Kristina Ishmael is a fellow for Public Interest Technology at New America. She is collaborating with the Education Policy program to support states and districts using Open Educational Resources (OER) to transform teaching and learning.
Before joining New America, Ishmael was the K-12 open education fellow at the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology where she led the #GoOpen movement, in the perfect culmination of her passion for removing roadblocks for student access to resources and providing professional learning for educators.
Prior to her work at the U.S. Department of Education, she worked as the digital learning specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education where she collaborated with 245 public school districts and 17 educational service agencies, led professional learning, and advocated for school librarians. This experience granted her a unique perspective on deploying educational technology to provide equitable access and opportunities in urban, suburban, and rural school systems. Before her role with the state, Ishmael was a teacher to high risk elementary ELL students in Ralston Public Schools and a second grade and kindergarten teacher in Omaha Public Schools.
Ishmael holds a master of arts in learning technologies from Pepperdine University, in addition to a master of science in reading and English as a second language from Concordia University of Nebraska. She earned a bachelor of arts in early childhood education and elementary education from Peru State College, as well as a bachelor of interdisciplinary studies in business and mass communications from Arizona State University.