After spending most of her childhood in Washington D.C., Adele graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999. Her teaching career began as a corps member of Teach For America working with second graders in the South Bronx of New York. Then, Adele returned to her hometown to continue teaching. After earning her Masters in Educational Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University in 2004, Adele led instructional and school design for high school students through several non-profit organizations. Adele served as the founding principal of an alternative high school in Brooklyn, New York. As the Deputy Chief of Youth Engagement at DC Public Schools, Adele oversaw policy and program for the district’s most under-served populations.
In 2015, Adele joined Teach For America's D.C. Region as the Executive Director and graduated with a Doctorate in Education. Her dissertation focused on student-centered school district leadership.
Adele lives with her husband and three children only three miles from where she grew up.