Lead Ambassador


Lead Ambassadors are advocates who represent NCTE in the social space, as well as on the ground in their local regions. They do everything from engage with fellow NCTE members online to gathering stories to hosting offline events in their communities. This is a high-impact role that represents NCTE and provides greater connection between current and future members. Above all, Lead Ambassadors are enthusiastic about NCTE and want to share that passion with others.


Meet the 2017-2018 Team

Cameron Carter

Cameron Carter teaches second grade at Slate Hill Elementary in Worthington, Ohio. He is an active member of NCTE and the Co-Elementary Liaison for the NCTE Affiliate OCTELA.

Kristen Luettchau

I am entering my 7th year teaching English Language Arts at Mount Olive High School in New Jersey. I have always wanted to be a teacher ever since I was little and I enjoy leadership experiences.

Nicole Mirra

Nicole has been a proud member of NCTE since 2008, first as a high school English teacher and now as an English teacher educator at Rutgers University.

Lakisha Odlum

Lakisha Odlum has been an English educator for 13 years in K-university classrooms. She is also an adjunct instructor in the department of English Education at Teachers College at Columbia University.

Liz Shults

Liz Shults, of Birmingham, Alabama, is a high school English & Photography teacher passionate about building relationships in the classroom and through NCTE.

Raven Jones Stanbrough, Ph.D

Raven Jones Stanbrough, Ph.D., is a Detroit native, resident, and an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Dr. Jones Stanbrough is also the co-founder of “The Zuri Reads Initiative,” an effort to organize and provide literacy-related events and resources for Detroit-area children, students, and families.

Stella Villalba

Stella Villalba divides her everyday life teaching English language learners for one part of the day as she has been doing for 18 years. The other part of her day includes collaborating and coaching teachers across the district bridging understandings regarding teaching ELLs. She is passionate about languages, literacy and culture.

Nicole Warchol

Nicole Warchol has been teaching 7th grade language arts in New Jersey for a decade and has zero regrets. She is excited to be a Lead Ambassador for NCTE and looks forward to what this adventure will bring.