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The TSE Staff                                           

Jim Harmon teaches English in the Euclid City School District in Euclid, Ohio and is the co-director and co-founder of Through Students’ Eyes. Having served as a city schoolteacher for thirteen years, is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. Harmon serves as Editor of the NAPDS peer reviewed journal School -University Partnerships. He received his BFA in Photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his MEd in Computer Uses in Education at Cleveland State University. Harmon is an adjunct teacher educator at Baldwin-Wallace College. He has co-authored several literacy-focused articles and successful grants in relation to his work with Through Students’ Eyes, as well as his teacher research on the impact of the iPad on Literacy.

Kristien Zenkov is an associate professor of literacy education at George Mason University and the co-director of the "Through Students' Eyes" project. He received his PhD in Teacher Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a faculty member at Cleveland State University before moving to George Mason. He continues his professional development schools efforts at George Mason through partnerships with both Washington, DC and Fairfax schools. Dr. Zenkov and his colleagues have been awarded grants (totaling nearly $2 million) from private foundations and the US Department of Education in support of the "Through Students' Eyes" project and numerous other urban teacher education, conflict resolution, and teacher mentoring studies and programs.  He has taught language arts and drama in city high schools across the country, and while at Cleveland State continued to co-teach a 10th grade English class with Jim Harmon.

Hannah Reid is Coordinator of Educational Services in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District. During her 20-year teaching career, she has taught English as a Second Language, music, and 8th grade English. In her current role, she works as instructional coach helping teachers integrate common core and 21st century skills into teaching and learning, while managing district initiatives to improve student achievement.  Hannah received her Bachelor’s of Music from Eastern Illinois University, and her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University. She holds an administrative certificate for elementary and middle schools. In 2006, Hannah graduated from the First Ring Leadership Academy, a program for administrators and teacher leaders focusing on the unique issues of first ring districts.

Piet van Lier is a senior researcher at Policy Matters Ohio, a non-profit policy research organization, and focuses on education issues. Piet brings twenty years experience as a journalist, most recently as deputy editor at Catalyst Cleveland, which reported on the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. van Lier is a strong researcher, writer, and editor who has also worked as a photographer, teacher, and human rights monitor. He has a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a bachelor’s from Marquette University. He currently serves as president of the board of trustees of the Cuyahoga Community Land Trust.