Doctor of Education Leadership Student Directory
Given the fiscal constraints on our institution presented by the continuously evolving COVID-19 pandemic, HGSE has made the difficult decision not to accept doctoral applications for fall 2021 enrollment. We are pausing admissions for our fully-funded doctoral programs in order to uphold our commitment to maintaining program quality and strong support for our current students. At this time, the next application cycle is expected to have a December 2021 application deadline for fall 2022 enrollment. Complete the Introduce Yourself form to stay informed about future enrollment in our doctoral programs.
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
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
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.
Interests: Social Innovation, Equity and Inclusion, Investments, Community Engagement, Business Development, Philanthropy, TechnologyHassan 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.
Interests: Virtual Reality and Instruction, Entry and Succession Planning, School Turnaround, Equity, Career and Technical Education, Dual Enrollment, Secondary EducationKevin 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).
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.
Interests: Prek-12, School District Leadership, English Learners, Bilingual ProgrammingChristine 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.
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.
Interests: Equity and Racial Equity, Curriculum and Practice, Literacy, Youth Advocacy, Professional Learning, School Improvement, InnovationDes 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.
Interests: Education, Policy, Teacher Development, Teacher Support, Equity, K-12, Teacher RecruitmentCrystel 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.
Interests: Mathematics, English Learners, College and Career, Teaching and Learning, Asian-American Leadership, Reciprocal Accountability, Teacher ProfessionalizationKentaro 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.
Interests: Philanthropy, Corporate Social Responsibility, Higher Education, Workforce, Career-ReadinessAngela 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interests: School and District Design, Project Based Learning, Reggio Emilia, Arts Integration, Social Emotional Learning, Constructivist Education, EquityBobbi 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.
Interests: Union, Certification, Mathematics, Curriculum, Professionalism, Rural EducationShaun 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.
Interests: District Leadership, Special Education, Family Engagement, Data, Equity, Higher Education, Principal LeadershipA 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.
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.
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.
Interests: School Culture, Bullying, LGBTQ, Coaching, Leadership, Restorative Practices, Social Emotional LearningTina 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.
Interests: Early Childhood, Systems Change, Network Improvement Communities, Communication, Political Empathy, Arts IntegrationAdam 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.
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.
Interests: School Design, Gender Equity, Racial Equity, Arts Integration, Middle School, Social Emotional Learning, Sustainability EducationLinda Rosenbury served as a turnaround principal in NYC and the founding principal of an intentionally-diverse, community-based charter school focused on sustainability.
Courtney Van Cleve
Interests: Rural Education, Human Capital, Equity, Diversity, Leadership, Prek-12Courtney 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.
Interests: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Achievement Gap, Literacy, Prek-12, Instructional CoreJamaal 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.
Interests: Social Emotional Learning, Chronic Absenteeism, MTSS, Teacher Student Relationships, RTI, Family and Community EngagementChristopher 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.
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.