Brandon Byrd

Senior Editor

Brandon is committed to fostering keen imaginations through meaningful learning experiences. The intersections of academic rigor and relevance motivate his efforts to create compelling educational content.

Brandon maintained an interest in writing during his youth and refined his writing skills at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. After two years of post-college media-related jobs, Brandon obtained an MAT (Masters of Arts in Teaching) from National Louis University and taught as an elementary and middle school teacher in Chicago Public Schools for seven years. As a teacher, Brandon participated in school and network-wide instructional leadership teams where he evaluated curricular resources and led professional developments on standards-aligned instruction.
Brandon is excited to leverage his experiences for his role at ThinkCERCA.


Which condiment is the best condiment? Barbecue sauce is the best condiment. It’s a good mix of sweet and savory.

Favorite Quote: “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” – Marianne Williamson.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be? I think it would be pretty cool to be Captain Planet. Unlike other super heroes, I feel like Captain Planet was more about dismantling systemic corruption than stopping crazed lunatics.