Meet Our People
Dr. Mayme Hostetter
Dr. Mayme Hostetter assumed the role of President in 2018, having previously served as Relay's National Dean, Dean of Relay NYC, and founding Director of Teaching and Learning in the decade prior. Additionally, Hostetter serves on the board of Deans for Impact, where she was a founding member, as well as on the board of directors at Cents Ability. Before joining Relay in 2008, she conducted reading development research in the Gabrieli Laboratory of M.I.T.'s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Prior to that, she taught English and coached everything at KIPP Academy in the South Bronx and Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts.
Hostetter earned her A.B. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she was an Urban Scholars Fellow in the Mind, Brain and Education program. She earned her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.
As Relay's executive vice president, Pamela Inbasekaran is responsible for running an equitable and inclusive institution that sets and meets its annual targets through strong systems, effective communication, people development, decision making, and a productive and joyful work environment. Previously, Inbasekaran served as chief operating officer and chief talent officer at Relay and led community engagement and non-academic programming at North Star Academy Charter School of Newark, a member of Uncommon Schools. She also helped build and refine recruitment systems for the Uncommon Schools home office. She began her career as a middle school special education teacher and coordinator at M.S. 224 in the South Bronx, through Teach For America.
Inbasekaran earned an M.S. in teaching from Pace University and a B.A. in economics and American culture from the University of Michigan.
As Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and member of the Executive Team, Jonathan (‘JP’) Paul drives the vision, strategy, and execution of Relay’s innovative curriculum, academic programs, and evolving blend of in-person and online instruction. He has served nonprofit education organizations for twenty years, specializing in strategic planning and administration of educational institutions. Prior to joining Relay, JP served as AVP of Finance at Harvard University where he led the Office of Financial Strategy & Planning. He has also served as Senior Managing Director of Strategic Planning & Analysis at Teach For America, and as VP Finance at Achievement First Charter Schools. JP has a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney and has taught over 2,500 students at three Universities. He is currently a faculty member for Institutes for Higher Education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
Kelly Boucher Morris
As Relay’s chief student services officer, Kelly Boucher Morris manages the recruitment, selection, admissions, registrar, student financial services, student systems, and student support teams. She leads the development of services, systems, and policies critical to providing excellent customer service and support to students. She previously served as the Managing Director, National Operations at Relay, overseeing campus operations, guiding student recruitment, and supporting new campus launches. Before joining Relay, she worked as a manager in the Office of School Turnaround at District of Columbia Public Schools. She also served as a special education teacher at Beach Channel High School and Teachers Preparatory Academy, entering the profession through the New York City Teaching Fellows program.
Morris received her B.A. from Smith College, an M.S. in Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities from Brooklyn College, and an M.B.A. from Duke University.
As Relay's Managing Director of Talent (Talent Development and Operations), Antoinette Chukudebelu is responsible for performance management, professional development, staff culture and home operations at Relay. Antoinette has a passion for learning and development and supports a culture of coaching and learning at Relay. She is an leader on the Diversity Steering Committee which works to foster a diverse and vibrant workplace at Relay.
Antoinette was a founding Assistant Professor of Practice whose love for the people at Relay brought her to the Talent team. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher in the New York City Department of Education. Antoinette earned her M.P.A with a concentration in Management from New York University, M.S.T in Early Childhood from Pace University and a B.A in History and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh. Antoinette also holds a coaching certificate from Columbia University.
Cherise Cota serves as Relay's chief of staff. Before joining Relay, Cota served as a senior director of talent initiatives at YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Texas where she led the talent acquisition team, the teacher performance evaluation system, and several other cross-functional initiatives. She began her career as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in the Houston Independent School District and YES Prep, eventually becoming a co-school leader at its East End Campus. She received her B.A. in Spanish at the University of Kansas, and received her M. Ed. From National Louis University.
As Relay’s chief financial officer, Piper Evans is responsible for all aspects of financial management and planning at Relay. Most recently, Evans consulted on economic development and sustainability at O-H Community Partners, where she worked with nonprofits, foundations and government agencies to create jobs, develop entrepreneurial communities, and reduce CO2 emissions. Previously, she worked at The Walt Disney Co., in operations planning and analysis, for three years. She also worked at a boutique investment bank, advising parties to corporate bankruptcies, for two years.
Evans earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.S. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, and she has lived in North Carolina, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.
Dr. Rebecca Good
As the Founding Dean of Relay Connecticut, Dr. Rebecca Good leads teacher preparation and support through the state. She believes that aspiring teachers who are provided a rigorous curriculum of theory, practice, and culturally responsive pedagogy can have a dynamic impact on K-12 students. She began her career in 2003 teaching Secondary ELA in the Miami-Dade School District as a member of the charter corps of Teach For America Miami-Dade. During her time in Miami she was honored as Teacher of the Year in her school and a finalist for the District. In 2006, she begin teaching in New Haven, CT Elm City College Preparatory Middle School. She spent 9 years at the school as a teacher, Dean of Students, and 6 years as the principal.
As dean of Relay New York, Jennifer Ramos leads all aspects of teacher preparation for the New York campus and teaches core pedagogy to Year 1 graduate students. She believes that great teachers are made, not born, and she is committed to developing in all teachers the knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to ensure all students, schools, families, and communities have the excellent teachers they deserve. Most recently, Jennifer served as the assistant dean of Relay’s New York campus, managing and coaching faculty. Before joining Relay, she worked to increase teacher retention, leading efforts to redevelop how to support, evaluate, and compensate teachers at all levels of their careers at Achievement First and Green Dot Public Schools. Jennifer previously taught high school Biology and Chemistry in North Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Now, after spending six years in New York, Jennifer and her family proudly call the city home. Jennifer earned an Ed.M. from Columbia Teachers College and her B.S. in Biology from University of California, Berkeley.
Maya Weatherton is the Dean of Relay Houston. Prior to the role of Dean, Maya was the Director of Teacher Residency for Relay Houston. In this role, Maya was responsible for teaching and coaching incoming teacher residents. Before coming to Relay, Maya served as Principal of Foerster Elementary in the Houston Independent School District. There she dramatically turned around student performance, student and teacher attendance, and teacher morale. She did exemplary work for students in HISD for 16 years, including winning numerous awards for work as a teacher, regional curriculum specialist, assistant principal, and principal in at-risk schools.
Maya graduated from Paul Quinn College, earned her Masters in Educational Administration from Texas Southern University, and is part of the prestigious Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program. She is currently a doctoral student at North Central University, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Carlotta Cooprider
Dr. Carlotta Cooprider is the founding Dean for Relay Indianapolis. As a former teacher, instructional coach, building administrator, and policy consultant, she is recognized as an advocate for educational equity and has dedicated her career to transformative learning. Dr. Cooprider started her career as an elementary teacher in 1987 at Indianapolis Public Schools and then Westfield Washington School Corporation.
In 2003, she earned the Outstanding Education Fellow Award, which took her to Ball State University to teach in the university’s lab school. She stayed through 2007 working with the College of Humanities to launch an educational support program for foster care students transitioning from high school to college. Then, in the fall of 2007, she was recruited to be a founding member of the leadership team at Indiana Metropolitan Charter High School, by Goodwill Education Initiatives, the not-for profit created by Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana. In her time there, she also supported the launch of the Excel Centers - more than seventeen schools with free opportunities for adult learners to complete their Core 40 diploma.
She has served as a consultant for Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education and the Indiana Department of Education before taking on the role of Executive Director of Teach Plus Indiana. She is a frequent presenter at local, state, and national conferences with an emphasis on teacher development, differentiated education, school reform, and adult learning. Although her loved ones are spread across the country, her home is still the center of family life, renewal, and reunion. She earned her doctorate in Adult, Higher and Community Education in 2007 from Ball State University.
As founding dean of Relay Delaware, Christine Eisenhauer oversees all aspects of teacher training in the First State. As a native Delawarean, she is thrilled to be leading Relay Delaware in her home state and providing teachers with the knowledge and skills to be effective teachers for their PK-12 students.
Most recently, Eisenhauer taught core pedagogy to graduate students at Relay’s Newark campus. Prior to joining Relay, Eisenhauer served as the Managing Director of Academics at KIPP Philadelphia Schools, where she worked with regional and school-based teams to create effective network-wide systems for curricular alignment. Before joining KIPP, Eisenhauer worked with schools in Wilmington, Delaware, and on staff with Teach For America as a program director in Newark, New Jersey. Eisenhauer began her teaching career as an 8th grade math and science teacher at Bishop Spaugh Community Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education, and her B.A., in political science and Asian studies, from Furman University in Greenville, SC.
As Dean of Relay San Antonio, Maria Faqier oversees all aspects of teacher training. Maria is a native Texan and is a passionate and dedicated teacher educator who strives to provide PK-12 teachers with the effective instructional knowledge and skills they need to teach for educational equity.
Before becoming the Relay San Antonio Dean, she spent 3 years serving as a professor for Relay and before Relay, Maria served as a middle school and high school science teacher for 15 years and four years as a high school administrator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Our Lady of the Lake University, a master’s degree in teaching with a concentration in math and science from the University of the Incarnate Word, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A&M San Antonio. Additionally, she is a Texas certified educator with certification in the following areas: Composite Science 8-12, Secondary Biology 6-12, ESL 6-12, Principal EC-12 and Superintendent EC-12.
As the Founding Dean of Relay Atlanta, Christy oversees all aspects of teacher preparation programs in the Atlanta Metro area. As a native of Atlanta and product of Atlanta Public Schools, Christy is honored to lead Relay Atlanta in her hometown by providing teachers with the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on K-12 students.
As an educator for over 16 years, Christy is a personal and professional advocate of not only developing the intellectual needs of students and educators, but also their social and emotional well-being. Christy taught in Atlanta Public Schools, Achievement First, and KIPP as a middle school English teacher. Christy also has over 10 years of experience in educational leadership as an Assistant Prinicpal, Principal and Chief Academic Officer, during which time she led KIPP STRIVE Academy to become a National Blue Ribbon School.
Delshon Henry was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He received his B.S. in Community Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He later earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Alverno College where he also received both a teaching and administrator's license.
Delshon began his educational career in 2003 and has since served as lead Teacher, Coach, Advanced Placement Coordinator, Curriculum Writer, Academic Dean, Community Learning Center Coordinator, Founding Principal, and Founding School Leader. Delshon has founded two middle schools over the past decade, both of which have received recognition in both academics and culture.
Delshon is currently the Dean for Relay GSE and is excited to be working with graduate students.
As founding dean of Relay Washington, D.C., Brooke James leads all aspects of teacher preparation for the region. In the six years that Brooke has been with Relay, she served as a founding Assistant Professor of Practice of Relay, NYC, and led the research, design, and review of over 80 graduate-level courses used in Relay’s Master of Arts in Teaching program nationally. Brooke started her teaching career at English High School in Boston, MA, and then excitedly moved back to D.C. to join DC Public Schools, teaching social studies for two years at Columbia Heights Educational Campus, where she served as Social Studies Department Chair, and two years at Alice Deal Middle School, where she served as a Cross-curricular Team Leader. In 2007-2008, Brooke was named DCPS Outstanding First Year Teacher and, in 2009, Brooke served in the first group of Teachers Central to Leadership Fellows. James holds a B.A. from The George Washington University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.
As dean of Relay Memphis, Aubrey Nelson leads teacher preparation for the Memphis campus. Before joining the Relay faculty as the founding elementary adjunct instructor in 2015, Aubrey served as the founding Assistant Head of School of Freedom Preparatory Academy Elementary School. She previously taught kindergarten and first grade and served as a Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development with Teach For America Memphis. She is an alumna of Teach For America (Memphis, ’08). Most recently, Aubrey served as the Residency Director of Relay Memphis, teaching and coaching residents in year 1 of the Relay Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program. After 13 years in Memphis, Aubrey, with her family, proudly call Memphis home. Aubrey earned an M.A.T. from Christian Brothers University; and her B.A. in International Studies from Rhodes College.
As the founding dean of Relay Chicago, Mindy Sjoblom is Relay's lead instructor in the Windy City. A Chicago native and career educator, Sjoblom is uniquely qualified to train novice teachers to lead their students to life changing academic achievement.
Before joining the Relay faculty as dean fellow in 2013, Sjoblom served as director of curriculum and instruction, then as principal, of Rauner College Prep, part of the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago. While she was principal, Sjoblom’s students earned the highest average ACT scores in the school’s history, and the third highest of all nonselective high schools in the city. Before that, she served as founding humanities teacher at the Crossroads School in Baltimore. She is an alumna of Teach For America (Baltimore ’00).
Sjoblom earned an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University; her Certificate of Advanced Study from National Louis University, through the KIPP School Leadership Program; and her B.A. in political science from Butler University.
As Dean of Relay Online, Alice Waldron, along with Dr. Shelby Keefer, is responsible for Relay's online courses and programs. She is committed to expanding access to high quality teacher education and training through Relay's online offerings, and loves making online learning engaging, community-based, and relevant. In addition to being a dean at Relay, Waldron has taught science education courses to Relay students for six years. She began her teaching career teaching middle school science in New York City.
Waldron earner her M.S.T. from Pace University and B.A. from Pomona College. She is currently a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University, where she is pursuing an Ed.D. with a focus on technology integration in education.
Dr. David Wallace
Relay Louisiana (Baton Rouge & New Orleans) is led by Dr. David J. Wallace. He brings incredible experience as an outstanding PK-12 teacher, a phenomenal Relay faculty member, and an educational scholar to our Baton Rouge and New Orleans teams.
Dr. Wallace began his career first as an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn, New York, and then as instructional leader at a K-6 school in Miami before joining the Relay New York City faculty. He has spent six years with Relay to date, and also serves as the Founder and Chief Awakening Officer of Awakening Minds LLC, an educational consulting firm.
Dr. Wallace holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehouse College, a master’s degree from Relay Graduate School of Education, and an Educational Doctorate from St. Thomas University. His research interests include teacher self-efficacy and the experiences of male educators of color.
In his role as Dean of Relay Louisiana, Dr. Wallace will support Relay faculty and staff in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, while also developing our statewide vision and strategy to grow our impact.
As founding dean of Relay Denver, Therese Zosel-Harper oversees all aspects of teacher preparation in the Mile High City. Before joining Relay Denver, she served as Relay New York's Assistant Dean of Students, and as an Assistant Professor of Practice for four years. Prior to joining Relay, Zosel-Harper served as a high school social studies and adolescent literacy teacher at Peace and Diversity Academy in the Bronx, NY, where she was placed as a Teach For America corps member. Zosel-Harper earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College. She earned her M.S.T. in Teaching Social Studies at Pace University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. Zosel-Harper’s dissertation focuses on the role of observation and feedback cycles in teacher performance management systems. Her research interests include: teacher recruitment, support/development and retention, and teacher evaluation policy.
Dr. Nichelle Bowes
Nichelle Bowes is the dean of student affairs at Relay. Previously, Nichelle assumed the role of Dean of Relay Newark in 2018 after serving the campus as Assistant and Associate Dean since 2013. Nichelle is committed to continuing the campus' legacy of strong instructional preparation and dedication to social justice. As a proud immigrant and product of public education systems, she believes strongly in ensuring that practitioners in K - 12 classrooms are equipped with pedagogical practices that not only drive academic achievement, but values the individual student, honors the cultural practices of the students and families, and engages the communities in which students live.
Nichelle began her career as a Teach for America corps member in Paterson, NJ where she served for 5 years as a humanities teacher, before serving the students and families of East Orange, NJ as a 4th and 5th grade ELA teacher and literacy coach. Nichelle holds a B.A. in English and Psychology from Binghamton University, an M.A. in Counselor Education from Kean University, a M.P.A. from Rutgers University, and an Ed. D. from Johns Hopkins University.
Warren Chancellor is the Managing Director of National Operations for Leadership Programs at Relay. In this role, he supervises the events and operations team as they plan and execute 50+ intersessions/conferences per year as well as the partnerships team as they enroll over 1,300 leaders across our eight leadership programs engaging with over 160 unique districts, CMOs, independent charters, and funders each year.
Prior to joining Relay, Warren served as the Managing Director of Events & Operations at Teach For America from 2014-2016, leading the operations team in the planning and execution of the 25th Anniversary Summit that was hosted in Washington D.C. in 2016, attracting more than 15,000 participants from all over the country. He also supported the Executive Vice President as her Chief of Staff in 2013. Warren began his professional career in the classroom teaching high school math in Atlanta Public Schools. After the classroom, Warren had the opportunity to work at Google under their People Operations team as well as the Democratic National Convention Committee planning the 2012 and 2016 conventions.
Warren is a graduate of Morehouse College where he earned a bachelors of science in mathematics. He was born in Charlotte, NC and raised in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Kari Feinberg is the National Dean of Regional Leadership Programs at Relay. In this role, she leads Relay Leadership's current work and strategic planning efforts to provide network-embedded professional learning, coaching, and support for CAOs, principal managers, and school leaders in the areas of observation and feedback, school culture, data driven instruction. Before joining Relay in the summer of 2017, Kari spent ten years with YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Texas, most recently as the Head of Schools from 2013 to 2017. She has also worked as a school leader and teacher in Baton Rouge, LA and Durham, NC.
Kari holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Political Science and graduate degrees in School Leadership and Public Administration from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. She continues to be Houston based.
As senior dean of Relay Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, Chris Fraser oversees all aspects of our teacher preparation in Texas. Fraser also serves as Executive Director of Relay Lab Schools- Texas. Fraser was the founding dean of Relay Houston and previously taught and supported graduate students at the Relay Newark campus.
Previously, he served as a Ferguson Education Leadership Fellow in Revere Public Schools and taught at YES Prep Public Schools. He began his career as a Teach For America (TFA) corps member in the Houston Independent School District.
Fraser earned an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.S. in finance from the University of Florida. He is currently a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University, where he is pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Learning in Organizations.
As Managing Director of Talent (Talent Acquisition & HR), Lawrie Givner is responsible for overseeing Relay's talent acquisition, benefits, and compensation strategy in order to recruit and support a diverse and high performing faculty and staff. As a co-leader and founding member of the Diversity Steering Committee, she is responsible for ensuring Relay's culture, policies, and practices are aligned to our vision to becoming the most inclusive and diverse graduate school of education.
Lawrie previously served as the Director of Talent Acquisition at Relay, overseeing Relay's growth from 3 campuses to over 15 campuses today. Before joining Relay, Lawrie served as a public school teacher in New York City. Lawrie brings that same passion for identifying and cultivating individuals' unique talents and diverse perspectives to her talent work today.
Lawrie received her B.A. from Yale University and an M.A.T from Teacher U.
As Managing Director of National Operations, Mara Harwel co-leads the program operations team and is responsible for providing operational support and guidance to campus leaders, Student Services, and programmatic teams. Before joining the national operations team, she supported the inaugural class of students in New York City, was the founding Director of Operations for the New Orleans campus, and then the Senior Director of Operations for Leadership Programs. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member in Greater New Orleans.
Dr. Anne-Marie Hoxie
As Relay’s Chief Research Officer, Dr. Anne-Marie Hoxie oversees institutional research and program evaluation activities in support of Relay’s commitment to data-driven improvement and learning. Prior to joining Relay, Anne-Marie lead research and strategic learning for Classroom, Inc., a non-profit ed-tech organization. Anne-Marie also managed research, evaluation, and data initiatives at the New York City Department of Education and at The After-School Corporation (now ExpandED). She received her doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Fordham University. Her dissertation research focused on adolescents’ growth experiences in after-school programs.
As Managing Director of National Operations, Kohler co-leads the program operations team and is responsible for providing operational support and guidance to campus leaders, Student Services, and programmatic teams. Before joining Relay, Kohler worked in academic operations, program development, and grant management at Mastery Charter Schools. She began her career as a Teach For America corps member in South Texas.
As the dean of special education, Erin Larkin-Maguire manages the development and implementation of Relay’s special education teacher preparation programs. A seasoned special education teacher and leader, Erin is passionate about setting high expectations and improving outcomes for students with disabilities. Erin started teaching via New York City Teaching Fellows, teaching self-contained and integrated co-teaching classrooms in East Harlem. She then spent five years at Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant (LPBS), a member of Uncommon Schools, first as a Learning Support Coordinator and then as Dean of Curriculum and Instruction. LPBS' students with IEPs significantly outpaced the city and state averages on state exams, and showed accelerated rates of reading growth, across multiple years. Erin joined Relay in 2012, as an Assistant Professor, and looks forward to managing the growth and impact of Relay’s special education programs for years to come. Erin earned her M.Ed. in Learning Disabilities from Hunter College and her B.A. in sociology from Wesleyan University.
Alia McCants is an educator, womanist, and proud nerd. As the Managing Director of Student Services at Relay Graduate School of Education, Alia oversees the work to provide each incoming student with the kind of positive, rigorous, and joyful experience we hope they, in turn, provide for their K12 students. In her previous six years at Relay, Alia has held a variety of roles: leading the national teacher recruitment team, launching the School’s alumni affairs department, and leading program operations for Relay’s largest campus and its national and local school leadership programs. Alia has also launched and led several initiatives related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism at Relay.
Alia began her career in education at the Match Charter Public High School in Boston and still remains in touch with many of her former students. She is a proud alumna of Spelman College and Columbia Business School, where she received the Forté Fellowship, the Feldberg Fellowship, and the Student Service Award for her focus on servant leadership on campus.
Alia originally hails from San José, California. She currently resides in White Plains, New York with her husband and their twin children, who entered kindergarten in the fall.
As Relay’s chief external affairs officer, Anne McCarley is responsible for communications, development, marketing, and public affairs at Relay. Before joining Relay, McCarley served in a number of capacities on Teach For America’s national development team, securing over $150 million in philanthropy to support the organization’s growth in scale and impact from 2008-2015. She began her career as an associate at the global investment research firm, Morningstar, Inc.
McCarley earned an M.A. in English from Northwestern University and a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame.
As Relay's Chief Information Officer, Stephanie Nelson is responsible for identifying and adapting the technological and knowledge management solutions that will position Relay to be a cutting-edge, efficient and effective graduate school of education. Before joining Relay GSE, Stephanie worked at Uncommon Schools, where she lead the efforts to develop the systems and processes to scale the organizations talent recruitment efforts, as well as managed the recruitment and marketing teams. Prior to working at Uncommon Schools, Stephanie worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP in the Human Capital practice. While at Deloitte, Stephanie specialized in organization and talent projects for public sector clients. Stephanie began her career as an elementary school teacher at Plummer Elementary School in SE Washington, DC through Teach For America.
As dean of school leadership programs at Relay, Jesse Rector leads all aspects of training for current and aspiring school leaders. In this role, he teaches courses on instructional leadership and serves as an advisor to the participants in our leadership programs.
Previously, Rector spent sixteen years in Newark, New Jersey, as a high-performing teacher in both the Newark Public Schools and at North Star Academy Charter School of Newark. During his last six years in Newark, Rector led North Star’s Clinton Hill Middle School.
Since the beginning of his career, Verrilli has fought for community development and social justice. He began his educational work in 1984, as a Jesuit Volunteer Corps community organizer in the Bronx. Verrilli then joined Link Community School, where he stayed for more than a decade — first as a teacher and eventually as principal. In 1997, Verrilli co-founded North Star Academy Charter School of Newark, where he was principal of the Downtown Middle School for 14 years and saw North Star Academy grow to a network of 10 schools with 3,500 students.
Verrilli has received numerous awards for this leadership, including the National Blue Ribbon Schools' Terrel H. Bell Award, given each year by the U.S. Department of Education to the top ten principals in the nation. He earned his B.A. in history from Colby College and his M.A.T. from Brown University.
Board of Trustees
NORMAN ATKINS - CHAIR/PRESIDENT, TOGETHER EDUCATION; CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT EMERITUS, RELAY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
DR. DONNELL J. BUTLER - SENIOR ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR PLANNING AND ANALYSIS OF STUDENT OUTCOMES, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE
AIMÉE EUBANKS DAVIS - FOUNDER & CEO, BRAVEN
DR. MAYME HOSTETTER - PRESIDENT, RELAY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
DAVID LEVIN - SECRETARY/CO-FOUNDER, KIPP
LARRY ROBBINS - FOUNDER AND CEO, GLENVIEW CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
DAVID SALTZMAN - TREASURER / SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, TWO SIGMA INVESTMENTS LP
SHAYNE SPALTEN - DIRECTOR, EDUCATION, CHARLES & LYNN SCHUSTERMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
DR. DAVID STEINER - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JOHNS HOPKINS INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION POLICY; PROFESSOR
DACIA TOLL - VICE CHAIR / CO-CEO & PRESIDENT, ACHIEVEMENT FIRST