Our Team

Noah Teitelbaum, MBA

Noah Teitelbaum, MBA

Executive Director

Noah started his 20 years in education with 5th graders in Harlem and then went on to teach in other schools serving low-income students in the NYC area. He knows firsthand the need for  tools for teaching SEL and Mindfulness. Noah has also been an instructional coach, an author of teaching handbooks and curricula, a consultant to some of the most innovative schools in the country, and a business manager and product innovator for a national test-prep business. He’s earned his Masters in Education, and an MBA, and has done significant course work in Instructional Leadership.

nteitelbaum@empoweringeducation.org

Charlie Merrow, MA

Charlie Merrow, MA

Program Director

cmerrow@empoweringeducation.org

Sarah Cai

Sarah Cai

Graphic Designer

Sarah is a graphic designer and entrepreneur currently based in  Denver, Colorado. After graduating with a BA in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins (London, UK), she has lived and worked in three continents. Sarah has a decade of extensive experience in end-to-end creative processes and enjoys problem solving through her work. In 2014, Sarah co-founded a high technology escape room based in Denver, CO, which has since expanded into three locations in Colorado and New Mexico.

scai@empoweringeducation.org

Carolyn “Carrie” Schmitt, OTR/L

Carolyn “Carrie” Schmitt, OTR/L

Curriculum Team

Carrie is a 1996 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia Occupational Therapy program. She has worked in a variety of pediatric settings in her career. The Sensory Therapies and Research (STAR) Institute in Greenwood Village, CO currently employs Carrie on a contract basis while she is pursing a Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (PPOTD) at Boston University. 

Caitlin Calhoun, MA

Caitlin Calhoun, MA

Curriculum Team

As a teacher at the Denver Green School, Caitlin focuses on teaching the ‘whole child’ and encouraging young students to invite challenges, to be creative problem solvers, and to change the world for the better. She is trained as a Mindful Educator through Mindful Schools and she received her Masters in Teaching from the University of San Francisco.

Cody Wiggs, LPC, MA

Cody Wiggs, LPC, MA

Curriculum Team

Cody is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed school counselor, a certified yoga instructor, and a long-time practitioner of mindfulness. His work is informed by his travel and study of indigenous healing practices in SE Asia, South America, and North America. Currently, Cody specializes in treating PTSD and depression in his private practice in Denver, CO. 

Robert Sutro

Robert Sutro

Advisory Committee

Robert is an equity-driven National Board certified early childhood teacher at Denver Green School who places love at the heart of his repertoire of strategies to meet his students’ needs. He endeavors to understand his students’ cultures, histories, languages and social-emotional needs in order to see them for all that they are and can be. In addition to being a renewed NBCT, Robert holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science and – prior to becoming a credentialed teacher – taught English to children in Taiwan and in Turkey and did peace building work with children in both Bosnia and Kosovo.

Amanda Withington

Amanda Withington

Advisory Committee

Amanda Withington is the Manager of School Improvement Planning at Denver Public Schools. She has spent many years, in different roles, supporting schools create and implement data driven improvement plans. This work has inspired her passion and belief in social-emotional curriculum and programs as part of a well-rounded education that should be available to every child. She received her BA in Economics from Kenyon College and her MPPA from Northwestern University.

Andreas "Andy" Wilfong

Andreas "Andy" Wilfong

Board Chair

Andy is the Board Chair and founder of Empowering Education Inc. (EE) and has also founded two additional companies headquartered in Colorado. One of the companies was awarded best small business in Colorado from 2008-2010 and in 2010 was ranked 25th nationally. Andy has extensive experience with business start-up operations and subsequent business sustainability.

Marie Revak, PhD

Marie Revak, PhD

Board Member

Marie has a MA and PhD in Math Education. She taught secondary math before joining the Air Force as an orbital analyst. After three Air Force assignments, she returned to the Air Force Academy where she taught math, trained faculty, and led the academic assessment program. Marie worked for Lewis-Palmer School District as the Professional Development and Assessment Director. Now retired, Marie co-leads a volunteer math tutoring program and teaches undergraduate math courses online.

Charis Whitnah, MA

Charis Whitnah, MA

Board Member

Charis Whitnah is the Senior Manager of Student Services at Rocky Mountain Prep Charter Schools. She spent the first five years of her career teaching special education at SOAR and the Tennyson Center for Children. Charis is passionate about educational equity and social and emotional learning. She is a 2013 Teach For America alumna who earned her BA in Philosophy from Colorado College and her MA in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Maryann Wiggs, MA

Maryann Wiggs, MA

Board Member, Executive Editor

Maryann has over four decades of experience in education. She is the founder of Educational Performance Consulting, providing engaging seminars and workshops on a wide range of educational topics both locally and nationally. She is the author of five books on understanding and implementing standards-based educational practices and former Assistant Superintendent and Executive Director in two Colorado school districts.

 

Emma Espel, PhD

Emma Espel, PhD

Board Member

Emma seeks to encourage social and emotional learning in education settings through informed programming. This passion is fostered by her experience as a research associate for RMC Research, consultant work for educational and community programs, and experiences encouraging health and mindfulness in youth through activities and research. Emma earned her BA in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College and her MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Denver in 2015.

Marina M. Mendoza, PhD

Marina M. Mendoza, PhD

Board Member

Marina is the Director of Enrollment and Evaluation at the Denver Preschool Program. She has a strong passion for ensuring that all children at every age have access to social-emotional learning curriculums and programs. Marina received her PhD from the University of Denver in Developmental Psychology with a specialty in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Dennis McCarthy

Dennis McCarthy

Web Master

Dennis spent 15 years in K-12 professional development with an emphasis on curriculum and technology. Later, he developed customized technology solutions for school districts in the area of curriculum and standards alignment. More recent work includes web marketing at agency level working with national clients including nonprofit, publishing and e-commerce. Currently Dennis specializes in large-scale, web-based video and publishing membership systems.