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Joel Scott, M.S.Ed.

Partnership Director

Joel Scott is a Partnership Director in the New York region and delivers Turnaround for Children’s Professional Learning Series to leaders, principals, and their teams. He supports Turnaround’s business development, including systems-level consulting and leading group information sessions. Joel also executes on thought leadership and marketing opportunities. He contributes to DEI and organizational culture initiatives as well. Joel joined Turnaround in 2015 as an Instructional Coach and acted as a Leadership Development Coach.

Prior to Turnaround, Joel worked for Goodwill BEGIN, an education program for adults receiving public assistance. While there, he supported the organization in the roles of Orientation and Assessment Coordinator and Senior Teacher. Later, Joel taught elementary grade levels across Brooklyn for several years. Joel also serves as the Associate Director of Its Showtime NYC.

Joel received his M.S.Ed. from Brooklyn College and B.A. from Binghamton University in Psychology and Africana Studies. In 2015, Joel was selected to be an Education Pioneers Fellow at New York City Department of Education Office of Teacher Effectiveness and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Education Pioneers Eastern Region Alumni Board.

Who do you admire most in your life?

The person I most admire in life is my father. To grow up incredibly poor, almost in a shack of a house, and to accomplish so much from such humble beginnings, has always been an inspiration to me. His amazing work ethic, smile and devotion to his family, work and purpose is amazing. He is my best friend as well.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement is not here yet. I have been working with and for children of color in a variety of academic settings with success for 16 years. Seeing children make gains and achieve goals they thought were out of reach means everything to me. I look forward to supporting and providing more resources and leadership to children in the future.

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