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Dan Alpert, Program Director

Dan Alpert, Program Director

Please share your story about why you choose to work for Corwin, and why Corwin inspires you to do your best.
I came to Corwin with a passion for social justice and a sincere desire to sponsor authors and programs that work to increase the odds of success for all students -- including those who have been historically marginalized. I had been with my previous company for more than a decade and was on the fence about the making a move. I received a care package with five Corwin titles. At the top of the pile was Glenn Singleton's "Courageous Conversations about Race." Reading Glenn's book was my "tipping point." I concluded that any company that had the conviction to sponsor such courageous publications was the right home for me. I've since worked with Glenn on two subsequent book projects as well as other brave and talented champions for educational equity.

What is your proudest moment as a Corwin employee? Please share a story about a milestone or accomplishment by you as an individual or by Corwin as a company.
There are so many proud moments but one recent example was attending the 2014 National Association of Multicultural Education award ceremony where Gary Howard's "We Can't Lead Where We Won't Go" received the Philip C. Chinn Book of the Year Award. This book/video package is the cornerstone of a complete professional learning program which also includes Corwin-sponsored consulting and institutes. I'm passionate about this program, which was designed to enact system-wide, equity-focused reform and am especially proud to be a steward of Gary's work.

Do you have any other memories, stories, or general thoughts that you'd like to share?
Corwin is truly an extraordinary home -- for authors, consultants, change agents, artists, visionaries, and those of us who share a passion for helping children and creating a better world. I not only feel valued and honored as a professional, but am reassured to be part of an organization that truly embraces values that are consistent with my own. I'm so glad to have landed here!

Lori Barnett, Sales Administrator

Lori Barnett, Sales Administrator

I've always been impressed by how intelligent and passionate everyone at Corwin is. The wealth of knowledge that is necessary in order to work with our brilliant authors and dedicated customers is astounding. Everyone is focused on educating our children in the most successful way possible and it is reflected in how tirelessly everyone contributes to that goal.

Kim Greenberg, Associate Editor

Kim Greenberg, Associate Editor

Please share your story about why you choose to work for Corwin, and why Corwin inspires you to do your best.
Corwin has spoiled me for all other companies! We’re a bunch of passionate people, driven by the knowledge that what we’re doing will actually help educators. We take great pride in our work and do everything we can to meet the needs of our authors. We also know when to celebrate milestones, both great and small, so everyone feels valued. I can’t picture myself anywhere else!

What is your proudest moment as a Corwin employee? Please share a story about a milestone or accomplishment by you as an individual or by Corwin as a company.
I was helping pit in the booth during one of my very first conferences. I was still an Editorial Assistant at that time, and very nervous and unsure about my ability to be of any help outside the safety of my cubicle walls. A teacher came in and started browsing, but was clearly overwhelmed by all the titles we had to offer. We started chatting about what she had been struggling with in her classroom and she ended up leaving the booth with a stack-full of books before I had a chance to doubt myself. Helping her, face-to-face, really put my job and Corwin as a whole into a wonderfully positive perspective!

Do you have any other memories, stories, or general thoughts that you'd like to share?
Department Retreats, Holiday Parties, Green Fairs, Fun Days, Friday Lunches, Department Iron Chef Competitions, Appreciation Lunches, Anniversary Trips, Birthday Celebrations, Halloween Festivities, the list goes on and on.

Cathy Hernandez, Senior Digital Content Manager

Cathy Hernandez, Senior Digital Content Manager

Please share your story about why you choose to work for Corwin, and why Corwin inspires you to do your best.
When I was entering college, I was torn between publishing and teaching. At that time, I chose the path of teaching, but after a few years in the classroom, I was offered a job in educational publishing. Thrilled about the opportunity to combine my two passions, I accepted the position and have never looked back. After many years in this field, I still consider it a privilege to be part of a company that develops materials to support educators and their students.

Kelly Valentine, Senior Account Manager, Professional Development Solutions

Kelly Valentine, Senior Account Manager, Professional Development Solutions

Why are you at Corwin?
The vision, mission and values of Corwin strongly mirror my own, and the steadfast passion, energy and dedication to supporting educators are deeply rooted in every aspect of Corwin. I am here because I am continuously inspired, motivated and elevated by my colleagues, our clients and most importantly, the students we work for.

Why have you stayed with Corwin for so long?
I have been with Corwin for 1 ½ years, and I strongly believe I have found my “forever home” in a company. I am here because I truly care about the work we do and am honored each and every day to work with amazing colleagues and globally-recognized leading educators and researchers.

Why do you pull the long days?
Because it is worth it! Our clients – teachers, administrators and most importantly, our students – depend on us and need us. For me, there is no greater calling than knowing the work we are putting in today (regardless of how many hours) has a significant, profound and immediate impact into the lives of educators and students.

Why do you put in the extra effort?
We are blessed to have truly forward-thinking, compassionate and driven leaders at Corwin and they have a developed a culture that embraces hard work, dedication and determination while understanding a healthy balance of work, life, and family. I put in extra effort because I know our leaders expect it of us, and we want to deliver because we know we can! I want to not only meet our goals, but exceed them.

What is it about Corwin that drives you?
The colleagues I work with, the authors and practitioners who are in the trenches with our clients every day, and the students who will be the future leaders of tomorrow. Corwin has professionally and personally grown me in so many ways and this past year has been nothing short of incredible. I can’t wait to turn the page for the next chapter with Corwin!

Taryn Williams, Senior Manager, Publishing and Professional Learning Group

Taryn Williams, Senior Manager, Publishing and Professional Learning Group

The thing that resonates with me most about any company is its culture. Corporate culture is hard to quantify, but for me it is most evident when you review a company’s vision through the mind frames of its current employees and leadership team. Every company has a vision, but it is the journey towards achieving that vision that creates a company’s culture. I am a Corwin employee because the company culture that has been created here over the past twenty five years makes every day at work feel like I am coming home. Like any family, my Corwin colleagues have acted as mentors, allowed me to make decisions and take risks, provided a framework to grow and a support system to grow within, celebrated my successes, lamented my losses, shared knowledge, challenged me to push myself and my thinking, imparted life lessons about the importance of collaboration and collegiality, and were not afraid to tell me when I was wrong. When I started my Corwin career, I knew that I had stumbled upon something special; four years later I know that I actually stumbled upon something that is one of a kind. In many ways, I grew up at Corwin- this company has been the university of my unofficial MBA, MAT, and MAP- but what is most remarkable about the time that I have spent here are the relationships that I have built and the consistency of highly principled, highly skilled, and highly motivated Corwinites that exist at every level of the organization. I am honored to be a part Corwin because Corwin’s vision is a vision that I am proud to aspire towards each and every day...and the coolest thing about it is, I know the rest of the company would say the same.