We are excited to announce the Listenwise Advocate Program! We are gathering a small group of Listenwise experts and enthusiastic users who will encourage and inspire their fellow educators.

Who are the Listenwise Advocates?


Listenwise Advocates are a community of educators of grades 2 -12 who are passionate about the power of podcasts, public radio, and listening resources as a way to expand student learning. They are power users of Listenwise PREMIUM and want to promote the use of Listenwise in the classroom and spread their love of instructional listening resources. They encourage and inspire fellow educators in the community to use Listenwise.

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Read about the the benefits and perks, along with the expectations of being a Listenwise Advocate.

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Meet the Listenwise Teacher Advocates


Brett Benson


Brett Benson is a middle school social studies teacher at Millard North Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska. He teaches 7th grade World Geography and serves as the social studies department chair. His passion for current events and podcasting drew him to Listenwise in 2019. He has been using the program as the centerpiece of current events instruction in his classroom ever since. His favorite element of Listenwise is the Friday "Debate" stories which he uses to teach students how to formulate an evidence-based argument and practice civil discourse.

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Jim Bentley


Jim Bentley teaches 5th and 6th grade in the Elk Grove School District in California. Jim is a national trainer for the Center for Civic Education, National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education, a National Geographic Fellow, and Newsela Certified Educator. He won the American Civic Education Teacher Award in 2011.

Hear from Jim

Listenwise Webinars:

Listenwise Elementary Remote Learning
Envisioning Multimedia Text Sets

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Theresa Blanchard


Theresa Blanchard has worked in Sanger Unified School District in California as a teacher, Curriculum Support Provider, and District Instructional Specialist.  She enjoys providing professional development and collaborating with other educators to improve instruction and services for all students, especially English learners.  Theresa continues to share educational best practices, resources, & reflections on and Twitter @CarteBlanchard.

Listenwise Webinars:

Using Podcasts to Improve English Proficiency & Engagement

Building Capacity Beyond Compliance to Support English Learners


Katie Booth

Katie Booth is a middle school master teacher at Oxford Preparatory Academy in Mission Viejo, CA who is currently teaching all content areas. She has been teaching for 6 years after making a career change from the business world, and is loving every minute. She has a Master's Degree in STEAM education, and training in CAASPP and CA NGSS.

Hear from Katie

Listenwise Webinar - Listenwise Teacher Best Practices


Lara Covey


Lara Covey is an ELL Teacher in Angola, IN for both the middle and high school and has been there for the last 7 years. She has also taught for 2 years ESL at Trine University. In addition, she has been teaching for another 12 years for both private and public in the state of California. Prior to teaching, she served 4 years in the United States Navy. She served on her first review team for AdvanceED in 2015. She also serves on the team at her institution and worked to prepare both the middle and high school for their past review in 2016. Mrs. Covey holds a Master's degree in Education TESOL, a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies, and a Teaching Credential in General Ed K-8, Social Sciences 6-8, and EL K-12.

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Erik Eve


Erik Eve is an 8th grade Social Studies Teacher in Lindenhurst, NY. He teaches honors classes using PBL, blended learning, and Google Classroom. He teaches PD to other districts on Long Island and is on the district Technology Committee.

Hear from Erik


Collaboration is Key in Erik Eve's 8th Grade Classroom
Hurricane Podcasting Project

Andrew Garnett-Cook

Andrew Garnett-Cook is a social studies teacher in the Brookline Public Schools in Massachusetts. He teaches Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations and U.S. History.

Hear from Andrew

Blog: Reflections on NCSS - Teaching History Through Current Events

Interpreting Evidence About The Past, Using Listenwise

Listenwise Webinar: Bringing History to Life with Public Radio


Paul Hernandez


Paul Hernandez is an educator and football coach at Sanger High School in Sanger, California. He has been teaching U.S. History and Academic Language Development for six years. Paul has a passion for collaborating with other educators in order to support English learners as they develop language proficiency and listening comprehension skills.

Listenwise Webinar: Meeting the Needs of ELs in Remote Learning Using Listenwise


Laura Krenicki


Laura Krenicki is a 6th grade geography and world cultures teacher at William J. Johnston Middle School in Colchester, Connecticut. She works with students and teachers around the world in global collaborations and inquiry projects. She is the recipient of the Orion Award at Mystic Seaport Museum, the Excellence in Social Studies Education from the Connecticut Council of the Social Studies, and the Distinction in Geography Education from the National Council of Geographic Education. She is a certified Google Educator, National Geographic Educator & Trainer, and Flipgrid Ambassador.

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Mike Messner

Mike Messner is a social studies teacher at Los Altos High School in Los Altos, CA, and an adjunct instructor of California History at Skyline College in San Bruno, CA. He is a Google Certified Educator: Levels 1 & 2; an Advisor to Future Business Leaders of America; blogger and a lifelong audiophile.

Hear from Mike

Listenwise Webinar: Listenwise Teacher Best Practices


Bonnie Nieves


Bonnie is a high school life science teacher in Massachusetts. She is committed to helping students make meaningful connections to science concepts through authentic experiences. She is a Google Level 2 certified educator and PAEMST nominee.

Hear from Bonnie

Listenwise Webinar: Quick Tips! Instructional Strategies for Using Listenwise



Eric Page

Eric Page teaches English and World History at Orinda Intermediate School in Orinda, CA. A veteran educator with more than twenty years of experience, he has attended numerous training programs in literacy and project-based learning including Columbia's Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and the Buck Institute.

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Dr. Scott Petri


Dr. Scott Petri is a High School History Teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Valencia, California. He is the 2021 California Council for the Social Studies recipient of Outstanding High School Teacher of the year. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Educational Administration. He is a board member of the California Council for the Social Studies and the past President of the Southern California Social Studies Association.

Listenwise Webinars:

How to Teach and Assess Listening in the K12 Classroom

Practical Ways to Address SEL Goals with Podcasts


Listening is a 21st-Century Skill (


Viviani Piekutowski

Viviani is a 6th grade teacher in Santa Maria, CA, teaching multiple subjects. She has been teaching 6th grade for 4 years now. Last year she used Listenwise for a few months and found it valuable for my students. The stories are engaging and students learned about a great variety of topics. This year she hopes to use it consistently throughout the whole school year.

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Francesca Rivellini


Francesca Rivellini is a Middle School Special Educator in Closter, New Jersey. She is also the Founder of Riv's Room, which strives to support teachers as they instruct students with special needs. Francesca believes that all students and teachers can succeed in accomplishing their dreams and goals. In 2017, Francesca was honored with the University of Hartford's Alumni Giving Back Award for upholding the ideals of education in her teaching practice and the community she serves.

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John Sullivan


John Sullivan is the Director of Teacher and Student Development at MESA Charter School in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. After 15 years as a science teacher in an extremely wide variety of educational settings, he is now focused on bringing authentic, student-driven, project based learning experiences to urban, public high schools. Podcasting, as both a listening and creative endeavor, plays a heavy role in the Senior capstone social action project as many students choose to seek out or in many instances create, audio in one form or another, to learn about, raise awareness of and communicate about their topics and proposed solutions. In addition to being a long-time, ravenous consumer of podcasts, John truly believes in their power to transform individual learners, whole classrooms, entire schools and society in general!


Janette Snyder

Janette Snyder is a dedicated and motivated educator. She received her Bachelor in English/Language Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009 and received her Masters of Education in English as a Second Language in 2017 from Concordia University. She currently teaches English 11 and English Language Development. Furthermore she is a tech lead and also advised the Gay Straight Alliance Club. In her free time she likes to spend time with her husband and two children. She also likes to spend her time hiking, camping, and running. Her favorite events are overnight races with a team of runners.


Julie Waugh-Ritchie


Julie Waugh-Ritchie is a social studies, English, and HS English Language Development teacher at a K-12 creative arts academy, in Colorado. She has been teaching middle and high school for the past 21 years. She also coaches and evaluates the English department in her building and serves on the Instructional Services Advisory team to support English Language Learners. In addition, she helps to train new teacher leaders in her district. She believes that the Listenwise application has revolutionized the ability to teach students to listen critically, which is vital in working with non-native English speakers; and shares this and other resources with colleagues to promote quality instruction for all students.


Richard Winters

Richard is a Library Media Teacher at Wasco High School in Wasco, CA. Before entering the library he taught English 9-12 and ELD. His 17 years of experience has helped teach him the importance of students in practicing speaking and listening! Through this time he also has worked closely with the technology department to integrate new programs in the district.

Hear from Richard

About the Listenwise Advocate Program

Listenwise Advocate Benefits and Perks

  • Membership in the Listenwise Advocate-only Learning Community
  • First look at new product features and opportunity to share feedback directly with Listenwise Instructional Team
  • An official Listenwise Advocate digital badge
  • Listenwise swag
  • Recognition on Listenwise website
  • Certificates awarded for contributions
  • Optional leadership opportunities, such as writing blog posts, presenting webinars, moderating Twitter chats, and invitations to speak at conferences

Listenwise Advocate Expectations

  • Frequently and consistently use Listenwise PREMIUM features with students
  • Grow the use of Listenwise in your school by sharing

    • ways to integrate with curriculum
    • your passion for using Listenwise
    • tips for new users

  • Share a Teacher Spotlight for the Listenwise Newsletter
  • Write a blog post highlighting a strategy taught using a Listenwise story
  • Lead the conversation about Listenwise through social media
  • Present Listenwise to your school staff or grade-level teams.
  • Opportunity to lead or co-present conference sessions
  • Opportunity to lead or co-present webinars on integrating Listenwise into teaching, share best practices during webinars.


How to Apply

You can apply online here.


If you have any questions, please email