Sheilamary Koch and Ayla Reguero Koch
Sheilamary Koch is an education reporter with over 15 years experience teaching and learning in traditional and alternative settings. Along with covering education initiatives, edtech and research, she enjoys collaborating with educators and youth on new programs, books or creative projects. She’s especially interested in student-centered learning, STEM for under-represented youth and initiatives that encourage artistic expression, community building and self-knowledge. Currently she’s starting a new project to help level the playing field for girls in Mexico by helping them develop woodworking skills. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Twitter @sheilamary67.

Ayla Reguero Koch is a 10th grade student who actively enjoys circus performancing, dance and painting. She is passionate about nature, especially the ocean where she spends a great deal of her free time. Over the past two years, she's traveled to two youth conferences to combat plastic pollution in the world's oceans and has advocated for alternatives to single-use plastic in her community. For the future, she aspires to be an architect committed to sustainable building.