We are comprised of teachers and leaders who have a love for this community and the teaching profession.
Phoebe Lee, Founder & CEO
Phoebe knew at an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. To follow her dreams, she received her B.S. in Social Studies Education and American Sign Language Summa Cum Laude from New York University. She then earned her Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law. Phoebe is certified to teach K-12 and AIG in NC and has since taught Middle School Social Studies at Durham Public Schools. Phoebe is most excited about the opportunity to truly support and bring together teachers in the goal of celebrating and recognizing their creative work and impact.
Ikee Gardner, Development Director
Ikee Gardner is a J.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina School of Law. She earned a B.S. in Economics and B.A. in English Literature from Duke University, cum laude. She taught middle school students in South Korea, taught high school students in Chile, and ran an educational center in Chicago prior to attending law school. She is passionate about increasing available resources for educators.
Dinh Phan, Founder & Chief Advisor
Dinh believes teachers are among the most creative, inspiring, and resourceful people in the world. She started Creative Freedom Awards as a platform for teachers to connect and share what matters to them. Dinh earned her A.B. in English and NC Elementary Education licensure from Duke University. She earned her Ed.M. in Learning & Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with the support of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color. A certified AIG teacher, Dinh has taught 5th grade LEAP and 3rd grade in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and K-2 AIG in Durham Public Schools. Dinh was the 2012-13 Duke Program in Education Fellow and is currently in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Development at Boston University.
Teacher Advisory Board
Our teacher advisory board is comprised of current public school teachers in the Triangle who are dedicated to supporting the work of other teachers.
Katherine Worley, 5th Grade LEAP Teacher, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Beth Joyner, 4th Grade, Kestrel Heights, Public Charter School in Durham
Tomika Altman-Lewis, K-5 AIG Facilitator, Burton, Durham Public Schools
Executive Advisory Board
Our advisory team is comprised of outstanding educators and community leaders who share a great respect for teachers and the teaching profession.