Background: Abby Marco is the grants manager for Bellwether Education Partners. Prior to joining Bellwether, Abby was a high school English teacher in Washington, D.C., where she taught 12th-grade English language, ninth-grade world literature, and special education courses. In addition to her work in the classroom, Abby worked on pre-K to 12th-grade curricular vertical alignment and collaborated in the development of a middle school to high school bridging experience for incoming ninth-graders. While teaching, Abby was a member of the Urban Teachers four-year teacher residency program and participated in the National Freshman Success Institute Program at the University of Chicago. There, she engaged in work around successfully transitioning students from middle to high school, examined research on what matters the most for high school success, and worked with educators nationwide to explore strategies to help students stay on-track to graduation.
Abby has additional experience working in research, data, and program management for D.C.-area education nonprofits. She holds a bachelor’s in human services and social justice from George Washington University and a master’s in education from Johns Hopkins University.
Why I do this work: I am committed to ensuring that all students receive a high-quality, equitable education. As a classroom teacher, I worked with hundreds of students, each with unique experiences, interests, and needs, both in and out of the classroom. I believe in an education system that works effectively for each of these students and am an advocate for individualized, tailored, and inclusive educational experiences to ensure all students thrive and persist through pre-K to 12th-grade education and beyond.