Leah Samaha joins Transcend as a Partner on the School Design team with ten years of experience working in schools in the Brownsville and Cobble Hill communities in Brooklyn, NY.
Prior to Transcend, she taught kindergarten through fourth grade with Uncommon Schools and Success Academy in Brooklyn, in addition to working with new teachers at Relay Graduate School of Education. She has worked as a Labsite Teacher with Success Academy, helping codify and share best instructional practices network-wide. Leah has deep expertise in constructivist curriculum, progressive pedagogical approaches, individualized instruction for learning differences, and helping first-year teachers develop the confidence and skills they need to excel in the classroom.
Leah graduated from Princeton University with a BA in English with a concentration in African-American literature. She holds her MS in Elementary Education from Hunter College and is completing her MA in Developmental Disabilities from Teachers College at Columbia University.
Leah lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and pup, Oso. She loves practicing her Top Chef skills in the kitchen, trying to find equanimity through meditation, journaling, and yoga, and researching the next great American city to explore.
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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.