After completing my student teaching in Chicago and receiving my BA in Education and Youth Studies and Sociology at Beloit College, I decided to pursue my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at University of Wisconsin- Madison. My decision to further my studies was based on both my student teaching experience and personal experience as a native student in the Chicago Public School System. As a student teacher and student in Chicago, I observed the pressure of teachers moving to different schools, as well as constant teacher layoffs due to budget cuts and school closures.
In observing this sort of teacher mobility, it was apparent that these decisions negatively impact low income and minority schools. My research focuses on studying teacher mobility in low income and minority school districts, along with teacher evaluation and quality. My hopes in studying teacher mobility in low income and minority schools is to find solutions in retaining teachers in school districts that have high turnover. My plan is to find solutions to these problems by working with school leaders in order to implement action based solutions to improve the education of low income and minority students in high teacher turnover districts.