Meet Our Editors and Staff

Editorial Board Members

Wayne Au is a former public high school teacher and currently is a Professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. He is a long-time Rethinking Schools editor, and he has edited or co-edited several Rethinking Schools books, including Rethinking Ethnic Studies, Teaching for Black Lives, Rethinking Multicultural Education. As an academic and an activist he remains involved in local and national struggles over racial justice in schools, and his most recent scholarly book is A Marxist Education: Learning to Change the World.

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 taught 4th and 5th grade in the Milwaukee Public Schools for 30 years. He is a founding editor of Rethinking Schools and co-editor of Rethinking Elementary Education, Rethinking Mathematics, Rethinking Columbus, Rethinking Globalization, Transforming Teacher Unions, and The New Teacher Book, 3rd edition. He was a founder of and teacher at La Escuela Fratney, Wisconsin’s first two-way bilingual school. He served as President of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association from 2011-2015. He has been a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences throughout the United States and in several other countries.

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.

Dyan Watson, formerly a social studies teacher, is an associate professor at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, Oregon.

Ursula Wolfe-Rocca has taught high school social studies since 2000. She is a regular contributor to Rethinking Schools and the Zinn Education Project.

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 Managing Editor at Rethinking Schools. He was formerly the Managing Editor of Tikkun and a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He is passionate about the inclusion of student and teacher voices in educational policy and leadership.

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

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.

After living in Minneapolis for over a decade, Lindsay Stevens is excited to be living in her hometown of Milwaukee. She is a mother of 2, a dance educator, and Rethinking Schools' current Office Manager.

Missy Zombor is the Marketing Director at Rethinking Schools. She was formerly the communications director for the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, the largest educators local in Wisconsin. She is a proud public school parent and member of Schools and Communities United and Parents for Public Schools.