Announcing the 2020 IXL Elite 100

IXL reveals annual list of top teachers in the midst of an unprecedented moment in education

Congratulations to this year’s Elite 100 teachers! Our seventh annual Elite 100 list honors educators from across the globe who have prioritized personalized learning with IXL during the 2019-20 academic year. The Elite 100 were selected from 700,000 teachers and reside in 36 U.S. states, as well as in Canada and Venezuela. 

School closures due to the coronavirus pandemic spurred many educators to reinvent their teaching styles to fit new learning environments. Many teachers used IXL’s comprehensive curriculum to support daily instruction, leading to increased classroom performance despite learning virtually. Others utilized the Real-Time Diagnostic to identify struggling students and offer targeted intervention so children didn’t fall behind while learning from home. Additionally, educators leveraged detailed reports from IXL Analytics to facilitate data-driven instruction and support learners at the perfect level. 

Elite 100 in the news

IXL Elite 100 educators have been celebrated across the country. Check out some of the highlights:

WATE – ABC News – Maryville teacher named to IXL 100 Elite Educators List

  • Beth Gotcher, a kindergarten teacher in Tennessee, spoke to ABC News about her Elite 100 win, and how she uses IXL to supplement math and language arts lessons during remote learning.

Texarkana Gazette – Foreman educator lauded for teaching methods

  • Teresa Crenshaw, who has been teaching fifth grade in the Foreman School District for seven years, was recognized by IXL for her ability to keep students engaged with the use of this virtual program, despite various communication challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Midland Daily News – St. Brigid’s Sara Groth named among 100 elite teachers worldwide

  • Sara Groth, from St. Brigid Catholic School in Midland, was one of the Elite 100 teachers recognized this year. She uses IXL in various ways to reinforce concepts, identify areas for reteaching, and personalize instruction for her students no matter where they were learning from.

All on Georgia – Lyerly Elementary Teacher Lisa Bullard Gets Worldwide Recognition

  • Making the prestigious Elite 100 list was Lyerly Elementary School teacher Lisa Bullard. “I was shocked when I received the package containing the letter and award from IXL. It is not me, but the students who have earned this reward for their hard work and effort,” Bullard said.

KVOA – NBC News – Local teacher named among IXL Learning’s Elite 100

  • A local teacher is being recognized for his commitment to students during this unprecedented time in education. Alejandro Gallegos, from Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence, has been identified by IXL Learning as one of the Elite 100.

 CT Post – Shelton teacher earns national educational recognition

  • Tina Taylor uses the Real-Time Diagnostic to identify areas for reteaching and offer targeted intervention, so that no child slipped through the cracks while away from the physical classroom.

KOAM – CBS News – A Baxter Springs, Kansas teacher is “elite”

  • A Baxter Springs teacher didn’t think a one-size-fits-all approach was helping her special education students. So she changed it with the help of IXL Learning.

How the Elite 100 use IXL

See how these Elite 100 teachers implement IXL to guarantee every student receives a high-quality education, regardless of where they are taught:

“Using IXL for virtual learning allowed me to utilize content from previous grade levels to fill in gaps for my struggling learners and provide above grade level challenges for students that needed that enrichment. In today’s new world, the Live Classroom feature is also valuable, as it allows me to obtain important information on the spot for facilitating a more productive lesson.” —Robert Stincer, Pine Jog Elementary School in West Palm Beach, Florida

“IXL saves me countless hours searching for content and allows me to remediate skill gaps immediately. I’ve had numerous kids increase their scores upwards of 15 points on the MAP standardized test in a school year, and close an entire grade level gap!”—John Martin, Roosevelt Elementary School in Cicero, Illinois

“I find the Student Score Chart to be very effective in helping me gauge a student’s progress across various standards. The Real-Time Diagnostic is also an excellent tool to monitor student growth in real-time. It allows me the opportunity to intervene when I see a child struggling with a particular concept.”— Sacia Sides, La Jolla Elementary School in Moreno Valley, California

“I use IXL to help review for a possible ‘COVID slide’, as well as a way to drive virtual instruction. Make IXL a weekly assignment and before you know it, you have an extra pair of hands helping ease this transition into the world of remote learning.”—Tara Soto, William Shemin Midtown Community School in Bayonne, New Jersey. 

“I frequently look at the Trouble Spots report to see which students are struggling with skills so that we can do a whole class, small group, or individual review of concepts to make sure students can overcome trouble spots.”—Molly Flores, UCIC Learning Center in Bothell, Washington

To see the full Elite 100 list, visit