OneTeacher’s mission is to make that “perfect match” between amazing teachers and inspiring Title I schools in Arizona in order to close the opportunity gap for students in low-income communities.
At OneTeacher, we believe in the power of one teacher. We are ever-in-awe of the impact that one teacher can have on our students and their communities. We also know how crucial excellent school leaders, principals and administrators are to the success of their school communities, and we work tirelessly to ensure that our schools have the principals and leaders they need as well.
By deeply understanding the needs of our applicants and the needs of our partner schools, the matchmakers at OneTeacher connect educators to achievement-focused, Title I schools that are a great fit for them. We partner with schools that will hire and support high-quality teachers and administrators so that all of Arizona’s students receive the excellent education they deserve.
OneTeacher doesn’t just do staffing, we’re matchmakers who get to know our partner schools at a deep level and help candidates desiring to work in Title I schools to make a difference for our students in low-income communities.
Meet the Team at OneTeacher
Erin Tobin (Founder & CEO)
Erin Tobin grew up in a working-class village of Detroit, Michigan where she struggled with the reality that some lives were forever altered by the opportunity to have a great education while others were held back because of circumstance. Through her work as a teacher in Title I schools, Teach For America corps member, a student in ASU’s College of Public Service & Community Solutions, and her training alongside teachers, school leaders, and community members, Erin resolved that what matters most for our students in Title I schools is not programs or policy, but people, the dedicated adults in their lives supporting them every single day. With this belief, she founded OneTeacher, an organization that partners with achievement-focused Title I schools to support their “perfect match” with amazing and aspiring teachers. Her goal, every day, is to ensure that amazing teachers are the ones teaching our students, so all students can have an excellent education that will set them on a path to opportunity and options for their future.
Nina Tinsley (Senior Director of Operations & Special Projects)
Nina Glatt Tinsley grew up in a small town in Vermont where she was fortunate to have an extensive string of life-changing teachers. These educators were willing to go above and beyond for their students and in many cases were like family to Nina. Upon graduating, she joined Teach For America in hopes of paying forward the warmth, compassion, and tough love that so many of her teachers showed her. Nina taught middle school math and English in West Phoenix while earning her Master’s degree in secondary education from Arizona State University. She then taught 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade English at an all-girls charter school where she took over for a teacher who resigned mid-year, further strengthening her understanding of both the positive and negative impact that teachers can have. After teaching, Nina earned her certification as a Real Time Teacher Coach, helping other educators improve their classroom culture and engagement through the use of real-time feedback. As someone who benefitted so greatly from having incredible educators in her life and who was also lucky enough to get to know hundreds of middle and high school students as a teacher herself, Nina has a deep-seeded belief that having a “whatever it takes” teacher matters. Now, as the Senior Director of Marketing and Development at OneTeacher, Nina works to ensure that students in Arizona have their own strings of life-changing teachers so that education opens doors for all students, not just some.
Robin Dowdle (Manager of Talent Sourcing)
Robin Dowdle grew up in Bakersfield, California in a community where excellent education opportunities were not abundant. She was very fortunate to have incredible educators who believed in her and encouraged her love of learning. She excelled in her high school, graduating at the top of her class of more than 400 students. And, yet, arriving at UCLA’s campus as a freshman, it became very apparent to her that the public school education she had received was quite sub-par to the private education of her upper-class peers. During her four years in college, Robin had the opportunity to volunteer at the UCLA Lab School in a 5-7 year old classroom. This unique school located on UCLA’s campus brings an incredibly diverse (racially, economically, gender, ethnicity, geography, language, and more) group of students to learn in a rich environment. This experience gave Robin the opportunity to see firsthand that all students can achieve if held to high expectations and provided the educational tools and opportunities to learn. She took this experience as fuel for justice and joined Teach For America, teaching middle school in South Philadelphia where her passion was further ignited seeing the tremendous potential and brilliance of her students. Following her experience teaching, she joined staff with Teach For America where she spent the next 7 years working on the Teacher Support and Development team. During her time in the classroom and in her roles supporting and coaching teachers, her belief in the power of “one teacher” was further cemented. Few jobs provide you an opportunity to shape the trajectory of a child’s life like the chance to teach children. It’s for this reason that Robin is honored to be the newest member of the OneTeacher team.
Maddie Conway (Manager of Talent Initiatives)
Maddie Conway grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she had access to a high quality education in some of the city’s best public schools. However, she noticed that students in her high school’s International Baccalaureate program were receiving a drastically different education from students in other programs in the same school building. After high school, Maddie attended the University of Puget Sound, where she once again saw the disparity between educational outcomes for students in Tacoma. Maddie studied history and psychology, and her passion for education was further ignited during her senior year when she was an Occupational Therapy intern in the local public schools. Once again she saw the impact that factors like location and socio-economic status had on the type of education students received. Determined to work to end this opportunity gap, Maddie joined Teach For America and taught middle school special education in rural New Mexico before joining Teach For America staff in her hometown of Minneapolis. Maddie supported the work of the executive director and then worked with the development team to grow the region’s capacity before returning to the classroom in Oregon as a K-5 special education teacher at a Title I school. In her four years of teaching and two years of supporting teacher-leaders, Maddie has been continually inspired by the work phenomenal teachers are doing everyday. It is this trajectory-changing work of excellent teachers that makes Maddie thrilled to join the OneTeacher team.
Lindsey Hoeppner (Manager of Operations and Talent Initiatives)
Lindsey Hoeppner grew up in a small town in northeast Ohio where she was privileged to have teachers that inspired students to support one another and strive for excellence. Lindsey has carried those values into her college life and career. Lindsey graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism and a concentration in English Literature. At IU, she contributed to the Indiana Daily Student as a staff writer and page designer. Shortly after graduation, she was accepted to Teach for America’s first cohort of corps members in Connecticut. During her two years with TFA, she taught 9th grade ELA at the state’s highest performing charter school. Seeing how much a school full of such dedicated teachers could change the lives of students inspired her to move to NYC and join the founding staff of a growing charter school network in the South Bronx, where she hoped to share all that she had learned during her time in TFA. She began as a 9th and 10th grade ELA teacher, and grew into a school leader through a fellowship program. As a school leader she also remained in the classroom part time, because she never wanted to forget the hard work teachers put in every day. She has served as an ELA department chair, summer school principal, and Director of Teacher Leadership in the past. Each of these roles have taught her the true value of empowered educators. She is honored and passionate about helping the OneTeacher team bring amazing educators to the kids who need them the most.
Valerie Sarwark (Talent Sourcing and Marketing Associate)
Valerie Sarwark grew up in Northern Virginia, home of some of the best public schools in the country. The love, support and guidance from these teachers helped shape a successful trajectory during high school, as a member of the student government, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and high school soccer team. The continued encouragement afforded Valerie several scholarships and entrance into the honors program as a freshman in college. After attending Old Dominion University and working for many years in the private sector as a government contractor, she and her husband moved out west to start a family. Until that time, the quality of public school education hadn’t come up. As her young children began school in Phoenix, Valerie was once again reminded of how invaluable a quality education is, especially in those areas that are often overlooked. Joining OneTeacher in her current capacity isn’t just a “job” but rather a wonderful team, all with the same goal of ensuring quality teachers for all deserving students in the state.
Mary Anna Pendleton (Talent Acquisition Associate)
After graduating from the University of Georgia, Mary Pendleton served as a corps member with Teach For America in New Orleans. While in the classroom, Mary taught 3rd-12th grades before moving into teacher-leader roles such as ELA Department Chair and Grade Level Leader. She was then given the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Principal at her school, overseeing the coaching of department chairs and all ELA/literacy teachers in the middle school. For the past three and a half years, Mary has led the development and implementation of the ELA/Literacy programming vision at a charter school in Washington, DC. As the first Director of ELA, her responsibilities have centered around overseeing and owning curriculum development, programmatic leadership, and the development of ELA leaders across all five of the network’s schools.
Sierra Stone (Talent Acquisition Associate)
Although a “Detroit Girl” at heart, Sierra has loved living in Arizona for the past 3 years. However, her passion for education equity and working to close the opportunity gap started years ago in Detroit, Michigan while
volunteering with underserved youth through alternative break programs in high school. Upon attending the University of Michigan, she devoted her time studying Social Justice and Theory, Human Rights Law, and Education as a Human Right in addition to becoming a Central Student Government Representative and Wolverine Support Network Director. After graduating she moved to Arizona to become a Teach For America corps member, ASU graduate student, and United Nations Education Commission research analyst – all while leading South Mountain High School’s Teen Court and Restorative Justice Initiatives. In her spare time, she volunteers at a memory care center, sits on two young professional boards, and works to increase health and wellness resources available for teachers and students. Sierra truly believes that good teachers are at the heart of every strong community.
Darcy Harper (Talent Sourcing Associate)
Darcy Harper grew up in Southern California. She had a number of amazing teachers, especially English teachers, who fostered a great love for the subject. After graduating from University of Arizona with an English degree, she earned her teaching certificate and started teaching at a small school in Tucson. She had the opportunity to teach English as well as Speech, Creative Writing, and Organizational Strategies. When she moved to Phoenix, she started teaching at a Title I high school and was there for 10 years. In those 10 years, she taught 9th-12th graders. She ran the Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) programs and ran Professional Development for her site and district, teaching that positive interactions and investing in students are the keys to student success. An invested and interested teacher is an engaging teacher and engaging teachers change lives. She loved every second of her time in the classroom and is a firm believer that good teachers can and do make a difference every single day. After her time in the classroom, she began working as a teacher advisor, specializing in Title I schools. Teachers have the power and opportunity to change the course of a student’s life and that is why she has joined the team at OneTeacher.
Rosa Cruz Cova (Talent Sourcing Associate)