Naissa Isaro

Naissa is twenty-two and studying currently at Emmanuel College. She has been involved with and practicing and learning about dialog since she was 15 and at 16 Naissa and her sister helped to create a school-wide, youth led dialog program called CivilTea. She loves being able to be part of platforms that educate others, whether […]

James Ford

James Ford lives and works in Maine. He moved there in 1980 from Hartford Connecticut to work in the private sector. In 2004 he transitioned to the school system and became certified in Social Studies and Special Education in 2008.  He is currently out of a role as a teacher and is now a Restorative […]

Barbara OBrien

  Barbara O’Brien Miller, a passionate educator, has devoted her life to secondary school students from both inner cities and suburbs, and in public and Catholic schools. Working to create just communities where it is “easy to be good,” she has inspired them to take action on behalf of justice.  In the classroom, as an English, […]

Doc Miller

Doc Miller has been a social justice educator for over the past fifty years.  He spent thirty-six years as a middle school social studies teacher in both urban and suburban communities.  Beyond that, he has worked with Facing History and Ourselves, Seeds of Peace, Research for Better Teaching, and a number of universities, training teachers […]

Matt Suslovic

Matt (he/him) grew up in Portland, Maine where he acquired his itch for learning history. His teachers and family opened his eyes to why local history is important to talk about – especially in conversation with older folks and peers. When Matt was sixteen he had a memorable interfaith dialogue with other teenagers at Seeds […]

Pious Ali

Dedicated public servant, assertive and pragmatic leader with a diversified skill set in community organizing, activism and civic engagement, Pious is  the founding Director of Portland based  Portland Empowered a program that creates opportunities for Students and families to engage their school and work with them to create an equitable learning environment through Racial Equity Lense. […]

Jill Diamond

Jill Diamond is a transplanted New Yorker who has been teaching English, Theater and Dance at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles since 1994. Working in the second largest public-school system in the United States gives her an inside perspective on the issues and inequities that plague the educational system in our country.  Jill graduated […]

Oraib Tamimi Waari

Born in Jerusalem, Oraib has lived her entire life in that unique city, married, and raised her family there. She teaches English at a public high school for Palestinian students. In 2005, 2014, and again, in 2019, as a Seeds of Peace Delegation Leader, she prepared, accompanied, and supported, Palestinian high school students engaged in […]

Ami Yares

Ami  is a singer/songwriter, educator and social activist. He currently serves as the executive director of BuildaBridge International, an arts and education non-profit that provides trauma-informed and therapeutic art-making programming and training. BuildaBridge captures Ami’s passion for the necessity and urgency for the arts to play a more integral role in the healing and wellbeing […]