Doug Lemov’s highly influential first book, Teach Like a Champion, was based on his study of top teachers in high-poverty public schools. He uses what he learned watching great teachers work their magic to train educators as part of his work at Uncommon Schools, the nonprofit school management organization he helped found. He is also the author of Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better, an engaging book on the importance of practice. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College, a Master of Arts from Indiana University, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Erica Woolway is the chief academic officer for the Teach Like a Champion team at Uncommon Schools. In this role, she works with the team to train thousands of high performing teachers and school leaders across the country each year—reaching over one million students. Prior to becoming CAO, she served as both dean of students and director of staff development at Uncommon Schools and as an adjunct literacy instructor at Relay Graduate School of Education. Erica began her career in education as a kindergarten teacher and then worked as a school counselor. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Spanish from Duke University, a Master of Arts and Master of Education from Teachers College in school counseling, and her Master of Arts in school leadership from National Lewis University. She currently lives in New York City with her husband, their two boys, and their Chihuahua, Rita.
Katie Yezzi is the founding principal of True North Troy Preparatory Charter Elementary School, an Uncommon School in upstate New York. She taught for eight years in public middle and high schools in Northern and Southern California. She also served as English department head, schoolwide reform coordinator, and subsequently as assistant principal of curriculum and principal in district and charter high schools in San Francisco. She is a graduate of New Leaders, a nationally acclaimed program dedicated to training effective urban school principals. In 2008, she began working with Doug Lemov on teacher and instructional leader development related to Teach Like a Champion. Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts in American civilization and her Master of Arts in teaching English from Brown University. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children.