Jaela Kim works as a deputy network leader in curriculum and instruction in the Bronx, New York City, where she works with teachers and administrators to design and implement equitable, democratic instructional practices that help maximize student performance and minimize the achievement gap.
Jaela received her B.A. in English at Boston College, followed by an M.Ed in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages as a Teaching Fellow from Long Island University. She completed her postgraduate Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from The City College of New York, where she was a recipient of the Outstanding Leadership and Research award. Prior to joining the Learning Culture Team in 2007, Jaela worked in private and public schools as an English and Second Language teacher. As ESL Program Director at the Jacob Riis School where she worked with students in kindergarten through eighth grade, she helped to develop a professional development program that fostered collaborative inquiry amongst colleagues.
Jaela has presented on the Learning Cultures model at regional and national conferences. Jaela is also an adjunct instructor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. She enjoys working with teachers and students to bring authenticity and joyfulness into reading and writing. She has a deep belief in the Learning Cultures philosophy and practices, and aspires to guide students into becoming independent, motivated, autonomous learners.
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