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Edthena Names Winners of the 2022 Teacher Leader Impact Awards

Educators from across the country recognized for their measurable impact within the school community

SAN FRANCISCO (June 14, 2022) – Edthena is announcing this year’s honorees for the Teacher Leader Impact Awards which recognize the outstanding achievements of teacher leaders nationwide. All four of the winning educators were nominated by either an administrator or colleague at their school or district for making a measurable impact on others and creating positive lasting change.

“Educators are true superheroes,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “This is particularly true of this year’s awardees from across the country. From supporting students and fellow teachers to spearheading STEM initiatives, all of the honored educators are so deserving of the Teacher Leader Impact Award recognition.”

The 2022 Teacher Leader Impact Award recipients are:

  • Heather Gardner of Moreno Valley Unified in Moreno Valley, CA
  • Susanne Smock of Bering Strait School District in Elim, AK
  • Donna McDaniel of Keller Independent School District in Keller, TX
  • Dieuwertje Kast of University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

“It is an honor to be chosen for Edthena’s Teacher Leader Impact Award,” said Kast. “It recognizes the village of support that it takes to make systemic change in STEM education.”

During the nomination process, administrators or colleagues provided a summary of the nominee’s achievements and a description of why the nominee is deserving of this recognition.

“As a member of our master teacher cohort as well as our inaugural National Board Certification Cohort, Donna has thrown herself into improving her teaching to serve her students better,” noted the Coordinator of Professional Learning and Leadership in the nomination of McDaniel.

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

About Edthena

Edthena is the leading provider of innovative technologies to support educator professional learning and streamline feedback to teachers. The companyoffers AI Coach by Edthena, an artificial intelligence-driven solution to guide teachers through coaching cycles; the Edthena Video Coaching Platform, the classroom observation and collaboration platform for using videos as part of professional development; and Edthena Organization Libraries, a platform for schools and districts to curate and share best-practice teaching videos. Edthena is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as SIIA, District Administration, and Tech & Learning. For more information, visit For more news about Edthena, visit

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