Our Founders

Ana Benderas

With a Master of Arts in Education and over 12 years of field experience, Ana is an expert in restoring students' wounded relationships with learning. Through an anti-racist lens, Ana has created liberatory spaces for students in her K-12 classrooms as well as for student teachers she has supported.  


From teaching literacy in Indigenous communities, to supervising student teachers in their credential programs, her praxis has made a tangible and observable difference in the lives of her students. 

Director of ELA and Humanities

Marylin Zuniga

Director of Elementary Education

An educator and organizer from New Jersey, Marylin has a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Teaching from theTeachers College at Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Family & Child Studies. A recognized activist, public speaker, educator organizer, and expert facilitator in K-6 curriculum design, Marylin has established her expertise in social justice elementary education.


She believes education is a calling. She leads with spirit and centers love in everything she does.

Director of Mathematics Education

Dani Wadlington

Dani brings more than 13 years of field experience, two Master of Arts degrees in Education and Educational Leadership, and a teaching and administration credential from some of the country's top universities. As a master math teacher, Dani has helped close the gap in numeracy acquisition for many students of Color. 


As an experienced West African dance teacher, she uses the interconnectedness of rhythm, movement, and math in order to engage her students and help them own their math identities. 

Our Board of Directors

Farima Pour-Khorshid, PhD., Educational Leader

Amber Wiley,

Stock and Real Estate Investor

Cherise McBride, PhD., Digital Pedagogy Expert

LaShira Burton, Accountant

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