Ursa grew up in, and recently returned to rural Western Massachusetts. In her early days she could be found attending the regional public schools and was rarely more than a few feet away from a basketball at all times. After attending an engineering undergraduate university, earning a BS in nonprofit management she headed to Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer focused on public health. Ursa has supervised an HIV prevention program in Brooklyn, 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, and spent four years as a member of the Human Assets Business Partner team. Last summer she transferred to a new role on the Teacher Preparation Support & Development team, where she created and launched a professional development fellowship program for TFA's Teacher Leader Development staff. Other things to know about Ursa: she got married 3 years ago, and recently became a first-time homeowner. 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.
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