Edthena Announces Winner of the 2023 Teacher Leader Impact Award

To kick off Teacher Appreciation Week, Edthena is announcing Megan Schlagel of St. Vrain Valley Schools in Longmont, Colo. as the winner of its 2023 Teacher Leader Impact Award which recognizes standout teachers nationwide. Schlagel, a high school math teacher at Niwot High School, was nominated by an administrator at her school for having an impact in her classroom and beyond through her dedication to lifelong learning and the continuous improvement of her teaching practices.

“Megan truly exemplifies what it means to be a teacher leader,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “In addition to the impact she has with her students, Megan is passionate about supporting her fellow high school teachers and continuing her own professional learning. We are proud to recognize her hard work and dedication.”

As part of the award’s nomination process, school-level administrators were asked to detail how a nominee continually improves as well as the positive impacts of the nominee’s teaching and lifelong learning.

An administrator said of Schlagel, “She is a math teacher who is passionate about mentoring the next generation of teachers. She participates in district professional development courses, including an Edthena self-study, to continue growing in her own practice.”

“In all things, especially education, I believe it is important to always stay curious,” said Schlagel.

Schlagel will receive a school-wide subscription to the AI Coach by Edthena platform for the 2023-2024 school year to further support her – and her colleagues’ – professional learning. In the platform, teachers can engage in unlimited personalized coaching cycles to further their development. The AI-powered coaching cycles supplement existing professional development and enhance educator collaboration.

To learn more about the Teacher Leader Impact Award and this year’s winner, visit

The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.

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