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Education Alliance of Washoe County Launches Classroom Speaker Program

Education Alliance of Washoe County launched the Classroom Speaker program at Hunter Lake Elementary School on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 featuring extraordinary classroom speakers Danyelle Musselman, Ben Rogers, and Landon Miller. See the KTVN story here.

Education Alliance believes in the value of community engagement in the classroom, and one of the best ways of fostering student engagement is by having professionals speak in a classroom. A visit from a professional makes a lasting impact—illuminating a pathway to new ways of working, thinking, and living for students. The goal of this event is to raise awareness about the program and invite the community to add their name to the classroom speaker list at ed-alliance.org/speak.

Community members can add their name to a speaker pool so local teachers know they are available. It only takes one minute, and an hour of their time could change the course of a life.

Musselman has an extensive background working in sports broadcasting with years of experience in anchoring, hosting and reporting. This past NFL season, she was a part of the NFL’s first ever virtual reality broadcast, working for NextVR as host of their NFL postgame experience, and as a sideline reporter for NBA game broadcasts. Prior to her work with NextVR, Musselman worked for the NFL Network where she served as an update anchor and as the host of “Up to the Minute.” Her other stops include Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports, CBS Sports Network and ESPN. Musselman is married to current Nevada Men’s Basketball coach Eric Musselman. They share three children, Michael (22), Matthew (18), and Mariah (8).

Rogers has worked as a business analyst, a newspaper reporter, a teacher, and a scientist at various labs, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Since 2004, he has been the Principal Engineer at NevadaNano. Ben is an accomplished author, including The Flamer (Aqueous Books), Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems (CRC Press), the first-ever comprehensive college textbook on nanotechnology, and Nanotechnology: The Whole Story (CRC Press). Both his bachelor and master’s degrees are from the University of Nevada, Reno. He and his wife have two daughters attending Washoe County School District schools.

Miller was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and is proud to call the area his home. A Wooster High School and International Baccalaureate Program graduate, Landon went on to the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue his major in journalism with a Spanish minor. Today, he teaches at the University of Nevada, Reno. While still attending Wooster, Landon interned at KTVN 2 News for a semester. Then, he got his first on-air job as a news reporter and anchor for News Talk 780 KOH. Landon is happy to return to 2 News as a reporter. He grew up watching the station, and it has always been part of his life in one way or another. Landon strives at being as professional as possible while maintaining a ‘friend-like figure’ for his viewers.

“I am honored Hunter Lake was chosen to launch this important program!” said Amanda McWilliams, Principal of Hunter Lake Elementary School. “Educators yearn to bring real-life experts into their classrooms to share first-hand knowledge with their students. The Education Alliance is making it easy to tap into our wealth of seasoned community professionals.”

“Education Alliance provides great resources to students, educators, and schools year-round,” said Ben Rogers, Education Alliance Board Member and Principal Engineer at Nevada Nanotech Systems. “We believe the best way to build a bridge to the future for students and allow our community to feel the impact of their contribution to our future workforce is to invite them into the classroom.”

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