Hailing from Sumner, Wash., Natalie is a proud graduate of Washington public schools. Natalie taught kindergarten and second grade for four years in Washington, DC at a Title 1 school. She holds a B.A. from the University of Washington, a M.Ed in early childhood curriculum and instruction from George Mason University and a M.Ed in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Public Education. For the past seven years she has served in various coaching and mentoring roles for teachers and administrators, most recently working with the seven RoadMap districts as the preK-third grade systems coach for their Race to the Top Grant. Natalie is also a WaKIDS trainer and FDK Module facilitator. Natalie is currently the managing director of alumni leadership and community engagement for Teach For America-Washington.
Favorite thing about Washington:
The incredible natural beauty EVERYWHERE. I love being immersed in it all - water, mountains, trees, farmland.
Education area you are most passionate about:
Early childhood education and mitigating toxic stress through mindfulness and yoga
Biggest goal for the Alumni Board:
To create a sustainable system and comprehensive plan for alumni to engage in collective action indefinitely
Favorite Age/Subject to Teach:
I just love the babies! Kindergarten is the year of magic! I also really love second graders!