“The best thing about EP was the network. I felt really comfortable reaching out to anyone in the network. I was new to Denver and didn’t have any of that network. EP put me on the map.”

Even though both of his parents were teachers, Caleb Fields never planned on working in education. After college, where he played baseball for four years, he spent three years playing in the Major League.

During that time, Caleb also co-founded Legacy Sports Camp LLC, a youth sports organization that helps young people build character through athletics. He later served as Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations Manager for a private high school. In his work, he found that he loved entrepreneurship, as well as the business side of education.

Caleb pursued an MBA to hone his business skills, and turned to the EP Fellowship to help him find the right place in the sector where he could impact the trajectory of students from underserved communities.

Expertise 
  • Human Capital
Impact 

STRIVE Preparatory Schools is a Denver-based network of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, rigorous, college-preparatory education. As a Fellow, Caleb served as Director of School-Based Operations at STRIVE Prep- Lake Campus, where he coordinated school budget, recruiting, facilities, technology, and district relations. He used his education administrative experience and business training to help provide a school atmosphere that was most conducive for teacher instruction and student learning.

Caleb found that his EP Fellowship experience provided critical support for his work with STRIVE. In particular, the Fellowship’s workshops that focused on human capital helped Caleb identify his schools’ high priority needs. His cohort helped him identify where to resources into curriculum and operations to support students to get a great education.

“The best thing about EP was the network,” Caleb says. “I felt really comfortable reaching out to anyone in the network. I was new to Denver and didn’t have any of that network. EP put me on the map, which was critical in a place like Denver which is small and tight-knit.”

Now as Director of Recruitment for STRIVE, Caleb is supporting high quality teachers and staff. He wants to bring the successes that private schools have realized -- including teacher retention, the classroom experience, and customer experience for students and parents -- to STRIVE and to see them realized at scale.

To change the trajectory of high-need students, Caleb knows that that means having quality, supportive adults at every level for them.

“We are changing our systems to meet our students needs so that students are supported and valued,” he says. “These are huge goals, and I’ve seen it done on STRIVE campuses in a lot of ways. My work and my EP experience have been eye opening.”