Executive Director of Educators of America
As one of Educators of America’s founders; helping teachers and assisting students to achieve their full potential is central to his daily work. Mike graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from the University at Buffalo. Mike currently resides in Henderson, Nevada and enjoys exploring the National Parks of the United States and other nations. Some of his favorites include Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and the Tsau //Khaeb National Park of Namibia.
Teacher at CORAL Academies of Science, Nevada
As a founding member of Educators of America, Tyler is passionate about education and making sure students and teachers have the resources they need to achieve full potential. His dedication and commitment to Special Education has brought him from New York State to Nevada. Tyler currently manages the Special Education department at CORAL Academy of Science in Henderson, Nevada. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Special Education from Buffalo State College. Tyler enjoys exploring national parks, is an avid football fan, and loves animals.
Director of Research at Educators of America
Dr. Kirk Knestis is a senior evaluator at Inciter—a small, woman-owned firm in Baltimore, MD, that specializes in helping clients use data to tell stories about program quality, measure impact, advocate for their causes, and raise funds. He earned his Ph.D. in Education Policy and Evaluation at the University of Virginia and his Master in Teaching at Seattle University. Kirk has experience as a small business owner, STEM and career technology classroom teacher, higher education faculty member, and researcher affiliated with university and nonprofit agencies.
Executive Director of The Joe Lang Foundation
Edla Collora is newest Board Member for Educators of America. In 2017, she was presented with the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award from Educators of America. She serves as the Executive Director of the Joe Lang Foundation (JLF); a foundation that was formed in 2007 by her and her children. Her work and experience is to aide in the educational growth for underprivileged and at risk youth, through assistance to other organizations that provide, counseling, mentoring and education. Edla’s role as an Educators of America Board Member and Executive Director of the Joe Lang Foundation has been a catalyst to a benevolent partnership for the last three years between the organizations. She is currently developing a program focused on improving youth skills and abilities through the culinary arts entitled, “Kids in the Kitchen in WNY”.
Director of Business & International Development
Brett Claydon is the Director of Business & International Development of Educators of America. Prior to taking on the role of both Board Treasurer and Director of Business & International Development, he began his career as an assistant manager of small retail business and a digital marketing specialist at a web design and development firm. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), where he dedicated himself to being a Community Economic Development Volunteer with the US Peace Corps for two and a half years. Brett holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.