Archives: BES Fellows

Kayleigh Colombero

“Education, unlike many other social reforms, builds capacity from the inside of neighborhoods and communities. This is the type of change I believe in. This is the type of change that leads to better futures for the next generations. This is the type of change that could end cycles of poverty. Creating social capital within neighborhoods must be a deliberate process that involves a successful school.”

Denon Carr

“I am driven to do this work because of the clear imbalance in the allocation of educational opportunities in this country. I truly believe that providing every student with a quality education is one of the biggest levers in closing the achievement gap. Education provides access, and every child should have equal access to all of life’s possibilities.”

Justin Brecht

“An element that should be present in any school is a culture that inspires achievement. School culture is evident in systems that foster academic achievement. There needs to be an opportunity for choice and a model for transformational change within these communities. Kids deserve better. Parents deserve better. We can do better.”

David Blodgett

“With Nevada’s current focus on student growth – sometimes at the expense of proficiency – our system applauds schools for becoming marginally better. One dangerous result is an implicit acceptance of mediocrity for students in certain parts of our community. I want to lead an urban school that changes conversations so that families from historically underserved neighborhoods know what kind of excellent school they can demand.”

Rick Anderson

“I am driven to do this work because it’s my calling, my purpose in life, and I am fulfilled by it. It is extremely challenging and not always glamorous. The day-to-day application of high expectations and pushing beyond what we believe is possible can take its toll. But I love that responsibility of being held accountable for the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students.”

Ruben Alonzo

“Statistically, the odds have always been stacked against me. Statistically, the odds are still stacked against our young impoverished students. They are less likely than any other group to attend and graduate from college. They are also least likely to be instructed by experienced, high-quality teachers. This is resulting in a growing national income divide that is affecting millions of lives. I am driven to do this work because it is absolutely necessary and needs to be done immediately.”