Martia Cooper Principal of Calverton Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore, MD
Martia oversees a teaching staff of 58 and typically hires two to six new teachers per year. She describes her partnership with Urban Teachers as an “amazing luxury” and currently has 9 Urban Teachers, including two residents and one alumnus.
Daniela Anello Head of School at DC Bilingual, Washington, DC Daniela designed a hiring process that really gets at whether the candidate is coachable. That has been a huge transformation. We are much better at picking candidates who will be successful. Over time our scores have just been getting stronger and stronger. The residents have been a part of that.
Kendall Pigeon Inaugural Dallas/Fort Worth Cohort 2016 Kendall Pigeon is a Dallas native and proud member of the inaugural Urban Teachers cohort in Dallas/Fort Worth. He says: "After learning about how Urban Teachers planned to accomplish its mission in Dallas, I knew I couldn't pass up this opportunity."
Chris Lewis Fourth Grade Special Education Teacher Medfield Heights Elementary, Baltimore, MD Chris Lewis is proud of his 4th grade students. Last September, most were reading at a 1st or 2nd grade level. By May, all but one had grown by at least four reading levels. He's grateful for the tools he learned with Urban Teachers that have helped him successfully meet the needs of all his students.
Adrienne Williams First Grade Teacher Center City Public Charter School, Washington, DC Adrienne Williams wears many hats these days, supporting students as well as teachers to perform at a higher level. Urban Teachers helped Adrienne develop the classroom skills and habits that make such leadership possible.
Yeoman Payne Special Educator Vanguard Collegiate Middle School, Baltimore, MD Yeoman Payne is using her degree from Urban Teachers to make sure that Baltimore's most under-served students get the type of teaching they deserve. With the right support, she's seen kids learn more than anyone thought possible.
Jamilla Fort Fifth Grade Teacher Francis Scott Key Elementary School, Baltimore, MD Jamilla Fort is now following in the footsteps of teachers who inspired her, pushing her students to always deliver their best work and motivating them to learn and grow.
Aaron Cuny Co-Founder and Head of School Ingenuity Preparatory School, Washington, DC Ingenuity Prep is making a rapid ascent as one of the strongest elementary schools in DC, and Urban Teachers has been on the ground from the beginning, providing the school with promising new teachers who are eager to learn.
Sarah Fitzpatrick Ninth Grade English and Special Education Teacher East Senior High School, Washington, DC Sarah Fitzpatrick didn't want to be another new teacher statistic. She wanted a teacher preparation program that would prepare her to be a successful urban teacher on day one. Urban Teachers provided just what Sarah needed to hit the ground running.