Achievement First's Network Support team works tirelessly to ensure that our teachers and students can dedicate all of their time to what is most important—teaching and learning. Meet some of the Network Support team members who work hard every day to support and encourage the important work being done in our schools.
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. from Bryn Mawr College
Graduate Degree: M.A. from New York University
As a regional superintendent for Achievement First, my most important responsibility is supporting our amazing principals so that their schools are as successful as possible. I am so lucky to work for Achievement First where I have a portfolio of only three schools. Most people in other organizations who have positions similar to mine work with 20 or more schools. The type of scale obviously limits the type of support you can provide. I get to work in schools almost every single day—side-by-side with principals in their daily work of coaching teachers, meeting with parents and teaching our incredible students. It’s a very exciting time for Achievement First, especially as we prepare to graduate our first class to college ever!
Best job: Immediately before joining Achievement First, I was the founding principal of the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice, a small, unscreened public school in Brooklyn, NY. Being the founding principal of a school was an extraordinary experience. I got to watch teachers create rigorous and engaging curriculum and deliver top-quality instruction as we prepared our students for college. The school now has two graduating classes where 100 percent of the students applied to and were accepted to college. Graduates have received millions of dollars in grants and scholarships and are at colleges across the country. I am so proud of all of them!
Best thing about working at Achievement First: I love the culture of Achievement First. Being nice really matters here. Being humble and hungry to learn really matters here as well. I love being surrounded by so many smart, passionate and dedicated people who are relentless about asking themselves how they can create the best possible schools for our students.
Proudest accomplishment: My proudest accomplishment was graduation day for the Class of 2008 from the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice.
Childhood career ambition: A lawyer. I founded a school for law and justice so I got sort of close. After I served on a jury, I knew that practicing law would get me involved too late in the game in the lives of young people. I decided to pursue teaching and knew immediately that education was a calling for me.
Special talents: I can make a mean lasagna that lasts all week if you don’t mind eating the same thing for lunch and dinner every day.