“The most challenging aspect of this work is to understand that there is no silver bullet. But with a combination of perseverance and grit, we can catalyze progress across this sector.”
While growing up in Atlanta, GA, and attending local public schools, Nasir Qadree had some academic and social-emotional challenges. Fortunately, he was blessed to have a family who helped him find the resources he needed and taught him the importance of daily service. From working with local nonprofits, after school academic services, and community service programs to assist in his development, Nasir found his place and his calling.
While still in school and dreaming of his future career, Nasir knew that service would be a central part of his life. He wanted to be a part of an organization committed to social change or begin his own company as a social entrepreneur.
“When you have a high quality education, support from loved ones, and commit to selfless work with your community, your commitment to this work on behalf of all students remains at the highest level,” he says.
But first, Nasir had to find his path. He had the passion to begin a career in education, but knew that he did not yet have the skill set to make an impact. After graduating from Hampton University, Nasir launched his career in the private sector. Serving first as an analyst at Goldman Sachs before moving on to State Street Bank, Nasir gained solid analytical, tactical, and entrepreneurial skills and learned from really smart people. Ready to make a social impact, Nasir began looking for ways to break into education.
- Finance & Budgeting
- Strategy & Planning
- Technology & Systems
Education Pioneers provided the bridge Nasir needed to find the right place in education where his skills could make the most impact. He joined the 2013 Fellowship and served in the Connecticut State Department of Education Turnaround Office.
There, Nasir provided support, guidance, interventions, and new strategies to empower teachers and school leaders to turnaround persistently low performing schools in Connecticut. He also led the department’s digital learning strategy to improve school budget allocation constraints, leadership, assessment, curriculum, professional development, and technology.
During his Fellowship, Nasir’s preconceptions about the public school system changed completely. “I came in expressing my concerns about our public education system through emotion and based solely on what I’d read,” he says. “I quickly understood that I had a lot more to learn. This is a steep learning curve.”
Now that he has completed his Fellowship, Nasir looks forward to continuing to use his skills within education. The Fellowship solidified his passion for creating high quality public school systems, and he now feels he has the tools and the network to help make this a reality.
“The most challenging aspect of this work is to understand that there is no silver bullet to creating a school model as to what a high quality education looks likes,” he says “but with a combination of perseverance and grit we can catalyze progress across this sector.”