Meet the Team

Jan Riggsbee

Professor of Education and Co-Founder & Director of Duke TeachHouse

Jan Riggsbee is a Professor of the Practice in the Duke University Program in Education and founding director of Duke TeachHouse. As a senior member of the Education faculty, she has provided leadership to the department and university in various roles during her Duke career, including two terms as director and chair of the Program in Education, director of Duke’s Elementary Teacher Preparation Program, director of Knowledge in the Service of Society/Duke FOCUS Program, and faculty mentor for two Bass Connections teams. A seasoned educator, she has also served public and private educational institutions as an educational consultant, school administrator, and classroom teacher. Research interests focus on teacher growth and development, mentorship and coaching, school innovation, and community-based learning. Honors include the Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award/Robert B. Cox Award and the David E. Paletz Award for Innovations in Teaching. 

Mike Chiang 

TeachHouse Work Study 2016-2018
Focus: Design, Photography, Graphics, and Information Technology

As an undergraduate Economics major and Education minor at Duke University, Mike supported TeachHouse by photographing TeachHouse events and designing and creating media content such as an educational video series and annual report. Through his work with TeachHouse, Mike realized his passion for education which motivated his decision to enter the Duke Secondary Teacher Preparation Program. After completing the program, Mike entered the classroom in 2018 and currently teaches high school Social Studies in Baltimore, Maryland. 

 

Langley King Ellmann

Community Engagement & Partnership Liaison 

A graduate of Duke’s Elementary Teacher Preparation Program, Langley Ellmann has taught in North Carolina public schools for five years. She also worked for two years in London, UK for an educational start-up, The Girls' Network, focused on providing non-academic mentoring and support to young women across the UK. After completing a Masters of Education Policy & Leadership from Harvard University, Langley has returned to Durham to support TeachHouse to strategically address key educational issues, position itself to scale and grow, and engage community members and partners to support educators and schools in new and innovative ways. 

Jacob Rubin

Undergraduate Innovation Fellow

Jacob is a senior at Duke completing a major in Computer Science along with minors in Education and Music. Through his time at Duke, Jacob has volunteered in the Durham Public School System and music-education non-profits Kidznotes and Walltown Children's Theater. As the TeachHouse Innovation Fellow, he has engineered the current TeachHouse website and is working to build an online forum of self-directed learners, enthusiasts, and professional educators. Believing that collaboration and communication are key to effective practice, Jacob aims to scale and grow TeachHouse as both an online presence and living-learning community.

Savannah Lee Windham

Education Staff Specialist with Duke TeachHouse 

Savannah Windham is a National Board Certified Teacher with nearly ten years experience in the field of education. After receiving her BA in English from the University of Kansas, Savannah taught English abroad in Northern Spain with the Spanish Ministry of Education and cultivated her passion for working with young people. Teaching abroad inspired her to pursue her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Duke University, and upon graduation she joined Northern High School in Durham, North Carolina, where she taught 5 years as an English Teacher working primarily with 9th and 11th grade students. In 2016, Savannah was awarded the Stanford Hollyhock Fellowship for early-career teachers working in urban contexts. The following year, she joined Duke TeachHouse as a Resident Mentor Fellow. TeachHouse inspired Savannah to delve deeper into educational innovation and explore education in a global context through professional development trips to education systems in Finland, Canada, and Nepal. Savannah currently works as a Staff Specialist in the Program in Education at Duke supporting TeachHouse initiatives and plans to attend UNC’s Master of Educational Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Program starting in fall 2020.

Carter Zenke

Nechyba Innovation Fellow

Carter joined TeachHouse in 2018 as the TeachHouse Innovation Fellow, guiding the launch of the house’s educational technology lab. He is now a master’s student in Technology, Innovation, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he studies computing education, identity development, constructionism, and creativity. As co-founder of the CSbyUs lab, Carter collaborated with Durham educators to lead the development of North Carolina’s upcoming elementary computer science curriculum. A future computer science teacher, he intends to continue leading research from the classroom—bringing teacher and student voice to the implementation of policy. Carter is currently pursuing an EdM in Technology, Innovation, and Education at Harvard University.