The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. - Sydney J. Harris

She joined Education Pioneers because she believes it is through education we have the ability to greatly impact socioeconomic inequalities. Here, Britta wants to instill and inspire change in our educational system, so that all students may have an equal chance to succeed in school and beyond. Prior to Education Pioneers, Britta worked in a boisterous 3rd grade classroom as a City Year Corps member at Trevista ECE-8 at Horace Mann. Those young students help to fuel her to passion for changing our educational system in meaningful ways. Before joining this classroom, Britta worked on a senate campaign and as an educational research assistant. As a research assistant she evaluated the effects of teaching and the college experience on students beliefs about inequality.

Britta graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Outside of the office, Britta enjoys exploring the bountiful amounts of nature and fun that Colorado has to offer. Traveling, cooking, skiing, hiking, and going out to brunch (or any meal for that matter) are some of her favorite activities.

5 Questions for Britta:

 

1| What is your favorite school memory?

Hmm, it is definitely hard to pick a favorite after a couple decades of weird costumes, awkward field trips, and so many recesses! That being said, my proudest moment in school was getting my final thesis comments and grade back from my advisor (who I had been deathly afraid of for over a year). His comments on my paper and remarks to another professor totally blew me away. It took several villages of people and support to get me to a point where I could write well, and my thesis was 30 whole pages of single spaced text that was apparently coherent and interesting!

2| Why do you work at EP and what do you love about it?

I work at EP because I believe education has the greatest capacity for making systemic change in a world that desperately needs it. For far too long, life paths and outcomes been harshly defined by who and where you were born. Getting a great education is meant to open windows and doors to the “American Dream,” and it quite simply does not fulfill that need. I feel very fortunate to have found a place in an organization full of people who believe and spend every day working towards creating an educational system where it is possible for every child to succeed.

3| When was the first time you thought about working in education? 

Spring of my junior year at Colorado College. Professor Manya Whitaker: a fiercely passionate teacher with the kind of standards that extract only the best work from her students. She got me hooked on evaluating the use of education in our battle against structural and systematic inequalities.

4| What’s your favorite EP tradition or memory?

I think everyone at EP agrees that leadership stories are the best, so I’ll throw out a different tradition. My favorite EP tradition is every panel discussion I’ve had the privilege of sitting in on. Our Fellows and our EP community bring together some of the best and brightest minds working in education. There is nothing like hearing Fellows and sector leaders sharing knowledge and challenging their own perspectives. I am always taken aback by the insightful conversation and I typically think to myself “THANK goodness there are smart people like this working in education!!”

5| What’s a surprising fact about you?

I have two fun facts, both of which I share with the only other full time staff member in Denver, the renowned Sara Spanier! Every time we peel an orange we can peel it in one full peel, AND we can both drive a tractor (yee-haw). I transferred to an all-girls boarding school sophomore year of high school and spent a year off before college in North Carolina working at a barn, both in blind pursuit of my equestrian passion. The farm girl part of me will always be close to my heart.