Sociology and Education Program
Teachers College, Columbia University, MA 2014
Operations Associate of the Charter Network Accelerator
Daughter of a founding board member and former teacher of one of the first charter schools opened in the Bay Area, California, a career in education seemingly was inevitable. My deep interest in the intersection of factors that tend to the needs of the whole child stemmed from my adolescent experiences involved in a myriad of enrichment programs via school and the community where I resided. Having recently graduated from Howard University, where I served as the National Director of Jewels Inc., a mentoring program, interned as the Program Manager at Dreams for Kids, and coordinated the STEM summer camp at Girls Inc., Washington DC., I firmly believe that youth require academic, social, and emotional support via school and enrichment programs to be college and career ready.
I enrolled in the Sociology and Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University with a desire to expand my knowledge on the social and political factors that affect education policy as it relates to comprehensive education. The esteemed faculty in the department of Education Policy and Social Analysis offered courses such as the Federal Policy Institute and School Law Institute. These institutes immersed me in the world of education policy both in Washington, DC and New York and connected me with influential leaders in research, government, and academia.
My career and research interests include comprehensive education, organizational culture, and urban education.
Currently, I serve as Operations Associate of the Charter Network Accelerator at Achievement First. The Charter Network Accelerator is an 18-month national leadership development program for CEOs and Instructional Leaders of charter management organizations. My range of responsibilities include project management, operations, team systems and data, and knowledge management.
Previously, I was an administrator at the Harlem Children’s Zone. As Dean of School Culture, I managed a team of change agents committed to the non-instructional needs of the scholars and school. I directly managed school data and systems, family engagement, discipline and attendance. I, also, worked closely with the school deans, school counselor, and social worker to ensure scholars were receiving the necessary support to be successful.
I am grateful for the opportunity to attend and graduate from TC. I often cross paths with TC alumni and am constantly reminded of the lasting impact the program has had on our career trajectories and the commitment we have to the work of preparing young minds and hearts for the bright futures ahead of them.