Meet the Team

Welcome


On this page you can meet the team of volunteers that makes all things Teaching: A Path to Learning and Development (TPLD) happen!

  • Our team offers everything for FREE so that teachers are equipped to embark on their journey with direction and support, without paying a penny for the guidance.

  • Scroll down to read our bios and learn how to connect with us

Sara Stevick

Senior Instructional Designer

TPLD Founder & President | Programs Director | Content Developer | Mentor | Facilitator

After teaching for nine years, in February 2020 I decided it was time for a change-but when I first started my journey of leaving teaching, I didn't really know what that meant.

I felt lost, as teaching was the only professional experience I had ever had, and I didn't know if I could do something else. Turns out, there are a lot of options out there if you have the time to piece it all together. That's when I realized there were a lot of other teachers just like me...ready to make the switch, but maybe felt as I did-overwhelmed, unsure of where to start, and frustrated that all the roads out seemed to have expensive tolls.

I finally did find my way, and after job searching for four months, I was offered a position as a Sr. Instructional Designer with a major financial institution! I wake up every day and have the thought, "Is this real life?!"

This journey inspired me to start a new volunteer initiative-helping teachers make the jump to instructional design by providing free resources and webinars to help light the path.

For more information on my background and experience, please check out my LinkedIn Profile here.

Bethany Kilgore

UX Designer, HR Recruiter

TPLD Director of User Experience (UX)


I began my career as a 6th grade teacher, leaving my hometown of Columbus, OH to begin teaching in California. What I didn't realize was how unprepared I was to address the challenges of inner-city students. I went back to school to get my Master's degree, with the intent of returning to teaching after having a better foundation. I realized I could use the information learned in my Master's program to shape and educate students within a collegiate environment. I spent 12 amazing years working in residence halls, career centers, and business schools on campus. I created mentoring programs for undergraduate students to connect with working professionals, established peer advising programs with upperclassmen giving guidance to underclassman, and advocated for a credit-bearing career professional preparedness program which was unanimously voted by faculty. My greatest accomplishment in higher ed has been, and continues to be, seeing the success of former students as they continue to climb in their professional careers. My heart swells with pride when I get a random note from a student. Doesn't sound too far off from being a teacher, does it?


Working as a recruiter for about 6 years, I've had the same privilege in connecting people to their dream jobs. Since starting out in the HR world, I've had an impact in shaping the recruiting experience. And now as I make a move into the world of HR Design using UX methodologies, I'm excited to craft the ideal experience teachers will have as they work with TNSLAT moving from teacher to instructional designer. I look forward to hearing the uplifting stories that will fuel my passion working with this amazing group of individuals!

For more information on her background and experience, please check out her profile on LinkedIn here.

Meet the volunteers that contribute to our mission to help teachers and PAY IT FORWARD!

Tyler Banh

Senior Instructional Designer

TPLD Mentor


I am a former public educator now working as an instructional designer. I can tell you the grass on this side is 100% as green as it looks from the other side.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Spring 2014 with a B.S. Secondary Education – Mathematics degree and a Mathematics certificate. I lived and taught in the suburban Milwaukee, WI, area for four years before I decided it was time for some big life changes. I moved to Chicago in early September 2018 with some money I saved but without any job prospects. I finally got a job offer as an Instructional Designer in late November 2018 and started in early December 2018. Today, I’m still living in Chicago and working in this field.

I joined the TLPD team because I believe in the mission of providing FREE resources to teachers who are looking for their next career. It was challenging for me to navigate three months of unemployment without connections to other teachers who had already successfully transitioned. My goal is to help you get a new job faster than I did.

For more information on my background and experience, please check out my LinkedIn Profile here and my personal website here.

Ann Lopez

Learning Experience Designer (LXD)

TPLD EdTech Liaison | Job Board Manager


I’ve been in the K-12 sector for over 15 years. In 2019, I transitioned into edtech where I get to help school districts improve their data visualization and reporting processes. That experience made me realize that my passion is in leveraging technology to solve problems for others.


My most recent position was serving as an Instructional Technology Coach for a Title I school district. I trained and helped teachers with technology integrations to drive student learning outcomes. Although I enjoyed that position, my heart was still very much set on getting back into the edtech sector because I wanted to extend my reach to more than one school district.


When I tried to break into the edtech sector, I realized there was an extreme lack of free resources to help former educators like myself so I created my own. Edtech Jobseekers Board with a mobile app and the Employee Referral Database were designed to help jobseekers gain more visibility with recruiters and hiring managers.


During my transition, I met a lot of generous and kind-hearted professionals who offered valuable tips and advice. I joined TPLD because I wanted to pay it forward. Changing a career is not easy so you shouldn’t have to pay for support or worrying about going through it alone.


For more information about my background, check out my LinkedIn profile and my website.

Amy Petricek

Instructional Designer, Share Whatcha Learned Podcast Host

TPLD Mentor


I have always been a learning enthusiast. I love learning and I love sharing what I've learned with others. As a former classroom teacher, it's easy to think that the learning process is exclusive to the students in our classrooms. My transition into Learning and Development, though, was a reminder that we, as adults, also engage in the learning process. In fact, I'd argue that I've learned more about the learning process through my transition from classroom teacher to corporate Instructional Designer than I did as a classroom teacher. A good friend once said, "there is always someone a little bit ahead of you and someone a bit behind you in the learning process." While I don't know everything about the transition from classroom teacher to corporate ID, I'm happy to share what I do know. And maybe you'll teach me something as well! Please feel free to reach out and find a time to connect. I absolutely love meeting new people and fostering their learning journeys!


For more information on Amy's background and experience, connect with her on LinkedIn here.

Raven Wilson

Customer Success Manager (EdTech)

TPLD Mentor


One thing that I believe is that it’s never too early or too late to go after what you want. As an elementary teacher for 4 years I knew that there was something more out there for me. I started my journey to transition out of the classroom in January 2020 but I didn't really get serious until 2021.

Teaching and working with kids was the only job I had. I really didn't believe I could do much more because I was "just a teacher." It took me so long to start the process because I couldn't get out of my own head and felt I needed everything to be perfect before I could apply to a job. Well, I'm glad I finally did it. In March 2021 I was offered a job to become a Customer Success Manager at an EdTech company, and it's the best choice I've made.


My journey has been crazy and there are so many things I wish I could go back and undo but I am so thankful it's led me to where I am now. I am even more thankful to Teaching: A Path to L&D and all of the free workshops, meetings, resume help. It was a game changer in my transition. My thought is why not give back to teachers just like seeking guidance on the journey out. I'm so excited to connect and help anyone in any way I can!


For more information on my background and experience, please check out my LinkedIn Profile here.

Heidi Ranganathan

Documentation Specialist, Instructional Designer

TPLD Community Manager | Communications & Social Media Specialist


Hello, everyone!


As horrendous as the global pandemic was, it lit a fire within me and opened up my world to virtual instruction and eLearning. After teaching 6 years in public education, I discovered the L&D industry and was captivated with instructional design! While transitioning, I learned pretty fast that for my career switch to be successful, I needed a strategy, community, and to keep moving forward. Some keys to my success were networking, seeking out resources, taking action, and believing in myself.


I joined TPLD because I believe in their mission of paying it forward and providing resources from Teacher to L&D for FREE! While I don’t know all the things, I’m happy to share what I do know and am excited to learn from you as well.


Remember, you are the hero of your own story. You can read all the books, listen to all the podcasts, and watch all the webinars, but in the end it is how you take action, reflect, and keep moving forward to support your career transition. Rooting for you!


For more information on my background and experience, please connect with me on LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/in/heidiranganathan/