Staff Members

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Josh Thelemann – Interim Program Manager

Josh Thelemann is a graduate of the Hopkins Public School system and attended Augsburg College majoring in Elementary Education.  “Looking back on my own K – 12 experience in Minnesota and having a deep understanding of the need for more Black male teachers, I am very excited at the opportunity BMT presents and feel confident, with the partners and team we have put together, that real change can happen over the period of our demonstration project.”

Josh is a co-founder of 26 Letters, a virtual learning system that supports teachers and entire districts with tools and data to better understand, relate and thus empathize with differing communities.  He recently served as a board member of Black Men Teach and has been instrumental in creating Profound Gentlemen Twin Cities, an affinity group for Black male educators whose mission is to build a community of Black male educators supporting and advocating for one another and their students.  Josh’s experience also includes Outreach Director at Educators for Excellence, founder of Save Our Schools and the co-founder of the Minnesota Chapter of New Leaders Council.  He currently serves on the St. Thomas College of Education Advisory Council and the Generation Next Teacher Diversity Network Committee.