I come from a family of teachers. My mother was an elementary librarian, my grandfather had a long career as a professor of literature and my grandmother was a third-grade teacher. Teaching was not what I had in mind as a career. I went to school to become and actor/singer. All of that changed when I had children. Life became busy, and dreams fell by the way side.
However, sometimes our dreams morph into the very thing we have a gift for doing. One of my gifts is believing in hope, hope for a better future for every single person. That translates beautifully into work with a classroom of middle schoolers. The first high-poverty school I worked in was a challenge, I came home in tears every day because of the situation many of my students faced outside of school. I got myself together and realized the best thing I could do for my students was to teach with excellence so they left my classroom prepared for the next grade level. I worked hard on interventions, making sure I did not leave any student behind. I found ways to encourage students to challenge themselves and picture a future for themselves, where they had choices after high school. I was committed to seeing my students thrive.
After 20+ years of teaching, coaching, and leading in private, public and charter schools, I decided to step away from school work. Equity Project was born out of a desire to support high-poverty schools with consulting work that changes outcomes for students and staff. Teachers are not paid enough, spend exorbitant amounts of time on school work in additional to sponsoring or working on afterschool activities with kids. It is HARD work.
Equity Project support teachers by streamlining and focusing their work on what research tells us has the highest impact on student achievement. That is what we do. We also bring you treats and coffee!
Join us on this journey!