We worked with a talented team of teacher consultants on the 2020 LandmarkCases.org Redsesign Project. As consultants, this group reviewed existing learning activities and helped develop new ones. (Last updated: 10/15/2020)
Dan Bachman is an A.P. U.S. Government and A.P. Comparative Government teacher, ay Massapequa High School in Massapequa, NY.
Dan brings 25 years of classroom teaching experience to Street Law's Leadership Circle. He has written the curriculum for A.P. Comparative Government and been the lead teacher implementing the A.P. Government redesign at Massapequa High School.
Dan has coached mock trial teams since 1996, twice leading his team to a county championship and most recently a Long Island championship.
Dan first connected with Street Law through the 2017 Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers. Since then, Dan's program has been leading Long Island schools in developing curriculum for classroom moot courts. He annually co-hosts a professional development on moot court at the Federal Court in Central Islip, NY. Dan was awarded the Distinguished Educator Award in 2014 from the Long Island Harvard Club, shared the Legal Educator of the Year Award from the American Lawyers Alliance in 2018, and was given the Teacher Service Award in 2019 by SCOPE Education Services.
Dan has a master's degree in criminal justice and has done extensive post graduate work in political science at Long Island University, where he also served as an adjunct professor teaching graduate courses in criminal justice.
Elizabeth Evans is an educational consultant who has taught AP Government and Politics and 8th grade AMS Social Studies at Basha High School in Chandler, AZ.
She has taught social sciences for 17 years in a public-school setting. Elizabeth is a National Board-Certified Teacher in Social Studies/History (Early Adolescence), as well as the primary author of a blog dedicated to A.P. Government.
She earned her B.S. in elementary education and early childhood development and a master’s in secondary education (history) from Northern Arizona University.
Stacy Farrar is a teacher at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, MD.
In 2002, Stacy worked with a team of teachers to develop the first set of case materials for LandmarkCases.org She presented that and other Street Law material at workshops around the country. Stacy helped create new material in 2005 and again in 2020.
Stacy started her career as a social studies teacher in Montgomery County (MD) and has held numerous other positions with the school system including technology trainer, staff development teacher, and internship coordinator. She currently teaches yoga, PE, and academic support at Springbrook High School, where she is also the Wellness Coordinator.
Stacy earned her B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame and her M.Ed. in secondary social studies from The George Washington University.
Kim Grosenbacher is an A.P. U.S. Government, Dual Credit U.S. Government and A.P. Research teacher at Samuel V. Champion High School in Boerne, TX.
She sponsors the Texas Citizen Bee and the Champion High School Mock Trial Team. She has served as a reader, table leader, and question leader for the AP U.S. Government exam reading. Education is a second career for Kim who previously worked as a corporate trainer for the American Funds Group in San Antonio, TX.
Kim is a former participant in Street Law’s Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers. From this program she incorporated numerous class activities to enhance the learning of her students. A favorite lesson of her students is the Street Law Moot Court activity using the Morse v. Frederick case. She is also a former participant in several Bill of Rights Institute programs.
Kim serves as a Kendall County Elections Judge. She earned an M.A. in American History & Government from Ashland University as the Texas recipient of the James Madison Fellowship program. She also holds a B.S. in Political Science from Radford University in Virginia.
Heather Hingston is an A.P. U.S. Government, U.S. History, and Civics, and World Geography teacher at Newark Charter High School in Newark, DE.
She attended Street Law’s 2019 Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers. Heather has also cowritten scholarship on teaching divisive political topics, which was published in the Pennsylvania Council of Social Studies’ journal, the Social Studies Journal, in fall of 2018.
Prior to her shift into teaching, Heather was a marketing manager for the largest professional association for yoga teachers. She prides herself on creating clear, “user friendly” communications that anyone can use. Heather strives to make inclusive, engaging lessons for all of her students that focus on building their critical thinking, collaborative, and communication skills. In particular, she has a passion for uplifting student voice in schools and using the classroom as a “laboratory for democracy.”
Heather earned a B.S. from American University and a M.Ed. from Arcadia University.
Jennifer Laskin is an attorney, advocate, and educator in the Justice, Law and Society Program at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, MD.
She runs a blog where she shares information, support and develop online and physical spaces for radical advocacy. She also creates legal education content on Tik Tok.
Lauren LeBato is an A.P U.S. Government Gifted teacher at Alfred M. Barbe High School in Lake Charles, LA.
After taking A.P. Government as a gifted student herself, she chose to major in political science. Lauren chose to pursue a career in civic education after realizing that a great teacher ignited a passion in her and wanted to do the same for other students. Lauren believes that a republic cannot sustain itself without virtuous leaders, just as the Framers did. Therefore, she is actively involved in her community to exemplify the virtues she teaches. Lauren is the Junior League of Lake Charles' Admissions Provisionals chair and a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer.
Lauren's passion and focus of her studies is the history, practice, and decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court as an institution. Lauren was a Street Law Supreme Court Institute for Teachers participant as a first-year teacher and credits the institute as the origin of her love of the Court.
Lauren was awarded the 2019 Louisiana State Bar's President's Award of Excellence in Law Related Education. Lauren also serves on the National Constitution Center's Teacher Advisory Board, working to promote educators with tools and resources for instruction on the Constitution.
Lauren earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Teaching and Gifted Education from McNeese State University. Additionally, Lauren is Louisiana's 2020 James Madison Fellowship recipient and plans to pursue an M.A. in American History and Government from Ashland University for the constitutional studies of her fellowship.
Kellye Self is a U.S. Government and A.P. U.S. Government & Politics teacher at Hoover High School in Hoover, AL.
She has worked in an advisory capacity for her school’s mock trial and moot court competitive teams and has taught a Street Law course in the past. Kellye also consults with A+ College Ready in Alabama as a curriculum development coordinator and writer and as a training consultant for both teachers and students on the A.P. U.S. Government & Politics course. She has partnered with the iCivics/Study Edge partnership on developing updates to their A.P. course review materials. Kellye has been a reader/scorer and table leader for the national reading of the A.P. U.S. Government & Politics exam for many years.
Kellye is involved in advocating for stronger civic education and participation by citizens in both her local community and beyond. She serves as a chief inspector in an election precinct in her community for national and state elections. Kellye also helps moderate and administer a Facebook community of over 5,000 A.P U.S. Government teachers from around the world.
She has a B.S. and M.A. Ed. degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Benwari Singh is an A.P. U.S. Government and A.P. Comparative Politics teacher at Cherry Creek High School in Denver, CO.
Benwari has taught social studies for 26 years in a variety of public-school settings, starting as a sixth-grade teacher in an urban school in Denver in 1992.
In addition to his teaching duties, Benwari has served as an A.P. reader, table leader, and question leader at the A.P. U.S. Government reading for 14 years. Benwari also served on the A.P. U.S. Government test development committee for six years, including two as the co-chair of the committee.
Rebecca Small is the High School Advanced Academics Programs Specialist for Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools.
Rebecca taught A.P. Government & Politics for over 26 years and was actively involved in the A.P. program as a member of the Test Development Committee, reader, and A.P. Summer Institute instructor.
She is a published author of test preparation books, lesson plans, and other resources for teachers. In her government classes she introduced students to many elected officials including Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FLA). She has taken students to many political offices and Embassies over the years, including the National Rifle Association headquarters and the Embassies of Britain, China, and Nigeria. Her guest speakers included political consultant James Carville, Mary Beth Tinker (from Tinker v. Des Moines), several diplomats, and human rights activist Ahmad Batebi.
Rebecca earned a Doctorate of Education and Policy Studies from George Washington University in 2019.