Meet Our Team of Coaches

Our coaches have helped train staff all across the nation. They are our secret weapon and seasoned professionals who have been working in the area of cultural responsiveness from first hand experience, in the classroom, and have shaped the way many teachers teach CLR in their classrooms.  




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Carrie Eicher

Carrie Eicher has been an educator and staff developer for the past 17 years, serving diverse communities of students and staff. She holds a K-6 teaching degree, a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Arts Integration, as well as a K-12 principal license from Saint Mary's University. Carrie has taught all grade levels K-12 and worked extensively with adult learners. Carrie has served as an InstDean of Academics, and Instructional Coach and currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Skyview Middle school in the North Saint Paul school district, where she concentrates on building and district staff development in Culturally and Linguistically Responsive teaching and learning. She is honored to co-facilitate the CLR Summer Institutes, and has successfully led multiple cadres through the Coach 1 and 2 process. Carrie's focus is on classroom implementation and consistent support and follow through as teachers dive deeper into the pool of responsiveness. Carrie is thrilled to be on this journey with The Center of Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning. 


Nicole Elliott

Nicole Lusiani Elliott serves as an instructional coach and professional development associate for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning at Stanford University. Nicole also works as at the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at Stanford University, primarily in areas of history education and instructional equity, in the Hollyhock Fellowship, AP Success Research Project, and as a pedagogy partner with Stanford Global Studies. She previously spent 19 years teaching at an East Bay public high school. 

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Felicia Homberger

Felicia received her Masters in Education from Harvard University, where she first developed her passion for equity and anti-racist education.  She has taught secondary Language Arts for over 20 years, and serves as a leader in the national AP English Language and Composition exam scoring.  As the staff development coordinator at Hopkins High School in Minnesota, she developed a CLR Sustainability Model (the CLR Swim Team) and inspired the creation of a CLR student group (HHS Responds). She is co-authoring a book with Dr. Hollie to help schools develop and sustain such models at their own sites  As a lead coach, consultant and trainer for the Center, she is passionate about supporting other teachers in their CLR infusion.  When she is not working for the Center, she is still in the classroom, infusing  CLR into her teaching of remedial, grade level, and AP level high school English. She brings her daily experience in the classroom to her work as a coach and trainer. She finds it a privilege to support other teachers who are committed to finding new ways to reach all students, especially the underserved.



Carolyn has been teaching, leading, coaching, and consulting within public, charter, and private schools in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, NYC, Newark, Houston, and CA for the past 22 years. Holder of a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree with honors from Simmons College in Special Needs education, Carolyn is an advocate for constructivist and collaborative teacher and leader growth, particularly in the areas of novice teacher training and cultural & community responsiveness. With over 15 years of experience in planning and leading school, district, and national teacher and leader professional development initiatives while coaching teachers and school/district administrators directly, Carolyn now serves as a consultant for Dr. Jeff Duncan Andrade’s Community Responsive Education, a consultant for Dr. Sharroky Hollie’s Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, and adjunct professor and field supervisor for the Mills College Teachers for Tomorrow’s Schools program. Carolyn works to ensure that those who are interested in cultural and community responsiveness have the knowledge, infrastructure, and collegial support to engage and collect data toward that success. Carolyn leads workshops and provides direct coaching and general consultation for school, district, and parent leaders as a catalyst for those who seek to set context, take initial steps, and develop language around race, ethnicity, & culture. As a white ally, she guides individuals and organizations in how to unpack bias, validate & affirm, create dialogue, address institutional and systemic racism & oppression, and foster equity for children.


Lydia McClanahan

Lydia McClanahan has been an educator for 20 + years, and earned her MLIS at San Jose State University. She began her journey in cultural and linguistic responsiveness  in 1998 as a facilitator for LAUSD's Academic English Mastery Program, and went on to become one of the founding middle school teachers at the Culture and Language Academy of Success(CLAS). During her time at CLAS, Lydia began serving as an instructional coach for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning. She has served as a lead instructional coach for the last 7 years, during which time she began to curate Responsive Reads, a newsletter, that illuminates diverse authors and  culturally authentic texts.  

You can find out more about Responsive Reads at her website. 


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Hoang Pham

Hoang Pham started his educational career as a Teach For America corps member in Los Angeles, where he was placed at KIPP Empower Academy in 2011. He taught 1st grade for four years and 4th grade for two, and served as a Grade Level Chair for three years. During his first year, alongside another teacher, he founded and coached the schools 1st grade dance team, StepUP---BreakDOWN, which was the first elementary school to ever perform at the KIPP School Summit in Orlando, FL in front of more than 3,000 people in 2012. In his second year, with the guidance of Dr. Letitia Davis, he worked alongside other teachers, developing an Identity Inquiry Group that would lead to implementing culturally responsive pedagogy and curriculum into kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms. In his third year teaching, he worked with a group of teachers who partnered with the Teaching Excellence Network to implement a school wide survey that takes into account the highest priorities of a school community to better align mindset and teaching practices of teachers with their immediate stakeholders. With this group of teachers, he co-facilitated professional learning communities for his staff throughout his fourth year in fostering community responsiveness at his school. At the beginning of his third year, he also met and worked closely with Dr. Sharroky Hollie in developing his practice as a culturally responsive educator, which continued throughout his teaching career. During his fifth year, he was accepted into the Teacher Leader KIPP School Leadership Program, where his culminating teacher research project focused on the impact that culturally and linguistically responsive teaching had on his students social and academic achievement. In his sixth year, he led a 7-part professional development series for 3rd year teachers which solely focused on Dr. Hollie's Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning handbook. Hoang has facilitated multiple professional development sessions and sat on various panels regarding culturally responsive teaching with KIPP and Teach For America in cities across the country. He is a recipient of the Teach For America Sue Lehman Excellence in Teaching Award, KIPP Harriet Ball Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as the first recipient of the KIPP Empower award for Unwavering Commitment and Dedication. Mr. Pham received his B.S. in Political Science, minoring in Ethnic Studies and Business Administration, from the University of Oregon and his M.Ed from Loyola Marymount University in Urban Education. Besides teaching, he loves spending time with his fiancée, traveling, cars, and breakdancing!


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Kiechelle Russell

Kiechelle Russell has been an educator in Los Angeles since 2000.  Graduating with a BA from California State University, Northridge, a MA in Special Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from UCLA.  She immediately put her education to work as a special education teacher in LAUSD.  After learning about the Academic English Mastery Program (AEMP), research-based program designed to address the language needs of Standard English Learners, she reflected on her own K-12 experiences as an African American Language speaker.  As a result of being singled-out for her rich use of African-American Language as a teen, she became an AEMP facilitator to help prevent her students from experiencing some of the same challenges.  When the opportunity came to teach at the Culture and Language Academy of Success (CLAS), a charter school modeled after the AEMP philosophy, she joined the team.  At CLAS she honed her skills in culturally responsive pedagogy and was groomed to be a senior consultant for the CCRTL. She takes pride in training teachers to deepen their knowledge in culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy while implementing strategies that build on their own students’ culture and language.


















Jennifer Terry has worked in the education field for over twenty years.  She has taught students in grades Pre K-8th grade and has served as an instructional leader in staff development.   Currently Jennifer works as an instructional coach for Skyview Middle School in addition to supporting her districts work around cultural responsiveness.  During the school year she works as coach for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning and throughout the summer coordinates and leads the CLR Summer Institute.

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Deanna Wuotila earned her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and a Masters in Education from Hamline University. She has worked in the education field for 20 years.  She has both middle school and elementary classroom experience.  Currently, she teaches fifth grade in Oakdale, MN.  In addition to her role as a classroom teacher, she serves on the leadership team for the school district's staff development and also serves as a leader at the building level.  She is a site leader with the district equity team, and participates in the Educational Equity Alliance.  Deanna works for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning as a consultant.  She also coaches teachers, administrators and other educational staff members at the CLR Summer Institutes.   


DR. GeNita Williams

Dr. GeNita Williams was born, raised, and educated in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Williams has been a teacher and school leader for 19 years, with five of those years being an urban middle school, turnaround principal. Dr. Williams earned her Bachelor’s degree from Harris-Stowe State University, her Master’s degree from the University of MO – St. Louis and her Doctorate degree from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Williams has been proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. for 22 years! Today, Dr. Williams is the General Education and Business Program Director for Vatterott College. Dr. Williams is also a practicing consultant in her own business, You+Me=WE Consulting Solutions, LLC and also with The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, Los Angeles, CA, under the direction of Dr. Sharroky Hollie. Dr. Williams is passionate about providing educational opportunity and access to children of color and believes the goal of every educator should be to ensure students are learning about themselves as well as being educated in an environment that shows appreciation and respect for the diverse needs and capabilities of each student.



Yvette Williams has been in the educational field for over 20 years.  She is currently teaching 6th grade Language Arts in Fontana Unified School District and an adjunct Reading instructor at San Bernardino Valley College.  She earned her teaching credential at California State Los Angeles and her masters degree in Reading and Language Arts with a Reading Specialist credential.  Yvette has a passion for teaching reading, reaching inner city and underserved students and helping them to reach to their highest potential.  She became involved with the Center for Culturally Teaching working as a GSAT leader and being involved in the Academic English Mastery Program while teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Yvette has been a coach and helped to design Mainstream English Language Development lessons and workshops for CCRTL.