Background: Stephanie Spangler is a senior consultant in the Strategic Advising practice at Bellwether Education Partners. She recently completed a dual degree at the University of Virginia, where she received her MBA from the Darden School of Business and her Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from the Curry School of Education. During the summer of 2018, Stephanie worked as a Special Assistant to the Chief Engagement Officer of Richmond Public Schools. In that role, she supported the development and drafting of the district’s five-year strategic plan.
Before graduate school, Stephanie taught in both charter and district schools in Washington, D.C. She began her career as a Capital Teaching Resident at KIPP DC, where she was part of a founding elementary school team. She later transitioned to DC Public Schools (DCPS) and taught fourth grade at Tubman Elementary School. Stephanie was consistently rated Highly Effective under the DCPS IMPACT System. She also served as a Grade Level Chair, a member of the Academic Leadership Team, and the author of the fourth-grade ELA curriculum.
Outside of the classroom, Stephanie participated in the Citybridge Foundation’s Education Innovation Fellowship and Teach Plus’ Teaching Policy Fellowship. She graduated magna cum laude from Emory University, where she was selected as a 2011 Truman Scholar.
Why I do this work: I love schools. During my time in the classroom, I witnessed my students’ remarkable curiosity and desire for quality learning experiences. I also came to understand how intellectually demanding and nuanced the art of teaching is. Unfortunately, racism and systemic inequality limit the opportunity for students to learn and teachers to teach. I do this work to support schools and organizations working to change that reality.