Ericha Anderson is a teacher at Vancouver Innovation Technology & Arts (VITA) elementary school in Vancouver Public Schools (Vancouver, WA) who works with administrators, teachers, and students to transform teaching and learning by implementing a project-based learning approach. The focus of her work is to engage students in learning that is deep and long-lasting, inspires joy and personal connection, and amplifies communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. Ericha has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Montana, Masters of Educational Technology from City University, and library endorsement from Portland State University. She has worked in the educational field for 23 years as an elementary classroom teacher, teacher librarian, and K-12 instructional coach. Ericha has served on several school and district-based committees focused on improving school safety and social-emotional learning. She has experience as a professional development leader in her district guiding nearly sixteen hundred teachers in best practices for developing a broader set of knowledge and skills to prepare students for college, careers, and beyond. She has presented at several state and national EdTech Conferences addressing impactful technology integration and digital safety including International Society for Technology in Education, Northwest Council For Computer Education, IntegratED, and CUE California.
Lisa Kerscher is Brightways Learning’s Education Director and leads Brightways Learning’s team of expert facilitators, providing both group and one-on-one Professional Development virtually and on-site. A resident of Montana for more than three decades, Kersch received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Montana. Over the last 15 years with Brightways Learning, Kersch has visited many schools, particularly across Montana and Alaska, supporting teachers, administrators, and students in their varied learning and community environments. Those experiences drive her passion for schooling systems and the relationship dynamics between administration, staff, and students in shaping school climate, whole-student success, professional growth, and staff retention.