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Current Students

Education Policy program trains students for their careers as policy analysts, policy advocates, and educational researchers. As you read through our website and evaluate if this program is a good match for you, consider the perspectives of our current students and alumni.

Ph.D. in Education Policy/LPP

Adina Brooks

Ph.D. student in Education Policy Program

Previous Colleges:
Columbia University, B.A. in Urban Studies
NYU, Master in Public Administration
Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A. in Politics and Education

Saima Gowani

Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy Program
Specialization: Early Childhood Education and International Education Policy


While at Teachers College, I have honed my understanding of the social, political, and cultural contexts that shape early childhood policy in the United States as well as globally. I am interested in using data to evaluate the effectiveness of policies, and my training at TC has bolstered my ability to do rigorous quantitative data analysis in order to influence policy. While at TC, I have also been a Graduate Research Fellow at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University. The Center works to advance policy, education, and development issues of children and their families through interdisciplinary research. While at the Center, I’ve evaluated programs and policies that affect young children and their families. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a consultant on projects with UNICEF and the Economist magazine’s Economic Intelligence Unit doing literature reviews, desk reviews, and data collection and analysis.

At present, I am doing some consulting work with a UNICEF-funded project in Pakistan to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a birth-to-two intervention to promote young children’s development. Prior to returning to academia, I worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist with the Aga Khan Foundation. While there, I developed research and monitoring tools to measure quantitative and qualitative progress of children, teachers, and schools. Most prominently in my work there, I designed an Education Management Information System (EMIS) to help AKF monitor progress in its 3,000 schools globally.

Jacqueline Jodl

Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy Program
Specialization: Developmental Psychology

Previous Colleges:
University of Minnesota, B.A. in Political Science
University of Chicago, M.B.A. in Marketing/Finance
Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A. in Politics and Education

Jacqueline is currently in the dissertation stage of her doctoral studies examining the relationship between non-cognitive skills and gender differences in educational attainment.  Her disciplinary specialization includes developmental psychology with research interests in quantitative methods, early childhood, adolescence, gender differences and the relationship between student performance and school, teacher and peer effects.

Shibani Khanna

Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy Program

Previous Colleges:
University of Texas at Austin, BS in Communication Studies
Brown University, MA in Urban Education Policy

Specialization: Early Childhood Policy

Research interests: early childhood governance and workforce related issues

Elisabeth Kim

Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy Program

Previous Colleges:
Barnard College, BA in American Studies
CUNY City College of New York, MS in Childhood Education
Teachers College Columbia University, ME in Sociology and Education
Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, MA in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences

Hana Lahr

Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy Program
Specialization: higher education, quality assurance, and comparative international education studies


Previous Colleges:
University of Florida, B.A. in Music Performance
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, M.S. in Counseling

Hana's research interests include inequality of access and opportunity to higher education, quality assurance, and comparative international education studies. She is a Senior Research Assistant at the Community College Research Center where she conducts research on the impacts of performance funding.

Katherine Ledwell

Ph.D. student in Education Policy Program

Previous Colleges:
Barnard College, B.A. in Anthropology
Fordham University, M.S. in Teaching Childhood Education

Yoo Jeung Nam

Ph.D. student in Education Policy Program

Specialization: Early Childhood Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
Amherst College, B.A. in Law, Jurisprudence
Harvard University Graduate School of Education, M.E. in International Education Policy

David Nitkin

Ph.D. student in Education Policy
Specialization: K-12 Education Policy


Previous Colleges:
Yale University, B.A. in History
Fordham University, B.S. in Teaching Social Sciences
Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A. in Economics and Education

David's work focuses on the intersection of assessment, blended learning, and data analytics. His dissertation is focused on how schools utilize the data produced by instructional technology tools to enhance student learning.

Jaunelle Pratt-Williams

Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy Program
Specialization: K-12 School Finance Policy and Resource Allocation and Education Law


Previous Colleges:
Emory University, B.A. in Journalism and Educational Studies
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, M.S.Ed in Elementary Education

Jaunelle's research interests include the allocation of resources to schools and educational organizations as well as the use of data in the process, social and emotional support services, educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, and the connections between the related policies and research. Jaunelle taught 5th grade for four years and has worked as a research consultant with education organizations like The Campaign for Educational Equity and The New Teacher Project. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education.

Vikash Reddy

Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy Program

Previous Colleges:
Dartmouth College, B.A. in Government
Pace University New York City, MS in Education

Vikash is doing his dissertation research on Teach for America alumni in policy, with a focus on political socialization effects of TFA participation.  Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program at TC, Vikash taught third grade in East New York, himself as a member of Teach For America.

Vikash is also a Senior Research Assistant at TC’s Community College Research Center, where he works on a project researching the impacts that state-level performance funding programs have on colleges and universities within their system. In addition to his doctoral work, Vikash is the head of TC’s Policy Student Network, and President of the TC Student Senate.  He is a Teaching Assistant at the School of International and Public Affairs to former NYC Mayor David Dinkins.

Barbara Tanner

Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy Program

Previous Colleges:
Harvard GSE, EdM in School Development
UC Irvine, Multiple subject teaching credential
Brigham Young University, BA in Humanities

Barbara is a PhD candidate in Leadership, Policy, and Politics.  She received her EdM in School Development from Harvard GSE in June 2008.  Before attending Harvard, Barbara taught for Irvine USD in California, spending 13 years at Irvine Home School, a K-8 public school/homeschool hybrid.  Barbara’s research focuses on the ways organizations in a highly institutionalized setting, e.g., public education, pursue both innovation and legitimacy, and how they manage the conflicts these potentially incompatible goals pose for them.  In 2010-11, working as a graduate assistant for Professor Aaron Pallas, Barbara directed a 196-school teacher survey for the Middle School Teacher Turnover Project conducted by the Research Alliance for New York City Schools (RANYCS).  In 2011-12, working directly for RANYCS as a research analyst, Barbara directed a 105-school teacher survey for the Small Schools of Choice high school study.At Teachers College, Barbara has served as the PhD representative for her department on the Student Senate and as an executive board member of the Society for Entrepreneurship and Education.

Barbara skydives, SCUBA dives, and periodically nosedives while walking along the uneven sidewalks of Manhattan. She also loves to hike and bike.

Kendra Thompson-Mitchell

Ph.D. student in Education Policy Program

Previous Colleges:
Hampton University, B.A. in Political Science
Harvard University Law School, Doctor of Laws

Kendra Thompson-Mitchell is a first-year Education Policy doctoral student in the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis, concentrating on educational policies affecting youth who have come to be in the ward of state governments by virtue of their interaction with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.  One of her more specific interests is whether a study of the philosophical and historical underpinnings of education in the United States might better inform policies affecting these institutionalized youth.  She hopes to determine through this research whether any instructive parallels may be drawn between the educational policies that affected former slaves during the Reconstruction Era and those that are affecting institutionalized youth today.

Kendra received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science from Hampton University, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Upon graduation from law school, she practiced as a business and litigation lawyer in the private sector, and also completed a fellowship with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, where she focused her efforts on the Institutionalized Persons Project.  During her fellowship, Kendra assisted in leading an investigation into the quality and quantity of education afforded to children in Youth Centers throughout the state of Illinois.  This fellowship provided the fertile ground from which Kendra’s current research and professional interests sprang.

With respect to policy and legal matters affecting the quality of education rendered to institutionalized youth, Kendra’s professional goals are threefold: (i) contribute to the research being conducted and published in this field; (ii) teach in this area on the graduate level; and (iii) serve as an advisor to local and state governments, as well as non-profit organizations, looking to better formulate and deploy policies in this realm.

Jessica Wallenstein

Ph.D. candidate in Education Leadership with concentration in Leadership, Policy and Politics
Teachers College, Columbia University
Specialization: K-12 Education Policy


Previous Colleges:
University of Chicago, B.A. in English Language and Literature

Hunter College at the City University of New York, M.S. in Childhood Education  

Jessica is a Ph.D. student in the Education Policy program.  Her research interests include teacher development, disproportionality in special education, and the provision of support services for at-risk and special education students. For her dissertation research, she is exploring general education teachers’ decision-making processes when confronted with students who experience persistent difficulties in school. In particular, she is examining the relationship between special education policy and teacher discretion in the process that leads to students' receiving specialized services before they are referred for special education evaluations.   

While completing her program, Jessica has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant on various projects related to teacher development, including research on teacher evaluation systems, collaborative inquiry teams, teacher data use, and the implementation of Common Core State Standards-aligned curricula and assessments. She currently works at the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) at Columbia Law School, where she conducts qualitative and quantitative research for the New York City Department of Education and elsewhere. She is also a consultant for Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York, coordinating an in-service teacher preparation program and providing instructional coaching. Before beginning her current program, Jessica taught elementary school in New York City for five years.    

Therese Zosel-Harper

Ph.D. student in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
University of Oregon, B.A. in Sociology
Pace University, Ed.M. in Teaching Social Studies


Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Studies

Joe Daschbach

Ed.D. candidate in Educational Leadership Studies

Previous Colleges:
B.S. Engineering Science, Trinity University

Specialization: Decentralization, charter schools, and school finance in New Orleans

Kathleen Hayes

Ed.D. candidate, Educational Leadership Studies
Previous colleges:
B.A. Quincy University, 1989
M.S. journalism, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, 1993
M.Ed., secondary education, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2001

A former journalist and high school English teacher from Chicago, Kathleen matriculated into the Educational Leadership Studies program as an Ed.D. student in Fall 2005. While living in New York, she was a graduate assistant for The Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media and The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished NYC Principals. After completing her doctoral coursework in Fall 2007, she moved back to Chicago.

Since returning to The Windy City, she has worked for Chicago Public Schools on the implementation team for a recent curricular and instructional reform, and as a policy associate for an education consulting and research organization’s teacher quality team. After five years away from teaching, she re-entered the profession in Fall 2007, a move prompted by her desire to become reimmersed in the practice that inspired her doctoral pursuits. Kathleen currently works as part of a team at The Consortium on Chicago School Research that is creating a research framework on the noncognitive factors that influence young adult success. As of Summer 2014, she is in the final stages of her dissertation, which focuses on teacher sensemaking about a Chicago high school curricular and instructional reform. Her anticipated graduation date is Spring 2015.



M.A. in Leadership, Policy and Politics

Peter Seidman

M.A. in Leadership, Policy and Politics

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
M.E. in English Education form City College New York, NY


M.A. in Education Policy

Agyapong Gifty

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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Previous Colleges:

B.A. in International Relations and African-American Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.


Terry Allen

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, CA


Jay Bakhru

M.A. in Education Policy Program

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy


Previous Colleges:
B.A. in History from Brown University, Providence RI
M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Jay Bakhru is Director of Strategic Marketing at Educational Testing Service (ETS). In his current role he focuses on the intersection of business strategy, marketing, and public policy in the education industry. Prior to ETS, he worked in a variety of strategy and marketing roles: founder and CEO of Language Tailor - an education technology start-up, Senior Vice President of marketing in Citigroup’s Global Consumer Division, and management consultant in Deloitte's corporate strategy practice. Jay currently serves as the chair of the Wharton Education Network (WhEN). Jay has a BA from Brown University, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is pursuing an MA in Education Policy from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Bethany Bradley

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.S. in Political Science, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

Amber Briggs

M.A. in Education Policy Program

Specialization: Law and Higher Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Sociology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX


Amber M. Briggs graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Sociology, Minor in Africana Studies, and Certificate in Race and Ethnic Relations in 2011. At Texas A&M, Amber was a student leader in the Regents' Scholars Program (a scholarship and retention program for  first-generation students), worked in the Department of Scholarships of Financial Aid, and held an internship at Justice and Sustainability Associates in Washington, DC. After graduation, she served for two years as a college adviser at Elsik High School in Houston, TX. In this role, Amber worked with over 4,000 students to help increase the college-going rates and positively impact the college-going culture of the high school and surrounding community. Amber joined the Education Policy and Social Analysis Program in 2013 and is interested in educational equity specifically revolving around access to higher education for undocumented, minority, and low-income students. She is a Zankel Fellow at Teachers College and is working with the Partnership Schools Consortium in developing a pipeline for the college transitions program.

Ellen Brown

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Political Science and French, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Julianna Brown

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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Previous Colleges:

BA in History from the McGill University, Montreal, Canada


Rezwana Chisti

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.S. in Nutrition Science, University of California, Davis, CA

Irene Cruz

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

William Cullen

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Communications from Villanova University, Villanova, PA


Kristin Damo

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in English, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Ed.M. in Secondary English, CUNY Lehman College, Bronx, NY

Sarah Darby

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Philosophy from Amherst College, Amherst, MA


Awa Diaw

M.A. in Education Policy Program

Specialization: Higher Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Africana Studies from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME


Megan Duff

M.A. in Education Policy Program

Specialization: Law and Education

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in English, Columbia University, New York, NY

M.S. in Secondary Education, Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY

Jamie Eckstein

M.A. in Education Policy Program

Specialization: Early Childhood Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.S. in Social Science Education from University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Melissa Figueira

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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Previous Colleges:

B.A.Political Science, Columbia University, New York, NY

Alisa France

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Political Science, Howard University, Washington, DC

Zhijing Gao

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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Previous Colleges:

B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of International Relations, China


Cassie Gare

M.A. in Education Policy Program

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Culture and Politics from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Prior to coming to TC, Cassie Gare taught middle school special education and reading intervention in DC Public Schools. During that time, she had the opportunity to participate in policy discussions around critical issues affecting DCPS as a Teachers Central to Leadership Fellow and a member of the Chancellors' Teachers’ Cabinet. Her experiences in DCPS inspired her decision to enroll at TC, where she is interested in studying barriers to K-12 reform in urban districts.

Courtney Gilmore

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A.Sociology and Criminology and Law, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Matthew Gonzalez

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Urban Learning, California State University, Los Angeles, CA


Samantha Grecco

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY


Menglin (Maria) Guo

M.A. in Education Policy Program

Specialization: Higher Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Maria Guo earned her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington - Seattle. Maria's interests include higher education and community engagement. Maria has always been a strong advocate for students' voice. She herself has constantly been involved in various student advocacy groups from high school to college. She is most proud of her recent community engagement project - a departmental mentor program that she set up during her college senior year to better connect alumni with current students. In addition, Maria has special interest in social media and how it plays a role in today's increasingly globalized society. She crafted an original thesis of 80 pages on the topic of social media to complete her college honors program. Maria has traveled around North America, East Asia, and Western Europe. She loves traveling solo to challenge herself to quickly adapt into different and unfamiliar environments. In her spare time, Maria enjoys hiking and anything that is nature-related!

Allison Halff

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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Previous Colleges:

B.A. in English from Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, NY


Danielle Herman

M.A. in Education Policy Program

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
M.S. in Adolescent Math Education from Pace University, New York, NY


Jasmine Highsmith

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Sociology from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


Chelsey Jones

M.A. in Education Policy Program

Specialization: Higher Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

M.S. in Higher Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Chelsey began her study at Teachers College in fall 2013. Prior to TC, Chelsey plunged into college access through the National College Advising Corps at Dan River and Tunstall High Schools in southern Virginia.  She spent a summer working with the incredible students at the Summer Residential Governor's School at Christopher Newport University and most recently spent two years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a residence life professional and freshmen seminar instructor.  Chelsey is passionate about college access, college success, financial aid, and the impact of class on students' ability to matriculate to and thrive in the collegiate environment.  She invests her time in exploring these issues here at TC and hopes to work in Washington, DC following graduation in a think tank or policy making capacity.

Ian Kingsbury

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Government and History, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Natalie Kolodinski

M.A. in Education Policy Program

Specialization: Higher Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Psychology from Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA


Christina Kuriacose

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.S. in Optics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Lauren Leyva

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in History and Italian, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Ed.M. in Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Ann LoBue

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Literary Theory and Linguistics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

M.Phil in European Literature, Oxford University, England

Meghan Maines

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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Previous Colleges:

B.A. in History, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

William Mark

M.A. in Education Policy Program

Specialization: Combination of K-12 and Higher Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.S. in Economic Analysis from Binghamton University, State University of New York

Riley McIntyre

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in International Relations from George Washington University School of International Affairs, Washington, D.C.


Riddhi Mehta

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Communication Studies, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Allison Milby

M.A. in Education Policy program

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B.A.in Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Allison earned her B.A. in philosophy with an Italian minor at Rutgers University.  While attending Rutgers, she spent two years with the Rutgers Upward Bound program, tutoring college-bound low-income/first-generation high school students.  While at Rutgers, she also assisted in research studying the correlations between student-teacher relational interactions and student math achievement.  Further inspired to address unequal access to quality education, Allison is also a 2013-14 alumna of City Year, an education-focused non profit.  During her City Year, she had the opportunity to serve as a tutor and role model, organizing after-school activities, school-wide events, and working one-on-one with students in literacy, math, attendance, and behavior.  She is interested in equity of access, community partnerships, and teacher preparation.

Zachary Millington

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Politics and Philosophy, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Soumya Mishra

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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Bachelor of Commerce, University of Delhi, India

B.A. in Human Resources, Deemed University, Mumbai, India

Angelina Molina

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA

James Nadeau

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Government and Legal Studies, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME


Emily Neff

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in English, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

Ji Won Paek

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Chinese and Psychology, Duke University, Durham, NC

Tatev Papikyan

M.A. in Education Policy program

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B.A. in Anthropology and Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Born and raised in Armenia/Russia, Tatev came to the States in 2005 in pursuit of an education that embraces a "no-holds-barred" philosophy in regards to her race or ethnicity. She earned her B.A in Anthropology and Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a McNair Research Scholar for UCLA, Tatev immersed herself in her work on how the roles of stereotype threat negatively impact transfer students.  When not involved with her research, she can be found using her various social identities and academic experiences to educate others about the challenges and difficulties that students of color, international students, and transfer students face in their pursuit of a higher education. Her unique experiences help students navigate themselves towards a successful future. Tatev is currently working as a Graduate Hall Director at Columbia University. She plans to obtain her PhD in Business (Organizational Behavior). 

Yusang Park

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.S. in Management from St. John’s University, New York, NY


Kayla Patrick

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Political Science, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Mark Pelham

M.A. in Education Policy Program
Specialization: Information and Computer Technology Policy


Previous Colleges:
B.A. in History from SUNY College Geneseo, NY

Mark was born and raised in the area of Jamestown, New York.  He earned his B.A. in History, as well as initial New York State teaching certification, at State University of New York at Geneseo.  Mark was involved with various classroom experiences as an undergraduate, teaching in multiple schools in the Rochester, NY area.  In the years after his undergraduate study Mark worked for over 2 years with the US Peace Corps in Guyana, South America.  He was involved with teaching English to secondary students, as well as expanding Information Technology resources and teaching in Region 3 of Guyana.  After his Peace Corps service, Mark worked with the Washington, DC office of Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26).  He is currently working as a Technology Fellow with TC's EPSA department and as a Student Program Coordinator for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in New Jersey.  Mark's academic  knowledge and interests span topics in education, foreign affairs, information technology,  and politics.  His ultimate goal is to pursue professional opportunities that allow him to integrate these various domains.

Yimeng Qian

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in English and Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Science and Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China

Juan Reyes Ortiz

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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Previous Colleges:

B.A. in Economics from Los Andes University, Columbia


Alia Sabbs

M.A. in Education Policy

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
B.A. in English from Spelman College, Atlanta, GA


Shani Shalev

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.S. in Secondary Education from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


Caitlin Shauck

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in English, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Isaac Solano

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WA

Michelle Stephens

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.S. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

Weiming Brian Tan

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in English and History, University of Birmingham, UK

Mackenzie Tucker

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Politics, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Timothy Vance

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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Previous Colleges:

B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA


Amy Wang

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Economics and French, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Amanda Washington

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in English from Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Master of Teaching in ESOL from the American University, Washington, D.C.

Learn more about Amanda from the TC People article "Her Choice to Change the World."


Patrick Williamson

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Communications and Sociology, Boston College, Boston, MA

Jill Willette

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Philosophy/English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC


Amiee Winchester

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in International Studies from American University, Washington, D.C.

M.A. in Teaching Elementary Education from John Hopkins University. Baltimore, MD


Jun Yan

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Italian from Bejing Language and Culture University, China

Jun Yan comes to TC from the area of Lanzhou City, China. During his undergraduate studies, Jun worked as a part-time teacher in training organizations. He also served as a teacher’s aid at Beijing schools for migrant workers. Yan’s interest in and knowledge of the field of education policy kept growing as he engaged and communicated with education professionals and reformers in China. He gained considerable experience in the field by co-founding and co-running an English education organization, and by starting another education-training company. At Teachers College, Yan focuses on public education reform, innovative education, and entrepreneurship. His ultimate goal is to contribute to public education reform in China via non-governmental channels, as well as to promote quality education and education equity in a global context.

Chu Xiang

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in English Language and Literature, University of International Relations, Beijing, People's Republic of China

Qifan Zhang

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in Philosophy, University of Rochester, NY

Yu Zhao

M.A. in Education Policy Program

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B.A. in English and Management Information System, Beijing Foreign Studies University, People's Republic of China


Ed.M. in Education Policy/LPP

Michael DeLeon

Ed.M. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:

B.A. in History from Texas A& M University, College Station, TX
B.S. in Recreational Administration from Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
M.Ed. in College and University Personnel Administration from University of Texas, Austin

Specialization: Higher Education Policy

Originally from Central Texas, Michael moved to New York City to enroll at Teachers College. Prior to TC, Michael held positions within the Century Scholars Program, Honors Programs at Texas A&M University and the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate School Internship Consortium at UT Austin. Michael’s research interests center on access and completion policies for underrepresented students in higher education. In his spare time, Michael enjoys running Central Park, surfing at Rockaway Beach and watching college football.

Carolina Gazmuri Barker

Ed.M. in Leadership, Policy and Politics

Previous Colleges:
Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile,  B.S. in Industrial Engineering

Interest: Education policy, organizational theory, and education leadership—Carolina is interested in continue learning about these topics, especially how different policies can influence management and leadership in schools.

Esther Kim

Ed.M. in Education Policy

Previous Colleges:
BA in English, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

MS in Secondary Education in English, University of Pennsylvania, PA

Specialization: K-12 Education Policy.

Samuel Milder

Ed.M. in Leadership, Policy and Politics

P
revious Colleges:

B.A. in Spanish from the Bates College, Lewiston, ME
M.A. in Public Policy from the 
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Specialization: