Teachers' Lounge

Teachers' Lounge

Teachers' Lounge

Teachers' Lounge is a monthly event that provides teachers, school administrators and staff of LA's Promise the opportunity to network with each other and those outside their profession. In a casual setting, the evening's featured speakers share their personal stories, best practices, and help their peers challenge notions of what public schooling means in Los Angeles.

  • In the past we have featured speakers such as:
    • Dr. John Deasy Superintendent The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

    • Matt Hill Administrative Office LAUSD

    • Parker Hudnut Executive Director LAUSD Innovation & Charters

    • Joel Jordan Director of Special Projects United Teachers Los Angeles

    • Dr. Bill Ouchi Professor UCLA Anderson School of Management

    • Eugenia Mora Flores Professor USC Rossier School of Education

    • Tom Vander Ark Managing Partner Revolution Learning

    • Emmanuel Gambeo Clinic Manager St. John's Well Child

    • Fiona Gately Head of Activism/Communications The Jamie Oliver Foundation

    • Charles Fields Regional Program Manager The California Endowment

    • Kelly Meyer Co–founder Teaching Gardens

    • Andrew Galbraith Math Teacher Manual Arts High School

    • Woon Joo Yang Science Teacher West Adams Prep High School

    • Robert Whitman Principal Manual Arts High School

    • Nisha Dugal Principal John Muir Middle School

    • Jose Iniguez Principal West Adams Prep High School

    • Maria Casillas Chief of School, Family & Parent/Community Services Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
    • Marco Petruzzi President and Chief Executive Officer Green Dot Public Schools

Past speakers focused on their respective areas of expertise, offering our audience valuable insights about what they have learned while working in or with urban schools. Each invited speaker has a unique area of expertise and the goal is to hear about their work and perspectives, and to have a meaningful dialogue. If you are interested in attending a future Teachers' Lounge, please email us at

Past Invitations