Arana brings more than 15 years of experience working with New York City schools to STC, where she leads network engagement and program oversight for over thirty NYC schools. Previously, Arana was the Executive Director of the non profit, Institute of Play, where she helped to launch Quest to Learn, a district 6-12 school in Chelsea. Arana began her career as an elementary classroom teacher moving on to do work as an educational technologist, curriculum developer and school leader. Arana received a MA in Education from Pepperdine University and a Ed.M in Leadership for Educational Change from Bank Street College of Education. In her spare time Arana loves spending time with her two kids and trying to make it to yoga classes.