Meet the educators helping to plan the Student Gun Violence Summit:
Mr. Brad Harvey, Beaverton High School
My name is Brad Harvey and I have worked as a campus security guard at Beaverton High School in Beaverton, Oregon for the last 23 years. My duties include monitoring students, intervening in conflicts, supervising after school activities, and overseeing the surveillance system within our school. In addition to these duties, I coach three sports: football, skiing, and golf. I take the safety of each of the students seriously and look for new opportunities to increase my knowledge and skills so I can better protect them.
Ms. Emily Muellenberg, Highlands Ranch High School
I am a Colorado Native, and third generation Social Studies teacher! I have a 5 and 3 year old, both little boys. Being active in a variety of ways, biking and skiing, running, etc, and traveling are my passions. I have been to 33 countries and hope to hit 40 by the time I am 40 🙂
Mr. Gregory Pittman, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Ms. Heidi Posh, Stevenson High School
My name is Heid Posh and I just finished my 20th year of teaching art at Stevenson High School in Livonia MI. My 13 year old daughter and I attended the March for Our Lives Rally in D.C. and those amazing kids made me feel hopeful. I want to help continue their work.
Mr. Kyle Smith, Superior High School
I am starting my 22nd as a Social Studies teacher at Superior High School in Superior, WI. I am currently teaching AP US History and Advanced Senior Social. In addition to teaching I am a board member of the Douglas County Historical Society I enjoy outdoor activities such as mountain biking and fishing. I am also vice president of our local union.
Ms. Lisa Gourley, Sweet Home High School
Lisa Gourley has been an OSEA member for 23 years and has worked as a Special Education Assistant in the Sweet Home High School Special Ed department in Sweet Home Oregon for the past 18 years. She deals with Special Ed students in her classroom on a daily basis. One of the first Oregon shootings (1994, the year prior to the Thurston shooting) happened in her school because of a dispute between two students. Her own children were students at the time when this incident happened. During her time in Special Ed, she has also witnessed a stabbing in her classroom. There are strong differences of opinions regarding guns between metro and rural settings and as a rural school employee she is acutely aware of that divide regarding this issue.
Mr. Luke Inglish, South Marshall Middle School
This year, I begin my eleventh year teaching in the Marshall County School District in Benton, Kentucky. I currently teach technology classes at South Marshall Middle School, and I serve as the president of the Marshall County Education Association.
Mr. Mike Hoerich, Superior Middle School
My name is Mike Hoerich. I’ve been teaching 8th grade for seven years now. I teach and love American History. I live in Superior, WI but grew up in Ashland WI. During those quick summer months, I love to travel. It’s my mission to visit all 50 states and their capitals. I hope this conference helps me teach my students how to be advocates for themselves and for others.
Ms. Rebecca Millner
Rebecca Millner has been a Social Studies teacher in DC Public Schools for 13 years and currently teaches at Eastern Senior High School. She been presented with the Rubinstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching and served as a NAATE fellow. She enjoys helping her students grow to become informed and involved members of the community. In her spare time, she can be found traveling, baking, and listening to show tunes.
Mr. Robert Rodriguez, Colonel Joseph Rodriguez Prep Academy
A passionate educator and longtime union activist, Robert has represented California on the NEA Board of Directors for six years, served three years on the NEA Budget Committee and completed a two-year term on the CTA Board of Directors. He served for three years as the president of the San Bernardino Teachers Association and three years as vice president. During his 14 years of teaching, Robert has worked at the elementary, middle school, special day class and resource specialist levels.
Ms. Sarah Lerner, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Sarah Lerner is an English teacher and the Aerie Yearbook adviser at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She began teaching in 2002 and came to MSD in 2014. Prior to MSD, she was awarded the Sun-Sentinel High School Journalism Teacher of the Year in April 2014. Lerner lives with her husband and two children. In her free time, she likes to read, crochet, blog, travel and spend time with her family.
Mr. Thomas Kuroski, Newtown High School
I spent my first 15 years teaching science at Newtown Middle School where I also coached Boys and Girls interscholastic basketball and developed and ran the intramural sports program. I served as the Science Coordinator during my last 4 years at the Middle School. I moved on to teach Human Anatomy and Physiology at Newtown High School where I have been for the last 19 years. I served as the Science Department Chairman for 3 of those years. At the High School I coached Girls Varsity Basketball for 4 years and currently coach Girls JV Softball which I have done for 12 years. I have been the President of the Newtown Federation of Teachers since July 2011. Post Sandy Hook, I helped establish and currently serve as the Co-Chair of the Newtown Security and Safety Committee. I serve as a regional Vice President on the AFT-CT Executive Committee and am a member of the PreK-12 Education Committee and the Legislative and Political Action Committee. I was most recently appointed to serve as the Co-Chair of the AFT National Gun Violence Prevention Committee.