I work at RISE and continue to work towards a world in which all children receive an exceptional education because I believe education is a fundamental right that secures our democracy, grows economic opportunity, and empowers us to impact our world for good.
Monica has dedicated her career to eradicating educational inequity and the structural barriers to learning for the last decade. Starting out as a classroom teacher, she saw the impact of an inequitable education first hand. Wanting to address the systemic barriers to quality education for all kids, she has spent time coaching and developing 50+ new teachers as they fine tune their craft, supporting adult education around diabetes and other healthcare communications, consulting with schools statewide on adopting rigorous data analysis procedures, and ensuring access to critical funds through grant writing. Monica also served in the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation where she oversaw the academic performance and accountability of over 40 public charter school sites in Indianapolis. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.