What We Believe

We believe that great teaching is an art form. While standards and curricula may already be established, teachers can still 'own' the way in which they teach: their mindsets, approach and delivery. This is where we can help. We are not in the business of “fixing” teachers. We work side-by-side with them, inspire them to take important, smart risks with their teaching and share their work with one another.  

Founder, Kimberly Lasher Mitchell


Kimberly started Inquiry Partners with partners Erin Collins Gustafson and Amy Satin Spinelli in 2013. Our advisors include dozens of undergraduate students from University of Washington, where Kimberly currently in the College of Education.

Kimberly is a former IB principal, Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Director at Teach for All, and a frequent speaker and presenter on inquiry-based instruction. She is a graduate of Stanford University's Education Administration and Policy program. Her book, Experience Inquiry, will be published by Corwin Press next year (2018).


Advisors and Consultants

We are a team of inquiry enthusiasts and champions. Our diverse partners and advisors include award-winning teachers, IB principals, education technology professionals, PBL authors, international school educators and parents. Our work is rooted in decades of classroom practice all over the world.