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Ambassador Program


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Be a Leader in Your Community!


The Thrive™ powered by Time To Know® Ambassador program is a relationship program focused on educational excellence and leadership. Ambassador members are part of a community of digital education leaders recognized for doing amazing things with technology in and out of the classroom. They explore new ideas, seek new paths, and embrace new opportunities, including working with each other and McGraw‐Hill Education—to bring the freshest, most innovative curriculum ideas to learners everywhere.




Ambassador Program

Thrive Ambassador Ginger Webb - Kentucky

Ginger Webb

Fort Thomas Independent Schools, Kentucky


Ginger Webb has been the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning at Fort Thomas Independent Schools since July 2012. Fort Thomas Independent Schools is the top‐ranked K‐12 district in Kentucky under the state’s assessment program, and has been recognized as a “District of Distinction” by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Webb earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and her master’s degree in Education from Northern Kentucky University. She has also achieved her Rank 1 in Instructional Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.

In her time at Fort Thomas Schools, Webb has been instrumental in identifying the impact of digital technology on teaching and learning, and developing new systems to support teachers and students. When the district implemented a new digital conversion plan, Webb guided her teachers to become more immersed in teaching through digital resources. Students attending  Fort Thomas Schools are now learning by using more diverse technology skills that mirror real‐world application.

Thrive Ambassador Brian Robinson - Highlands High School - innovation

Brian Robinson

Highlands High School, Kentucky


Brian Robinson is the principal at Highlands High School, where, in his eighteen years of service he has also served as the K­12 Director of Teaching Learning, assistant principal, and teacher. This is his first year as a Thrive Ambassador. Mr. Robinson has collaborated to help earn Highlands High School the recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a P21 Exemplar School of Innovation, a Kentucky Distinguished School of Excellence, and has led to a 500 percent increase in AP enrollment while increasing the “Equity and Access” score from 29 percent to the current score of more than 60 percent.

He has been recognized as a "Teacher Who Makes a Difference," by Insight Communications as well as awarded a Kentucky Court of Justice Law Day Award. Mr. Robinson has served on the Kentucky Advisory Committee for Social Studies, is a past president for the Northern Kentucky Secondary Principal Association, committee member of the Kentucky Committee for Mathematics Achievement, and has served as president of the Northern Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Brian also serves on the Teacher Education Committee for Thomas More College and has led regional accreditation teams. Mr. Robinson is currently leading Highlands High School through a digital conversion in which all students have been equipped with Macbook Air® computers. In addition, Thrive mathematics has become an integral part of the instructional change taking place on the Highlands campus.

Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies, Secondary Education, from Thomas More College and an Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership from Northern Kentucky University. He earned his superintendent certification from Northern Kentucky University.

Thrive Ambassador Stephanie Ewald, Highlands Middle School math

Stephanie Ewald

Highlands Middle School, Kentucky


Stephanie Ewald is an 8th grade mathematics teacher at Highlands Middle School (HMS) in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. She has been teaching at Highlands since August of 2009. Stephanie graduated cum laude from Northern Kentucky University in 2004 and completed her Master of Arts in Education, Middle Grades Education, at Northern Kentucky in 2008. She is currently working on her Rank 1 certification.

Highlands Middle School’s mission is to provide a safe and rigorous learning environment for all students to reach their full potential. It has a proud tradition of being student-centered and academically challenging. The school was recently named the number one middle school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

HMS is a 6 to 8th grade school, which is part of the Fort Thomas Independent School District. The school is in a suburban setting, which draws from three elementary schools and transitions to one high school. HMS currently has a total of 660 students, with 16 percent qualifying for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. It employs around 35 classroom teachers set up in two interdisciplinary teams per grade, with a student/teacher ratio of 19 to 1. The attendance rate is 96.7 percent and the retention rate is 0.4 percent.

Highlands Middle School’s professional staff employs research-based best practices that serve to meet the educational needs of all students. A variety of instructional resources and materials are utilized to lead HMS students to surpassing benchmarks in the College Readiness Standards. All students receive instruction in the content areas of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies with high school credit available in algebra, geometry, Spanish, and German. Additionally, students participate in physical education and health, as well as “encore” classes such as art, drama, music, dance, strings, band, public speaking, chorus, digital design, financial literacy, two world languages and STEM lab. Additionally, HMS provides a MacBook® to each student and teacher.

Thrive Ambassador Kristin Franklin, Tennessee ELA

Kristin Franklin

Shelby County School District, Tennessee


Mrs. Kristin Franklin is a 5th Grade Reading/Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher at Riverview K-8 School, which is part of the Shelby County School District of Memphis, Tennessee.

Mrs. Franklin has been in education for 10 years. She spent her first six years in the classroom teaching kindergarten and 1st grade before leaving to become an Instructional Facilitator for two years. Not wanting to steer too far from the classroom, she made the move to teaching the upper elementary grades, and then back to 3rd and 5th grades since transitioning back into the classroom.

Riverview is an Innovative Zone (i-Zone) school. The i-Zone is a special subset of Shelby County Schools that has applied to receive additional funding through a School Improvement Grant (SIG) to implement one of four state-approved turnaround models in order to improve student achievement. These schools are defined as schools that fall in the bottom five percent of schools in the state. Riverview K-8 School was among the selected few that were chosen to host the blended-learning pilot program as their core curriculum.

Franklin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Studies from the University of Memphis, a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Union University, and an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership from Union University.

Mrs. Franklin strives to provide her students with the best learning experience. She incorporates technology daily to ensure that students are prepared for the world ahead of them. Because we have come to a point in education where outdated books are no longer the norm, the Thrive program has helped her prepare students for the high-stakes common core exams through an alternative route to learning.

As a result of Mrs. Franklin’s involvement as an ambassador, she is able to continue her path in leadership in and out of the classroom. She is able to meet with educators from around the United States to learn more about Thrive to share with her colleagues in her school and in her school district.

Thrive Ambassador James Wigfall, Forest Brook Middle School math

James Wigfall

Forest Brook Middle School, Texas


James is a graduate of the former M.B. Smiley High School. He is a married to a high school English teacher, and a father of two. James has attended Texas Southern University, Morehouse College, and Sam Houston State University. He has been teaching for six years. Presently, James teaches sixth grade math and robotics at Forest Brook Middle School in Houston Independent School District. He is the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year at his campus.

Thrive Ambassador Angela Wright, middle school math - Shelby County Tennessee

Angela Wright

Shelby County School District, Tennessee


Ms. Angela Wright is a 7th grade mathematics teacher at Riverview K-8 School, part of Shelby County School District in Memphis, Tennessee.

Ms. Wright has been in the educational field for 3 years. Though education is her second career, it has always been her first passion.

Ms. Wright’s school is an Innovative Zone (i-Zone) school. The i-Zone is a special subset of Shelby County Schools that has applied to receive additional funding through a School Improvement Grant (SIG) to implement one of four state-approved turnaround models in order to improve student achievement. These schools are defined as schools that fall in the bottom five percent of schools in the state. Riverview K-8 School was among the selected few that were chosen to host the blended-learning pilot program as their core curriculum.

Ms. Wright holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Mississippi State University, a Master of Education degree in Mathematics from Cambridge College, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College.

Students are now entering school being fully fledged digital natives. Because Riverview K-8 is a blended-learning school, it affords Ms. Wright the opportunity to use technology to present her daily lessons more efficiently compared to using textbooks, paper, and pencils. Using Thrive as her primary curriculum and ALEKS® as her primary form of intervention, Ms. Wright has been able to be more active in the area of meeting the diverse needs of her students. Ms. Wright believes that using digital technology encourages more positive attitudes toward learning.

As a result of Ms. Wright’s involvement as a Thrive Ambassador, she has become a local resource for her colleagues, and together they collaborate to create or individualize lessons using the Thrive curriculum. She has been given the opportunity to collaborate with other Ambassadors/educators from across the country to deepen their knowledge of Thrive. Ms. Wright has been given a voice to express her concerns and ideas on how to better implement the Thrive curriculum in the classroom.

Thrive Ambassador, Angela Cochran

Angela Cochran

Highlands Middle School, Kentucky


Angela Cochran is an 8th grade mathematics teacher at Highlands Middle School(HMS) in Fort Thomas, KY. Of her 22 years of teaching experience, 19 of those have been at HMS. Angela graduated with an Elementary Education: Grades 5-8 (mathematics and social studies) degree from Morehead State University in 1993. She completed her Masters in Education, Middle School Curriculum at Northern Kentucky University in 1998. She is currently chair of the mathematics department, co-team leader for team 8-2, and member of the scheduling committee.

Highlands Middle School’s mission is to provide a safe and rigorous learning environment for all students to reach their full potential. It has a proud tradition of being student-centered and academically challenging. The school was recently named the number one middle school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

HMS is a 6 to 8th grade school, which is part of the Fort Thomas Independent School District. The school is in a suburban setting, which draws from three elementary schools and transitions to one high school. HMS currently has a total of 660 students, with 16 percent qualifying for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. It employs around 35 classroom teachers set up in two interdisciplinary teams per grade, with a student/teacher ratio of 19 to 1. The attendance rate is 96.7 percent and the retention rate is 0.4 percent.

Highlands Middle School’s professional staff employs research-based best practices that serve to meet the educational needs of all students. A variety of instructional resources and materials are utilized to lead HMS students to surpassing benchmarks in the College Readiness Standards. All students receive instruction in the content areas of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies with high school credit available in algebra, geometry, Spanish, and German. Additionally, students participate in physical education and health, as well as “encore” classes such as art, drama, music, dance, strings, band, public speaking, chorus, digital design, financial literacy, two world languages and STEM lab. Additionally, HMS provides a MacBook® to each student and teacher.

You Can Help Others Thrive

The Thrive Ambassador program offers five different program pathways. Depending on your area of interest and expertise, you can select up to two pathways as a focus for each school year:

  1. Content Creation
  2. Peer Education
  3. Research
  4. Education Advocacy
  5. Market and Product Advisory

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Benefits of being a Thrive Ambassador include:

  • Celebration as a leader in the field of digital-curriculum integration in the K‐12 space.
  • Recognition for your work and that of your school via case studies, testimonials, and site visits.
  • Unparalleled, direct access to marketing and development teams that help shape the offerings made available to your students and others.
  • Attendance at Ambassador summits to meet other Ambassador members and plan activities for upcoming calendar years.
  • Opportunities to present at local/regional/national events with McGraw‐Hill Education to discuss Thrive use.

For more information on the Thrive Ambassador Program, email thriveambassadors@mheducation.com


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