Michael Druckman | Executive Chair | [email protected]
Michael is the Executive Chair of Schools That Can which he has developed since 2005 into what is now the largest network in the country of high-performing and high-potential urban schools serving low-income students nationwide. He has been deeply involved in urban education since 2001 and served until recently as Board Chairman of the Trey Whitfield School in East New York, Brooklyn for over ten years. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Board of Regents at the Da Vinci Schools in L.A., is the Co-Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Center for Global Affairs, and is Chairman of M2C Group. Read Michael’s posts here…
Chelsea Chateauvert | Manager of Development and Events, STC NYC | [email protected]
Chelsea Chateauvert believes that every individual, no matter their age, economic status, or background, should have access to quality educators and schools that inspire learning. Chelsea began her career at a non-profit school supporting children and adults with disabilities. From there, she worked in the institutional advancement office of her alma mater, Baruch College. Most recently, Chelsea worked for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, a non-profit supporting underrepresented minority STEM students with financial, educational, and career support. Chelsea graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Public Affairs from CUNY Bernard Baruch College.
Walla Elsheikh | Interim Executive Director of STC NYC | [email protected]
Walla Elsheikh is currently the Interim Executive Director of Schools That Can in New York City (STC NYC) and brings over 14 years of management and leadership experience in both the private and public sectors to drive the organization’s mission to reimagine education through real world learning that closes the opportunity and skills gap. In her role, Walla leads network engagement and program oversight of over 30 NYC Schools to collaborate with school leaders and teachers to support the buildout of a comprehensive education to employment (e2e) pathway to better serve K-12 students. Prior to STC NYC, Walla was the Program Director of Food Education Fund (FEF), the non-profit partner of Food and Finance High School (FFHS) in NYC. At FEF, she led various college and career readiness initiatives including the FFHS Internship and Jobs program in Culinary Arts. She previously served as the Director of Education Strategy and Partner Engagement at Global Skills Exchange (GSX) in the Washington DC metro area where she led the articulation of GSX’s mission to provide comprehensive solutions that strengthen the preparation of students to meet the skills demand in the 21st century economy. Walla leveraged her experience as an Education Pioneer Fellow in Washington, D.C. and passion for education to enter the sector after graduating with an MBA in Strategic Management and Social Innovation from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where she was the President of Net Impact and a recipient of the Distinguished Public Citizen Award. Prior to business school, Walla taught financial literacy after four years as a Financial Associate at Goldman, Sachs & Co. She received a BBA in Finance from Pace University and is a graduate of NYC Public Schools in Queens. Walla was born in Sudan and grew up primarily in Sweden and Uganda before her family immigrated to the U.S.
Kristin Fulton | Development Coordinator | [email protected]
Kristin Fulton joined Schools That Can as the Development Coordinator in 2015. She believes that education is the springboard for a brighter future. Kristin is committed to supporting the expansion of the STC Network in order to reach more students nationally.Kristin is originally from New Jersey and now resides in New York. She holds a BA in Communication Studies and Spanish Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Roger Horton | Manager of Maker Programs STC NYC | [email protected]
Roger is dedicated to empowering teachers and sparking students’ passion for learning with real-world challenges. Most recently, Roger was immersed in project-based learning as a teacher of Global History and Engineering Design at EPIC North High School in Queens.
Prior to teaching, Roger managed youth and economic development programs for Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian organization. In Africa and Central Asia, he conducted research and developed new programming for youth. These included apprenticeship programs focused on vocational skills as well as life-skill programs built on cultural traditions. Roger began his career as a submarine officer in the US Navy.
He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from MIT, an MPA in International Development Studies from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, and an MA/M.Ed in Social Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jennifer Husbands | Executive Director, STC Chicago | [email protected]
After serving as a volunteer co-chair for three years, Jennifer L. Husbands, Ph.D. joined the staff of Schools That Can as the founding Executive Director of STC Chicago in August 2014. In this role, she works to build and strengthen the Chicago network and also lead specific cross-city initiatives for STC. Most recently, Jennifer was the inaugural Director of the AUSL Institute, where she built a consulting practice within the Academy for Urban School Leadership that delivered advisory services to schools, districts, CMOs, and other organizations interested in AUSL’s approach to turning around chronically low-performing district schools. Before that, Jennifer led Teacher Induction for the Chicago New Teacher Center and was the Director of School Incubation and Professional Development for the Office of New Schools within Chicago Public Schools, providing resources and training to charter and contract schools during the start-up phase. Read Jenn’s posts here…
Tiffany Jackson | Manger of School Programs for STC Newark | [email protected]
Tiffany is the Manger of School Programs for STC Newark. She is deeply committed to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps for students of color in urban cities. She previously worked as Director of Operations with charter school networks in New York City and Newark, NJ where she managed all non-instructional school administration . Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science from Rutgers University. Prior to a career in education, Tiffany worked as a Special Events Manager for the Museum of Arts and Design and National Hockey League. Tiffany was born and raised in Newark, NJ and is thrilled to once again serve her community.
Lorna Kurdi | Regional Coordinator, STC St. Louis | [email protected]
Lorna Kurdi has spent over a decade as a political operative who draws on an eclectic background in political campaigns and organizing, primarily in field management, strategy and targeting. In the last 5 years her focus has become education. She has been a political coordinator for The American Federation of Teachers in Missouri as well as Director of Advocacy and Outreach for a homegrown education reform policy organization. She found that no matter how hard you work to get the right people in office, if the constituents aren’t educated and civically engaged then democracy doesn’t truly work. She believes that high quality public education should be available to any one, anywhere. Lorna also believes that collaboration and community involvement is imperative in making sure that this can happen in St Louis and around the nation.
Casey Lamb | Chief Operations and Development Officer | [email protected]
Casey Lamb is committed to ensuring that all children have access to high quality educational opportunities and to empowering children with the skills, knowledge, and internal drive to determine their path to success. This passion for equity and quality began to develop while Casey studied education policy and psychology at Pomona College, and has continued through her work and additional studies (M.Ed., Special Education). In addition to completing her thesis on early education philosophies, she honed her research skills and educational knowledge at several education think tanks, including the Education Development Center (EDC), The After School Corporation (TASC), and Public Works, Inc. Upon graduation, Casey joined the Teach For America Corps as a special education teacher at a traditional district middle school outside of Atlanta. After her corps years, she served as the founding special education teacher and Director of Student Support Services at an all-girls charter school in Norcross, GA. She then moved to New York City to be closer to family and to serve as the Learning Specialist Coordinator at an all-girls charter school on the Lower East Side. In 2013, Casey joined Schools That Can as the Founding Executive Director of the New York City region. In just a year, she expanded the local network of schools, and grew and diversified school supports and programming. Now, as the Chief Operations and Development Officer, she supports STC’s development efforts, and capacity-building through organizational growth and alignment. Read Casey’s posts here…
Donna Micheaux | Senior Consultant STC Pittsburgh | [email protected]
Dr. Donna Micheaux, of Micheaux Educational Consulting, has served public schools and students in Pennsylvania and across the nation for over 30 years. She is a committed educator and staunch advocate for ensuring quality learning experiences and opportunities for all children. Most recently Dr. Micheaux served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools and Chief of Schools Officer for the Dallas Independent School District. Throughout her career in public education as a teacher, administrator, district leader, adjunct professor and research associate, she has focused on leadership development, improving teacher and principal practice and most importantly, student learning. Donna has national experience working with school districts across the country as the Lead District Liaison for the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh and the National Director of Professional Development for New Leaders. She has held various K-12 positions and served on several boards and committees. She regularly presents at national conferences and has published articles on leadership. Dr. Micheaux received a B.S. in Special Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
Erin Sweeney | Executive Director, STC Newark | [email protected]
Erin is the Executive Director for STC Newark. Deeply committed to urban youth education and Newark, she previously worked as Director of Strategic Initiatives for STC Newark school St. Benedict’s Prep, where she was a representative to STC. Erincurrently serves on the Board of Newark-based youth education nonprofit GlassRoots, co-manages the Girl Scouts of Newark, and serves as a mentor through NJ LEEP. An alumna of Leadership Newark, Erin recently completed a Master in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark where she focused her studies on the City of Newark and urban populations/migration. Previously, Erin served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow in Nigeria, Bolivia, New York, Tanzania, Germany, and Washington, DC. She was recognized by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her community work overseas working with youth and victims of human trafficking. Erin began her career of nonprofit and government service in the late 1990s when she co-founded Harvest House, a community lunch program in New Jersey. Erin earned her Master in Public Policy/Urban Planning focused in community advocacy from Harvard Kennedy School and her Bachelor in Public Policy focused in urban studies from the University of Chicago.
Ann Szekely | Director of Programs & Partnerships, STC Chicago | [email protected]
For eighteen years, Ann was a high school teacher in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, and Chicago in an assortment of traditional Public, Faith-based and Charter schools. She also served in many leadership roles such as Department Chair, Program Coordinator, and Instructional Leader. After getting her Masters in Education Policy from De Paul University, she had the opportunity to do collaborative research at the University of Chicago. Ann helped facilitate research and professional development with Chicago Public School teachers focused on non-cognitive factors in the classroom, with a lens on the transition from middle school to high school as the 8/9 Teacher Network Director. After a brief stint at Stanford (PERTS), where she helped create the online Mindset Kit tool, she enthusiastically accepted her current role as Director of Programs and Partnerships at Schools that Can Chicago.
Carol Wooten | Consultant, STC Pittsburgh | [email protected]
Dr. Carol Wooten (B.S. Biology, M.A. German Literature, Ed.D. Secondary Administration) is the co-founder and first Superintendent of Propel Schools – a consortium of ten urban charter schools in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. She served in this capacity for ten years. She taught biology and other sciences for 15 years and served as a high school principal, directed curriculum and instruction, and served as a middle school principal in local districts and later served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Superintendent of the South Side Area School District. She worked as a researcher and evaluator for the University of Pittsburgh on the New Futures Project, (aimed at drop-out prevention in the Pittsburgh City high schools). She served as co-chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee for PA ASCD. She is on the Family Selection Committee for Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity, and the board of New Century Careers and The Pearl Club. She is a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Urban Ed at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wooten received the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award in 2011 from the University Council for Educational Administration and the 2013 Departmental Alumni Award for the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.