Vallay Varro was a founding state executive director. She now serves as the president of 50CAN.

Several weeks ago we announced our School Reform Blogging Fellowship, a new platform for parents, teachers and students to share their stories on how education reform policies affect their classrooms, schools and communities.

Today I am thrilled to introduce you to Christina Salter and Ben Davis, our 2012 School Reform Blogging Fellows!

As our blogging fellows, Christina and Ben will be reporting from the front lines of Minnesota’s education reform movement.

Click here to read the first blog from one of our fellows.

A little more about our blogging fellows:

Christina—or “Ms. Salter,” as her students refer to her—is a Teach for America Corps member and sixth-grade teacher at Higher Ground Academy in St. Paul. You’ll see her cover such topics as identifying high-performing teachers, improving existing schools – and making sure struggling schools have access to resources and oversight to improve – and the benefits of school report cards for parents. Christina graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2011.

Ben is a senior at Sartell High School in central Minnesota and a member of the National Honor Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters and his high school’s peer tutoring group, which he co-founded. He says he’s “committed to public school excellence and am heavily invested in the success of my community and school district.” An active sportsman and true Minnesota outdoorsman, Ben is excited to head to Loyola University Chicago this fall where he will study political science.

I’m honored to have Christina and Ben share their firsthand perspective on what’s going on in our schools. Congratulations to them both!


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