We are Darcy and Julie, a teacher and an instructional coach who have spent the past two years working together to change the way we think about teaching and the choices we are making in classrooms.

We became educators for many reasons. One is because we are curious, and life-long learners. We don’t like to go through the motions or settle into too much routine because we believe that every year in the classroom is the first year of teaching. Nothing stays the same. The kids. The tools. The strategies. The approach. The teacher. It shifts.

We believe that the most effective educators are flexible, and understand that one of the best things they can do for themselves and their students is to never get comfortable or settle into their teaching practice.


We are in it for the long haul, and teacher burnout is real. Teacher self-care is essential.

So what will we offer here?

We are going to share education stories with you. We are going to ask questions, and surface challenges and name strategies and tools that you can use tomorrow in your classroom. 

As English teachers, we believe that one of the most effective ways to get ideas, resources, and tools is through storytelling. William Carlos Williams was onto something when he wrote that we all have a story to tell, and that by listening to each others’ stories we learn and use those learnings to take action. That is what we are here to do together.


Darcy Mueller

Darcy has been an educator in Alaska for over 11 years. Before teaching, she was an Airplane and Powerplant mechanic and worked primarily on helicopters. She earned a B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Management with a minor in Aircraft Safety from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and an M.A.T from the University of Alaska, Southeast in Seconday Education. Her teaching background includes English/language arts, Home Economics, Introduction to French, U.S. History, and physical education. She has taught 10th and 12th grade in the past and is currently teaching 8th grade. She loves knowing her work will never be done in the classroom and there are always improvements to be made. She hopes Classroom Crusaders will be a place to share experiences and help motivate teachers to be the best they can be.


Julie Mason

Julie Mason is an instructional coach at BetterLesson in Boston, Massachusetts. Before coaching teachers, she was a middle and high school English teacher for eight years. In addition to teaching English, she also taught ballet, modern dance and coached cross-country. Julie has a BA in English from Connecticut College, and an MA in English Education from New York University. She began her teaching in the New York City public schools. Julie's teaching philosophy is that emphasizing the process of learning is important. She believes that the most effective teachers are collaborators and work alongside their students. Julie never wants to feel disconnected from the classroom, and hopes that Classroom Crusaders is a space for her to connect with and support educators as they make shifts in their teaching practices. 


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