EdAmbassadors Teachers Tools Perspective

Passion projects: Engaging students in their own learning

About the authors

Douglas Price is the 2019 North Carolina Burroughs Wellcome Fund Charter School Teacher of the Year and an educator of 11 years. Currently he serves as a Hope Street Group Fellow: Teacher Advisory Council, is an EdAmbassador with EdNC, and has participated in several key fellowships throughout NC, including Hope Street Group: Teacher Voice Network, the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership, the Education Policy Fellowship Program (NC Public Forum), and the NC Collaborative (Duke Research Clinical Institute). He is a current Doctoral candidate at UNC-Greensboro in Educational Leadership.

Dino Mangano is a seventh-year teacher at Voyager Academy in Durham. A North Carolina native with a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Mangano earned her master’s in education from Wake Forest University in 2012. Since then, she has taught seventh grade, twice earning the title of Outstanding Young Educator for her school. She passionate about teaching writing and loves encouraging student voice and choice in assignments big and small.