MEREDITH MORELLE: Program Director

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Meredith Morelle became a teacher in 2002 in order to use education as a vehicle to racial and social justice. She has experience as a practitioner and a leader at the middle and secondary school levels, in the out-of-school time field, and in the federal policy arena. 

Before joining Teach To Lead, she spent a year and a half at the United States Department of Education, first as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow and then as a political appointee of the Obama Administration. While there, Meredith worked on equity, diversity and inclusion issues--she co-led both the first-ever Educator Equity Lab as part of the agency’s broader efforts to support states in closing persistent nationwide “equity gaps” in access to great teachers, and the first-ever National Summit on Teacher Diversity, which brought together educators, district and state administrators, advocacy organizations, and colleges of education to develop actionable steps for improving the recruitment, retention and support of teachers of color. 

Prior to her time at the Department, Meredith was the English Instructional Coach at the Capitol Hill Campus of the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy in Washington, DC. Meredith holds a master's degree from Columbia University in human rights studies, with a focus on issues of race and ethnicity. Her MA thesis, Toward a True American Democracy: Proposing a Nationwide Anti-Racist Education Initiative, argues that the positive results of launching, within the realm of education, an initiative with the expressed purpose of dismantling overt and unconscious racism on an individual level, and racist policies and practices on an institutional level, will undoubtedly spill over into and benefit society at large, helping to eradicate persisting racial inequities and injustice in all facets of American life. 

Meredith earned her Bachelor's Degree in broadcast journalism, with minors in literature and theatre, from American University. She hails from Rhode Island but has long considered Washington her home, and she is the proud mom of four-year-old Eliana and two-year-old Ari.