About Us

Whole Brain Teachers of America is a grass roots, education reform movement begun in 1999 by three Southern California teachers: Chris Biffle, Jay Vanderfin, and Chris Rekstad.  Since then we have been joined by a dedicated group of K-12 educators who form our Executive Board.

 

In the last 15 years, we have given free seminars to 50,000 educators representing 1,500,000 students.  Our Amazon.com best sellers, Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids and Whole Brain Teaching: 122 Amazing Games! have been translated into Chinese and Korean.  WBT's YouTube videos, broadcast to 200 countries, have received over 7,000,000 views.   WholeBrainTeaching.com is one of the world’s largest, free, education websites.

 

WBT rests upon the principle that teachers at every level share the same difficulties: students lack discipline, background knowledge and problem solving skills. From kindergarten to college, instructors face pupils who have difficulty with reading and writing. Nonetheless, our students respond to challenges, enjoy well-designed learning games, and can make, in the proper setting, astonishing educational progress.

 

Our goal is to create peaceful classrooms full of orderly fun. Tens of thousands of educators around the world believe we're on the right track.

Executive Board

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Chris Biffle

Founder

California

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Chris Rekstad

Co-Founder

4th grade Teacher

California

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Andrea Schindler

Co-Founder

Kindergarten Teacher

California

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Nancy Stoltenberg

Director of Certification and International Relations

Retired 2nd grade Teacher

California

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Sarah Meador

 Associate Director of WBT

Central Region Coordinator

Middle School Science

Illinois

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Deb Weigel

Southwest Region Director

Administrator

Arizona

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Andre Deshotel

Southern Region Director

Middle School Science

Louisiana

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Jeff Battle

Southeast Region Director

Middle School Science 

North Carolina

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Joyce Ray

3rd grade teacher

Nevada

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Jasselle Cirino

Northeast Region Director

4th grade Teacher

New Jersey

WBT Coordinators

Stacy Byl

Michigan

Kathy Powers

Kansas

Stephanie Meder

Oklahoma

Michelle Shelton

Oklahoma

Melissa Ortuno

California

WBT Staff

Raymond Bustamante

Philippines

Michelle Holt

Texas

Heidi Martin

Wisconsin

Melinda Sprinkle

Virginia

Mariaan Carreiro

Massachusetts

Krystal Long

Virginia

Lyn Rudduck

Australia

Robyn Hays

 Oklahoma

Deb Manuel

Virginia

Michelle Shelton

Oklahoma

Certified WBT Educators

Lindsey Roush

Ohio 2012

Julie Gustin

Louisiana 2012

Deanna Klima

California 2013

Krystal Long

Virginia 2014

Madeline Mahan

Oklahoma 2015

Robyn Hays

Oklahoma 2016

Jasselle Cirino 

New Jersey 2012

Andre Deshotel

Louisiana 2013

Mariaan Carreiro

Massachusetts 2013

Michelle Shelton

Oklahoma 2014

Raymond Bustamante

Phillippines 2015

Heidi Martin

Wisconsin 2016

Sarah Meador

Illinois 2012

Karly MacAleese

Ohio 2013

Tracy Shippy

Missouri 2013

Joyce Ray

Nevada 2015

Stephanie Meder

Oklahoma 2016

Stacy Byl

Michigan 2016

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