Abigail Fagin graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Education and Spanish in 2015 and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to join Teach For America upon graduating. She was drawn to TFA’s mission and vision to create equitable learning opportunities for all students and during her two years as a Corps Member, received her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instructional Design.

Upon completing her two year commitment with TFA, she worked at a charter network in Nashville called Valor Collegiate Academy, which has been nationally recognized for both the Social Emotional Learning curriculum and student achievement. At Valor, Abby held various leadership titles, including but not limited to Curriculum Department Chair, House Team Lead, and Rights to Intervention Leader. She also created curriculum that was disseminated nation-wide and created a coaching tool for Instructional Coaches to utilize with their mentees across not only her network, but also Achievement First schools.

Abigail has witnessed the opportunity gap widening as a result of unequal access to technology and sources, and as a result of the pandemic and distance learning, is more passionate about living out her purpose to work towards creating equitable learning opportunities for all students, especially BIPOC communities.

Because she wanted to reach more students than her classroom walls would afford her, she joined Teach For America staff in 2021 as a Manager, Teacher Leadership and Development (teacher’s coach), and serviced 28 first and second year teachers across 10 schools within the Metro Nashville Public School sect in Davidson County. In this role, Abigial worked with key partners and stakeholders, led professional development series, worked with Corps Members in 1:1 settings to help them perfect their craft and execution, and created programs for TFA to become one step closer to living out its mission.

Not only does Abigial know the first-hand trials and tribulations that students from low-income communities experience that broadens the learning gaps, but she also has worked in leadership positions to combat these issues from curriculum design and instruction to leading teams of teachers to approach learning and relationships through a DEI lens. Abigail would be a great asset to the team because she is mission-aligned: she is a team player, creative and curious, thoughtful, and desires to be a catalyst for transformative change within schools and districts.

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