Jim Hirz serves as assistant principal at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Bellevue, NE. He has been a professional educator for 18 years, and has worked in numerous school districts in Maryland and Nebraska. Shawn Thomas is in her 20th year of teaching in the largest county in Georgia. She has taught Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade, and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) K-5. Nancy Blair is a middle school principal in Georgia. She previously served as a school improvement consultant.