Classrooms Without Borders has hired Ellen Resnek as its new education programs and outreach manager.
Resnek comes to CWB with 20 years of experience as an educator. She taught in her native Massachusetts and Vermont before relocating to Chester County, Pennsylvania, 17 years ago where she taught social studies in the Downington Area School District.
“I love classroom teaching,” Resnek said, “but I’ve also felt like I could do more. In my role in the classroom, I can probably reach 145 students a year. There are so many more students and educators that we need to engage in really careful conversation about teaching social justice issues.”
She has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including the 2018 Transatlantic Outreach Fellow of the Year award at the National Council of Social Studies conference. She also serves as a member of the teacher advisory board for the National Constitution Center and is a founding member of the National Council on History Education’s Teacher Advisory Group.
“We are so excited to have Ellen join our team,” said Tsipy Gur, CWB’s executive director. “She is an amazing educator and now we will be able to build on her skills and knowledge to impact not only the students in her classroom over the years, but students in schools and districts across the region.”
Resnek, who will start work with CWB on Jan. 25, said her new position is a dream come true.
“CWB has amplified their outreach,” Resnek said. “I think their last virtual meeting had participants from 32 countries and close to 500 participants. That’s incredible. I am ever impressed with Tsipy and her ability to navigate difficult situations that are creative and useful for educators. She makes sure that what we do is relevant to our classroom at all times.” PJC