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DaVida Alston-Smith

K-12 Sales and Professional Development Manager, GCC

National Geographic Learning


DaVida Alston brings to National Geographic Learning over 25 years of experience as a transformational educator, leading both Districts and Schools in the United States and internationally. DaVida’s career as an educator spans across teaching positions as both an Elementary and Middle School Special Education Teacher, Teacher Leaderships roles, District Level Leadership positions, High School Vice Principal, and Leadership experiences in the UAE as Director of Elementary and Academic Vice Principal (K-12).​ Earning a Master’s Degree in Education and a Specialist in Educational Leadership, DaVida’s vast experiences include curriculum development, building capacity among teachers through research-based professional development, and producing positive outcomes for students through instructional practices based on student data, critical thinking, and building real-world application for students.

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Andrés Ruzo

Andrés Ruzo is the host of the award-winning National Geographic Latin America show, Misterios del Inframundo (Mysteries of the Underworld). His work has been featured across National Geographic platforms, including the Channel, Magazine, Digital, and other media outlets. He is a geothermal scientist, conservationist, science communicator, and educator who in 2011 became the first geoscientist granted the shamanic blessing to study the sacred Boiling River of the Amazon. He is the founder and director of the Boiling River Project, a non-profit dedicated to understanding and protecting the Boiling River area by bringing together science, traditional Amazonian knowledge, and many other disciplines. He is based between Miami (USA) and Lima (Peru), holds degrees in Geology and Finance, and will soon be receiving his Geoscience Ph.D. (SMU). He is also a TED MainStage Speaker and TEDBook Author, and has been featured on numerous major media outlets across the globe.

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