- Judy Thibault Klevins is the Swapping Stories Project Creator and Director. Formerly a theatre and language arts teacher and Arlington County's Arts Education Specialist, Ms. Klevins is a Kennedy Center Teaching artist who has led seminars and workshops in 31 states. She consults with universities and other educational and cultural institutions. As a theatre teacher Ms. Klevins directed hundreds of productions. Her students created award-winning original shows for stage and commercial television. One of the arts partnerships she helped initiate was Signature Theatre's Signature in the Schools project at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia.
- Elizabeth Fucella Burgos is Swapping Stories' pioneering teacher partner. A fourth grade teacher at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School, her vision and work has expanded her students' awareness of their families' oral histories.
- Cathie Lockhart is a bilingual educator and three year veteran of the Barrett Elementary School/Culpepper Recreation Center Swapping Stories project. Cathie's coaching helps students learn language, performance skills and increased self-confidence. Cathie was the Barrett Project Director in 2003. Because of her enthusiasm and presentation skills, the Washington Post described her as someone who "could give a Broadway actress a run for her money." In addition to her teaching/coaching skills, Cathie designed inviting and celebratory settings for Barrett's public Premieres.
- Hildi Quinonez is the Editor for the Swapping Stories videos of the students at K.W. Barrett Elementary School and the seniors from Culpepper Gardens Senior Center. She is the Distance Learning Production Specialist for Arlington Public Schools. Hildi is also the producer of Spanish for Educators,a video series that teaches Spanish to school staff in the context of school situations. She is currently developing English for Parents, a series of videos that teaches native Spanish-speaking parents school-related English while providing information about school culture and policies.
- Anita Scott was a Swapping Stories senior story teller who became a workshop leader in 2003. A former language arts teacher, Anita brings great energy and expertise to the project. A former Arlington Public Schools English teacher, Ms. Scott is a natural in leading seniors through a process that helps them create and share their stories with Arlington's children. Her expertise and organizational skills are complemented by her incredible ability to find and nurture the best in others. Since 1998, Ms. Scott has been on the Board of the Arlington Outdoor Education Association. This organization provides a facility and the support for the Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Laboratory. In addition to these two major projects, Anita previously served six years on the Boards of the AVFCU and currently serves on the Board of The Compassionate Friends, a support group for Arlington families who have suffered the loss of a child.
- Chris Blackstone is the Production Manager at Enlighten, an interactive agency. He also consults on various web design projects.
- Harry H. Costner is Gunston Middle School's Video Specialist. Mr. Costner leads student teams that produce award winning video programs for the school and community. In addition to his teaching expertise, Mr. Costner is a professional musician and composer.
- Sharon L. Steen is Gunston Middle School's Theatre Arts teacher and director and the teacher partner of the school's Swapping Stories project. A former lawyer, Ms. Steen is happily pursing additional advanced degrees in education and building collaborative and creative theatre arts projects in her school and community.
- Paddy Bowman of Alexandria, VA, coordinates the National Network for Folk Arts in Education, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts to advocate inclusion of folk arts in K-12 education. She co-edits the CARTS (Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students) Newsletter and Web site, http://www.carts.org. In addition, she develops K-12 folklore in education including Louisiana Voices, an extensive Web-based curriculum in at http://www.louisianavoices.org; The Sounds of History, and an online interactive museum module for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
- Mary Bullock has a rich and varied educational career including: English teacher in Arlington Virginia's secondary schools for 20 years; writing consultant for the U.S. General Accounting Office; head of Public Affairs Special Projects at the National Science Foundation (NSF), 1991-1999; adjunct associate in Social Foundations of Education, University of Virginia/Northern Virginia extension, teaching Aesthetics and Education, Women and Education, and Great Thinkers in Education, 1984-1999.
Beth Vick, Cathie Lockart, Judy T. Klevins, Elizabeth Burgos