Jonathan Santos Silva
Founder & Host
Jonathan Santos Silva is the Founder of The Liber Institute, an organization focused on developing the leadership capacity of Indigenous students, families, and educators to transform their schools and the communities they serve. Prior to this, Jonathan served as a school founder, instructional coach, education consultant, and on-the-ground support to South Dakota’s Native American Achievement Schools. His education career began at Little Wound School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where he taught secondary math and called play-by-play for Mustang Athletics.
Jonathan identifies as a Black (Cape Verdean), cis-gender, able-bodied, straight man from a working-class immigrant family in Brockton, MA. He holds an M.A. in Education Administration from the University of South Dakota and a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University. He is also a 2017-2018 School Systems Leaders (Cambiar Catalyst) Fellow and 2019 TNTP Bridge Fellow.
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Producer & Co-Host
Doc Miller is an award-winning educator who taught at a public high school in Indianapolis for over a decade. Before that, he was a radio and television host and even did a little record producing back in the day. Doc now works for a national education non-profit supporting the development of teachers, leaders, and learning communities that deeply engage all students, specifically those students who have been underserved by the current educational system, in meaningful and rigorous academic opportunities to support them in meeting and exceeding the high expectations they hold for themselves.
Doc identifies as a white, cis-gender, able-bodied, gay man, who was raised in a lower-income community in South Carolina by his single mother who worked hard to ensure he would be a first-generation college student. He earned a B.S. in Bio-medical Science, multiple graduate degrees in Education, and is an alumnus of The National SEED Project. In his on-going journey to be a more inclusive and equitable leader in the education community, Doc attempts to intentionally seek out diverse perspectives, work to understand how his own identity influences how he shows up in his work, and strives to be both an ally and co-conspirator in the critical work of dismantling the opportunity gap that exists for students of color.