Meet Our Editors and Staff

Editorial Board Members


Wayne Au, a former public high school social studies and language arts teacher, is an Assistant Professor in the Education Program at the University of Washington, Bothell Campus. He is editor of Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice, co-editor of Rethinking Our Classrooms Volume 1 (Revised and Expanded Edition), and writes regularly for Rethinking Schools. Wayne is also author and editor of many academic articles and books, and his most recent book, Critical Curriculum Studies: Curriculum, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing, was published by Routledge in 2011.


Linda Christensen is Director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. During her thirty year career in Portland Public Schools, she taught language arts at Jefferson and Grant High Schools and worked as Portland's Language Arts Coordinator.


Jesse Hagopian teaches history at Seattle's Garfield High School. He is a founding member of the Social Equality Educators (SEE), and a contributing author to Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation and 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History.


Stan Karp taught English and Journalism to high school students in Paterson, New Jersey for 30 years. He is currently Director of the Secondary Reform Project for New Jersey's Education Law Center.


David Levine, whose research interests include urban education and American Educational history, has recently retired from teaching social foundations courses in the education department of Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.


Larry Miller taught for over 18 years in Milwaukee Public Schools. He is now an elected school board member for Milwaukee Public Schools and is an adjunct for Marquette College of Education and National Louis University.


Bob Peterson recently retired from two terms as the President of the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association. Prior to his election, he taught fifth grade at the La Escuela Fratney in Milwaukee, and is a founding editor of Rethinking Schools.


Adam Sanchez teaches social studies at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City. He is a contributing author to 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History.


Moé Yonamine teaches Social Studies at Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon. She writes regularly for Rethinking Schools and is the mother of four.

Editorial Staff


Curriculum Editor

Bill Bigelow is curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools magazine and author or co-editor of several Rethinking Schools books: A People's History for the Classroom, The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration, Rethinking Columbus, Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World, and Rethinking Our Classrooms--Volumes 1 and 2. Bigelow lives in Portland, Oregon, and has taught high school social studies since 1978.


Managing editor

Ari Bloomekatz is the Managing Editor at Rethinking Schools. He was formerly the Managing Editor of Tikkun magazine and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. Bloomekatz teaches and lectures about journalism, has been a creative writing coach for middle school students, served as the first student member of the Metro-Nashville School Board (nonvoting), and is passionate about the inclusion of student and teacher voices in educational policy and leadership. He is also an active member of the anti-Occupation group IfNotNow.


Submissions Editor

Grace Cornell Gonzales has worked as a bilingual elementary school teacher in Oakland, San Francisco, and Guatemala City. She now lives in Seattle, Washington, and co-edited Rethinking Bilingual Education.

Business Staff


Marketing and Communications Director

Marcelia is the Marketing and Communications Director at Rethinking Schools. A former public elementary school teacher, organizer, and union activist turned elected official- Marcelia now serves as an elected representative on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. She fights for policies that improve quality of life for all residents, regardless of zip-code. Marcelia is passionate about her community and hopes for a democracy that works for all people.


Business Manager

Gina Palazzari has spent her entire 30-plus year career in leadership roles at nonprofits fighting for economic, racial and social justice. As a director of programs, fundraising and operations she's helped create policy change through research, advocacy and community organizing programs and has a track record of building and developing organizations. Deeply committed to the idea that all children have the right to a quality public education that meets their needs, Gina served two elected terms as an officer on her local school board and joined Rethinking Schools in 2016. When not at work, she enjoys reading, (more) politics, experimenting with recipes from other regions of the world, and spending time with her husband, sons and two lovable but needy cats.