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Public Impact’s mission to improve education dramatically for all students—especially low-income students, students of color, and other students whose needs historically have not been well met—is aligned with the reasons I chose to go into teaching two decades ago. I was that low-income student of color whose needs weren’t being met, and I have personally seen students make extraordinary gains because Opportunity Culture models gave them access to high-performing teachers.”
Somali White is a senior consultant with Public Impact, assisting districts and schools in implementing Opportunity Culture models, which extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams. Before joining Public Impact, White served in the Multi-Classroom Leader (MCL) role in schools that were a part of Charlotte-Mecklenburg School’s Project L.I.F.T., an innovation zone created to improve student performance and close the achievement gap in several of Charlotte’s lowest-performing schools. She was part of Project L.I.F.T.’s first design team, designing Opportunity Culture implementation plans for teachers starting in the 2013–14 school year. During her six years as an MCL, she led teams of teachers and students to high growth in mathematics. White holds an M.S. in urban and multicultural education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and a B.S. in childhood education from St. John’s University.