We’re passionate about connecting educators to learn together, inspire one another, and try evidence-based practices as part of a supportive community.


We know educators want to do all they can to impact their students’ lives for the better. They often look for new ways to support their students, but knowing what works and where to begin can be a challenge. We also know the education research community has a growing evidence base of what works, but struggles to connect with educators and translate findings into bite-sized practices.

It is for these reasons that Sevenzo was founded in 2016. Understanding how to translate evidence of what works into widespread behavior change in classrooms across the U.S. is a critical challenge for the future of our education system. Importantly, this diffusion of practices that work must honor teachers as lead learners and change-makers.

Sevenzo is a community for educators who want to be inspired and take action in the classroom. We provide a space where both what works, and how it works, can be discovered. We believe that we are better together, and we can amplify our impact on student lives by connecting and sharing, rather than working in isolation. We believe educators who work in their classrooms every day with students must lead learning and action.

This year, we’re focusing on actions, big and small, educators can take to create a more #CaringClassroom for their students, because we know a sense of belonging is essential for student learning.

Join our community of educators in action. Participate in a discussion with educators about a topic that matters to you. Try a practice to create a more caring classroom for your students. Read educators’ stories, and share your own to inspire others!


Our Board

Greg Gunn

Lingo Ventures


Masuma Henry


Design Director

Lance Mansfield

Mansfield Consulting


Our Team

Masa Uzicanin

Executive Director, Founder

Meredith Bortz

Chief Operating Officer

Juli-Anne Canterbury

Project and Social Media Manager

Christina Esquivel

Program Engagement Manager

Kip Hottman

Community Guide

Ashley Varrato

Director of Programs

William Anderson

Manual High School in Denver, CO

Social Studies Teacher

Houston Barber

Frankfort County Schools, KY


Ron Chi

Frankfort County Schools, KY

Chief Academic / Innovation Officer

Vivett Dukes

Queens Collegiate in Queens, NY

Middle School ELA Teacher

Michael Hernandez

Mira Costa High School in Los Angeles, CA

Cinematic Arts and Broadcast Journalism Teacher

Robin “MeMe” Ratliff

Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY

Engagement Specialist

Rebecca Reynolds

Klondike Lane Elementary School in Louisville, KY

First Grade Teacher

Ada Skillern

Oldham County High School in Buckner, KY

English Teacher

Ron Skillern

Fern Creek High School in Louisville, KY

Social Studies Teacher

Christina Torres

University Lab School, HI

English Teacher

Angela Yeasayer

Eastern High School in Louisville, KY

Media Arts & Technology Teacher

Our Advisors

Brad Clark

Hope Street Group

Director, KY Teacher Fellows Program

Paige Hoffman

DC Public Schools

Manager, Innovation + Design

Karan Jain

Chalk Schools

Software Engineer

Michelle King

Environmental Charter School in Pittsburgh, PA

Middle School Cultural Literacy Teacher

Stephan Mueller


Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Palmieri

Holy Family Academy in Pittsburgh, PA

Head of School

Sean Perkins

Mobility Labs

Founder & CEO

Lisa Quay

Mindset Scholars Network

Executive Director

Chris Roberts

Rivers Agile

Product Design Manager

Mike Szegedy

Carnegie Mellon University

UX Designer/Researcher

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