Mission

Our mission is to provide collective collaboration of digital education resources for K-12 teachers in a single interactive online platform. We value equity in education, giving our teachers access to freely shared content and linking to supportive classroom resources. 

When it comes to education, those who have access to the best resources and the latest resources have the greatest chance to succeed. But as is so often the case in the field of education, we often have so many resources at our fingertips through search engines that it is hard to know which ones are great for our needs and which fall short.

At Elementary Blueprint, our vision is to harness the insight and experience of all of the greatest teachers across the world and bring them all together in one platform where we can learn from the experiences, insight, and recommendations of our colleagues in education. This way, instead of blindly clicking through search engines for the right resource and wondering if they are going to work, you can easily find the tried and true favorites of other teachers.

Our unique platform allows all teachers to tailor their own experiences by selecting what subjects, disciplines and grade levels are relevant to their needs. With a custom feed, every time teachers log in, they can easily see newly added resources that match their exact interests and needs. But equally importantly, all teachers can also share their own resources, and rate and provide feedback and comments on other resources to help fellow teachers make use of those things that have worked best and avoid those that do not. With our teachers as content experts, we cover every subject and areas related to support services, working proactively to master the ever-evolving education system and keep everyone in the know.

As technology and research moves us forward, we’ve built the ultimate platform for success during these vital years of academic, social, and emotional growth.

So whether you’re a teacher running a classroom full of varying needs, switching grade levels or subject areas, tutoring a child, or are a parent working to help your child at home, our goal is build a platform where all teachers can share what they know and connect you with the latest and greatest resources and information to help you instruct your young learners.

Our team

Last updated: August 2020

Kelly Pascarella

Kelly Pascarella: Creator, Elementary Blueprint

Hi, I'm Kelly! I've served in public education for 16 years as an inclusive classroom teacher in grades K-8 and as a gifted education coordinator. I have my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and my Master's Degree in K-12 Leadership & Administration.

My doctoral research investigates the abundance of resources available to us as teachers, including teachers' information and communication technology capacities, teachers' personal information management systems, and open education resource sharing.

As a mom and a teacher, it can be hard to keep up with the latest resources and content that can best impact the learners in my classroom. I invite you and the teachers of the Elementary Blueprint community to learn from one another, to share your free original content and link to helpful resources, and to inspire other teachers in classrooms across the globe. 

Building the infrastructure to support teachers' modern day digital needs comes down to one truth: all children deserve equal access to a quality education. The more tools you're aware of as the treacher, the greater the impact you can have on your students as an educator.

I invite you to learn more about our team, our mission, and our partnership with The Teach Better Team as we proudly host teacher-created grids (@thegridmethod) as a main element of our free content downloads here on Elementary Blueprint. 

Nicole Kelly: Chief Content Curator

Nicole has 8 years of teaching experience in both the public and private educational settings. She earned her Elementary Education and Secondary Social Studies education degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Additionally, Nicole has a Master’s Degree in Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from Duquesne University. 

Nicole is passionate about learning and loves to develop creative lessons, explore educational resources, and seek out professional development opportunities. She loves to collaborate with teachers and believes that is one of the best ways to grow in the field. Nicole hopes that teachers who visit Elementary Blueprint will find it a place to explore new resources and share their knowledge with fellow colleagues.

Laura Lisien: Non-profit Business Manager

Laura is the business manager of Elementary Blueprint. She has a deep understanding and love of non-profit management. In 2003, she graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Museum Management. She later went on, in 2006, to receive her Master's Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon. From there, she furthered her business acumen in the Public Sector for more than six years at Deloitte Consulting as a Senior Consultant in the Strategy and Operations practice. She worked with clients such as Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Marine Department of Medicaid and Medicare on technology and finance projects. Her love of non-profit management, especially pertaining to education organizations, has led her to take on her current role at Elementary Blueprint. Her goal is to set up, run, and manage the organization's non-profit structure in order to maximize the benefit of the website for all teachers. She is also a dedicated wife and mother of two boys and is an active member in various Parent Teacher Organizations for the Upper St. Clair School District.