ABOUT

We are a team of practitioners who believe education should help students understand how their world is organized and empower them to affect meaningful change. 

Our ground-breaking approach, Learning That Transfers empowers teachers and curriculum designers alike to harness the critical concepts of traditional disciplines while building students’ capacity to navigate, interpret, and transfer their learning to solve novel and complex modern problems. 

Through publications, workshops, coaching, and online courses, we partner with teachers on prioritizing curricular goals, establishing assessment targets, and planning curriculum and instruction that facilitates the transfer of learning to new and challenging situations. 

All of our team leads can work flexibly with a number of ages and content areas, and we tailor our work for the unique needs of each school.

Email: info@learningthattransfers.com for more information on working with our team.

Learning that Transfers Core Team

Julie Stern

Julie Stern

Founder and Principal Facilitator

Julie has nearly two decades experience facilitating adult learning, and feels lucky to partner with educators to take their practice to the next level. She is a four-time, best-selling author of Learning That Transfers, Visible Learning for Social Studies, The On-Your-Feet-Guide to Learning Transfer, and Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary. 

Kayla Duncan

Kayla Duncan

Mathematics Lead

Kayla has several years experience as a personalized learning coach and enjoys employing design thinking and systems thinking to create long-term impact on student learning. She is an author of Learning That Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World
Trevor Aleo

Trevor Aleo

English Language Arts Lead

Trevor has taught in high school and middle school settings, designed instructional materials for the Virginia Department of Education, and facilitated district-level curriculum projects. He is the co-author of Learning that Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World.

Nichelle Pinkney

Nichelle Pinkney

Social Studies Lead

In Nichelle’s 15 year career in education she has served as a high school history teacher, department chair, AVID Coordinator, online course creator & instructor, intermediate instructional specialist, and district-level curriculum coordinator. Her forthcoming book, Civil Discourse: Conversations for Stronger Communities, will be published in the Spring of 2022 by Corwin Press.

Nathalie Lauriault

Nathalie Lauriault

Elementary Lead

Having taught for 30 years, Nathalie has specialized in teaching young children in mostly bilingual and immersion classroom settings. Nathalie is a best-selling author of Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary, a teacher in Ontario, Canada, and a French speaker.

Margaret Jones

Margaret Jones

Operations Specialist

Margaret has over 20 years experience in project management and organizational support and is passionate about systems and processes to increase the impact and success of LTT partner schools and online course participants.

Erin Leininger

Erin Leininger

Language Acquisition Lead

In addition to many years experience teaching in a number of settings, Erin has served as a whole-school curriculum coordinator and instructional coach, is a Doctor of Organizational Leadership, and is a co-author of the book Teaching Adolescent English Language Learners: Essential Strategies for Middle and High School.

Julia Briggs

Julia Briggs

Science Lead

Julia has taught middle and high school Science and Chemistry for over a decade. She is originally from the UK and has taught both British and IB programmes, she is an author of the On Your Feet Guide to Learning Transfer, and is a Spanish speaker. 

Learning that Transfers Specialist Team

Carmel Lim-Torres

Carmel Lim-Torres

Arts Specialist

Carmel  is a practicing artist and an art educator, with more than 15 years’ experience teaching at middle school, high school, and university levels. She earned a BFA in Sculpture with a distinction. She is a repatriated third culture kid having grown up in five different countries and an International Baccalaureate alumna. Carmel now lives in Manila and loves to share her passion for the process of making art and exploring the world.

Krista Ferraro

Krista Ferraro

Author Specialist

Krista’s passions include civic education, social justice, and preparing students for effective global citizenship. She is the co-author of Learning That Transfers and Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary. 

Mihai Catrinar

Mihai Catrinar

Physical Education Specialist

Mihai is an adventurer and explorer who loves to promote well-being, health, and fitness through movement, play, and goal setting. He is skilled in technology, curriculum development, and professional learning. Originally from Romania, Mihai now teaches internationally as an IB educator, workshop leader, and department head. 

Martin Tremblay

Martin Tremblay

French Language Specialist

Martin taught English as a Second Language for 20 years in the province of Québec, Canada before becoming a pedagogical consultant and course designer. For him, learning languages is a key to understanding the world from many perspectives, developing empathy, as well as finding and giving a voice to make the world a better place. 
Kirtida Kale

Kirtida Kale

Elementary Specialist

Kirtida is passionate about nurturing student inquiry and agency. With over 15 years of experience in elementary schools, she has served as a PYP coordinator, workshop leader, and co-facilitated the process of becoming an IB authorized school. She is a life-long learner and global collaborator. 

Liza Fagan

Liza Fagan

Science Specialist

Liza currently lives in Guangzhou, China and serves as a Science Head of Department. She was a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2015 and is an active member of both NSTA and AACT.
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