About Modern Learners

Modern Learners helps organizational leaders build a culture of learning through community, content, and events. We help you design joyful learning experiences by keeping a focus on learning.

WE Believe…

the purpose of community and events is to grow, change, and learn!
Events facilitate connections.
Connections provide opportunities to learn more.
Learning more together builds community. Building community leads to stronger, more sustainable impact.
Creating sustainable impact generates momentum.
Momentum becomes a movement,
and movements create the change we want to see in the world.

The Modern Learners Lens

We don’t chase fads, buzzwords or buzzphrases, and we raise an eyebrow at cutting edge.

We situate our work in what we call our Modern Learners Lens.

Everything we do at Modern Learners is guided by our beliefs about learning. We believe that learning is defined by wanting to learn more.

At Modern Learners, we pay attention to the modern contexts. We pay attention to what is happening around the world and the impact that will have on your organization’s learning experiences.

Finally, we strive to align our practices with our beliefs about learning and the modern contexts shaping our lived experiences.

Our beliefs, contexts, and practices help us find the clarity we need to keep the focus on learning.

Modern Learners Lens that contains beliefs, contexts, and practices in a venn diagram.

Meet the Behind-the-Scenes Team

Missy Emler

Chief Learning Officer

Missy has served in a variety of roles throughout her career in education:  special education teacher, principal, Statewide Systems Coach for Universal Design for Learning. As the owner of the Modern Learners Community, Missy has found great joy in coaching school leaders along their journey to create a strong culture of learning in their local communities.

Modern Learners Community manager Lyn Hilt

Lyn Hilt

Community Manager

Lynn has 20 years of experience as an educational leader, having served as an elementary school principal, an instructional technology coach, and as a teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels. As community manager, she works hard to share relevant and inspiring content with you and to ensure that MLC is a place you consider your learning home. 

Hazel Mason

Hazel Mason

Community Manager

Hazel has been a superintendent of education, a principal in four schools, and a guidance counselor. She is passionate about modern learning and hopes for a brave new education world. Hazel’s career in education has provided her with many experiences to share. She coaches through an inquiry model, and she’s ready to support school leaders on their learning journey.