The research team is grateful to partner with teachers who support the development and execution of Missions with Monty. Without teachers, Missions with Monty would not be a reality.


Teachers play a crucial role in the success of Missions with Monty; they provide the research team with the knowledge and expertise that they dedicate to their classrooms every day. 


Teachers are actively involved in providing feedback on game-development, passages, and assessment components. Some important ways teachers have collaborated with the team include:

  • piloting portions of Missions with Monty in the classroom with their students,

  • supporting the development and finalization of specialized learning resources found in the game, and

  • reviewing and approving a targeted vocabulary list that was integrated into the passages. 


Current Lead Teacher Cadre

The Lead Teacher Cadre (LTC) is a group of teachers serving in a leadership role on the Missions with Monty project. These teachers serve not only as mentors to fellow educators, but also as co-researchers throughout the duration of the project. 

Some LTC responsibilities include: 

  • assisting with materials design, curriculum alignment, and professional development activities,

  • providing coaching and support to teachers through video conference meetings and classroom visits, for example, and,

  • serving as liaisons between teachers and the research team. 

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Elizabeth Sinnott

"When I initially agreed to be a part of the LTC, I was a bit intimidated. While reading instruction is my bread-and-butter, I always second-guess myself in science! As a part of the LTC, I have enjoyed exploring the connections between understanding science concepts and reading comprehension as well as learning from and working with the other teachers across the east coast. I look forward to using the Monty program to help my students analyze not only what they are reading, but HOW they are reading and processing new information."

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Heather K. Wolf


"I was excited to be a part of the Missions with Monty team as soon as I heard about it in 2019. All too often we are given a platform or software to use with our students that we wish could be altered or improved in some way to better serve their needs. Coming in on the ground level with the Monty team meant my students and I would have an opportunity to share feedback and suggestions as the game was being developed. It's been incredible to watch as the game progresses and I look forward to sharing it with my students again this year."

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LaJeanne Ashley


"I love the Missions with Monty game because it takes the content being taught to them and allows them to apply their knowledge in a fun and innovative way. They are having fun while learning and this will help them retain the information they need to know for later use."

Professional Development

Teacher Institute, Fall 2019

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Teacher Institute, Fall 2019

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Teacher Institute, Fall 2019

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Teacher Institute, Fall 2019

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Teachers receive professional development that focuses on Next Generation Science Standards curriculum integration and classroom use of Missions with Monty.



Missions with Monty includes a teacher dashboard, which allows teachers to document student information and access student progress in the game.


Partner Schools and Teachers

South Mebane Elementary School

Partner Teachers:

  • Karen Henderly

  • Jennifer Easter

  • Shawn Dixon

  • Jennifer Frank

  • Anna Poole


Alexander Wilson Elementary School

Partner Teachers:

  • Beth Warren

  • Candace Reich

  • Morgan Blanchard 

  • Rachel Couturier

Alamance County

North Carolina

Anson County

Peachland Polkton Elementary School

Partner Teacher:

  • Marcia Emrich

Ashe County

Mountain View Elementary School

Partner Teacher:

  • Frances Eller

Westwood Elementary School

Partner Teachers:

  • Erin Hayes

  • Martie Latham

Carteret County

Morehead Elementary School

Partner Teacher:

  • Susan Merrell

Harnett County

Lafayette Elementary School

Partner Teachers:

  • Regina Griggs

  • Kelsey Wood

  • David Madsen

  • Amy Wallace

Henderson County

Atkinson Elementary School

Partner Teacher:

  • Alex Hall

Johnston County

West Clayton Elementary School

Partner Teachers:

  • Heather Wolf

  • Theresa Shearin

New Hanover County

John J. Blair Elementary School

Partner Teachers:

  • Amy Williams

  • Jobeth Riker

  • Buffy Constantine 

Sunset Park Elementary School

Partner Teacher:

  • Rebecca McConnell

Person County

Helena Elementary School

Partner Teachers:

  • LaJeanne Ashley

  • Dory Newkirk 

  • Katie Curran

  • Heather DiMeo

South Elementary School

Partner Teachers:

  • Elizabeth Sinnott

  • Lucas Fifield

Watauga County

Blowing Rock Elementary School

Partner Teacher:

  • Roberto De La Cerda

Wilson County

Fredrick Douglass Elementary School

Partner Teachers:

  • Courtney Beckstead

  • Kari Stallings


Winstead Elementary School

Partner Teachers:

  • Victoria Ivery

  • Tijuana Laverne Locus

  • Antonia Parker

Franklin County

Edward Best Elementary School

Partner Teacher:

  • Katelyn Dwyer

Yancey County

South Toe Elementary School

Partner Teacher:

  • Rene Smith