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Doctor of Education Leadership Student Directory

The following is a directory of students currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education Leadership program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Note: This is an opt-in directory, and does not represent every student enrolled in the doctoral programs.

Doctoral Student Directories: Ed.L.D. Students | Ed.D. / Ph.D. Students

Marissa Alberty
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Marissa Alberty

Interests: Equity, Race, Community Engagement, Policy, Non-Profit, Executive Management, Adult Development

Marissa Alberty is seeking to develop and support educational leaders through systems and communities that are equitable, collaborative, and yield results for all students.

David Baiz
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David Baiz

Interests: Equity, Leadership, Innovation

David Baiz's research is focused on school leadership, innovative school models, mathematics instruction, professional learning communities, and equity.

Tauheedah Baker-Jones
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Tauheedah Baker-Jones

Interests: Equity, Innovation, Policy, Teacher Leadership, Systems Thinking, Strategic Planning

Tauheedah Baker has over 15 years of experience working at all levels in the education and non-profit sectors. She has built her career ensuring that systems are designed using a social justice lens, so that learning for all students improves and opportunity gaps are closed.


Eric D. Becerra
Email Eric D. Becerra at eric_becerra@gse.harvard.edu

Eric D. Becerra

Interests: Equity, Higher Education, First Generation, Social Justice, Retention, Student Success, Students of Color

Eric Becerra has over 15 years of experience working in multiple capacities within the education sector. Throughout his career he has maintained a focus on serving low-income, traditionally disadvantaged student populations with an emphasis on access, equity, and success. Having served as a k-12 and college counselor, he is especially interested in increasing college going and persistence rates for young men of color.


Eyal Bergman
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Eyal Bergman

Interests: Equity, Family & Community Engagement, Culturally Responsive Schooling

Eyal Bergman's experience is in building trust between educators and the communities they serve, and developing systems within school districts to promote these efforts.


Hassan Brown
Email Hassan Brown at hbrown@gse.harvard.edu Hassan Brown's LinkedIn Page Hassan Brown's Twitter

Hassan Brown

Interests: Social Innovation, Equity and Inclusion, Investments, Community Engagement, Business Development, Philanthropy, Technology

Hassan Brown's expertise is in community-building, program management, and strategy and operations. He has extensive classroom and business experience, as a NYC Teaching Fellow and an Education Pioneers alum. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Institute for Child Success.

Kevin Bryant
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Kevin Bryant

Interests: Virtual Reality and Instruction, Entry and Succession Planning, School Turnaround, Equity, Career and Technical Education, Dual Enrollment, Secondary Education

Kevin Bryant's expertise is in school turnaround, teacher development. His CTE Interests are in augmented reality as an instructional tool, school and district turnaround, and ensuring impactful practices despite change in leadership (succession planning).

Steven Chambers
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Steven Chambers

Interests: Social Emotional Learning, Counseling, College Access, Race, Equity, Parent Engagement, Community Partnership

Steven Chambers' expertise and research interests are in the areas of college and career readiness, social emotional supports, community partnerships, and counseling services.


Adriana Chavarin-Lopez
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Adriana Chavarin-Lopez

Interests: School Leadership, Bilingualism, Race, Equity, Female Leaders, Latinx Education,

Adriana Chavarin-Lopez is interested in the role of adult development and its impact on education leadership, leader identity (both race and gender) and student outcomes.

Christine Dahnke
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Christine Dahnke

Interests: Prek-12, School District Leadership, English Learners, Bilingual Programming

Christine Dahnke is currently in her third year of the Ed.L.D. program and serving as a resident in Orange County (FL) Public Schools. She is interested in large, urban, public school district executive leadership with a focus on educational equity, ELs and bilingual programming.

Matt Dreier
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Matt Dreier

Interests: Policy, Higher Education, Information Management, Change Management


Danielle Duarte
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Danielle Duarte

Interests: School Counseling, College and Career, Social Emotional Learning

Having worked in the field of school counseling, Danielle Duarte is passionate about supporting the whole child in education — their academic success, college/career exploration and readiness, and social/emotional development — through prevention and data-driven intervention.


Amanda Dudley
Email Amanda Dudley at adudley@gse.harvard.edu

Amanda Dudley

Interests: School Leadership, Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Equity, Adult Development

Amanda Dudley is interested in how school districts and organizations can transform how adults learn in order to impact instruction in schools.


Des Floyd
Email Des Floyd at des.floyd@gse.harvard.edu Des Floyd's Website

Des Floyd

Interests: Equity and Racial Equity, Curriculum and Practice, Literacy, Youth Advocacy, Professional Learning, School Improvement, Innovation

Des Floyd is a system-level practitioner with a passion for leading learning and transforming systems. He has over 15 years of work experience in education from PK-12, central office leadership, state education agency, and at the university level coaching school principals.

Crystel Harris
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Crystel Harris

Interests: Education, Policy, Teacher Development, Teacher Support, Equity, K-12, Teacher Recruitment

Crystel Harris has 12 years of experience working at the NYC Department of Education as a teacher, teacher trainer, program manager, and recruitment director. She is interested in large education systems, considering how to implement change at scale.

Alison Harris Welcher
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Alison Harris Welcher

Interests: Urban Schooling, Equity, Principal Leadership, Management and Organizations, Professional Development

Alison Harris Welcher's practice area expertise includes K-12 school transformation, school leader/teacher leader development, and change management.

Tyler Hester
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Tyler Hester

Interests: Leadership, Well-Being, Burnout, Retention

Tyler Hester's research focuses on educator sustainability and well-being, and district and non-profit leadership.

Kentaro Iwasaki
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Kentaro Iwasaki

Interests: Mathematics, English Learners, College and Career, Teaching and Learning, Asian-American Leadership, Reciprocal Accountability, Teacher Professionalization

Kentaro Iwasaki's past experiences include associate director of learning for a non-profit supporting College and Career Pathways and a secondary math teacher with an English language focus. He is an Asian-American leader, interested in instructional impact, teacher professionalization, and reciprocal accountability.

Shahara Jackson
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Shahara Jackson

Interests: Equity, Diversity, Urban Education, Charter Schools, Women in Leadership

Shahara Jackson's research focuses on district/school level executive coaching.

Angela Jackson
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Angela Jackson

Interests: Philanthropy, Corporate Social Responsibility, Higher Education, Workforce, Career-Readiness

Angela Jackson's research is focused on using strategic capital deployment to increase the pool of diverse entrepreneurs. She is also an entrepreneur-in-residence at New Profit, a Boston based venture philanthropy firm where she provides due-diligence and deal support.

Aaron Jennings
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Aaron Jennings

Interests: Social Work, Cross Sector Collaboration, Student Support Services, Wraparound Services, Students of Color, Communities, Government

Aaron Jennings is a seasoned system-level leader with practice interests and expertise at the nexus of education, community, and social work. Jennings has state and local experience developing and improving cross sector collaborations for children, youth and families that include government, communities and school districts; whole-child student support services; and mentoring children and youth.


Leslie Jimenez
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Leslie Jimenez

Interests: School Turnaround, Continuous School Improvement, Strategic Planning, Elementary and Secondary Education, Charter Management Organization, Urban School District,

Through the Ed.L.D. program, Leslie Jimenez plans to build on her prior experiences in both the charter and district sectors to address the systemic challenges that prevent disadvantaged students from receiving a quality education.

Erica Jordan-Thomas
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Erica Jordan-Thomas

Interests: School Leadership, Race, Equity, Policy, District Strategy, Leadership Development

Erica Jordan-Thomas' interests and expertise are in the areas of change management, principal development and sustainability, and school turnaround.

Mark Kabban
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Mark Kabban

Interests: Refugees, Education Entrepreneurship

Mark Kabban is interested in strengthening the social cohesion of refugee youth in the U.S.

Stefan Lallinger
Email Stefan Lallinger at stefan_lallinger@gse.harvard.edu

Stefan Lallinger

Interests: Equity, Integration, Innovative School Models, Traditional School-Charter School Collaboration, Urban K-12 Education

Stefan Lallinger is a former principal, assistant principal, and teacher in New Orleans, LA. He has worked extensively with urban school districts and community programming. His areas of expertise are in school integration and diversity, urban education, and 21st century school district governance.


Bonnie Lo
Email Bonnie Lo at bonnie_lo@gse.harvard.edu

Bonnie Lo

Interests: School Systems, Leadership Teams, Equity-Based Cross-Sector Networks, Strategy, Continuous Improvement, Education Entrepreneurship

Bonnie Lo is passionate about transforming PreK-12 education by building school systems through the power of collaboration. As director of principal leadership in San Francisco, she served over 1,000 classrooms and 80 school administrators, and increased the capacity of leadership teams.


Bobbi Macdonald
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Bobbi Macdonald

Interests: School and District Design, Project Based Learning, Reggio Emilia, Arts Integration, Social Emotional Learning, Constructivist Education, Equity

Bobbi Macdonald is interested in school and district design that is student centered, teacher powered, and focused on a continuous learning and improvement cycle. She hopes to continue creating school environments that evoke belonging and love.

William Marroquin
Email William Marroquin at william_marroquin@gse.harvard.edu William Marroquin's LinkedIn Page

William Marroquin

Interests: Public Education, System Leadership, Change Management, Innovation, Coaching

William Marroquin is interested in system level leadership and the change management process in public educational organizations.

Shaun McMurtrie
Email Shaun McMurtrie at shaun_mcmurtrie@gse.harvard.edu

Shaun McMurtrie

Interests: Union, Certification, Mathematics, Curriculum, Professionalism, Rural Education

Shaun McMurtrie's primary focus is on teachers' unions, professionalism, and certification. His experience is in curriculum and instruction, specifically in mathematics and rural education settings.

James Mercer
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James Mercer

James Mercer's research is interested in the study of education leadership.

Thomas Milaschewski
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Thomas Milaschewski

Interests: District Leadership, Special Education, Family Engagement, Data, Equity, Higher Education, Principal Leadership

A former teacher and school principal, Thomas Milaschewski is a doctoral student in the Ed.L.D. Program at HGSE. He is interested in systems-level leadership that leads to positive outcomes for all students.

Tim Moriarty
Email Tim Moriarty at moriarty@gse.harvard.edu

Tim Moriarty

Interests: Career and Technical Education, Authentic Learning, Leadership

Tim Moriarty's practice interests include, career and technical education, authentic learning, and systems leadership.

Yasmene Mumby
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Yasmene Mumby

Interests: Community Organizing, Community Engagement, Equity, Policy, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Urban Education, Inclusion

Yasmene Mumby, MAT, J.D. began her decade long career in education as a social studies teacher turned organizer in Baltimore, MD. To date, her work in schools is at the nexus of community agency, power, and social impact.


Mariel Novas
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Mariel Novas

Interests: Race and Identity, Teacher Diversity, Community Engagement, English Learners, Immigrant Youth, Liberatory Education, Politics and Policy

Mariel Novas is an equity practitioner with a focus on talent and leadership development, teacher diversity, and immigrants' rights advocacy.


Tina Owen-Moore
Email Tina Owen-Moore  at tina_owenmoore@gse.harvard.edu Tina Owen-Moore 's LinkedIn Page Tina Owen-Moore 's Twitter

Tina Owen-Moore

Interests: School Culture, Bullying, LGBTQ, Coaching, Leadership, Restorative Practices, Social Emotional Learning

Tina Owen-Moore's research and practice centers around making schools safe and inclusive places where all students can grow and learn. She addresses the topics of bullying, supporting LGBTQ students, coaching school and district leaders, and facilitating the sharing of promising practices between schools.

Adam Parrott-Sheffer
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Adam Parrott-Sheffer

Interests: Early Childhood, Systems Change, Network Improvement Communities, Communication, Political Empathy, Arts Integration

Adam Parrott-Sheffer is an Ed.L.D. student and Saul Zaentz Fellow in Early Education. His interests include networks for leadership development, communication as leadership, and re-imagining the education sector through role redesign and technology enhancements.

Lyndsay Pinkus
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Lyndsay Pinkus

Interests: Policy, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategy, Systems, Data, Leadership, Equity

Lyndsay Pinkus is a multi-disciplinary systems thinker with local, state and national experience working to improve organizational effectiveness to support more equitable and sustainable outcomes.


Matt Presser
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Matt Presser

Interests: Innovation, Equity, Urban Education, Higher Education, College Access, Prison Education

Matt Presser is an accomplished educator passionate about expanding opportunity for disconnected students.

Keri Randolph
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Keri Randolph

Interests: Innovation, Personalized Learning, STEM, Teacher Preparation, Collective Impact, Teacher Leadership

Keri Randolph is interested in the role of collective impact in improving educational outcomes for students, innovative school models, and public-private partnerships.

Sarah Rogers Tucker
Email Sarah Rogers Tucker at Srogerstucker@gmail.com

Sarah Rogers Tucker

Interests: School Turnaround, School Improvement, New Schools, Culture, Teacher Coaching

Sarah Tucker's research focus is in school design and redesign.

Cyn Rosario
Email Cyn Rosario at cynthia_rosario@gse.harvard.edu

Cyn Rosario

Interests: Race, Equity, Growth Culture, Multilingual, K-12, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Cyn Rosario's research interest is in using adult development theory as a foundation to create deliberately development education systems.

Linda Rosenbury
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Linda Rosenbury

Interests: School Design, Gender Equity, Racial Equity, Arts Integration, Middle School, Social Emotional Learning, Sustainability Education

Linda Rosenbury served as a turnaround principal in NYC and the founding principal of an intentionally-diverse, community-based charter school focused on sustainability.

Michele Rudy
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Michele Rudy

Interests: Organizing, Undocumented, DACA, Migrant, Immigrant, Trauma

Michele Rudy's practice focus is in organizing and in equity issues pertaining to immigrant students, particularly undocumented students and unaccompanied minors.

Ray Schleck
Email Ray Schleck at ray_schleck@gse.harvard.edu

Ray Schleck

Interests: Innovation, School Design, Tutoring


Timothy Sippel
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Timothy Sippel

Interests: Leadership, Urban Education, Equity, School Districts, Secondary Reform, English Language Learners, Deeper Learning

Timothy Sippel has committed his life to ensuring that urban public schools provide equitable opportunities for all students.

Courtney Van Cleve
Email Courtney Van Cleve at courtney_vancleve@gse.harvard.edu Courtney Van Cleve's LinkedIn Page

Courtney Van Cleve

Interests: Rural Education, Human Capital, Equity, Diversity, Leadership, Prek-12

Courtney Van Cleve is an advocate for rural education. Her firm belief in the power of human capital to transform American preK-12 education is rooted in experience partnering with teachers and instructional coaches to turnaround organizational performance.

Michael Vea
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Michael Vea

Interests: Teaching, Learning, Strategy, Innovation, Early Childhood

Michael Vea studies strategy and innovation, teaching and learning, and early childhood education.

Christopher Williams
Email Christopher Williams at chw093@mail.harvard.edu

Christopher Williams

Interests: Social Emotional Learning, Chronic Absenteeism, MTSS, Teacher Student Relationships, RTI, Family and Community Engagement

Christopher Williams research interest is in social emotional learning and teacher student relationships as a lever to improve engagement, resulting in stronger school climate and improved student outcomes.

Jamaal Williams
Email Jamaal Williams  at jamaalwilliams@gse.harvard.edu

Jamaal Williams

Interests: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Achievement Gap, Literacy, Prek-12, Instructional Core

Jamaal Williams is an Ed.L.D. student with 9 years of experience in urban, suburban, district, and CMO settings. He loves kids and is passionate about improving his ability to lead system-wide improvement efforts in the education sector.

Danila Crespin Zidovsky
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Danila Crespin Zidovsky

Interests: Policy, Early Childhood Education, Equity, Literacy, Politics, Chronic Stress, Adverse Childhood Experiences

Danila Crespin Zidovsky is passionate about expanding access to high-quality early learning opportunities to every child in America. Danila has experience in the governmental and political arenas, as well as the nonprofit sector.