Education Pioneers is uniquely positioned to find and support the talent needed to accelerate the recovery of our education sector.

The past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic presented unprecedented challenges to our nation's school systems.  And although schools have battled to reopen and return students to classrooms, the road to recover learning, maintain safe and healthy schools, and reimagine a more equitable future for K-12 education remains urgent, complex, and capacity-intensive.

EP first brought critical capacity to the front-lines of K-12 crisis response through our dedicated COVID Response Fellowship. Now, we are proud to build on our impact with a new cohort: the COVID Recovery Fellowship.

We must seize this opportunity to grapple with the long-standing inequities within education. School systems need adaptive, inclusive leaders to disrupt the status quo. They need Pioneers.

The EP COVID Recovery Fellowship

As a trusted talent pipeline for more than 15 years, Education Pioneers will help the sector emerge from pandemic challenges by meeting this moment with what we’re uniquely positioned to offer: adaptive, inclusive, talented leaders equipped to transform the sector. 

For this 12-month, paid Fellowship opportunity, we’ll connect senior leaders with a district, charter school, or state education agency where they’ll provide Chief of Staff-level support to senior leaders as they plan and implement adaptive approaches to evolving public health policies, operational processes, and academic practices while ensuring that schools are providing equitable student learning experiences.

What will EP COVID Recovery Fellows do? 

Advance essential work over the course of 12 months. They’ll work directly with senior-level staff to tackle  initiatives that meet urgent new challenges and effectively utilize the time-limited surge of resources intended to help students, families, and schools recover from the pandemic. They will coordinate and align resources, communicate with key stakeholders, and work to make sure that new efforts yield the support and results that students need. 

Benefit from collective solutions. Fellows will have access to a cohort of peers executing similar work across the country for thought-partnership, problem-solving, and best practice sharing—accelerating progress for schools nationwide.

Leverage network support. Fellows will be matched with a coach to help them navigate their experience and will have the opportunity to pull in knowledge from the EP Alumni community to support their work.

Who are COVID Recovery Fellows?

Mid-senior Level Education Leaders

Proven Collaborators & Problem-solvers

Adaptive, Inclusive, Equity-oriented People

  • 10-15 years of overall work experience 
  • 3-7 years of relevant chief of staff, project management, and/or strategy experience
  • Comfortable working directly with senior and executive leaders at an education organization or school
  • They can navigate diverse groups of stakeholders. 
  • They can diagnose problems and find creative solutions. 
  • They have experience leading through organizational and operational change. 
  • They persevere and persist through challenging and high-stakes work.
  • They grasp the nuances and complexities facing the education sector right now. 
  • They’re conversant in DEI issues, including how race, identity, power and oppression influence the system. 
  • They’ve practiced adaptive leadership and are committed to equity & inclusion.


2022 Education Pioneers COVID Recovery Fellows

Amanda Baca

Texas Education Agency

Tayla Bloom

DC Department of Employment Services

Joi Chester

Bard Early College High School

Tal Havivi


Christopher Hill

Gt3 Partners

Lauren Hurlbutt

 Aspire Public Schools

Scotty Jean-Baptiste

Boston Public Schools

Bridget Johnson

Forte Prep

Grace Kwon

San Jose Unified School District

James Mitaritonna

DC Public Schools

Aria Montcrieff

DC Prep

Washington Navarrete

ICEF Public Schools

Hannah Prussin

Coney Island Prep

Kristen Sueing, DC Public Schools

DC Public Schools

Crystal Washington


Learn more about our Fellows >>

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The talent landscape is at an inflection point across our economy, and Education Pioneers is committed to developing responsive approaches to the rapidly evolving talent needs in the education sector. This program is an important initiative in EP’s ongoing effort to provide transformational talent to our partners during this important time. 

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[Our] education challenges didn’t begin with the pandemic, but it exacerbated inequities in our educational system. These inequities will endure and prevent the potential of this great country unless tackled head on.

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

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