Lee Teitel

Lee Teitel

Faculty Director

Lee Teitel is the faculty director of the RIDES project. Lee teaches courses on integrated schools and leading and coaching for equity and diversity. He also teaches about leadership development, partnership and networking, and understanding organizations and how to improve them.... Read more about Lee Teitel

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Dr. Darnisa Amante

Director of Coaching
Dr. Darnisa Amante, as an educational and racial equity strategist, is deeply committed to the study of culture; innovation; and experiential ways to transform organizational and school culture on issues of racial equity. Since earning her master’s degree in Anthropology from Brandeis University and her doctorate from Harvard’s Educational Leadership Doctorate (Ed.L.D.),... Read more about Dr. Darnisa Amante

Betty Dao

RIDES Leadership Fellowship Director

Betty Dao serves as the Director of the inaugural RIDES Leadership Fellowship. As a Senior Project Manager with SchoolWorks, an education consulting...

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Hope K. McCoy

Senior Program Coordinator
From Chicago by way of Los Angeles, Hope McCoy is a PhD Candidate in Higher Education and Organizational Change at UCLA, where she has also served as an... Read more about Hope K. McCoy


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Whitaker Brown

Practices Team Research Assistant
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton, Whitaker was placed by Teach for America back in his hometown of Charlotte, NC, where he taught for four years at a Title I middle school and was named a Project LIFT ‘Irreplaceable Teacher’.... Read more about Whitaker Brown
Des Floyd

Des Floyd

Manager of Coaching Practices

Des Floyd was a teacher, academic coach, and principal in Florida. He worked extensively as a central office literacy specialist and state department professional development provider in the area of turnaround school improvement. ... Read more about Des Floyd

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RoLesia Holman

Practices Team Research Assistant
RoLesia Holman is a master’s student in the Technology, Innovation and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds a BS in Education from the University of Maryland and an MA in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University.... Read more about RoLesia Holman
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Grace Tatter

Perception and Communications Specialist
Before beginning the Specialized Studies program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Grace lived in Nashville, Tenn., where she wrote for Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization that covers urban education.... Read more about Grace Tatter
Alison Welcher

Alison Welcher

Fellowship Director

Alison Welcher has served as a teacher, school leader, and district administrator in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC). As a school leader, she led a middle school turnaround leading to local, regional and national recognition,... Read more about Alison Welcher