Prior to joining Transcend, J.T. was in Brooklyn, New York, working at Uncommon Schools, a network of college-preparatory charter schools in the Northeast, for 14 years. She spent the first ten of those years at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School (WCCS), where she was the Founding Special Education Teacher and Coordinator, taught 7th and 8th grade English and then served as Principal. During the years she led WCCS, the 8th graders outperformed the state average on both the English and Math state exams and 100% of the first four classes were accepted to 4-year colleges.
J.T. then served as an Assistant Superintendent for three years, managing a portfolio of Uncommon NYC middle schools and coaching their principals. In 2018, Uncommon NYC students closed the racial achievement gap on both the English and Math state exams. Her final role at Uncommon was as Special Education Advisor, where she developed the long-term strategy for expanding the continuum of Special Education services across all 53 Uncommon schools serving 19,000 K-12 students across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
J.T. earned a BA in English modified with Studio Art at Dartmouth College and a M.Ed. in Special Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She is also a former Teacher For America corps member. She lives in Forest Hills, Queens with her husband Joe and two young children, where most of her extra time is spent planning elaborate and hilarious New York City toddler adventures.