Rajani V Nathan
Our Advisory Team
Sheryl Place, Teacher Advisor
Sheryl Place is a veteran instructor of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) with the Miami-Dade County Public School System in Miami, Florida USA. She holds a B.A. from Michigan State University in French Education and a M.S.Ed, in ESOL from the University of Miami. In addition to face-to-face instruction, she is also a virtual school instructor. Sheryl is actively involved in mentoring pre-service and early career teachers. She is a connected educator who enjoys infusing technology and using 21st century skills into teaching and learning to help her students learn English. Sheryl is passionate about professional development, mentoring and curriculum development. She is a teacher advisor to the National Council on Teacher Quality and is actively involved with Edmodo - the world's largest K-12 social learning community - as a Support Ambassador and Certified Trainer. She has traveled extensively providing staff development on this platform and was a presenter at Edmodocon 2014. Sheryl is excited to join Youngzine as a teacher advisor.
Jenna Schuld, Teacher Advisor
Jenna is a 5th grade teacher in Florida with a passion for technology. She believes it’s important for students to learn about current events in a way that is appropriate for them. Jenna strives to make learning fun for students in hopes that they will develop a zest for learning in their everyday lives. When she’s not working with children, Jenna loves to spend time travelling with her husband and stepson visiting all the Major League baseball stadiums. She also has a passion for word games and making the world a better place every day.
Dr. Tim Mitchell, Teacher Advisor
Dr. Tim Mitchell has followed his childhood love of creepy and crawly animals and turned it into a career as a professional biologist. Currently he is a postdoctoral research biologist at Iowa State University, and studies reptile ecology and evolution. He earned a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Biology, and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University. His primary job is to conduct and publish research on various aspects of reptile biology, and has spent much of his time studying Painted Turtles in Illinois and elsewhere, and Brown Anole lizards in Florida. However, Tim also loves to share this passion of biology research with students. He has substantial teaching experience at the collegiate level and spent two years working with 7th grade life-science classrooms. Additionally, he has included many high school and college students in his field research, and mentored them through their own research projects. Tim has worked to bring field biology experiences to students in person, but also through Youngzine, by authoring several articles about research expeditions (e.g. Tracking Turtles, Lizard Wizards). Tim is excited to work with Youngzine as a Teacher Advisor. In Tim's free time, he loves camping, fishing, and coaching/playing rugby.