On a magical winter’s morning at the tail end of the 1970s, Ursa joined the world as Ursa Minor (if you will). She grew up in a small, rural town in western Massachusetts, where she attended a regional public school and dominated the basketball courts. As she became Ursa Major, she headed to an engineering school, eventually earning a BS in nonprofit management. Ten days after graduating, she headed to Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer on a rural health project. Ursa has supervised an HIV prevention program, worked as a counselor with at-risk groups, and managed a dance studio. She first joined Teach For America as an office manager on the Connecticut regional team. She has also worked as a member of the Human Assets Business Partner team. This summer, she is transferring to a new role on the Teacher Preparation Support & Development team, creating a fellowship program for TFA's Teacher Leader Development staff. Other things to know about Ursa: she got married a couple years ago, and just bought her first house back in Western Mass! She enjoys reading light fiction and whatever Huffington Post puts on Twitter. Each year she volunteers at a local Garlic & Arts festival and is proud to support TFA, NPR, and various animal rights groups. You can follow Ursa on twitter @ursaursabobursa.