Meet the Team Behind

Our Courses

Our courses are written and evaluated by teachers, for teachers. Teaching Channel’s Curriculum & Instruction team is comprised of former educators with a deep expertise in their fields. Our team meticulously develops courses, drawing from seminal texts and resources to ensure the highest quality and most applicable learning for teachers.

Dr. Wendy Amato

Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Wendy Amato earned her Master’s in Education and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. She holds an MBA from James Madison University. Wendy began teaching in 1991 and served as a Middle School Administrator. She has delivered teacher professional development workshops and student leadership workshops in the US and internationally.

Fun Fact: Wendy experienced her first Minnesota State Fair in 2023.

Marcee Harris

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Marcee Harris holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Sociology, as well as an M.A. Ed. in Education. Marcee specializes in curriculum development, maintaining and updating our course catalog, and partners with her Teaching Channel teammates to ensure customer success. Marcee is our resident expert for everything related to EdTech and the Science of Reading.

Fun Fact: Marcee used to be a professional cheerleader!

Sarah Murphy

Evaluation Manager
Professional Learning Specialist
Sarah Murphy holds a B.A. in History and a Master’s in Education. Sarah began teaching in 2004 at the elementary level. She now leads Teaching Channel’s Evaluation Team, managing our wonderful team of Course Evaluators. Sarah is also a coursewriter and content creator, specializing in edtech, educator wellness, and content area teaching.

Fun Fact: Sarah has camped in 18 national parks and hopes to visit all 63 someday!

Betsy Butler

Professional Learning Specialist

Betsy Butler holds a B.A. in English, a Master’s in Education, and has been teaching since 1992. Betsy uses her three decades of teaching experience to write and revise our courses while selecting the perfect accompanying texts. Her specialty areas include ELA, special education topics, behavior management, and mental health.

Fun Fact: Betsy’s daily conquest is solving the New York Times crossword puzzle!

Susanne Leslie

Professional Learning Specialist

Susanne Leslie holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Master’s in Education. As a parent educator, Susanne’s specialty is Culture and Early Childhood instruction. In her current role, she writes courses and content, focusing on our Hybrid Blended Learning courses.

Fun Fact: Susanne has jumped out of two (perfectly good) airplanes!

Julie Kuntz

Professional Learning Specialist

Julie Kuntz holds a B.A. in English and a Master’s in Education. Drawing on her years as a Middle School ELA Teacher, Julie develops content that is practical and highly engaging! Additionally, she is passionate about fostering equity in schools.

Fun Fact: Julie and her husband own a custom home renovation company, Custom by Kuntz!

Jessica Price

LMS Support Specialist
Jessica Price holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, and a minor in Health and Fitness. In her role, Jess focuses on supporting Teaching Channel’s university partners, crafting our course syllabi, and is our certified Canvas expert. Collaborating seamlessly with her team, Jessica ensures a smooth and successful course experience for our customers.

Fun Fact: Jess loves to go on winter hikes with her trusty canine companion, Blue!

Rebecca Kay-Lewis

Instructional Support Specialist
Rebecca Kay-Lewis holds a B.A. in Business Administration and a Masters in Education. She is a Canvas Certified Educator. In her role, she specializes in customer support and efficient course administration, ensuring a seamless experience for our users.

Fun Fact: Rebecca has run 23 marathons!

Jen Whelan

Evaluation Coordinator
Jen Whelan holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Cultures, a Diploma in TESOL and an M.A. in Teaching with a specialization in K-12 Spanish. Jen began teaching in 2006 and has taught English and Spanish from PreK to Higher Education. Jen plays a crucial part in supporting the evaluation team, ensuring Teaching Channel maintains its commitment to excellence.

Fun Fact: Jen has lived and taught on 3 different continents!

Meet Our Course Evaluators

Our Course Evaluator team includes over 100 educators hailing from 19 states across the country. Each course evaluator has 5+ years of Pre-K-12 school experience that aligns with course content. Evaluators bring relevant experiences from their roles as classroom teachers, specialists, instructional coaches, administrators, and more.

Fun Fact: Our Course Evaluator team includes a Minnesota Teacher of the Year Finalist!