learner agency, learning processes, learning progressions, personalization and competency based learning. She began her twenty plus year career with Liberty Public Schools as a second grade teacher and has since taught first, third and fifth grade. Currently she serves as an Elementary Innovation and Learning Coach for the Liberty Public Schools. Ashley received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Masters Degree in Elementary Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is married to Jason Duvall, and they have two sons who both attend Liberty schools.

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