The Teacher Leadership Institute is a national program that readies classroom teachers for leadership roles.

The TLI is a partnership among the MFPE and NEA. Three hundred participants from across the country hone their expertise and engage in leadership work in schools and unions. TLI makes leadership accessible to educators with busy schedules as learning takes place primarily through webinars and video conferences, with much of the work self-paced.

Program Overview
The Teacher Leadership Institute is a year-long (October, 2019 – August, 2020), cohort based learning experience consisting of:

  • Rigorous competency-based curriculum;
  • Applied experience through a self-selected capstone project;
  • Deep local and national community collaboration;
  • Extensive coaching and support; and
  • Evidence-based portfolio documenting growth in the Teacher Leadership

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Current TLI Fellows

First Name Last Name    
Justine Alberts Helena Instructional Coach
Jessica Felchle    
Kelsey Flynn Townsend 2nd Grade
Maria Foot Helena HS Reading/English
Hillary Gnerer Billings Instructional Coad
Hollee Goody Helena HS Math
Cindy Gopp Billings Gifted Ed Teacher

Curriculum Director

Cassi Kutzler Billings 5th grade
Dacia Lackey Bozeman 5th Grade
Teresa Marchant Billings Librarian
Nora Martin Bozeman Librarian
Connie Michael Crow Agency 5th Grade
Amy Miller Ronan Teacher Librarian
Calli Nicholson Billings Instructional Coach
Laura Ortman Helena HS Special Education
Christine O'Shea Bozeman 5th Grade
Nicholas Ottoy Billings Special Education Teacher
Amanda Rapstad Belgrade 4th Grade
LeeAnn Walls Glasgow 5th Grade
Beth Walsh East Helena Math 7th Grade
Chyrle Wohlman Stevensville HS Librarian
Courtney Wolcott Bozeman 4th Grade

Past Capstones

Explore some of the past Teacher Leadership Institute capstone projects.

2017-2018 Capstones

2015-2016 Capstones

2014-2015 Captsones

More About TLI

More Information

Explore some of the Teacher Leadership Institute Competencies.

NEA Teacher Leadership Competencies