Fellowship Placement: New York City Department of Education
Education: M.P.P., Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
Current Position: Director of Education and Youth Justice, Children's Defense Fund
Jaime Koppel joined Education Pioneers in New York City in the summer of 2007. Jaime spent her summer working with three of the four work teams within the Office of Portfolio Development: Policy, Charters, and Academics of the New York City Department of Education. With the Charter Team, Jaime reviewed charter school applications for the 2008-2009 school year, synthesized reviewers' application feedback and participated in first-round interviews. She also compiled enrollment projections for each charter school in NYC in order to provide an accurate picture of the potential size of the NYC charter movement in the next few years. She worked with the Policy Team to develop an accurate picture of service provision to English Language Learners (ELLs) in NYC new schools and to develop an easy to use 'ELLs service handbook' for principals of charter schools and new schools. She also worked with the Academics Team to facilitate a series of new school development workshops in the month of July.
Jamie has worked with educational institutions in Western Europe, Central America and New York City. While living in Honduras, Jaime founded the educational nonprofit organization BECA, which she still manages today. BECA's mission is to promote cultural exchange and affordable bilingual education. The organization's volunteer-driven bilingual school model creates an environment in which Central American students learn from dedicated volunteer teachers, and those volunteers learn from the community in which they are immersed.
In addition to her work with BECA, Jaime has experience in the fields of child welfare, alumni relations and fundraising/development. Most recently, she served as the chief of staff for the executive deputy commissioner of New York City's Administration for Children's Services.