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Growing up, I always knew the impact excellent teachers could have on their students. All students deserve access to excellent teaching consistently, and I enjoy working with schools and districts to rethink how to best develop and support amazing teachers to reach more students.”
Ms. Whalen is a senior consultant with Public Impact, focused primarily on assisting districts and schools in implementing Opportunity Culture models to extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams to more students. Before joining Public Impact, Ms. Whalen taught middle and high school mathematics in Tennessee and Kentucky, during which she dramatically increased her students’ learning gains. Most recently, she served as an accountability data analyst for the Tennessee Department of Education, where she developed and implemented school and district accountability frameworks. In addition, she has been a charter school application evaluator for North Carolina, and for North Carolina State University, she created assessment items for a digital learning system based on learning trajectories for middle grades mathematics. In 2018, as a “Social Impact Scholar,” she received a scholarship to go through the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s start-up program, awarded for scholars’ transformational ideas. Ms. Whalen holds an M.S. in education from the University of Kansas, and a B.S. in mathematics and minor in psychology from the University of Alabama.