Amy Nicholson

Amy NicholsonSchool Leadership Consultant Amy Nicholson joined Turnaround in 2014 as School Leadership Consultant and drives implementation of Turnaround’s school improvement model in two schools in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Turnaround, Amy served as the Director of School Performance for the UNO Charter School Network in Chicago where she coached school leaders and managed [...]

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Rolandria Justice

Rolandria JusticeProgram Director Rolandria joined Turnaround for Children in 2013 as an Instructional Coach and was promoted to Program Director in 2014. She drives implementation of Turnaround’s school improvement model in three schools in Newark, New Jersey. Rolandria's education career began in Newark with Teach for America, instructing middle schoolers in English and science. After [...]

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John Harper

John HarperDirector of Development John joined Turnaround in 2014 and curently serves as Director of Development. In this role, he is responsible for securing the necessary philanthropic support to meet the organization's needs through the effective cultivation and stewardship of philanthropic partners, including foundations, individuals and corporations. Prior to joining Turnaround, John served as Vice [...]

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Brigid Ganley

Brigid GanleyChief External Affairs Officer Brigid joined Turnaround for Children in 2014 as Chief External Affairs Officer. She oversees the Communications and Development departments and serves as the driving force behind efforts to increase stakeholder engagement to fulfill the organization’s mission of transforming high-poverty schools. Prior to joining Turnaround, Brigid worked for Uncommon Schools, a [...]

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Ronni Gambardella

Ronni GambardellaProgram Director Ronni Gambardella joined Turnaround for Children in 2007 after 20 years of service with the New York City Department of Education, most recently as a Clinical Supervisor of School Psychologists in Manhattan and the Bronx. While working for the Department of Education, Ronni won citywide recognition as Supervisor of the Year twice. [...]

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Lucy Castillo

Lucy CastilloProgram Director Lucy Castillo, Program Director for Newark, came to Turnaround for Children in 2013 with nearly 20 years of experience in education. She began her career as a middle school teacher in New York City, and has an extensive background in leadership training, program development, and organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining Turnaround, Lucy [...]

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Tanya Johnson

Tanya JohnsonVice President, School Content Design and Staff Development Tanya Johnson joined Turnaround for Children in 2013 as Senior Director of Program Design and in 2014 was promoted to Vice President, School Content Design and Staff Development. Previously, Tanya served as an Educational Consultant for Authentic Education under the leadership of Grant Wiggins, co-author of [...]

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Cristen VanVleet

Cristen Van VleetDirector, Student Support Cristen Van Vleet joined Turnaround in 2013 with nearly two decades of experience working primarily in underperforming schools, providing social supports and connecting families with services. She takes great joy in watching young people learn how to be excited about school. Prior to Turnaround, Cristen was Deputy Director of Youth [...]

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Maelle Fonteneau

Maelle FonteneauChief of Staff Maelle Fonteneau joined Turnaround for Children in 2012. She serves as a strategic adviser to Turnaround’s President and CEO, and works closely with the leadership team on organizational priorities. Maelle has spent the last 10 years in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served as an Education Pioneers Fellow at Teach [...]

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Michael Wilson

Michael WilsonProgram Director Michael A. Wilson joined Turnaround for Children in 2013 with more than 20 years of experience in public education. Most recently, he served as the Aspiring Principals Director and Principal Institute Director for New Leaders for New Schools in Washington, D.C., where he trained over 30 principals. Michael began his career teaching [...]

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