The Dignified Learning Team

Emily Miller

Founding Partner with a Focus in Educational Philosophy

With more than 15 years of experience in the field of education, Emily is the co-founder of Dignified Learning. After receiving dual undergraduate degrees in history and secondary education, and a graduate degree in Literacy & Secondary Languages from the University of Cincinnati, she worked in public education as a school administrator, curriculum director, instructional coach, and teacher.

Wishing to make an even greater impact, Emily joined Nextstep where she serves as the Vice President of Dignified Learning. Since joining the team, Emily has helped numerous businesses, schools, and nonprofits create custom eLearning Experiences for their staff and communities.

Matthew Worthen

Founding Partner With A Focus In Platform & Technology

For 16 years, Matthew worked in public education serving in various roles from IT Help Desk Support, to Network Administration, to Tech Coordinator and CIO. He has a background as a consulting resource for nonprofits across Ohio, which has continued his passion for education. Matthew is a proud Google Apps for Education Certified Educator, & Trainer.

As co-founder, he is dedicated to creating better learning experiences for every learner through application- based and user-friendly experiences. 

Callie Heiligenberg

Business Development Representative & Entrepreneurial Expert

Callie is a Business Development Representative for Dignified Learning, where she tells Dignified Learning’s story and shares the positive impact a dignified eLearning experience can have on organizations. She has previous experience as a Junior Instructional Designer, which sculpted her understanding of how to make quality, engaging content in various formats. Callie has a background in business development and an understanding of the importance of effective eLearning from personal experience. She graduated with a BS in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Supply Chain Management, as well as experience studying abroad.

Callie’s personal experience with eLearning has made her an advocate for a dignified and respectful learning experience, no matter the content or audience. 

Nicole Steffan

Sr. Instructional Designer & Professional Educator

Nicole is a Senior Instructional Designer at Dignified Learning, where she applies an educational lens to the crafting of every eLearning experience. Nicole aims to share information that is relevant, meaningful, and respectful to all learners. After receiving a degree in English and a teaching license in Ohio and Kentucky, she spent time teaching in both traditional and nontraditional schools where she played a pivotal role in the creation of the curriculum aligned to state learning and testing standards. She redeveloped and aligned Credit Recovery assessments and structured curriculum to promote literacy development and fill academic gaps to meet individual student needs. Nicole also has experience teaching yoga in studios and community-centered groups informed her classroom teaching and provided a foundation for supporting students’ social emotional learning needs.

Her teaching experience with a vast group of learners informs the development of each custom eLearning experience.

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