A Farewell Letter from NTC CEO and Founder Ellen Moir

Dear colleague and friend, 

After 45 years in education, I am retiring. My career that began in 1972, when I turned the key and stepped into my first-grade classroom at Grace Thille Elementary in Santa Paula, CA, will conclude in just a few short weeks. It feels surreal to contemplate leaving NTC and, as you can imagine, I feel a swirl of emotions as I look ahead.

I am so thankful to have had the privilege of working with such talented individuals. Your drive and dedication to our mission of accelerating teacher effectiveness has truly made a difference in the lives of so many students. I am tremendously proud of all that we have accomplished at NTC and the work we have done together to improve the educational experiences for countless students, teachers, mentors, and others. It has been an honor to work with each and every one of you.

Even more so, I am incredibly excited and hopeful for the future of NTC. I look forward with great optimism as I leave NTC under the highly capable and caring leadership of our new CEO, Desmond Blackburn. NTC has provided educators across the country with professional learning opportunities that have transformed teaching practices. With Desmond at the helm of NTC, we have the unique opportunity to build upon our past successes and evolve so that we continue to deliver the professional supports that educators need.

Twenty years ago, we founded NTC because we saw a lack in support that caused too many teachers to leave the classroom and the profession. Without support, without guidance, without actionable feedback on how to improve, teachers (especially new teachers) do not feel like they’re making a difference in their students’ lives. Teachers need and deserve supports that will help them succeed. And students deserve to have a teacher who is at their absolute best. At NTC, we have provided that difference through our mentoring and coaching programs.

I reflect back with pride at the 300,000 teachers we’ve reached and the 15 million kids across America whose lives they have lifted. We are truly making a difference, but we still have a long way to go. We must persist in this journey of ending educational inequities for all students. And under Desmond’s leadership, that’s exactly what we’ll do.

Helping teachers is not just a professional growth issue; it’s a social justice issue. Every child deserves a great teacher. This has been the mission of NTC from the start and it continues to be the mission that drives us today and into the future.

As I pass the torch, I urge you to remember that, at the end of the day, it’s all about relationships, relationships, relationships – the teachers and educators, the students they directly impact every day, and the communities they will better. By supporting educators, we support students and build a better future.

Warm regards, always,




Ellen Moir

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