Kaitlyn is an experienced district leader and innovative problem solver who is passionate about radically reimagining the school experience. As a Partner of School Design, Kaitlyn teams up with communities to create and implement extraordinary, equitable learning experiences through liberatory design practices.
Prior to joining Transcend, Kaitlyn served as the Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Innovation at BakerRipley—a district of community schools with comprehensive wraparound services in Houston, Texas. In this role, Kaitlyn led a robust redesign of the district instructional program and developed creative, coherent systems for professional development, instructional coaching, and teacher leadership.
Kaitlyn’s love for design thinking emerged during her time on the national design team at Teach For America, where she was charged with transforming the organization’s approach to training elementary math teachers. Through extensive research and development efforts, Kaitlyn introduced a new organizational vision for math teacher support, designed and codified aligned instructional practices, and spread the work across regions nationally.
Kaitlyn began her career as a middle school math teacher in the Houston Independent School District and went on to coach math teachers across the city. She later taught math and coached teachers in Brooklyn, before fleeing the cold temperatures and returning to the great state of Texas. Although originally from sunny South Florida and a fan of New York, Kaitlyn is grateful to call Houston home.
Kaitlyn holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University, where she was selected as a full-tuition SEED grant recipient to work with leaders across Texas to improve the educational experience for English learners. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at Texas A&M with a concentration on community-driven, innovative approaches to school staffing. Kaitlyn is an optimistic advocate for public education, former Leadership ISD fellow, and lifelong fan of the Florida Gators.
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Leaps for Equitable, 21st-Century Learning
Transcend’s Leaps for Equitable, 21st-Century Learning describes the key ways we believe the student experience must change so that schools can prepare all young people to thrive in and transform the world.
Transform Learning with Community-Based Design
Community-based design is a collaborative and local process that brings together young people, educators, administrators, caregivers, and experts to redesign learning. It goes beyond traditional school improvement initiatives by involving the entire community in reshaping the purpose and design of education.