2022 Annual NYSEC Conference Speakers

Kelly Gallagher

Kelly Gallagher is a literacy education author and consultant, specializing in the teaching of English Language Arts for grades 4-12. Informed by a 35-year teaching career working with culturally diverse, underrepresented students, Kelly has developed and shares an ever-evolving body of work that helps teachers engage and empower even the most reluctant readers and writers.

Kelly is the former president of the Secondary Reading Group for the International Literacy Association and the singular author of several professional development books valued by educators and education schools worldwide, including Readicide and Write Like This. His most recent books include 180 Days and 4 Essential Studies, both co-written with Penny Kittle.

Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyGToGo and visit him at kellygallagher.org.

Ileana Jiménez

Ileana Jiménez is a leader in the feminism-in-schools movement and is the founder of feministteacher.com and creator of the #HSfeminism and #K12feminism hashtags.

An English teacher-activist for 25 years, she has taught high school and graduate students, as well as emerging and established teachers critical feminist pedagogies, curricula, and activism. Her high school courses have included classes on Black and Latina feminisms; queer literature; Latinx literature; and a course on Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

Her courses for college and masters students focus on gender, sexuality, and school as well as feminist and queer pedagogies in the English classroom. Ileana’s doctoral research in the English Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University, includes women of color feminisms in schools; intersectional pedagogies; feminist digital and school-based activisms; and feminist research methodologies.

In 2011, she received a Distinguished Fulbright to interview queer youth in Mexico City. Globally, she has presented workshops for teachers in Argentina, Australia, Greece, India, Mexico, and the UK. She has published in Gender in an era of post-truth populism: Pedagogies, challenges and strategies (2022); Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism (volume 1, 2016); Radical Teacher (vol. 106, 2016); One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What’s Gotten Better… and What Hasn’t (Beacon, 2015); SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence (2015); The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future (2015); and Youth Sexualities: Public Feelings and Contemporary Cultural Politics (2018). She received her B.A. in English Literature at Smith College, and an M.A. in English Literature at Middlebury College. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @feministteacher.