Educator Spotlight

Get tips and ideas from Flip educators like you!

Published August 21, 2023
Last updated December 11, 2023


One of the most amazing things about using Flip is the inspiring, innovative and empowering educators in more than 190 countries around the world who make up the Flip community! That’s why each month, we spotlight and celebrate one of the many outstanding teachers who use Flip and their great ideas!


This month, in celebration of Computer Science Education, Ann Kozma talked to Victor “Coach” Hicks, a thought leader in CS Ed and CSTA Equity Fellow, who uses Flip to encourage students to communicate throughout their problem-solving experience. Hicks appreciates how Flip provides students with an equitable way to share their voice and makes the process of communicating more fun and creative. Watch our full interview with Victor below to get his perspective on the introduction of AI in education.    

In November, we spoke with Bronwyn Joyce, a 20-year educator turned principal from Australia who has been using Flip for years to create a more inclusive classroom and bring more global awareness to her students.  She believes students are the changemakers of the future and has created a wildly successful Flip group called Our Global Classroom which uses Flip to bring the outside world in, helping students who have not had the opportunity to travel to better understand global cultures and the United Nations Sustainable Goals. Hear more from Bronwyn in this month’s interview!

In September, we talked to Lanny Watkins from South Wales, a longtime friend of Flip and a bright star in our global community. Lanny shared with us the importance of surrounding yourself with the people who bring out the best in you, and he reflected on the moments that he saw this happen in Flip. Lanny also shared how he’s been able to spark student creativity in Flip.  

In August, we talked to veteran educator Alfredo Silva who shares how Flip’s recent updates have made it his go-to tool for his high school students. Silva talks about his ah-ha moment when he used Flip to reinvigorate his annual Back to School night. Instead of a room of tired parents just getting off work, he gave parents an opportunity to ask him questions and share with him on Flip on their own time. The responses were more than he ever expected, and helped him start his school year with a much deeper understanding of both his students and their families.  

In July, we spent time with Melisa Hayes, a 2nd grade teacher from Ohio, who shared with us how excited she is to see her students thriving with modern teaching tools like Flip and even AI – technology she wishes was available when she was a student herself! 


During our interview, Melissa also shared a fun Back to School idea for Flip educators. She asks parents to secretly record a video to welcome their child to the first day of school, and loves watching her students light up when they received their surprise video message in the classroom.