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Summer Principals Academy NYC
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Betsy Fenske

Elizabeth Fenske is an educational consultant. Most recently, she serves as an Internship Coach for the Teachers College at Columbia University where she supports the leadership development of interns enrolled in the Summer Principals Academy (SPA). Ms. Fenske also works as a faculty member for the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University where she is an elementary and middle school Teach for America university facilitator supervising and mentoring first year teachers in public and charter schools in the District of Columbia. Formerly, Ms. Fenske was the Assistant Superintendent for the Cluster V schools in Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, Virginia. In this role, she had oversight responsibility for 24 schools including elementary, middle, high, special education centers, and a career and technical education academy with a student population of over 17,300 students. Ms. Fenske monitored instruction and student achievement; hired, mentored, and evaluated school administrators; brokered support services for schools; and acted as a liaison with parents, community members, civic agencies, and business partners. Ms. Fenske has also been an elementary teacher, science curriculum specialist, assistant principal, and principal. In 1998, she opened the largest elementary school in the Washington Metropolitan area on the Fort Belvoir Army Installation, serving over 1300 students in kindergarten through grade six. Earlier in her career, Ms. Fenske was the recipient of a Fulbright Foreign Exchange Teacher Award. Ms. Fenske has worked as a consultant for the National Academy of Science and the Smithsonian Institution. She led the Science and Technology for Children project and developed “hands-on” resource units to support the teaching of elementary science in the nation’s schools. Ms. Fenske received her B.S. degree in Education and Psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and an M.Ed. degree in Education Administration and Supervision from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.