Senior Director of Instruction, Co-Teaching Pilot
Hometown: All over!
Education: BA Political Science, Columbia University; MS Dual General and Special Education Middle School, Bank Street College of Education
Veronica began her career in education as a Teach for America Corps Member (NYC ‘10) and high school special education teacher. After completing her corps commitment, Veronica continued to teach as an 8th grade math and Algebra I teacher for three years at a public school in the South Bronx. Appointed grade team leader there, Veronica thus began her journey in instructional and school leadership. Upon attaining her Master’s in Middle Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education, Veronica was recruited to join a principal pipeline program and moved to Dallas, Texas. Beginning as an instructional coach, she led a high school’s mathematics and fine arts departments for one year before being selected to help found one of Dallas Independent School District’s first early college high schools. Inspired by the mission to create new educational opportunities for students that second year in Dallas, Veronica transitioned to becoming a founding principal in residence for a rapidly growing Texas charter network before returning to where her passion for education reform started–her home of New York City. Veronica now leads Blue Engine’s Co-Teaching Pilot program as Senior Director of Instruction. In this role, she is charged with supporting existing co-teaching teams in NYC DOE schools to grow BE team teaching practices via instructional coaching and professional development. Her position sits on Blue Engine’s Organizational Learning and Innovation team, where it is the hope that the pilot’s learnings and insights will guide how Blue Engine seeks to expand its ability to further serve the incredible kids of New York City.